Acclaimed for bringing “rock energy” to “country audiences”, Aaron Pritchett continues to hold the title of one of the most sought after artists in the business. His passion and intensity for his art overflows on stage and spills into his unwavering dedication to his fans.
Growing up in small-town Northern BC, Aaron drew his earliest musical influences from 80’s Rock, but the transition to country music came naturally, “it was based on being able to relate to the stories that country songs told. Those stories were a lot like mine. I was going fishing, camping, and riding buses to hockey tournaments in even smaller towns than my own, life was a lot more country than rock and roll. That feeling resonated with me and I strive to convey that in my music today”
Still there is no doubt that his rock roots have had a major influence on his sound with hits such as the classic’s “Big Wheel”, “Hold My Beer” and “Let’s Get Rowdy” to his latest “Boat on the Water”, “Hold You Like My Whiskey” and “Wake You With A Kiss”. Following on the heels of a cross Canada tour, 2015 will see the release of a much anticipated greatest hits album.
Sheena Easton, whose career has spanned the last 30 years, was born in Bellshill, Scotland, the youngest of six children. Her early musical influences were Motown, Barbra Streisand, rock and 70’s soul. Her recording career has included Gold and Platinum albums in the United States, Europe and Asia. She has receivedtwo Grammys, and was the first artist to have top five records on five Billboard’s charts. In addition to her recording success, Sheena is a top concert attraction around the world, having performed in the U.S., United Kingdom, Canada, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore and Taipei, her last album in Japan “My Cherie? Was a number one hit.
Sheena’s acting credits include a five-episode appearance onMiami Vice, a co-starring role opposite Stacy Keach in a John Carpenter-directed trilogy for Showtime titled “Body Bags,” and as a guest star in the cult syndicated series “The Highlander,” as well as a starring role in UPN’s “Ghost Stories,” other guest roles have included “Brisco County” and Tech Wars,” as well as a starring role in Showtime’s “Outer Limits.” At present Sheena is appearing as a regular on the PAX TV show “Young Blades” which starts airing in February, 2005. During 2004 Sheena and Brian McKnight hosted a talk show originating in Las Vegas, she especially enjoy this area of performance.
On Broadway Sheena starred as (Aldonza/Dulcinea) in “Man of La Mancha” opposite the late Raul Julia’s “Don Quixote.” Through out its year run the play remained one of the tope five grossing hits at the box office. She also starred on Broadway in the hit musical “Grease” as Rizzo. Animation has been a very enjoyable part of Sheena’s career; she has appeared in the Warner Bros feature “All Dogs Go to Heaven” as the voice of Sasha, the Irish setter. Sheena’s leading man – make that dog – is Charlie Sheen. She then reprised her role in the series of “All Dogs Go to Heaven” as well as lending her voice to the “Road Rovers” series for Warner Bros. In addition she can be heard in several recurring roles in theDisney hit series “Gargoyles.”
Sheena has been busy with frequent appearances in Las Vegas where she has been a major attraction for the last decade, and was recently inducted into the Las Vegas Hall Of Fame.
Barney Bentall is a Canadian pop/rock singer-songwriter who is most well known for his 1990s-era band, Barney Bentall and the Legendary Hearts. Their most successful Canadian singles included “Something to Live For”, “Life Could Be Worse”, “Crime Against Love” and “Come Back to Me.”
Bentall was born in Toronto, raised in Calgary and moved to Vancouver when he was 20. After ten years of recording and touring with the Legendary Hearts, Bentall started a cattle ranch in 1997 in British Columbia. In 2006, he released his first solo album titled Gift Horse and in 2008, he released a DVD of his live The Grand Cariboo Opry show. He still plays with The Legendary from time to time, as well as his solo band “The Bonapartes.” Bentall also plays in a trio with Shari Ulrich and Tom Taylor.
Bear Mountain (BMTN) is an electro/dance band from Vancouver, BC, formed by Ian Bevis, Kyle Statham, Greg Bevis and Kenji Rodriguez.
Each member is represented by one of the four basic geometric shapes: a triangle (Ian), a square (Kyle), a circle (Greg) and a hexagon (Kenji). These shapes were carefully chosen to represent the personality of each band member in different ways, from his numerological correlationship with the shape to his geometrically structured way of thinking. The shape is a universal way of speaking to fans that transcends literal and verbal communication. This symbology, along with an abstract geometrical style, offers a unique, memorable, simplistic, and innovative visual language that represents Bear Mountain.
