MEREDITH BATES is a JUNO Award winning violinist based in Vancouver, B.C. and a founding member of the celebrated ensembles Pugs and Crows (JUNO Award winner 2013, JUNO Award nominee 2016, Galaxie Rising Star Award winner 2010, Polaris Prize longer list nominee 2016, Western Canadian Music Award winner 2016), Gentle Party (Polaris Prize longer list nominee 2017), ElkHorn, Gran Casa, Peggy Lee’s Echo Painting, Tony Wilson’s Burn Down the Cornfield and Looking Back, and Ford Pier’s Strength of Materials. She has collaborated extensively with some of Canada’s most innovative musicians, including C.R. Avery, The New Pornographers, Laila Biali, Ayelet Rose Gottlieb, Chris Gestrin, Joshua and Jesse Zubot, Annie Lou, Matt Mayes, David Ward, The Fugitives, Rodney Decroo, Sarah Wheeler, The Heavy Blinkers, and Buck 65, and has performed alongside such varied musicians as Evan Parker and Rod Stewart, to name a couple. Meredith has toured internationally with Pugs and Crows, Peggy Lee’s Film in Music, Crowman, Annie Lou, and Dyad and has recorded on over 100 albums to date. Meredith was Artist in Residence at the Western Front in Vancouver in 2019/20 and attended residencies at The Banff Centre for the Arts in Banff, Alberta, and Fylkingen in Stockholm, Sweden, in January and February of 2020, respectively. She continues to be an in demand session musician, performer, and teacher, known for her elegant and virtuosic sound. A talented improvisor and collaborator at heart, she relishes any opportunity to join forces with other like minded artists. In December of 2019, Meredith founded the Vancouver Improvised Arts Society, a non-profit arts organization dedicated to promoting the voices of womxn, BIPOC, and LGTBQ2+ artists.