The Artist with Two Names

Looking for some more new music? This guy is the real deal. From working on his own name, as well as a duo name, Andrew Christopher is one to keep your eyes on.

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Posted by Andrew Christopher Music on Thursday, March 26, 2020

 

Andrew grew up in a small town called Agassiz, BC. He has been performing music full-time over the past 6 years at parties, weddings, bars, and restaurants. His biggest inspirations for his music are his three children, his marriage, love for travel, and lust for life.

AC has been writing and recording original music for 10 years now, but his current new music is under the name “Parliament of Owls.” Parliament of Owls is a singer/songwriter duo with his friend Jamie Rowe from Vancouver Island. This folk-rock duo released their debut album on July 1, 2019. These two together have some incredible tunes, including their new single “Hey Baby.” This music is feel-good, easy listening, and I 100% recommend checking it out for some good vibes. “This Beach,” and “Vacation Song” are two more great songs off the album.

https://open.spotify.com/artist/2GyU2DpmixLA8eX9YhW6TS

Parliament of Owls has been a part of a new project called “Artists in Isolation.” This is an album that features songs from local BC artists that have been recorded from their homes and sent to Rosewood Studios in Chilliwack to compile into a record. There is Volume 1 and Volume 2 of the Artists in Isolation albums and “Hey Baby,” by Parliament of Owls is in Volume 2. This album can be streamed online or purchased digitally as well as by CD. This project is about bringing together local musicians and allowing them to continue creating beautiful music during the COVID-19 pandemic. Parliament of Owls is happy to be able to be part of such an inclusive and genuine project within the local music community.

As for Andrew Christopher, gigs are slowly starting to come back and he’s hoping to do more in the near future. AC wants to work with artists as a life coach, but for music. He wants to help new artists with songwriting, performance tips, and building confidence, in hopes that they will follow their passion.

Andrew also has his own podcast called “The AC Show.”

Podcast: https://theacshow.libsyn.com

Social Media:

@parliamentofowlsofficial

@andrewchristophermusic

Check it out!

Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival – Drive-Thru Edition

Are you looking for something new to do? Do you love food? Missing those summer night events with endless amounts of munching? How about delicious food truck menus? I have just the thing for you! The Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival is happening now! Drive-thru edition.

If you’re lazy like me, you don’t even want to have to get out of your car to get food. That’s why The Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival is a great choice for you! This year it’s all drive-thru! This weekend September 19th and 20th, The GVFTF will be at the Chilliwack Heritage Park from 11am to 6pm. There will be eight different food trucks rolling in including fried chicken, mac n cheese, mini donuts, lemonade, corndogs, and BBQ! This is the perfect opportunity to get some of that fair food in your body you’ve been missing this year. If Chilliwack is a little out of the way for you, that’s okay too! September 26th and 27th, the festival will be happening all over again at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds!

The Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival says, “Our 2020 objective is to help food trucks safely navigate the COVID-19 “new normal” to allow them to continue to serve the communities we love. As always, we aim to bring the best of BC’s Food Trucks, Artisan Market Vendors, and entertainers together for free events within our local BC communities.”

As everyone knows, supporting local businesses this extremely important this year, and when we miss out on fairs, food, and festivals, opportunities like this one need to be taken! The vendors will be accepting all forms of payment including cash, debit, and credit. Each truck will have its own lineup, as well as a loop lane if you’re wanting to try more than one truck. No need to buy tickets or pre-book a spot, just drive on in! Please keep in mind, all COVID-19 protocols are being followed and staff members are held to the highest sanitation standards for the health and safety of everyone.

For any more information, check out the website and social media pages below!

https://greatervanfoodtruckfest.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GreaterVanFoodTruckFest/

Instagram: gvfoodtruckfest

Or directly reach out to:

Jason@greatervanfoodtruckfest.com

media@greatervanfoodtruckfest.com

The Reasons Why Halloween 2020 Should Not Be Cancelled

I don’t know about you, but I love Halloween. It’s actually my favourite holiday. I love it even more than Christmas! That’s why I refuse to let it be cancelled this year.

Halloween is the one time of the year where you can be whoever or whatever you want to be. For that one night, you can be anything! Your favourite movie character, a spooky monster, a hotdog, a sheriff, any kind of animal, a celebrity, and I’ve even seen someone dress up as a pair of pants. The options are endless!

Now, that’s not the only good part about Halloween. There are corn mazes, hayrides, haunted houses, pumpkin carving, decorations, scary movie marathons AND free candy! Who doesn’t like free candy? All of these things make this holiday the most unique holiday there is. Which is why it must not be cancelled!

2020 has been a year for cancelling many things, but October 31st just can’t be one of them, and here’s why. Halloween is the only holiday that can adhere to most COVID-19 protocols. Many costumes already have masks and gloves, many of these costumes are only worn once, and if not only once, then only once a year, all treats and candy are pre-wrapped, sealed, and packaged individually, trick-or-treating is an outdoor activity which involves walking around in small groups not staying anywhere too long at once, plus, this isn’t a holiday that involves lots of contact with other humans, unlike Christmas or Thanksgiving where you’re hugging and kissing everyone around!

