Did you miss the 2013 Vancouver Island Music Awards at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on Sunday April 28, 2013? Or were you there and want to re-live all the live performances by Vancouver Island music talent?.
Below are all the performances at the Vancouver Island Music Awards Gala. Special thanks to Aaron Scoones for the board feed.
What a year it’s been in the Victoria Music Scene. It’s definitely a busy year for me. It seems like every other week I was out shooting local bands at Sugar, Lucky, Upstairs, and various other live music venues in Victoria… and that was only a fraction of the gigs I was invited to. Many I had to miss due to my regular work hours. I’ve shot so many local gigs I decided to open up a YouTube channel and website dedicated to local artists.
Last year I had a Top 10 countdown of my favourite videos shot of local artists. This year it’s increased to a Top 20 to showcase as much of the city’s talent as I can.
This year local favourites released new albums, a couple placed in the top 5 at this year’s Peak Performance Project and new bands took the scene by storm.
So here’s my Top 20 Magmazing Local Artist Video Moments I shot in 2012 brought to you buy VictoriaMusicScene.com!
Last Monday, Victoria singer/songwriter, Lindsay Bryan posted a YouTube video of herself performing a new song she was working on called ‘After Party’
Here’s that video:
She debuted it in front of a live audience on March 3rd when she opened for Acres of Lions at Sugar Nightclub and I had the pleasure of capturing it on video
Update (June 21, 2012):
Daniel Pender of Potentially Famous Productions shot a cover music video featuring friends of Lindsay performing the song in Punk/Rock/Country styles in celebration of her birthday
Concert: Steph Macpherson and Redbird
Venue: Lucky Bar
Presented by: Surge Events
Date: Saturday January 21, 2012
This passed Saturday I had the opportunity to see Steph Macpherson live in concert at Lucky Bar. I’ve seen Steph perform live a couple times before, but it’s been a while since I’d seen her last and it was the first time I’ve seen her perform with a full band.
Can’t remember the last time I’ve seen so many people from the Victoria music scene in one venue. First of all you have Mike Edel and Lindsay Bryan, both awesome singer/songwriters on their own, in Steph’s band. Then you have the likes of Vince Vaccaro, Tyson Yerex of Acres of Lions, Dougal McLean of Dougal and the Weapon, Chris Ho, The [email protected]’s Jeremy Baker, and Nick Blasko from Atomique productions in attendance.
Starting off the night was Redbird from Vancouver, BC. This is one band that I had sampled when researching for Rifflandia 2011, but couldn’t go see because they conflicted with another band I wanted to see. One thing that struck me while seeing the band perform live was that at certain times while shooting video, I could swear that lead singer Savannah Leigh Wellman looked like the spitting image of indie rock darling Jenny Lewis.
Here’s video of Redbird performing a new song called ‘Wandering One’:
Steph Macpherson then performed an 11 song headlining set with a mix of songs from her previous EPs and new songs which will be on a new album coming out later this year. I screwed up my audio record of Steph’s set. I knew my batteries had been used for quite a few hours in my recorder, but by all accounts I thought I could squeeze out one more hour. The battery indicator on the recorder said it was around half. But it lied. 15 minutes into the set the recorder shut itself off. Thankfully Daniel Pender from Potentially Famous Productions was also shooting the show and he got a board feed. This was only the third time I’ve shot a concert with a dSLR and I’m still finding that zooming is a little clunky, but other than that and the fact I need to buy a zoom lens with more range on the wide end the image quality that I’m getting is like night and day when compared to my HD camcorder which has produced some fantastic footage in its own right.
Here are two songs with audio from my 15 minute audio record. ‘Keeping Time’ and ‘Bent & Unkind’
Ten days ago I listed my top 10 major concert moments of 2011. I’ve shot so much video in 2011 that two lists became necessary. Today I focus on my favourite local artist concert moments of the year.
Victoria and Vancouver Island have become rich in music talent in the last couple years. You only need to listen to the radio to hear a growing number of local artists gaining high rotation. Once you dive into the local scene you then discover how tight knit the community is. You get to know a handful of artists only to find out they’re friends with another group of musicians.
