About this human called Kate
Kate Romain combines professional, whimsical accordion playing with kazoo-horns, foot-percussion and vocal sound tricks to make an engaging and fun one-person act to entertain all ages. Expect an eclectic mix of European folk-dance tunes and honky-old American folk songs, intermingled with originals. Based in Victoria, Kate also spends time making art, clowning, juggling, dancing, and collaborating with others.
Kate's creative spark began at 'the compound'--her family's two neighbouring homes in Southern Ontario. Her eclectic bunch of family and friends embraced and engaged in the joys of community arts, spontaneous musical jams, dance, and general silliness.
In 2011 Kate took her fun pack of accumulated skills to the streets and spent a few months traveling with an accordion around Central Europe; and then four years intermittently bicycle-touring around Eastern Canada with her Ragtime-Klezmer duo act.
A few years in Halifax included place-making and collaborations in street painting, carnivals, circus performances, giant puppet parades, art-barge building, and pop-up street shows. Kate also embarked on the cross-country Train Of Thought community-arts journey with 75 artists traveling across Canada.
Kate took flight to BC in 2015, where she now happily sets her roots. You can find her in Victoria: busking at farmers' markets, performing at cafes and festivals, making art, juggling, dancing and collaborating with others.
“Kate Romain is so deliciously talented, she's edible! Her strong vocals, rubber face, professional accordion skills and great sense of humour quickly captured the hearts of her audience and left us all clamoring for more. She gave us delightful singalongs, (musical meowing brought to the heavenly level), inspiring Klezmer music and pretty much anything else we wanted. Kate is a very relaxed and confident performer who enjoys being playful with her audience, hopping from foot to foot, like a little court jester in her red cap and jamming spontaneously with [other present musicians]. Don't miss her if you get a chance to see her perform.”
--Sheila Pratt, Victoria Music Friends