Madeline Tasquin

Madeline Tasquin

Musical evening complements Horsefly Salmon Festival

Arts on the Fly is hosting a musical fundraiser in conjunction with this year’s Horsefly River Salmon Festival.

Arts on the Fly is hosting a musical fundraiser in conjunction with this year’s Horsefly River Salmon Festival, says event organizer Brandon Hoffman.

Taking place in the Horsefly Community Hall, Saturday, Sept. 26 the evening will feature Colin Easthope and Madeline Tasquin along with other musical guests.

The evening will be a fundraiser for Horsefly’s annual July music festival Arts on the Fly. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the suggested donation for the evening is $15.

“We’re super excited to feature a pair of Cariboo-folk-done-good, who have run off and made names for themselves on the West Coast scene and beyond,” Hoffman says.

“We are extremely happy to have Colin Easthope and Madeline Tasquin, back in our neck of the woods for one night only!”

He says Easthope fills a room with warm harmonic tones and a surprising sincerity.

“His lyrics are a shoulder to lean on for everyone who’s ever had their heart stomped on, or endured a long-distance relationship.”

Drawing inspiration from artists such as Ryan Adams, Royal Wood, and Bob Dylan, he delivers guitar-driven pop gems, with an alternate-country aesthetic.

As an accompanist, Easthope has opened for acts such as Gregory Alan Isakov and Jurassic Five’s Chali 2na and has collaborated in-studio and on-stage with an eclectic mix of artists.

He has graced the stage with Vancouver Afro-beat ensemble Miami Device and attended the Peak Performance Project’s 2011 Bootcamp with soul songstress Ashleigh Eymann; performed as part of Via Rail’s Performers On Board program three times; and at the Arts on the Fly festival, Cortes Island Music Festival, and at The Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

In addition to consistent community and college radio airplay, Easthope has been featured on CBC Radio One programs All Points West and Day Break.

For more on his music visit

Madeline Tasquin, singing in both English and French, is a Canadian-Californian song-crafter and multi-instrumentalist, who weaves nimbly from jazz-tinged folk to odd-meter soul, from twisted pop ballad to delicately dark fairy-tale, delivering it all with a radiant stage presence.

Raised in Quesnel, by her opera singer mother and Austrian gold-miner father, Tasquin began playing the piano as soon as she could reach the keys and developed her acute sense of harmony by singing on long car trips as a child with her mother and two younger sisters.

In her teenage-hood, art rock bands Primus and Mr.Bungle played on repeat alongside Rachmaninoff, Satie and Chopin.

After completing a degree in Architecture in Sydney Australia, she returned to her musical roots upon relocating to Berkeley in 2006 and has since added the concert ukulele and guitar to her quiver, next to her first love, the piano.

The San Francisco Chronicle describes Tasquin as “…a creative tour de force,” Hoffman says.

For more details on Tasquin and her captivating music, visit

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