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Local singer-songwriter SANDY POWLIK has been turning heads for years. From fronting a 17-piece big band, co-founding/sole lyricist/vocalist for folk rock group, Sonnenblume, she has since staged her own show, LOLA PARKS, for over a decade.
A nationally-recognized multi-award winner, including “Most Outstanding Musician – Vocal Jazz" and “Female Songwriter of the Year,” her 2011 release (Here) garnered three VIMA nominations and continues to receive international and playlist attention. She is a skillful and intelligent songwriter straddling genres unapologetically, staying true to her jazz roots while allowing her world pop sensibilities to surface.
LOLA is a female Indigenous Canadian musical artist of Montagnais (Innu), Ukrainian, French and British ancestry, compelled to create and share her art, to give and be a voice. Over the years, she has created a fiercely independent musical history that includes studio session recordings, collaborations and performing around the world. She has led Western Canada tours and had TV/film/radio placements on TV's "Higher Ground", Mutant Film's "The Orchard" and CBC Radio’s “Early Edition” theme song.
“Lola Parks is an award-winning singer-songwriter with a mission to achieve cultural brokerage through voice and song. Lola sings with an honesty that inspires her audience to dig deeper and share a genuine connection across diverse barriers. Through a stream of original content, her dangerous lyrics and seductive voice compel listeners of all ages to move closer, in hopes of capturing every note and word."
Her new album, No Apologies, featuring “Dreamer” and “Freight Train” is a musical shotgun to your heart, daring you to dream: awake and empowered. Now available on all major platforms.
Follow, stream and add Lola Parks at https://www.lolaparks.com & on Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp, Soundcloud & YouTube today!
Adjectives to describe the music: sultry, organic, natural, jazz-infused, smooth, soulful, genuine, honest, evocative, dangerous, fun.
Discography: No Apologies (2020), The Hustle (2017), Here (2011), Lola Parks (2003), Borderlands Live (Nepal, 2001); Sonnenblume (1999), Rocktoria 9 (compilation, 1999).
IF YOU LIKE: Sara Bareilles, Nelly Furtado, Bonnie Raitt, Brandi Carlile, Norah Jones, Asa, Natalie Merchant, Grace Potter, Ani Difranco, Alessia Cara
What they’re saying about Lola Parks:
"Seriously amazing voice" - Brett Smith-Daniels, Luxton Fair
“Outstanding voice…Spot-on, beautiful work, perfect pitch, great lyrics delivered beautifully. Superb emotion and inflection, just as good as it gets. Brilliant!” – Barry Morgan, Talenttrove.com
“The song is only 17 seconds old, but I’m in love.” – Ben LeRoy, AmphetaZine
“Lola Parks is definitely the most mature, original, soulful and honest fusion/folk act I’ve had the pleasure to witness…dangerous writing and immaculate vocal stylings…brilliant…” – Cosmic Debris Magazine
"Sandy’s music comes from a place of natural beauty. Like the artist herself it sings with honesty and makes the listener move closer in hopes of capturing every note and word.” – Jeff Dawson, Producer
“Lola Parks creates a dreamscape of sound, an aural portrait of human emotion and her songs hold nothing from an audience. Her lyrics display a masterful command of the language combined with honest, simple expression. More impressive than her songwriting skills, her voice is an instrument of pure beauty that rivals any contemporary female performer.” - David Burke, Bassist
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The Cowichan Valley Regional District is a broad geographic region stretching from the Malahat to North Oyster and from the Cowichan Lake to Thetis Island.
The region's artists are represented by 5 sub-regional arts councils with support from the CVRD Arts and Culture Division