Rocket Norton

Oh, what a night!  Last night invited guests came to pay their respects to Rock and Roll Legend, Rocket Norton, at St. James Hall in Vancouver.  He rocked the house behind the drum kit with some former bandmates from his rock group Prism.  Red Robinson and his wife Carole were in attendance, “Jolly” John Tanner was there, as was famed photographer Dee Lippingwell.  Some of the great local musicians took turns sharing the stage, for a night of incredible music.  There was Al Harlow, John Hall, Skip Prest, Denise McCann and Sibel Thrasher to name just a few.  If you’re going to celebrate your 65th birthday, that’s the way to do it.  A great night!  Happy Birthday Rocket!

Interactive App

I just completed the first phase of an interactive app developed in West Vancouver.  Working with Bill Baker of BB&Co Strategic Storytelling, it looks like this app is going to be a winner.  It uses the video record capabilities of an iPhone or Tablet, and we’re thinking it will be a worldwide hit!  No details right now, but watch this space for more information as the app will be launched very soon.

 

The Movies

Well, that was fun!  I just finished a 2 day shoot on the movie set of a Hallmark Production, “An Ice Sculpture Christmas.”  I played an announcer at an Ice Sculpturing contest.  Now there’s stretch.  I was lucky enough to work with veteran actors Paul McGillion, Mark Brandon, and Aliyah O’Brien.  Rachel Boston and David Alpay were the lead actors.  The movie world is sure a different place than live TV, but it was a lot of fun!  Great people to work with, and it was shot at the beautiful Swan e set Resort.  Now, back to the simple life.

Buddy Holly

What a great evening of entertainment!  I mc’d a concert at Blue Frog Studios in White Rock B.C. last night.  2 tribute acts, the first was Buddy Holly and the Crickets, starring Zachary Stevenson who has performed as Buddy Holly in 10 different productions of the Buddy Holly Story in North America…Oustanding!  And a tribute to The Beatles, a celebration of the early days of the lads from Liverpool.  If you get a chance to catch this touring act….do it!!  A lot of fun.  Thanks to Kelly and Juanita of Blue Frog Studios for putting together a great show.

Code Blue

All the beautiful people of South Surrey/White Rock gathered last night at “Code Blue”, a dinner, auction, dance, fundraiser for the Peace Arch Hospital ER.  Hosted by actress Ellie Harvey, hundreds of thousands of dollars was raised to help expand the services of the hospital’s emergency room.  The hospital Foundation put on a great show!

Jim Byrnes

Off to mc the Jim Byrnes concert tonight at the Blue Frog Studios in White Rock.  Jim who is an award winning Bluesman, sold out 3 concerts in a heartbeat.  It’s going to be a great night in the very intimate confines of the Blue Frog.  The studio is a working sound studio, but is transformed into a concert hall, with of course, magnificent acoustics!  Nothing beats live music.

Ignite a Dream

Pleased to be back as mc/auctioneer tonight, at the “2nd Annual Ignite a Dream” fundraiser for the Surrey Firefighters’ Charitable Society.  The event is held at the Semiahmoo Shopping Centre in South Surrey.  Hundreds of guests will sample wine from 35 wineries and food from 17 restaurants.  Funds raised go toward helping some of the city’s most resilient graduating students achieve their dreams of post secondary education.

VPD Pipe Band..Again!

Wow, I can’t believe a year has gone by since the last Vancouver Police Pipe Band Robbie Burns Supper.  I was asked to don the kilt and preside over the Supper once again.  We had wonderful entertainment, highlighted by the World Famous Vancouver Police Pipe Band.  The band members were still very excited about playing at the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.  This year I got to sport a new tartan, the Scotland Forever Tartan.  It was a great night, and the Haggis was delicious!

BT

Well, that was fun!  I got to work with Dawn Chubai on City TV’s Breakfast Television.  We went live from the VGH Millionaire Lottery prize home in White Rock.  Weather guy, Russ Lacate even had me read the 7 day forecast!!  Dawn was a dream, and the whole BT team made me feel right at home.