The idea of getting a group of female songwriters together onstage came to Jenny Berkel a few years ago.
was songwriter in residence at Aqua Books, and part of her residency
included putting on an event. At the time, she was new to Winnipeg and
had met a lot of young, female songwriters. So she decided to get several
of them together to share the stage.
Jenny Berkel curated an evening of music with some of her favourite local songwriters. (courtesy Manitoba Music)
Berkel was inspired to recreate the event after being out of the city
for awhile, though this show will be a little bit different. "This one's
more highlighting women from different musical groups.
Hailey Primrose is a new artist from Steinbach, Christine Fellows
are more established," she says.
That's part of what attracted Fellows to the show. "I don't play out
very often so it's a rare opportunity and I'm more
interested in seeing what these other songwriters are doing. I love the
idea of having someone like Hailey who's an emerging writer. I
met her when she was in the Winnipeg Folk Festival's Young Performers
she was about 15 and I haven't seen her since," she says.
Although Latimer and Fellows used to play together in Special Fancy,
tonight marks the first time most of the performers will share the stage.
Fellows says this will also be the first time she and Berkel actually
Keri Latimer will share the stage with her fellow songwriters (courtesy Keri Latimer)
Latimer says she was also happy to sign on when she got the invite from
Berkel. "She wanted to
work with people she is inspired by and we're all inspired by each
other. And I've never heard Jenny or Hailey play live. I've seen them
online but it's a completely different thing to hear them live," she
Berkel says there will be two sets of music, with an intermission.
She'll sing some harmonies with Primrose, and Latimer and Fellows will
also perform together on some of each other's songs. Latimer says she'll
be picking up a xylophone for the first time to play during Fellows's
set and is looking forward to the experience.
"I love everyone's voices and songs and
their words. I'm preparing myself to be inspired by it because I always am."
The Songwriter Showcase runs December 5th at The Park Theatre at 8:00. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the West Central Women's Resource Centre