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”

Q&A With Lion Bear Fox

Following the release of their debut self-titled album “Lion Fox Bear” in 2017, the dynamic trio consisting of Christopher Arruda, Ryan McMahon and Cory Woodward joined forces for their No Turning Back Tour and never looked back! Find out what Lion Bear Fox had to say when we recently caught up:

1) Q: Does your album have a theme?

A: Yes. Hope and redemption. Living to your purpose.

2) Q: Rave about someone that participated in this project.

A: Our producer. Nyg… man. Thank you.

3) Q: Tell us about another BC album that we should listen to.

A: Love Versus – Leeroy Stagger

4) Q: What is your favourite BC venue or town to play in

A: Oh… hard… Dream Cafe, The Grotto and we just headlined the first high school folk fest in Lake Country.

5) Q: Name a BC artist that’s had an influence on your music.

A: Matthew Rogers from Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer

 Music: https://thelionthebearthefox.bandcamp.com/

FOLLOW Lion Fox Bear

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Q&A with – Paolo Brian!

Paolo Brian’s latest album release, “Tunnel Vision” is an exploration of identity via memory, longing and transition. Its sound blends classic bands like the Beach Boys and the Zombies with the modern influences of Ben Folds and Andy Shauf. We recently caught up with Brian on all things “Tunnel Vision”:

 1) Q: Tell us about a song on your album that is meaningful to you.

A: The song “Amnesia” was inspired by a newscast highlighting the struggle of a man with a rare brain disorder which would not allow him to be exposed to sunlight. He needed to travel out of the country to receive expensive surgery and he and his wife were willing to give everything up to do it. It is a song about remembering and fighting for who you really are despite life’s inevitable challenges.

2) Q: Does your album have a theme?

A: “Tunnel Vision” deals with gaining perspective on a nebulous future and learning from the past. The title song “Tunnel Vision” asks “will the sun ever rise?” while the closing track “Colourblind” answers with “open your eyes” and have faith. The artwork also has a winter theme which ties in with the uncertainty in the songs.

3) Q: Did anything surprising happen while you were recording this album?

 A: Though I had previously recorded demos for all the songs at home, I was surprised at how much energy, layering, and texture we were able to add in the studio. For example, in certain sections the same vocal part was dubbed four times over and then combined with four part harmonies!

4) Q: Rave about someone that participated in this project.

 A: Mike Southworth (drummer, engineer and mixer) added so much life and energy to the tracks with his drumming and mixing. He was able to transform my initial demos into polished and professional tracks without taking away their initial essence. Apart from the music, Mike is a pleasure to work with and a great friend.

 5) Q: Name a BC artist that’s had an influence on your music.

A: BC artist “Said the Whale” have influenced me greatly. I love the “Little Mountain” album and watching all the videos they made for those songs.

Music: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4sOtOFb4ESaIYJy8ppV0dLcVpqAezOcK

FOLLOW Paolo Brian

Website: https://paolobrian.ca/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/paolobrianmusic/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PaoloBrian

Bandcamp: https://paolobrian.bandcamp.com/

 

 

Get to know Nice Horse!

Born and raised on the Alberta prairies, Nice Horse, made up of Kaley Debra, Katie Marie, Brandi Caroline and Krista Lee are ready to unleash a jacked-up, bush-partying bolt of energy on the country music scene. Check out our Q&A with these longtime friends and musical allies:

1) Q: Is there a song on your album that is meaningful to you?

A: We all have a soft spot for the song “Hold Your Horses” – it’s one of the first songs the four of us ever wrote together as a band.

 2) Q: Does your album have a theme?

A: Are horse puns a theme? If so – yes, our album has a theme!

 3) Q: Did anything surprising happen while you were recording this album?

A: It turns out Bob Rock is an excellent shaker player, and he likes to track the shaker parts himself on all the records he produces. Who knew?

 4) Q: Rave about someone that participated in this project.

A: Adam Greenholtz is truly one of the best engineers out there – there’s really nothing the man can’t do. Vocal harmonies need tweaking? Adam’s your guy. Drums out of tune? Don’t worry, he’ll fix that – and he’s got perfect pitch. Want a fiddle on your record? Oh, he just happens to have one here – and he’ll play it for you. We wish we could take him everywhere we go!

 5) Q: What is your favourite BC venue or town to play in?

A: We recently played the Charles Bailey Theatre in Trail, BC, and we had a blast! We can’t wait to go back.

Music: https://open.spotify.com/album/5TKm7JE73jOQHgdjCUQpYC

 FOLLOW Nice Horse

Website: http://www.nicehorsemusic.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nicehorsemusic

Twitter: www.twitter.com/nicehorsemusic

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5TKm7JE73jOQHgdjCUQpYC

Cayla Brooke – Q&A With Jazz-Rock Artist With Vocals That Cure Your Soul!

From the original artwork on the cover by world renown artist James Picard, to “Fool” a duet with Emmy Nominated John Lee Sanders, or the ballad “You Didn’t Break Me” with Shari Ulrich, Plush Red Chair by Cayla Brooke is a debut album to be savored! We recently had the opportunity to get the inside scoop about the album release from the BC Music Fund Sound Recording Program recipient herself:

1) Q: Is there a song on your album that is meaningful to you?

A: Each song is like a child to me. But if I were to choose one song it would be “You Didn’t Break Me”. When we wrote it we knew we had something special. I cried. Bill Sample (co-writer) shook. There is something very powerful and special about that song.

2) Q: Does your album have a theme?

A: Yes! And completely by accident. When it comes down to it, Plush Red Chair is about accepting yourself as you are and where you are right at this moment in your life. No matter your age or what you look like. It’s about the indelible nature of the human spirit and that unless you’re boots up, it ain’t over! We all have something to give.

 3) Q: Did anything surprising happen while you were recording this album?

A: Yes! One thing I’ve learned during this entire process is if you don’t ask, you don’t get. If someone had told me James Picard would do the artwork for my CD cover I would have laughed them out of the room. But I asked and he said yes. You could have pushed me over with a feather. But am I ever glad I asked!

 4) Q: Rave about someone that participated in this project.

A: It’s difficult to choose. I was surrounded by the best. The team of Bill Sample (Producer) and Miles Foxx Hill (Engineer) they were superb. The musicality of Bill is amazing, and Miles is a dream to work with. I was a very lucky girl indeed.

5) Q: Tell us about another BC album that we should listen to.

A: If you haven’t heard Bill Sample’s “Small”, you should. It is wonderful.

Music: https://www.caylabrooke.com/music

FOLLOW Cayla Brooke

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/caylabrooke

Twitter: https://twitter.com/@brookecayla

iTunes: https://www.instagram.com/officialcaylabrooke/