Here are my 10 favourite local moments of the year that I captured on video. You can take them as 10 reasons to check out more local artists’ gigs where you live.
10. – Georgia Murray at Sauce Restaurant: You Oughta Know – November 9, 2011
I pretty much discovered Georgia Murray’s music while going through the Rifflandia 2011 lineup. I came across the Green Couch Sessions video of her performing ‘Won’t Get in The Way’ and from that moment I put her on my must see list for the festival… and then she had to back out of Rifflandia because she was selected as a finalist in CBC’s Cover Me Canada music reality show. Now, I didn’t really follow the tv show very closely, but did watch videos posted to YouTube and was really impressed with her cover of Alanis Morissette’s ‘You Oughta Know.’ So when The [email protected] had her as a guest performer for their Offic Hero promotion, I jumped at the chance to finally see her peform live. This video of her covering ‘You Oughta Know’ would have been ranked higher on this list if I had done a better job with audio recording in what was a somewhat challenging venue.
9. – Ellisa Hartman at Hatley Castle: Making War (working title) – April 7, 2011
This was the first time I’ve ever been asked to shoot a single take music video. It was definitely a learning experience for me in a technical stand point. I discovered the limitations of my camcorder and my audio recording gear. Wind noise, some other audio gremlins and the steadiness of my shot are things I’ve since made efforts to improve. But this moment gets on my list because the shoot was just fun to do. Ellisa was great to work with and the songs shot sounded fantastic in person.
8. – Mike Edel at Lucky Bar: Two of Us – March 5, 2011
I’ve seen Mike Edel perform multiple times. I have yet to see him have a bad show. I had a tough time picking what video moment of Mike feature because there was a bunch of moments I really liked. His performance of ‘Westmont’ and ‘Two of us’ (featuring Stephanie Macpherson) at Rifflandia were two options. But this video of him performing ‘Two of Us’ with Lindsay Bryan at his ‘Last of Our Mountains’ CD release party gets the nod. The lighting at Lucky Bar just looked so good on this video plus the audience was just so engaged.
7. – Lola Parks at Rifflandia 2011: Trouble With Me – September 23, 2011
Co-worker friends and I have known Lola Parks (aka Sandy Powlik) from her days as a waitress at Smith’s Pub when we’d go for burger/beer night on Wednesdays. I knew she was an aspiring singer and listened to her music on MySpace, but never got to see her perform live until she performed a solo acoustic set in Centennial Square one August afternoon. After that I knew I had to see her perform with a full band at some point. That opportunity came at Rifflandia 2011 and it was wonderful. The Wood Hall at the Victoria Conservatory of Music is a surprisingly nice intimate venue for a band performance and translates well in this video. ‘Trouble With Me’ is also a very catchy song that gets stuck in your head.
6. – Maurice at the McPherson Playhouse: Robin – February 9, 2011
It’s been a year of transition for JP Maurice. From releasing the band’s Big Country EP last November to going solo and nabbing a coveted spot in the Top 20 of the Peak Performance Project, to releasing his latest album ‘Songs in Sea’ this passed October. I was glad to be able to see the full band perform one more time in February when they opened for Jets Overhead at the McPherson Playhouse where they ended their set with a song that was a hit on The [email protected], ‘Robin.’
5. – Acres of Lions at Sugar Nightclub: Reaction – September 10, 2011
Acres of Lions had a pretty stellar year in 2011. They made the Top 5 in this year’s Peak Performance Project… ‘Reaction’ was a hit on the radio… and the ‘Collections’ album was well received. This video of ‘Reaction’ I shot at their CD Release Party at Sugar Nightclub was such a relief for me as a concert videographer. I’ve recorded the band a few times before and each time either the venue just didn’t do the band justice or I didn’t have the right equipment with me to really capture their performance properly. This time at Sugar though, everything was the way it should always be. Good crowd, good venue, good sound.
