It’ll be a blue Christmas at Bozzini’s.
The local restaurant presents musician JP Maurice live on Dec. 17 for A Blue Light Christmas.
“Every year Bozzini’s endeavours to present at least one musical holiday event and this year we’re very excited to present the Chilliwack debut of JP Maurice performing songs from his Christmas album A Blue Light Christmas, a few JP Maurice originals, and a fun cover or two,” said Bozzini’s owner Emmanuel Asprakis.
Because of the current circumstances, the following COVID-19 protocols will be followed: approximately 16 person capacity, volume of music will be turned down, people can only order food before the show and during intermission, and the music ends before 10 p.m.
As per provincial COVID-19 guidelines, when background music is being provided by a live performer, a barrier must be installed between the performer and the patron, or there must be at least three metres of separation between the two.
Asprakis has confirmed the three-metre distancing between Maurice and the diners will be in effect.
“As well we ask, more than ever, that audiences please refrain from unnecessary conversation during the show and face coverings must be worn when not at your table.”
Maurice is a seasoned Vancouver based musician, songwriter and producer who knows the highs of his craft, but it’s in the lows where he finds his fire – taking the fuel of failed record deals, broken hearts, and the loss of loved ones and forging the pain into something beautifully optimistic.
After touring Canada, Europe, and then taking home second place in the PEAK Performance Project radio contest in 2015, a loss in the family turned Maurice mostly inwards, where he focused on channeling his emotions into his art.
Investing in a world-class studio in Vancouver has allowed for late night collaborations, producing other artists, and creating endless song ideas.
A direct result was the Girls EP, released in January 2017, which sweeps from cinematic pop-noir into slinky neo-soul, all tied together with Maurice’s powerfully emotive vocals. It’s a modern sound that captures timeless sentiments – love, loss, and the twists and turns in between.
The follow up to the Girls EP was the aptly titled Boys LP, released in the spring of 2018. Picking up where the Girls EP left off, Boys has a more optimistic tone and evolves into a new sound for Maurice with flecks of alt country and roots rock embedded in the album.
Since then, Maurice has immersed himself in working on his forthcoming album Pressure Makes Diamonds; set to be released later this year.
Asprakis notes Bozzini’s is a “sit-down ticketed listening venue” which means “dancing is a definite no-no.”
JP Maurice will be performing A Blue Light Christmas at Bozzini’s on Thursday, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.). Tickets $20 at Bozzini’s or call 604-792-0744 to reserve.