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Langara College

100 West 49Th Avenue

Vancouver, British Columbia,V5Y 2Z6


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Langara provides a number of support services for Aboriginal students, including orientation, counseling, advocacy, and liaison services. The Gathering Space offers Aboriginal students at Langara a place to connect with each other and Elder-in-Residence, Gail ...more

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Deborah Holland


The Refugees


Animal Logic


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Langara. Continuing Studies: Contact Us: Program Contacts [cached]

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Vinyl Confessions: The Logical Choice - Elmore Magazine [cached]

Fronting the group of now-described legends was Deborah Holland, a 10-year veteran musician at the time, until she received a phone call asking her to audition for the band.
Showing up in a pink thrift-store dress and cowboy boots, she secured the gig after working out two original compositions with duo of Clarke and Copeland ("There's a Spy (in the House of Love)" and "Firing Up the Sunset Gun") and singing Bonnie Raitt's "Give It Up or Let Me Go." "Two weeks later I was singing in front of 8,000 people in Brazil," Holland told me recently. They were written at a time in my life where I had decided I was never going to be on the cover of Rolling Stone so I'd return to writing songs for my own pleasure," said Holland, a Vancouver-based musician and program coordinator for continuing studies at Langara College. "Lots of the songs were about a failed relationship and some were about trying to figure out my place in life." The group's debut album would be mixed in London ("because it was polo season") and released to little fanfare, despite some strong television promotional appearances and a series of music videos on music television. "Critics were expecting some type of jazz fusion album and were disappointed it was a pop album," Holland said. "We didn't fit into any radio format so there really wasn't much success. Ever." Unlike other supergroups, the band would last for four years and a second album, Animal Logic II ("there are tons of prog-rock fans who love that record" Holland told me). However, like nearly all supergroups, they would ultimately break apart. "We thought of it as a band, not a project," Holland said.

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Twitter Facebook DEBORAH HOLLAND - OFFICIAL BIO Deborah Holland 2013 As the lead singer and songwriter of Animal Logic with drummer Stewart Copeland of The Police and jazz bassist Stanley Clarke, DEBORAH HOLLAND was introduced to the world via two critically acclaimed albums, appearances on David Letterman, The Tonight Show, VH-1, MTV, a recorded duet with Jackson Browne, and live performances at major venues throughout the world. Deborah has also scored several films, and has written and/or performed dozens of songs for film and television including for Longmire, Keeping Up With the Khardasians and CSI. In 2010 she moved to Vancouver B.C. The new city and country served as a powerful muse and in 2013 she released a solo album titled appropriately, VANCOUVER. The record charted on Roots Music Report's Top 50 Chart and Galaxie Music's Canadian Folk Music channel. Her song "Home" was a finalist in the IAMA's Americana song category. She was a Professor of Music at California State University for 12 years and now runs the music programs at Langara College where she also teaches Songwriting and Music Business and Career Planning. In July of 2015 Deborah became a permanent resident. She enjoys mentoring younger artists and helping them navigate through the ever-changing music business. Alternate Bio In 1988 Deborah Holland was literally (yes, correct usage of that word) plucked from obscurity to be the lead singer and songwriter for a new band Stewart Copeland (drummer god of The Police) and Stanley Clarke (jazz bass god) were forming. Yes Deborah has many other stories most of which she will never tell (though you never know). Highlights of her stint with AL were performances on the David Letterman show the night the Berlin Wall came down (aired around 3 am so hardly anyone saw it) and The Tonight Show with Johnny! The highlight of that highlight was Johnny tapped his pencil while the band played. The Tonight Show was also delayed because it was the night Magic Johnson announced he had AIDS. Go figure. After AL Deborah went on to have a so-called solo career and recorded FREUDIAN SLIP, THE PANIC IS ON, THE BOOK OF SURVIVAL and BAD GIRL ONCE (SOCCER MOM NOW). There's stuff about that period of her life too but nothing as good as a male stripper. She did have a couple of kids but lots of other people did that too. Deborah also managed to become a tenured "full" Professor of Music at Cal State, Los Angeles. In 2007 Deborah got sick of flying 3000 miles, renting a car, driving to gigs, back to the hotel etc. by herself so she and Cidny Bullens and Wendy Waldman formed a "folk super-group" (yup that's what it was called) The Refugees recorded 2 amazing albums, UNBOUND and THREE which truly were critically-acclaimed in the folk world. The 3 of them would fly 3000 miles, rent a car, drive to the gig, back to the hotel etc., but with a lot more gear. Deborah began playing bass and accordion in the band and can now add bass playing and accordion playing to her list of accomplishments. The Refugees turned out to be Deborah's lifeboat to sanity, laughter, wonderful harmonies, co-writing, and piss-in-your-pants stage "bits. The Refugees are currently on touring hiatus but will be recording soon and if anyone offers them enough money they will get on a plane, fly 3000 miles, etc. In the summer of 2010 Deborah relocated from Los Angeles to Vancouver BC. There's lots to say about this but it will all be revealed on her new solo CD, VANCOUVER, which was released in June, 2013. The Official Website Of Singer Songwriter Deborah Holland © 2017 Deborah Holland