4. – Rococode at Rifflandia 2011: Concentrate on Me, Empire & Weapon – September 23, 2011
If I had to name one band new to me that really caught my attention in 2011 it was Rococode. The first time I ever saw the band perform was in March when they opened for Mother Mother at Alix Goolden Hall. They were so good I ended up seeing them 3 more times this year. Once when they opened for The Zola’s at Club 9One9, at Rifflandia 2011 and at a house concert at my friend’s place… And this is a band that still doesn’t have an album for sale yet. Technically most of the band live in Vancouver now, but most of them have roots in Victoria. This is my favourite video I shot of them this year mainly because of the angle I managed to shoot from and the exposure was just right.
3. – Jets Overhead at Rifflandia 2011: Love Got in the Way – September 24, 2011
Jets Overhead performed four brand new songs at Rifflandia 2011. I shot three of them. This one is my favourite. I guess I like it’s because it’s a more up tempo song. A bit of a change of pace from other songs from the band. If the four new songs they performed were any indication of what the new album they’re currently recording is going to have, it’s going to be pretty damn good.
2. – Vince Vaccaro at TEDxMileZero – September 10, 2011
I was part of the organizing group for the TEDx Mile Zero event in Victoria back in September. I was mainly responsible a bunch of the technical stuff and shooting/editing the speakers at the event. Vince Vaccaro was a guest performer and he played three songs acoustically and talked between each song. I haven’t had the opportunity to edit a multi-camera shoot for a long time and through a lot of frustration dealing with some technical issues I’m pretty proud of how this video turned out. It’s definitely not how my concert vids usually look. Vince as usual performed an awesome heart felt performance. One of the top highlights of the TEDx Mile Zero event by far. On a side note, I was part of a jury that voted in the Rock category for the 2011 Times Colonist Music Awards. Vince was voted #1.
1. – Lindsay Bryan at Lucky Bar: Mud Puddles – March 5, 2011
This was the first time I’d ever seen Lindsay Bryan perform with a full band. The first couple times I saw her perform live it was mainly acoustic sets. This performance at Lucky Bar opening at Mike Edel’s CD release party solidified Lindsay as one of my favourite local singer/songwriters. Her Skyscraper EP is one of my go-to albums to listen to if things get too quiet when I’m at work. I chose this video of ‘Mud Puddles’ because it was was the first song she performed that night and from the moment the drums kicked in and the first few lyrics were sung you just knew it’d be a great performance. Its also another example of Lucky Bar’s back lighting making the video look really good.
So there’s my ten favourite local artist moments of 2011. There were a ton of other moments from other great local acts. Just go through my YouTube Channel and you’ll find some great stuff. If you enjoy any of the moments I featured go buy their EPs and albums and check out their shows at a venue near you. Some of their music you can even download for free! Happy New Year everyone! Bring on the concerts of 2012!
Peak Performance Project finalist Lindsay Bryan has released her EP ‘Skyscraper’ for online purchase. For a minimum $5 you can download the six track EP and at the same time you’ll be donating to the BCSPCA. Until October 12th, all proceeds from EP sales will go to BCSPCA
Over the last few weeks the lineup for the 2011 Rifflandia Festival has slowly rolled out. Wristbands went on sale at www.rifflandia.com on July 8th and single day passes for the Saturday have already sold out.
The addition of Royal Athletic park as one of the venues is a huge step in the growth of the festival. It’s interesting to note that the same year Rifflandia is expanding, a historic festival with a similar multi-venue format like Bumbershoot in Seattle has declined somewhat from previous years.
With the festival less than two months away, here is a primer of a portion of this year’s Rifflandia lineup that I have seen in concert and have shot video of. You can listen to a band’s album all you want but until you see what they’re like in a live setting, you won’t truly know if the band/artist is good or not.
City and Colour: I got to see Dallas Green’s side project live at Coachella in April and got to witness the rare guest appearance of Gord Downie during ‘Sleeping Sickness.’ Even without Downie, City and Colour is definitely a can’t miss band.
City and Colour- Fragile Bird (live at Coachella 2011)
Broken Social Scene: Broken Social Scene is one of those bands where unless you’re a hardcore fan you often don’t really know who they are until you hear one of their singles and go… “Oh yeah… those guys.” This is one band that has a whole bunch of people who collaborate. One day I’d love to see a BSS show where Feist and Emily Haines are with the rest of the group.
