Couture brings The Living Record to Coldstream

Vancouver singer-songwriter Christa Couture tours on the release of her latest album; plays Friesen’s Countrytyme Café in Coldstream Friday.

Christa Couture performs at Friesen's Countrytyme Café in Coldstream Friday.

Christa Couture performs at Friesen's Countrytyme Café in Coldstream Friday.

To say Christa Couture’s new album, The Living Record, is about “maturing through loss” will sound terribly cliché to those unfamiliar with her story.

An adolescent cancer survivor whose last album was inspired in part by the death of her infant son, Couture has had to endure even more loss as she’s sought to get back on her feet.

And yet, to say her music is inspired by such tragedy leaves one singularly unprepared for her sound: it’s said to be bright, beautifully-orchestrated indie folk with sweet, idiosyncratic vocals reminiscent of artists such as Regina Spektor and Jane Siberry.

Couture is returning to the road this week for the next leg of The Living Record’s launch tour, and audiences in the North Okanagan will finally get to see what all the fuss is about when she plays Friesen’s Countrytyme Café in Coldstream Friday.

Couture grew up in Edmonton with a mother who sang in a folk trio and a father who performed First Nations ceremonial music. She sang in choirs and performed in musical theatre, and then moved to Vancouver to study at Vancouver Film School.

Couture worked in film and television for about a decade before returning to music and releasing Fell out of Oz in 2005. The album earned four stars from both TV Week and The Edmonton Sun, who wrote, “her and her guitar makes an almost unholy sound.”

Oz’s follow-up, The Wedding Singer and the Undertaker, won a 2008 Canadian Aboriginal Music Award for Best Folk Acoustic Album, and Couture was nominated for Best Female Artist.

Of the album’s devastating inspiration, PopMatters wrote, “It’s truly remarkable that listening to The Wedding Singer and the Undertaker does not feel like the aural equivalent of ambulance chasing. This is down to Couture’s writerly, at times even playful, skill with words, as well as uplifting production.”

The same could just as easily be said about The Living Record, for while its story is uncommonly sad, it is transformed by Couture’s equally uncommon talent.

Couture will be joined by special guests Jess Hill and Lowell Friesen Friday for Friesen’s Counytrytyme Café’s  first outdoor event of the year (weather permitting, blankets recommended.)

Tickets are $10 and available at Friesen’s or the Bean Scene. Children under 10 are free.  Friesen’s , located at 9172 Kalamalka Rd., will be open to serve coffee, tea and deserts. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Show is at 7 p.m.