Back to the Blue Frog. I was thrilled to mc a Tribute to the Blues Brothers! Oh, my what a band, and what a Horn Section! The award winning band known as, Double Overtime brought back memories as they backed the vocals of the “Soul Men”….They truly were on a “Mission from God” The Blue Frog Studios was the perfect venue! Once again, Kelly, Juanita and the Blue Crew were the perfect hosts.
Ryan Langevin pays tribute to Billy Joel and Elton John for 3 sold out shows at the Blue Frog Studios in White Rock B.C. It was a great night of hit after hit after hit. I called it a 3 run homer by the Blue Frog….Ryan, Elton and Billy! The crowd sang along and had a great time, as Ryan performed the songs of the legendary hit makers. Great job Blue Frog! What a wonderful venue for live music! Congratulations to Kelly and Juanita for a great evening!
It was quite a night last night, at the legendary Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver. George Wong hosted the 5th Annual Magnum Projects High Calibre Realtor Gala. I was asked to MC the event, and act as quizmaster in a Trivia game. 400 Realtors attended the glitzy affair, and awards were given to the big producers of the past year. Models and information on upcoming Magnum projects were on display. Congratulations George, on a first class event.
I had the pleasure of MC’ing another great event at the Blue Frog Studios in White Rock B.C. tonight. It was the 40th Anniversary Reunion of Valdy and The Hometown Band. It was a magical night as Valdy was together again with the Hometown Band, after 40 years! Claire Lawrence, Shari Ulrich, Geoff Eyre, Norm McPherson, Michael Creber and Connie LeBeau, took the stage with Valdy, and put on a wonderful performance! 2 sold out shows at the Blue Frog! A great night!
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!