Sonic Elder

Sonic Elder


The older they get, the harder they rock.

Sonic Elder is a unique theatrical experience that features a six-piece band of diverse performers—all aged between 65 and 75 years old—playing music that inspired them as young people. This band was created for this specific event. The musical numbers are mixed with their personal stories about discovering music, major life changes, sex, the beginnings of the anti-war movement, Vancouver’s music culture in the 1950s and early 60s and what it’s like to be a rocker in the body of a senior.

Produced in association with Holding Space Productions

Listed as a Georgia Straight Fall Critic’s Pick!

Show history

Originally commissioned for Club PuSh by Theatre Conspiracy for the PuSh Festival (World Premier) – Club PuSh 2015 / Vancouver

Vancouver Art Gallery, FUSE 2015 / Vancouver

Jessie Richardson Awards, 2016 / Vancouver

Penthouse Night Club, September 27 – October 2, 2016 / Vancouver

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  • Director - Christie Watson

  • Musical Director, performer, keyboards - Bill Sample

  • Performer, lead vocals - Harry Walker

  • Performer, lead vocals - Joni Moore

  • Performer, guitar, vocals - Billy Butler

  • Performer, bass - Ron Kosaka

  • Performer, drums - Buff Allen

  • Dramaturge - Anita Rochon

  • Original concept - Tim Carlson