They say necessity is the mother of invention. When the pandemic hit, like many of their fellow musicians, Tom and Kalissa Landa found themselves with a year’s worth of cancellations for their bands The Paperboys, Locarno and The BC World Music Collective.
Basically unemployed, they took to playing live, online, for their social media communities. Every day for three months the couple shared acoustic and duo versions of their songs to entertain people and lift spirits during lockdown. They called these online gatherings The Slipper Sessions. From these sessions came new songs, penned specifically for the two of them. The songs were more introspective and intimate than any of their ensemble work. Being no strangers to touring or performing, these Juno Award-winning musicians are taking the living room feel of the Slipper Sessions to theatres and stages across North America.
For their showcase, they will be performing a selection of original material, sung in both English and Spanish to represent their respective Mexican and Chilean heritages. In addition, they will lean on folk musical idioms, such as Celtic, Roots and Americana. Joining Tom and Kalissa will be their longtime friend and musical collaborator Steve Mitchell.