The Proclaimers

The Vogue

There was a decidedly Celtic feel at the Vogue Theatre on Sunday night, and the influx of kilts, Scottish flags, and football jerseys could only mean one thing – The Proclaimers were back in town.

Even the weather helped set the scene, with a day of rain heading into a gloomy evening. Just type of evening to stay inside and listen to some (generally) upbeat sounds, from two of Scotland’s finest.

Opening for Reid twins was the silky voiced Siobhan Wilson, whose retiring and soft-spoken demeanor endeared her to the local crowd, especially after she mentioned that it was the first time she had been to Canada. Luckily for her, there were a few people from her hometown of Elgin to make her feel even more at home.

Being a single performer on stage, with only your voice and a guitar can be a dauting task, but it was a task that Wilson was equal too.  Her beautiful voice won her many fans and was a great compliment to the main act.

It has been a couple of years since Charlie and Craig performed in Vancouver and coming off the back of a sold-out show in Victoria, they raring to go on the second leg of this 13 date Canadian tour that will see them slowly wind their way eastward.

The boys are renowned for mixing up the set list from night to night and tonight was a great mixture of old and new, and actually very little banter in between songs.  The show kicked off with the title track from the latest album, the excellent Angry Cyclist, and this was to be the first of many tracks from the new CD, including the upbeat You Make Me Happy, the more introspective Streets of Edinburgh, and the ode the grain, Battle of the Booze.

The new tracks were mixed in with some classics of the band’s 30-year career, including hits such as Letter from America, Let’s Get Married, and the always emotional Sunshine on Leith.

Oddly enough though, despite some sporadic dancing in the aisles, it took until the second half of the show to get the audience to their feet on mass, with the excellent I’m on My Way.  Once they were up though, there was no sitting down.

The band closed out the main set with Then I Met You, and of course the song the launched them as national treasures, I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles).  After a short break, a solid three song encore of Cap In Hand, Make My Heart Fly and The Joyful Kilmarnock Blues, which was a great way to end the show for at least one Hibernian fan in the crowd.

Next up for the band is an invasion of Alberta.

Photos: Stewart Johnstone

Village People

pne Amphitheatre


With original front man, Victor Willis, back at the helm, the good ship Village People sailed into Vancouver for a full-on performance at the PNE on Saturday.

The band, which rose to fame in the 70’s with hits such as YMCA, and In the Navy showed that they can still entertain and get the crowds on their feet.

In fact, not only were the crowds on their feet, but also on the stage, as the band invited two audience members to the stage for a fun “dance-off” before breaking into their hit Macho Man.

Check out our images from a night of disco glitz and glam.

Photos: Stewart Johnstone


Marianas Trench

pne Amphitheatre


Marianas Trench closed out their summer schedule in style in front of an adoring and enthusiastic home town crowd at the PNE in Vancouver on Saturday night.

The rock gods must have been smiling, as a day of miserable weather miraculously cleared up ahead of the show, although I don’t think anything would have damped the enthusiasm for this local four-piece.

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Wilson Phillips

pne Amphitheatre


American vocal group Wilson Phillips wowed the crowd the PNE Vancouver last night.  The trio, most famous for their 1990 hit Hold On played an entertaining show comprising self-penned songs alongside several we received covers.

Wilson Philips, who are made up of the children of Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys and John and Michelle Phillips of the Mama’s and the Papas had a relatively short career, disbanding in 1993.  They have however stood the test of time, reuniting twice since then, and are still popular today.

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Lonesome Town Painters


When watching The Lonesome Town Painters perform it is impossible to keep a smile off your face or keep your feet from tapping.

As one of the top bluegrass acts in the lower mainland the band not only have the sounds to transport you back in time, they also have the look and the drawl of southern gentlemen.

