Pat's House of Jazz
Music has the power to transform lives, ignite our passions and help us to become more fully alive.
It is my intention to rouse us out of our collective slumber and help us to engage in meaningful connections.
Come and dive into my world of sacred creativity.
There is a certain magic that is created when song is gifted from the heart.
Music transcends beyond the busy mind, transporting us back into our sentient selves. Back to a place of deep remembering.
I revel in weaving these intimate spaces of connection.
At music festivals or concert halls, at family gatherings or around the fireside, come and experience the magic.
The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away
This is often how I am described as being, a fearless performer.
Of course, I am not without fear. Believe me, I have plenty of them. I simply have a compulsion to continually take myself to that edge and step right over it. Dive right in.
For I have learned it is there, in the places that scare me, that I become more fully alive.
I discover what it is to trust, and I learn how to fly.
With this love of living on the edge, Jazz has been the natural genre for me to immerse in and develop my sense of musicality.
I have built my foundation riding on the waves of free improvisation and co-creation, making music in the moment, going wherever the wind blows me.
Anyone who has seen her perform will know that Edie Daponte brings the element of surprise to every show! Her range and repertoire travel far and wide crossing musical genres and spanning multiple decades and languages. She's equally at home in an intimate lounge setting or on an outdoor festival stage, having established a reputation in the music scene of Vancouver Island and Western Canada as a dynamic and engaging performer.
Edie brings passion, playfulness and an evident love of performance to her live shows. Vancouver Island Music Awards awarded Edie with "Jazz Recording of the Year" in 2017 for her original song "Island Rain" and nominated her as "Vocalist of the Year" in 2016. Edie's original song "Ride the Wind" was nominated in the Traditional category for the 2017 International Portuguese Music Awards (IPMA). "Young at Heart" was nominated in 2016 for Best Album - Jazz with Vocals by the Independent Music Awards.
Emotive, playful and passionate, Edie's voice lends itself perfectly to the wide range of music she loves to feature in her shows. She moves seamlessly from Jazz to Bossa Nova, Blues to Fado, switching between English, Portuguese, Spanish and French numbers with ease.
Edie has performed at festivals including the Victoria Jazz Festival and the Vancouver Latin Festival and toured theatres across Vancouver Island and BC. You'll often find her accompanied by talented musicians, Joey Smith on guitar and Karel Roessingh on piano. Together they create a wonderful atmosphere, engaging audiences large and small, drawing them in, and rewarding them with classic numbers they love to hear.
Nick La Riviere
Singer-songwriter Nick La Riviere is an accomplished trombonist who has toured internationally with bands such as the Juno award winning Paperboys, Michael Kaeshammer, 54-40, and Adonis Puentes. He’s been a special guest with such bands as Steven Page (Barenaked Ladies), The Temptations, and Nikki Yanofsky. As a freelancer, he’s one of Victoria’s busiest musicians. He has house gigs at Bard & Banker on Thursdays, Darcy’s Pub on Sundays, and Pagliacci’s every 2nd Sunday (before Darcy’s). Aside from the house gigs, he’s booked with plenty of other shows in and outside of Victoria… there’s always a lot going on.
Nick’s own project, The Nick La Riviere Band, takes its influence from modern New Orleans music… not the older dixie music some people think of when they hear ‘New Orleans’, but the fun, horn heavy music people are partying to there now. The music is all about having a good time, keeping the energy high the whole show, and moving your feet. Nick’s originals are like if Trombone Shorty met Ben Folds – wild horn solos, piano based grooves and melodic vocals. The band also plays their own take on tunes by great artists like Professor Longhair and Sly and the Family Stone. Featuring 3 vocals, trumpet, sax, trombone, guitar, piano/synth, bass, drums – and sometimes conch shells or wine glasses, the 7 piece band delivers a big powerful sound. The music is all about having a good time, keeping the energy high, and moving your feet.