Creatively United for the Planet presents:

Artists for Sustainability and Community Connections

Please join local artists and musicians for an evening of musical performances, artwork, and treats on January 11th—featuring local recording artists and sustainability advocates Danton Jay, Kristia Di Gregorio, and West My Friend.  Sit back and enjoy mixed musical genres, and meet environmentally focused pioneers in Victoria’s art and music scene.  While sipping on some locally roasted coffee, join the silent auction and bid on over 20 pieces of artwork produced by Victoria artists.  Learn, connect, celebrate, and grow our community with the arts.

Saturday, January 11th, 2014
St. Ann’s Auditorium, 835 Humboldt St, Victoria

Doors at 6:30pm – Music at 7pm • Come early and get the first bids on all the great auction items!


Some of the spectacular silent auction items include:

Click here to visit the event Facebook page for photos of the silent auction items

Featuring performances by:

Danton Jay

Danton Jay is a singer, songwriter, and sustainability advocate hailing from Victoria, BC. Of mixed Belgian and Canadian backgrounds, Jay has roots on Canada’s west coast, but is also influenced by European lifestyles and cultural movements. This fully bilingual west coast artist lays out beautiful, refined tracks that have flavours of rock, jazz, blues, and R&B, while emitting themes of environmental sustainability. Jay’s environmental consciousness stems from his time at the University of Victoria where he researched sustainable development initiatives. Following his undergrad, Jay set off travelling throughout Eastern and Central Europe in search of stories and challenges which he could tie together with his research in song lyrics. After months of vagabonding he cooped up in Southern France for a month and relentlessly wrote songs. In the spring of 2013 Danton Jay released ‘Morcenx’ record with Grammy and Juno winning producer Joby Baker—the album illustrates Jay’s rock and jazz background as he is highly influenced by artists like Colin James, and The Philosopher Kings; however, his smooth vocals and moody guitar give him a distinct European flare. So who is Danton Jay? Just picture David Suzuki and Colin James drinking red wine in southern France.


KristiaKristia Di Gregorio

“Her refinement and maturity as a musician and a singer belies her rootsy roots, elevating the new material into the realm of chamber folk. Above all, Kristia’s voice rings authentic, confident, with a quiver of vulnerability that brings realism to an emerging audio self-portrait.”
– Cal Koat, World Beat Canada

A honeyed voice honed on Canadian folk tunes and jazz standards, Kristia’s songs are drawn from a deep well of personal experience and historical influence. On The Whiplash Curve, Kristia takes us on an escapist journey through the Belle Époque. With swelling strings she draws parallels with unruly women of another time… stealing pearls, dancing on tables and loosening the corset strings. Women who flirted and flitted through the Golden Age only to face the biggest curve the world could have thrown at them… the impending doom of war.
Female Vocalist of the Year at the 2006 Vancouver Island Music Awards, Kristia has shared the stage with such artists as The Paperboys, Lily Frost and Kinnie Starr. She has been featured on the Grrls with Guitars album series (Maximum Music / Universal Music Canada) alongside Coco Love Alcorn, Po* Girl, and Christa Couture. Kristia has showcased at Music West, the Western Canadian Music Awards, and Canadian Music Week, and she has performed at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre, The Orpheum, and The Vogue Theatre. Kristia has finished recording her follow-up to her last release Any Given Night. Produced by Joby Baker (Alex Cuba, Cowboy Junkies, Deva Permal,) The Whiplash Curve is set for release in early 2014.

“Kristia’s husky voice is reminiscent of a particularly gothy night by Norah Jones; thick with the breathy humidity and decaying eroticism of old New Orleans.”

– John Threlfall, Monday Magazine

“Brooding and self-consciously elegant.”
– Tom Harrison, The Province.


West My FriendWest My Friend

Since West My Friend was conceived in a Victoria café in 2009, they’ve emerged as a unique voice in the city’s music scene. Described as everything from indie-roots to chamber-folk, their acoustic blend of instruments and four-part harmonies challenges the conventions of popular music to create a performance that is both engaging and innovative. Songs are created through a collaborative process: well-crafted and clever lyrics, acrobatic mandolin riffs, flawless bass lines, and richly textured accordion combine as every member brings forward their own ideas and experiences. The wealth of musical experience and classical training in the group creates an interesting backdrop for their songwriting, allowing for levels of detail, intricacy, and counterpoint balanced with moments of simplicity. This sonically adventurous approach to music defines West My Friend as a key part of a growing movement of the new generation of grass-roots folk music taking place in Victoria, Vancouver and across British Columbia.

The life of a musician is one of continual evolution, and West My Friend embodies this in their approach to music. Their diversity in taste and influences, and a keen interest in both traditional sounds and innovation, creates a need to constantly explore new sounds while placing them as a distinctive voice in the landscape between Canadian folk and indie-pop. West My Friend’s commitment to creating original indie-roots music, and their dedication to giving their audiences a meaningful and memorable experience, is sure to catch hold of listeners as far afield as they can reach. A love for the songs of The Decemberists, The Black Keys, Mother Mother, Beirut, Bob Dylan, Owen Pallet, Joanna Newsom, The Punch Brothers, and Iron & Wine adds to this diverse musical palette.
West My Friend is dedicated to their community. They have strong ties to community organizations such as Music for Youth Works Society, Fernwood Neighborhood Resource Group, and Amnesty International. In 2011, the director and producers of the Victoria International Fringe Festival show BFA: The Musical asked West My Friend to provide recorded backing tracks for their production.

Having created a four-song hand-made EP in 2011, West My Friend recently released their first full-length album “Place”. Having garnered multiple award nominations (including Roots Album of the Year and Song of the Year at the Vancouver Island Music Awards), this record is a significant step forward for West My Friend; the group’s collaboration with producer Adrian Dolan (The Bills, Mark Atkinson) and Juno-Award winner David Travers-Smith (The Wailin’ Jennys, Oh Susannah) provides a strong underpinning of experience in folk-roots music for this promising young band.

Let’s connect, celebrate and grow our community!

All proceeds go to help produce, promote and grow the
third annual Creatively United for the Planet Arts & Sustainability Festival