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We had a chance to hear from Larry Relkoff and Troy Reid from VISION to learn a little more about them, some experiences and influences. VISION was essentially the brain-child of Phil Koochin and Troy Reid. The two set out to hand-pick players from the area for those whom they felt would make VISION the best classic rock/80’s band in the area. Vocals were essential to the gig.
The core members are:
Troy Reid – Port Moody, B.C. (formerly of Castlegar) played in VISION from 1981- present
Phil Koochin – from Castlegar, played in VISION from 1981-present
Kevan Ehman – from Castlegar, played in VISION from 1983-present
Larry Relkoff – from Castlegar, played in VISION from 1983-present
VISION plays a mix of Classic/Progressive Rock, 80’s Pop, Top 40 and usually includes a mix of 80% covers with 20% originals. One of their most memorable experiences at a gig or on the road includes a date in Kimberley where instead of hotel rooms, they were given beds in the basement of the club that included a prop coffin and…well you guessed it, one of them ended up in it. Read the full interview here.
Cod Gone Wild
Based out of BC’s Okanagan Valley since 2009, this Celtic inspired band is focused on giving traditional music a modern edge. Blending the varied talents of musicians whose classical, folk, rock and jazz backgrounds fuse together to create a dynamic and unique sound that instantly connects and resonates with audiences. Through their uplifting energy and remarkable stage presence, they weave together a tapestry of tales that evoke a nostalgic experience of days gone by. Booking everything from weddings to festivals, house concerts to sports tournaments, their music and performance is diverse and adaptable to any size venue or demographic.
Having independently recorded and produced three albums to date that primarily feature traditional tunes (Cod Gone Wild, The Traveler and Battered and Fried)….read more here
Son of John
It’s something you don’t quite hear everyday — the smooth harmony of two voices blending together perfectly, almost as if they were from the same DNA. That’s exactly what you get with Son of John, a father-son country/folk music duo from Nelson, BC.
Originally from Saskatchewan, Johnny P. Johnson has been in the business on and off for over 20 years, writing songs for and fronting two bands in the 90’s called the NerV & Midnight Harvesters, the latter being nominated for British Columbia Country Music Association Group of the Year in 1998. After securing a nomination for BCCMA Album of the Year in 2006 for his first solo project, Prairie Roots Grow Deep, JPJ released his new album Until You Get There in early 2017, produced by 9-time BCCMA producer of the year, Tom McKillip. Johnny was joined by his eldest son, Javan during his live shows — who also played fiddle on the album, and together they’ve toured his album around the Interior of BC and Alberta as a duo, trio and full 6 piece band. Continue on to the rest of the bio.
For the last fifteen years, Darren has been a fixture on the Canadian blues and roots scene – working with the likes of Amos Garrett, Tim Williams, Jim Byrnes, John Lee Sanders and The Blind Boys of Alabama to name a few. His music has been described as “somewhere in between Tom Waits and Leon Redbone, Howlin’ Wolf and Willie Nelson. His songwriting is simple, yet deals with everyday situations for everyday people. His sound is a throwback to yesteryear, one may find themselves deceived by the contrast between what they are hearing verses what they are seeing…
Reiss grew up in a small town called Robson in British Columbia. She started singing on stage at a very young age and built her stage confidence through the years. By age 14 she started writing and composing her own songs. Her originals have been played on stage leaving the audience always asking for more.
By 2014, she released her first EP called REALITY. Reiss has been performing endlessly ever since, playing fluidly between a guitar, ukulele or the keyboard. And if your lucky, she’s now challenging herself with the drums!
As of February 2018, she released her new song SHY. All of her songs are available on all online retailers.
Learn more about Reiss at www.reisszibin.com
The Group that knows how to pack a dance floor and keep it rockin’! Four seasoned musicians who have a great time playing classic rock, pop and country hits!
