Just Announced: Yukon Blonde/The Zolas – December

Yukon BlondeAtomique Productions and The Zone at 91-3 present…

Yukon Blonde & The Zolas
plus guests
Thursday, December 6
Capital Ballroom
Doors: 8:00 PM
19+

Advance tickets: $25.00 – Available at Ticketweb.ca (bit.ly/YKBZLSVIC) and Lyle’s Place

“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.

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The Zolas – “Bomb’s Away” – www.youtube.com/watch?v=snnEkfZ4y5w

The Zolas
The Zolas

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.”

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The Wailers play Distrikt Nightclub Saturday (Sept. 22)

The Wailers play Distrikt Nightclub

The Wailers play Distrikt NightclubThe 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.

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Michael Kaeshammer in Concert December 11

“Listening to Michael Kaeshammer play live is like looking through a window into one of the greatest creative musical minds in the world today.”
– DOWNBEAT
Date:                     Tuesday, December 11, 2018 – 7:30pmVenue:                   McPherson Playhouse, #3 Centennial Square 

Tickets:                $48.00/$39.00 (plus box office service charge)
                             Tickets on sale Friday, September 14

Available:             The Royal & McPherson Box Office (250-386-6121 or
online at www.rmts.bc.ca)

Michael KaeshammerInternationally acclaimed musician Michael Kaeshammer has toured the world showcasing his talents as a singer, songwriter, pianist & producer. His passion for creating exceptional music is abundantly clear, as he combines flavours of jazz, boogie-woogie and blues with meticulous detail.

Kaeshammer is a two-time JUNO Award winner and eight-time nominee for “Vocal Jazz Album of the Year,” having been most recently nominated in 2018 in this category for the album No Filter. His newest album, SOMETHING NEW, came out this past April. Produced by Michael himself, it features 10 original songs about love, life, travel and politics. Recorded at the historic Esplanade Studios in the heart of New Orleans’ Treme district, Kaeshammer along with Big Easy legends Cyril Neville (The Neville Brothers), George Porter Jr (The Meters), Johnny Vidacovich (Professor Longhair), the New Orleans Nightcrawlers Brass Band and Canadian bassist David Piltch (k.d. lang) create an eclectic sonic ride.

Michael Kaeshammer will be joined in Victoria on the SOMETHING NEW TOUR by New Orleans’ musicians Johnny Vidacovich drums and David Piltchbass, amongst others in the sextet. This will be Kaeshammer’s first theatre performance in Victoria since 2016.

BEAT THE BOX OFFICE! 

MICHAEL KAESHAMMER tickets available Only for VJS members through the Royal & McPherson Theatres Society from:

10am on Wednesday, Sept 12 until 11:59pmon Thursday, Sept 13 

www.rmts.bc.ca / 250-386-6121 / #3 Centennial Square / 805 Broughton St.

**Tickets NOT available from the VJS office **

Christmas Craft Beer Show returns

Christmas Craft Beer Show

The best part about beer is that it can be enjoyed at any time of the year. It should be celebrated in the same manner.

Christmas Craft Beer ShowMost beer festivals are held throughout the summer months to take advantage of the beautiful relationship between warm weather and cold glass of suds. There are few things that go together so well, but having to wait through fall, winter and spring to get together again and see what is occurring in the industry by celebrating the delectable flavours seems very short sighted.

To bridge the gap, we have decided to have everyone raise a mug of holiday cheer and join us for our 3rd annual Christmas Craft Beer Show at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.

In our estimation, this is a great concept that will allow the multitude of fantastic local micro-breweries to gather together to display their seasonal products as well as their brewery favorites to both beer lovers and food and beverage professionals ahead of the holiday season. This is an out of the box event for the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, but one we believe is needed in Victoria and will allow for all involved to garner exposure ahead of the most significant holiday season of the year and a chance for us all to enjoy a happy and prosperous New Year!

Tickets: $40.00 for a one-day pass, $70.00 for a two-day pass.

Live Music: SuperSauce are playing for the second time at the Christmas Craft Beer Show. Their recipe? A litre of rock, a tablespoon of roll and a heaping helping of good times. Check them out on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

Carrie Underwood | Vancouver May 2019

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood –
The Cry Pretty Tour 360

May 25, 2019 Rogers Arena Vancouver
Tickets on sale Now

Nashville, TN – (August 8, 2018) – Seven-time Grammy winner and Pollstar’s three-time top female country touring artist, Carrie Underwood, will launch a new arena tour, The Cry Pretty Tour 360, in Spring 2019. Sponsored by CALIA, the new tour will kick off on May 1 in Greensboro, NC, and will play 55 arenas across the U.S. and Canada and be promoted by AEG Presents. She will be joined on tour by special guests Maddie & Tae and Runaway June. Underwood made the announcement this morning in a personal video to her fans:

https://twitter.com/carrieunderwood/status/1027164273288601602

Tickets for the concerts go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, August 17th at 10am local time but please check local listings. For more information including the Cry Pretty album/ticket bundle, go to http://www.carrieunderwoodofficial.com. Also beginning Monday, August 13th, a limited number of exclusive VIP Packages will be available which include an amazing selection of tickets, Meet & Greets, autographed memorabilia, custom merchandise and much more.

Citi® is the official presale credit card for Carrie Underwood’s “The Cry Pretty Tour 360” for 2019. As such, Citi® cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning on Monday, August 13 at 12pm until Thursday, August 16 at 10pm through Citi’s Private Pass® program. For complete presale details, visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

Underwood will release her eagerly-anticipated new album, Cry Pretty, on September 14. Cry Pretty will be her first studio album on Capitol Records Nashville and marks the first time she has co-produced her own album. The lead single and title track, “Cry Pretty” debuted as the #1 song in the U.S. all-genres. The song also topped download charts in 38 countries around the world and amassed over 3.5 billion social impressions across 66 countries during its week of launch in April, which was culminated with a show-stopping performance on the “2018 ACM Awards” telecast. Carrie co-wrote the powerful single with Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, and Liz Rose (aka The Love Junkies) and co-produced Cry Pretty with fellow writer/producer David Garcia.

Following her successful “The Storyteller Tour – Stories in the Round,” the new production will feature a brand-new stage in the middle of the arena floor, creating a unique 360-degree setting to allow fans on all sides of the arena an intimate view of the concert. Barry Lather (Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson) is the tour’s Creative Director, and Nick Whitehouse/Fireplay (Justin Timberlake, Beyonce) is Production Designer.

“I love performing in the round,” says Underwood. “It’s so much fun for me and the band to play in every direction and creates a much more intimate and immersive experience for the audience, even in a larger arena setting. It’s been exciting to introduce audiences to Cry Pretty and I can’t wait to bring the new album to life on this tour, along with all of the songs we love to play live. I’m thrilled to be going out with an amazing line-up – Maddie & Tae and Runaway June are incredible artists that are going to bring even more electricity to our shows.”

“Our customers love getting early access to the best in entertainment, so we are thrilled to be partnering with Carrie Underwood as the official presale credit card of her 2019 tour,” said Jennifer Breithaupt, Global Consumer Chief Marketing Officer, Citi.

Underwood has arranged for a donation of $1 from each ticket sold for The Cry Pretty Tour 360 to be contributed to Danita’s Children, which provides a safe haven for abandoned and vulnerable children in Haiti, while encouraging families to stay together through their education and malnutrition programs.

Prior to embarking on the tour next Spring, Underwood will appear at the upcoming iHeart Music Festival in Las Vegas, as well as such international festivals as The Long Road Festival and Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park in the UK, Tuckerville in The Netherlands, and Deni Ute Muster in Australia.