This year Halloween is on a Saturday! That means that even if you’re up late binge eating candy and watching horror movies, you probably won’t have to be up early for work or school the next day! Halloween doesn’t wind up on a weekend night very often, so we HAVE to use this opportunity. Plus, it will be a full moon! That’s right, Halloween is on a full moon this year! This is the perfect night for spooky activities! Last but not least, Halloween will be an extra hour-long this year due to daylight savings!

This is literally the perfect year for Halloween, and we have to make the most of it.

 

Artist on the Rise – Parker Graye Debut Single

Up-and-coming singer-songwriter Parker Graye has released her debut single “Do Over” today, September 15, 2020, on all streaming platforms. If you’ve never heard of this artist, you need to check her out.

Parker Graye has always loved music and the arts. She spent many of her elementary school years singing in talent shows and local contests. Come high school, she started getting into musical theatre and songwriting. PG grew up in a small town called Orillia in Ontario. Once high school was coming to an end, she made the decision to move across the country to Vancouver, BC to start working on her music career. She’s now been writing with producers, artists, and writers and has co-written 20+ songs from all over Canada, through to the US, including Nashville, Los Angeles, and St. Louis. With this, she has really been making a name for herself across the nation.

Along with dabbling on the keyboard, Parker Graye has been taking vocal lessons in Vancouver for almost 9 years. Her voice is absolutely beautiful and has similar sounds to Maren Morris, Ellie Goulding, and Maddie & Tae. One of Parker’s top goals is to simply create music. She loves writing songs, telling stories, and putting emotion into her lyrics. She hopes people will feel something when they listen to her music. PG is looking forward to being able to release more great music, securing a publishing and label deal, and of course, getting back to performing live!

Parker Graye’s debut single released today, September 15, 2020, and it is worth a listen, or more like 50. This song was written by herself, John Strandell, Logan Miller, and Rhyan Shirley. “Do Over” was written after the breakdown of a love she had with a Saskatchewan boy. The song discusses how all she wishes was that it didn’t end, and they could have a do-over. The voice, the instruments, the lyrics, everything about this song is touching.

Parker has done an interview with Heart of Indie podcast, where she shares some incredibly interesting stories and information about her career. She was also selected as one of the Top 12 bands/artists in the BC Country Music Breakthrough Project which is an amazing title and accomplishment. Check her out!

Instagram: @parkergraye
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PARKERGRAYE/

Heart of Indie Podcast Interview –  https://open.spotify.com/episode/0up8saDYshoHutcfbmH78j?si=XQNKgwEVQmKUTe0GZhHlQw

Parker Graye – “Do Over”
Listen now on all streaming platforms.

 

12th Annual Surrey Fusion Festival – Livestream Event

The Surrey Fusion Festival is an annual event that generally takes place at Holland Park in Surrey, BC. As we all know, 2020 hasn’t exactly gone according to plan; but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on your favourite events!

Surrey Fusion Festival / Facebook

The Surrey Fusion Festival is a well-known cultural celebration that will be running, with some minor adjustments, for their 12th year, this September. The festival will be a 90 minute, online live stream, where you will be able to view different cultural performances, take art and dance lessons, learn about Indigenous topics and the history of Surrey, watch cooking segments, and of course, enjoy musical entertainment, all from the comfort of your home!

The Surrey Fusion Festival is also doing an online contest this year with a virtual entry, to be entered to win one of two $200 gift cards to Uber Eats. How awesome is that? To enter the contest, there are 2 category options to choose from! All you need to do is send in a photo of a dish of food that can best represent your culture OR submit a video of yourself saying “Hello” in your language. More contest info on the website – https://www.surreyfusionfestival.ca/giveaways-0

What: Virtual Surrey Fusion Festival

Where: Live stream from Facebook and YouTube live

When: Saturday, September 26, 10:30am to 12:00pm

Admission: FREE

Facebook Live link: https://www.facebook.com/SurreyFusionFestival/

YouTube Live link: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheCityofSurrey

On top of this awesome Livestream celebration, the festival will also be offering an interactive cultural video series, which will include up to 30 virtual “how-to” cooking, art, dancing, and crafting videos uploaded right onto their website, Facebook page, and Instagram! These full instructional videos will be posted between September 25th and October 25th, as well as include an entire written article for each. There will be food recipes from many different countries including Nepal, China, Guatemala, Jamaica, Canada, Japan, Uganda, Brazil, Vietnam, and more! This is a great opportunity to expand your cooking skills with a detailed, easy, and free online guide.

What: Interactive Cultural Video Series

Where: Facebook and Instagram

When: Uploaded September 25th to October 25th

Admission: FREE

Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/SurreyFusionFestival/

Instagram link: https://www.instagram.com/surreybcevents/?hl=en

Get connected with your culture, as well as others, with the Surrey Fusion Festival.