Take a few moments to check out the new single, "Never Alone".
Along the lines of Adele, Brandi Carlile, and Billie Eilish, it's a minimalist piano ballad, an homage to the Carpenters, and a sonic farewell to my mama. After 20 years with no piano or keyboard of my own, I am loving playing and writing on piano again.
Released on Remembrance Day, "Never Alone " is about a loved one not returning home - from war or work. Mom's dad was in the army. Mom passed suddenly last fall. There is a broken promise: I will always love you. You will never be alone. There is a sadness but a carrying-on, an inner fortitude and resilience.
Love you all, stay warm & well this winter. - Nov 16th, 2022
"IT'll BE ALL RIGHT"
is a minimalist acoustic Indie Folk track
along the lines of Anaïs Mitchell, Tracy Chapman and Laura Marling…
Based on Billie Holiday's struggles and strife as a female and a person of colour with sexism, racism and addiction, and speaking to today's opioid overdose crisis and skyrocketing youth suicide rates.
"It'll Be All Right" is about the tragedy of early loss of life, whether overdose, suicide or natural causes.
Amid the chaos, there is awareness, slow change and optimism for the future: It'll be all right.
"It'll Be All Right" (Sep 2) and more new music coming soon - stay rad and stay TUNED!
Excited to announce a very special musical evening taking place in Gibsons, BC this June 8!
Local venue High Beam Dreams is celebrating Indigenous History Month and hosting Kym Gouchie (Duo) with guest: yours truly:-)
About Kym Gouchie:
With ancestral roots in the Lheidli T’enneh, Cree and Secwépemc Nations, KYM GOUCHIE is fostering change through her music and art. Her music brings awareness to First Nations and women’s issues, promoting reconciliation and community building while reminding us that we are all in this together. Her stories are a testament to the human spirit, weaving together threads of her own journey from personal tragedy to triumph. Kym’s traditional hand drum, clean, crisp acoustic guitar and full-bodied voice make her a powerful artist. Traditional First Nations, folk, and country tones alongside poignant and inspirational lyrics capture the hearts of young and old — her genuine and heartfelt performances have a profound and sometimes emotional impact on her audience. A respected elder-in-training of the Lheidli T’enneh Nation, also known as Prince George, BC, Kym is sought after to perform and speak at traditional welcoming ceremonies, cultural gatherings, schools, and conferences.
A warrior of the light, Kym’s inspirational music lifts the soul beyond its fettered state along the quest of creating a better world with compassion, understanding and forgiveness, reminding us that we are all in this together.
CBC's annual Talent SEARCHLIGHT is on now until May 30 and I entered "Freight Train."
"Freight Train" is a track so very dear to me, that speaks to truth, reconciliation, forgiveness & moving forward - together or separately, in whatever way is most progressive and healthy. It also marks a return to playing and writing with piano for me. Very special.
I LOVE CBC. They have played my songs on "The Early Edition" "On the Coast" and several other programs: "The Early Edition" selected the instrumental of my song "All This Time" as their new theme song - I couldn't feel more proud and am forever grateful.
I submit to competitions hesitantly - I mean, I'm old(er), I'm not trying to be a rock star, I don't want to try to prove myself or my music to anyone - I'd just love folks - YOU GUYS - to listen to my music and ultimately LIKE IT: for it to move, uplift and excite you, make you feel understood, like: you have a friend. You do have a friend in me. Voting aside, I'd just love for you to have a listen - or listen anew, if you've heard it before - and yay, if you like it, great. If you feel something - groovy.
Very excited to announce that I am opening for 2019 Stingray Music's Rising Star Award Recipient KYM GOUCHIE :-)
"A warrior of the light, Kym’s inspirational music lifts the soul beyond its fettered state along the quest of creating a better world with compassion, understanding and forgiveness, reminding us that we are all in this together... Celebrating Indigenous History Month with Kym Gouchie, recognizable Indigenous Artist, who is fostering change through her music and art."
WHEN: Wed, June 8, 2022 - 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM PDT
WHERE: High Beam Dreams - 350 Glassford Road, Gibsons, BC V0N 1V8
“You Are Light (Lynne’s Song)” comes out this Friday, May 6 - right on time for Mother's Day!
My sweet mama passed away fairly suddenly this past September 27. I wrote her a song and sang it to her every night for her last two weeks in hospital. I was born sick and she would come up to the hospital to hold and sing to me. I hoped this time I’d sing and she would heal.
