Last night, in a sold-out Fable Book Parlour, May Davis performed for the last time in Revelstoke for the foreseeable future.
“Feeling great, and sad, and all the mixed bag of feelings,” said Davis before the show.
In the time that she’s lived and worked in Revelstoke, Davis was a staple in the arts for the community, whether she was on the stage or backstage. In her role as general manager of Arts Revelstoke, Davis helped organize some of the community’s biggest events, including REVY.Live and the LUNA arts festival.
One of Davis’ largest undertakings with Arts Revelstoke, was assembling REVY.Live’s lineup last summer.
When she wasn’t arranging free entertainment for the community, Davis worked hard at her music career, balancing the tedious demands of both jobs. For years, Davis has played all around Revelstoke, from guerilla gigs to cafés to pubs to art exhibits, she played it all.
Earlier this year, Davis released her single, ‘Back Pocket’ — an older song of hers that she found time to record down in Ymir. Since that release, Davis also put out ‘Ocean Side,’ which is her latest single.
Prior in the day, as Davis made her way through the crowd of the Trashion Show, she couldn’t walk for long without being stopped by someone wanting to say goodbye. She spoke about how it’s felt to say farewell.
“Just a lot of me trying to keep myself together,” she said, adding that she was “saving the emotion for the drive.”
“Day one’s gonna be rough,” she said with a laugh.
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Her final show also marked the release of Davis’ latest music video.
When she packs up her car and leaves, Davis said she was expecting a “pretty emotional drive.”
“I’m going home for a lot of great reasons, but it’s hard to leave such a beautiful, supportive, community.”
With classics like Bill Withers and Creedance Clearwater Revival coming through the speakers of her ‘95 Jeep, it will be cassettes of all the greats as Davis heads east.
Before her final show, Davis expressed her gratitude to the community.
“Thank you for all the love, and support, and years of encouragement, and growth that I’ve had here as a as an artist. Thank you everyone for coming out to all my shows and supporting, and just being wonderful,” said Davis.
As she makes her way east, the community will miss her work at Arts Revelstoke and the stages around town lose a devout entertainer, but she said it’s not the end of her.
“Oh, I always come back in some way.”