Tuesday, Aug. 7 7:30 PM (gates open 7 PM)
Known for her voice in the Juno Award winning harmony driven group Chic Gamine (Hornby Festival favourites!), Alexa Dirks has a timbre that recalls the golden age of soul, proud and courageous. And yet it still returns to the ground, finding a quietness, a hesitant intimacy. Joined in studio by producers Matt Schellenberg (Royal Canoe) and Matt Peters (Royal Canoe, Close Talker), the collection of songs that forms Begonia’s Lady In Mind lets Dirks’ past and present coalesce into a sound that is both battle hymn and breakbeat body mover. Title track, Lady In Mind is guided along by 90s synth waves over top of a warm rhythm section. Raised on a healthy dose of religion, the rhapsodic church organs and gospel clap alongs of Dirks’ formative years are blended with staccatic, static beats on “Juniper”. Both songs of love and loss, the Motown tinged “I Don’t Wanna (Love U)” brings her soaring register to the forefront while the indecisive ballad “Hot Dog Stand” questions whether or not it’s fine to be alone. Closing track “Out Of My Head” returns to a celestial swell to support a blue-collar rebel yell. Having spent much of the last ten years on tour, the tracks on Lady In Mind were penned on the road or during brief stops at home in Winnipeg.
“the place where where synth-pop meets old soul and scrappy meets sexy” – NPR
“With her showstopping voice, Dirks blends acoustics and synths for her own
brand of gospel.” – CBC Music
Opening Act – Charlie Appleton
As is often the case, our wonderful technical assistant is secretly a great musician and songwriter on the side (or maybe it is the other way around). Charlie will perform original tunes on guitar and voice.
Aug. 7, 11 am – Live on the Lawn at CHFR
Aug. 7, 1 pm – Art In Unusual Places
Aug. 7, 7:30 – The Farm
Aug. 8, 12 – 1 pm Sing Along at The Farm
Begonia is on faculty at the Hornby School for Emerging Artists