Sis­ter act

Folk artists Elivia and Anita Caz­zola on first Cana­dian tour, mak­ing a stop tonight in Char­lot­te­town

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FEATURES / ENTERTAINMENT -

For the past decade, Elivia and Anita Caz­zola have en­ter­tained au­di­ences, writ­ing, per­form­ing and record­ing with groups like “The Se­cret Chords” and “De­tour,” in their home­town of Guelph, Ont.

How­ever, since form­ing their own folk group, “The Lif­ers,” just over a year ago, the sis­ters re­al­ized that they were fos­ter­ing their own song­writ­ing tal­ents.

“We are very much bonded as best friends, sis­ters and ther­a­pists for each other. And, be­cause of all these dif­fer­ent con­nec­tions we have, it comes through in our mu­sic,” says Elivia, dur­ing a tele­phone in­ter­view. Stage Door

Now with their first EP, “Set the Sails,” and their new sin­gle, “Home For the Week­end,” un­der their belt, as well as many lo­cal per­for­mances, the sis­ters are on their first cross-Canada tour, this sum­mer.

“We’re so ex­cited. We re­ally want to have a good con­nec­tion with the au­di­ences, both on and off the stage. That’s be­cause we gather in­spi­ra­tion from talk­ing to peo­ple and learn­ing about their lives,” says Elivia, of the band that will play Babas Lounge in Char­lot­te­town to­day at 10 p.m.

Known for their acous­tic guitar and sweet har­monies, the sis­ters will open for the East Coast band, Sea­side Vil­lains.

“We hope that we’ll be able to share our ideas and ex­pe­ri­ences with the au­di­ence at Babas. And, hope­fully, they’ll be a lot of sto­ry­telling.”

Anita is look­ing for lots of in­ter­ac­tion on stage.

“Au­di­ence mem­bers will be en­cour­aged to sing along in parts of our tunes. We like to in­clude au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion in the sets, as we tour.”

One of the big­gest chal­lenges in tour­ing is keep­ing their load light. Usu­ally, “The Lif­ers” per­form with glock­en­spiel, tam­bourines, floor toms and other in­stru­ments.

“We’ve had to pare down our usual set for the sake of trav­el­ling on buses, trains and air­planes, so we’ll have vo­cals, gui­tars, ukulele and ac­cor­dion with travel-sized per­cus­sion,” says Elivia.

But, the down­siz­ing worth it.

“Part of the rea­son why we’re on this tour is to get con­nected with peo­ple across the coun­try. This is our first trip and it would be awe­some to see some fa­mil­iar faces when we come back next time.”

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Folk artists Elivia and Anita Caz­zola are on their first Cana­dian tour. They will be at Babas Lounge in Char­lot­te­town on July 16 at 10 p.m.

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