It was Victoria night at the Commodore Ballroom on the weekend when indie rockers Current Swell brought a full house to Vancouver.
Kicking off the night was fellow Victoria band Jon & Roy, the night was a welcome post-Christmas night out for most of the crowd judging by the energy in the room. The always entertaining Jon & Roy brought the crowd out early to heat up the room on a chilly night. By the time they finished their short opening set, the audience was well lubricated for the main event.
Once Current Swell took the stage the swell of excitement rushed the floor as the fans welcomed the (nearly) local boys. As singing and smoke filled the air the vibe in the room had a festive feeling of good cheer. The broadly diverse audience were all feeling the cheer as young and old dances, sang and cheered throughout the night.
Current Swell is next onstage January 16 in Kelowna follow them on Facebook and Twitter. Jon & Roy rang in the New Year on Saltspring Island watch for their next gig on Facebook and Twitter too
Christmas Day is only 2 weeks away, the days will be filled with Holiday parties and shopping madness but there’s surely something entertaining to take your mind off the hustle and bustle if you need a distraction.
Hooves: Odysseo the latest show from Cavalia gallops into the White Big Top on South False Creek, near the Olympic Village Canada Line Station, until January 5th.
Puck: Hopefully Friday the 13th brings some luck to the Canucks as they take on Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Arena, then on Saturday against Boston Bruins.
Special: Another year and another edition of the Jon & Roy Holiday Special featuring; Buck 65, Horse Feathers, Ryan Guldemond of Mother Mother (with Guests) and Scott Stanton and David Lang of Current Swell, comes to Vogue Theatre on Friday night.
Concert: Seattle’s favourite rock sisters of Heart bring some friends back Home For The Holidays in Vancouver, for their first ever Christmas concert at Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Friday.
HoHoHo: If you’re not going to a staff party this weekend don’t let that stop the fun, join Peach Cobbblah and Bambibot at The Cobalt for Hustla: Ho Ho Ho festive fun
On Sale: It’s your lucky day! Lots of great concerts are going on sale this Friday the 13th, including: Mounties w/ Rich Aucoin (Mar21 – Commodore Ballroom) ZZ Top ( Mar 22 – Queen Elizabeth Theatre), Kings of Leon (Mar 30 – Rogers Arena), Michael Buble (second show added June 20 – Rogers Arena). On Sale Monday Dec 16: YES (Mar 20 – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Jon & Roy Holiday Special – The Vogue Theatre – Dec 21, 2012
Victoria’s Jon Middleton (pictured below) & Roy Vizer brought their Christmas show through the province in December stopping at The Vogue Theatre in Vancouver. The Jon & Roy Holiday Special tour, has become an annual tradition, this year sharing the bill with Frazey Ford (from Be Good Tanyas), Vince Viccaro, Wake Owl & Kim Churchill. When the trio (Jon & Roy plus Louis on base) took the stage the diverse audience was plenty warmed up and were treated to an enjoyable, entertaining evening of tunes taken from the group’s 4 albums. While there was talk of singing Christmas songs, alas none were to be heard, just an hour plus of great tunes was the group’s gift to the audience.
The inaugural edition of Live At Squamish (LAS) occurred over the Labour Day Long Weekend. This new multi-stage music and arts festival took over the Logger Sports Grounds and Hendrickson Fields in Squamish, BC for two days of good times.
My British friend Jim, who is a veteran of music festivals back home in England, and I both thought it was a really well organized, well run event. (Could have used a couple more signs on the highway guiding vehicle traffic to the site but that’s easily fixed next year). I’ve been to a few festivals both in England and Canada and found LAS to be better than most.
Even though the ticket sales weren’t as high as I’m sure organizers, brandLIVE would have liked, I really admire their strategy of having a 5 year plan to make LAS a success. It shows they are in it for the long haul and are determined to do it ‘right’. This year’s music line-up was a fairly low key mix of local and foreign acts like: Said The Whale, Jon & Roy, Seb Fontaine, Matthew Good, Dirty Vegas, Mother Mother, Bad Religion, Devo, The Decemberists. Although a ‘bigger’ name would have sold more tickets I think they were wise to keep it simple. This allowed them to work any kinks out without being overwhelmed by massive crowds. The whole vibe of this event was very chill and relaxed. The venue itself was beautiful, the main stage had The Stawamus Chief as the backdrop, the smaller stages were set amongst the trees. There was lots of room between the stages too which meant there was very little overlap of sound, an issue with some other festival sites. The sound at all the stages was excellent, the clubZone dance stage has a great light show as well from Tony Pantages. The layout of the whole site was very well done too. The vendors were set up around the edges of the field so no matter where you were you could still see/hear the main stage or they were in the transition areas between the stages to you passed them on the way between. There was a great mix of artisans, corporate (Asus, Telus etc) and food vendors throughout the site. Each stage also had a beer garden along side, so it didn’t look like anyone was waiting very long if they chose to have an adult beverage. Plenty of washrooms were located in a couple of areas and there was a set of sinks set up so people could fill up on clean tap water for drinking. The organizers encouraging people to bring their own containers to drink from eventhough there was beverages sold by the food vendors. I say kudos to brandLIVE for encouraging the use of tap water and reusable containers! I cannot say enough good things about the organization of the whole event.
I’m looking forward to having plans on my Labour Day weekends for at least the next few years! See you there!