Formed in 2011, Bear Mountain quickly began amassing attention online after self-releasing their debut album XO the following year. Trailing two back-to-back number ones on popular online music aggregator, Hype Machine, the band soon inked a deal with independent label Last Gang Records who went on to rerelease XO in 2013.
Over the course of past two years, Bear Mountain has taken their much talked about live show on the road across North America opening for acts like Bloc Party, Hot Chip, and Cut Copy, and performing at festivals such as The Governor’s Ball, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and Sasquatch. The band is now currently hard at work on their sophomore album, which is due out in early 2016.
Mo Kenney never had that archetypal I-want-to-be-famous moment. But somehow she was always going to make albums, play live and get noticed in her native Canada and way beyond.
Maybe the clues were there in the way she saved up her lunch money to buy records, begged her parents to book guitar lessons for her and made demos in the modest recording facility at a school she wasn’t even attending. Now, Kenney’s brilliantly accomplished ‘In My Dreams,’ one of Canada’s most acclaimed records of 2014, is about to become one of the freshest and most inventive releases on the international stage this autumn.
And stage is the word, because the artist, born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, views staying on the road and playing for as many people as possible as her life’s work. The reward is in the recognition she’s enjoying from her discerning album audience.
‘In My Dreams’ is already an award-winning follow-up to Kenney’s much-decorated, self-titled debut of 2012. The new set swiftly secured an ECMA (East Coast Music Award) for Pop Recording of the Year, to sit alongside the same trophy that was bestowed upon its predecessor, which also took a Canadian Folk Music Award for New/Emerging Artist of the Year and no fewer than three Nova Scotia Music Awards.
With a broadcasting career extending back to his teens, Red Robinson was there for the beginning of Rock n’ Roll. While still in high school in 1954, Robinson started working as a disc jockey at the age of 16 at radio station CJOR. He quickly became instrumental to the voice of radio, turning the stations he worked for into Rock and Roll powerhouses.
Red has been the emcee for countless historical events. For example, 1957 he was the emcee for the Elvis Presley show, and in 1964 for The Beatles concert, both at Vancouver’s Empire Stadium. He promoted “The Legends of Rock ‘n Roll” at Expo 86, presenting dozens of Rock and Roll giants at the Expo Theatre, including Ray Charles, Roy Orbison, and Fats Domino.
He has been the host of countless showcases, festivals, and concerts across Vancouver and British Columbia.
Red was recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a pioneer rock ‘n roll deejay by having some of his memorabilia, photos, and historic recorded interviews included in a hall exhibit. Red was elected into the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in 2000. As well, in his honour, Great Canadian Gaming Corporation opened the 1100-seat Red Robinson Show Theatre at Coquitlam’s Boulevard Casino in September 2006. In 2008, Red received two honours, the first was the Bruce Allen/Sam Feldman Legend Award, and secondly, The Royal British Columbia Museum acknowledged Red as one of the 123 influential British Columbians by being included in a giant collage known as “The Party.”
Red has also hosted TV shows, appeared in commercials, and has been called one of history’s most influential 150 people by the B.C. government.
Although he has officially ‘retired’, Red continues to host “Red Rock Diner” on CKCL-FM 104.9 on Sundays from 8am – 2pm
“Rock ‘n roll would have happened in Vancouver but it might have happened later if not for the enthusiasm of Red Robinson. – Tom Harrison, The Province
Rococode is the Vancouver, Canada-based indie pop duo of Laura Smith and Andrew Braun. Their music weaves a lush tapestry of synths, guitars and soundscapes around duelling boy/girl vocals and heavy bass and drums.
They released their debut album Guns, Sex & Glory to much critical and press acclaim in early
2012. As bands do, they took to the road and spent the better part of the next 18 months touring Canada and the US in various capacities.
Never satisfied with the status quo, Rococode concocted a brave plan to create their follow up.
