Performed by Grant Lawrence, Kathryn Calder, Dustin Bentall and Nick Thomas (Vancouver, BC)
Length: 100 min. (Intermission)
Rated: PG (Adult themes)
“Lawrence is not only a gifted storyteller, but also a funny one.”—Georgia Straight
Join acclaimed author, CBC broadcaster, and B.C. raconteur-extraordinaire Grant Lawrence for a fun-filled evening. Grant present a unique show bringing together stories and songs from the open highways and byways of rock ‘n’roll. Grant provides the stories, while his musical guests provide the songs and banter. This is truly a unique, special and not-to-be-missed show!
Grant, author of three best-selling books, will tell stories and be accompanied by special musical guests:
- Kathryn Calder (the New Pornographers)
- Dustin Bentall
- The Smugglers acoustic w/ Nick Thomas
A Salish Sea favourite: Sold Out shows on Bowen Island, Brackendale, Deep Cove, and Pender Island.
Grant Lawrence’s book, Dirty Windshields: The Best And The Worst Of The Smugglers Tour Diaries was awarded the 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards medal (“IPPY Award”) in the category of Performing Arts (Music/Dance/Cinema/Theatre). Dirty Windshields is Lawrence’s outrageous non-fiction chronicle of his 14 years of touring the world in the infamous Vancouver garage rock band the Smugglers, for which he was the lead vocalist, frontman, and raconteur.
“Over the years, the Smugglers played plenty of shows in New York, from CBGB to the Roxy to Coney Island High”, remembers Lawrence. “But I have to say, receiving a medal for those sordid stories all these years later, at the Copacabana in Times Square, is something I won’t forget. It was amazing to be in that room full of authors and publishers from all over the world, and to receive an award for a bunch of tour diaries that I scribbled down in Hilroy notebooks twenty years ago”, noted Lawrence. “The Smugglers tour diaries were originally a deal I made with my dad. The only way he would allow me to be in a touring band was if I promised him I’d write the misery down. So… thanks Dad!”
Lawrence’s previous two books, Adventures in Solitude and The Lonely End of the Rink, were both award-winning bestsellers. The 2018 IPPY medal is Lawrence’s first international award for writing.
At the CBC, Grant is known mostly for his work with the groundbreaking Radio 3 and the championing of Canadian independent music. Previously, he worked as an indie label publicist and concert promoter. Grant is the lead singer of the Smugglers and the goalie for the Flying Vees beer league hockey team. He is married to musician Jill Barber and they live in Vancouver, BC, with their two children.