Thursday, November 24 2022

Acclaimed Canadian indie folk band Dala brings their love of jazz music and animation to Pepperdine University in Malibu on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at 8 p.m.

Tickets, priced at $15 for adults and $10 for full-time Pepperdine students, are available now by calling (310) 506-4522 or visiting the event page. More information about Dala can be found at

Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine of Dala, Juno nominees and winners of the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for vocal group of the year, write and sing in a harmony that could be described as angelic. These two best friends met in their high school music class in 2002; they have since released five albums and toured extensively across North America. Darlings of the Canadian music scene, Dala are now set to bring their new brand of acoustic pop music to the world.

Drawing inspiration from influences such as the Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Bob Dylan, Dala writes songs that are both catchy and insightful. Amanda’s ethereal soprano voice blends seamlessly with Sheila’s velvety alto, creating the lush harmonies that have become their trademark.

The sheer joy they play with is contagious, turning new listeners into instant fans. Dala is equally entertaining between songs, telling funny, down-to-earth stories that make each show unique. Dala has opened for artists such as Tom Cochrane, Stuart McLean of CBC’s Vinyl Café, Richie Havens and Arlo Guthrie. Regulars on the festival scene, they have also performed at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, the Edmonton Folk Festival, California’s Strawberry Festival and Mariposa. In 2009, they were the only Canadian band invited to play at the 50th anniversary of the Newport Folk Festival.

Dala’s album Everybody’s Someone was released in 2009 to critical acclaim. It earned them their fifth Canadian Folk Music Award nomination, a Toronto Independent Music Award for Best Folk Group, and was featured by the Irish Post as Album of the Year. The song “Horses” was nominated by National Public Radio in the United States as one of the “Top Ten Folk Songs of 2009”.

In the summer of 2010, Dala’s Girls from the North Country special on PBS aired across North America. This concert features Dala’s own songs woven around classics by Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Gordon Lightfoot. The live CD and DVD for Girls from the North Country won Dala the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for “Vocal Group of the Year”.

The live album was nominated for a 2011 Juno Award in the category “Roots and Traditional Album of the Year: Group”.

Dala’s latest album, Best Day, was released in June 2012. It was nominated for three Canadian Folk Music Awards: ‘English Songwriter of the Year’, ‘Vocal Group of the Year’ and Producer of the year.

Pepperdine University’s Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts delivers high-quality activities to more than 50,000 people from more than 800 ZIP codes each year through performances, rehearsals, museum exhibits, and masters classes. Located on Pepperdine’s beautiful Malibu campus overlooking the Pacific, the center serves as a hub for the arts, uniquely connecting professional visiting artists with Pepperdine students as well as patrons from surrounding Southern California communities. Facilities include the 450-seat Smothers Theater, the 118-seat Raitt Recital Hall, the Helen E. Lindhurst “black box” theater, and the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art.


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