Grist brings gig home to Maple Ridge ACT

Hilary Grist plays the ACT on Tuesday, Feb. 7. - Contributed
Hilary Grist plays the ACT on Tuesday, Feb. 7.
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Art-pop-torch-folk songstress Hilary Grist is in Maple Ridge next week for a hometown gig.

The 30-year-old musician has packed a lot into the past year.

She placed fourth in the competitive Peak Performance Project in November and is currently working on two new albums.

The first one is a collection of original lullabies and the second is a follow-up album to her debut full-length oeuvre Imaginings.

“Lots of creative juices are flowing at the moment, it’s great,” says Grist.

A graduate of Capilano University’s well-regarded jazz studies program, Grist, who was born in Quesnel and raised in Maple Ridge.

Her poignant, free-spirited songs have been adored on campus radio from coast to coast and have been featured on CBC Radio programs such as  DNTO, North By Northwest, as well as Lana Gay’s ehList on CBC Radio3.

Her music has also found eager new listeners south of the border through the iTunes Singer-Songwriter Spotlight in the U.S.

Her solo set in Maple Ridge  will feature a mixture of old and new material.

Grist is hoping to test out a few new songs on some willing ears.

“I’m looking forward to it because it will be the first time in over 10 years that I’ve played in Maple Ridge and it will be nice to see my hometown family and friends.”

Grist recently recorded a performance for CBC Live for Radio 2 with Vancouver bands Mother Mother and Hey Ocean and plays a CBC ‘Toque Session’ at the broadcaster’s Vancouver studios on Thursday, Feb. 2.

“Life is busy and full and I’m enjoying every new musical experience that comes my way.”

• Hilary Grist plays the ACT on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. Songstage is hosted by  musician and songwriter Ivan Boudreau.


Songstage performers:

•  March 6 – Chris Ronald;

• April 3 – Ross Douglas;

• May 1 – Ranj Singh.

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