Where We Sing

2023 Performance dates

COVID: Not gone, not forgotten

While masks, social distancing, and plexiglass dividers might be fading into the rear-view mirror, we know that COVID is still a risk in many situations, including close-contact singing. We’re singing again in public, but carefully choosing the venues based on our comfort (level of risk) and that of our audiences.


Sunday, July 9 noon. Free!

As part of Gabriola Island’s Cultivate Festival, we’ll be helping to lead the audiences in a giant shanty session in honour of the late Bob Wyche, musician, sailor, and shipwright, at the Gabriola Commons Reservoir Stage.

We’ll be joined by Bob Bossin, Jon Bartlett and Rika Ruebsaat.


Friday, May 26

We found a sweet spot — outdoors, with an overhang roof to bounce back the sound —  so masks came off, and harmonies came out!  We were delighted hear and see each other again this way, and so was the audience. Thanks to the White Rock Seniors Centre Volunteer Appreciation Lunch for inviting us to kick-off their event. It had a pirate theme, and with a few adjustments to the lyrics and our usual outfits, so did the Lazy Jacks!

2022 Performance dates

We’re cautiously heading out into live singing again…

Friday, Nov. 11

Hollyburn Sailing Club for Folk Music at the Beach We shared the stage with some friends from the Vancouver Folk Song Society at the always appropriate location at the Hollyburn Sailing Club, overlooking the waves.

Saturday, Aug. 6

An outdoor session in August for the Hollyburn Sailing Club Wooden Boat Show and Open House.

2020-21 Performance dates

Songs for Challenging Times

A new pandemic, lock-down, and recommendations that changed to keep pace with the virus mutations. Not so much fun.

However, there were a few benefits with the wave of online singing sessions. You could join virtually anywhere in the world, without having to travel or even change out of your pajamas.

And since shanties have always evolved and been adapted to suit the work needing to the done, we found that tradition continued to reflect our current circumstance, giving us such delights as “Flatten the Curve,” (written by Barnie Matthews and performed by the Longest Johns as one of the entries in the Coronavision Song Content) and Dermot Ryan’s revised Lanigan’s Ball, delivered virtually.

Previous performances

Here’s a record of our past deeds, musically speaking.