Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Christmas Presence Preview: Meet Peter La Grand

CHRISTMAS PRESENCE is right around the corner, and it's time to meet our performers! I'll be posting mini-interviews (minterviews?) every so often from now until the last Christmas Presence closes on December 20th.

First up... Peter La Grand!

Firmly rooted in the musical traditions of folk and Americana, the music of Peter La Grand is both familiar and unique. Though his songs echo the heritage of such musical luminaries as CS&N and Cat Stevens, and bear comparison with such contemporary artists as Sam Beam (Iron & Wine) and Sufjan Stevens, La Grand’s music is set apart by a deep and passionate lyricism and unique instrumentation. A native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, La Grand started playing the guitar in high school, and soon began writing his own songs. At the age of twenty, he bought a van, traveled across America, and performed wherever he could. -taken from his page

And here's his mini-interview!

Introduce yourself.

PL: Peter La Grand, Project Manager for PHS Community Services Society, a not-for-profit society that helps house the hard to house in the downtown eastside (DTES) of Vancouver.

PT: How long have you been involved in Christmas Presence

PL: This is my first year!

(PT: We would like to point out that he did perform in PRESENCE in September, so he's not quite a PT newbie. Although we love his enthusiasm!)

PT: What other music-related projects are you working on right now?

PL: I have just released a third album with my band Ordinary Time. We record and perform old hymns and new scripture based songs. As a band we are interested in the interrelationship of faith and art, social justice and old hymns. I also just returned from our first shows in the SouthEast United States. I am also working on a new album to be finished sometime in the spring. New tracks can be heard at

I also lead worship at my church once a month.

PT: If you weren't playing music, what would you spend your time doing?

PL: Being with my wife, farming, reading novels, or recording music.

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