Sawdust Collector is a weekly concert series taking place on Tuesday nights at The Gold Saucer, curated by Barbara Adler, Cole Schmidt, James Meger and guests.


January 3 – Cat Toren / Human Kind


Cat Toren will be in town presenting two projects this evening.

1st Set


2nd Set

Human Kind


A note from Cat:

“The music you will hear tonight is both inspired by the free form jazz of the late 60’s and a personal expression of how I feel the resurgence of civil rights is upon us. It is marked with influences of Alice Coltrane and the late music of her husband, John Coltrane. Her strength, freedom of expression, and ability to channel the universal consciousness through music is my inspiration.

I am producing an album of this music to be released January 20, 2017 (US Inauguration Day). All proceeds from album sales will go directly to the ACLU – American Civil Liberties Union – who pledge to continue to fight for civil rights.

DONATIONS FROM THIS CONCERT will directly fund the production costs of making the album so we can get right to putting the money where it is needed, the ACLU. Upon release date of the album, you will also be able to download liner notes detailing ideas about the impact of music on social climate (and vice versa) as well as concrete ways the ACLU can make a difference in the United States and globally. This project is not anti-anything. It is pro progress and positive change for human rights domestically and internationally.

NOTE: For my Canadian audience. The lives of our neighbours impact us all in various real ways. I ask, as a Canadian residing in America, to please consider supporting this music and the ACLU. Visit to see their work on women’s rights, LGBT rights, voting rights, privacy protection, equality, religious freedom, freedom on speech and more. Thank you for your consideration.”

January 10th – Couples Night

Duo performances by mostly non-couples


Torsten Muller/Gord Grdina – Double Bass/Guitar

Ben Brown/Roxanne Nesbitt – Drums/Video Projections

Mystery Couple

January 17 :Solos/Duos/Trios

Erika Angell (Sweden) – vocals/fx
Simon Angell (Montreal) – guitar/fx

& Film Screening by Mina Shum


Josh Zubot – violin
Skye Brooks – drums
Peggy Lee – cello
Aram Bajakian – guitar
JP Carter – trumpet
James Meger – bass
Cole Schmidt – guitar
January 24: Francois Houle & TBA



January 31: New Works Residency #1


The first instalment of a three part New Works Series featuring new music by:

Barbara Adler & Ron Samworth

Marin Patenaude & Cole Schmidt

Josh Zubot



Barbara Adler & Ron Samworth

Barbara Adler is an interdisciplinary artist whose work brings together literary performance, composition and live event production to explore the intersections between text, music, sound and theatre.

Vancouver-based guitarist/composer Ron Samworth is known on the Canadian improvised/contemporary music scene as an inventive textural improviser and a strong fluid melodicist informed and inspired by a variety of music traditions including jazz, rock, new music and folk music of many cultures.

Adler and Samworth’s work together for this residency includes songwriting, music & text improvisation and arrangements for Ten Thousand Wolves, with vocal ensemble Company C.


Marin Patenaude

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Marin Patenaude’s absorbing sound is earthy, soulful, and heartbreakingly beautiful. Her pure voice ties together country, blues, and folk into something sublimely intangible. Her band features Vancouver players who expertly blend nuance and fire.



Doors at 9:00 PM. Music at 9:30 PM. Two sets. $5 – $10. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Cash only!

#211 – 207 West Hastings (Hastings & Cambie, above Nuba). Instructions for entrance will be posted on the front door by 8:30 PM on the night of the show.



ACCESSIBILITY INFO *************************************************************************

Sawdust Collector takes place at The Gold Saucer Studio, a collective-run space located in The Dominion Building. Information for how to enter the show is posted on the front door of the building by 8:30 PM on every show night. You will need a cell phone to enter. If you do not have access to a phone, please contact us before the show and we will be happy to make alternative arrangements to get you in.

The front door is located at 207 W. Hastings. There is one stair between the sidewalk and the building level. The studio is located on the second floor, and is accessible by elevator. Seating is informal. There is one single-occupancy, gender-inclusive washroom on the second floor, accessible by key. We are a trans-inclusive space.

Sawdust Collector is run by us, three artists and our friends, who curate and produce the events on a volunteer basis. We own the glassware but not the room. A bit of scruff is part of the deal. If you have questions about what kind of scruff you’re in for, please feel free to contact us:

We acknowledge that our work takes place in Vancouver on traditional and unceded Indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish),Stó:lō and səlil̓wətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We are grateful for this place.