Hot Air CBC Radio features MAYA RAE

February 18, 2017


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Recording “Sapphire Birds” At Monarch Studios in Vancouver

August, 2016


Maya & Sarah Mclachlan

June, 2016


"So great to meet Sarah Mclachlan in person this week. She's fantastic!"

Jazz to benefit refugees April 2016 Only 13 years old and already a veteran of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Only 13 and already dedicating her time and talents to helping others. Maya Rae and her Rhythm Band perform an evening of jazz and soul at Temple Sholom on April 9. “This show is a benefit concert for the settlement of two Syrian refugee families,” Rae told the Independent. “If my music can make a difference towards helping people and making the world a better place, I can’t think of anything else that I’d rather be doing. Tikkun olam is about the pursuit of social justice and I believe strongly that we need to help refugees of all parts of the world to find a safe place to settle.” She added, “Right now, the Syrian refugee crisis is one that is very prominent, and of epic proportions. Millions of innocent people have been displaced with nowhere to go. I felt compelled to participate and to do something meaningful at a local level. Our rabbi at Temple Sholom, Dan Moskovitz, has urged the Temple Sholom congregation to take action, and this is my way of doing so.” Scheduled to join her at Temple Sholom are Luis Giraldo (piano), Eli Bennett (saxophone), Ayla Tesler-Mabe (guitar), Ethan Honeywell (drums), Evan Gratham (double bass) and Benjamin Millman (piano and ukulele). The Grade 8 student at York House started taking singing lessons when she was in Grade 3. “My first official performance was for the jazz festival in 2012. I remember singing the solo part of ‘Lean On Me’ by Bill Withers, with Cecile Larochelle’s Anysing Goes choir supporting me with the beautiful chorus line. It was an extremely memorable experience for me.” Earlier this year, she was asked by the organizers of the jazz festival – Vancouver Coastal Jazz and Blues Society – to perform in the Women in Jazz series, which took place in March. “As part of that preparation,” said Rae, “I was introduced to some wonderful young musicians who I asked to support me for those two shows. As we were preparing for those performances, I was inspired to do a benefit concert in my synagogue with the same set and the same musicians…. I’ve since decided to add another set, and a few more musical friends and surprises to expand the show. I’m really happy with the results so far and can’t wait for April 9th.” Rae said she chooses to cover “songs that deliver meaningful messages through their lyrics. I also like to pick songs that could have impact on the listeners, and also spark awareness about the significant issues we are facing in this generation.” She has a YouTube channel on which there are a few videos, including for the song “I’m Still Waiting for Christmas,” which was released last year and is on sale on iTunes, as well. “I have co-written a few songs with various artists/musicians that will be released in the near future,” she said, adding that she is hoping to have more time to write this year. “My goal is to continue to enjoy playing and making music with others,” she said. “It would certainly be a dream come true to make a living through my music.” This summer, she’ll be busking on Granville Island, and she invited everyone to “please stop by.”
Champian Fulton Quartet plus Maya Rae March 2016 Frankie’s plays host to two fantastic talents on March 4 and 5. First up is a 45-minute set by singer Maya Rae who, at just 13 years old, is already a seasoned pro. Rae performed at the Vancouver Jazz Festival in 2013 and her songs have gotten airplay on CBC Radio. At 8:30 p.m., the Champian Fulton Quartet will take the stage to perform songs from Fulton’s album After Dark, a stunning collection of Dinah Washington covers. The quartet also features Joe Poole on drums, Russ Botten on bass and Cory Weeds on tenor sax.

Maya Rae was On Da Grine TV with Valentine

Feb 22, 2016

Radio Interview with Jana Lynne White on Roundhouse Radio

December 8, 2015

Steven Hardy Gives Thumbs Up To “I’m Still Waiting For Christmas”

June 30, 2015

Steven Hardy Gives Thumbs Up To “I’m Still Waiting For Christmas”June 30, 2015

Bluefrog Studios with The Tilden Webb Trio and Tim Tamashiro

June 30, 2015


Thank you Tim Tamashiro, Jodi Proznick, Jesse Cahill and Tilden Webb for all your support!

Jazz at the River Rock Casino with Luis Giraldo

June 30, 2015


Fun show at the Curve Lounge with Luis Giraldo, Jesse Cahill and Gabriel Mark Hasselbach.

We raised $13,000 for Nepal Earthquake Victims

June 30, 2015


Loved performing with my cousin Benjamin!  We call ourselves “Just ‘Cuz”.  We had a great turnout for our show last week.

We raised $13,000 in total for Nepal Earthquake Victims

Recording “Dancing In The Rain” At SA Trackworks in Vancouver

June 30, 2015


Been really enjoying co-writing and recording with Anthony, Steve and Troy in the Studio.

Watch for our new single, Dancing in The Rain which will be available soon.

Recording In the Studio at Westsonic Music in Vancouver

April 6, 2015


Always so exciting to be back in the studio!  Really enjoyed working with the team at Westsonic Music.

 Ian Prince, Dave Corman, Frank Giustra and Laurell Barker.

Working on “Let’s Get Lost Together”.  Coming soon!

Thank you Tim Tamashiro for Featuring My Holiday Tune on Tonic!