Anyone who knew Lynne knew her tremendous capacity to love, give, share, care, smile, hug and love some more. She was a vibrant, strong, smart dynamo who embraced life and all with open arms and enthusiasm. She was light, life and love.
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I'm excited to release this song, a tribute to my mama, but it is also for all mothers. We wouldn't exist without our moms. I'm especially reflective and feeling the loss of mine just now. I keep thinking to call her, hear her voice or see her bright eyes and big grin.
So grateful for the opportunity to play LIVE in Mazatlán, Mexico during the past two (pandemic) winters.
I'm now in the home stretch and last weeks of my season here this year. There was a lot of shuffling of band members and venues this season and I've lucked out with the guys I get to perform with. I've also really enjoyed my Sunday funday solo gig at El Shrimp Bucket Mazatlán - I get to play originals as well as perform covers we don't do as a group.
Schedule for April 9-24, 2022:
Fridays @ Belisario 6-8pm: Lola y Darío
Saturdays @ Macaws 7-9pm: Lola y Los Lolos (Dave Oakey, Darío Avila & Omar Rios)
Sundays @ Shrimp Bucket 3-6pm: LOLA PARKS SOLO
Sundays @ Pedro Y Lola 6:45-10:30pm: Lola y Los Lolos (Dave Oakey, Gregorio O'Brady, Darío Avila & Omar Rios)
Happy to relay that I will be back in B.C. in May!
Coming up soon:
June 4 - Yurt, Gibsons (tickets $25)
July 5 - Cameron Bandshell, Victoria
July 7 - Fort St. Commons, Victoria
Three upcoming daytime weekend gigs to let you in on:
Sat, Aug 21 - Massey Theatre Open Spaces - outdoors - 735 8th Ave., New Westminster 1pm-2pm
Sat, Sep 4 - City of Victoria - outdoors - Government St. @ View St. 3pm-4pm
Sun, Sep 5 - City of Victoria - outdoors - Government St. @ View St. 12:30pm-1:30pm
CDs of the last three releases will be available for purchase. Walk away with your very own personalized, signed album for only $10. Take home all three for just $25.
Now you can listen and buy all four albums directly from this site, no middle person - just you & the music. Simply:
Click on MUSIC at the top of the page
Click on the ALBUM you want to hear first OR press PLAY to start with the latest release, NO APOLOGIES.
Thank you for supporting original music. We can only do what do thanks to you!
VOTE DAILY from MAY 11-20 for your musical artist/song of choice.
And guess what? I'll be back in Canada this summer and can't wait to tell you about a super cool gig:
CANADA DAY Drive-Thru: Cross Country Road Trip
"Celebrate Canada Day in Maple Ridge with a special drive-thru experience that will take you and your family on a cross country road trip! Soak in the sights and sounds of Canadian history, music, dance and more as you follow along from the comfort of your vehicle. Finish your journey with a taste of Canadian cuisine at the Food Truck Festival featuring diverse cultural favourites. All activities have been designed in compliance with the Provincial Health Order." https://www.mapleridge.ca/1744/Canada-Day
Location | Albion Fairgrounds & Albion Sports Complex
Date | Thursday, July 1, 2021
Time | 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
As always, I appreciate your love & support so much.
Fingers crossed we can safely connect in-person this summer!
Wishing you a healthy, happy, warm & wonderful season and new year!
Looking to hear new, original music?
Head on over to the "music" tab of the site. Full Lola catalogue now available directly on the website to stream & buy.
Looking to hear LIVE MUSIC?
We’ve a fantabulous international music family of Mexican, Canadian & American musicos playing daily and also livestreaming — just for y’all while COVID keeps you at home and not going out for live music:
Go to Facebook —> Search for “Rob Lamonica & Friends” page:
Times are “loose” but here’s a basic lineup:
*Sat: Rob & the boys @ Macaws (5-8pm PT ish)
*Sun: Rob etc. @ Shrimp Bucket (1pm-4pm PT), Pedro y Lola’s (5:30-9pm PT)
*Mon: Barre Al Mar (2-5pm PT) (loving this beach gig!)
Tue: “Wingin’ It” with Lori & the boys @ Shrimp Bucket (4:30-7:30pm PT)
*Wed: sunset livestream from Rob’s with Rob and (usually) me.
Thu: “Wingin’ It” with Lori & the boys @ Water’s Edge (6-9pm PT)
Fri: “Wingin’ It” with Lori & the boys @ La Fabula (5-8pm PT)
*I play 2nd set on Sat/Sun/Sun/Mon and just Rob & I on Weds.
