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.

 Music: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6NjtO9ifXB3NnNA0CtPoGO

FOLLOW Clay Ravens

Website: http://www.clayravens.com/

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

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/clayravens/

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/clay-ravens/id1011619419

 

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 STUDIOS

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: http://www.bcexportawards.com/
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ongratulations to all of the other 2017 winners: http://bit.ly/2i4mVJS 

To learn more about the partners and sponsors of the B.C. Export Awards, visit: http://www.bcexportawards.com/2016-sponsors/

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”.

https://yearofthewolf.bandcamp.com/album/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.

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.

Dreamrider – Inspiring the Hearts, Minds & Spirits of Children

Led by award-winning creative visionaries Vanessa LeBourdais and Ian Gschwind, Dreamrider Productions is a professional theatre and multimedia production company. With a mandate to employ the inspirational power of live theatre, performance, interactive media, music and film to impart understanding and positive values regarding environmental and social issues, Dreamrider Productions is responsible for making over 950,000 BC children laugh and learn.

While founded as a non-profit society in 2002, Dreamrider Productions has been producing and performing in Vancouver for almost two decades. Initially hired by the City of Vancouver in 1997 to create plays about environmental issues for children, Vanessa and Ian have become leaders in Canada’s growing efforts for social change. Vanessa and Ian continue to inspire generations of socially and ecologically responsible young citizens through the power of live performance, interactive media, music, and film.

Dreamrider Productions is gaining widespread recognition as a leader in arts for social change and youth engagement, winning TELUS’s Innovation Award in 2015 and the Recycling Council of BC’s Non-Profit Award in 2017. Dreamrider Productions has also received great praise for its Planet Protection Academy, a groundbreaking, holistic, online environmental protection program for students.