Biographies

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VONI GRINDLER

Producer, Director, Writer
 
Jupiter Productions' Artistic Director Voni Grindler returns to Quaaout with a new musical revue that is performed by a cast that reads like the Who's who of West Coast musical talent. Voni is an Honours Directing Graduate of the Drama Studio London and has an extensive list of credits for directing, producing, acting and creating new works, on well over a hundred productions. She has acquired a solid reputation for popular, high-quality theatre and is no stranger to creating new musical revues that premiere on the Quaaout stage. In celebration of Quaaout's Twentieth Anniversary, Cruisin' with the Boomers thrilled sold-out performances at the Quaaout Lodge in November 2012, and encore performances in May 2013.  Songs From The Attic is Jupiter's previous sixteenth production at Quaaout. Directing credits elsewhere include Tapestry:The Music of Carole King, Educating Rita, I Ought to be in Pictures & True Beauties at the Vancouver Arts Club Theatre; Baby Boomer Blues at Waterfront Theatre; Unforgettable: The Music of Nat King Cole at Performing Arts and JUMP! A Celebration of Swing, Boogie-woogie & Jump Blues at Genesis Theatre. Voni, who lives in Vancouver, also proudly directs for 'Vancouver Artists' who produce charity events under the banner The Stars Step Out. Most recently, stars stepped out in concert at the Vancouver Arts Club to raise funds for the Zajac Ranch for Disabled Children.
 
 

ANDY THOMA

Writer

Andy Thoma is a multitalented artist whose creative expression spans many genres & art forms. He has performed throughout the U.S. & B.C., has toured Europe & the Middle East with the United Nations and delighted many audiences here at Quaaout Lodge while performing in several of Jupiter’s productions. While maintaining a successful career as a singer & songwriter he has also oil painted for years away from the public eye and since his last appearance at Quaaout, seven years ago, has established himself as a painter with a unique and evocative voice. In Thoma’s varied creative journey, all art forms are interconnected and he is happy to be part of the Songs From The Attic creative team, writing another show with Voni ​Grindler following the resounding success of their collaboration on Cruisin' With The Boomers.

 

 

DAVE PICKELL

Musical Director, Keyboards, Guitar, Harmonica
 
Dave will be a familiar face to Quaaout dinner theatre patrons who enjoyed the most recent show Cruisin' With The Boomers. Graduating from U.B.C. as a classical pianist in 1976, Dave has been working extensively in the international pop music recording industry since 1980, first as a session keyboard player, then as a producer, writer, arranger, and musical director. He's written commercials for numerous clients including Microsoft and the Vancouver Canucks. As a TV composer, his work has been heard on 'Makeover Wish' and "Love it or Lose it' among many other series. Aaron Neville, Dan Hill, and Olivia Newton-John are among the well-known artists who have recorded his songs, and other career highlights are production for multi-platinum artist Lara Fabian, recording on Bryan Adams, Carly Simon, and John Denver albums, a song credit in the movie "Any Given Sunday" by Oliver Stone, and a number one Billboard hit in Hong Kong in August 2000. His songwriting was also featured in the Salt Lake City and Turin Olympics. Dave composes, produces and teaches in Vancouver.
 
 

JOANI BYE

Vocal Arrangements, Guitar, Vocals
 
Joani is thrilled to be returning to Quaaout for the fifth time to bring her powerful performance to Songs From The Attic.  Joani has been wowing audiences as a singer, musician & entertainer for many years, performing on TV, radio, concert & theatre stage & in nightclubs. As one of Vancouver’s top studio singers, Joani’s powerful voice has been heard on albums by some of the music industry’s most popular artists such as Cher, David Bowie, INXS, & Jon Bon Jovi, to name a few, as well as on countless commercial jingles. She has performed on stage with Sheena Easton, Del Shannon & Mellissa Manchester. Her theatre credits include Tapestry at the Arts Club Theatre, Jupiter Productions Baby Boomer Blues & A Mid-70s Nights Dream and most recently starring in & acting as Musical Director for Jupiter’s Hooked on a Feeling. Joani has toured as far as Seoul Korea with the acappella quartet The Euphorics and regularly fronts her R & B band The Homewreckers. Even with concert tours, school shows, theatre, club work, sessions, song-writing, arranging, tennis & her family, Joani still finds lots of time to laugh.
 
