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Root Dwellers presents: Sam Lynch, Cassidy Waring, Laura Reznek, Lajla Jean

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Root Dwellers is excited to celebrate 3 years of showcasing Vancouver artists in our East Van listening room!!

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Root Dwellers is excited to celebrate 3 years of showcasing Vancouver artists in our cosy, inclusive, all ages East Van listening room! We are extremely grateful to our music community, friends, fans and attendees. Our listening room wouldn't exist without any of you making the magic of live music possible with your continued support.

We are honoured to present 4 very special Vancouver artists; dynamic, lush, profoundly moving indie folk-pop singer SAM LYNCH, vulnerable, heart-stirring, deeply honest modern folk singer CASSIDY WARING, enchanting, sincere, emotionally inspiring singer LAURA REZNEK and soulful, enthralling, lyrically introspective LAJLA JEAN.

DOORS: 7pm / MUSIC: 8-11pm

VENUE: 1858 Commercial Drive

EVENTBRITE: $12 / DOOR: $15

**ARTIST BIOS**

LAJLA JEAN

Lajla Jean (Lie-la) is a Yellowknife born, Alberta raised singer/songwriter. She is a perfect combination between Soul and Alternative folk. Lajla channels the lyrical styles of young UK folk artists, Gabrielle Aplin and Lewis Watson, utilizing similar stylistic choices creating the emotional resonance that is her music.Lajla spent her childhood as a creative idealist, often lost in the depths of her mind. Inspired by films, she would create narratives echoing her real life. At the age of 14, Lajla began songwriting as a means to accompany the fictional movies she would imagine. To this day Lajla continues to use this method to create her music, drawing inspiration from both TV & film, and especially her dreams. By blending her introspective lyrics, gentle guitar picking, paired with her soothing soulful voice, Lajla Jean creates an astral ambiance to produce her cinematic songs. Now based in Vancouver, BC, Lajla Jean has become a bright new light in the local music scene. Her enthralling songs and effervescent personality has already caught the attention of Vancouver-based label, Terrified Swan Records. In 2018, her song ‘Coffee In the Morning’ was featured on their annual International Women’s Day mix tape. This same year, Lajla shared the stage as a choir member with Grammy Award winning artist, Daniel Ceaser during his 2018 Juno Awards performance. She has been featured as a guest on various local radio shows such as CiTR’s ‘The Medicine Show’ and CJSF’s ‘Melodies in Mind 2.0’. Recently, she performed at the 2019 Winnipeg Folk Festival and participate in their prestigious Stingray Young Performers Program. Lajla Jean also had the privilege of being mentored by Juno Award winning singer/songwriter, William Prince.

LAURA REZNEK

A self-professed observist and avid people-watcher, Reznek’s music takes up issues of humans and humanity - spinning the ‘why’ of people and what we do through insightful lyrics, swelling chords, and poignant melodies. Although her classical training is apparent in her technique and arrangements, Reznek’s interest in perception is her guide in her upcoming project - a collaborative effort using the ‘found sounds’ of life that the rest of us take for granted. Coaxing music out of pot-and-pan percussion, running water, and city traffic is a feat only the few can achieve - and Reznek has mastered it. Spinning stories of family, friends, and crowds, Reznek’s neptunian orchestration lays bare the human condition in a way all of us can understand through our own lived experiences.

SAM LYNCH

On a farm in central Germany, with a small backpack and a dead cell phone, Sam Lynch found herself in a damp cellar, sitting in front of an out-of-tune piano. It was the beginning of a story shared by many: in the wake of a major life shift, Lynch followed the impulse to throw everything familiar out the window, and lean into the free-fall of uncertainty. She quit her jobs, gave away most of her belongings, and set out to travel solo. Yet, in the midst of this relatively un-extraordinary story, a quiet, extraordinary shift occurred; upon returning from a five month independent journey through Europe in 2016, Lynch finally surrendered to the magnetic musical pull that she had been resisting for so many years. Based in Vancouver, Lynch has been evolving and expanding her relationship with music for quite some time. She started writing songs at a very young age as a way of processing the world around her; “I'm not sure if I would even call them songs", says Lynch, “more along the lines of pure unadulterated preteen emotion". But since then, Lynch has worked to distill the emotions that are experienced across generations, and shed light on the simple stories that have the ability to be profoundly moving. “Most of my songs are built around a moment—either a specific real-life moment that elicits a strong emotional response, or a musical moment that emerges from free-form playing, or a lyrical tidbit that stirs some other part of my brain,” Lynch explains. “Then things tend to feel like a bit of a tornado—lots of ideas spinning around, often very loose and hard to grab on to—and I just try to capture as much as I can in the moment.” She has pushed through the slight discomfort that often accompanies vulnerability, and channeled those feelings into an expansive collection of songs for her upcoming LP—some of which were recorded in her basement, others recorded in world-renowned studios in Montréal alongside producer Sam Woywitka. The lush new songs, mixed by Robbie Lackritz (Feist / Bahamas), are an ode to self-discovery and to the subtle-yet-profound moments of life. Along with Woywitka (Chin Injeti / Echlo), Lynch was joined by Isaac Symonds and Dylan Phillips of Half Moon Run, Mishka Stein (Patrick Watson), and Volodia Schneider (Aliocha) for instrumentation and arrangements, as well as Leif Vollebekk for key piano parts on a few songs. The result is an unpredictable, vulnerable, strident and sincere album, built upon strong lyricism and dynamic, experimental instrumentation. As Lynch says about the new songs - “if I get goosebumps, tingly in my legs, tight in my chest, or my stomach drops, I feel like things are working.”

CASSIDY WARING

Cassidy Waring makes modern folk music that breaks hearts and sews them back together. She sings dusty lullabies directly from her relentless heart. Her songs feel lived in, like a cabin in the woods with dripping candles and the smell of old books. She has spun her relatable challenges into songs that invite listeners deep inside with uncompromising honesty, razor-sharp wit and vivid remembrance. Cassidy’s vulnerability on stage is an integral part of her live performance. She speaks candidly about her personal experiences with mental health, grief, trauma and self destruction. She reminds us that we aren’t alone in our struggles. The release of her debut single ”Nostalgia” in the fall of 2019 set the tone for her following releases and upcoming album. She is working with producer Jonathan Anderson (Aidan Knight, We Are The City, Jordan Klassen), on a full length album focusing on the bittersweet comfort of memory and how it seduces us. Along with music, Cassidy uses her art, design skills, and writing to connect with her community. She is here to help us share our raw, heart-stirring, sometimes painful stories so we can truly see each other and know we aren’t alone in this crazy world. To check out her work, head to her Instagram, subscribe to her newsletter, or shoot her an email!

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