An Interview With Tarun Nayar for Delhi 2 Dublin

Making sure diverse populations are represented, empowered and well-funded – that’s where we could use more support as an industry.-Tarun Nayar

For Tarun Nayar, one of the most surprising aspects of his journey with Delhi 2 Dublin (D2D) was that it was never intended to be a band.“It was supposed to be a one-night collaboration at a club – we had no expectations going in, we just wanted to go out and have fun.”

Tarun grew up playing music but he never really thought of it as a profession. “I’m a scientist by trade; I used to work in genetics and moonlight as a DJ. And then D2D took off, so I quit my job and I’ve been on this great adventure ever since!”

In many ways, it’s the city of Vancouver that allowed D2D to really take off. “I don’t think D2D could have been born or nurtured anywhere else. There’s something unique about this city, the unique bed of different cultures, the interesting and weird music scene, the artistic expression, it’s all here.”

Since his success with D2D, Tarun started speaking out against the prejudices he witnessed in the music industry. He’s been working on a documentary centered on the plight of local Punjabi artists who have huge recognition and star power internationally, but have almost no access to local funding. “I noticed that most grant recipients were white males. Prem at Creative BC got in touch with me to discuss ways we could change that. Since then, she’s really helped draw attention to how we can be more inclusive as an industry.”

Everything started to change when Creative BC announced the BC Music Fund. “That fund has been the single most impactful thing I’ve felt in BC’s music industry in the last 15 years. It’s so amazing to see so much money reach different types of acts. Every musician I know has been impacted by this initiative.”

Tarun hopes the music industry in Canada can make way for even more innovation, and start to see its own failings. “We get frustrated with how slow moving things can be in Canada. Our TV stations and radio waves tend to be generic, and they don’t represent the breadth of Canada.” D2D has had to reach outside of Canada to find the majority of their audience, looking to markets that don’t qualify their music as ‘World Music’.

“Having access to workshops and grants is huge, but I also believe it’s seeing people like you being successful that can have the most impact.” With that in mind, Tarun continues to shed light on the pitfalls of the music industry, while offering up ways that the industry, as a whole, can become stronger and more representative of Canada today.

An Interview With Carly McKillip for One More Girl

Being able to make the record is one thing – but being able to get out on the road and promote it, that’s where Creative BC comes in. -Carly McKillip

Growing up with parents in the music industry, Carly McKillip has been exposed to the business her whole life. She recorded her first album as an independent artist when she was only 18. Since then, she’s been on a decade-long journey, working with some of the biggest record labels out there, only to find her way back to where she started — independent and producing the music she and her sister, Britt, want to make.

Together, the sisters are One More Girl, a country music duo based in Vancouver, BC. With the release of their new album The Hard Way, they are excited for people to get to know them in a fresh way. “My hope for this album is that it’s heard by as many people as possible and that they get to know us in a way they never have before. We have a lot of stories we want to tell and our music has evolved. Our new album has a more mature sound, a bit grittier and more organic.” Vancouver hasn’t traditionally been known as a country music town, but over the last few years the industry has expanded and grown exponentially. The amount of country artists coming out of BC is increasing every year, and the genre is becoming more and more popular.

“The genre is growing because there are so many new platforms and channels that people are finding music through. It’s no longer about being limited to a pop, rock or country station. Most audiences don’t want a label on their music– good music is good music, and that’s empowering for us.”

As newly independent artists, Carly and her sister rely on the support of their community like never before. There are distinct advantages to recording an album independently, including creative freedom, yet it also makes promoting an album that much harder. Securing and arranging cross-country radio tours and international gigs are challenging for example. Funding and making the right connections are critical for those who venture out on their own.

“As a Canadian artist, it can be tough to reach people internationally as we’re limited by where we can go and how we can get there. The best way to get your music heard is to get out there and pound the pavement.” Carly and her sister were two of the first people to apply to the BC Music Fund, administered by Creative BC, and that funding allowed them to make the album they set out to make. “We’ve been so fortunate to have Creative BC’s support in making this album. I honestly don’t know where we would be without them.”

