By Jodie McRobbie
May Vibe featured artist: Eva Foote
Eva Foote writes songs and sings them, and she’s coming your way for the next AGA Vibe party on Friday, May 19.
Music has defined much of Eva’s life. With a bluegrass musician father and a family from Louisiana, Eva reminisces “there was always a honky-tonk, bluegrass or folk album playing around the house.” She admits that style of music has been a grounding force for her through every phase of her life.
Eva currently splits her time between Edmonton and Montreal, where she studies at the National Theatre School. Despite her hectic schedule, she kindly agreed to chat with me about her career, her upcoming Vibe performance and the connection between different kinds of art.
This is Eva’s first time playing Vibe, and she feels both honoured and excited. This show marks both her reunion with her Edmonton band, and her participation in a musical event that provides a unique atmosphere for the visual art experience at the AGA.
Eva admits that performances where the audience is expected to sit and listen quietly make her nervous. “Even in theatre it's something I think a lot about–having a very short attention span,” she confesses.
Vibe, which mixes music and art activities in a social atmosphere, is the perfect antidote to the traditional performance structure, and Eva is just fine with that. “I think having the ability to stand or sit or move around or chat or engage with other art can be a meaningful part of listening to music,” she says.
As for her set, Eva says to expect some songs from her last “alternative folk-ish” album, Funeral Walking, plus some newer stuff from her past year in Montreal. She says the new material deals with her personal confrontation with the idea of independence emotionally, physically and romantically. “I’m trying to move away from having a full set of love songs and talk about being all alone,” she says. She wants to shift focus to “what you notice when you’re not staring down a pothole into your own heart.”
Don’t miss Eva Foote and Ella Coyes on Friday, May 19 from 5–9 pm at your AGA. They are joined by artist Caitlin Sian Richards, who will help you create mixed media self-portraits.
If you want more Eva Foote after Friday, she will also be opening for Amelia Curran at the Needle Vinyl Tavern on May 24th. Or check out her acting chops as part of Nextfest in Elena Belyea’s “Everyone We Know Will Be There.” Follow her on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter for more updates and show information.
Unable to make it out this time around? Worry not—your AGA hosts live music pop-ups the third Friday of every month! Next Vibe takes place June 16.
$12.50/$10 for members and Ultra members;
available in advance or at the door.
Cash food and beverage bar provided by Zinc.
Friday, May 19