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Vibrant, genuine and soulful, Dawn Pemberton has deep musical roots that take her powerful voice from gospel and soul to jazz, funk and world music. She has become a staple of the Vancouver music scene and can often be found tearin’ it up as a vocalist, pianist, teacher, adjudicator, choir director and “goto girl” for live performances and studio sessions.

Prior to March 2020 she spent her time touring with her own original music project as well as Moira Smiley + VOCO, The Bluesberries, and Canadian blues juggernaut, The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer. Dawn has toured extensively throughout Canada and Europe and has performed with musical greats such as Bettye LaVette, John Boutté, Kenny Werner, Kurt Elling, Robert Randolph &The Family Band, Randy Bachman, Ruthie Foster, The Hamiltones, Linda Tillery, and has opened for musical heavyweights Maceo Parker, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, The Philosopher Kings and Lee Fields.

Dawn is the founder and Artistic Director of Roots ‘N’ Wings Women’s Choir, and teaches masterclasses and workshops all over North America. Her debut solo album, Say Somethin’, released on DoRight! Music, won Best Urban Recording at the 2015 Western Canadian Music Awards and has received praise from around the globe forecasting her as “…the new queen of Canadian soul.”

A passionate educator and performer, Dawn approaches music with a sense of adventure, quirkiness, and serious groove and shapes it into her own unique and dynamic package. Tight, expressive and bold, Dawn will hit you where it counts, funk you up, and make you say “Go ‘head!”

What are three go-to songs that inspire Dawn?
"Distance" by Yebba
"Ain't No Way" by Aretha Franklin
"As " by Stevie Wonder

What is an interesting detail you might not know about Dawn?
Dawn is trained to be a Tea Sommelier.

Get On The Good Foot
Get On The Good Foot is your Saturday afternoon invitation to get down and strut your stuff. Explore the best of the greasiest funk, soul, and R&B. Dawn plays rare grooves, old school classics, hidden gems, and newfound favourites.

On The Rise
On The Rise is the newest addition to CKUA's impressive roster of shows. Count down the best of the best from CKUA's Weekly Top 30 chart with host Dawn Pemberton and producer Brendan Cross. Imagine inspiring interviews, thrilling features, fun factoids and, of course, stellar music.

Friday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Dawn Pemberton

Alternative, Eclectic
Saturday 1:00 am - 4:00 am

Dawn Pemberton

Alternative, Eclectic
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Dawn Pemberton

Alternative, Eclectic, Funk
Wednesday 1:00 am - 2:00 am

Dawn Pemberton

Alternative, Eclectic, Funk