Burnaby music lovers, there's lots on offer at Shadbolt Centre in February

February is set to be a musical month at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.

Coming up on Friday, Feb. 14, local audiences can enjoy a Valentine’s Day concert by Canadian jazz singer Emilie-Claire Barlow.

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The two-time Juno Award winner (and six-time nominee) has released 11 self-produced albums on her own label, Empress Music Group.

“She is known for her inspired reimaginings and affectionate treatment of both classic pop and jazz songs, delivered with a relaxed, polished demeanour, charming humour and a voice of unforgettable beauty,” says a write-up about the performances.

The following week, on Thursday, Feb. 20, local audiences will be treated to a performance by the Toronto-based Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar.

A write-up about the concert describes Martin as “an artist of extraordinary power.”

“A dynamic front woman, she possesses a stunning voice that is capable of summoning up tidal waves of spine-tingling emotion in one instance while delicately bringing out the nuances of a gut-wrenching lyric in the next,” it says.

She’s joined by Delta Sugar’s co-vocalists, Sherie Marshall and Mwansa Mwansa, in offering up the band’s gospel-tinged blues and soul music.

Rounding out a trifecta of musical events is a Saturday, Feb. 22 performance by Farofa and Caro Pierotto.

The Brazilian exports bring to local audiences the hot rhythms and sensuous melodies of their birthplace. Vocalist Pierotto fronts a band that includes Felipe Fraga on percussion, Isaias Elpes on bass, JP Mourão on Brazilian viola caipira (a Brazilian 10-stringed guitar), and Luis Mascaro on violin.

All three concerts start at 8 p.m. in the Shadbolt’s Studio Theatre, 6450 Deer Lake Ave. Tickets are $36 regular, or $15 for youth (18 and under). Note that ticket sales are currently marked as “limited” for the Emilie-Claire Barlow performance, so early purchase is advised.

Buy through tickets.shadboltcentre.com or call the box office at 604-205-3000.

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