Broken Social Scene- Texico Bitches & 7/4 (Shoreline) (live at Alix Goolden Hall in October 2010)
Cold War Kids: I’ve seen Cold War Kids at Sasquatch a few years ago and this year at Coachella and each time I’ve totally f’d up my recording of them one way or another. I’m quite excited to see them again and hopefully for a full set this time.
Cold War Kids- Hang Me Out to Dry (live at Coachella 2011)
Mother Mother: When you force Rifflandia to add a make good second show 2 years ago because the venue couldn’t handle the demand and when you sell out two consecutive days at Alix Goolden Hall, you know a band is special. Royal Athletic Park is guaranteed to become a bit of a dance party when they’re on stage
Mother Mother- The Stand & Body of Years (live at Alix Goolden Hall in March 2011)
AWOLNATION: The [email protected] FM took a gamble putting AWOLNATION’s ‘Sail’ in their rotation, and it exploded. The end result being a show at Club 9One9 that sold out in minutes. I don’t think the club in its current incarnation has ever seen so much crowd surfing. If the energy of that show is amplified at Royal Athletic Park, it’s going to be incredible.
AWOLNATION- Sail (live at Club 9One9 in April 2011)
Daniel Wesley: I’ve only seen Daniel Wesley once and only really know the couple singles he’s had on the radio, but I heard his show at Sugar Nightclub’s New Year’s Eve party was fun. Here’s video of Daniel Wesley performing at the 2009 Fringe Festival Block Party
Daniel Wesley- Pilgrimage (live at the Fringe Festival Block Party in April 2009)
Jets Overhead: Seeing Jets Overhead at Coachella 2010 was one of the coolest moments in my concert experience last year. Here was people you can easily run into walking around downtown Victoria performing at one of the biggest music festivals in North America. Their set at Rifflandia 3 also did not disappoint. Alan Cross even had great things to say about them at a show at the Macpherson Theatre earlier this year. Don’t miss their show.
Jets Overhead- Fully Shed (live at Rifflandia 3 in September 2010)
We Are The City: Winners of the 2009 Peak Performance Project, We Are the City are a fun band to watch. The trio have a unique sound and have entertaining banter. I have only seen them live once and it was in the weird setting of Centennial Square after dark with the only lighting being a work light on the ground, but their talent shined through the low budget setting. I look forward to checking them out again at a better venue.
We Are The City- Astronomers (live at The Fringe Festival Block Party in August 2010)
Lindsay Bryan: Lindsay Bryan is Top 20 finalist in this year’s Peak Performance Project in Vancouver, one of many competitions this singer/songwriter has been a finalist or won. Her new EP ‘Skyscraper’ due out soon was produced by Ted Gowans of Tegan and Sara and co-produced by Armchair Cynics guitarist, Adam Sutherland. Her lyrics are clever and her music is engaging. Definitely have her set on your short list of what to see.
Lindsay Bryan- Mud Puddles (live at Lucky Bar in March 2011)
Mike Edel: I have seen Mike Edel live a number of times. I have never seen him have a bad performance whether it be in a concert setting or an impromptu single-take music video session in a stranger’s living room. Mike’s rural Alberta roots shine through in his music. Definitely check out his live video sessions at www.nakedjams.com which I have direct links to below to see how talented this singer/songwriter is.
Rococode: Another top 20 finalist for this year’s Peak Performance Project in Vancouver, Rococode absolutely blew me away when I saw them open for Mother Mother in March. I regretted not shooting any video of that show and made it a point to see them again at Club 9One9 in May. This is a band on the rise and the don’t even have a CD to buy yet. Be sure to check out the video they shot with www.greencouchsessions.ca
Rococode- ‘Concentrate On Me’ & ‘Empire’ (live at Club 9One9 in May 2011)
So that’s my video primer for a small portion of this year’s Rifflandia lineup with examples of video I have shot. In the next while I will be scouring the internet for the best live videos of other artists and sharing them with you.