Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture celebrates its 21st year of supporting and promoting artists who identify as living with a disability with a very special concert event headlined by the incomparable singer Gaelynn Lea, a featured performance by inspirational humourist, David Roche, and a presentation by talented young painter, Mujtaba Saloojee. Tickets are on sale now for this rare evening of artistry, entertainment, and illumination.
Kickstart’s 21st Anniversary Celebration
Gaelynn Lea in concert
with a performance by David Roche
and a visual arts presentation by Mujtaba Saloojee
Friday, April 26, 7:30pm
The CULTCH, 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver
TICKETS: 604-251-1363 or TheCultch.com
$25, $75 VIP (includes tickets, pre-show cocktails with the artists & auction preview)
Gaelynn Lea is a classically trained violinist and singer-songwriter who’s been bewitching scores of fans with her singular voice, haunting original songs and experimental takes on traditional fiddle music. She is making real waves on the music scene, performing at some of the continent’s most prestigious venues, touring to festivals around the world, and was the winner of NPR Music’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest (more info on Gaelynn is below)
David Roche has transformed the challenges and gifts of living with a facial difference into a compelling message full of spirit, warmth, wit and authenticity that uplifts and delights audiences around the world. The story of his heroic journey from shame to strength has inspired standing ovations from the White House and Kennedy Center to Olympics Arts Festivals, from New Zealand to Moscow, London to Sydney, and across Canada and the US. (more info on David is below)
Self-taught painter, Mujtaba Saloojee, is re-learning how to make art after a spinal injury, and both his story and work are empowering, fascinating, and inspirational.
This special evening includes a silent auction with original art, jewelry, experiences, and gift baskets.
Both regular and VIP tickets are available. The VIP tickets include early entry to the venues, tickets to the show, pre-show cocktails with the artists, and a preview of the items to be auctioned.
This event will be ASL interpreted, and the Cultch is wheelchair accessible.
“Karen Dalton and Joanna Newsom melt together in the form of Gaelynn Lea, and set about absolutely obliterating your heart.” – Dan Auerback (The Black Keys)
@KickstartDisabilityArts @Kickstart_Arts @kickstartarts
Kickstart’s mission is to produce and present works by artists with disabilities and to promote artistic excellence among artists with disabilities working in a variety of disciplines.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON GAELYNN LEA AND DAVID ROCHE
Gaelynn Lea • www.violinscratches.com
David Roche • www.davidroche.com
Gaelynn Lea’s music runs the gamut from folk to decidedly pop, including traditional fiddle tunes, and from pensive and luscious to aggressive and intentioned. The result is a powerfully emotive effort of confidence and purpose that captures the poignancy and presence of Gaelynn Lea’s crafted repertoire. Gaelynn is a strong voice in the disability community – she has a congenital disability called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, or Brittle Bones Disease – and she uses her music as a platform to advocate for people with disabilities and to promote positive social change.
As his website says, David Roche’s face distinguishes him from all other presenters and speakers. What really makes David unique, however, is his remarkable spirit, warmth, wit and authenticity.
He has transformed the challenges and gifts of living with a facial difference into a compelling message that uplifts and delights audiences around the world. The story of his heroic journey from shame to strength has inspired standing ovations from the White House and Kennedy Center to Olympics Arts Festivals, from New Zealand to Moscow, London to Sydney, and across Canada and the USA. David presents keynote speeches and entertainment for arts, corporate, association, disability and educational events of all kinds.
Media release and image provided by Gwen Kallio, Sisu Productions.