Surrey, BC - IN BRIEF: Join Surrey Civic Theatres from the Digital Stage for Write the Future with Devon More. August 7, 2020 at 7pm. Tune into the
Surrey, BC - IN BRIEF: Join Surrey Civic Theatres from the Digital Stage for Write the Future with Devon More. August 7, 2020 at 7pm. Tune into the free premiere by clicking the link on Surrey Civic Theatres' Facebook Page, tune in to the Digital Stage Page, or the City of Surrey YouTube Channel.
JULY 2020 - On August 7, tune in for Write the Future with Devon More.
This show is part of Surrey Civic Theatres’ newly launched Digital Stage, an initiative to support local artists and performers that audiences can enjoy from the comfort and safety of their own homes. Write the Future, a show recorded exclusively for Surrey Civic Theatres, is a humble, harmonious and humorous take on the human condition in 2020.
Devon More's performances command attention: building musical arrangements for her indie rock/pop tunes from scratch, she uses a loop pedal to live-mix the electric guitar, flute, glockenspiel, and whatever else is in her long arm’s reach. Get drawn into More’s hypnotic looping layers that tempt toes to tap as she delivers cheeky, melodic rants on topics from the rat race to rent cheques. She always serves her songs with a side of storytelling-and a surprise or two.
This latest show is more than a concert, and not exactly a play! More said, “In this show it’s mostly original songs, two of which were written during quarantine, I have a couple of jokes in there, I keep it light, but it’s political, although I let the songs carry some of that weight. I did my best to offer a lens to look at current events as a call-to-action."
Like many artists, More has felt the effects of the pandemic. Yet, despite gigs drying up overnight, she says there have been positives as well. Prior to Covid-19, More spent a ton of time on the road. In the previous 20 months, she clocked up 55,000 kilometres travelling to gigs in her car. During the lockdown phase of the pandemic, More sheltered- in-place with her parents in her hometown of Kamloops.
There she decided to embark on a 50-day music marathon: performing two shows a day (Instagram in the morning and Facebook in the afternoon) that she live-streamed. "Every day, creating that joyful noise put me in a good space, and while performing all of those shows, because so many people spent so much time online during the lockdown, I actually felt valued as an artist.
And if I think about it, I did 100 shows without once having to pack all my gear into the trunk of my car! I’m probably significantly losing my upper body strength from not having to do the ‘indie-musicians yoga’. It was actually kind of beautiful that I just got to focus on music making, and not the hustle. It felt like a beautiful pause. I feel like I fell back in love with my craft by just being able to play music."
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