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Disney movie music tribute hits Vancouver's Biltmore Cabaret

12/17/2014 08:00 EST | Updated 02/16/2015 05:59 EST
A tribute show of a different sort is taking the stage at Vancouver's Biltmore Cabaret Wednesday night, when local musicians will be performing their own spin on classics from Disney movies.

The show was conceived by Jessica Yliruusi of Vancouver band Hunting, who is a lifelong fan of the films.

"Cinderella was the first movie my parents bought when I was a kid, and the very first song she sings is A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes," she told The Early Edition's Elaine Chau.

"It's relatively close to the beginning of the film, so as a kid I would sit there and rewind the VHS over and over and over again to sing along with her.".

The show will feature a host of local artists performing their favourite tunes. Yliruusi's partner and bandmate Bradley Ferguson said originally the plan was to limit the songs to original pre-1990s Disney movies, but that changed.

"There's been a bit of a response for the newer stuff...There's going to be some tracks from the Little Mermaid for sure," said Ferguson.

Singer and fiddler Kendel Carson will be taking the audience back in time, to a movie many may not remember.

"As songs were getting plucked by other artists on the bill, we realized that we were in a bit of a state, so I dug deep into the recesses of my Disney memory."

Carson ended up deciding on the song The Monkey's Uncle, performed by the Beach Boys and Annette Funicello, from the 1965 movie of the same title.

Yliruusi said working on the show has helped her develop a deeper appreciation for the music in the classic films.

"It's so difficult to figure those songs out. They're so complex in a way you don't expect, because people remember the vocals.

"When you dig deeper into the songs, there's a lot to be heard," she said.

Ferguson said the audience can be expected to reconnect with their inner child.

"I feel youthful all of a sudden. It's very sparkly, happy music."

To hear more about the Disney tribute show, click the audio labelled: Disney music tribute concert.

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