BC Music Festival Calendar: Summer 2018

Music Festival Season has Arrived!

It’s that time of the year again where the weather is beautiful and the music is plenty. With genres ranging from Alternative, Pop, to Hip-Hop, Country and everything in between, we have compiled a list of some of the best music festivals BC has to offer. With festivals spanning across the province there is something for everyone.

Indian Summer Festival: Jul 5 – 15 | Vancouver 

Khatsahlano Street Party:  July 7 | Vancouver

Carnaval Del Sol: July 7 – 8 | Vancouver

Bella Coola Music Festival: July 21 – 22 | The Bella Coola Valley

Golden Sound Festival: July 27 – 28 | Golden

Rockin’ River Musicfest: Aug 2- 5 | Merritt

Hornby Festival: Aug 2 – 11 | Hornby Island

Kaslo Jazz Etc. Summer Music Festival: Aug 3 – 5 | Kaslo

Shipped Waterfront Festival: Aug 11 Vancouver

CULTIVATE Theatre + Music + Art Festival: Aug 16 – 19 | Gabriola Commons

Hazelton Hootenanny: Aug 17 – 19 | New Hazelton

SKOOKUM: Sept 7 – 9 | Vancouver

TD International Jazz Festival: Local Highlights

Summer Solstice is here and so is the annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival!

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he event runs from June 22 to July 1 and highlights some wonderful British Columbia artists. Acts varying from jazz, blues, world, creative and everything in between. We would like to highlight some of Creative BC’s funding recipients who will be performing across the city at this years event.

 

 

 

An Interview with Ché Aimee Dorval

 

One of the biggest areas for which I could use additional support, is gaining knowledge about international touring, because it’s hard to know who to approach or what to do. -Ché Aimee Dorval

Ché Aimee Dorval’s relationship with music has always been a bit tumultuous. For years, she struggled with how she could approach music in an authentic way, while still making a living doing what she loved. She left Vancouver because she didn’t feel like there were enough opportunities for her here as a musician, yet it was in leaving that she actually got to see Vancouver in a new light.

After living in Toronto, she returned to Vancouver and started making music again. “Now that I’m here, I realize how beautiful it is to be in a smaller scene like this. There’s more of a chance to rise up. There’s also a spirit of collaboration here amongst the different creative industries.”

While she returned to Vancouver for family, and not for music, she found herself recording an album, Casualties of Cool, with a friend. “It was nice to just write and not feel like I had to do anything with it. Making this record sparked my interest in music again. I also learned so much about putting myself out there.”

 

 

While she was out promoting the album, Ché started writing her own songs. “It was then that I learned about Creative BC and the grants being offered, and I have to say I’m so glad you exist! I applied for the funding and that allowed me to not only fund my latest project, but also helped me get my music in the hands of different people.”

Ché is now using her voice to share stories that are important to her and her audience. Writing her latest album forced her to look outside of herself and see the world for what it is. “When I was growing up, I was naïve and idealistic and I thought we, as women, were further along than we were. Yet, the past 10 years have shown me otherwise. There’s still so much that we come up against everyday. Writing music is how I try and make sense of the world; how I deal with things.”

This spring, Ché will take her new album, which was created through the support of the BC Music Fund, on the road–touring Canada and giving people a chance to hear what she has to say. “I’m excited because I did everything I wanted to do with this album. I want people to be able to get to know me as I really am, and all that comes with that.”

 

 

 

Baffled Octopi Records

Baffled Octopi Records, is a record label which creates and promotes local music artists in the electronic, dark folk, drone, and spoken word genres. Mark Anthony Brennan, owner of Baffled Octopi Records, is proud to promote this genre in BC and has signed 6 artists to the label thus far.

