November 6

November 6

November 6, 2018 at Sawdust Collector

Vigilant integrity; sparse quietude; beauty in imperfection.


Sarah Wheeler (Singer/Songwriter)

Sarah Wheeler (guitar, vocals), Julie Bavalis (bass), Jon Roper (electric guitar), and Michael Simpsonelli (drums)

Wabi (Shibusa)

Chris Gestrin (piano) & Bernie Arai (drums)

How to Get In

Where: #211- 207 West Hastings (Hastings & Cambie, above Nuba)
When: Doors 9:00 PM // Performance at 9:30 PM.
Tickets: $5/$10 or PWYC at the door. Cash Only.
But, How: Instructions for entrance will be posted on the front door the night of the show.

More information about our space is below.


Sarah Wheeler

"One of Vancouver's punchiest indie singers." Fish Griwkowsky, Edmonton Sun

Sarah Wheeler is a queer artist and recent cancer survivor who is defined by power house vocals and an indomitable positive spirit. A blazing live performer. Although she has enjoyed collaborating with other musicians, lending her vocals to recordings such as “A Small Wonder” by A.C. Newman of the New Pornographers, and sharing the stage with artists including Dan Mangan, and Tanya Tagaq, this Vancouver-based artist has consistently remained focused on writing and performing her own music with unforced honesty and message of positivity through dark times.

Wheeler’s musical heritage was handed down to her through her grandfather’s pioneering efforts as a jazz pianist in local Vancouver clubs during the 50’s and 60’s. In that period he backed jazz greats including Nat King Cole and Sammy Davis Jr. Sarah was raised in a household amidst the sounds of classic rock n roll, blues, jazz, and country music. Growing into a seasoned recording artist has been a natural progression for Sarah. In the present day pop culture climate of false celebrity, Sarah is an old fashioned believer in remembering the true power of music.

An "effortlessly big voice”.-Adrian Mack The Georgia Straight


Celebrated Vancouver jazz masters Bernie Arai and Chris Gestrin explore shibusa, the Japanese aesthetic principle of simple, subtle, unobtrusive beauty. Longtime musical compatriots in numerous ensembles, Wabi strips bass from the traditional piano trio format to create duets that explore incompleteness, sparse quietude, and the beauty of imperfection.


Sawdust Collector takes place at The Gold Saucer Studio, a collective space located in The Dominion Building. Information on how to enter the show is posted on the front door of the building by 8:45 PM on every show night. After 9:30 PM you will need a cell phone to enter. If you do not have access to a phone please try to arrive by 9:15 PM. If you come later there may be a wait.

The front door is located at 207 W. Hastings. There is one low stair between the sidewalk and the building level. The studio is located on the second floor and is accessible by elevator. Seating is informal. We will do our best to adapt seating as requested, but site-lines may not be ideal on full nights and movement may be limited. If you have questions about accessing the space, please contact us. There is one single-occupancy, gender-inclusive washroom on the second floor, accessible by key. We are a trans-inclusive space.

Sawdust Collector is run by us, three artists and our friends who curate and produce the events on a volunteer basis. We own the glassware but not the room. For our weekly series, a bit of scruff is part of the deal. If you have questions about what kind of scruff you're in for, please feel free to contact us:

We acknowledge that our work takes place in Vancouver on traditional and unceded Indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish),Stó:lō and səlil̓wətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We are grateful for this place.

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