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Twitter Facebook With teachers like Deborah Holland on the faculty, it's no surprise that Langara churns out successful students. Holland, an instructor in Langara's singer-songwriter certificate program and coordinator for the digital music production program, has done it all. She has dabbled in film scoring and her solo work has been used in soundtracks on hit TV shows such as Keeping up with the Kardashians. Holland credits her many accomplishments to her time with Animal Logic, saying her audition for them was her "big break." "It was a door opener for me. My teaching job came from that. I got into The Refugees because of that." Playing with Animal Logic took Holland all over the world and onto huge mainstream talk shows such as The Tonight Show (twice) and Late Night with David Letterman. Holland encourages her students to kick-start their own inspiration instead of waiting to feel inspired. The Refugees is comprised of Holland, and acclaimed American singer-songwriters Cidny Bullens and Wendy Waldman. Although its members live far apart, all with successful solo careers, The Refugees are close to Holland's heart. Speaking over the phone from Portland, Maine, Bullens couldn't give Holland enough praise. Deborah Holland launches The Last Saturday Night at the Tipper Her students at Langara College know her as Ms. Holland (probably). The rest of us recognize Deborah Holland from her days in Animal Logic with Police drummer Stewart Copeland. "I got tired of scrambling around looking for gigs," Holland, who moved to Vancouver in 2010, told the Straight. "I'd played at the Tipper before and it's a great little room, and I just thought I'd try and create my own little residency, as it were." Along with multi-instrumentalist Matt Koyanagi, Holland will welcome a guest each month. Deborah Holland made that clear in her recent self-explanatory single, "I Wanna Be A Canadian." "I want to live in a country you don't claw your way to the top," Holland sings on the song. "And people genuinely seem to care about other people." It may take a little bit longer, as Holland is still waiting for the government to respond to her application to become a Canadian resident. Holland relocated from Los Angeles because she felt the Canadian school system was a better fit for her son, but Vancouver started to grow on her. "I started to like L.A. a little less each time I went there and I missed Vancouver more," said Holland. "Suddenly I realized I've fallen in love with Vancouver and I love my life here." She even began taking an interest in things she never imagined would have attracted her. Holland said she never liked sports, but living in Vancouver changed that. "People who have known me my whole life cannot believe that I am actually watching hockey games and care about hockey," she said. Athletics aside, one of the most endearing things about Canada to Holland is the courtesy. "In L.A., when the buses are not working it says 'out of service,'" she said. "In Vancouver it says 'out of service - sorry.'" MAVERICK - THE UK's LEADING INDEPENDENT COUNTRY MUSIC MAGAZINE Jan/Feb 2014 DEBORAH HOLLAND The first thing you're impacted by on this disc is the rich quality of Holland's voice. Holland retains all her vocal power from those heady days but, with four solo records under her belt, she's a self-made singer-songwriter who's busting to get out. And so she should be. This 12-track release ripples with highlights and any seams between smart covers and her own seductive originals remain invisible, given the quality of Holland's songwriting. As an autobiographical concept, it's equal parts funny and sad-yet entirely lovable, if not downright addictive. Canada's Tourism department would do well to embrace her I Want To Be A Canadian-half-hilarious except for the fact she's making a true statement about her newfound home. Frankly any attempt to set Canada and the title track, Vancouver, to rhyme merits a medal. Yet, Holland's strengths also include her