Jesse Waldman Music & Joanne Probyn Art
Step into an oasis of beautiful music and abstract paintings. Experience an intimate, live blues concert in a working artist's studio!
“Whether he's banging out the blues on his 1959 Harmony Stratotone Jupiter or crooning an acoustic-folk tune, Jesse Waldman never sounds like he's doing anything other than baring his soul.”
— John Lucas, Mike Usinger - The Georgia Straight
Vancouver-based Jesse Waldman has played countless pubs, soft-seat theatres and major music festivals. Cozy up on a Saturday afternoon and drift away to the sound of soulful blues surrounded with beautiful painting by Joanne Probyn. Coincides with First Saturday open artist studios from 12-5pm.
Venue is in Joanne's art studio and gallery inside Eastside Atelier, one of Vancouver's largest art collectives.
One of Jesse Waldman’s most cherished possessions is a cassette of his grandmother singing the Yiddish folk song Papirosen to his mother. A remnant, like the abandoned guitar discovered in his parent’s basement, that drove his rock ‘n roll dreams out of the suburban sprawl of Thornhill, Ontario, and into the bars of downtown Toronto. A journey cross-country led him to mountains, ocean, and into the arms of Vancouver's Commercial Drive music scene. Now his home of over twenty years, the West Coast continues to inspire his lush imagery, sublime melodies, and outstanding technique. Influenced by folk and blues pioneers Townes Van Zandt, JJ Cale, and Neil Young, Jesse has toured Canada, Western US, and the UK, performing everywhere from local pubs to soft-seat theaters, appearing at major festivals including Vancouver's Folk and International Jazz Fests, Burnaby Blues and Roots Fest and Mission Folk Fest. Mansion Full of Ghosts is Jesse's highly anticipated solo debut, an exploration of the city's vast duality, a backdrop of beauty mirrored by a fierce underbelly, and a need to keep a light on in the dark.
Joanne Probyn is a contemporary artist best known for her acrylic, abstract paintings and hand embroidery. She often explores themes of growth, the human condition and interconnection. Probyn’s creative pursuits have been exhibited and published widely including Fun Size, an art book published by Jen Tough Gallery, New Mexico. She has collaborated on multiple murals including two in the Vancouver Mural Festival. Career heights include local and international awards such as North Vancouver Arts Council Award for Excellence in Painting. Probyn completed her IDEA School of Design education at Capilano University and holds a certificate in marketing management from University of British Columbia (UBC) Sauder. Past professional activities include teaching therapeutic art for over eight years. She has studied with teachers including renowned painter, Kiff Holland, and Governor General Award recipient, Eric Metcalfe. Joanne sits on the FirstSaturday.ca steering committee.