Trunk Or Treat Drive-By Food Drive

If you’ve been looking for safe alternatives to door-to-door Trick or Treating this Halloween, this event may interest you! 

People are invited to dress-up in their costumes, and stop by Save On Foods Pinetree Village between 11am-2pm this Saturday, October 24th. It is a great way to get out of the house, donate to a local charity and get a Halloween treat at all once. If you are worried about social distancing, this is the perfect way to partake in the festivities from the comfort of your own car.

So how does the event work? It’s quite simple!

Step 1– Pack a bag or box of donations.
Step 2– Place the bag/box in your trunk.
Step 3– Drive to Save On Foods Pinetree Village
Step 4– From the safety of your car, pop open your trunk. A volunteer following safety protocol will take your box and exchange it with a Halloween treat!

What should I donate?

  • Non-perishable food donations (such as canned meats, vegetables or pasta, peanut butter, cake mixes, powdered milk, etc)
  • Frozen foods
  • Pet & Baby Supplies

All of your donations will be distributed locally within the Tri-Cities.

Elvis Surprises Port Moody Resident for 70th Birthday

Photo Credit: www.facebook.com/darren.lee.3720

People are pushing their creativity to the limit when it comes to celebrating birthdays during the pandemic. Yesterday in the streets of Suter Brook Village, Port Moody, iconic Elvis sElvongs could be heard for blocks. Darren Lee, also known as the ‘Drive-by King’ put on a special outdoor performance to celebrate one lucky resident’s 70th birthday.

People of all ages gathered outside Romer’s Burger Bar, to enjoy the unexpected entertainment. Although the event was shut down by the cops after several noise complaints, it was said to be a great show. The fun and uplifting atmosphere filled the streets with a sense of comradery as passerbys of all ages stopped to dance and sing amongst one another.

Posted by Gabriela Flores on Sunday, October 18, 2020

If you would like to learn more about Darren, or book him for future events you can contact him through Facebook.

 

Save Our Stages Fest

STREAMING LIVE OCTOBER 16-18, 2020

The National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) is partnering with YouTube for a 3-day virtual music festival to #SaveOurStages. #SOSFEST will live stream on NIVA’s official YouTube channel October 16-18th and will feature all new performances. This benefit event aims to generate significant awareness, advocacy and donations for the NIVA Emergency Relief Fund, directly supporting the most vulnerable venues experiencing catastrophic revenue loss.

Many historic venues are at risk of closing their doors forever due to the sudden halt of live performances. Although over 2 million letters have been sent to the United States congress, they have yet to pass a legislation that will #SaveOurStages. Even if you can’t afford to donate to the cause, your voice is just as powerful and by making #SaveOurStages trend and bring recognition to the seriousness of this issue, you are helping.

Get ready to turn your living room into an intimate concert setting with never before seen performances. The lineup for this event is extensive, if you are a music lover of any kind, you definitely do not want to miss the chance to see these sets by a wide variety of amazing artists. The weekend lineup features acts by G-Eazy, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lavato, Marshmello, Macklemore, The Lumineers, Finneas, Jason Mraz, Foo Fighters, Dave Matthews and so many more new and classic artists. If you have been craving seeing live music, this is as such a unique alternative. The best part is that instead of having to hunt down livestreams by different artists or groups, these shows have been sweetly packaged together for you. Each livestream offers almost 5 hours of entertainment, and are available to stream live or at anytime after the event has aired. If you missed the first event on Friday, I have attached the link below! For more information on the event visit www.saveourstages.com/

Artist Spotlight – David Ivan Neil

David Ivan Neil is an alternative folk artist from Surrey B.C. Despite growing up in a home without strong musical influences, it slowly took over his life and he couldn’t turn a blind eye to his calling. Growing up as a teenager in the nineties, he found himself ordering inexpensive CD’s from Columbia Music House. What started out as a small hobby, slowly turned into a collection of the masses, leading to the discovery of Nirvana’s In Utero. His newfound love of discovering artists led him down the alternative/ indie/ eccentric music rabbit hole that he continues to burrough in today.

