04 Feb

Kim Barlow, Rae Spoon and Mohammad Sahraei Tour March 2020

Rae Spoon and Kim Barlow are two seasoned musical nonconformists who have teamed up with newcomer Mohammad Sahraei for a Canada-wide tour in March 2020 that will take them from Yukon to Wakefield, Quebec. The eclectic trio performs arrangements of Kim’s and Rae’s songs for setar and banjo, guitar, keys, percussion and electronics. Kim and Mohammad have been finding the places where banjo and setar overlap, and joyfully meshing their musical worlds for the past year. These new versions of Kim & Rae’s indie pop songs, with traditional tunes peppered through two sets, make for a live performance that is vibrant, diverse, and beautiful.


March 5 Whitehorse at The Yukon Arts Centre Facebook Tickets  Access info

March 6 Dawson City Workshops at KIAC 

March 7 Dawson City at The KIAC Ballroom  Facebook  Event Page + Tickets

March 8 in Atlin at The Globe Theater Facebook

March 12 in Camrose at Fika Coffee Facebook Pick Up Tickets At Fika Coffee

March 13 Edmonton at The Aviary Facebook  Tickets

March 14 in Lethbridge at Acoustic Owl Facebook 

March 15 in Calgary at The Ironwood Facebook

March 17 Peterborough at The Garnet Facebook 

March 18 Toronto at The Burdock Facebook Event PageTickets

March 19 Kingston at Musikki Cafe Facebook

March 20 Ottawa at The Black Sheep Facebook Tickets

Rae Spoon is a nonbinary musician and author in Victoria BC. They have released ten solo albums and have toured across Canada and internationally. Rae owns and runs an indie record label called Coax Records that has released thirty-seven albums by Canadian and international artists. They have been nominated for two Polaris Prizes, a Lambda Literary Award and a Western Canadian Music Award.


Kim Barlow is an enduring presence in the Canadian indie scene, Yukon-based but now back in Nova Scotia, starting fresh. Her newest album, How to Let Go features some of the East Coast’s best, produced by Mark Adam with Old Man Luedecke guest vocals. It was nominated for a 2019 Nova Scotia Music Award for Folk Recording of the Year. Barlow recently joined the Coax Records label.


Mohammad Sahraei is an ethnomusicologist, skilled with many traditional Persian instruments. His ensemble, Open Borders, a group of 30 international musicians, have performed at the Halifax Jazz Festival, Obey Festival, Upstream, Multicultural Festival, Feast Festival, and Iranian and Indian Festivals. Mohammad teaches and holds master classes and workshops


Financial Access: For anonymous pay what you can list email coaxrecords@gmail.com to reserve your spot. We try very hard to make sure everyone can go to our shows and make sure PWYC tickets are as accessible as paid tickets.

Access Info: As much info as we can get from venues is posted below. If you have any specific requests please contact coaxrecords@gmail.com or call the venue. We’re happy to try to accommodate any requests that make it so that everyone can go the the shows.

March 5 Whitehorse at The Yukon Arts Centre Access Info

March 6 Dawson City at The KIAC Ballroom Accessibility info: All bathrooms are gender-neutral (3 on the ground floor, 3 upstairs in the venue). 1 private washroom on the ground floor is accessible, and 1 private washroom upstairs in the venue is accessible. There is a set of stairs getting into the building and a flight of stairs to the venue. The ramp into the building comes through the back door. Please email coaxrecords@gmail.com or contact KIAC so someone can open the door for you that evening.

March 8 in Atlin at The Globe Theater Access Info: Accessible entrance and washroom. Outdoor ramp into building. email coaxrecords@gmail.com or contact the Globe Theatre with any questions.

March 12 in Camrose at Fika Coffee Access Info: There are 5 steps at the front of the building to get in. Both washrooms (one upstairs, one main floor) are gender neutral. 

March 13 Edmonton at The Aviary Access Info: Accessible entrance through the back. Wheelchair accessible washrooms. Please contact coaxrecords@gmail.com or The Aviary If you have any questions. We can reserve seats for you if you need them for access.

March 14 in Lethbridge at Acoustic Owl Access Info: No stairs on entrance. No grab bars or large bathroom stalls. Bathrooms are gender neutral.

March 15 in Calgary at The Ironwood Access Info: The Ironwood is accessible from the front door. No steps in or to the room with the stage. There is an accessible, all-gender washroom to the left of the stage.

March 17 Peterborough at The Garnet Access Info: There are two large gender neutral washrooms, the front entrance is accessible. More info on grab bars coming!

March 18 Toronto at The Burdock Access Info: The entrance to the Burdock is no step. No stairs to the stage. No accessible washroom. Washrooms are down a flight of stairs in the basement of the venue.

March 19 Kingston at Musikki Cafe Access Info: There’s a large staircase (27 steps) to get to the main performance area. There are two gender neutral washrooms with no large stalls or grab bars.

March 20 Ottawa at The Black Sheep Access Info: Ramp into venue. No large washrooms with grab bars. Will try to change the washrooms signs. Not normally gender neutral.

25 Sep

Geoff Berner’s “What Kind Of Bear Am I?” Music Video

On November 1, Vancouver singer/songwriter/accordionist/novelist/political activist Geoff Berner returns with new left-wing Jewish music for our perilous times. Grand Hotel Cosmopolis is the first new klezmer-punk album from Berner since 2015’s We Are Going To Bremen To Be Musicians. Released on Coax Records in Canada and worldwide via Coax Europa (an imprint for Coax on artist run record label GiveUsYourGOLD in Berlin), a new label set up as a european bridgehead for Coax artists. 

The album’s first single, “What Kind Of Bear Am I?”, was originally written for Gravediggers of Uzda, an experimental musical theatre production from director Jenny Romaine at the KlezKanada Laurentian Retreat. “Jenny told me we needed a bear song, for the bears working in the tavern scene, and handed me an academic paper by Robert Adler Peckerar,” says Berner.

“I am told that when the Polish Empire ran Belarus a long time ago, there were many restrictions for Jews and Roma people, but there was a special license granted to them alone. They were the only ones allowed to train and keep dancing bears. In the town of Smorgon, Belarus, there was a Bear Academy. They say that the whole town was devoted to the cruel work of the training of dancing bears. They say that when you arrived at Smorgon Station, a bear porter would take your luggage for you. That bears cleaned the streets with brooms. That bears served also in the hotel. All through the town.

Rob‘s piece talks about how dancing bears are symbols of the way Christians thought about Jews and Roma in a way similar to the way they thought about dancing bears—as creatures somewhere between animal and human..”

The video, by Jordan Lloyd Watkins, is the film noiresque journey of a bear through the less-polished spaces of Vancouver. “And as the lyrics go,” says Berner, “‘I pour the drinks, I hear the music, and I try not to dance, but sometimes I just can’t help myself no matter how I try, and you ask me, what kind of bear am I?’.”