From one side of Canada

to the other….

Originally from Nova Scotia,  a young and adventerous Elizabeth Ryan  migrated to Vancouver Island in the mid eighties.  She worked in media, and  though she loved her job and the great people she worked with,  she longed to fulfil her secret dream ~ to sing and perform on stage. That opportunity came in a chance meeting with keyboard player Robson Sutherland. From the very start the two made a great musical pair, writting and performing as a duet.  They worked the lounge and hotel circuit throughout the island and lower mainland but both wanted to take their creative pursuit to the next level. That opportunity came when Canadian chanteuse,  Joelle Rabu heard them performing in a restaurant in Nanaimo. That chance encounter evolved into a full-blown theatre production with an 18 piece Big Band  to commemorate Remembrance Day in 2001. Elizabeth was thrilled to join the mega talented Joelle Rabu and Tina Jones (vocalist and musician for the Juno nominated Kerplunks) on stage as the Andrew Sisters.

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Elizabeth performing as
Vera Lynn
Port Theatre 2001
 

Elizabeth and Robson followed with the release of their debut CD Shake Me A Martini. The CD was well received and garnered almost a decades worth of airplay on AM 600 The Bridge (one of the Jimmy Pattison Group)  in Vancouver, BC.  They performed for festivals, fund raisers, corporate events including the prestigious BC Avon Convention – for three years consequitively.

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Elizabeth Ryan and
Robson Sutherland

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Elizabeth Ryan and the
Legendary Aristocrats
 

Elizabeth and Robson co-wrote and toured several musicals of their own over the next 10 years.

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In 2011 Robson,  who was in his early 70’s, fell ill but he and Elizabeth were able to enjoy an amazing swansong gig as the houseband at The Old Dutch Inn which is now beautifully renovated and renamed The Qualicum Beach Inn located in Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island. Together they performed 26 shows over a 13 week period and were joined on stage with the dynamic vocals and drums of Anthony Telfair, past drummer for K.C. and the Sunshine Band. For Robson Sutherland, music had been his life and this was the final set that every proffessional musician dreams of ~ truly a wonderful moment to share.

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Elizabeth has gone on to do other exciting music projects including writing and recording a CD project for a major Nashville sound and audio company in coordination with a local recording company.

With an ever growing audience of 20th century music lovers and a core audience of seniors Elizabeth has penned 4 Tributes  tailored for presentation in a wide varaiety of public venues including  casinos, retirement communities,  clubs and community  halls.  She also performs specialty shows featuring memorable characters including Mae”B” West, Carmen Miranda and Sandy Dee, the singing DJ.    Elizabeth travels the island and the lower mainland performing her one-woman shows on-location. Her love of music and the connection she enjoys with her audience keeps her travelling and singing her heart out to this very day.

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