I had the pleasure of MC’ing at the Blue Frog Studios in White Rock B.C. last night, and introduced one of the greatest bands on the planet….The R&B Allstars. What a powerhouse show! How can you miss with an 11member band, (12 last night) with a 6 piece horn section. The group broke up for a few years, but in 2013 got back together with eight original members and three new additions. Powerful vocals include Dave Steele (new), Joanie Bye, Kirsten Nash and Al Lynch. The original rhythm section of Rick Hill (drums), Russ Marsland (guitar) Al Davidson (keys) are now joined with Billy Mendoza (bass). The original horn section of Kirsten Nash (tenor), Colin Weinmaster (trombone), John Pearson (baritone sax), Tom Keenlyside (sax, flute), Al Lynch (trumpet) have added the smoking talents of Steve Hilliam. They blew the roof off the Blue Frog, with 2 sold out shows!
I was working with my friends at Fortis B.C. and CKNW Radio yesterday, this time at Gardenworks in Burnaby. It was a radio remote broadcast designed to bring attention and awareness to a program known as “Call before you dig” and “BC One Call.” With slogans like “Know what’s below before you dig” and “Never guess where it’s safe to dig” BC One Call will tell you where utilities are buried on your property. All part of the Public Safety Program at Fortis B.C.
I did a radio remote broadcast today for radio station CKNW in Vancouver. The Mr. Lube, Tournament for Life golf tournament, was held at the Point Grey Golf and Country Club. Money raised went to the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation, for the Vancouver Prostate Centre at the Vancouver General Hospital. Last year, the event raised over half a million dollars, and over the past 20 years, has raised over $3.2 million, to advance Prostate Cancer research and care. Vancouver is very fortunate to have a world class facility dedicated to both advancing research and finding the best treatments for cancer patients. The Vancouver Prostate Centre at VGH is one of the top 3 prostate centres in the world. A big thank you to the sponsors and participants at the annual Golf Tournament.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!!
We 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.
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.