Hard to keep track? Make it easy on yourself: select “notifications” for the FB page and you’ll receive a gentle reminder when the page goes live.
Excited to announce & invite you to a 🎶LIVE 🎶 In-Person gig next Friday!
Who: Lola Parks - LIVE in Victoria - joined by Chris Van Sickle & Gord Light
Where: Hermann's Jazz Club - 753 View St., Victoria, BC
When: Friday, November 13 - 7:30-9pm PST (doors at 6:30pm)
What: we are playing original tunes from all four Lola albums, including new release *NO APOLOGIES*
YASS! New Album 🎶 NO APOLOGIES 🎶 is out Friday, Sep 25.
PRESAVE it TODAY: https://show.co/noB1UPg (through Sep 24) to hear it first & unlock your very own personal access to all 7 tracks of the new album.
🎶 🎶 🎶
*NO APOLOGIES* is a musical shotgun to your heart with empowering and inclusive messaging that centres around owning all of who we are, standing strong in our roots, speaking our truth and standing up for what’s right. It’s a sonic journey that calls us to value and honour ourselves and our right to be here, to be ourselves and to respect others. It’s about awareness & responsibility, empowerment & optimism.
“Lola Parks is an award-winning soul folk singer-songwriter with a mission to achieve cultural brokerage through voice and song. She sings with an honesty that inspires her audience to dig deeper and share a genuine connection across diverse barriers. Lola’s dangerous lyrics and seductive voice compel listeners of all ages to move closer, in hopes of capturing every note and word. Her new album, No Apologies, featuring “Dreamer” and “Freight Train” is a musical shotgun to your heart and will be available on September 25th on all major platforms.”
I'm really proud of every track & there really is something in it for everyone: it will uplift you, make you think, sigh, grin & dance.
🎶 🎶 🎶
With sincerest #gratitude to the First Peoples' Cultural Council, Creative BC & the Province of British Columbia - your continued support for BC artists to create and share #music has made the latest musical dream a reality. My heart smiles on the awesomest musical team too - Jeff Dawson (producer/engineer/mixer), MJ Dandeneau (bass) & Adam Dobres (electric guitar) --we weathered delays, social distancing and travel restrictions (almost) like we weren't navigating through a pandemic storm. You make music better & I love you hugely for it.
Thanks to all who've been along for this musical escapade. May we continue on the path for years to come.
🎶Merci for adventuring with me & daring to dream the music dream. 🎶
“Freight Train” is a musical shotgun straight to your heart, an Americana folky-blues track that warns you to check your heart at the door. It's about collective and individual respect and responsibility. It asks you to be honest with yourself: When is it better to forge ahead together? To forgive and forget? Is it too late?
Reading: Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
Podcasts:Tony Robbins, The Happiness Lab
Listening: Nathaniel Rateliff, Leif Vollebekk, Dawes, John Mayer
Listening: Anaïs Mitchell, Sara Bareilles, Billie Eilish, Freya Ridings
"Dreamer" has a groovy John Legend vibe that mixes pop and jazz with a clear and crisp female vocal.
It empowers you to be yourself, to live your best life, dares you to dream.
It was recorded at The Den in Vancouver, produced by Jeff Dawson
and features MJ Dandeneau on bass and Adam Dobres on lead guitar.
Single #2 "Freight Train" will be released on Sep. 4
New album, NO APOLOGIES, coming to you Sep. 25.
Deepest gratitude goes to all of you who've supported and/or been involved in the making of this album.
A special thank you to First Peoples' Cultural Council, Creative BC (creativebc.com) & The Province of British Columbia without whom the album would still be a dream and not yet a reality.
LIVE "5 @ 5:55" - final episode tomorrow!
Friday May 29: final episode of FB LIVE "5 @ 5:55" pm PT / 8:55pm ET
After: FB or youtube.com/lolaparksmusic
THANK YOU for remotely tuning in, listening, watching, commenting & supporting! Can't believe it's episode #10 already! It's been such a treat to connect with you across the screens & seas. And such a thrill to see friends check in from Indo, UK, AUS, MEX, US & all across Canada. Not sure yet if 5:55 will resume after a break or if something different will surface. It's a surprise!
Recording - done!
Despite delays and remote tracking with Adam Dobres (guitar) & MJ Dandeneau (bass), we got 'er done, folks!