They coaxed producers Caleb Shreve (Phantogram, Bear Hands) from New York and Ted Gowans (Tegan and Sara, Fences) from Los Angeles to set up a studio in a cabin, off the grid, in the isolated coastal forest of British Columbia. Between building fires, checking the solar panels, and failed fishing trips, the foursome set to work on music that shared none of the characteristics of their rustic surroundings. They arranged an army of synthesizers, guitar pedals and drum machines into tight, crisp Alternative gems that sparkle, shuffle and shake at every turn. One would hardly use the term to describe the end result, but the question was asked — “Are we making a hip hop album?” Once out of the woods the band put the finishing touches on the recordings at Vancouver’s Monarch Studios, Fireplace Studios in New York and Ultrasound Studios in Los Angeles.
Whereas their debut thrived using the element of surprise, the forthcoming follow up takes its time (mirroring the recording process) and settles into danceable grooves, taking a more subtle approach to the band’s constant juxtaposition of light and dark. Four long years in the making, Rococode released their sophomore album on February 26, 2016 via Marquis in Canada and the US.
It’s like seeing double…Their musical bond is as strong as their small town roots – Twin Kennedy, comprised of West Coast sisters Carli and Julie Kennedy, have been making music together since they could talk. Born and raised in the small town of Powell River, Twin Kennedy grew up perfecting their sibling harmonies and dynamic live performances, while making their name known throughout their small community as a family band.
Growing up in such a musically infused family, it is no wonder that these sisters crafted their sound through a unique fusion of their background in country, folk, jazz and classical music. With years of classical training, including their Bachelors Degrees in Music Performance from the University of Victoria, the sisters have found their home in country music. With Carli on vocals and guitar, and Julie on vocals and violin, these petite powerhouses will fill your soul with joy and warmth through their seamless harmonies and heartfelt songwriting. No bond compares to that of sisters, and the same is to be said about the blend of their kindred voices.
With two EP’s in their back pocket as Carli & Julie Kennedy, these sisters came into 2015 making a splash in the Canadian country music scene, releasing their debut LP as Twin Kennedy, which has already earned a Western Canadian Music Award nomination for Producer of the Year. Produced by multiple CCMA and JUNO award winning artist George Canyon and renowned West Coast producer Graham Sharkey, It’s a Love Thing is a beautifully honest account of the ebb and flow of the navigation through love and life. From the uplifting opening track “Get Back Up Again” to the heartbreaking vulnerability of “That’s What I Should Have Said” Twin Kennedy has compiled a track listing that is self-described as a true extension of themselves. Their latest single, “Secondhand Gold” has already been recognized as the Grand Prize Award winner in the Country category of the 2015 John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the 2016 Lennon Award winner.
Youngblood is the creative, dream-pop brainchild of Alexis Young. Inspired by the likes of French electronic duo Air, the fiery Grace Jones, and a little bit of sultry Nancy Sinatra, Youngblood manages to mix dreamy, marshmallow sounds laced with dark, pulsating grooves, crafting a unique blend of artistic pop.
Prior to Youngblood, Alexis cut her teeth in the indie dance-rock band Sex With Strangers. During her 4 years as their singer/keyboardist, she completed 2 full-length studio albums, received notable airplay on MuchMusic, CBC and Canadian-wide commercial radio, as well as toured multiple times to NYC, Toronto, Western Canada, and Seattle. Sex With Strangers was also a top 20 finalist in the 2011 Peak Performance Project.
Now, Youngblood’s 5-piece band features members of Gay Nineties and Fake Shark. Their enigmatic live show is a sensory rapture bursting with energy.
The first single Easy Nothing, released May 2015 online, was produced by Kevvy Mental (Fake Shark/Carly Rae Jepsen), while Youngblood’s forthcoming EP out summer 2016 has Alexis writing with the multi-disciplinary Parker Bossley (of Gay Nineties/Mounties/Fur Trade) and produced/engineered by Juno nominated DJ and producer Sleepy Tom (Fool’s Gold Records). The latest single, Feel Alright, has been flying up the Spotify charts, peaking at #6 on the Top Viral Chart in Canada.
Her voice is her identity; her voice carries memories, vulnerabilities, pain, sadness, happiness, freedom, and herself. It’s her best friend and worst enemy. Now we hear and feel that voice wrapped in sounds from a dream. The growls, whispers, and sighs of what’s been created, brings the music to a whole new place. Paired with Ryan Guldemond of Mother Mother (cowriter/producer), Willa’s new album is the birth of an electro-pop heavyweight.