His passion for music was undeniable, but the fear of turning his passion into practice delayed his artistic inception. That was until he came across the music of Daniel Johnston and Half Japanese whose music was simple, strange, honest and real in it is own beautiful way. The realization that there were successful artists that honed exceptional instrumental talents, while in turn compensated with their energetic energy and artistry lead to a turning point in his musical journey. He concluded that he shouldn’t focus on what he found himself incapable of, but should emphasize on his artistic offerings.

Upon moving to Abbotsford in 2016, his songwriting and creativity set forth. By meeting other artists and like-minded visionaries, his first album came to life and he truly found his voice. Part of the his songwriting process is based on accidental humorous mistakes. His bad hearing has lead to the misinterpretation of lyrics and sparked creativity for his own lyrics. He hopes that someday someone else will mishear his own lyrics and create their own beautiful mistake.

Aaron Levy’s Carport Manor, quickly became his favorite place to play. The carefree and unkempt environment allowed him to practice and perform without judgement in an easy setting. Although technological advances have moved the majority of albums and songs to streaming platforms that are readily available on our phones, he still purchases hard copy albums. One of which was from local artist and record company owner, Tim the Mute, and upon exchanging a recording of his own CD, a new friendship was born. The two played shows together, leading to Dave putting out “What is Love” on KingFisher Bluez and he was able to distinguish himself within the industry.

Recently Dave moved to Enderby, B.C. and loves the calmness that a scenic small town has to offer. Since the global pandemic has put live shows on hold, he has been recording an Instagram TV series from his studio basement called TGIF (Thank God It’s not another Flipping live stream) which offers videos of performances of new and old songs. Check out his most recent episode of TGIF below.

Episode 3 of TGIF! Sun is the second single from ‘Simple Shapes’

Posted by David Ivan Neil on Friday, October 16, 2020

His upcoming album ‘Simple Shapes‘ is set to be released on November 13th, 2020. Check out the link below for his first single off the new album, “I knocked on Yer Door‘ which is already streaming on Soundcloud.

https://soundcloud.com/user-437883894/11-i-knocked-on-your-door?ref=clipboard&p=i&c=1‘I Knocked on Yer Door’ is the…

Posted by David Ivan Neil on Friday, October 9, 2020

Haley K Turner – In from the Dark

Photo Credit: haleykturner.com

During these uneasy times, where physical embrace seems to be a thing of the past and people worldwide are struggling to stay connected to one another, In from the Dark is the perfect album to help fill the emptiness. Having grown up in Kelowna B.C., the now Vancouverite still embodies that small town girl who is determined to better the world through thought provoking lyrics.

Haley K. Turner‘s ten folk-inspired pop tracks transports you to a calm and breezy state of mind. Turner’s pure, soulful singing voice softens and soars in perfect harmony with her music. Touching on several subtle motifs of country, folk, and bluegrass, In from the Dark is lifted up by its tasteful instrumentation to also show off Turner’s raw and heartfelt lyricism which presents itself over a wide range of themes and emotions.

The title of the record, In from the Dark, points toward Turner’s ability to create a shelter with her songs that both invites you in, but also allows some of these darker feelings to be explored in a constructive way. Turner’s songwriting exudes a level of maturity and experience that gives so much more weight to her words. The non-reliance on hooks and genre gimmicks with emphasis placed more on harmony and lyrics speaks to the prevailing feeling given off on this album that Turner is right there in the room with the listener; that there is a human face behind these words.

In from the Dark doesn’t revel in blind idealism. It doesn’t drown you with cheap mantras and cliché sayings. In fact, it’s greatest accomplishment is its expression of all of these “imperfect emotions” – these feelings that are too complicated to be condensed into sing-along choruses. In from the Dark is mature and somewhat reserved, but warm and welcoming nonetheless. In a way, this record speaks a lot to what the world is in dire need of these days.

Haley’s In from the Dark is available on all streaming platforms.

“I write music because it has a way of piercing through peoples hearts in the most beautiful way. And I choose my words carefully.” Haley

Artist Spotlight – Ludic

Posted by Ludic on Monday, January 27, 2020

 

Ludic is a funk, jazz & soul trio from Vancouver B.C. The band consists of Ayla Tesler-Mabe and brothers Max and Rhett Cunningham.

