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Thursday, December 17, 2020, will be the first of what will become a monthly livestream event in support of Indigenous artists from Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.  What began as one friend helping another friend with a rehearsal space and possibly a venue from which to stream a LIVE concert has grown into a monthly event. “Songs and Stories from St. John’s”

Since COVID-19, opportunities for artists to earn from their craft have become limited to non-existent.  While we continue to have hope that life will eventually return to normal, it is clear that this is going to take some time. While we await re-openings, St. John’s Anglican Church in Shaughnessy has opened its doors to Indigenous artists as a practice space as well as a venue from which to livestream.

The first artist to take the stage is recognizable to regular visitors to Granville Island – Shawn Bullshields.  Shawn’s roots are linked to the Blackfoot Nation in Northern Alberta. Shawn is completely self-taught and has a repertoire of songs as long as the day has minutes. Shawn has become a recognized figure around Vancouver as prior to the COVID outbreak, Shawn was a full-time busker at Granville Island. Shawn puts his heart into every song and punctuates his performances with emotional and humorous stories of his experiences growing up.

The concert will be Facebook Live streamed to Shawn’s Fan Page

As well as on the St. Johns Shaughnessy YouTube channel


You can also contact Shawn Bullshields directly @ (778) 889-4416 or email to