Where We Sing

2020 Performance dates

Where we sing… at the moment, more than a fathom apart, and solo.

Not so much fun. When all the social distancing and isolation (and hand washing) and efforts of our health care workers have had their effect, there’ll be a pent-up outpouring of shanties. Watch this space.

In the meantime, don’t be the last one on your block to join in on the chorus of this new shanty, and an entry in the Coronavision Song Contest. Called “Flatten the Curve,” it’s written by Barnie Matthews, and performed by Bristol group, The Longest Johns.


We had to cancel our March date at the Old Hastings Mill Museum, but it will be rescheduled.


Sunday, January 26 at the Tipper Restaurant 7 pm- 9 pm

Wow! We pulled in about 40 shanty fans and singers and easily filled two hours with traditional shanties, modern shanties, some humourous songs, and a moving recitation of a Les Barker poem, “Disaster at Sea” for our third (?) annual Open Shanty Session at the Tipper restauraunt. By the end of the evening, we’d heard songs in English, French, German, and … a Balkan language I need to ask the singer to identify. We’d added in bodhran, penny whistle, concertina, and button accordian, as well as seen the debut of our limber jack dancing doll.

It’s a great room for singing, but not for photographs, so we have no visual evidence. But there may be some audio files at a later date.


Check back for changes or additions to this list.

Regular sessions at Old Hastings Mill Store Museum
Sunday afternoon open shanty sessions. 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
1575 Alma Street at Point Grey Road, Vancouver
Admission by donation to the Museum.

Join us for an hour of shanties and sea songs, and take your turn to lead one from the audience or the front of the room.

Bonus. After the shanties and a short break, head upstairs to listen to or join the “fiddle session,” (included guitars, fiddles, concertinas, etc.) featuring old-time tunes and music from Irish, Scottish, Appalachian, Quebecois (and elsewhere) traditions, led by Doug Sherlock, sometimes shanty singer and always an enthusiastic fiddler.

2019 Dates at Hastings Mill
October
June 2
March 10

2018 Dates at Hastings Mill
November 25
September 23
June 17th
March 18th

Previous performances 2019

Friday, August 24 & Sunday, August 26
Excited to make our second (and third) appearance at the Granville Island Wooden Boat Festival this year, singing amidst seagulls and wooden boats of all sizes and decriptions. Organized by the Vancouver Wooden Boat Society.

Friday, February 8
Annual Open Shanty Session (with beer) at the Tipper Restaurant and Review Room , 2066 Kingsway, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Shanties and an occasional sea song. Eating, singing, snacking, and socializing with friends new and old.

Saturday, February 2
Vancouver Maritime Museum
Performing as part of the festivities for the Winter Wander in Vanier Park.

Previous performances 2018

Tuesday, October 23
Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, Point Grey Road
Entertainment following the AGM (with rum to begin the concert)!

Friday, August 24
Granville Island Wooden Boat Festival.
On the main market stage. Four days of fun related to boats, including music, displays, crafts, activities, and gorgeous wooden boats to visit.

Sunday, January 28, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Annual Lazy Jacks New Year Open Shanty Session
Tipper Restaurant and Review Room 2066 Kingsway at Victoria Drive
Our annual open shanty session, with beer (optional)