CBC Outdoor Plaza – Vancouver
Coming off the back of a successful appearance at last weekend’s Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Dawn Pemberton was in fine form at the CBC Plaza in Vancouver this lunchtime. The vocal dynamo was keeping her musical strength up in the run up to performing at the Surrey Fusion Festival this coming Saturday evening.
Back by her equally talented band, Pemberton ran through a set which covered the gamut from jazz to gospel, with a whole bunch of funk and soul thrown in for fun.
After kicking things off with the sultry Deeper from her CD Say Somethin’, which really showcased her range, we were treated to a set that showcased covers from the likes of Curtis Mayfield, Chaka Khan and Stevie Wonder, along with many of Pemberton’s own compositions. Everything was performed flawlessly, and was a wonderful demonstration of why she is one of the most sought-after vocalists across western Canada.
Strange as it may seem, Pemberton did not always have confident in her abilities as a singer, and despite growing up in a musical family it wasn’t until high school that she realized that she just might have something special to share. Thankfully for us all she did, and she is more than willing to share her talents. In addition to singing in her own right, she is also director of the Roots ‘n’ Wings Women’s choir, and contributes to high school choir programs across the lower mainland.
If you are in the mood for more of her soulful voice you can catch her at Guilt and Co tomorrow, the Fusion Festival on Sunday and the Vancity Roots and Culture experience on Sunday, before she heads out of town on a short tour with The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer.
You can follow Dawn at http://dawnpemberton.ca/
Photos: Stewart Johnstone