Diyet & The Love Soldiers bringing unique sound to Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre

From cabin to the stage

Born in a tent and raised in a cabin, Diyet is bringing her unique sound to the Vernon stage.

Connected to the land, rooted in tradition and yearning for adventure, Diyet & The Love Soldiers capture the spirit of the North in their bold songwriting.

Presented by the Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre Society, Diyet & The Love Soldiers are the first performance in the 2022-23 Spotlight concert series, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m.

“With the audience seated cabaret-style on stage, our very popular Spotlight OnSTAGE series allows audiences to relax and enjoy an up-close and personal concert in this intimate setting,” says artistic director Erin Kennedy.

Diyet & The Love Soldiers play alternative country, folk, roots music with catchy melodies and stories rooted in frontwoman Diyet’s Indigenous world view and northern life.

Born in a tent, raised in a cabin on the shores of a glacial lake in the Kluane region of the Yukon, Diyet embodies her Southern Tutchone, Japanese, Tlingit and Scottish roots with a musical presence that is equally diverse and unique.

She often says, “Yesterday, fishing for our dinner on the ice, the next day, on the stage singing for you.”

Diyet sings in both English and Southern Tutchone, backed by Love Soldiers: husband and collaborator, Robert van Lieshout on acoustic guitar, drums and percussion and Juno award-winning producer, Bob Hamilton on electric guitar, pedal steel and mandolin.

“They have a sound that can fill a big stage or capture an intimate room,” says Kennedy. “Their songs embody the North: hard and raw, but at the same time, beautiful, gentle, strange and intensely alive.”

They have been nominated for Folk Album of The Year at the Indigenous Music Awards and Indigenous Artist of The Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards. Diyet also received the Canadian Folk Music Award for Indigenous Songwriter of the Year in 2020.

Fans of VDPAC’s OnSTAGE Concerts cabaret-style format can preview video highlights of Diyet & The Love Soldiers on Ticket Seller and YouTube.

Tickets are $35 for the all-ages performance. To purchase, call 250-549-SHOW (7469) and visit the 2022-23 Spotlight season online.

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