Morgan James plays Elements Casino in April. Throughout her spectacular career, singer/songwriter, and Broadway actress Morgan James has taken on beloved roles and songs to give them her unique perspective and make them her own. She rocked the stage as Christ herself in an all-female version of Jesus Christ Superstar, took on a full-album acoustic cover of D’Angelo’s Black Messiah, and brought the critics to their feet with her cover of Joni Mitchell’s classic Blue album. She has recorded and toured internationally with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, which performed at TD Victoria International JazzFest 2017, and covers pop songs with a vintage jazz twist. Most recently, James released a video in which she put her signature spin on the Nirvana grunge rock classic “Lithium”, and her cover of Hozier’s “Take Me To Church” is a YouTube hit.
In addition to James’ own studio albums, Reckless Abandon and Hunter, she has released a live tribute to her idol Nina Simone, Morgan James Live. Now, James has set her sights on the Beatles’ White Album. While each song is performed in its original key, James provides a soulful vibe and feminine flair to these classics. Released in October, 2018, The White Album cover was timed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original release, which happened November, 1968. James’ current tour across Europe, Canada, and the U.S., White to Blue, celebrates both the Beatles’ White Album and Joni Mitchell’s Blue album.
Morgan James first appeared in a “stunning” performance in Victoria at TD JazzFest 2018. Opening the evening will be the fiery singer-songwriter Elise LeGrow. For a night of dazzling energy and pure artistry, this powerful combination of two sensational female voices is not to be missed at the new entertainment venue at Elements Casino, the Platinum Room.
McPherson Playhouse 3 Centennial Place Victoria BC
Who: The Victoria Folk Music Society presents: Judy Collins in Concert When: Saturday, March 30, 2019 7:30 pm
Where: McPherson Playhouse 3 Centennial Square, Victoria, BC
Tickets and more information: Tickets are available at the McPherson Box Office and usual outlets, charge by phone at 250-386-6121 or toll free 1-888-717-6121, or www.rmts.bc.ca
Proceeds benefit the Victoria Folk Music Society
Judy Collins has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. In the 1960s, she evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices.
Five decades later, her luminescent presence shines brightly as new generations bask in the glow of her iconic 50-album body of work, and heed inspiration from her spiritual discipline to thrive in the music industry for half a century.
ARKELLS ANNOUNCE 2019 RALLY CRY TOUR WITH VERY SPECIAL GUESTS LORD HURON HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM “RALLY CRY” OUT TODAY
High-energy, chart topping, live-rock’n’roll authorities Arkells are back! With the release of their highly-anticipated new album, Rally Cry, the Hamilton five-piece have announced a 2019 national tour kicking off in Vancouver, BC on February 2nd with very special guests, Lord Huron. “We’ve built up real relationships with all of these towns over the year,” reflects frontman Max Kerman. “Each time we go back, the show means a little bit more. It’s our most ambitious tour yet, and we can’t wait to make some new memories.”
The Rally Cry Tour follows the band’s show-stopping headlining performance at The Rally, a one-day summer stadium show held at Hamilton’s Tim Hortons Field in front of 24,000 fans this past June. Arkells are thrilled to welcome Lord Huron to the bill as very special direct support. “We’ve been massive fans of Lord Huron forever, and their latest album Vide Noir is one of the best releases of 2018. It’ll be a treat to watch them every night. We can’t wait to get back on the road across Canada – we wrote these new songs to play them live for you.”
Once again, Arkells have partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket sold is going to support the rights of refugees and vulnerable migrants in Canada through the Canadian Council for Refugees. Fans can visit www.ccrweb.ca for more information.
Includes: One (1) General Admission Floor or Premium Reserved Seat Ticket To The Show (location provided at time of purchase) VIP Access to An Arkells Pre-Show Acoustic Performance One Individual Photo Opportunity with Arkells One Official VIP Meet & Greet Laminate and Lanyard (provided at the show) One Exclusive Arkells VIP Merchandise Item (provided at the show) One Commemorative Ticket Priority Access To The Venue Following The Pre-Show Event* Priority Access To Merchandise Shopping* Will Call Pick Up at Box Office Day of Event Only
Alan Doyle fanclub presale: Wed, Nov 28 10AM – Thurs, Nov 29 10pm.
General onsale: Fri, Nov 30 1PM
Advance tickets: $39.50-89.50 + s/c. Available at rmts.bc.ca (http://bit.ly/ADRMTS) and in-person at The Royal or McPherson Box Offices.