Baffled Octopi Records, released 4 albums under the band name The Purveyors of Free Will. The Purveyors of Free Will started in 2014 with the single “The Folded World.” Their album releases include: The Folded World, Frozen in an Ice Age of Regret, bringer to Here, and most recently, BLOOD like INK. Unbidden…

Be sure to check out some recent videos released by Baffled Octopi Records:

You can also follow them on Facebook.

 

Nice Marmot PR

Nice Marmot PR, founded by Mavis Harris, is a Canadian based music publicity company located in Nelson, British Columbia. Harris has worked on over 500 albums for artists including tour promotion, press release distribution and album launches. She has lead promotional campaigns for artists including Alabama Shakes, Charles Bradley, Drake, PJ Harvey, Dragonette, Joel Plaskett, M.I.A., The Hives and many more. Currently, Nice Marmot PR is working with local artist such as Jessika, Marianas Trench and Little Destroyer.

Mavis Harris was the recipient of the 2016 Canadian Music Publicist of the Year at the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards and has been nominated for 2017 as well.

To discover local and Canadian artists as well as latest projects, be sure to follow Nice Marmot PR on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

https://www.facebook.com/NiceMarmotPR/

https://twitter.com/NiceMarmotPR

https://www.instagram.com/nicemarmotpr/

Cellar Live

Cellar Live is a Canadian record label based out of Burnaby, BC.

Cory Weeds, Founder of Cellar Live, released his very first recording in 2001. The label prides itself on the majority of their recordings being of live performances, featuring some of Vancouver’s finest jazz players. Cellar Live has released over 120 recordings with artists such as Oliver Gannon, Brad Turner, Jesse Cahill, David “Fathead” Newman, Peter Bernstein and Lewis Nash.

The recording label has earned three Juno nominations and one Juno win for Metalwood’s “Twenty.” In 2017, Cellar Live was honored with the Canadian National Jazz Award for label of the year and best album. “There are many BC professionals that make our stuff so great as well as all the musicians,” says Weeds, “engineers including Tony Chamberlist, Dave Sikula, and Chris Gestrin really shape Cellar Live and its sound.”

Weeds plays and tours internationally as a saxophonist and has recorded twelve albums. Recent projects include “Let’s Groove – The Music of Earth Wind & Fire” which was released at the end of November. Weeds is also recording his “Little Big Band” which toured to three locations around the Lower Mainland in November.

Cellar Live has a number of upcoming releases from local jazz artists for 2018 which can be viewed here.

Video links:

https://youtu.be/J3a9hRcPyf8

https://youtu.be/9zSgeHV7IIg

https://youtu.be/Vcr4XAC0_78

https://youtu.be/QnocStQ6SYM

 

Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration Society

The Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration Society (VIBC) is a progressive South Asian company that specializes in bhangra festivals and events. VIBC highlights Punjabi-inspired works through music, dance, art and film. Bhangra brings together the community through music and dance to celebrate life, love and inclusion. VIBC says, “although it’s not part of the official definition, for us bhangra is a movement.” Entering their 14th year, VIBC is focused on their new strategic plan, digital strategy and ensuring they are serving the needs of the artistic community.

Each year VIBC hosts the City of Bhangra Festival, establishing relationships across the various performance genres and ethno-cultural boundaries. The festival which began in 2004, originally started as a bhangra competition but over the years has evolved into a seven to ten-day festival showcasing Punjabi culture.

Follow VIBC on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and stay tuned for details about the 2018 festival!

Careers of BC Artists Programs – Latest Music Video Releases!

From Hip-Hop to Country to Indigenous music, we are proud to support the many talented BC musicians through the Careers of BC Artists Program. Check out some of the latest music videos to be produced through the Program!

Terry-Lynn Williams-Davidson -“Grizzy Bear Town”

The Body Politic – “Akrasia”

Terell Safadi – “Cup Filled”

Jojo Mason – “Something to Wrap My Heart Around”

Colin Cowan – “Cinnamon Fantasy”