StrongX Two | Mark Ash & Kristina Shelden

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CBC Studio 700

700 Hamilton Street

Vancouver, BC V6B 2R5

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Building off our flagship Strong Sessions concerts, this series will feature VAMS musicians performing original and cover material in stripped down, intimate performances. Each 2-hour show features two VAMS artists performing original material and cover songs that span many genres.

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  • July 26: CBC Studio 700, 700 Hamilton St, Vancouver. Performers and Time: 7:00-9:30pm, Mark Ash & Kristina Shelden
  • August 22: CBC Studio 700, 700 Hamilton St, Vancouver. Performers and Time: 7:00-9:30pm, Brandon Wilkinson
  • September 13: CBC Studio 700, 700 Hamilton St, Vancouver. Performers and Time: Greg "77 Spokes" Labine 7:00-9:30pm

Strong X got off to a fantastic start on June 2nd with performances by Simon Paradis and Jeff Standfield in the lobby of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, one of Vancouver’s most recognizable music venues. One attendee had this to say:

"We thoroughly enjoyed the music. Fantastic writers, musicians & beautiful voices. Your 1st band had incredible songs... Beauty Of Sound & Wise Old Tree were just fantastic! Your beautiful hearts connected to your music and your musician family are so appealing. We were tearing up with emotions with those two songs. Thank you for sharing your passion :)"

Look forward to more of that same passion from the performers taking the stage on July 26th. Mark Ash and Kristina Shelden will be bringing their rock/pop sound to the stage at Studio 700.


Mark “Audio” Ash has been part of Vancouver’s music scene since the early ‘80s. He studied bass with jazz legend René Worst, toured Canada and the US throughout the ‘90s, recorded a number of albums and has opened for bands including Mr. Big and Blue Oyster Cult. From ‘91 to ‘97 Mark owned and ran the New York Theatre on Commercial Drive, Vancouver.

In 2001 a brain injury left him partly paralyzed. Mark had to learn to talk and walk. Describing this period, he says “Music has been my doctor, and I listen to my doctor.” Now, Mark plays keyboards in a number of bands and uses music as therapy to help others - for which he received the Courage to Come Back Award in May 2010.

Kristina Shelden is a Canadian singer, songwriter and performer of aboriginal descent based in Vancouver, BC. Her voice smolders in indie folk, jazzy, and soulful genres. Her voice and music has been described as honest, stripped-down, soulful, and moving.

Kristina started performing at an early age in choirs, musicals, and jazz bands. After putting herself through a year of basic musicianship in college, however, she suffered a c4/c5 spinal cord injury that threatened to end her advancing musical ambitions. But through hard work and determination, and despite her physical limitations, she is again performing at venues throughout the city, writing new music, and has joined the board of directors for the Vancouver Adapted Music Society.

As a self-taught songwriter, Kristina is hiring professional producer Harvey Small (Peach Pit, Sarah Jickling) to develop her first full length album, to be fully released by the end of 2019. This record will explore the emotional challenges of love and loss, all the while emoting through the social lens of living and working with a disability, and as a First Nations woman.

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Vancouver, BC V6B 2R5

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