The trio found inspiration from great music icons such as Stevie Wonder, Funkadelic, Prince and modern soul pioneers such as Hiatus Kiayote. Ludic offers a delightfully bright and unique brand of groovy tunes by seamlessly blending vintage and present soul, funk, jazz and pop, creating music for a wide-array of listeners.

Ludic quickly made a name for themselves as pioneers to a new form or modern soul. With the goal to create groovy sounds that are both playful and explorative, they combined each members multi-musical talents and song writing skills to create masterpieces in their own unique genre. The trio have managed to capture the ears of a magnitude of musicians and listeners who typically enjoy other jazz, funk and soul artists. Ludic’s amalgamation of genres is undeniably timeless.

Check out Ludic‘s newest music video for their single “Heart Emoji“. Ludic has currently been working on some new music, make sure to check them out on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube for updates and new releases.

Artist Spotlight – Dana Gavanski

 

Posted by Dana Gavanski on Friday, March 27, 2020

Dana Gavanski was born with a desire to sing. Growing up in Vancouver to a Serbian family, she was immersed in the culture of kafana music and began to root her vividly emotional expression in vocal resonance. In her final year of university in Montreal, she picked up the guitar left by her ex-partner and decided to re-learn. Gavanski prefers to focus on the simple, organic tones the guitar has to offer and keep the main focus on her unique sound.

love affair with music began with her voice. Born to a Serbian family,  Given this gateway into her guitar-playing, it’s not surprising Gavanski prefers to shun the hyper-technical aspects of the instrument and instead focuses on its simple, organic tones.

Dana released her first EP Spring Demos in September 2017, which Dana describes as ‘whatever was coming out of me. A flood.’  Following Spring Demos, YESTERDAY IS GONE reflects Dana’s aim ‘to make something bigger, more thought through’. Steeped in determination and uncertainty in equal measure – ‘I just wanted to write a good song’ – the album took shape after she returned from a writing residency in Banff, Alberta. Rooted in the intimacy of folk songwriting, it explores a different sonic texture and as a full band, Dana co-produced her record with Toronto-based musician Sam Gleason and Mike Lindsay. Yesterday Is Gone is Dana’s attempt to ‘learn to say what I feel and feel what I say’ through her own beguiling sound, with each component meticulously placed and yielding a deeply sincere response to the chaos of human emotion.

https://www.facebook.com/danagavanski/photos/a.778231759005376/1412889622206250/

“Yesterday is Gone, my debut album, came into the world at a strange time,” says Dana, “I never expected to be unable to tour it until at least a year after its release but I’ve silently accepted it. I’m happy to hear of the ways it is reaching people. To read beautiful and thoughtful comments from friends and strangers. Also, in many ways, not being able to do so many things I was used to has shown me how excited I was about getting on the road and in turn, has helped me realise I should work on not taking things for granted.”

Artist Spotlight – The Wind Whistles

Music is an essential part of our lives, with that in mind I have been looking into local bands from BC. I recently came across an Indie-folk-rock duo The Wind Whistles from Vancouver, British Columbia. I recently came across their new album, which was released early September, and I am glad I did. It’s been on heavy rotation during my downtime amidst the pandemic, and I highly recommend giving it a listen.

Check out their recent album Sail Away, on Spotify, YouTube or bandcamp.com

Posted by The Wind Whistles on Sunday, June 21, 2020

The Wind Whistles duo consists of Tom Prilesky (vocals, guitar) and Liza Moser (vocals, bass). They have recorded four albums, with musical styles that span anti-folk, roots revival, twee, pop and alternative rock, and americana, with lyrical themes about death/revival, empathy for living things, and DIY culture. Many of their artistic creations are delivered in fun and endearing ways using animal characters and paying tribute to friends and family. Their studio albums featured supporting musicians from their friends in The Greenbelt Collective, Bad Fate, Supermoon, The People Verses, The Dirty Beat, Suzuki Jacuzzi and more. Although the band only consists of two people, their live performances do not lack in any way. Their upbeat and engaging energy made their audiences feel heavily involved in the experience and allowed for an intimate setting. The Wind Whistles were most active between 2006-2010, touring extensively across Canada and in Europe. In the decade following a hiatus from performing live, they have produced a farewell album called ‘Sail Away’, again enlisting musical help from their community. I personally believe it was an amazing way to bring their journey to an end, you can feel the love they have for their music and it is an album that is timeless and can be enjoyed for years to come.

