David Vest

It was a cold wintery night last night, but the David Vest band warmed up the crowd at the Blue Frog Studios in White Rock British Columbia. It was an entertaining mix of Blues, Boogie Woogie, Rock and Roll and Soul. Vest, a veteran musician who was born in Alabama, and in the early days played road houses and honky tonks, now makes Victoria British Columbia home. He’s played on the bill with all the greats, from Big Joe Turner to Roy Orbison. He and his band featured a number songs from his soon to be released CD, and had the crowd singing along. David Vest is a past winner of the Maple Blues Award for piano/keyboard player of the year. Another great night at the Blue Frog!

David Vest
David Vest

Expo 67

Hard to believe, but it was 50 years ago that 9 school friends took off on a trip of a lifetime. Vancouver to Montreal, to experience Expo 67 and celebrate the nation’s 100th birthday. We bought an old school bus, took out the seats, and installed bunk beds and a small kitchen nook. The bus was painted red and white, with red maple leaves on the white stripes. It was quite a travelling party that made stops all across Canada, with the return trip across the northern United States. There are 8 of us still living, and tonight we are getting together for a reunion. We’ll go over some old photos, a scrap book, and try and remember stories from the trip!

Departure of the nine
Departure of the nine! 1967

Jimmy!

Jimmy Buffett put on his usual great show at Roger’s Arena in Vancouver last night.

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The Parrot Head faithful came out in droves to hear the songs you know by heart. Vancouver was one of the final stops on his “I Don’t Know 201?” tour. He played a lot of his old hits, sprinkled with some newer material, paid tribute to old friend, the late Tom Petty, and had a surprise guest. Sarah McLachlan joined Jimmy for a couple of songs!
The Parrot Heads came out in droves all festooned with tropical shirts and headgear. What a great night! It’s been over 20 years since Jimmy has been to Vancouver, and he vowed to return!

Lily’s Medal

It was a proud moment for the whole family, yesterday, as oldest Granddaughter Lily received the Bronze medal for Bravery from her Honour, the Honourable Judith Guichon, the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. Lily and 2 of her friends received the medal that is given to “someone who has shown extraordinary disregard for personal safety in saving or attempting to save a life.” This summer, Lily and her friends saved 2 people from drowning off the shore of Crescent Beach. All of the girls had completed a life saving course at the Crescent Beach Swim Club, and put what they learned to use! Here’s a photo of the 3 girls, being awarded the medal by the Lieutenant Governor. The awards are presented annually by the Royal Canadian Humane Association, that was established in 1894 by Queen Victoria.

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She’s a winner!

My daughter Chelsea was the big winner in Toronto September 28th. She took the honours at Canada’s unique, annual, fashion fund-and-awareness raiser for breast cancer research, The White Cashmere Collection.™ More than 150 students from 11 fashion design schools across Canada took part in the competition. They were challenged to designing Bathroom Tissue Couture reflecting true Canadian style, honouring Canada’s 150th birthday, with Cashmere Bathroom Tissue. Chelsea’s creation, a winter coat, paying homage to the classic Hudson’s Bay 4 point coat, was made with no fewer than 9,689 tubular beads—actually tiny hand-rolled strips of Cashmere bathroom tissue sealed with clear tape gave the shimmery herringbone effect of Chelsea Cox’s update on the iconic Hudson’s Bay coat. The beads were hand sewn, and took weeks and weeks to create. The only colour that could be used in the competition was pink, honouring breast cancer awareness.
A four thousand dollar bursary was awarded to the winner, two thousand for second place, and 1 thousand for third. Here’s a photo of a model wearing the winning creation , with Chelsea alongside.

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Hall of Fame

Ran across this photo today, and it brought back lots of memories.

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Freddie and me following our induction into the British Columbia Entertainment Hall of Fame, November 11, 2006. It was a very proud moment for both of us. Wow! Where does the time go? Fred’s gone now, he was the brother I never had. I miss him terribly.

Abra Cadabra

The Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver was rocking last night!  Local Abba Tribute Band, Abra Cadabra opened for Boney M. and had the crowd on its feet, dancing and singing along to all the great ABBA hits.
Abra Cadabra has been touring the world for over 15 years now, bringing the magic and the music of the Swedish Super Group.   Malasia, Singapore, Mexico, Kuala Lumpur, the United States and Canada to name a few stops along the way.
And, this powerhouse group will be performing to a Sold Out crowd at Blue Frog Studios in White Rock, B.C. in October.
Check out their website.  http://mooncoinproductions.com/entertainment/abra-cadabra
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Last Day of Summer

It was a summer to remember!  Seemingly endless days of sunshine, record breaking high temperatures, and some days of smoky air to remind us of the wildfires burning in the B.C. Interior and from our neighbours to the south.  We dodged the fire bullet at Green Lake, but some of our neighbours at Pressy Lake weren’t so lucky, losing everything to the forest fire.  Now, due to a full Fall calendar, we’re forced to shut down the cabin early this year.  The dock comes out this weekend. We enjoyed some terrific shows at Blue Frog Studios over the Summer, but proposed zoning changes, and developer’s plans might shorten the life of Blue Frog.  We’ll have to wait and see.  It’s never over till it’s over!  Bring on Fall.

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Kal David & Lauri Bono return

It’s the concert Blue Frog fans have been waiting for all year!  Kal David and Lauri Bono returned to Blue Frog Studios in White Rock B.C. for 4 sold out shows.  Kal and Lauri have just been inducted into the  U.S. National Blues Hall of Fame, and the Connecticut Blues Hall of Fame, and thrilled the patrons at Blue Frog.  Backed by Jeff Lantz on keyboards, J.T. Platt on sax, and John McCreath behind the drum kit, it was a night to remember!  Kal played lead guitar for John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers for a number of years, and Mayall said of Kal, “I’m happy to count Kal David as one of the best…what a talent”  High praise!

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Angel Forrest

I was Mc’ing at the Blue Frog last night, introducing Angel Forrest.  What a talent!  An amazing display of raw, powerful blues that you probably haven’t heard since the days of Janis Joplin.  Angel is a 4 time winner of Female Vocalist of the Year, at the Maple Blues Awards, and was last year’s winner of Producer and Songwriter of the year.  Her latest album has an interesting theme.  The album is called Angel’s 11, and Angel composed 11 original songs, and each song featured one of her 11 favourite guitar players!  Google her for more info on that!  It was a great night for sure, and she says she’s going to come back!  Once again the Blue Frog proved to be an excellent venue and gave the crowd a very intimate setting for an outstanding concert.

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