Sarah Burton playing Strand’s

Burton considers Invermere a "paradise" and is looking forward to her show at Strand's Old House Restaurant on July 18th

Canadian musician and songwriter considers Invermere a 'paradise' and is looking forward to her show at Strand's Old House Restaurant on Thursday

Canadian musician and songwriter considers Invermere a 'paradise' and is looking forward to her show at Strand's Old House Restaurant on Thursday

If you’re looking for something new to do this week, why not head to Strand’s Old House Restaurant for dinner and a show?

On Thursday, July 18th, the Sarah Burton band will be performing their brand of rock and roll with just the right amount of country and pop influences. Burton is a relentless musical gypsy who spends months on the road at a time. She stopped moving long enough to record her debut EP Love is for Pussies in 2007, with Juno-winning producer John Switzer, and followed it up in 2010 with her full-length album Mayflower — “A country-dusted folk album of steel guitars and sweet sorrow.” (Brad Wheeler, The Globe & Mail).

Now touring for their newest release, Fire Breathers, Burton and her band are no strangers to the Columbia Valley. They played a lively set at Bud’s earlier this month and, according to Burton herself, she has had a hard time leaving the valley behind.

“As for my impressions of Invermere, I think if you asked my bandmates, they’d probably say I won’t shut up about how beautiful the place is! I’m so grateful that playing music allows me to visit paradises like Invermere. So far all the people I’ve met have been really sweet too, so I’m hoping to meet many more,” said Burton.

The album Fire Breathers consists of 13 songs spun together by a spaghetti-Western love story that follows three imperfect characters — the outlaw, the lady, and the man who was too good — through the torments and pleasures of the heart. The album is distributed by Fontana North/Universal, courtesy of Tonic Records, Vancouver.

Portraying “the lady” on the album, Burton’s songwriting goes from edgy and fiercely independent to showing more love for the opposite sex. While softening her lyrical approach, Burton also raised the bar on the sound and feel of this collection. Straight up rock ‘n roll, dirty blues riffs, a little twang, and pop treatments run rampant throughout, thanks to the contributions of “the outlaw,” bass player Luke Stackhouse, and “the man who was too good,” guitar player Jay Swinnerton. Each song is unique while still flowing with the style of the album — a piece of Canadiana splendor.

So head on down to Strand’s or call in your reservation (250-342-6344) and be one of the first to see this rising Canadian star in action. The show costs a mere $8 and will begin at 7 p.m.