Kickstart’s 21st Annual Gala
When: April 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Cultch
Tickets: $25, $75 VIP (includes tickets, pre-show cocktails with the artists & auction preview) at 604-251-1363, or TheCultch.com
1. Gaelynn Lea. The violinist/singer was discovered playing at a farmer’s market in her hometown of Duluth, where Alan Sparhawk of Minnesota indie-rock band Low caught her act. She has since gone on to win NPR’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest and fans such as the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, who said: “Karen Dalton and Joanna Newsom melt together in the form of Gaelynn Lea, and set about absolutely obliterating your heart.” Her playing style is rooted in classical, Celtic and traditional folk music, but she also uses looping pedals, which gives her a more modern sound.
2. Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture. Lea was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, a genetic condition that causes complications in the development of bones and limbs. She headlines an evening organized by Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture, a Vancouver-based non-profit that supports and promotes artists who identify as living with a disability.
3. David Roche. An in-demand speaker, Roche has turned living with a disfigured face into stories of hope, courage and humour. Inspirational though he may be, he is also “frank and witty and incapable of resorting to sentimental pap” (Publisher’s Weekly).
4. Mujtaba Saloojee. Self-taught painter Saloojee re-learned how to make art after a spinal injury caused him to lose mobility in his hands. The local artist will give a visual arts presentation.
5. Cocktails with the stars. The evening includes a silent auction with original art, jewelry, experiences, and gift baskets. VIP ticket-holders receive early entry to the venue, tickets to the show, a preview of the items to be auctioned, and pre-show cocktails with the artists.