Company: Colin Godbout, Vancouver, BC
Genre: Musical Theatre
Venue: 20 - Duke of Kent Legion
If you like 1970s-era Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Lenny Breau and more, then you may enjoy “Canuck Quixote,” since there’s no doubt about Godbout’s well-honed classical and Spanish-style guitar work.
It's clear that Vancouver's Colin Godbout has thought deeply about his subject: seven famous, white Canadian musicians and their portrayal of non-white figures (think Pocahontas) in their music, specifically in terms of the chords they used, keys in which they wrote their songs and how that might all tie into understanding them.
If that sounds a little complex or heady, that's because it is. I suggest thinking of Canuck Quixote
as an essay told through a one-hour musical performance: technical music theory is used to support a thesis about race that, honestly, could be more established off the top so that the audience could hang on to the message a bit better.
Not to worry though, the show is way more music than talk. If you like 1970s-era Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Lenny Breau and more, then you may enjoy Canuck Quixote
, since there's no doubt about Godbout's well-honed classical and Spanish-style guitar work.
Ideally, it would help to walk in with an understanding of what a major pentatonic scale is, since the music theory seems to be integral to a fuzzy, yet seemingly intelligent thesis.