Tall Poppy Records is the creation of renaissance woman, Lee Lindsey. The independent record label which has now branched into Poppy Cafe embodies everything that Lindsey herself represents: passion, a love for nurturing and supporting great music, and family.
What started off as an independent label and recording studio in London, England, soon sprouted off into Tall Poppy Presents. Lindsey’s networking skills, and experience in the music industry helped her host dozens of extremely successful shows, featuring local and international musicians. It was obvious to everyone involved in the process that Lindsey was destined to bring amazing music to the world. After 4 years of sowing and watching Tall Poppy grow into her passion-driven business Lindsey decided it was time to transplant her family and the company to her homeland of Canada.
Although she had flown across the pond and landed in a very different Vancouver music scene, Lindsey was determined to make Tall Poppy flourish in the Great White North. Throughout the 10 years it has been running, Tall Poppy Presents has featured world renowned acts like Lee Macdougall, KT Tunstall, Marcus Foster, and Kenny Hess to name a few. The seamlessness of the Poppy events is all thanks to Lindsey’s attention to detail, impeccable hosting skills and commitment to making sure audiences can experience a night of unforgettable entertainment.
While at first glance,Poppy Cafe seems to be thriving, there are a few thorns that have threatened it’s very existence. Beneath Lindsey’s stunning exterior and warrior-like confidence, lies a woman who has been through hell and back. Supporting herself and traveling the world in search of work since the age of 15, Lindsey struggled to find her place in the music industry. After marrying and starting a family, she eventually divorced and was left to raise two children as a single mother. Just as Lindsey found her calling and sought to make her dreams a reality once more in Canada, her family home and recording studio burned to the ground in a freak electrical fire in 2007. If ever there had been a reason to give up, Lindsey had had several. And yet this brave woman with the heart of gold pushed on, rising above the tragedies.
So it’s no surprise that two children raised by such a strong and independent single mother would eventually begin to emulate her. Both her son Sam Bradley, and daughter Grace Lindsey are up and coming artists that have large online followings and dedicated fan bases. Bradley had only been playing live shows for a few years, when in 2008, his childhood friend Rob Pattinson used a song that they co-wrote in his movie Twilight. This gave Bradley a bigger following, though it has been his raw talent keeping his audience hooked. Bradley has toured Canada and USA several times, has been on television and radio, and is currently working on his third album release (which his huge following is desperately awaiting).
Grace Lindsey, has never really been in the shadow, despite her start as backup singer for her mother and brother. It was evident to everyone who has heard Grace sing, that she had a real gift for music, and that she too was destined for many successes in the music world. Lindsey has teamed up with fellow YouTube favourite, Sarah Louise, to form the band District Line. As a duo and as an independent musician, Lindsey continues to release videos (which quickly get thousands of hits) and she continues to captivate audiences at each of her live shows.
On December 22, you can be part of the Poppy Cafe magic, as Lee, Sam and Grace will be teaming up to play a very special holiday show. The multi-talented family will also be joined by the Alumni Seycove Choir (2006 Youth Choir of the Year), and Poppy Cafe will be collecting non-perishable food donations for The Salvation Army Food Drive. Without a doubt, this family’s passion and commitment to music, and Lee Lindsey’s gift for hosting live shows ensures this show is the best one you will see this holiday season. And of course, the Tall Poppy story is touching reminder that dreams come true, and that love and family are the true reasons to celebrate the season.
Tall Poppy Presents, December 22
Admission: 23.50 (and a non-perishable food item)
Box office: 604 929 4293.
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