Oats Studio

Oats Studio, is a movie and television production company located in Richmond, BC, and established in 2015 by brothers Mike and Neill Blomkamp (director and writer, known for District 9, 2009; Elysium, 2013; and Chappie, 2015).

Dubbed as an experimental filmmaking “lab”, they operate a full-service studio with the capacity to handle all aspects of production from start to finish. Oats prides itself on being local, with a crew of 45 who all work in-house.

Oats focus is to make original and interesting short film content, eventually producing full feature films and series from the material they create. Their unique approach to filmmaking allows the studio to work in an open source format with their audience. This provides fans with access to the film’s assets, fostering creativity and collaboration within the entertainment community. Neill, the visionary behind Oats Studio, describes their culture like an “open playpen”, promoting originality and imagination all under one roof.

Neill and Mike accurately represent Vancouver’s film scene, highlighting their local production talent they’ve developed over the past two and a half years. Showcasing the creativity this studio has to offer, Neill and his team simultaneously produced three sci-fi short films: Rakka, Firebase, and Zygote. Make sure to follow Oats Studio, stay tuned to their website and visit Oats’ Youtube page for upcoming projects.

Pandora’s Box Rehearsal Studios – Built By Musicians for Musicians

With 13 lockout studios designed and built in consultation with acoustic engineers for clear sound and fantastic soundproofing, Pandora’s Box Rehearsal Studios offers purpose built music rehearsal studios both at hourly and monthly rates.

Husband and wife team Paul and Colleen Alexander built the facility 5 years ago after identifying a need for more purpose built rehearsal spaces that are accessible to all. With an underlying objective to provide a space that allows musicians of all genres to connect and peacefully co-exist, Pandora’s Box Rehearsal studios offers rooms with limitless configurations for all kinds of events.

Looking for a space to record, shoot a video or have a performance? The flagship room, Studio 19, is the ideal jam space and fully equipped with a quality backline, a large stage with sound activated lights, and fits up to 65 people!. Reserve your space today!

 

The Ridge Studio  

The Ridge Studio located, as per name sake, in Maple Ridge BC is owned and operated by President and CEO, John Wittmayer. John started the studio in January 2015 after discussing the need for a strategically located, out-of-the-studio-zone building that would be suitable for lower budget TV movies with the building’s owner. Since 2015, the studio has hosted over 35 TV movies, several feature films, two TV series, and a number of Canadian indie films.

John is currently expanding The Ridge Studio to include a post-production facility that utilizes the building’s fiber optic system. The City of Maple Ridge and The Ridge Studio are collaborating to promote the tech sector of filmmaking as it relates to the digital domain. This collaboration will highlight an educational component that compliments the commercial side of the business, to include training in post-production and the digital arts.

In addition to The Ridge Studio, and after noticing that local BC filmmakers were under represented, John started the Maple Ridge Festiv

 

al of B.C. Film. He recognized that if BC was to cultivate its own cultural identity successfully that Canada needed to build its own film industry and infrastructure that remained independent from Hollywood. The Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film is being held March 23 – 25, 2018.

 

 

YogiTunes – Where DJ Culture Meets Yogi Lifestyle

YogiTunes, is a worldwide streaming music management platform for yoga studios, teachers and students, that has made its mark in the music industry as a top provider of hand-curated soundtracks for health and wellness activities. A respected pioneer in the contemporary yoga music space, CEO and Founder, Alex King-Harris, drew from his own professional background as a musician for inspiration when establishing the company.

With a subscription, music and yoga enthusiasts have access to the largest catalogue of its kind, and tools that help them easily discover or create amazing playlists based on style of practice, class duration, song intensity and mood. In addition to having access to music from all over the world, YogiTunes has a roster of highly talented and trained DJ’s who work endlessly to sequence the flow of music to enhance and deepen your experience, whatever your activity might be. You can even be your own DJ, make playlists from thousands of hand-picked albums and stream unlimited songs from any device, any time!

Hillydilly – Creating A Musical Experience That Will Inspire You

With the vast quantity of music being produced each year, it can get challenging to stay current with emerging artists and new trends. Hillydilly, a music platform dedicated to unearthing new music, solves this very problem by connecting listeners with the newest music and artists. Hillydilly curates their frequently updated playlists to ensure that their listeners are exposed to the best music available, spanning across all genres, both mainstream and underground.

Believing that amazing music adds value to life, Chad Hillard first founded HillyDilly in 2007 as a means to get music to his friends. To date, HillyDilly is responsible for breaking a long list of new artists, including Billie Eilish, LANY, NEIKED, Milky Chance, Glades and Astronomyy. HillyDilly’s noteworthy work in the music industry has earned the platform’s mention in top publications, including Teen Vogue and Vogue Magazine.