smart, incisive (and oft-humorous) lyrics-a writing parallel in Jill Sobule, perhaps-with equally bright, hook-bearing arrangements. Of special note is her refreshing cover of the potentially tired Beatles' Norwegian Wood-reworked with brilliant guitar and mandolin accompaniment, the song receives a serious facelift, serving as the ultimate complement to the exceptional quality of Holland's powerful-and ever-elastic-voice. Musical backup varies with the song but clear acoustic guitar and her lush voice fall out of the album's smooth yet relatively lean production- the strongest takeaway any singer could hope for. The album closes with an odd fit of a track that seems an unwitting tribute to Kirsty MacColl and the Pogues in Lucky So And So, yet it's another demonstration of Holland's diverse range of talents. Deborah Holland took that old advice about lemons and lemonade seriously. In 2010, the singer-songwriter, who'd enjoyed considerable success as a performer and had later become a professor of music at Cal State Los Angeles, pulled up roots and moved to Canada (apparently one of her sons needed schooling that, for reasons not explained, he couldn't get in the United States). Relocated in a cold and rainy place, financial stress, romantic difficulties - for a lot of us, that's a recipe for deep depression, but for Holland it was inspiration for the excellent songs that make up her latest CD, Vancouver."Songs came pouring out of me (like the rain in Vancouver)," Holland says in the liner notes. And what songs they are - funny one minute, rip-your-heart-out sad the next, full of sharp insights, skillfully written and performed. All were written by Holland except the Beatles' "Norwegian Wood," which, while pleasant enough, seems a bit beside the point. Holland's songs cover a range of topics and styles, but as you might expect, there are strong threads of alienation and broken romance throughout. Things start off funny and bouncy with "I Wanna Be a Canadian," a tribute to Holland's adopted country (and to some extent an indictment of her native land), but the mood sobers quickly after that. The title track deals with the sometimes depressing realities of life in an unfamiliar place, while "California" is a homesick look back at people and things left behind. The upbeat tone of "Money" contrasts with the litany of financial struggles it describes. "That Ain't Love" is a cautionary tale about warning signs in relationships, while "Messed Up Valentine" might be one of the sadder goodbye songs ever. From all that, the CD might sound like a bummer, but Holland's gift for finding humor even in grim situations keeps Vancouver from devolving into a complete weepfest. There's more, but suffice it to say that Holland's clear, strong voice and confident delivery shine on all 12 tracks, assistant by clean production (by Holland and Steve Wight) and excellent instrumental playing. Holland plays bass on most tracks, along with acoustic guitar and accordion, while Wight handles drums and percussion and J.P. Mourão plays electric and other guitars. Guests include Patterson Barrett on various stringed instruments and keyboards, Cidny Bullens on harmonica, and Wendy Waldman on background vocals and acoustic guitar (Holland, Bullens and Waldman together make up "folk supergroup" The Refugees; Holland was also lead singer and songwriter of Animal Logic, which also included drummer Stewart Copeland of The Police and jazz bassist Stanley Clarke). Guests include Patterson Barrett on various stringed instruments and keyboards, Cidny Bullens on harmonica, and Wendy Waldman on background vocals and acoustic guitar (Holland, Bullens and Waldman together make up "folk supergroup" The Refugees; Holland was also lead singer and songwriter of Animal Logic, which also included drummer Stewart Copeland of The Police and jazz bassist Stanley Clarke). I've been a huge fan of Deborah Holland's songs ever since I first encountered them in the 1980s group Animal Logic. This newest collection is Deborah at her best