Alan Doyle chalks up a lot of where is he right now—with both his third solo album and his second book released in October 2017—to luck. “I’m the luckiest guy I’ve ever even heard of,” he says. “This was all I ever wanted, a life in the music business, singing concerts. I was lucky to be born in the family I was, in Petty Harbour. I was lucky that Sean, Bob and Darrell found me and asked me to join their band. I was lucky the Canadian music fans were into it.”
“I still think of myself as a person that has one job, a guy who plays in a band for a living, that’s me. If someone asks me to write songs, I guess I’m a songwriter too. If someone asks me to produce a record for them, then I guess I’m a record producer too. I never looked for an acting job in my life—they come to me. Someone calls who needs a hairy, Irish-looking fellow to bully someone or play the lute, come throw rocks at Colin Farrell, okay, sounds fun. It’s a laugh. Books came to me the same way, Random House said, we’ve been reading your blog, why not write a book, so I thought okay!” There’s more to it than all of that, for certain, but Doyle parries it off, in his usual way. “I’m grateful to do all of it. It’s a wonderful life and I’m very lucky to have it.”
From their first jams in Vancouver, B.C., drummer Tayo Branston and guitarist Gabe Boothroyd gathered a community of musicians who shared their love for James Brown, Tower Of Power and other groove-driven players. Now called Five Alarm Funk – with Eli Bennett on sax, Oliver Gibson on guitar, Tom Towers on congas, Carl Julig on timbales, Kent Wallace on trumpet, Jay Smith on bass, and Jens Christiansen on sax added to the lineup – the band bristles with fiery rhythms, punchy horns and gang-chant vocals that have ignited fans across Canada, down into the U.S., and as far away as Taiwan.
In the wake of their most recent album, Sweat, they’re now deep into a project that involves adding all-star guest vocals onto some of the more volatile tracks from their catalog; beginning with a Bootsy Collins appearance, and more all-stars to come.
Kansas – Point of Know Return 40th Anniversary Tour
Kansas – Point of Know Return 40th Anniversary Tour will be touring select cities this fall and spring celebrating the 40th Anniversary of their massive hit album
Point of Know Return. To celebrate, for the first time in history, the band will be performing the album in its entirety. The tour will showcase more than two hours of classic KANSAS music including hit songs, deep cuts, and fan favorites.
Kansas – Point of Know Return 40th Anniversary Tour April 24 | Orpheum Theatre Vancouver 601 Smithe St, Vancouver, BC V6B 3L4
In 1977, KANSAS followed up the success of Leftoverture by releasing the album Point of Know Return. Containing the smash hit and million-selling single “Dust in the Wind,” along with fan favorites such as “Portrait (He Knew),” “Closet Chronicles,” and “Paradox,” Point of Know Return became the band’s greatest selling album. The album peaked at #4 on Billboard’s Album charts, reached sextuple-platinum status with more than six million copies sold, and had three Billboard Hot 100 singles.
“After the success of the album Leftoverture, it was hard to imagine when we released Point of Know Return that this album would be even bigger, but it was,” comments KANSAS guitarist, and original member, Richard Williams. “From the album artwork to the song ‘Dust in the Wind,’ the album Point of Know Return is really ingrained in Rock N Roll history and even in popular culture. The past two years we have done around 80 select shows performing the album Leftoverture in its entirety. We have been blown away by the positive fan response. Our hope is that fans will enjoy this Point of Know Return Tour just as much, and hopefully even more! “
Throughout the tour, live shows will not only culminate with the album Point of Know Return performed in its entirety, but KANSAS will also perform classic hits, deep cuts, and fan favorites. The band has not publicly performed some songs in the more than two-hour KANSAS musical event in decades, if ever.
KANSAS lead vocalist Ronnie Platt adds, “I often joke that I cannot be in charge of putting together a set list, because there are too many songs that I really want to perform. These shows, though, will be about as close as it gets. Of course, there will be hits like ‘Carry On Wayward Son,’ but to know we will be performing songs that KANSAS has not performed live for twenty or thirty years, or even ever, that is just really exciting. It is going to be a lot of fun.”
Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE, is one of the most highly acclaimed and successful solo artists of all time. With his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin, Elton has written some of the greatest songs of our time including ‘Rocket Man’, ‘Your Song’, ‘Daniel’ and ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’. He has achieved 38 gold and 31 platinum albums, has sold more than 300-million records worldwide, and holds the record for the biggest selling single of all time.
Elton is the third most successful artist in the history of the American charts, behind Elvis Presley and The Beatles. He has had 56 top forty singles in the United States, a total second only to Elvis Presley. He achieved seven number one albums in a three-and-a-half-year period from 1972 to 1975, a period of concentrated success surpassed only by The Beatles. Over the five decades since his career began in 1969, Elton has over 4,000 performances in more than 80 countries to his credit. He continues to record and to tour the world, performing both solo and band concerts, and usually plays around 100 concerts each year. Currently he is on the ‘quest for 100 countries’ – aiming to play concerts in as many countries as possible.