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Centre of the Performing Arts – Vancouver

Toto kicked of the North America leg of the 40 Trips Around the Sun tour in Vancouver on Monday night. It was a hot a steamy night in Vancouver, and unfortunately the venue, The Centre of the Performing Arts in Vancouver, struggled with the A/C for a while at the start of the show, or maybe it was just the excitement of the audience creating the heat.

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jen hodge

Sweet Dreams of New Orleans

For days now, the good people of the city had struggled with the stifling heat, the sun beating down mercilessly during the day, as the humidity built to make the nights sweaty, and sleep impossible. The only thing they had left to cling onto was the promise of the sweet sounds of sultry jazz filling the air as they sought some respite in the noon hour….New Orleans?? No – Vancouver.

Continue reading “Jen Hodge All Stars – CBC Outdoor Plaza, Vancouver – July 27th, 2018”

The Long War

CBC Outdoor Plaza – Vancouver

The Long War have had a very busy year. Having won the CBC Searchlight in 2017, the band were commissioned by the CBC to write a song as part of the Canada 150 celebration, performing “Oh Canada (Carry The Flame)” at Canada day celebrations in Ottawa. In addition to this recording, they also managed to find time between festivals and other performances to record their debut album Landscapes released earlier this year.

Today the five-piece rockers were back at the CBC Outdoor Plaza, almost a year to the day that they last graced the stage. Once again, they did not disappoint. The band are even tighter now than they were a year ago, and the addition of a new set of songs from the album was a welcome addition to the set.

If today’s show whetted your appetite you can catch the band at The Rickshaw Theatre on July 27th where they will be headlining with Jasper Sloan Yip, Year of the Wolf and Old.Soul.Rebel. also on the bill.

They will be back in town for a show at the Imperial in September, with more detail coming shortly.

Keep tabs on the band at

Photos from today’s show: Stewart Johnstone





CBC Outdoor Plaza – Vancouver

Victoria based Fallbrigade made the trip from the island to delight the crowd at the CBC Outdoor Plaza on Wednesday.  The band was originally formed by brother and sister duo Caleb Scott and Esther Jungclaus in 2012 and were later joined by Esther’s husband Matthew Jungclaus.

Their music is hard to categorize, with many of their songs start of slowly and quietly, showcasing either Esther or Caleb’s vocals, and lulling you into a false sense of security before suddenly ramping up the tempo and before you know it you are listening to a full-on rocker.

Whilst many of the tracks, such as Lost at Sea, Wanted Man and These Walls were upbeat, there were also reflective moments, provided by songs like Crimson Red.

The band saw out the afternoon with the hold crowd clapping along to a track called Together Now, which was a great ending to the set.

If you are on the island you can catch the band at The Duke Saloon in Victoria on August 17th.  Follow them on the website at for more shows and links to get hold of their music.


Photos: Stewart Johnstone


portraits of us


CBC Outdoor Plaza – Vancouver

Portraits of Us is a duo from the Fraser Valley, BC comprising married couple Jason and Anna Ratzlaff. Although both have musical backgrounds, they only formed the duo as recently as 2016, although in the brief time since then they have managed to pack a lot in including playing original music with the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra.

This afternoon, the audience was treated for a “two’fer Tuesday” deal, as the duo split their performance into two distinct sets, each with its own sound.  For the first half an hour the duo performed with drum and upright bass accompaniment.  The set of comprised a broad canvas of melodic numbers, with an obvious theme of young love, with the acoustic guitar providing soft Americana/country elements to the set, and nicely complementing their vocal harmonies.

For the second part of the show we were treated to a performance by the duo’s new project The Crescent Sky, where they were joined by Regan and Anna Luth. With the additional of two more voice, as well as percussion and a violin, this part of the set had a distinctly different feel. The fuller vocals, and additional strings produced and almost Celtic sound at times. For a new project the band gave an incredibly tight performance, and clearly enjoy working together.

If you want to find more about Portraits of Us, you can follow them at their website . For The Crescent Sky check out

For now, enjoy our images from today’s show:

Photos: Stewart Johnstone