Cowichan Performing Arts Centre presents

Laila Biali

Cowichan Performing Arts Centre Cabaret Series

This fall we’re transforming our stage with our retro-style cabaret series. Kick back and enjoy cool jazz tones and primal blues music from Canadian artists. Our speakeasy-style venue with on-stage seating is a great place to catch live music in a chill, intimate setting. Seating is limited.

Laila Biali

She is an exciting and unique talent, and I admire her greatly. - Sting

Award-winning Canadian pianist and vocalist, Laila Biali, has been garnering world-wide recognition for her music which she has performed at prestigious venues including the North Sea Jazz Festival, Tokyo’s Cotton Club, and Carnegie Hall. She has toured with GRAMMY award winners Chris Botti, Paula Cole and Suzanne Vega, and recorded with and supported international icon, Sting.

Her studio recording, Tracing Light, received a JUNO nomination in 2011 for “Best Vocal Jazz Album of the Year”, and her follow-up album, Live in Concert, was given an enthusiastic four-star review and named one of the “Best Albums of 2013” by DownBeat Magazine.

In 2015, Laila released her first album of entirely original music, House of Many Rooms – an indie-pop project featuring Lisa Fischer (Rolling Stones, 20 Feet From Stardom), Jo Lawry (Sting, Paul Simon), Alan Hampton (Robert Glasper), and the Toronto Mass Choir.

Laila is currently working on her second studio album of original music, expanding on her unique “ability to meld traditional jazz with contemporary pop so effortlessly that neither style seems out of place on the same record” (Spinner Magazine).This project will highlight collaborations with several award-winning songwriters and is slated for release in 2016.

Her accolades include “SOCAN Composer of the Year” and “Keyboardist of the Year” at Canada’s National Jazz Awards.”

Cowichan Performing Arts Centre Fall/Winter 2017-18 Brochure