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.


Silk Road Music – Combining Culture and Music!

Silk Road Music, headed by Director Qiu Xia He, consists of a group of talented musicians who are renowned for incorporating elements of Asian culture into their performances – from intimate classical Chinese solos and duets to larger multicultural productions.

Enriching the British Columbia music scene since its inception in 1991, Juno nominated Silk Road Music has had the opportunity to encounter and collaborate with a wide diversity of brilliant artists. The impact of exposure to international musicians has been a gradual fusing of traditional Chinese music with international cultures. Silk Road Music incorporates elements of Irish, Brazilian, Flamenco, Blues, Western contemporary and jazz music styles into its performances.

Join Silk Road Music on December 2 at The Annex in Vancouver for what will surely be a memorable night filled with strings, percussion, winds, song and dance. Be sure to reserve your tickets!




Geist is a Canadian literary magazine of ideas and culture. They publish the best that can be found in narrative (fiction and non-fiction), essays, poetry, reviews, photography, drawings, commix, puzzles and little-known facts of interest—with a special interest in fresh interactions between text and image. Geist strives to be articulate, humorous and identifiably Canadian. Their mandate is to find and encourage a wide audience for new and established Canadian writers and artists of merit.

Currently, their readership extends from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island to Nunavut, with concentrations in the Lower Mainland of BC and greater Toronto. The Geist website, geist.com, receives 110,000 visits each year, and is supported by a strong social media presence: 3,000+ Facebook fans and friends; 11,400+ Twitter followers; 14,000+ subscribers to the weekly e-newsletter.

Geist began as a 40-page newsprint publication in the founders’ (Mary Schendlinger and Stephen Osborne) living room in 1990, with financing of $7,500. They paid artists and writers for their work from the beginning. In 1993 they hired their first full-time, permanent staff; in 2000, the editor-in-chief and senior editor began to receive a small stipend. The team edited with care, built gradually, promoted constantly, tracked results and brought the personal touch to re

lationships with readers and contributors, and Geist grew into the most widely read literary magazine in Canada. Geist has won critical acclaim and has received dozens of awards and nominations from the National Magazine Awards and the Western Magazine Awards. Most recently (this year), Geist won gold at the National Magazine Awards for a photo-essay by Terence Byrnes called “South of Buck Creek.”

Their inspiration is always found in the world around them and in the wealth of talented writers, artists, performers and creators, past and present, that they encounter in their work. They’re always on the alert for the great conversation or chance meeting that sparks a great Geist idea.



Western Living Magazine

Originally from Salmon Arm, Julia Dilworth knew from an early age that she wanted to work at a Magazine. With a great deal of passion for the arts, Julia studied at UBC, Langara and BCIT, and with multiple degrees she now can hang her hat on two doors. Associate Editor for Western Living and Vancouver Magazine, Julia says she is “living the dream”.

Set for a move this fall, Julia is looking forward to applying some of Western Living Magazine’s home décor advise to her new living space. In addition to her growing passion for home décor Julia is very excited about this December’s issue where upcoming trends are explored and discussed. Vintage recipes will also be a highlight for this issue as local chefs have re-done recipes previously published in issues from the 70’s and 80’s to have a modern twist. Keep your eyes peeled for Western Living’s Christmas Plum Pudding.

Western Magazine has been providing readers with tips and stories as well as guides to travel, gardening and real estate, food, restaurants, wine-pairings and home design for over three decades. As Canada’s largest regional magazine, published 10 times a year, Western Living invites readers to stretch their imaginations about living in the West. 





The word “Bardel” comes from the names of its founders, Barry Ward and Delna Bhesania. Founded in 1987 and with over 13 awards credited to the name, Bardel is the leading animation service provider in North America. With over 30 years of creativity within the entertainment industry, Delna and Barry have forged long-term working relationships with some of Canada’s top creative talent and with international clients and partners.

Most recently Bardel has partnered with Italy’s Rainbow, who acquired them in 2015 to bring series 44 Cats to life. 44 Cats, currently in production, has taken a popular Italian song and adapted it into a series. The 52 x 11-minute animation series follows a group of felines that act like humans when no actual humans are around. True to its musical roots, pop-rock songs will be employed to help teach preschoolers tolerance, diversity and social-emotional skills, and will premiere in the fall of 2018.


Mythical City Games & LNG Studios Collaborate to Create a VR Experience Like No Other!

Vancouver based companies, Mythical City Games, an indie VR video game developer, and LNG Studios, a video production company, have collaborated to create a VR experience unlike anything else in the VR market today! If you are a fan of Simcity and VR, you will definitely want to checkout Skytropolis, a new vertical mega city building game where players must balance an economy and sustainability.

An early creator of VR content, Mythical City Games is pushing the frontier of VR development by designing multi-platform immersive experiences for both internal and external IPs. Some of their most notable titles include, Snow Fortress, Battle Fleet and Tippy Tree.

The collaboration between Mythical City Games and LNG Studios was a natural one, as LNG Studios is a leading creative visualization agency specializing in virtual reality, architecture and more recently even real estate. LNG Studios is truly an expert in the VR realm and was one of the early adopters of VR, making the leap from traditional 3D rendering.

Skytropolis is set to be released on November 2nd on Steam for the Rift and Vive, as well as PC (non-VR)


Vancouver Island Film Studios Set To Open In Early 2018!

The Vancouver Island North Film Commission announced yesterday exciting news for the Vancouver Island film community and the BC motion picture industry at large. A new film studio, the Vancouver Island Film Studios, is currently in its final stages of construction and is set to be completed by early 2018. This latest facility to be added to Vancouver Island will feature 3 sound stages, offices, and prop shops!

With British Columbia already recognized as one of the top centres for motion picture excellence in North America, Vancouver Island Film Studios will help further grow the creative economy.

“Vancouver Island Film Studios is the icing on the cake”, comments regional film commissioner Joan Miller, “it is not a case of build it and they will come, the industry must have taken root to support a facility of this type and we have strong roots”.

Creative BC looks forward to seeing this Parksville addition contribute to productions on the island and opportunities for local talent and crew!



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/




Scott Jacobs

Scott Jacobs is a triple-threat singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist who is recognized in Canada for his diverse musical talents. Playing the acoustic guitar and singing, Scott entertains with an extremely wide range of original and cover songs, and can be regularly found headlining performances all over his hometown of Vancouver, and throughout Vancouver Island.

Scott has studied music at a university level, graduating from Vancouver Island University with a Diploma in Jazz Performance. He has also performed on cruise ships all over the world as a singer-songwriter. His acoustic set list consists of an array of classic hits in a number of genres, ranging from the music of the early 1950s, up to the music of today. He released his latest album Sleepless Dreams on May 9, 2017, which has an overall “west-coast folk” vibe.

“The song ‘Silent Sky’ is meaningful to me, because it is about two of my favorite things; Music and Vancouver Island,” explains Jacobs about his latest album, “The song is about one of my earliest and fondest memories of songwriting.”




Fall Music Update – Check Out These October Album Release!

Creative BC is proud to support the recent album releases of the following participants of BC Music Fund’s Sound Recording Program:

Year Of The Wolf – Thursday, October 5, 2017

Jim Byrnes – Friday, October 6, 2017

Cassandra Maze – Friday, October 6, 2017

Wolf Parade – Friday, October 6, 2017

Loose Tizzy – Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Alan Doyle – Friday, October 13, 2017

Band of Rascals – Friday, October 13, 2017

Joshua Hyslop – Monday, October 16, 2017

Becca Hess – Monday, October 23, 2017

Clay Ravens – Thursday, October 26, 2017

Derrival – Friday, October 27, 2017

Matthew Lynn Kocel – Friday, October 27, 2017