Artist tours both her better halves

Vernon’s Tanya Lipscomb and her alter ego, colourful children’s entertainer Kiki the Eco Elf, are about to embark on a cross-country tour.

Children’s entertainer Kiki the Eco Elf and multi-instrumentalist/singer  Tanya Lipscomb  each give CD release concerts at The Hub Arts Collective

Children’s entertainer Kiki the Eco Elf and multi-instrumentalist/singer Tanya Lipscomb each give CD release concerts at The Hub Arts Collective

One is a green-haired, face painting, singing elf, and the other is a jazzy, trip-hop, loop pedalling one-woman dynamo.

Vernon’s Tanya Lipscomb and her alter ego, colourful children’s entertainer Kiki the Eco Elf, are about to embark on a cross-country tour this summer, and each is performing at The Hub Arts Collective Thursday to launch her respective CDs.

With the tour expected to take her to the Atlantic and back, Lipscomb says she is also thrilled about the release of both her’s and Kiki’s latest recordings.

As the singing, dancing, and magic-making elf, known for her educational songs on the environment, Kiki often engages children with puppets and sing-a-longs.

Her latest CD, Children Of The Earth, follows her debut with a similar theme of a sustainable earth.

“Children are our best hope for a sustainable future, and that is why I have made it a priority to inspire, encourage and teach children about the environment before it is too late,” she said.

Lipscomb, meanwhile, has won numerous awards for her inventive lyrics and her rich, soulful three-octave voice. Touring as a solo artist, she has brought audiences to tears and laughter and to the dance floor, and she hopes to do that again on this upcoming tour.

She is currently promoting the release of her latest albums, Revolutionary (2011) and Around the World on a Loop Pedal (2012).

On the latter album, and in her live shows, Lipscomb uses a Boss RC-50 triple phrase loop pedal, which she says acts as her backing band with her guitar, bass, piano, drums, washboard and percussive instruments.

As the most recent album denotes, audiences will be taken on a journey around the world as Lipscomb performs songs of all different genres including funk, Latin-Afro, jazz, Celtic, soul, trip-hop, rock, folk, roots and blues.

Kiki’s performance at The Hub (located beside the Towne Theatre, downtown Vernon) Thursday starts at 3:30 p.m. Doors open at 3 p.m. and admission to the show is $2.

Lipscomb takes the stage with surprise musical guests that night at 8 p.m. with doors opening at 7:30.  Entrance is by donation, and all proceeds go to The Hub Arts Collective to support their haven for Okanagan artists.