Meet the 2023 Writers

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8:00 PM | Thursday, August 17

Adriana Barton

with Simon Paradis

This event sponsored by: IG Private Wealth Management, Hobson & Associates

Journalist Adriana Barton explores music’s profound effects on the human body and brain in her pitch-perfect book, Wired for Music. This event is a special collaboration with Sunshine Coast musician Simon Paradis.

Adriana Barton is a journalist, author and former staff reporter at Canada’s national newspaper, The Globe and Mail. Her writing on health, science, visual arts, architecture, music and pop culture has appeared in publications including Utne, Azure, Boston Globe, Western Living, Vancouver magazine, BlackFlash, Reader’s Digest books and San Francisco Bay Guardian. Her personal essay “Growing Up Hippie” was published in the anthology American Voices: Culture and Community (McGraw-Hill) alongside writings by Margaret Atwood and Garrison Keillor. Adriana studied the cello for 17 years with teachers including international solo artist Antonio Lysy and Stephen Geber, former principal cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra. Book research and journalism assignments have taken her to Syria, Jordan, India, Zimbabwe and Brazil. She lives in Vancouver, BC. Her book Wired for Music (Greystone Books) is about music and health.

A graduate of Concordia University’s Integrative Music Arts program, Simon Paradis has been playing in blues, rock, country and roots bands across Canada for 30 years. He has appeared on numerous recordings as a session guitar player and producer. Simon began developing his skills as a songwriter in the wake of a life-altering accident. In 2014, his duet project, Stanton Paradis, released Good Road Home, a CD of original acoustic material. In 2015, Simon recorded Mouthful of Stars, a debut full-band CD of original music written by Simon and his wife, Kara Stanley. In 2019 he released Grooves and Ruts with his band Farm Team.

Wired for Music by Adriana Barton (book cover)
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Adriana Barton. Photo by Dina Goldstein
Adriana Barton. Photo by Dina Goldstein
Simon Paradis
Simon Paradis