On May 17, I was the host of a video, produced by Bentall Kennedy’s Regional Director, of Marketing for Retail Services West, Bonney Rempel, celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday. The National company staged a survey, asking questions of Canadians…for example..”Do you own a Canadian Flag?” ”Have you ever seen an igloo?”….and other fun Canadiana type questions. The Videos, 3×30 second spots are designed to run on Bentall Kennedy Shopping Centre websites to help celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. Happy Birthday Canada!
How long has it been since you’ve been to a Hootenanny? Well, we attended one Friday and Saturday nights at the Blue Frog Studios in White Rock B.C. The Lion Sons of the Kingston Trio entertained the crowds with songs from the Folk Era. Mike Marvin, Josh Reynolds, and Tim Gorelangton make up the group. Josh is the son of Kingston Trio original member, Nick Reynolds, Mike is an adopted son, and Tim is a childhood friend. All 3 grew up in a household filled with the music of the Kingston Trio. Tom Dooley, Greenback Dollar, and my favourite, Scotch and Soda were all there for the giant sing-along!
The Ladies were Singing the Blues last night at the Blue Frog Studios. This stellar show features 5 Amazing Lady Singers, Joani Bye, Alita Dupray, Nadine States, Leslie Harris and Amanda Dean, backed by Rob Montgomery and an All-Star Band. This power packed show embraced Soul Classics, Blues, Funky R&B, and beyond. The Ladies played to 2 sold out shows at the Blue Frog, with the 2nd show Streamed Live on the Blue Frog Facebook page. It was a great night to be part of an all star show!
It was a Sold Out crowd at the Blue Frog Studios in White Rock B.C. last night, as 15 year old phenom, Maya Rae took to the Blue Frog stage. Backed by an all-star Jazz band, Maya put on quite show, featuring a number of Jazz classics, and some modern tunes to the delight of not only those in attendance, but also the thousands reached through streaming live on the Blue Frog Facebook Page! Maya has just released her first CD titled “Sapphire Birds” well worth a listen.
I had the chance to MC a special presentation for the White Rock Business Improvement Association today, held at the Blue Frog Studios in White Rock B.C. It was to announce the lineup of bands performing at the 2017 TD Concerts by the Pier, happening this Summer. Outdoor concerts by the Pier by headliners, Chilliwack, Eagle Eyes, Led Zepagain, Little Destroyer and Platinum Blonde! And a street dance at Five Corners with the R&B All Stars. It’s going to be quite a Summer for music in White Rock!
Jim Byrnes made his annual trip to the Blue Frog Studios in White Rock B.C. and again he sold out 3 nights in a nano second! Thursday, Friday and tonight. Adding to the shows this year was a Live Streaming of tonight’s show on the Blue Frog Facebook Page. And during the show we received messages from viewers all over the world. One of Jim’s friends was watching in Germany, and another, an old friend from Kindergarten days was on board! Jim, as usual, came with his satchel full of great stories, along with tunes that ranged from Chuck Berry, to Johnny Cash to Bob Dylan, and a whole lot of Blues in between! I had fun mc’ing the show again tonight, and getting to enjoy the music of an old friend.
Well, it’s goodnight and goodbye for the Summer season in Maricopa Arizona. 115 degrees F. is just a little too warm for this West Coast guy. A visit during the cooler Fall and Winter is a better idea!
Bob Robertson, one half of the Double Exposure team passed away at the age of 71 on March 19.
Bob and wife Linda Cullen formed the comedy team, Double Exposure, that ran on CBC radio for over 10 years. They were known as the funniest married couple in Canada..not an easy thing… to stay funny, and stay married! Double Exposure was known for their impressions of Canadian politicians like, Jean Chrétien, Joe Clark, Brian Mulroney, Barbara McDougall, Bill Vander Zalm and many more! At a gathering of members of the Vancouver Media today, Linda gave a tribute to her longtime husband and comedy partner, that was filled with emotion, and peppered with comedy….just as Bob would have wanted.
What a charming, wonderful night it was tonight, as Micah Barnes transformed the Blue Frog Studios into a New York nightclub….and shared with the patrons some very personal feelings and stories of his life and loves in New York City. Micah is on a cross country tour of Canada with his new CD named “New York Stories.” If he comes to a venue near you, do yourself a favour, and take in the show! A Canadian comes back home with an armful of fantastic NY impressions.
What’s the expression?? All hat no cattle? Ha. I’ll bet you didn’t know I was a cowboy! I wasn’t…this ride probably last .03 seconds, and his name wasn’t Fu Man Chu! The Quesnel Rodeo circa: 1969. I hit the ground pretty fast! One and only time..believe me!