All new single (or 3) out soon, followed by 7-track EP! @ The Den Studios with Jeff Dawson (producer).
Be sure to say hello on the website, FB, YouTube, Spotify!
Subscriber bonus: How about a monthly live video(s) directly to your email? Or... private link to unreleased song / EP?
What would YOU like to see/hear moving forward? Get at me! [email protected]
Thank you - to all who tune in for FB LIVE "5 @ 5:55" Fridays - final episode tomorrow!
Thank you - Creative BC & The Province of BC: #showcasebc @creativebcs for supporting live music
Thank you - First Peoples' Cultural Council & Creative BC for supporting the upcoming release
Thank you - OnStageLive TV & Hubcast Media for the fun interview and song highlights
It's April. I see fire and I see rain.. Well the fires have stopped, yes?
Now there's some sun, wind, rain, earth, moon... all the elements & a lot of LIVE music ONLINE.
Yes, physically distant but surging creativity!
YOU are INVITED to Live @ 5:55: a five-song mini concert series I've started on Friday afternoons.
What: Five songs - mix of originals and covers
When: 5:55pm PT / 8:55pm ET
Why then: 5:55 is my favourite time
Why now: we are all home-dwelling and who doesn't feel like good live music on Friday afternoon?
"But what if I can't watch at 5:55," you ask?
No problemo: simply click the YouTube icon top right corner to watch episodes when the time is right for you!
*Set lists are also available in the Description :-)
The times they are a changin and the music is a comin...
New music: Been recording in studio, remotely when possible - featuring Adam Dobres (guitar), MJ Dandeneau (bass), Jeff Dawson (producer), yours truly (vox, gheetar, keys, ukelele!)
a) PR: need a kickass music release strategy. 2-3 singles then EP/album. who's a music PR whiz??
b) graphic design: have 2-3 ideas for album art - Indigenous, female or local artist preferred but fit & quality are key. Let's discuss!
c) Lola mail: changing email system, so please check your Promotions/Junk folder and gently nudge me back into you Inbox.
2019 ---- end of a decade and a year of changes, collaborations & firsts:
-Jan-Feb: move to Vancouver, Talking Stick Festival (Full Circle: First Nations Performance)
-April: VIA Rail Artist-on-board (Vancouver to Toronto)
-April: Awarded Canadian Songwriter Challenge Scholarship by Full Circle; Co-write "Roses & Rain" with Andre Chrys & Connor Nelson
-June: mini Ontario tour: airplay on CBC Fresh Air, perform at Bar Robo and CHUO radio - Ottawa
-June: new Lola Parks Trio and Duo - gigs with Michel Bruyere and Michael Simpsonelli - Vancouver
-July: perform with Mazatlán band "RIOH" (Rob Lamonica, Ignacio Chávez, Omar Rios, Howard Anderson) - Metro Vancouver
-May, Sep: write and record "Hey Hey" - airs on multiple CBC programs, feat. song of 2019 BC Culture Days
-Aug: Indigifest (First Peoples' Cultural Council); Another Brick in Nepal - VICA fundraiser
-Oct: Top 5 Finalist: Nominated for iN Bullseye Prize by ImagineNATIVE; perform special FPCC event @ Quaaout Lodge in Chase, BC
-Nov: Music BC Juror, attend TAXI A&R conference in Los Angeles, perform with "RIO" in Mazatlán
Oct. 1 NEWLANDS gig with Rob Lamonica and Ignacio (Nacho) Chávez of Mazatlán band "RIO" right here in the Lower Mainland
Oct. 3-5 VIFF AMP Accelerator in Vancouver "Three day summit with world-class experts weighing in on diversity in the music marketplace, the art of music supervision, how music rights management victories around the world are benefiting songwriters and composers" & more.
Oct. 11 TOP 5 FINALIST in imagineNATIVE & SLAIGHT Music's iN Bullseye Prize competition
Oct. 19 SPECIAL PERFORMANCE for First Peoples' Cultural Council at Quaaout Lodge on Shuswap Lake in Chase, B.C.
Oct. 21 ELECTION DAY - worked the polls, how's that for civic duty?
Oct. 25-27 SAN FRANCISCO, CA - failed Fillmore mission, but excellent time
Next up (confirmed & pending):
Nov: TAXI Road Rally (three-day conference) in Los Angeles, CA & Puerto Vallarta, MEX (10 days)
Dec: NYE gig in Victoria, BC
Jan: Folk Alliance International in New Orleans, LA
Feb: gigs in Mazatlán, MEX & recording in Vancouver, BC
Life and music are such gifts -- especially as music, travel, inspiration and connections grow and become increasingly intertwined!
