Award-winning Edie Daponte brings Paris to Oak Bay stage

Unique show combining music and entertainment inspired by the world’s most romantic city

The incomparable Edie Daponte performs her show Under Paris Skies in Oak Bay after a sell-out show last year in Sidney.

Under Paris Skies – The Music of Edith Piaf is a unique show combining music and entertainment inspired by the world’s most romantic city, Paris. Edie will perform with a live four-piece band, playing many of the French cabaret singer’s soulful numbers, interwoven with Edie’s engaging style of audience-interaction, and interpretation of the French lyrics.

Edie aims for a completely authentic experience and her band will help create the atmosphere of an intimate Parisian theatre. Joining Edie are long-time collaborator Joey Smith on bass, and local favourites Karel Roessingh on piano, Jonathan Eng on drums and Aaron Watson on guitar and accordion.

Growing up in Quebec in a Portuguese family, Edie feels Piaf has always had a role in her life, listening to scratchy vinyl recordings through her early years, despite not understanding the words in their French originals.

In 2017, Edie’s song, “Island Rain” was awarded song of the year in the Jazz category by Vancouver Island Music Awards. In 2016, Edie was nominated vocalist of the year by the same and her song “Ride the Wind” was nominated as song of the year in the Traditional Category at the International Portuguese Music Awards.

Under Paris Skies: The Music of Edith Piaf is Feb.16 at 7:30 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.) at Dave Dunnet Community Theatre at Oak Bay High, 2121 Cadboro Bay Rd. Tickets are $25 in advance at Ivy’s Bookshop, Lyle’s Place, Royal Theatre, and McPherson Box Office or online. Tickets are $30 at the door. Get a taste of the music at www.edie.ca.

keri.coles@oakbaynews.com

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