TICKETS

Great Lake Swimmers Capital Ballroom

Atomique Productions presents…

GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS Capital Ballroom
plus guests Thursday, September 20
Doors: 8:00 PM 19+

Advance tickets: $24.00 – Available at Ticketweb.ca (bit.ly/GRTLKSWMRSVIC) and Lyle’s Place

ARTIST INFO

Great Lake Swimmers – “Still” – www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsIWLduOQNk

Great Lake Swimmers • Capital BallroomA Forest Of Arms. The sixth album from Tony Dekker’s Great Lake Swimmers and the follow up to 2012’s New Wild Everywhere. With a surging rhythm section, razor sharp violin, and flourishing banjo and guitars, Dekker and band mates have pushed their sound significantly, creating some of their most dynamic songs ever recorded.

Those familiar with the decade-long output of Great Lake Swimmers will recognize the thematic threads of beauty in the natural world, environmental issues and explorations of close personal ties that hold us together. The familiar versus the strange theme is also running through this record, both in the instrumentation and in the songwriting (“Zero In The City”, “I Was A Wayward Pastel Bay”).

GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS Capital Ballroom

As with past Great Lake Swimmers albums, A Forest Of Arms was recorded in several locations over the span of several months, covering extensive new territory while remaining true to the group’s refined sound. One of the unique and unusual locations was Tyendinaga Cavern and Caves in Tyendinaga, Ontario, where a number of the vocal and acoustic guitar tracks, including the main parts for “Don’t Leave Me Hanging,” “The Great Bear” and “With Every Departure,” were recorded amid haunting acoustics, stalactites, and circling bats.

The violins were recorded at the Heliconian Club of Toronto, while the bass and drum tracks were largely recorded at the Chalet Studio just outside of Toronto, a unique chalet-style recording space located on 40 acres of rolling hills and trails, in proximity to the shores of Lake Ontario. The pastoral and elemental nature of these spaces surfaces throughout the album.

The title, A Forest Of Arms, is taken from album track “The Great Bear,” a song inspired by a trip Dekker took to the northern rainforests of British Columbia in September 2013 with the World Wildlife Fund. It’s a pristine wilderness area that is under threat of being compromised by the construction of a pipeline, and Dekker and the group have been very vocal in their opposition to it. In a broader sense, the title is also a reference to the sense of community surrounding the Toronto-based band, as well as the band’s own growing families, exhibited in the songs “Something Like A Storm” and “Expecting You.”

GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS Capital Ballroom

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Jesse Roper plays the McPherson October 12

Atomique Productions and The Zone at 91-3 present…

JESSE ROPER
plus guests
Friday, October 12
Royal Theatre & McPherson Playhouse
Doors: 7:00 PM
All Ages

Advance tickets: $29.50 – $75.00 + s/c – Available now at www.rmts.bc.ca (bit.ly/JSSRPRVIC) or at the Royal or McPherson Theater Box Office

***UPDATE*** Second show added! plus guests at on Saturday, November 17. Advance tickets on sale Thursday, September 6 at 10:00 AM!

ARTIST INFO

Jesse Roper – “Access To Infinity”

Jesse Roper – Photo BradEdwards

Jesse Roper is bringing his electrifying live performance in support of his latest album, Access to Infinity. Kicking off the Canadian tour on October 12 in Victoria at the McPherson Playhouse.

“If I could be on the road 364 days a year I would. No joke. I feel alive when I’m on tour,” said Jesse Roper. “It’s my dream to see the four corners of this crazy planet and have music as my vehicle. I love the road and the road loves me back.”

Produced by Ian Davenport (July Talk, Band of Skulls, Supergrass) Roper’s third album Access To Infinity encompasses the raw riffing on which Roper has built his reputation, combined with a modern take on the psychedelic explorations of Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd. Since the album’s release early this year, Roper has reached 2.8 million streams on Spotify and has hit the stage with numerous other top acts including, Big Wreck, Johnny Reid, Tash Sultana and Burton Cummings.

Access To Infinity follows Roper’s celebrated 2015 album Red Bird, which captured much of the fire of his dynamic live show. He’s also played festival sets at some of the best western Canada has to offer, including talked-about appearances at Rifflandia, Rock the Shores, the Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival and BreakOut West, among others.

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Skerryvore in Concert October 9

Skerryvore

Direct from Scotland

SkerryvoreTwice winners of Scotland’s Traditional Music ‘Live Act of the Year’ Award (2016 & 2011), SKERRYVORE have been on a meteoric journey that has taken them from the remote Scottish Hebridean Isle of Tiree on to International tours that have included performances in Central Park NYC, The Ryder Cup Louisville and the Shanghai Expo, China. Considered to be the most promising young band in Scotland (Mick MacNeil, Simple Minds), they “have evolved to become one of Scotland’s greatest musical exports”, (Wickham Festival, England).


Celtic Performing Arts presents Skerryvore
Direct from Scotland
MCPHERSON PLAYHOUSE 

OCTOBER 9, 7:30PM *Tickets are $49.50 and $46.50 for children under 12. | On sale Now TICKETS


SKERRYVORE create a unique fusion of folk, trad, rock and new world influences that represents all the different personalities and upbringing of the 8 band members who hail from different regions of Scotland.

The band marked their 10th anniversary in 2015 with a ‘Decade’ concert at Mossfield Stadium, Oban. After selling 3,000 tickets in 90 minutes, the capacity was increased and an audience of 6,000 from all over the world enjoyed SKERRYVORE, joined by a host of guests including Dougie MacLean and legendary Irish musician Sharon Shannon.

The success of the Decade concert led to the creation of the band’s own annual festival, Oban Live that has now attracted over 10,000 attendees to enjoy international acts including KT Tunstall, We Banjo 3, Julie Fowlis and Capercaillie alongside SKERRYVORE.

2017 saw the release of the single Live Forever that provided the soundtrack for the Visit Scotland campaign ‘Wild About Argyll’ and the single hit No.1 in the iTunes World Music chart. This was followed by the launch of the Live Forever Tour that has the band performing over 70 shows in the UK, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Netherlands and the United States.

2018 marks the release of SKERRYVORE’s 6th studio album accompanied by a global tour that included a headline performance at the renowned Tonder Festival, Denmark.

This Victoria performance will be another significant milestone for SKERRYORE: their debut Canadian appearance! Come see them and you’ll discover what the excitement.

“See them before they rocket into the same music biz orbit as Mumford & Sons.” — The Falkirk Herald, Scotland

“A world beating fusion, which takes pride in their heritage and above all else is a pure joy to listen to. “ — Folk Radio UK 

Celtic Performing Arts presents Skerryvore
Direct from Scotland
MCPHERSON PLAYHOUSE
OCTOBER 9, 7:30PM *Tickets are $49.50 and $46.50 for children under 12. | On sale August 27 at 10am TICKETS

Rifflandia Festival 2018

RifflandiaRIFFLANDIA FESTIVAL

The 2018 Rifflandia Festival is upon us.

Experience performances from Daniel CaesarAdventure ClubJessie ReyezCurrent Swell & Friends, Bishop Briggs, and many more.

TICKETS

Check the FULL SCHEDULE of who’s playing where.

This year’s Wristband Exchange will be at McPherson Playhouse (3 Centennial Square). Starting Sunday, September 9 at 11:00 AM you can pick up your wristbands and take advantage of all of our Wristband Connect and Win! Landia deals. See the link below for a complete schedule. Don’t forgot to bring those tickets!

Rifflandia Gathering is a music industry conference coinciding with our little festival. The gathering aims to provide professional development and networking for artists and industry professionals alike. Our event offers a three-day schedule of activities that include 20 panels and multiple one-on-one sessions. Don’t miss engaging industry insights at Ticket Rocket, Royal Theatre, and Fort Tectoria. Click HERE for more details.

