Paula Cole has played before audiences all over the world, opening for artists like Peter Gabriel, Melissa Etheridge and Sarah McLachlan, and as part of the Lilith Fair lineup before she began headlining her own tours in the late '90s.

Sweden is a place of enormous beauty and a deeply stirring culture. It is no random chance
then, that persons of great artistic strength and beauty hail from this European nation to
carry their talent across the globe. One such Swedish-American, descendant of a Swede
immigrant to the early shores of America, IVA, has done just that and her brand of musical
artistry is already entertaining the international masses. Born in Wilmington, Delaware, IVA’s
love for singing began almost from the start, with her appearances with the Opera Delaware
at age 9. Eventually, her talent and drive took her to New York, where she attended The
Juilliard School and The Manhattan School of Music. Later, after graduating from Princeton,
IVA began to play the New York clubs and Off-Broadway venues. Thanks to her own hard
work and a Fulbright Scholarship for Performing Artists, IVA moved to Sweden in her
operatic pursuit of music. It was in Sweden where IVA embraced her opera side and quickly
found herself singing with the Royal Opera of Stockholm.
Being a relative stranger in a “familiar” country gave IVA the opportunity to explore who she
was with a freedom she didn’t know was possible. This time abroad, albeit lonely at first, led
to an explosion of creativity and changed the direction of her career, and her life, forever. IVA
was inspired to shift from opera to pop, releasing two pop records in Sweden, the second
with Universal. Her voice has an etherial quality to it as does her overall sound. Billboard
Magazine remarked on IVA’s versatility, touting her as an artist to watch who was “doubl[ing]
up in Sweden” between opera and pop. The Tri-State Indie proclaimed “Keep your eyes
open for this remarkable crossover talent . . . she’s the real thing.”
During her several years abroad studying, writing and performing music, IVA returned to the
States where, thanks to an appearance on NBC’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien, she
caught the ear of Band Leader Max Weinberg. Weinberg liked her voice and she was invited
to return to the show multiple times as a singer and actress.
Now, an international recording artist, vocalist and songwriter, IVA, releases her new EP –
LEAP, due on July 10, 2015, making her one of the first to utilize the new “Friday, Global
Release Day” for music. Produced by Tim Sonnefeld, whose collaborations include
Grammy winning albums with Usher, as well as on albums with Philadelphia artists Amos
Lee and Sharon Little, LEAP was recorded at Philadelphia’s Milkboy and Retro City Studios.
Although LEAP was compiled after IVA moved back to the United States, she will freely
admit that it captures the essence of who she “discovered” while immersed within the muse
that is Sweden.
While preparing for the album, IVA opened for Grammy winner Paula Cole, showcased
before singer Kat Edmonson and performed on acclaimed producer Emile Haynie’s album
We Fall. IVA’s own album preparations became reality through the boundless reaches of the
internet with a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign that exceeded their funding goals and
allowed more time in studio with Tim.
In discussing the new EP, IVA remarked about the process of working with Tim Sonnefeld:
“Tim is one of the most solid musicians, and people, I have ever worked with. He
understood my vision, nurtured it and took us every step of the way with an amazing ear and
“Over the few years we performed these songs, the band took them into their hearts,” IVA
declared, “I feel fulfilled and satisfied with the whole experience. This is my third recording
and I know this is how the process is meant to be. I look forward to playing these and other
songs from my first two records with this amazing band of musical brothers”.
IVA continues to perform her classical repertoire both in the US and overseas. She will tour
Europe with Julie Nishimura in summer 2015, with dates in Poland, Germany and Sweden
singing Scandinavian songs, Chopin, Copland and Debussy. Today, that persona she
“discovered” while in Sweden reaches out beyond the stage and studio. IVA is part of the
Musicians on Call program, aiding the ill and the infirmed through the Wilmington-area
hospitals. She also teaches vocal lessons at the Grand Opera House. IVA has credited
WSTW's Hometown Heroes program, the Grand Opera House and the World Cafe Live, with
developing her audience and supporting her work.
All of her endeavors have not gone without notice in her ancestral Sweden. Recently, IVA
was awarded the Årets Svensk Amerikan (Swedish-American of the Year); an annual award
presented by the Vasa Order of America since 1960. Recipients, either Swedish or American
by birth, have made significant contributions to the relationship between the two countries.
Past honorees, including iconic astronaut Buzz Aldrin and actress/sex-symbol Ann-Margret,
have been honored with a Golden Plaque, diploma, and their name added to the
commemorative Swedish American of the Year tablet, kept in Växjö. IVA’s musical talents
have brought honor and enjoyment to both of her “home” countries.

Dining option 1


Chicken Wings $11
Choice of buffalo or barbeque sauce
served with blue cheese dressing, carrots & celery sticks

Garlic Hummus $10
Served with sliced cucumbers, carrots, olives, pita wedges & naan bread

Fish Tacos $9
Cajun spiced & fried tilapia with jicama slaw & sweet corn
– salsa roja & guacamole on the side

House Salad $8
Mixed greens, chickpeas, avocado, cucumber, enoki mushrooms, red onion & grape tomatoes tossed with aged balsamic vinaigrette
-Add chicken or chili-garlic fried tofu $4

Caesar Salad $10
Crisp romaine lettuce, brioche croutons &
grated parmesan with a creamy caesar dressing
-Add chicken or chili-garlic fried tofu $4

WCL Burger $11
Grilled angus beef topped with bourbon bacon, applewood smoked bacon, cheddar, lettuce, tomato & red onion on a croissant bun
- Served with french fries

Braised Pork Sandwich $10
Shredded braised pork with barbeque sauce, balsamic onion jam & slaw on a brioche bun
- Served with french fries

Falafel Sandwich $11
Feta, shredded cucumbers, garlic hummus & tzatziki sauce served on naan
- Served with french fries

Duck Confit $15
Slow cooked & barbeque glazed duck thigh
- Served with cheddar-bacon home fries & roasted sweet corn

Atlantic Salmon $15
Glazed with ginger & honey then served atop shaved pineapple & vegetable fried rice

Korean Tofu $13
Crispy Tofu with a sesame chili glaze atop spicy cabbage & purple short grain rice

Menu is subject to change



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