Following the critical and commercial success of Wonderful Crazy Night in 2016, this year marks the 50th anniversary of Elton’s phenomenal songwriting partnership with Bernie Taupin. Elton’s enduring legacy and relevance across the worlds of music, fashion and entertainment continues to burn as brightly as ever and 2017 also saw Gucci unveil their Spring Summer 2018 collection designed by Alessandro Michele and inspired by Elton’s inimitable style, referencing original items taken from the style icon’s archives.
Elton also appears as himself in global box office Number One sensation Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
Farewell Yellow Brick Road Vancouver and other Canadian 2019 tour dates: Ticketmaster
Sept. 21 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena Sept. 22 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena Sept. 27 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place Sept. 28 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place Oct. 1 – Saskatoon, SK @ Sasktel Centre Oct. 2 – Saskatoon, SK @ Sasktel Centre Oct. 4 – Winnipeg, MB @ Bell MTS Place Oct. 5- Winnipeg, MB @ Bell MTS Place Oct. 22- Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena Oct. 23 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena
Renowned singer and guitarist Colin James has announced his 2019 Canadian tour, in support of his 19th album release Miles To Go. Kicking off in Victoria, BC, on March 17th, Colin and his band will travel across the country, stopping in all major cities and concluding in Halifax, on April 19th.
Reflecting James’ recent work on Miles To Go, and it’s chart-topping predecessor, 2016’s Blue Highways, the tour will showcase his take on his best-loved blues numbers, as well as songs from his illustrious catalogue.
With Colin’s previous shows garnering outstanding acclaim, fans can look forward to equally terrific performances next Spring.
“… James hits it out of the park showing how you can bring home the gold consistently in a genre that most people marginalize. Killer stuff from a modern master.” Chris Spector – Midwest Record Entertainment
Tickets for the Miles To Go tour are on sale this coming Friday, September 28 at 9am.
“Be the reference.” That’s the mantra Yukon Blonde tacked up on the studio wall during the sessions for their fourth album, Critical Hit, and it emboldened them to rip up the indie rock playbook and embrace a synth-dazzled new sound that’s easy to love but difficult to pigeonhole. Now a decade into their career, Yukon Blonde are following no one except themselves.
Critical Hit began at a literal crossroads: after a tour, singer-guitarist Jeffrey Innes flew to Madrid to be with the woman he had met on tour in Spain, while his bandmates James Younger (bass), Brandon Scott (guitar), Rebecca Gray (keyboards) and Graham Jones (drums) headed back home to Vancouver.
This kicked off an artistic free-for-all, as Jeffrey spent the better part of the next year and a half wandering Madrid, penning lyrics in art galleries and chronicling the rise and fall of his relationship. “Everybody in Madrid was so inspirational,” Jeffrey remembers. “There are folk singers on the street and everybody believes they’re an artist. Being there, the pressure was off for writing music. I didn’t feel like I was writing for anything — I was just happy and inspired to make music.”
James also visited Spain — he initially stayed in a haunted 15th-century farmhouse across from Gibraltar, and then he joined Jeffrey in Madrid. Together, they worked on songs that were unabashedly pop, but without clear sonic reference points. Disco beats mingled with achingly nostalgic keyboard tones, while bittersweet breakup lyrics were sung in euphoric harmony.
“We would be at a cafe in Madrid, smoking and drinking beers, listening to demos and deciding what songs were going to go on the record,” James reflects. “Nothing was different except the location was completely absurd and amazing.”
The band reconvened on Canada’s West Coast, in a house on Galiano Island where they laid down the initial demo tracks, many of which ended up on the final record. They then took these tracks to Toronto with producer Thomas D’Arcy (Hannah Georgas, July Talk, The Sheepdogs) and captured two songs in Vancouver with Steve Bays (Hot Hot Heat, Mounties). The tracks were mixed by super-producer Tony Hoffer (Beck, M83, Phoenix).
The resulting 13 tracks push the envelope of 2015’s On Blonde even further, doubling down on that album’s electro-pop influences while still retaining the five-piece’s live spontaneity. Pop anthems like “Crazy” and “Summer in July” channel romantic longing via sublimely twinkling synths, while James takes the spotlight for the soulful falsetto vocals of “Cry,” and Brandon’s mournful “Dear Nancy” is laden with organic strings. “The Bluffs” and “Feeling Digital” are full-blown dance bangers that are guaranteed to explode during sweat-drenched shows. Although the band had written several straightforward radio singles during the sessions, these were left on the cutting room floor in favour of richer and melodically denser material. For the first time, Jeffrey shares frontman duties, with James and Brandon each singing two songs.
