Classical-folk-pop artist returns with Cortes Island inspired song

Three band members pictured on stage outside performing in the sunshine.
Elise Boulanger frequently performs outdoors, as she did at the the fireside patio music series in 2022. Photo By Ethan Claeboe.
Loni Taylor - CKTZ - Cortes IslandBC | 10-05-2023
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Elise Boulanger will return to Whaletown to share an evening of specially curated live classical arrangements for the local community. The musician attributes the Whaletown Ferry Terminal for the creation of her new song, “Rush.”

Boulanger told CKTZ that she plans to perform the Cortes-inspired track at the Gorge Hall on May 13.

“I was waiting, sitting on the rock right around the corner, I started writing one song. And I think the standing title is ‘Rush,’ which is just like a play on our conception of time and how we can feel rush. Sure, we can choose to slow down and things like that. So Cortes did inspire a song.”

This will be Boulanger’s third appearance on a Cortesian stage since last year. The professional musician hails from the Snuneymuxw traditional territories, or Nanaimo. She is selective with her tour locations this year, and Cortes is only one of two Gulf islands where she has performed.

“I'm not going as hard as I did last year…Just Gabriola and Cortes. You have me.”

Boulanger performed twice last year at the now-canceled free fireside patio summer music at Gorge Marina.

This time, the artist will offer a seated classical-themed evening with her band on Saturday night. The Whaletown Community Club is hosting the "soft seat" event.

To hear more about the experience Elise Boulanger shares with Cortes, listen to the CKTZ News Update below: