Talented and thoughtful singer Patricia O’Callaghan sings Leonard Cohen at the final Sylvan jazz concert on Nov. 16. (Submitted)

VIDEO: O’Callaghan sings the songs of Leonard Cohen to bring Cowichan’s Sylvan jazz series to a close

She brings a thoughtful, feminine slant to the music of Canada’s troubadour

Fans of jazz at Sylvan United Church will be able to say a farewell to the series with an amazing concert on Thursday, Nov. 16.

The event will feature cabaret chanteuse Patricia O’Callaghan, who handles the songs of Canada’s favourite troubadour, Leonard Cohen, with a woman’s touch.

The Toronto-based vocalist will perform Cohen’s lesser-known songs as well as his iconic hits, though with new twists, at the church in Mill Bay (right beside Frances Kelsey Secondary School) on Nov. 16.

O’Callaghan will perform with classically trained pianist Robert Kortgaard and jazz bassist Andrew Downing, so the Cohen program will feature several genres coming together.

Billboard Magazine describes her CD, Matador: The Songs of Leonard Cohen, as “a truly exceptional blend of natural expressiveness and masterful coloration, her tender versions of Cohen’s ‘Take this Waltz’ and ‘Hallelujah’ are revelatory.”

During her 15-year career, she has produced six of her own CDs and made many appearances as a guest on other artists’ CDs.

For the past six years O’Callaghan has been resident artist at Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre Company, with responsibilities that included conducting, teaching, mentoring, producing, curating, performing and developing new work.

She has sung with such ensembles as the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Don Byron Quartet and performed in such venues as London’s Royal Opera House and New York cabaret Le Poisson Rouge.

The Mill Bay concert begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $25 at the door.

For more information or to reserve tickets, call 250-324-1900 or 250-743-4659.

The series is ending as long-time organizer Pat Selman is retiring from that position.

Just Posted

Pair of setbacks for junior B Isles

After back-to-back wins gave the Kerry Park Islanders a little momentum in… Continue reading

Two additional features for Chemainus Public Market unveiled

Old-fashioned ice cream parlour and arcade big part of the plans

VIDEO: Talented pair hit the Osborne Bay stage Oct. 25

Lindsay Elzinga and Jaimey Hamilton play Crofton together

Chris Wilkinson column: The goodness of people

It started the first Tuesday morning in September.

VIDEO: Is the stethoscope dying? High-tech options pose threat

World-renowned cardiologist believes the device is just a pair of ‘rubber tubes’

85-year-old woman perishes in house fire in Cumberland Wednesday

Police and fire personnel were called to the scene of a fire… Continue reading

‘Cartoony’ mushrooms popping up across Vancouver Island are highly poisonous

Fly Agaric mushrooms can cause hallucinations, gastrointestinal pain and death

Beers on the job, smacking crotches: 10 police misconduct probes in B.C.

Recent report by the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner highlights a number of investigations

Seizure of cannabis edibles, including mac-and-cheese, prompt warning from B.C. RCMP

Potato chips, cheesecake and candy infused with cannabis also seized back in August

B.C. parents sue city and province in 12-year-old daughter’s drowning at lake

Beverly Park drowned at Rotary Lake in Dawson Creek in August 2016

Island mom warning others as suspicious powder found in mail

“I was very uneasy … it could be coffee whitener or it could be something else in the bag.”

VIDEO: Chill with polar bears through an Arctic live cam

Cam reopens just ahead of Polar Bear Week

Most Read