Jason Thomas : Bass & vocals
Terry Alton: Guitar & Vocals
Tonnie Stewart: Keyboards, guitar & vocals
Jim Fike: Drums & vocals
Blue Crush Plus has been playing as a group for over 7 years at pubs, weddings, corporate events, grad reunions, private functions, apres-ski music at several ski resorts, music festivals throughout BC and even the odd backyard barbeque! They are all very accomplished players and they all sing! Expect a wider variety of danceable music so everyone can have a great time!
Terry Alton 250-231-1101
Andrew Parkhouse Band
With layers of rich tones, foot tapping and bare bones, Andrew brings his love for all genres of music and delivers it to you in his own unique way. From when he started on his journey 6 years ago until today, he’s been constantly evolving with his original music. Andrew’s love for the blues, old country and southern folk enables him to create sounds you’ve heard before, but his vocals and emotion are raw and unrivaled. Touring internationally and recording in major studios he stays humble and true. Quarterfinalist in the international blues Competition in Memphis Tennessee this year, Get yourself familiar with Andrew Parkhouse for he has much more to say and many years left to play. Check out his new Judgement Day Album everywhere online!
Playing Internationally from Beale Street Tennessee, to Granville Vancouver BC and here in Southwestern Ontario; Andrew has shared the stage with people like David Wilcox, Ash Grunwald, George Canyon and The Ghost Town Blues Band. He is ready for the 2018 tour season with a brand new album “Judgement Day” and a heavy hitting original band. Matt Farrell on drums, Joey Seymour on bass and Brian Tovey on Harmonica! Be sure to get him on your stage for this break out year of the Andrew Parkhouse Band!
Motes and Oats
Motes & Oats has been performing throughout western Canada and Ontario, with their soul-lifting
harmonies, and thought-provoking lyrics for the past six years. When Melissa’s experience in the music
industry, met Shannon’s classical musical training, the seed that eventually grew into award winning folk
duo Motes and Oats was sewn. Within a year of musical exploration “Days like These” was born. This
was shortly followed by “Fairy Tale Girl” and six more songs that formed their debut album Simple
Things, released in the summer of 2012 with the help of Columbia Basin Trust.
The following year Simple Things was picked up by CBC Radio and various community co-op stations
around Western Canada, and the duo toured around BC, Alberta, and Saskatchewan, as well as a
showcase in Ontario. Fans were beginning to get behind the duo, and they were honoured with a
Kootenay Music Award for their song “Saskatchewan”, which depicts Shannon’s time as a young child
with her grandfather on the family farm – a classic Canadian story that many listeners can relate to.
By the time the summer of 2013 rolled around, Poet, and Selkirk College creative writing teacher
Almeda Glen Miller, saw Motes and Oats perform and proposed a collaboration. That fall and winter was
spent composing music and coproducing a five song MP3 insert for Miller’s poetry book Begin with the
Corners, which was supported by live performances in Rossland, Nelson and Castlegar.
Aside from love and a growing family taking center stage, the past couple of years have been spent
composing and planning their next EP, Five.
Ross Neilsen has been performing professionally since 2007. He has released ten albums and toured over one million kilometres from Canada to Mexico. He has been recognized by his peers with nominations from The Maple Blues awards, East Coast Music Awards, Music NB Awards and CBC Rising Star. In 2012 Neilsen was a semi finalist in Blues Challenge in Memphis. Ross Neilsen lives in Saskatoon where he is raising his family and still performing.
We caught up with Ross, read full interview here.
Ted McDonald Band
The Ted McDonald Band is an entertaining all original blues rock project. Top notch seasoned professional artists delivering creatively written catchy tunes with powerhouse vocals and dynamic harmonies. Each artist brings their own unique style, personality and craftsmanship to form the latest version of the Ted McDonald Band.
A great show from great people. With a passion to share our love of music, play live and give an audience a piece of our heart & soul, we gain new fans with every performance. Meet the band members here.
Visit the band’s official website at www.tedmcdonaldband.ca
Yale County Jug Band
Where you (and your band) are from (list members and hometowns):
Kelly Bartsch, Justin Bently, Keith Elliot, Marie Jackson, Gerry Sherk – all from Kamloops
How/when was your band created?
Where did your name come from?
We all live in Yale County