Vancouver Folk Music Festival

2019

Jericho Beach Park


It is a little over a week until the kick off of the 2019 Vancouver Folk Music Festival. This year will be the 42nd outing for this Vancouver tradition, and once again will take place at Jericho Beach Park.

As in previous years the crowd is expected to be large – the event regularly draws more than 40,000 attendees over the three days of festival.

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BERNIE SHAW

Uriah Heep

vANCOUVER


Victoria BC’s own Bernie Shaw, lead singer of Heavy Rock legends Uriah Heep took some time out to discuss the current tour with Judas Priest, the latest album, and plans for 50th Anniversary of the band.

 

Judas Priest’ Firepower will be making a number of stops in BC, including Dawson Creek, Prince George, Kelowna and for those of us in the lower mainland Abbotsford will be the closest spot to catch the metal gods in action.

Joining them on the tour will be heavy rock legends Uriah Heep. Uriah Heep are heading full pelt into their 50th year,  and are showing no signs of slowing down.  The band released Living The Dream, their 25th studio album in the second half of 2018, and in addition to finding time to write and record they still managed to squeeze in close to 100 shows a year.

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For the past week The Alarm’s Mike and Jules Peters have been slogging through the canyon lands of North America, all the aid of Love Hope Strength’s Get on the List and cancer care initiatives.

Both Mike and Jules have had personal battles with cancer, and LHS was born out of these struggles, and has been helping cancer victims and their families around the world since 2007.

Since it’s formation the LHSF  has taken many prominent musicians and celebrities, as well a regular people to some of the highest places on earth taking the message of love, hope and strength to those who do not have access to the same medical treatments, care and facilities as experienced by many of us here in the west. Having played concerts and hosted fundraising events on Mt Everest and Mount Kilimanjaro, this time the group headed down rather than up with a hike through the canyons of the South West USA.

Through their efforts they have added more than 170k people to Bone Marrow Donor lists, resulting in more than 3,000 direct, potentially life saving matches.  In addition, they have provided hospitals in Nepal and Tanzania with new equipment. 

After a bit of a rest and a few shows south of the border The Alarm will be rocking the Rickshaw on Tuesday 30th October – with tickets still available so get them now.

We will have a full review and photos form the show early next week, so watch this space.

The ALARM – RickSHAW Theatre, Vancouver


It is just over a couple of weeks until one of the greatest bands to come out of Rhyl (😊) hits the stage in Vancouver.  The Alarm will be in town at the Rickshaw Theatre on October 30th, as part of the second leg of their North America tour. This will be only one of two opportunities for fans in Canada to catch up with the band, with the other being the last night of the tour on November 15th in Toronto.

In trying to track down the last time the band played here, it looks to be close to 30 years, so this show is long overdue. The band performed at the expo in 1988, having previously supported Pat Benatar at the Pacific Coliseum.

The band are currently touring following the release of the latest album, Equals, which was released to critical acclaim by the music industry and fans alike.

Tickets for the show can be bought at Ticketfly

The latest video from this album, “Transatlantic” was released a few days ago, with the video having been filmed on the roof of the Live Nation building in New York earlier in the year.

One lucky fan will have a chance to sing on stage with Mike at the show.

The Alarm have always been about being close to their fans, and this tour is no exception, with fans having the chance to join Mike Peters and the band on stage for the encore of the set. Each stop on the tour has an auction running, and any winning bid over $500 will also see the winner receiving a hand decorated guitar, which they can play during the encore…

Proceeds from the auction will go to Mike’s charity Love Hope Strength.  The charity, which Mike Peters co-founded in 2007, has the aim of Saving lives – One Concert at a time, focusing on making cancer treatments available to all, and getting as many bone marrow donors on international donation lists through sign up events at music events.  Find out more at https://www.lovehopestrength.org/mission/

 

Capilano University celebrates 50 years this year,

To celebrate, this weekend will see CapFest take place at the campus in North Vancouver. 

Included in the day’s activities, which run from 2-9pm is some great music on the Birch Stage.

The stage will host several CapU alumni, many who have passed through the prestigious jazz program.

Wrapping up the day will be perennial Vancouver favourites Five Alarm Funk, and headliners Hey Ocean.

Check out the full schedule here

Location:
Capilano University
2055 Purcell Way
North Vancouver, BC

Fans of Nightwish and Pagans Mind have one more thing to look forward to. NORTHWARD, the hard rock project from masterminds Floor Jansen and Jorn Viggo Lofstad, will release its debut self-titled album on October 19th, 2018. After recently releasing their first single “While Love Died,” the duo last week unleashed their second powerful single “Get What You Give”.

Check out the lyric video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Q-Tsd8vF94 ;
Get the single here: http://nblast.de/NWGetWhatYouGive and
the album is now available for pre-order via this link: http://nblast.de/NWNorthward

The album was made with the help of producer Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT etc.), who mixed the record, they forged a raw diamond composed of heavy riffs and Floor‘s incomparable voice, free from influences of the musicians’ main bands. And although the songs had originally been written in 2008, they feel as fresh and alive upon a second hearing, as they had on the very first day of their creation. 

“The music is melodic, but also in your face and kick ass rock. Cool riffs, good melodies, tasteful arrangements. We would simply like to call it ‘Good Music'”, comments Floor. She goes on to add: “We wanted to explore a stripped down sound, with drums, bass, guitar and vocals. Not the heavy layers of keyboards, choirs etc.”

Alongside Floor Jansen and Jorn Viggo Lofstad, Morty Black (TNT) took on bass duties, while drums were handled by Jango Nilsen and Stian Kristoffersen (PAGAN’S MIND). You will also hear a guest appearance by Floor‘s sister Irene Jansen, singing a duet on the song “Drifting Islands”. And finally, Ronny Tegner from PAGAN’S MIND played the piano on a track.  

The Untold Story of Tom – as told through the music of Rush

It is hard to believe is has been almost three years since Rush graced the stage in Vancouver as part of their R40 tour. If you are missing your fix, and who wouldn’t be, then now is the time to set thing right.

On June 30th at the Fox Cabaret the Modern Day Warriors present The Untold Story of Tom – as told through the music of Rush.

“the story of a Working Man named Tom. Hidden within the messages and themes of the RUSH songs we know and love, we uncover Tom’s story as he works his way through life and hardship to become a Modern Day Warrior, today’s Tom Sawyer.

With 2 hours of straight RUSH hits, it promises to a spectacular night.

Check out more about the band at http://www.themoderndaywarriors.com/

Check out the bands cover of Limelight below

and more videos from the band at their Youtube Channel

Get ticket here or on the door

Mother Mother at the Imperial

Mother Mother today announced that they will be kicking off their “Oh My Heart” 10th Anniversary Tour with a hometown show at the Imperial, Vancouver on May 31st. Tickets are on sale now. Details at http://www.mothermothersite.com/tour/

Check out a review and photos from last year’s 5 night stand at the Commodore Ballroom here.

Check out a few shots of Little Destroyer at JunoFest here.