Oct. 1 is One Night: Mazatlán Meets Langley!
I am excited to play with stellar players - keyboardist Rob Lamonica and guitarist Ignacio Chávez of Mazatlán group "RIO" - at Newlands Bar & Grill in the hometown: Langley.
I've also played some fun and unique gigs over the past few months:
- a special Full Circle: First Nations Performance event, Richmond Maritime Festival, West End & Drive Car Free events and opened for Ontario's Tom Savage at The Heatley!
On Vancouver Island:
- INDIGIFEST (First Peoples' Cultural Council festival), Builders on the Bridge fundraiser put on by Vancouver Island Construction Association in support of Another Brick in Nepal & a sweet private party in Mill Bay.
Oct 4-5 Vancouver Island Film Festival (VIFF) AMP Accelerator: Music in Film/TV conference
Nov 7-10: PENDING: really hope to attend the TAXI Road Rally in Los Angeles and stay at #SOCAN LA House
Otherwise... working on songs and getting ready to record the next album!
I came to Vancouver on a quest: find like-minded artists who want to create, collaborate and thrive.
I am really heart-warmed and stoked at how things are working out.
Here are some 2019 half-time highlights:
June 28 - CBC Fresh Air + CHUO interview + Bar Robo @ Ottawa @cbcfreshair @cbcottawa @barrobo #YOWmusic #CBCOttawa @chuofm
June 15 - West End Car Free Day @ Vancouver: Lola Parks Trio with the incredible Michel Bruyere & fabulous Michael Simpsonelli
@carfreewestend @lolaparks @muniidobenese @simpsonelli #WECarFree #CarFreeYVR #luckyme #grateful
May 5 - Bridgemans Bistro @ Mill Bay - gorgeous spot right at the marina! @bridgemansbistro
April 26-28 - Canadian Songwriter Challenge: Co-wrote "Roses & Rain" with Andre Chrys & Connor Nelson https://youtu.be/T2h1jJJc7hQ @nimbusrecording @socanmusic @creativebcs @bellmediapr @andrechrys @itsconnornelson #CSC2019
April 20 - Scholarship from Full Circle: Indigenous Performance to attend Canadian Songwriter Challenge
April 11 - house-concert @ Pam's @ Toronto - with stellar Danny Simmons - thanks Pam & Danny! @pam_ella @danielrobertsimmons
April 5-9 VIA RAIL artist-on-board program: played from Vancouver to Toronto @viarailcanada #YVR #Jasper #Winnipeg #YYZ
Feb. 21 - Talking Stick Festival @ Vancouver: organized by Full Circle: Indigenous Performance
*Thanks to Rob Thomson for getting me involved! @talkingstickfst @robjthomson @musicfullcircle
And thank you to all of YOU for supporting local, live music! It means everything.
"The autumn breeze scares me, not so tenderly
The autumn breeze, nearing, take me." - Autumn Breeze
Fall is upon us.
A long time ago (in Sandyland... and in human years), I wrote a song called Autumn Breeze.
It was a sad but inspired time, my band and relationship ended abruptly and summer likewise fast slunk away.
As fall steals the sun's light and heat away, people tend to stay indoors more; artists tend to woodshed. The changing leaves and cold breeze render fall and winter creative seasons.
"The ocean breeze comes in and slaps you
Telling you what you don't want to hear.
How many times will you stand right here?" - Take You Home
Like the (still) changing seasons, the universe sometimes jolts us out of our everyday, humdrum comfort zone, prodding us to lift up out of mediocrity and the status quo. In the last year, a number of friends - both peers and elders - have passed.
"All we ever want is something genuine
All we ever want is something real
All we ever want is something beautiful
To never not be able to feel." - [yet untitled]
As well this year, I have met some amazing hearts and artists. I am superbly grateful to so many individuals and organizations for sharing their insight and kindness, and giving support and encouragement including: First Peoples' Cultural Council #FPCC #CreativeBC #SOCAN #MusicBC #AtomiqueProductions #Arpix #RifflandiaGathering #FACTOR.
Increasingly I am reminded of how we are all truly interconnected, how there is only one path: the one we take.
This season, let's open our hearts, let love in and out, create not react, build not crack.
We ought not seek to see through each other, but to see each other through.
