BC community record label calls it a night after six years
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