Music For the Birds

The winners of a Vancouver-based talent search are headed to Fernie to play their three part harmonies at the Brickhouse.

The winners of a Vancouver-based talent search are headed to Fernie to play their three part harmonies at the Brickhouse.

Aspen Switzer, Genevieve Rainey and Elaine Ryan, who are For the Birds, were in the top three of Vancouver’s Lilith local talent search, an online songwriting contest geared towards drumming up new talent for Sarah McLachlan’s 2010 Lilith tour.

The three women present their songs in a round format, in which all three are on stage, taking turns singing lead vocals from their original songs.

For the Birds blend their unique styles to create soulful harmonies, backing each other up on the guitar and ukulele.

Switzer is a Nelson-based singer/songwriter whose second album, Humble but Bearing No Apology, won two awards at the 2009 B.C. Interior Music Awards. Since releasing her first album in 2006, she has toured from Victoria, B.C. to Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Rainey has been playing in Toronto clubs since she was a teenager. She has released three full-length albums and two EPs.

Her latest album was recorded in Austin, Texas with members of The Dead Horses.

She now lives in Vancouver, B.C. and has played festivals like Victoria’s Rifflandia in 2010.

Ryan released her debut solo album, Songs from the River, in May. She has shared the stage with Pat Simmons of the Doobie Brothers.

She has won songwriting contests, busked across Europe, and played at festivals in Austin, Montreal, Toronto, Maui and B.C.

For the Birds will be taking the stage at the Brickhouse on Saturday June 18.

For more information on For the Birds visit their website at


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