A superstar of the imagination with a passion for the truth comes to Joe’s Garage on Nov. 6 in a very intimate setting.
In 2006, Jane Siberry let go of her home and most of her possessions and began a new journey of “living her to-do list.”
At the same time, she let go of her name and became ‘Issa.’ She described the impetus as “change or die.”
Three years later with many strong changes under her belt and feeling more enthusiastic about life than ever, she has pulled her past name forward again and is full on Jane Siberry.
Several years ago, Jane started writing and recording ‘one song per studio day’ in Brussels, Australia, the United States and Canada, not knowing what her career would be as a musical being. The result is a collections of songs that are being released as three separate CDs telling a Scherezadian story that will come to an end on the third installment.
The first part, Dragon Dreams, was released in November 2008.
The second part, With What Shall I Keep Warm? was released in November 2009.
With songs about canoes trips, trains and marriage proposals, Jane describes the first CD, Dragon Dreams, as “the welcome sign and front door” of the trilogy. With What Shall I Keep Warm? invites the listener into her “living room” where the conversation takes some unexpected turns. From Eden (Can’t Get This Body Thing Right) to Then We Heard A Shout, the songs are portraits of the human condition in all its mysterious glory.
With What Shall I Keep Warm? also includes two long-requested favourites: In My Dream and Walk On Water.
Continuing in her role as a self-produced artist, Jane is joined by her musical friends in telling the stories. They include John MacArthur Ellis (Canadian producer, guitar/pedal steel); ‘Betty’ (her fierce NYC girlfriend); Marlon Saunders, Leslie Alexander, Catherine Russell, Gyan and Gail Ann Dorsey on vocals; Rich Brown on bass; Christine Kim, Pauline Kim and James Roe on strings and oboe — to name a few.
In an unsettled and unsettling world, Siberry continues to rethink her role within it as a musician. This has created an odd assortment of achievements.
Of particular note is her online store, Sheeba, which has been a curiosity in the music industry since 2006. Customers have a choice of market price, ‘self-determined’ pricing, or pay-it-forward (gift from artist).
Tickets are available at Bop City. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8.
— Joe’s Garage