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Mercury Prize-Winner ANOHNI Opens Chan Centre Presents 27th Season

The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia announced the return of ANOHNI for her first performance in Vancouver in 15 years on October 5, 2024 at 8PM. ANOHNI reunites with the Johnsons for the first time since 2010 for this new tour, entitled “It’s Time To Feel What’s Really Happening.” Tickets to see ANHONI, whom NPR called “one of our generation’s greatest protest singers/songwriters,” go on sale to the general public at 10AM on June 14. Fans can register now at http://www.anohni.com/tour for first access to presale tickets, which go on sale June 11th at 10AM.

“We are beyond thrilled and honoured to launch our 2024/25 Chan Centre Presents season with the incomparable ANOHNI for her first performance in Vancouver since 2009. She is not only a spellbinding singer and musician, she is an iconic voice for the trans community and climate movements—and her music is a profound meditation on how we might live through the upheaval of the present in 'the truth...that our love / will ricochet through eternity'. This will be an evening of magic and magnificence." 

Curator-in-Residence, Jarrett Martineau

ANOHNI’s sixth studio album, My Back Was A Bridge For You To Cross (2023), continues to examine societal structures, spirituality, and our relationships with the biosphere. The record was named Album of the Year by The New Yorker and The Toronto Star. For this concert, she will perform music from this album and her past catalogue. 

Born in the UK and raised in Amsterdam and California, ANOHNI relocated to NYC in her late teens, forming her group The Johnsons in 1998 and establishing a unique path as an artist with a focus on animist and eco-feminist themes. ANOHNI’s musical journey has spanned genres – from electronic experimental to avant-classical, dance, and soul. Achieving breakthrough success in 2005 with I Am a Bird Now (2005), she garnered the UK’s Mercury Award. 

Releases since include The Crying Light (2009), Swanlights (2010), and live albums Cut The World (2012) and TURNING (2014). In 2016, she released the sharply political electronic album HOPELESSNESS, noted as one of the year’s top ten albums by The New York Times. That same year, she was nominated for an Academy Award (best song) for the environmentalist elegy “Manta Ray” featured in the film Racing Extinction (dir. Louie Psihoyos, 2015). 

ANOHNI has collaborated with numerous pioneering musicians throughout the course of her career including Hercules & Love Affair, Bjork, Oneohtrix Point Never, Yoko Ono, Mykki Blanco, Cocorosie, Neneh Cherry, Lou Reed, Marianne Faithfull, and more. 

For this concert, ANOHNI will be joined by nine musicians including: Julia Kent (cello), Maxim Moston (violin), Mazz Swift (violin), Doug Wieselman (multi-instrumentalist) Leo Abrahams (guitarist), Gael Rakotondrabe (piano), Sam Dixon (bass), Chris Vatalaro (drums) and Jimmy Hogarth (guitarist/producer) and Johanna Constantine (dance). 

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