Canadian Folk Music Award-winning duo stop in Nanaimo on international tour – Nanaimo News Bulletin


An award-winning folk duo from Winnipeg will perform one night in Nanaimo during their international tour.

The Little Glories have already traveled through Alaska, Alberta, Manitoba, Colorado, New Mexico, California, Nevada and Arizona.

The June 13 performance in Nanaimo, as part of Port City Concerts, will be their last in British Columbia before continuing across Canada and the United States. They will even perform in Denmark for the Tønder Festival for four days in August before continuing until at least November.

“We really love connecting with people,” band member Cara Luft said. “And it’s really great to finally be able to do it again in person after not being able to do it for a few years. There’s a lot of joy that we feel when we play for people.”

She said they just started filming again in March, with their last being in February 2020.

“After two years of not being able to do our jobs the way we used to – and now we’re back with non-stop flights, car rentals and driving…I didn’t think I was going to enjoy as much as I thought, even though I’m really exhausted,” Luft said.

Prior to the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic, the duo won several 2020 Canadian folk music awards, including Contemporary Album of the Year, Ensemble of the Year and Vocal Group of the Year. They also won Artist of the Year at the 2020 International Folk Awards and were nominated for the Juno Award for Traditional Roots Album of the Year 2020.

“We were booked for a year and a half once the pandemic hit. So a lot of the gigs we’re doing now just got shuffled… So now we’re booked until May next year,” Luft said.

For the Nanaimo show, she said audiences can expect more than just songs.

“A live show with us is an entire extravaganza. It’s not just about listening to music – we like to tell stories, we like to make people laugh,” Luft said. “We want to have a special night with the people of Nanaimo that will never be repeated.”

The Small Glories will play at First Unitarian Fellowship Hall on Townsite Road on Monday June 13 at 7:30 p.m.

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