 

TIM PORTER

Guitar, Vocals

 
Tim Porter is one of the most sought after guitarists in Vancouver. As a rock musician, he performed regularly with the popular Vancouver band Brickhouse. He has also worked with a diverse array of other performers including The Canadian Tenors, Long John Baldry, The Powder Blues Band, John Lee Sanders, Joani Bye & the Homewreckers, Jim Byrnes, Dal Richards, Carol Weisman and Diane Lines. Tim is a highly-respected musician who has been performing in the field for over 25 years. He is well versed in all styles of music including jazz, blues, pop, rock and country and is a seasoned session player with countless recording credits to his name. For the past decade, he has been teaching guitar, developing strong relations with students of all ages, from novice to the advanced. Tim returns to Quaaout Lodge after appearing here in Cruisin' With The Boomers and with Diane Lines in the 2012 production JUMP!
 
 

TOM PICKETT

Vocals

Tom Pickett is completely at home doing Jazz, Blues, R&B, Gospel or Country as his roots hail from Texas where his father formed a group called The Original Four Aces.  Tom's theatre credits include The Buddy Holly Story and Dream Girls, both at The Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage; Arts Club Theatre. Tom recently portrayed the legendary Chuck Brown in The Eva Cassidy Tribute: How Can I Keep From Singing.  His film credit highlights include working with Chris Columbus (Director: Harry Potter) in Percy Jackson: The Lightening Thief and for Television in Red Widow.  Tom's heart lies in Doo Wop; "Shoo Bop Doo Wah". 

 

 

 

 

 

LISA LAMBERT

Drums

Lisa Lambert has long been one of Vancouver’s most sought after drummers. Through the chart topping music of Sue Medley, the driving Texas boogie of The Vaqueros, acoustic world beat of The Hightops and the urban blues of Tim Hearsey, versatility has been Lisa’s signature. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIKTORIA LANGTON

Choreographer

Viktoria is an innovative & accomplished Choregorapher/Creative Director of many events & projects in the world of television, film, fashion, dance & music. Viktoria started her extensive career as a performer in modern dance & became one of Canada's leading television dancers for many variety shows & commercials in Toronto & Vancouver; working with performers such as; Paul Anka, Tom Jones & Tina Turner. She later became Vancouver's busiest choreographer for film & television & choreographing such stars as Steve Martin, Pierce Brosnan, Angelina Jolie, Martina McBride, Anne Murray, John Cusack, Michelle Pfeiffer, Julia Stiles, Wayan Brothers, Alan Thicke, Rachel McAdams, Michael Buble and Tyra Banks.

Viktoria has choreographed many theatre productions. To name a few "Big"-The Musical for TUTS; Baby Boomer Blues & Three Vagabonds for Waterfront Theatre;Tapestry & Bouncers & Maniac Bride for The Arts Club Theatre; A Midsummer's Night's Dream & Rock N' Roll for Vancouver Playhouse. Viktoria is very excited to be working with Director Voni Grindler at Quaaout again & with such a colossally talented cast.

 

 

JANET WARREN

Synth & Vocals

Well knows nationally as a choral director for over 35 years, Jan has enjoyed recent opportunities for solo work that includes Jazz Vespers at St. Andrews Wesley Church in Vancouver; background vocals for Monique Creber ("Magic of Christmas", "A Carpenters Christmas") and Don Stewart; and featured solos on "A Time to Heal" (a project for homeless people in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside with other Vabcouver artists).  Jan's choral expertise has given her the opportunity to conduct Honour Choirs in Japan, Shanghai, and across Canada.  She has been awarded by the British Columbia Music Educators Association; the Sylvan Learning Centre, and the British Columbia Choral Federation.  Her first tast of theatre was as a crew member for "Cruisin' With The Boomers" in 2012-13.  Jan is thrilled to be a cast member with "Songs From The Attic" and to be back
at the Quaaout Lodge with Jupiter Productions.

 

 

 

VICKY ROSE

Lighting Design & Stage Management

Vicky started working at Kamloops High and toured BC with the Western Canada Theatre Company. After she moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia,and spent 9 years as Production Manager at Neptune Theatre, Vicky returned to the West Coast and became involved in numerous Equity Co-op productions and summer theatre on the Sicamous in Penticton. She started working for Voni Grindler and Jupiter productions in 2000 with Baby Boomer Blues. Vicky has been involved in numerous productions at Quaaout Lodge and is always pleased to return.