and most inviting. Deborah Holland's songs are twisted. I mean that in the best way. A lyrical ironist to match Warren Zevon, Holland is equally gifted with melody. "Irene," a portrait of a misguided woman (written by Holland and Jenny Yates), couldn't be more delicate, with its mandolin-tinged accompaniment and its metaphors of breezes and birds, and the diminished chords behind the chorus play out Irene's vulnerability and the singer's concern for her as strongly as the lyrics do. Best of all, Holland has a sense of humor. "Faded Red Car," a just slightly over-the-top country waltz, uses a jalopy as a metaphor for its owner: it "has one thing you can count on/Knowing the damn thing won't start. Sedately funky, with Motown keyboards and Appalachian fiddle, "The End of the World" shows a rich matron preparing for doomsday with impeccable control ("I'll say goodbye to cousin Phyllis/Just tell the gardener he should bill us.")Holland never wastes time. Only one track on The Book of Survival tops four and a half minutes. She makes her point and then moves on. The result is an album that demands repeated listening. t's a delight to hear a singer who wears her mind on her sleeve, yet never intimidates her listeners. As a wordsmith, Deborah Holland concerns herself with the balance between heart and mind. As an artist, she makes the balance seem effortless. It's no wonder that the Refugees, a folk "supergroup" formed by Wendy Waldman, Deborah Holland and Cindy Bullens, has been likened to a fe-male version of Crosby, Stills & Nash. All three women have stellar track records - Waldman is a hit songwriter and an accomplished producer; Holland has released several solo albums and scored songs for films and television; Bullens got her start as a backing vocalist for Elton John and has won Grammys for her recording work. Deborah Holland's "(There's a) Spy in the House of Love," has an intriguing lyric, and a soaring, compel- ling melody. And "The Violin Song," sung from the viewpoint of a child being forced to take violin lessons, is hilarious. Cindy Bullens' harmonica adds appropriate wails and hiccups of desperation, while Holland's character pleads and tries to bargain with her mom. Composed of acclaimed solo artists Cindy Bullens, Deborah Holland and Wendy Waldman, The Refugees formed in 2007 in search of a new sound created by blending their distinct talents, voices and styles. From the haunting leadoff track, 'Catch Me If You Can', this trio of veteran singer-songwriters (Cindy Bullens, Deborah Holland, Wendy Waldman) dress a wide variety of moods and observations in ear-grabbing lyric sets with matching vocals. Guest fiddler Sam Bush and drummer Scott Babcock supplement the sturdy Americana sound of The Refugees' Three featuring the trio of Cindy Bullens (guitars, mandolin, harmonica), Deborah Holland (bass, accordion, piano), and Wendy Waldman (guitars, Dobro). A prolific writer, Deborah Holland was the singer and songwriter for Animal Logic, and she currently teaches music at Vancouver, B.C.'s Langara College. At the same time, tune into each songwriter's moxie and individualism in their self-penned numbers such as Waldman's "Can't Stop Now," Bullens' "January Sky," and Holland's "My Favorite Joe. Deborah Holland's new recording, "The Panic is On", takes blues, old-time and popular songs written during the hard times of the 1930s and places them in undiluted 1990s settings. In doing so, she creates a brilliant example of how such re-workings can make moving and powerful music.Holland (the former lead vocalist with the jazz-fusion group Animal Logic) is an astonishing singer - expressive, rich, and with a perfect sense of the nuances of each song. Holland and her collaborators (only two of them) have completely re-imagined each song from the bottom up, changing tempo, phrasing, chords, etc.. When I say "from the bottom up," I mean that literally. The Official Website Of Singer Songwriter Deborah Holland © 2017 Deborah Holland

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