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Everything Blue for Mission musicians

Local artists Kat Wahamaa and Tony Rees are hosting a CD release party on Jan. 31 in Abbotsford. - Submitted
Local artists Kat Wahamaa and Tony Rees are hosting a CD release party on Jan. 31 in Abbotsford.
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Mission's Kat Wahamaa and Tony Rees are promoting the release of their new album Everything Blue on Jan. 31 at Level 6 Images in Abbotsford.

Everything Blue contains 12 tracks of jazzy, bluesy and rootsy songs written by the two musicians, who are real life partners too.

This latest album is their first one with co-writes and delves further into their jazz and blues cupboard.

Joining the Mission musicians on stage will be Astrid Sars (saxophone), Jennie Bice (violin), Joe Samorodin (bass), and other musical guests. Thought-provoking poet Robert Martens will also read from his new book, Little Creatures.

Wahamaa has toured internationally with her warm and powerful voice, released six albums and has had her music in theatre and film. She has been nominated for two West Coast Music Awards and in 2013 was honoured with the Christine Caldwell Outstanding Arts Advocate Award from the Abbotsford Arts Council.

After the CD launch, Wahamaa will be preparing to reprise her role as lead vocalist in Lauri Lyster's play The Drummer Girl at the Firehall Arts Centre in Vancouver, which runs from Feb. 12 to Feb. 22.

Rees, originally from the U.K., fronted the western swing ensemble Shiny Buckle Band and was a founding member of the old-time blues band The Caboose and Shirley U Jest.

Together, Rees and Wahamaa make up half of the quartet Bak Door Slam. Other members of the group are Joe Samorodin and Jennie Bice.

Level 6 Images is locatedĀ  at 2615 Montrose Ave., in Abbotsford. Admission is $15 and doors open at 7 p.m. There will be light refreshments and a no host bar. A portion of the proceeds will benefit ACES: Actively Creating an Exceptional Society.

For tickets, visit www.eventbrite.ca.

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