https://www.facebook.com/thewindwhistlesband/photos/a.156421896048/10157902532356049

RESCHEDULED – Sebastian Bach 31st Anniversary Tour

Acclaimed vocal powerhouse Sebastian Bach has announced the newly rescheduled dates for the 2nd leg of his highly anticipated 30TH Anniversary Tour celebrating the album “SKID ROW,” which was originally set to start later this month. Today, BACH has revealed the tour will take place this fall starting on October 28th and running through December 15th with special guests STITCHED UP HEART.

Don’t miss Sebastian Bach, November 2nd, 2020 at the Commodore Ballroom. Tickets are still available!

BACH’s 30TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR, taking place now this coming fall, will commemorate the groundbreaking, platinum selling 1st album, “Skid Row,” which he’ll be performing in its entirety along with other classic hits.

Released in the winter of 1989, SKID ROW’s self-titled record is one of heavy rock’s most successful debut albums, landing in Billboard’s Top 10 and going on to sell millions of copies around the world.  The record transformed the band from local New Jersey quintet into a global phenomenon whose rebellious attitude and jaw-dropping talent set the bar and tone for rock music in the late 80’s and early 90’s. SKID ROW’s singles, “18 and Life,” “Youth Gone Wild” and “I Remember You,” are among the decade’s most recognizable rock anthems that still receive heavy airplay on radio stations across the country. The group again achieved commercial success with its second record Slave to the Grind (1991) certified multi-platinum, reaching number one on the Billboard 200.

SEBASTIAN BACH is recognized globally as a vocalist, television star, actor and beyond! Bach hit the spotlight in the late 1980’s as the iconic frontman for mainstream heavy metal / hard rock act SKID ROW. Since his departure from Skid Row in the mid 90’s, SEBASTIAN BACH still remains one of the most relevant rock figures in pop culture today, with over 20 million records sold, three solo records, network television appearances on AXS.tv, MTV, VH1 and CMT, guest appearances on “Gilmore Girls,” “Trailer Park Boys,” “Californication” and other popular television shows, and several acting stints on and off Broadway. BACH’s last album, Give ‘Em Hell, impressively, landed on the U.S. Top Hard Rock and Top 200 Billboard charts, proving his prowess decades after his initial debut. BACH’s critically acclaimed Harper Collins memoir “18 And LIFE on Skid Row” was released on December 6, 2016.

 

The Railway Residency

Don’t wait any longer to enjoy a live show! Starting tomorrow, October 14th 2020, the Railway Stage & Beer Café will be hosting the Railway Residency with Jon Bryant. Every Wednesday until November 4th, from 7:00pm-10:00pm, you can enjoy live music by the Halifax born native with a modern bar program featuring 24 craft taps, rotating cask brews and a menu of soups, salads and Italian-style pressed sandwiches.

Jon Bryant is a true artist whose popularity within the international music industry is growing and certainly leaving a lasting impression with his unique musical style of haunting-ambient dream-folk and singer/songwriter roots. At the start of his musical career, Jon Bryant’s single “Deaf” was selected as the iTunes single-of-the-week and his debut album the featured singer-songwriter album. Bryant followed up his online success with his follow up album “What Takes You” in 2012 and numerous TV sync placements while touring throughout North America and Europe. In 2016 Jon Bryant released the highly anticipated dream-folk album “Twenty Something” featuring the production of Alex Newport (Bloc Party, Death Cab for Cutie, Mars Volta and City and Colour), Nygel Asselin (Half Moon Run) Jordan Wiberg and Rick Parker (Lord Huron, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club). Not only does his unique Jeff Buckley-esque vocals and compelling songwriting command attention, but his lively, emotional and energetic stage presence also pull his audience in and make his art and presence unforgettable.

Tickets are very limited as they are sold by table, with only 7 tables available for each event. You can purchase tickets here for $80.