Anyone who caught on to the slow-burn success of 2012’s desolately hook-laden Ancient Mars could sense that something in The Zolas was threatening to bubble over, and after a year of recording, 2015’s Swooner (Light Organ Records) shows an alternative pop collaboration at the top of their creative game. Original members Tom Dobrzanski and Zach Gray have been joined by another longtime duo Cody Hiles and DJ Abell and this is the first album they’ve completely self-produced at Dobrzanski’s Monarch Studios in Vancouver.
Swooner marks a major departure from both the cabaret rock of 2009’s Tic Toc Tic and the atmospheric minimalism of Ancient Mars. This time around the band dove headlong into vibrant, experimental pop, stirring modern production into the influences that surrounded them as kids growing up in the ‘90s.
“This is the most ‘us’ of anything we’ve done,” Zach observes. “It’s fun to be in an era of music where people are ready to appreciate messed-up combinations of influences, and we had a good time pushing that.” Even just in the rhythm section you can hear these mispaired influences crop up in unexpected places. Drums that revolve from Queens of the Stone Age to Dr. Dre, bass textures evoking The Pixies or Kraftwerk. Instrumentally the album features flashes of grungy hard-panned guitars, Prince-like synth flourishes, eurodance vocal samples, watery electric pianos and arpeggiators, all of which feel shockingly comfortable in their new homes.
Swooner moves on from Ancient Mars’ lost love and nostalgia into a cross-section of conversations between a generation of friends about life in 2015; the balancing act we all reckon with between fun and dread. “This album is about how fucked up it feels to step out for a cigarette and a quiet moment at a party, read about disease and climate catastrophe on your phone, finish your cigarette and go back in to dance,” says Zach. “Songs about pre-drinking in your apartment, party drugs in Europe, political arson, jerking off to internet porn, pure love in a group of friends, being single and how great it is, being single and how much it sucks, finally realizing what you want to fight for and then getting distracted. It’s the realest, most fun album we’ve ever made by far.”
The Wailers with special guests Phonosoncis play Distrikt Nightclub this Saturday (Sept. 22) : Victoria BC Ska & Reggae Society is proud to present THE WAILERS in Victoria with guests Phonosonics and MadSelector!
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22 Early show: 6:30 Curfew 10PM Tickets at Lyle’s Place, The Strathcona Hotel and Vinyl Envy
“The legendary Wailers band returns to bring its revolutionary sound to fans around the world. Steered by famed bassist and founder Aston “Familyman” Barrett, and joined in solidarity with original Wailers’ guitarists Julian Junior Marvin and Donald Kinsey, The Wailers continue to create musical history.” (thewailers.net)
Phonosonics notably are one of Canada’s most talented rocksteady groups. This band hailing from Victoria BC has a new album set to release called “Reggae Don’t Pay the Rent.” The band has also played on Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival twice and have been featured on David Rodigan radio program on the BBC which is one of the most known reggae shows in the world.
MadSelector aka Madeliene Fisher will be warming up the crowd and playing sweet roots, dancehall and world before and after The Wailers and Phonosonics’ performances.
The Wailers – Keeping the Music Alive
The legendary Wailers band returns to bring its revolutionary sound to fans around the world. Steered by famed bassist and founder Aston “Familyman” Barrett, and joined in solidarity with original Wailers’ guitarists Julian Junior Marvin and Donald Kinsey, The Wailers continue to create musical history.
From 1973 to 1980, Bob Marley & The Wailers recorded, toured and performed before millions of fans worldwide. Since 1981, Familyman and Junior Marvin have carried on the mission to “keep The Wailers together,” just as Bob requested, affirming: “By doing that, you keep me alive through the music.”
In tribute to the late co-founder and drummer Carlton “Carly” Barrett, The Wailers present Aston Barrett, Jr. on drums. It’s startling how this young powerhouse delivers with his uncle’s unique and inspiring landmark style. Lead singer Joshua David Barrett is a Rastaman by lifestyle and culture. Josh impeccably delivers Bob’s powerful message of Jah love and unity through his engaging performance and interaction with the audience.
Adding to the exciting stage show are singers Shema McGregor, daughter of I Three Judy Mowatt, and Hassanah, a multi-cultural powerhouse vocalist and dancer. Veteran Owen “Dreadie” Reid on guitar & bass is a past student of Familyman, while super-charged performer Javaughn Bond rocks on three keyboards. Live audio engineer Dennis Thompson, the man responsible for The Wailers sound in stadiums, clubs, and studios throughout the ‘70s will make special appearances as schedules permit.