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What It Is! CD Release Party November 11th At Notional Space

8 Nov

WhatItIs!PhotoIf you have not listened to the very talented sound of East Van’s What It Is!, then you are truly missing out. If you don’t know this group, it consists of four amazing East Van ladies, being Mebrat “Mimi” Beyene, Cass King, Patti Powell and Carol Wiedemann.  Together they are a powerhouse of a cappella soul. Their sound is steeped in the soulful sounds of such greats as Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and Etta James.  These ladies bring heart to their East Van Soul and this Friday, you are invited to their CD Release Party which takes place at Notional Space, 1523 East Pender Street.  Tickets for the event are $15 or $25 if you wish to purchase a copy of their new CD.   Tickets are available online through Eventbrite. Doors open at 7:30 pm and show begins at 8:00 pm. 

East Van’s What It Is Returns To The Cottage Bistro For Some Soul

2 Feb

WhatItIs!PhotoEast Van’s Soul returns to the Cottage Bistro, 4470 Main Street, this Saturday, February 6th.  Come check out the sounds of What It Is!  This group consists of four amazing East Van ladies, being Mebrat “Mimi” Beyene, Cass King, Patti Powell and Carol Wiedemann.  Together they are a powerhouse of a cappella soul. If you don’t know them, their sound is steeped in the soulful sounds of such greats as Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and Etta James.  They are engaging performers and will be sure to have you singing and clapping along with them.  These ladies bring heart to their East Van Soul. If you get the chance, be sure to stop by the Cottage Bistro and give them a listen.  They take the stage at 8:00 pm. The event is $10 at the door or Pay What You Will.

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What It Is! Back At The Cottage Bistro November 21

20 Nov

WhatItIs!PhotoYou are invited to the Cottage Bistro, 4470 Main Street, on Saturday, November 21st to listen to What It Is!  This group consists of four amazing East Van ladies, being Mebrat “Mimi” Beyene, Cass King, Patti Powell and Carol Wiedemann.  Together they are a powerhouse of a cappella soul.  Their sound is steeped in the soulful sounds of such greats as Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and Etta James.  They are engaging performers and will be sure to have you singing and clapping along with them.  These ladies bring heart to their East Van Soul. If you get the chance, be sure to stop by the Cottage Bistro and give them a listen.  They take the stage at 8:00pm. The event is $10 at the door or Pay What You Will. 

Photo Credit: What It Is!

East Van’s What It Is! At The Cottage Bistro September 6th

5 Sep

WhatItIs!PhotoYou are invited to the Cottage Bistro, 4470 Main Street, on Sunday, September 6th to listen to What It Is!  This is a group of four amazing East Van ladies, being Mebrat “Mimi” Beyene, Cass King, Patti Powell and Carol Wiedemann.  Together they are a powerhouse of a cappella soul.  Their sound is steeped in the soulful sounds of such greats as Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and Etta James.  They are without a doubt engaging performers and will be sure to have you singing and clapping along with them.  These ladies bring heart to their East Van Soul. If you get the chance, be sure to stop by the Cottage Bistro and give them a listen.  They take the stage at 7:00 p.m. and the event is pay what you can.

 Photo Credit: What It Is!

Must See: What It Is! At The Cottage Bistro April 8th

27 Mar

WhatItIs!PhotoYou are invited to the Cottage Bistro, 4470 Main Street, on Wednesday, April 8th to listen to What It Is!  This is a group of four amazing East Van ladies, being Mebrat “Mimi” Beyene, Cass King, Patti Powell and Carol Wiedemann.  Together they are a powerhouse of a cappella soul.  Their sound is steeped in the soulful sounds of such greats as Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and Etta James.  They are without a doubt engaging performers and will be sure to have you singing and clapping along with them.  These ladies bring heart to their East Van Soul. If you get the chance, be sure to stop by the Cottage Bistro on April 8th. The ladies take the stage at 8:30 pm. The event is pay what you can.

Photo Credit: What It Is!

East Van GoGos 7th Annual Jazz Brunch March 22

10 Mar

EastVanGoGoLogoThe East Van GoGos invite you to their 7th Annual Jazz Brunch Sunday, March 22nd. What is a GoGo? Gogo is a Zulu word meaning “grandmother”. The Greater Van Gogos which includes chapters in various parts of the Lower Mainland are grandmothers and ‘grandothers’ working in groups to support African grandmothers raising a generation of children orphaned by AIDS. This network of grandmother groups in south western BC are dedicated to raising funds and awareness for the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign and the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

In March 2006, Stephen Lewis, a Canadian humanitarian and former UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, issued a call to Canadian grandmothers to bond with their African counterparts. In his travels, Lewis noticed the phenomenal grandmothers who had buried their adult children and stepped in to raise the orphans left behind. They needed money for school fees and uniforms, food and other necessities. In the Vancouver area, three women answered the call. They invited a few others and launched Greater Van Gogos in the summer of 2006 with four groups. Although grandmothers in Africa’s many countries are addressed in different ways – ja ja in Uganda, sho sho in Kenya or nyana in Zambia – the word gogo felt right. Many years later, there are 20 groups registered with approximately 600 members from Vancouver and the surrounding areas. Together they have raised more than $1 million for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. The funds are distributed to community level projects supporting grandmothers and the children in their care in 15 sub-Saharan African countries.

The brunch on Sunday, March 22nd is a fundraiser for the East Van GoGos which will feature a musical performance by What It Is! The group consists of Mimi Beyene, Cass King, Patti Powell and Carol Wiedemann. We hear that these four unique voices are quite the powerhouse and have a captivating sound with a cappella soul. Their distinct arrangements are steeped in the soulful sounds of such greats as Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles,  Etta James, and Laura Mvula. They will be bringing East Van Soul to a whole new level.

Brunch will be provided along with coffee, tea and juice. Suggested donation is $25. To order your ticket contact Sharon at T: 604-254-4071 or eastvangogos@gmail.com. The brunch takes place from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm in the Grandview Room at the Trout Lake Community Centre, 3360 Victoria Drive. The music gets under way at 12:15 pm. Come out and support these great GoGos!

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