November 16 2012 - Laura Kelsey
Elementary school choir, the Coquitlam River and a good set of lungs encouraged
Laura to sing at a young age. Since then she has been open to various genres and
vocal styles, from fronting metal bands in Vancouver to releasing her own
acoustic compositions. Laura plays mostly original songs and is always excited
to collaborate with focused, positive people.
Laura Kelsey Music on
November 9 2012 - Anthea Mason and WhiteHorse Rider
Anthea Mason and WhiteHorse Rider
This is a duo that has come out of several collaborations in the coffee house circuit and at private music events. Over the past several years, before they started their musical alliance, Anthea and Shawn had each been performing solo and in other groups, around the region and beyond.
Anthea Mason has been singing and playing guitar for more years than she cares to tell. Also a songwriter and a music minister, she is married to Vancouver music producer / guitarist Derek Mason, with whom she has also performed as a duo throughout communities in and around Vancouver since 2002. Lately, Anthea's live music focus is on cover songs within the Roots genres, although she is a multi-genre singer. Her sensitivity, plus a strong affinity to Roots music and love of harmonies, have helped to spur this duo project with exceptional singer-interpreter Shawn Bullshields.
Shawn Bullshields (AKA "White Horse Rider"), a singer-guitarist for nine years, has been more seriously involved with music since 2005. The core of this duo and an avid music listener who gravitates to songs with deeper meanings, Shawn's performances consistently resonate within the human heart.
The set will showcase cover tunes ... songs you will recognize and some more obscure. This is an act that precipitates deep dives into emotions and the lessons of life.
November 2 2012 - Ava Carich
Singer Songwriter Ava Carich has just recorded her first song "Player". She's been playing guitar for six years and is teaching herself piano.
Ava's been singing for seven months and has performed frequently at Organic Connections since May. Other venues she has performed at are;
City Jam, Centennial Lounge, Farmers Market (White Rock & Surrey), Good Day Sunshine, Canada Day, Roundhouse, Blueberry - festival and Sea-festival. Ava has performed over 30 times and received "Peoples Choice" award at her school's talent show.
Many thanks to Derek Mason at Drama Music Productions, Anthea, James Devon (Guitar Teacher) and ST for all the support she has received.
October 12 2012 - Delaney Rose
Singer Songwriter Delaney Rose, is getting ready to release her second Album
soon, "Naked" with a new Music Video on YouTube, Call Me Delaney Rose. Her music
is unique, soulful and memorable. Check out some of her new songs on
July 21 2012 - Lena, Elisa and Jessie, Hunter
Lena, Elisa and Jessie Hunter
Lena, a self taught guitarist, started playing and singing at the age of 13 and
sang for 4 years with a folk gospel group and for school and family functions.
She was a member of the NWSS band, playing clarinet. Later she sang background
harmony with a local group on the pub circuit. There were many sing along/music
nights at parties where they sang till the wee hours of the morning. Marriage
and 2 daughters put it all on hold for a while. She sang for playschool and
elementary school functions during that time. Just recently she has ventured
back into performing at local open mike nights and is enjoying re-finding her
Her oldest daughter, Elisa, was also a high school band member and also plays
clarinet and piano. She is currently enrolled at Kwantlen Polytechnic University
in the Music Program. She just completed her Diploma in Music and will continue
on for a Bachelor of Arts and become a high school band teacher.
The youngest Hunter is Jessie, who was constantly humming as a toddler, before
she could even talk. She studied piano. She was involved with Musical Theatre in
high school and is still constantly singing or humming. She is definitely the
singer in the family! They have performed together only for family functions in
the past. It has been fun for them all to get together and sing as a family at
open mike nights and get more confidence performing.
Previous Featured Acts
July 14 2012 - Rosie and Ched's Sentimental Journey
Sentimental Journey, with Rosie and Ched, began three years ago when
Rosie stepped in for a fellow musician to do a New Year’s gig at a Senior’s
Centre. With one week to practice, they discovered a love of the same early
jazz, fifties and sixties tunes, Motown, and rock and roll. With Rosie’s
background in musical theatre, and Ched’s musical background playing
stand up bass, guitar and piano, they forged a duet with a wide range of
musical genres and harmonies. They love to perform and have just as much
fun as the audience, as they often love to “ham it up” with such songs as
Walking my Baby, Whoopee, Standing On The Corner, Shop Around,
Jackson, Hey Good Lookin’, and many more. They have branched off with
piano jazz standards such as Cry me a River and Misty, but they have a
lot of fun with Buddy Holly and Ray Charles tunes too. They are thrilled
to occupy the much coveted “featured act” segment of ST in the Rock’s
Saturday night “Showcase / Jam.”
— Rosie and Ched
I am delighted to announce that Ched Miller and Rosie Flanagan are our Featured Act this Saturday. Ched and Rosie are local lights that brilliantly illuminate music and peoples' spirits wherever they go.