Every day is a gift, great people are gifts, YOU and MUSIC are gifts.
"Every time I think of when I was happiest
It was with you
It was the first time I knew love
The first time I gave completely
The first time I finally unravelled myself
And wound up in you" - Autumn Breeze
We are the fortunate ones, upon our next unravelling, propelling us toward deeper joy and understanding.
Correction: Last email I mentioned an upcoming CTV segment but it is actually JoyTV (in B.C.) and Zoomer Media (nationally).
This Sat, Jan. 13 @ 9:30am and Sun, Jan. 14 @ 12:30am (PST)
TUNE IN to "Our City Tonight" with Jim Gordon and Leeta Liepins for a quick Lola segment (filmed @ Yaletown's The Distillery Bar & Kitchen) and a whole lot of tasty & cultural more! The episode will repeat the same times next weekend, then will be on their Youtube channel.
Date night? Catch Lola LIVE:
Sat, Jan. 27 @ Q Bar, Fairmont Empress, 6-10pm
Sun, Jan. 28 @ Brentwood Bay Resort, 7-9pm - Jan 10th, 2018
CALL TO ACTION: Please please please - follow and add Lola to your SPOTIFY playlists!
Streaming and moonlighting on Spotify playlists are today's music currency!
NEW VIDEOS on YouTube! http://www.youtube.com/lolaparksmusic
I've done some live vids (tributes to Gord Downie, Tom Petty + more) and edited together a skydiving (me! skydiving!) video for All This Time: https://youtu.be/zHk-F4jkhg0
It's the first track off the new album, original dive filmed by divemaster-videographer Kai Calicott.
Message me with cover song suggestions and feedback (How about post/review on YouTube!)
HOME SWEET HOME:
I'm planning on arranging a special house concert with music by Lola and Mike Ferguson in January in Victoria... Message me if you'd like an invite!
I'd love to do one in Vancouver as well - do tell if you've got a fabulous place to host 30-40 distinguished music lovers!
Lola Parks (Sandy Powlk) is an Indigenous Soul, Folk, Pop singer-songwriter from Vancouver. Her style is intelligent, intimate, evocative, boho chic and deeply influenced by her heritage (she’s 12th generation Canadian of Montagnais and European ancestry) and stylistically reminiscent of Sara Bareilles, Brandi Carlile, Nelly Furtado and Bonnie Raitt, while staying true to her jazz roots.
No Apologies (2020), her latest album, features the singles, “Dreamer” (July 31) and two-time (2020 & 2021) International Songwriting Competition semi-finalist “Freight Train” (Sep. 4). “No Apologies encourages us to own all of who we are, stand strong in our roots and our right to be, speak our truth and stand up to power,” explains Parks. “It’s a collection of songs about female empowerment, dialogue, forgiveness, and celebrating where we come from.”
Since release, music from No Apologies has been added to 20+ curated playlists, including From the Strait (CAN) Noble Vybe (USA), and Talk About Pop (UK), among others, featured on CBC radio, premiered in Canadian Beats and Aesthetic Magazine, reviewed in Nexus (BC), York Calling (UK) and featured in online publications like Cashbox (CAN)), Alternative Nation (UK), Soft Shelter (USA) and many more. Over the course of the pandemic, Parks hosted 10 Facebook livestreams, performed a virtual Canada Day concert, and was selected to premiere Virtual Feast, a new livestreaming platform dedicated to showcasing Indigenous artists.
Parks has created a fiercely independent musical history that includes fronting a 17-piece big band; co-founding and being sole lyricist/vocalist of folk-rock group, Sonnenblume; releasing five studio recordings; winning Female Songwriter of the Year (Vancouver Island Music Awards) and Most Outstanding Musician-Vocal Jazz (Denver Festival, USA); being nominated as Female Vocalist of the Year and Artist of the Year (VIMA); performing across Western Canada and five continents; completing a five-month residency at an eco-adventure camp in Nepal; brief residencies at hospitals in Zimbabwe and Haiti (reorganizing an AIDS clinic, performing); and participating in a peacebuilding workshop in Burma. Music from Parks has been placed on TV's Higher Ground, Mutant Films’ "The Orchard" and CBC’s current Early Edition theme song.
"Lola Parks is the most mature, original, soulful and honest fusion/folk act I've had the pleasure to witness. Sandy Powlik’s dangerous writing and immaculate vocal stylings inspire me to get up tomorrow.” - Barry Newman, Cosmic Debris Mag