Wednesday, July 26, 2017 This Week's Paper

Award-winning Canadian folk darlings Dala to play Theatre on the Square

Broadway Center presents the award-winning Canadian folk and indie music duo Dala on Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m. at Theatre on the Square. Known as darlings of the Canadian music scene, Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine have released five albums and toured extensively across North America together. Drawing upon influences like The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Bob Dylan, Dala write songs that are both catchy and insightful. Walther’s ethereal soprano voice blends seamlessly with Carabine’s velvety alto, creating the lush harmonies that have become their trademark and has been compared to fellow Canadian Feist. Dala has opened for artists such as Tom Cochrane, Stuart McLean of the CBC’s “Vinyl Café,” Richie Havens and Arlo Guthrie. As regulars on the festival circuit, they have performed at The New Orleans Jazz Festival, The Edmonton Folk Festival, California's Strawberry Festival and Mariposa. In 2009, they were the only Canadian group invited to play at the 50th Anniversary of the Newport Folk Festival.

Their album “Everyone Is Someone” was released in 2009 to critical acclaim. It earned the vocalists their fifth Canadian Folk Music Award nomination and was named “Album of the Year” by The Irish Post. The song “Horses,” which speaks to the heartbreak and hope of a young man dealing with disability, was nominated by National Public Radio in the United States as one of the Top 10 folk songs of 2009. The duo’s PBS special “Girls From The North Country” was broadcast across North America and their album was nominated for a Juno Award for Roots and Traditional Album of the Year. The concert featured Dala’s own songs weaved through classic hits by Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Gordon Lightfoot. The live CD and DVD for “Girls From The North Country” earned Dala the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year. Dala’s latest album, “Best Day,” was released in June 2012. Tickets are $36. To purchase tickets call the Broadway Center box office at 253.591.5894 or toll free at 1.800.291.7593, in person at 901 Broadway in Tacoma’s Theater District or online at: