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

 

BLACKBIRD INTERACTIVE

Blackbird Interactive Inc. (BBI) is an independent game development studio dedicated to creating uncompromising, immersive games with a strong narrative and distinctive art style. They were founded in 2007 by a team of former employees from Relic Entertainment and Electronic Arts. In true start-up fashion the company started out in the garage (also known as Studio 0) of CEO Rob Cunningham. In 2010, after outgrowing the garage, BBI moved to its current location (Studio 1), a 9,000-square foot space at 577 Great Northern Way.

In 2016, they released their first game, Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak. The critical success of Deserts of Kharak springboarded BBI to a global stage landing several new projects with major publishers. These projects are still unannounced, but stay tuned as the team is extremely excited with the opportunities for growth that they will provide the studio. Additionally, Blackbird is working to develop their own internal projects with the goal of expanding their own IP and game development tools and technology.

Over the course of the last 16 months the studio has doubled in size and will reach over 100 employees by January 2018 which will bring them close to 150 employees by this time next year.

To accommodate this rapid growth they are expanding into a brand new 28,000 square foot space (Studio 3) at 565 Great Northern Way in Q4 of 2018.

While BBI is full of industry veterans with decades of experience it is also extremely important to them that they foster young talent within the creative and technical disciplines. To this end they remain actively involved with local universities, art schools and game design programs and remain on the lookout for exceptional artistic talent.

Visit Blackbird Interactive

 

 

 

 

Electronic Arts- Vancouver

Electronic Arts Vancouver (EA), is no stranger to the creative industry as they are the largest Video Game Developers in British Columbia. Electronic Arts purchased Distinctive Software, the original developers of both the NHL and FIFA video game franchises, in 1991. Twenty-six years later, Electronic Arts Vancouver is still a pioneer within the Sports Video Game sector.  The Vancouver campus handles all the lead development work for FIFA Online, currently the largest and most widely played sports video game in Asia.

Their campus, located in Burnaby, includes a full-size soccer field, arcade, on-site dry cleaner, guitar lessons and their own doggy daycare, these perks are one of the many ways EA is competing to attract the best talent to Vancouver. EA Vancouver employs approximately 1500 full-time positions, with an additional 500 part-time contractors on any given day. “We’re growing. We’ve probably added 100 to 150 [full-time] people per year,” says Jonathan Lutz, Vice President of Financial Planning & Strategy.

The Video Game Industry is extremely competitive and continues to grow at an exponential rate. This is why Jonathan Lutz is so passionate about career growth and training in the creative technology sector. “We need the best and brightest in the world on our teams in order to compete” urges Lutz. Play to Learn, a youth program developed in partnership with EverFi, is just one of the ways EA Vancouver is developing BC’s local talent. Students in Grade 8 through 12 can learn the basics of coding and are provided with the building blocks to pursue a career in the gaming industry. At the end of the course, students are given career recommendations based on their interests.

Harnessing the energy of BC’s youth and helping them develop their skills and talents to work in the creative technology industry is a major focus of EA Vancouver.  “We’re building the future pipeline of talent to come from BC as much as possible.”

Check out their internships and careers info.

Instagram: www.instagram.com/ea/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EA

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

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”

Digi BC

The Interactive & Digital Media Industry Association of British Columbia, DigiBC, is a member-supported organization representing the creative technology sector. The Creative Technology sector includes video games and interactive, visual effects, animation, and digital creative and marketing industries. Lead by their Board of Directors, DigiBC ensures that Interactive and Digital Media continue to grow and thrive within the technology sector of our province. By exploring networking and sponsorship opportunities, public policies and promotion, the supported organizations continue to create new jobs, and develop new technologies.

According to their website, BC has over 600 digital media companies which employ over 16,000 people across the province. They regularly partner with various academic institutions that specialize in Interactive and Digital Media for new technologies, educational programs, research and development.

Make sure to visit DigiBC and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Langara College is celebrating!

 Langara College Publishing program students and instructors are celebrating after Pacific Rim Magazine won two prestigious CMA Pinnacle Awards at this year’s ACP/CMA National College Media Convention in Dallas, Texas.

Pacific Rim Magazine (PRM) was awarded third place for Feature Magazine of the Year, while LangaraPRM.com was awarded first place for Website of the Year (two-year program categories).

This is the third consecutive year Langara’s Publishing program and Pacific Rim Magazine have won Pinnacle Awards.

Lagara College started in 1965 and is located in beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Today, Langara is one of BC’s leading undergraduate institutions providing University Studies, Career Studies, and Continuing Studies programs and courses to more than 21,000 students annually.

Details below:

https://langara.ca/news-and-events/langara-news/2017/171121-publishing-pinnacle-awards.html

Cognogon Films – Bridging Film and Finance

A UBC film production alumni, Josh Havelka of Cognogon Films, an independent film group based in Vancouver, has always been passionate about creating films and assisting his fellow filmmakers with the eternal struggle of connecting with financiers and funding projects.

As a producer of narrative short films, Cognogon Films recently produced “Breeze In The Storm”, which is currently in its festival circuit following its world premiere at the Leiden International Film Festival in Holland. In addition to film production, Cognogon Films is committed to bringing filmmakers and funding sources closer together, while making story based advertisements for like-minded businesses.

For a comprehensive list of funding sources to filmmakers with emerging and established careers in every part of Canada, check out Cognogon Films’s latest product, Fulfilmaker.

   

 

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

Website: http://www.thelionthebearthefox.com/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lionbearfoxband

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/lion-bear-fox/id1186414743?ls=1&app=itunes

 

 

 

 

 

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/