Singer Elise Boulanger and her band, cellist Anatol McGinnis and percussionist Natasha Hoskins, (from right) perform at the Port Theatre on Nov. 4. (Photo courtesy Drew Rodgers)

Singer Elise Boulanger and her band, cellist Anatol McGinnis and percussionist Natasha Hoskins, (from right) perform at the Port Theatre on Nov. 4. (Photo courtesy Drew Rodgers)

Nanaimo singer concluding tour with first Port Theatre concert

Elise Boulanger performs as part of series highlighting emerging local artists

Nanaimo singer Elise Boulanger is wrapping up her first-ever tour with a show on Nanaimo’s biggest stage.

On Nov. 4 Boulanger and her band – cellist Anatol McGinnis and percussionist Natasha Hoskins, along with violinist Paul Sadlemyer – perform at the Port Theatre as part of the theatre’s Discovery Series highlighting emerging local artists.

Although Boulanger has performed at the venue as part of theatre productions and choirs and at VIU convocation, this is the first time she’s presenting her own concert in the space. She said it’s a proud achievement.

“Smaller shows are obviously important and they’re enjoyable but I really love performing for theatres because it’s a more listening-conducive audience…” she said. “And I’ve lived here for a while and I’ve played at all the venues so the Port Theatre’s definitely the most exciting.”

The show marks the end of Boulanger’s first tour, which was delayed for a year and a half due to COVID-19. The It Started in the Garden Tour, named after her latest single and music video, started at the Global Climate Strike rally at Diana Krall Plaza in September and took Boulanger across Vancouver Island and as far as Calgary.

“It’s nice to go to different parts of the country and meet different people and experience different venues. It’s really refreshing to do that,” Boulanger said. “I love travelling as it is, so when I can pair music and travelling together then it’s the best of both worlds.”

WHAT’S ON … Elise Boulanger performs at the Port Theatre, 125 Front St. on Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $27 for adults, $24 for members, $15 for students with valid ID, available from the Port Theatre. Livestream tickets also on offer.

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