If you ever find yourself lost in mid-winter Vancouver you should head for the CBC Toque Sessions – a series of all-ages concerts that feature fantabulous musicians and are cheap as free.
Yesterday I caught Frazey Ford in CBC’s Studio 40 as she and a 10-piece band previewed some of the new tunes from her Memphis Project. You may know Frazey Ford from The Be Good Tanyas or her solo album Obadiah, but what you may not know is she recently recorded with Al Green’s original back up band (The Hodges Brothers) at Willie Mitchell’s Royal Studios in Memphis.
If you’re looking for the best music currently happening in Canada, you need look no further than Steve Brockley.
Most of the musicians I know have a big fat band crush on Steve Brockley (guitar), Leon Power (drums), and Kevin Bertram (upright bass). Which is understandable considering they’re quite possibly the tightest trio around and have reached the rare & enviable level where each member of the band is essential to the sound.
That sound I leave up to you to check out, but I will tell you that you should expect to leave their show with an uncontrollable groove in your step and a major case of slush panties. Steve Brockley’s website lives here: www.stevebrockley.com
(Photos from The Railway Club in Vancouver, BC)
I’m walking on sunshine today in Canada’s coastal rain-hole.
(Vancouver, that is).
This is Third Beach. It’s somewhere within Stanley Park‘s 1,000 acres.
This is Noah. He looks like this:
I’ve spent the past few days holed up in my former home sweet mountain bubble (Nelson BC, that is). Here are a few self-portraits of the end of a beeeyoootiful end of winter beach day.
Yesterday I mentioned how much I love the music venue the Ymir Schoolhouse. If you’re curious about the town of Ymir itself I happen to have a few facts & snowy winter photos for you.
Ymir is an old BC mining town founded in the late 1800′s and is currently home to approximately 200-300 residents. It’s located in the West Kootenays between Nelson & Salmo (where Shambhala is held).
And now that you know the hard Wikipedia facts you should also know there’s going to be a killer one day music and arts festival there on June 16, 2012 (featuring Maria in the Shower, Steve Brockley Band, E.S.L, and more). Check out the Tiny Lights Festival here.
Ymir’s main street.
The Goods – Ymir’s general store & cafe – almost completely buried in snow.
Hotel Ymir – Built in 1896 & rumoured to be a former brothel.
Most of you probably don’t know Ymir or the Ymir Schoolhouse, but I kind of like it that way.
Ymir is a tiny, tiny once upon a mining town deep in the mountains of the West Kootenays and the Ymir Schoolhouse is one of my favorite music venues in the entire world. I don’t know any bands who have played there who don’t feel the same way. Sometimes it’s intimate, sometimes it’s rowdy, but no matter what it’s always damn good fun. As one musician put it to me, “I’ve never played a show in Ymir where I haven’t ended up in a tutu by the end of the night”.
Here a couple photos of Miss Quincy & The Showdown getting a down & dirty dance party started at the Ymir Schoolhouse a couple nights ago: