Sister Says
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Sister Says

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | SELF

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2013
Band Pop Singer/Songwriter

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"Vancouver musicians share their summer songs"

Gillian Thomson lends her sweetly smoky voice to Sister Says, the jazz-and-soul-influenced duo that also features her brother Robert.
Top tune to crank while cruising: “ ‘Tell Me Something Good’ by Rufus and Chaka Khan. I picked it because it’s super funky and reminds me of the summertime, riding in the car with friends and family.”
Best thing about Vancouver in the summer: “For me, it’s how somehow Vancouverites manage to get even more relaxed. When it becomes officially flip-flop-wearing weather, people get really jazzed about it.” - Georgia Straight


"Sibling duo helps open B.C.’s Olympic pavilion"



When Sister Says recently played their first international gig it was at a unique home away from home.

The rising aboriginal band — Port Coquitlam’s Rob Thomson, 24, and his sister, Gillian Thomson, 20 — were in Beijing, China for the opening of the B.C.-Canada pavilion in time for the 2008 Summer Olympics. In addition to Sister Says Rob plays bass in another aboriginal band called Bitterly Divine; they were invited to play at the pavilion opening and several other Beijing events and Rob convinced the group to bring Gillian in for back-up vocals.

“In addition I asked if we could also play as Sister Says,” Rob said, “so we were able to get some gigs out of it as well.”

The sibling duo played a show at Beijing’s Central University of Nationalities, a post-secondary institution designated for minority nationalities where anthropology and ethnology are the main research areas. Sister Says also played at the 24th annual Canadian Ball, a corporate event that brings together some 500 Chinese and Canadian businesspeople every year, before the final gig at the pavilion opening.

“It was definitely a great experience in a lot of ways,” Rob said.

“We found the Chinese audiences very receptive... we gave away some CDs so I think we booked a bit of a fan base out of it.”

And while Beijing is miles away geographically it was also a culture shock for the duo, who are of Haida descent. He and Gillian counted a visit to the Great Wall of China as a top highlight but found Beijing itself “as polluted as people say it is — when the skies are clear it’s a beautiful city but when it’s foggy and polluted it’s not exactly a pleasant place to walk around in.”

Walking into the pavilion on the last day of their trip, and being greeted by pictures of B.C.’s mountains and coastline, felt like coming home, Rob added.

“You really do get the Canadian experience so when you’ve been away from home for a bit, even if it’s just for 10 or 11 days, you really appreciate it.”

Sister Says’ Chinese adventure came just a few days after a trip to their Toronto studio to wind up their latest and as yet untitled album.

A week of all-nighters got the two inches away from finishing the project, with just a few tweaks left to work through, and they expect to release the album later this summer.

Once that happens Sister Says plans to focus on their Vancouver shows to build a strong fan base and momentum here at home.

They’re playing at the Yale in Vancouver on June 19 and at the UBC Museum of Anthropology to mark National Aboriginal Day on June 21.

For more information visit www.sistersays.com.

spayne@tricitynews.com
- By Sarah Payne - The Tri-City News


Discography

Heart Placement- Released in 2014

The Only Way- Released in 2010

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Sister Says is a soulful genre-bending pop duo/band based out of Vancouver fronted by siblings Gillian and Robert Thomson. Not your typical soulful jam or singer-songwriter duo, their music pulses with the soul telling heartbreak tales and stories about the wonder-ful and ever-changing conundrum that is life. Throughout the years Sister Says has had the opportunity to perform diverse shows that include: The TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, The Islands Folk Fest in Duncan, The Talking Stick Festival in Vancouver, and at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto opening for Stars and Blackie and the Rodeo Kings. Gillian and Robert also collaborate on Meet the Collective Podcast where they talk with artists of all disciplines about life and art. Currently the band just released their second album "Heart Placement." The album is a departure from their first album and features songs that are sure to rouse the spirit.

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