Lily Frost

Lily Frost


Nostalgic, lyrical, romantic, quirky, sophisticated, down-to-earth singer/songwriter Lily Frost.


Lily Frost is a rare bird. As a singer songwriter Frost has always danced the line between indie and jazz, thus creating a niche of her own. Frost draws from her real life experiences in her lyrics and in performance there is an intimacy, a gentle passion that can take you somewhere else evoking a certain nostalgia – the rainy streets of Paris a winter picnic or perhaps a beat café in San Francisco… Her parents were hobby artists who loved music, taught disco dancing and played records after supper for Lily and her younger brother to dance to. Lily’s mom also encouraged her by sending her to the Royal Conservatory for dance and piano lessons all her childhood life. Lily remembers: "Mom taught us steps like the snoopy shuffle, the charleston and the twist while Dad was away working as a foreign trade commissioner in places like South Africa and Saudi Arabia." Summers were spent up north at the family cottage. At this sanctuary Lily and her cousins would run barefoot on the rocks, cooking, doing crafts, sports and music. It was during these summers that Lily bonded most with her Calgarian cousin Kinnie Starr; also a singer/songwriter. This relationship has always been inspiring, important and competitive. “Whether together or apart over the years we have always helped propel each other forward.” Frost fled the nest at age 18 to study jazz in Montreal. One serendipitous day, flipping through sheet music at Cheap Thrills record store John Davis of The Gruesomes underground infamy approached Lily asking if she would like to audition for his other band The Sheiks. Davis took a liking to Frost’s voice immediately and asked her to join them on stage the very next night! This was very exciting for Lily and she accepted with trepidation. The Sheiks covered songs from the 1920’s, doing Bessie Smith, Cab Calloway and Big Mama Thorton while also giving Frost a trial by fire education of the blues. The Sheiks were very stylish and brought audiences on a voyage into the past. From that first performance, Frost was allured by the stage and has never looked back. Meanwhile, at University, Frost found herself restless at talking about doing music. She was anxious to get out there like the bands she was meeting to make records and hit the road. She taught herself guitar and wrote songs while performing with The Sheiks on the weekends. Her friends were strongly encouraging her to throw herself into music fulltime. Consequently, during exam week, she found herself traveling in a rickety van to The New Orleans Jazz Fest with a bunch of French garage rockers and, instead of going back for her third year, she accepted an offer to sing in Cairo for six months. (which is a book in itself!) From Egypt, Frost took a bee- line to Vancouver to join Quebec band Les Minstrels (playing keyboards with them and dating the bassist) who had relocated to escape the -40 degree winters back home. She ended up staying for 10 years. All the while, Frost was learning life lessons the hard way by throwing herself whole-heartedly into relationships and experiences, all of which further fuelled her lust for life and ultimately, her songwriting. Her interest in writers like Rimbaud, Joseph Campbell and Simone De Beauvoir also inspired her and she quietly developed an abundance of original material. Once in Vancouver, Lily and her friends from Montreal would frequent a local institution called The Railway Club. The late Ray Condo, (adored by Montrealers) had initiated the pilgrimage west and was the star of the jams. His band backed everyone up and then Ray would close the show. Upon hearing Lily sing the Aretha Cover “Hold On” Ray asked her to be the featured vocalist in his group, The Swinging Dukes. "Ray soon became a mentor and dear friend to me up until he passed on in 2004,” remembers Frost. “He had house parties with open stage rockabilly jams, BBQ’s, tap dancers and lots of welcome and joy to go around." Frost sang with The Swinging Dukes for a few months until Ray said to her the words that were to change the course of her life: "You gotta get your own thing going, kid." Frost and a couple of her broke friends (Dave Lachance and Jorge Diaz) started busking to make some much needed change. They played upbeat swing and rockabilly which caught peoples attention. Starting on the street they quickly got invites to play at art galleries and private parties and eventually they were packing clubs and touring up and down the West Coast to L.A. and back. They recruited local guitarist Bernie Boulanger from the Rattled Roosters and called themselves The Colorifics. Soon they were known for spearheading the Vancouver “cocktail nation” alongside The Squirrel Nut Zippers, Combustible Edison and The Pink Martinis. Five years and three albums later, Frost quit The Colorifics due to conflicts within the band. Always having been an avid writer (“I had a lot I needed to let out”), Frost wanted to finally start performing her


Do What You Love-2012
Viridian Torch-2009
Lily Swings-2007
Cosmicomic Country-1999

The Colorifics:
Living City-1997
Guilty Pleasures-1995
Girlie Door-1994

The Sheiks:
Recession Blues-1990

Set List

Background Radio
Do What you Love
IT Shines
I'm on Fire
Black Narcissus
Where is Love
San Tropez
Psychic Cat Fight
No Promises
All i Can Do is Cry
It Ain't Right
Long Sweet Ride
Hook You Up
Soleil Exactment