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.


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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.


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Q&A with – Clay Ravens!

Creative BC is proud to support Clay Ravens as part of the BC Music Fund’s Sound Recording Program and recently had the opportunity to catch up with the band!

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

A: The song Draft Dodger was inspired by the number of Americans talking about fleeing to Canada because of the current political situation. The song tells a story that reflects on our personal experiences growing up with Draft Dodgers, and the universal difficulties of dealing with a loss of home, through the eyes of an American Draft Dodger during the Vietnam War.

 2) Q: Does your album have a theme?

A: The album in entitled All In which speaks to our efforts to put everything into our music. The songs themselves reflect on associated themes. The song Grown Ass Man speaks to the idea of sticking by your friends through thick and thin; the song All In is about going for everything you believe in regardless of the consequences; the song Railtie speaks about living life to the fullest through difficult circumstances.

 3) Q: Is there someone you want to rave about that you worked with on the album?

A: Paul Boechler was so amazing to work with. He is a wizard in the studio and his ability to push us to get the best possible performance while keeping the environment relaxed was fantastic.

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

A: The iconic Commodore Ballroom is our favorite BC venue. Clay Ravens have not had a chance to play there yet but we have seen countless shows there and it is on our bucket list.

 5) Q: Have you ever written a song inspired by a place in BC?

A: Three of our band members are from Saltspring Island BC and the island has influenced every song we have ever written.


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Congratulations to Finger Foods, Winner of the 2017 Exporter of the Year award!

The B.C. Export Awards are the province’s most-prestigious awards paying tribute to the success, economic impact and innovative approaches of B.C. export companies. They celebrate the valuable role that the export industry plays in the B.C. economy. Since their debut in 1982, the awards have recognized more than 300 B.C. companies.

The BC Export Awards annually seeks out BC’s Top Exporters and honours them for their excellence and achievements in 9 categories, including 8 directed at firms and 1 at individuals. The Awards are presented by, Business in Vancouver, the Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology and the BC Division of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters with support from annual sponsors.

Finger Foods Studios was selected as the 2017 Exporter of the Year.

In addition to the Exporter of the Year Award, Finger food also received an award under the category of Digital Media and Entertainment.


Finger Food is an award-winning technology company creating advanced user experiences across multiple platforms. The company works with global businesses to drive innovation and growth with solutions that utilize holographic computing, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things. Finger Food delivered the world’s first production holographic application, created the world’s largest coding education platform with Sphero and brought the future of retail to the world with virtual reality and augmented reality experiences. From its local community to global corporations, Finger Food is actively changing the way people interact with and use technology for the better.

To learn more about the B.C. Export Awards, visit:
ongratulations to all of the other 2017 winners: 

To learn more about the partners and sponsors of the B.C. Export Awards, visit:

Kickstart Entertainment

Los Angeles based company Kickstart Entertainment is a film and entertainment studio focusing on development, live action production, animation, visual effects and literary publishing. Founded in 1999 by Jason Netter, Kickstart’s vision was simple: create a company that balances both creativity and flexibility as its pillars. Since then, Kickstart Entertainment has grown to over 100 employees with offices in China, Hong Kong, India, London and Vancouver.

Heather Puttock, President and Founder of Kickstart’s Vancouver location, started working with the studio in 2005. Realizing the potential for an office in Vancouver, she moved in 2007 to be closer to “Hollywood North”.  Kickstart Entertainment prides itself on doing a bit of everything and aims to continue to grow organically with maximum flexibility. Recently they’ve invested in a digital studio based out of Toronto, Relish Interactive.

Kickstart commits to approximately 50% work for hire for companies like Mattel, Spinmaster, and PBS. When they are not working on other people’s projects they find time to work on their own, collaborating with local companies.

Recent work includes: Ready Jet Go! (PBS/Wind Dancer Films), Preacher (AMC), Greenlit, Back to Brooklyn and many more.

Be sure to keep up to date on Kickstart Entertainment’s many projects and collaborations by following them on Twitter and Instagram.

CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre

CBC Vancouver is a household name in British Columbia’s entertainment industry. Since 1936, CBC has provided Vancouverites with a comprehensive range of radio, television programming, news and broadcasting services.

Hubert T. Lacroix, current President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada, was appointed to his position in 2007 for a 5-year term and re-appointed in 2012. Prior to CBC he was a Senior Partner at MaCarthy Tétrault, one of Canada’s largest law firms.

The CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre provides space for creative industries to create. They offer several studio facilities (ranging from 800 to 5,700 square feet), outdoor urban spaces, various amenities and support services for all film and entertainment needs.  The broadcast centre has been used in feature films, TV series, commercials, music videos, recording sessions, film scoring, rehearsals, concerts, special events, galas and meetings.

Tours of CBC Vancouver can be arranged through their website. They are available Tuesday through Friday and last approximately one hour. Tour reservations are required.

Be sure to follow @CBCVancouver on Twitter for the latest updates.

Peach Pyramid – Repeating Myself

Peach Pyramid is the brimming honesty and personal experience of one Jen Severtson. An internalized cry pulled to the surface; transformed and juxtaposed by way of graceful melodies and swirling guitars. Supported by a rotating collective of musicians and close friends, Peach Pyramid sonically exhales Jen’s intimate narrative.

Peach Pyramid’s recently released lyric video for “Trying” has been praised by music critics across the country. The video is a combination of footage from Jen’s life and her interactions with friends and fellow musicians from Calgary and Victoria. In an interview with Beat Route earlier this month, Jen referred to the video footage as “memories that support my journey”.

Be sure to check out Peach Pyramid’s upcoming show at the Lucky Bar in Victoria next month!

Year of the Wolf – As If We Are Sinking

Year of the Wolf’s musical identity is simple; a group of musicians who love music at any capacity. Extracting influences from Indie Rock, Blues, Country and whatever else they can get their hands on the dynamic of the group is undeniable.

With its first full length record released last month, “As If We Are Sinking”, Year of the Wolf is making waves in the music industry. The group began as a duo in 2012 when Kyle Vaughan and Chad Gilmour joined forces, and later expanded to include James Jeffrey, Carson Webber and Chelsea Burden, each bringing with them their unique musical abilities.

Be sure to check out the much anticipated top track “As If We Are Sinking”.

City of Victoria – Creativity is the Key to a Vibrant City!

Incorporated as a city in 1862, the Capital City of British Columbia, the City of Victoria, is known for its natural beauty heritage charm. The juxtaposition of old world ambience and architecture in a small urban city is part of what makes Victoria one of the most uniquely special places in Canada. As the regional centre for arts and culture, the City of Victoria aims to enhance its neighbourhoods, foster arts and culture, and to work to create a city that is a natural draw for festivals and events.

The vibrant and eclectic arts and culture community in the City of Victoria includes a wide array of festivals and events that support artists, writers and musicians and other creative pursuits, through a variety of grants and programs.

The City of Victoria is proudly finalizing the development of Create Victoria, a five-year Arts and Culture Master Plan, which will layout the City’s strategy and approach to the creative industries and identify initiatives to increase arts and cultural opportunities.

Be sure to check the City of Victoria calendar for upcoming events around the City!

Arts Council of New Westminster – Passionate about the Arts!

Founded in 1967, The Arts Council of New Westminster is a community arts organization built by individuals and member groups who share an interest in visual, performing and literary arts. The Arts Council’s role in the community is to advocate for the arts and foster support for those engaging in artistic and cultural endeavours.

For decades, the Arts Council has been committed to creating a vibrant presence of the arts in New Westminster while being responsive and proactive about the community’s wishes for arts activities and events. In addition to strategically planning arts and cultural events for the community, the Arts Council advocates for the arts at all levels of government and has become an information and resource network for cultural projects and activities.

This year, the Arts council celebrated its 50th anniversary, a milestone that is reflected by years of helping elevate the arts scene in New Westminster.