Monday, February 15, 2010
A few posts back I told you about the Province Playlist, a special feature that comes out every Tuesday in the Province Newspaper that features musicians, bands, and songwriters at all levels of industry from headliners to indy artists. Thanks to the folks at Hevy D, Music BC, Canwest Global, and Save-On-Foods, you can pick up your Province newspaper every week and find out how to get your FREE music downloads from the days featured artists, there will be a story and a link to the headliner artist as well as thumbnail photos and smaller write ups for some of our own homegrown local indy talent.
Kelly and I (for our All Access Pass video channel) went to the offices of Music BC and spoke to Barry Stecyk (Hevy D) and Bob D'Eith (Music BC) while the two had a pow wow about how the program works, who can benefit, who does benefit and how you can get yourself and your music featured if you want to participate as an indy artist.
For the music portion of our video we had this dream of interviewing the feature artists but because the next two Province Playlist featured headline artists Jann Arden and Sarah Mclachlan have been a little busy preparing to represent Canada in our torch relay and opening ceremonies, :) we couldn't arrange an interview with them...... so in this video we thought we would feature ourselves. Kelly Brock and Rachael Chatoor , seeing as we are also going to be in the paper over the next two Tuesdays giving away our free downloads proudly in the role of supporting indy artists!
So this is the BIG news for us little guys.... I really can't believe it in fact. I am going to be in the newspaper while the world is visiting for the Olympics, and I will be in a supporting role to one of my personal favorite artists, Jann Arden.Yes! There is the scoop.....tomorrow look for Jann Arden, her song "Free" is the free download. I have Jann's latest CD and Free is a stunning, beautiful, powerful song. What I really love about Jann is that she has the ability to rip your heart right out of your chest with her insightful lyrics as she delivers them with the sweetest most beautiful voice, you know the one.
And here is scoop #2, Sarah Mclachlan is the next Province Playlist headliner one week later (Feb 23rd).......and who else but my friend Kelly Brock will be in on the line of Indy artists featured. So that's us, this is it, watch the video and pick up your Province every Tuesday......support your local artists and keep music alive!
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Last week I sang at the re-opened Robson Square skating rink. As a Vancouver born and raised resident of this city, I'd like to say that I am simply delighted to see the skating rink being used once again. I feel very privileged to have been up on that beautiful stage putting on a great show for people of all ages with excellent musicians like the Hitmen. This was the kind of gig that felt like an intimate concert; people paid attention, children enchanted us with their dancing, everyone moved, sang along or clapped in time whenever we asked them to...... and the natural theatre shaped setting meant the energy flowed back and forth between the band and the audience exactly the way it is supposed to. It was the ancient campfire on a chilly winter night and everyone spoke the same musical language and I guess in a way, we were the storytellers.
I love nights like that.
Photos courtesy of Thesa Pakarnyk
Tom Arntzen~Rachael Chatoor~Nathen Aswell~Shawn Soucy~Russell Marsland
By the way, I think you should book us for your next event!