Arts hot ticket: Kickstart’s 21st Anniversary Celebration

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      Mesmerizing American singer and violinist Gaelynn Lea is coming here to headline a concert at the Cultch on Friday (April 26) that will fete the Kickstart society’s work for arts in the disability community.

      Her fragile, hauntingly expressive voice has been compared to Karen Dalton’s and Joanna Newsom’s, and although her string skills started out in the classical sphere, they’ve journeyed far beyond, into Celtic-folk and ethereal pop via looping pedals and gorgeous layering. She’s achieved all this while living with a congenital disability called osteogenesis imperfecta, using her transcendent music as a platform to advocate for social change. Adding to the evening’s inspiration is humorist David Roche, and a visual-arts presentation by painter Mujtaba Saloojee.