After experiencing the success of HillyDilly and realizing the importance of providing emerging artists with a platform to share their music, Chad founded 20XX, a record label devoted to signing new artists and supporting them through all facets of artist development.

 

Tiny Lights Festival – Creating Magic in the Music Industry

Now in its 7th installment, the Tiny Lights Festival provides performance opportunities to over 140 BC artists and groups every year. This intimate three-day multidisciplinary arts and music festival is spread across 8 stages in Ymir and attracts over 1,200 people – tripling the town’s population for the festivities.

Aware of the magic that can be created in small rural towns in Canada, Tiny Lights Festival, now a non-profit, was founded by Shawn and Carla Stephenson. Both Shawn and Carla have worked in many facets of the BC music industry as musicians, performers, administrators and venue owners.

Small but mighty, this festival has proven to have a profound impact on emerging artists in BC, considering that many larger festivals look to Tiny Lights Festival’s lineup to educate themselves about rising talent. The week leading up to the 2018 Tiny Lights Festival, scheduled for June 8-10, Shawn and Carla will be offering a Sound School to train sound engineers in real time. This will provide sound enthusiasts the opportunity to acquire skills that sound people apply in real festival environments.

With only a limited number of tickets available for purchase, Tiny Lights Festival is on track for another sold-out year filed with high quality musical talent to enjoy.

Mark Perry – Reviving Folk Music in Canada

Canadian folk singer-songwriter from Smithers, BC, Mark Perry, found his early musical inspirations by listening to rock and roll music in his early teenage years. Fast forward to today, it has been 27 years since Mark released his first album, Dreams of the Highway, with West Coast legend Roy Forbes.

A past West Coast Music Awards nominee, Mark’s music is known for incorporating stories about people and natural landscapes, creating authentic and vivid reactions for listeners. For Mark, creating original music that sounds different than anything else in the market is an underlying career objective, which he continues to stay true to.

Coming off the success of Northern Waters, Mark’s 10th album released in March 2016 which sold out standing-room only concerts, Mark is gearing up for the release of his next highly anticipated album, tentatively titled North West and set to be released next spring. North West will be Mark’s 3rd album with producer Jordy Walker.

When asked what advice he would offer to young aspiring Canadian folk artists, Mark insists, “If you love it, then stick with it! If you believe in what you do, then keep going for it.”

The Heels!

Vancouver’s very own, The Heels, have released their new music video “Come Aroundthat mentions BC places and is shot from Vancouver to the Coquihalla, through Merritt and the Nicola Valley. How many places can you recognize?

Supported by Creative BC, the sassy song-writers are a captivating balance of three-part harmonies, grit and glamour.

Follow The Heels at theheelsmusic.com and all major social media platforms as The Heels Music.

Website: www.theheelsmusic.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/theheelsmusic/
Twitter: @theheelsmusic
Instagram: @theheelsmusic

Tonic Records – Real Music for Real People

After establishing her career in the music industry at Virgin Records in the UK, Katie Wattie returned to Vancouver and founded boutique record label, Tonic Records. In addition to servicing artists as a record label, Tonic Records also provides artist management and has expanded its team to include junior managers, a sales team and a licensing department.

Tonic Records draws its brand from the ancestry of founder Kate Wattie, who is a descendant of the legendary William “Buffalo Bill” Cody. Born in 1847, Buffalo Bill was an illustrious hero of the Old West, famed for his Wild West Tours across the United States and Europe. Cody’s hallmark nickname came from his matchless skills as a buffalo hunter. A champion of the Western frontier, Buffalo Bill’s rugged yet accomplished persona is what drives the heart of Tonic Records.

To date, Tonic Records prides itself for The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer’s Juno nomination and its Leo win for the documentary We Are The City’s. With a diverse roster of artists, Tonic Records continues to enrich the music industry by investing in real music for real people.

 

SKOOKUM FESTIVAL 2018

A Wildly Civilized Weekend.

Producers of the Squamish Valley Music Festival are launching a new festival experience in Vancouver, British Columbia. SKOOKUM is about the music that moves us, the food that delights us and the art that inspires us.

Launching September 7th – 9th, 2018, Stanley Park will soon be the site for a brand new three-day festival that will celebrate diversity and creativity and will feature multiple stages of today’s best contemporary music across broad genres, styles and cultures.

This is where Urban meets the wild.

The weekend will also include a series of late night events in the downtown core branded as “SKOOKUM After Dark”.

The full festival line-up will be announced in Spring 2018.

For more information, visit: http://www.skookumfestival.com/