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


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

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: ;
Get the single here: and
the album is now available for pre-order via this link:

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

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

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.

Summer Night Concerts at the Fair at the PNE

This year’s lineup for the Summer Night Concerts at the Fair at the PNE has been announced. As in past year’ there is pretty much something for every taste. This year’s acts run the gamut from classic rock through to R&B, and contemporary pop and rock, and as usual, the list is heavy on nostalgia

The 80’s and 90’s are well represented with a cross section of acts including the Goo Goo Dolls, Cindy Lauper and Wilson Phillips, as well as Kool and The Gang and the Village People. For those looking to see a whole bunch of artists in one night there are a couple great options. On August 23rd, the I Love the 90’s tour features Salt-N-Pepa with Spinderella, All-4-One, Color Me Badd, and Young MC. For those who like their music a decade older the Lost 80s night on August 26th features A lock of Seagulls, Men without Hats amongst others.

Classic rock favourites Chicago and Air Supply are also appearing, and there are a couple of couple of nights dedicated to R&B with Boyz II Men and 112 (feat. Slim).

There will also be plenty of homegrown content.  Jann Arden and Burton Cummings are both performing, as well as BC country singer Dean Brody, and Vancouver’s own Marianas Trench.

How to get tickets

New this year – free with admission tickets will be available both onsite (at no cost), and online (with small service fee), on show days beginning at 11am. These will be general admission tickets which do not guarantee a seat in the venue. Max 2 per person.

Reserved seats start at $25 – available May 25

Vancouver band HEAD recently released their second concept album.

Dear Father”, HEAD’s 2nd concept album, continues the story of Alberta from their 2016 album, “Afraid to Sleep“.

“Dear Father” is the final chapter which unravels the sickness, and reveals the hold her abusive father had on her. Alberta, deeply infected by this damage, continues the cycle by bringing it into her own relationships, elevating her madness to a fever pitch…

The album was released a show at the Rickshaw in Vancouver at the end of April – check out some great photos from the show here.

Purchase the album here

You can catch HEAD live at the Second Floor Eatery and Bar on June 1st. Show starts at 8pm.

HEAD is Lyric, Stone, oD, The Phantom and Styxx, and have been described as  Hailstorm meets Evanescence meets Peter Gabriel and Nine Inch Nails.

HEAD was borne of the twisted psyches of misfits and outcasts. Their collective histories hint at the slightly skewed nature of the music.

Coquettish vocals; electro-slash guitars; mood altering keyboards; intoxicating rhythms laced with dark lyrics.

HEAD is rock, a little industrial, heavy, but melodic. Highly-charged, controversial and edgy.

Find HEAD online 

Youtube channel


Six years ago, Dane Lloyd and Taylor Jones met at a rugby club charity event which lead to a musical collaboration.  The idea struck to go busking in Australia for the summer and eventually the duo secured work performing at tourist resorts.  The duo credit this boot camp experience — performing for hours, seven days a week for six months, occasionally to ‘challenging’ audiences, as preparing them to become working musicians. Upon returning to Wales the pair used the money they’d earned to self-release an EP which eventually led to them appearing on the The Voice UK.

Although Into The Ark didn’t win the grand prize, within weeks of The Voice ending, the band sold out a UK Tour and were offered several great support slots. The duo spent the summer of ’17 performing at festivals and headlining Velvet Coalmine in their hometown of Blackwood. Into The Ark also spent time on the road with their Voice mentor Tom Jones, not only as a support act, but joining the Welsh superstar during his set to duet on two songs each night.

This summer, Into The Ark are back performing at festivals while also starting work on their debut album. First however, they will be touring North America supporting their mentor-turned-cheerleader Tom Jones beginning May 1st in New York and ending in at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver on June 2nd.

Ahead of their debut album, the band have announced the release of the Valencia EP which will be available on June 22nd through Blackwood Records.

Recorded earlier this year in Valencia with Dani Castelar (Paolo Nutini/Emeli Sande), Into the Ark released first track ‘No Place Like Home’ from the EP on April 6 – a live favourite – which pays homage to their home of Blackwood in The Valleys of South Wales.


Recording the EP at a residential studio in the hills and orange groves above Valencia, was like a dream come true for the duo.

“We’d never spent proper time in a studio before, working with one producer,” says Dane. “The aim was to keep our sound as raw as possible, and that’s what Dani did. A lot of the songs were recorded live, old school, sometimes in one take. We had guests come in to jam, including some Spanish drummers. It was an incredible experience!”

Mastered by Pete Maher (U2/The Killers/Noel Gallagher/Lana Del Rey) and written by Dane and Taylor, the ‘Valencia EP’ is the perfect start to 2018 before they head back into the studio to finish of their debut album –due for release later this year.

The second track ‘Caroline’ which was released on April  27 is a rich soulful track that sours with Taylor’s heartfelt vocals and Dane’s swooning harmonies. This is followed by a track they wrote together whilst busking in their teens ‘Better Than Never At All’ on June 15.

Tour Dates supporting Sir Tom Jones


1                                      Bardavon Opera House – Poughkeepsie, NEW YORK

2                                      Sands Centre, Bethlehem, PENNSYLVANIA

4                                      Bergen Arts Centre, Englewood, NEW JERSEY

5                                      Foxwoods Casino, Mashantucket, CONNECTICUT

6                                      MGM National Harbor, Oxon, MARYLAND

9                                      Hippodrome, Baltimore, MARYLAND

11                                    Opera House, Detroit, MICHIGAN

12                                    House Of Blues, Chicago, ILLINOIS

13                                    House Of Blues, Chicago, ILLINOIS

16                                    Smart Financial Centre, Sugar Land, TEXAS

17                                    Majestic Theatre, San Antonio, TEXAS

19                                    Paradise Cove, Tulsa, OKLAHOMA

21                                    The Pavilion, Irving, TEXAS

24                                    Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA

25                                    Fantasy Springs, Indio, INDIO

26                                    The Bowl, Santa Barbara, CALIFORNIA

29                                    The Masonic, San Francisco, CALIFORNIA

30                                    The Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CALIFORNIA 


1                                      Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WASHINGTON, 
2                                      Queen Elizabeth Theatre, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA