Diyet & The Love Soldiers | OnSTAGE Concert at VDPAC

  • Posted on September 21, 2022

Vulnerable, true to life songs.” - Vancouver Sun

“Diyet’s poetic lyrics are heartfelt and true, full of hope and inspiration for positive change in her community.” - DISCourse

VERNON, BC— Connected to the land, rooted in tradition and yearning for adventure, Diyet & The Love Soldiers capture the spirit of the north in their bold and honest song writing.

The Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre Society presents Diyet & The Love Soldiers as the first performance in the 2022/23 SPOTLIGHT OnSTAGE Concert Series on Wednesday, October 5, 2022, at 7:30PM.

“With the audience seated cabaret-style on stage, our very popular SPOTLIGHT OnSTAGE Concert Series allows audiences to relax and enjoy an up-close and personal concert in this intimate setting,” said Artistic Director Erin Kennedy. “Don’t wait – seating is limited.”

Diyet & The Love Soldiers are alternative country, folk, roots and traditional with catchy melodies and stories deeply rooted in frontwoman Diyet’s Indigenous world view and northern life. Born in a tent, raised in a cabin on the shores of a glacial lake in the Kluane region of Canada’s Yukon Territory, Diyet embodies her Southern Tutchone, Japanese, Tlingit and Scottish roots with a musical presence that is equally diverse and unique. She often says, “Yesterday, fishing for our dinner on the ice, the next day, on the stage singing for you!”

Diyet sings in both English and Southern Tutchone, backed by Love Soldiers: husband and collaborator, Robert van Lieshout (acoustic guitar, drums and percussion) and Juno award-winning producer, Bob Hamilton (electric guitar, pedal steel and mandolin).

“They have a sound that can fill a big stage or capture an intimate room,” said Kennedy. “Their songs embody the north: hard and raw, but at the same time, beautiful, gentle, strange and intensely alive.”

Over the last decade, the group has performed nationally in Canada and internationally in Europe. They have three albums: The Breaking Point, When You Were King, and their third, self-titled album Diyet & The Love Soldiers which earned nominations for Folk Album of The Year at The Indigenous Music Awards and Indigenous Artist of The Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards. Diyet received the Canadian Folk Music Award for Indigenous Songwriter of the Year in 2020.

Fans of VDPAC’s OnSTAGE Concerts cabaret-style format can preview video highlights of Diyet & The Love Soldiers on and YouTube.

Diyet & The Love Soldiers perform at the Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre on Wednesday, October 5 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35. This is an all-ages performance. To purchase tickets please call 250-549-SHOW (7469) and visit our 2022-23 SPOTLIGHT Season online at:


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About Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre

The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society is a non-profit, charitable organization devoted to fostering artists, their work, and live performance in all genres and for all ages. The Society operates the Performing Arts Centre’s (VDPAC) on behalf of the Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) and with the support of over 200 volunteers. Each year, we present our SPOTLIGHT Season of over 30 diverse performances, complemented by over 125 concerts, festivals, and special events. We select professional touring productions to entertain, enlighten, move and amuse our patrons. Altogether, they offer audiences of all ages a world of unforgettable live theatre experiences. Please visit: &

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Diyet, photo by Alistair Maitland
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