R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

It was another amazing night at the Blue Frog Studios in White Rock B.C.  A concert celebrating the women of Soul and Rhythm & Blues.  3 part harmony, paying homage to the likes of Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle and Etta James, performed by singers, Shannon Gaye and Britt and Carly McKillip (of One More Girl fame).  Backed by an all star 6 piece band led by the gifted pianist/producer Kristian Alexandrov.  We had Tim Porter on guitar, Kerry Galloway on bass, drummer Joel Fountain, Bill Runge on tenor sax and Tom McKillip on alto sax.  2 shows in the intimate confines of the Blue Frog, Canada’s Hottest Live Recording Theatre.

Oh, What A Night!

What a night it was, as the annual Peace Arch Hospital Gala was staged in White Rock, B.C.  last night.  All the beautiful people were there in a salute to Las Vegas, at the black tie affair. I was asked to MC the event, and together with Brad Martens of Richie Brothers Auctioneers, raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the hospital.  The crowd of over 400, was entertained by Tom Arntzen and Hit Zone, and also Tracy Bell, with her Marilyn Monroe and Liza Minelli tributes, and Eli Williams with his tribute to Elvis.  It was a great evening, as the community got together to lend financial support to our hospital.  Big thanks to all the volunteers who helped make last night a very special evening, and the premiere fundraising event on the Peninsula!  Well done White Rock/South Surrey!

Jim Byrnes at the Blue Frog

Jim Byrnes in concert

It was back to the Blue Frog Studios in White Rock B.C. last night to introduce old friend Jim Byrnes to another sold out crowd.  Jim holds the record for most sold out concerts at the Blue Frog.  We had fun kidding about my beard, and reminiscing about the lost venues for live music these days, but were very fortunate to have a facility like the Blue Frog.  Jim was at his usual best, with stories and music from the Blues, to Country to Pop.  A standing O at the end of a wonderful evening.

 

 

 

Byrd Dawg

Kelly Breaks asked me to mc yet another super successful night at the Blue Frog Studios in White Rock B.C.   Last night Byrd Dawg aka Wayne Rempel and Joel Dietrich paid tribute to the music of The Everly Brothers, and Simon and Garfunkel.  What a wonderful night of harmonies!!  The boys played to 2 sold out shows at the Blue Frog to kick off their “Old Friends” tour.  It was great to hear the music we all grew up with, recreated by Wayne and Joel.  Great fun with old friends.

old friends

The AUTHENTICS

The Authentics rocked a sold out house at the Blue Frog Studios in White Rock last night!              Six musicians with amazing credentials put on an incredible inaugural performance.                       The group consists of, Rocket Norton of the Rocket Norton Band, Seeds of Time, and Prism.  Skip Prest of Sweeney Todd, Al Harlow of Seeds of Time and Prism, John Hall, Seeds of time and Prism, Ab Bryant of Chilliwack, and Ray Ayotte, percussion specialist and drum maker.                            70′s era music like Roxy Roller and Spaceship Superstar brought back a lot of great memories.  If that’s your era, you don’t want to miss The Authentics, next gig is at the Cottage Bistro on Main Street in Vancouver March 18th.  Rock On!!

the Authentics

 

 

The Big Chill Weekend

Fred and CathyWe had what we called “The Big Chill Weekend” in Scottsdale Arizona, at the home of Fred & Cathy Latremouille.  It marked the first anniversary of the passing of Cathy’s husband, radio legend, Fred Latremouille.  A lot of great stories, lots of laughs, and even some tears.  And for some who couldn’t make the trip, a Skype session.  It was a good time shared by colleagues and friends.  It’s hard to believe a year has gone by since his passing.

 

Real Estate

The red hot Greater Vancouver Real Estate market continues to heat up!  I had the pleasure of working with an old friend from the television business, Dimitri Schwartzman, who’s now a successful realtor.  He has a luxury listing in the Richmond area, and asked if I would provide the V/O for a video presentation of the property.  Real Estate video presentations aren’t a new thing, but apparently not many have an accompanying voice track.  It’s always fun to run into old friends and work on projects together.

The Lonely

The Lonely

 

We had another great night at the Blue Frog Studios in White Rock as Mike Demers lead his group in a tribute to the great Roy Orbison.  They did all the big hits of the Big O, and nailed those famous high notes.  Don’t miss the chance of seeing this band when it plays near you.  A great night of nostalgia!  Congratulations to Kelly and Juanita at the Blue Frog, for once again putting together a wonderful lineup of artists, set to play the intimate confines of the Blue Frog Studios.  Next up is John Reischman and the Jaybirds, then a tribute to Steely Dan with “Steelin in the Years” and then the Duelling Pianos return.  Check out the Blue Frog website for dates and showtimes.

Huatulco, Mexico

Time for a little R&R, get out of the cold and get some sun, surf and sand.  Can’t think of a better place than Huatulco Mexico.  We’ve been going there for a dozen years or more, and we’ve never been disappointed.  The weather’s always great, the food, drink and service at the Dreams Resort is top notch.  Looking for a winter getaway to recharge the batteries, you might want to give it a try.

Huatulco

jag

Early Bird Jag

I enjoyed doing a radio remote broadcast for the VGH Millionaire Lottery yesterday at the Cowell Auto Group’s showroom in Richmond B.C.  We were showing off a Lottery Early Bird prize option.  A 2016 Jaguar F-type cabriolet and a 2016 Range Rover, plus $13,000.00 cash!  Yes, the prize gives the winner both vehicles!  It’s an Early Bird Prize, meaning you have to purchase Lottery tickets before midnight Christmas Eve to be eligible.  Other prizes to choose from too, go to MillionaireLottery.com to see the entire list.  Here’s a shot of the Jaguar.  Merry Christmas to all…