Willie Thrasher & Linda Saddleback + ELASTIC STARS


Fri Jun 09 2023 at 08:00 pm to 11:30 pm



An intimate evening of nostalgic folk, rock, & psych...
About this Event

Both of these local legends have new albums coming out very soon. This show has very limited tickets so get yours now!



Willie Thrasher is a gifted Inuk singer and songwriter living in Nanaimo, BC with his partner Linda Saddleback. Three of Thrasher’s songs appeared on the 2014 Grammy-nominated compilation, Native North America (Vol. 1), renewing interest in his and other Indigenous artists’ work. Thrasher’s powerful 1981 debut album, Spirit Child, which the 3 songs came from, was then reissued in 2015. Thrasher was born in Aklavik, Northwest Territories, in 1948 and at five years of age, Thrasher was taken from his family and sent to a residential school where he was forbidden to practice his Inuvialuit culture. Music was a way for Thrasher to escape the pain and longing. He has recorded both as a solo artist, and as a member of several bands, including The Cordells, and Red Cedar, with Morley Loon. Thrasher has advocated for Inuit and First Nations issues for much of his career. Today, Thrasher performs at home and around the world with his partner Linda Saddleback due to the global attention garnered by Native North America (Vol. 1). Wherever he may be, Willie Thrasher is a trailblazing troubadour with an Indigenous heartbeat sound. Below Willie and Linda perform one of his songs, “Wolves Don’t Live by the Rules”.


ELASTIC STARS is the brain child of Colin Cowan. This is a Vancouver based art-pop/psych-folk project that started as a result of Colin deciding to branch off from many other Canadian bands as a bass player (Destroyer, Black Mountain, DADA PLAN, STAR SYSTEM, DALAVA, LIGHTENING DUST & many more). As ELASTIC STARS, he instead sings the songs he's been secretly writing, all-the-while operating the guitar machine at the same time. Self-produced from his TASCAM-388 1/4" 8-Track Reel-to-Reel tape machine, his music continues to be a florescent cup of warm nostalgic soup fit for any contemporary starchild or beach bum.. The project's sixth album HOBBYIST, will be released in fall 2023.

The live band also includes Joshua Zubot (drums, violin), Jenn Bojm (Bass, vocals), & Roisin Adams (piano, synth, rhythm).



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Where is it happening?

CHINA CLOUD STUDIOS, 524 Main Street, Vancouver, Canada

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CAD 20.00

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Host or Publisher China Cloud Studios

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