For daily park lineups, most ticket types, and up-to-date festival information head over to www.rifflandia.com.

Mighty Speck Records calls it a night

BC community record label calls it a night after six years

Mighty Speck Records
James Kasper – Mighty Speck Records

Victoria-based BC community record label Mighty Speck Records launched as Blue Water Gun Records at Caffe Fantastico in Victoria on a Thursday. It was December 6, 2012. Skip ahead nearly six years, the label will hold its final Victoria showcase on a Thursday as well – September 20 at the Copper Owl in Victoria, followed by five other tour shows throughout the Island and Lower Mainland.

Between 2012 and 2018, a lot has transpired for this community-driven organization. The label started with a casual five-artist roster and is ending with a much more streamlined fifteen-artist roster. One of the constants throughout the six years has been the label’s Women’s collective White Hot Jet, which is the one project that will continue after the label is dissolved. Other than this collective, the label is calling it a night, and the artists under its umbrella will go off on their various individual journeys, after this one last “Mighty Good Night Tour” in September.

In addition to mentoring youth musicians and bringing light to the music of talented BC bands, Mighty Speck Records raised awareness and funds for more than twenty BC charities. This past December, the label presented a Gord Downie Tribute concert at The Loft in Victoria, selling out the venue and raising more than $2300 for two local charities – Victoria Cool Aid Society and BC Cancer Agency.

The label’s director, James Kasper, cites the reason for the label’s dissolution. “It’s just the right time. I’ve always kind of thought of it as an important test tube project. I never thought of it as something that would go on forever. But it has been an incredibly rewarding experience, community-building and working with so many wonderful, talented artists. I would like to focus on my own music career for a while, and a couple of the roster artists have moved out of BC recently. It’s just time to go in different directions.”

“We want to celebrate one last time with the Island and Lower Mainland communities who have supported us,” Kasper continues, “by putting on a final memorable tour.”

The tour lands the eclectic line-up in five BC cities from September 20 to 28: Victoria, Nanaimo, Ladysmith, Vancouver, and Kelowna. A minimum of three artists will be showcased at any one tour stop. Seven of the roster acts will showcase their tunes at the September 20 Copper Owl event in Victoria.

David Hallam of Salt Spring Island-based’s Hallam Highwater, one of the acts who has been with the label for the entire six year tenure, offers his own thoughts on the music community he has been a big part of.

“For me, it’s been the model of the way a record company should work. By putting ‘giving back’ at the heart of the enterprise, and with each label act supporting a charity of its choice, it has earned the title of community record label” Hallam said.

Ladysmith-based singer-songwriter Terry Boyle, also on the roster from beginning to end, explains, “Over the past number of years, Mighty Speck Records helped me to break out of my somewhat self-imposed singer-songwriter isolation and join a community of like-minded performers, both online and during the label tours. This supportive contact has encouraged my creativity and drive to put it out there.”

Victoria-based singer-songwriter Amesi Grove explained “Mighty Speck Records is a revolution that I have been proud to be a part of; the ripple effects that will continue on from this drop are indeed nothing short of Mighty.”

On the subject of the final tour, Kasper anticipates, “It’ll be a bittersweet finale.”

A Mighty Good Night Tour Schedule:

Thurs Sept 20: Victoria, Copper Owl (8pm Doors, $10)
Fri Sept 21: Ladysmith, In The Meantime (7pm Doors, $10)
Sat Sept 22: Nanaimo, Corner Lounge (8pm Doors, $10)
Thurs Sept 27: Nanaimo, Nanaimo Bar (8pm Doors, $10)
Thurs Sept 27: Vancouver, Lana Lou’s (8pm Doors, $10)
Fri Sept 28: Kelowna, Grateful Fed (8pm Doors, $10)

More info on Might Speck Records at: https://mightyspeckrecords.wordpress.com