Ella Fitzgerald’s tribute stops in Sidney on Thursday, as part of a Vancouver Island tour

IN CONCERT: Prelude to a Kiss – The Love Songs of Ella Fitzgerald

Or: Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney

When: February 10, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $60 from tickets.marywinspear.ca or 250-656-0275

A tour of the Vancouver Island area featuring Leina DeBoer as Ella Fitzgerald continues tonight in Sidney with a performance that its star says will be “a journey through the stages of love “.

“Ella kept singing about it, from the start of a relationship to the heartbreak of losing love,” DeBoer said. “Remembering those times of heartache, but seeing how you were able to pick yourself up and love again, that’s what this show is about. We’re gonna laugh, and maybe even cry a little.

DeBoer, who lives in Abbotsford, will be joined in Sidney and for further performances on Salt Spring Island (February 13, ArtSpring) and Courtenay (February 16, Sid Williams Theatre) by pianist Morrissey Dunn. DeBoer has the extremely difficult task of portraying Fitzgerald, who has won 14 Grammy Awards over her 60-year career and is considered by many to be the greatest singer of all time, but she delivers.

Living in an artist who is often referred to only by her first name is not lost on DeBoer, whose Prelude to a Kiss – The Love Songs of Ella Fitzgerald The tour with Dunn began January 21 in Parksville. DeBoer, 39, is the same age as Fitzgerald when she drew raves in the 1950s for her big band treatments of Cole Porter’s songbook, now considered one of the finest creative periods of any artist in the story.

It took him two seconds to realize during rehearsals that Fitzgerald was wise beyond his years. “She makes it look so easy, what she did on stage,” DeBoer said.

“When you dive in and sing her songs in her style and her voice, you realize it’s a workout. slip an octave like that. No one could do it like Ella.