Be sure to join us on Saturday July 14 and get to know them better.
Unofficial photo trimmed from
Peace Arch News
July 7 2012 - Shawn & Richard
More information coming
Shawn & Richard (Resonance)
Richard and I have been playing music together for a few years, only to
finally get serious about it the last couple of years, we do mainly covers and
we both love to create harmonies in the songs we choose to perform, We both play
guitar and sing. We attend many open stages all around Vancouver and Lower
Caryn Fader - June 30th 2012
Born and raised in Vancouver, Caryn spent her early adult years playing in the
local pubs and coffee houses in and around the city. Performing mostly covers
with the odd original thrown in, she entertained her audiences at night, while
returning to her day job come the morn, a wonderful life experience with many
treasured memories and musical friends made along the way. Now married with 3
kids and a dog, Caryn does most of her singing in the kitchen and laundry room
at home, performing for one of her favorite audiences - her family. Having just
moved to the Ocean Park area, it is Caryn’s intent to return to the music scene
locally and have the opportunity to both perform her new material and listen to
all the awesome singer/songwriters and players in her community.
The Walkers -June 23 2012
The Walkers. David Slater (centre) has performed at the Showcase/Jam
several times much to the delight of the regulars. He has shared his original
music (on piano and vocals). Be sure to catch The Walkers doing a Featured
set on Saturday June 23rd. We will of course be conducting the regular
Showcase/Jam show too.
OK, so the chap on the left is John Wright of Crescent Beach, who plays acoustic
and electric guitar, vocals and song-writing. Me (Dave Slater) you know. On the
right is Chuck Ingram, mainly bass, some acoustic guitar, mandolin and also some
vocals. Chuck has had a long musical career with a number of local White Rock
bands. John Wright is a multi-talented individual, having been a potter for over
thirty years. His pottery creations are as beautiful as his love songs. Dave
Slater handles mainly keyboard, but also acoustic guitar, harmonica and mandolin
The Walkers generally limit their gigs to original music composed by Dave and
John and have been entertaining patrons of the Elks Club in White Rock for over
two years now. The group’s name comes from their walking every morning on
Crescent Beach, and not from the fact that Dave Slater looks as though he needs
a walker to get around!
Review from the Walkers
We all had a great time. One of the things that makes Centennial such a great
gig is the quality of the sound equipment, and for that you need to take a huge
bow. That Bose stuff is beyond equal. It also helps that you know how to set the
sound levels just right, something which we (The Walkers) struggle with at our
other venue, mainly because of the inferior sound equipment, but also because of
our own sheer lack of expertise. We missed your workshop on audio equipment,
hopefully you can include it again one of these Saturdays.
Finally, we had some good feedback from independent listeners and without
exception it was positive. My wife (who is our sternest critic) said it was the
best show we (The Walkers) had ever done, and for that, thank you to you!
June 16th 2012 - Joni Anderson & Jordan Anderson
I heard Joni
and Jordan together for the first time on in early June. I just knew that they
would be perfect for a Featured Act at the Showcase/Jam. They will be joining us
on June 16th.
Joni Anderson plays fairly regularly as part of a duo, with fellow musician and friend Dennis Pook. Jordan Anderson, who is Joni's daughter, grew up listening to her mom and was encouraged from a early age to sing and developed her own love of music. She recently began singing with her mom on occasion at some local open mic events, and is new to performing live. Our blend of harmonies has definitely been influenced by bands such as the Wailin' Jennies, along with some other contemporary artists.
June 9 2012 - Kelly McQuillan
My ﬁrst joyful musical experiences included dancing around the living room to my
parentʼs CCR albums and listening to my Cape Breton-born grandfather make
melodies with anything he could get his hands on, be it an old ﬁddle, harmonica,
or just whistling through his teeth. Eleven years of classical education landed
me an A.R.C.T. in piano, but it was while playing tenor saxophone for the
Semiahmoo Secondary jazz program (Dave Proznic and Kevin Lee) that I really
began to wake up to the endless possibilities of music. Unfortunately,
disenchantment from an uninspiring attempt at post-secondary training led me to
take a hiatus for a bit and I traveled to the other end of the world: Australia!
Here music found me again and I played bodhran and tin whistle in a Celtic group
for a couple of years before coming home to BC and joining up with Southwick, a
Lower-Mainland funk group. Pursuing another passion at university -- English
literature -- led me to meet my friend, Wes Reamsbottom, whose invitation to jam
led to what is going on nine years playing keys/saxophone/vocals with The Little
Brother Band. A love of words and poetry has evolved into a love of songwriting,
and ﬁve years ago I started picking up the guitar to be able to accompany myself
(a piano is kind of heavy to carry around). Three and a half years ago, at an
open mic in Crescent Beach, I conquered a life-long fear of public singing. Iʼm
currently in the process of reﬁning songs for recording in the relatively near
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