January 8, 2015


The holidays came and went so quickly!  So much happened with my tune, I’m Still Waiting For Christmas.


I was so excited to be featured on Tim Tamashiro’s CBC Radio 2 Show, Tonic.  Check out the broadcast Log below from Boxing Day!  Since then, Tim invited me to sing at Bluefrog Studios on January 16th, 2015 with the Tilden Webb Trio!  Great way to start the new year!

London Free Press

December 20, 2014


Two seasonal hits by a London songwriter star in a double shot of Reaney’s Pick videos just in time for Christmas. In a duo treatment of Steven Hardy’s I’m Still Waiting for Christmas, a pair of London aces — soprano Sonja Gustafson and guitarist Oliver Whitehead — give a soulful treatment, reflecting the song’s take on Yuletide’s less joyful side. The other video stars composer Hardy and his ukulele, backed by the “elf chorus” of Gustafson and Whitehead, in a funny tune, The Christmas Eve Shoppers. That tune has been around long enough, Hardy said, for the Ninja Turtles mentioned in the lyrics to fade into pop culture memory and then return in a blaze of glory in time for Christmas 2014 and a new generation of kids. A Western University Don Wright music faculty theory and composition grad, Hardy has had his songs recorded by Canadian icons ranging from Murray McLauchlan to Quartette. His influences range from Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits to Ludwig van Beethoven and Frederic Chopin, from Antonio (Tom) Carlos Jobim to Eliane Elias. He has won two SOCAN songwriting awards. Hardy’s songs have been heard on CBC radio and television programs including this weekend’s Vinyl Cafe and before that on After Hours, Sounds Like Canada, Morningside, Quirks and Quarks, Basic Black, Choral Concert, the Pamela Wallin Show and Le Telejournal. While Hardy has songs on many topics, both the festive and blue holiday moods are themes he loves to visit. CBC Radio has been a strong supporter of I’m Still Waiting for Christmas. A version by 12-year-old Vancouverite and rising star Maya Rae has been a holiday hit via the public broadcaster. “That’s very nice for me,” Hardy said. “It’s not as dark as some of my other (Christmas songs) . . . I like that straddling (the two moods).” Gustafson and Whitehead recently teamed to perform a lovely version of I’m Still Waiting for Christmas at a concert by London world-beaters The Antler River Project when she was the vocalist. Also a noted composer, Whitehead is a member of the Antlers. Gustafson and Whitehead’s collaborations in various projects go back more than a dozen years, “probably . . . 15 years,” they said. She has her own version of the song as a single on iTunes. The double Christmas hit at the recent Free Press newsroom video session had Hardy counting the number of seasonal songs he has written. “If we include Nothing Out There But Snow — which is a seasonal song — there are five or six,” he said during the shoot. Later in the day, Hardy offered a full count. “I wanted to check this for myself — I’ve written 6 1/2 Christmas songs — If I Don’t Make it Through This Christmas has essentially the same words as If I Kill Myself This Christmas, but with new music provided by Gwen Swick — so I’m calling it half a song,” Hardy said. Hardy’s seasonal hits include a song co-written with McLauchlan and performed by Canadian folk supergroup Lunch At Allen’s and a classical work, I Saw An Angel, for the old Gerald Fagan Singers ensemble. I Saw An Angel is on the Fagan-led choir’s Trillium Christmas album. Hardy also has an iTunes single of The Christmas Eve Shoppers. On that topic, Gustafson has just ordered a second pressing of her marvellous 2010 Christmas double CD, the 32-track Comfort And Joy. It’s available online and also at Grooves, 353 Clarence St., and the Village Idiot, 135 Wortley Rd. (at Askin). -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- HEARING HARDY AT CHRISTMAS What: Online Christmas-themed songs by Steven Hardy and the vocalists singing them. Five hits: I’m Still Waiting for Christmas (Maya Rae), If I Don’t Make It Through This Christmas (Megan Schroder), Nothing Out There But Snow (Hardy), The Christmas Eve Shoppers (Hardy) and If I Kill Myself This Christmas (Hardy) — hear them via Lunch At Allen’s: Every Time It’s Christmas (co-written with Murray McLauchlan) has Marc Jordan, McLauchlan’s bandmate in the occasional super quartet, leading the vocals. Visit

Video Of The Week Award!

December 20, 2014

Feature in Canadian Beats

December 20, 2014

Radiosky Music Jazz

December 20, 2014


What a fun photo that was sent to me from Radiojazz Sky FM !  Thanks for all the love!

There’s a new queen of POP ……

December 20, 2014


Fun Article in Stars2come

My Visit to CBC Studios For An Interview About My New Holiday Tune

December 19, 2014


Really enjoyed my interview with Sheryl MacKay, the Host of Vancouver’s North By Northwest Radio Show at the CBC.

In The Press Today – Canadian Music Blog

December 9, 2014


Really happy about this great article today in the Canadian Music Blog.

In the studio

August 16, 2013


I really enjoy going into the studio.  This year, (2014), I completed 3 new tracks.  Dog and Butterfly, Everybody Knows and I’m Still Waiting for Christmas.


Thinking about some new material and original songs for 2015.