• Songwriters' Circle at the Roland Inspiration Centre w/ Simon Kendall

    RSVP HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/1062954067223741/ Join us for a FREE Songwriters' Circle with Simon Kendall (Doug and the Slugs, Stripper's Union) at the Roland Inspiration Centre Vancouver! Bring your rough demo, perform your original song, and co-write with other local songwriters! Songwriters' Circle is your chance to learn new techniques with other writers and industry veterans. SIMON KENDALL Simon has spent over 40 years composing, performing and producing an eclectic array of music for concert performance, theatre, television, radio, cinema, and dance. In 1978 Simon got the call to join his old music buddies and transplanted Toronto graphic artist Doug Bennett in Vancouver’s upstart indie band ‘Doug and the Slugs’. This lead to 15 years as the band’s music director and goofy gargantuan keyboardist. They released 4 gold albums and performed from New York to the North Pole as one of the decade’s premier Canadian touring acts. Their independent 1979 single ‘Too Bad’ took the band by surprise, charting across the country and was reborn in 1999 as the theme song for NBC’S’ The Norm Show’. Since then, Simon has performed with numerous artists including Colin James, Cowboy Junkies, Jim Byrnes, Ridley Bent, Frazey Ford and Dalannah Gail Bowen. He currently divides his time between producing, recording, performing and composing. ______ This event is hosted at the Roland Inspiration Centre: The Roland Inspiration Centre Vancouver is an inclusive and safe space where all are welcomed to visit our showroom as well as participate in public events, performances and workshops. To ensure everyone enjoys a positive experience, we ask that all visitors to the Roland Inspiration Centre kindly respect the diversity of our community and the rights of the individual while visiting our space. The Roland Inspiration Centre Vancouver is located steps away from King George Skytrain Station at 9900 King George Blvd. in Surrey.

  • 2-day Workshop with Nashville's Tom Jackson

    Anvil center

    Top Nashville live music producer/coach Tom Jackson is coming to Greater Vancouver to run a jam-packed two-day event designed to help performing artists take their performance skills to the next level. Performers from all disciplines and genres will benefit. Tom helps artists at every level create an engaging and memorable live show, exceeding audiences’ expectations and creating fans for life. He’s taught 100’s of artists of every genre & worked with major acts like Taylor Swift, The Band Perry, Magic!, and more. Tom has helped hundreds of signed acts and indie artists “get their show together”; his experience as a musician, passion to help artists and unique insight has qualified him as one of the premier performance consultants and live producers in contemporary music today. He is in demand across North America and has appeared at most of the major Canadian conferences as well as many in the US, so this is a tremendous and rare opportunity for locals. I've seen Tom at work first hand and highly recommend this event for those who are serious about gigging, touring and making the most of showcase opportunities. The cost is extremely reasonable at $75. Please note that I am not hosting this event, just posting it for your interest. The BC Touring Council is sponsoring it. For more info visit http://bctouring.org/touring-training-initiative/on-stage-success.

  • Music Biz Meet, Greet and Q & A Event

    The Gallery Bistro

    As your Meetup Group organizer, on April 25 I will be hosting another free evening of discussion and Q & A related to artists' careers and the music biz. You are invited to come and throw this long-time music industry veteran any question you may have to do with your music related endeavours or the business itself. It will also be an opportunity to share some of the challenges you’ve had or currently face, as well as what you’ve learned along the way that might help others. In addition, there will also be an opportunity to network. This FREE EVENT is for musicians, singers, songwriters, bands, artist managers, new entrepreneurs and others who wish to advance their music career and improve their prospects. Parents of young artists are also welcome. There is no charge except for any food and beverages you may order. You may bring a guest, but space is limited, so please RSVP or message me directly if you plan to attend. Please note, however, that seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are not being taken, so it is recommended to arrive early. Doors open at 6:00 pm. The Gallery Bistro is located in a historic part of Port Moody only a few blocks west of the SkyTrain’s Moody Centre Station. The bistro is a licensed venue and hub for music-related entertainment and special arts events in the Tri-City area. For the hungry and thirsty, light meals plus desserts and beverages will be available to order through the evening. This special event is open to members and non-members. You are welcome to contact me if you have any questions about this coming meetup.

  • Music Biz Meet, Greet and "Ask Graham Anything" Event

    The Gallery Bistro

    On November 22 your Meetup Group organizer Graham will be hosting an evening of revealing discussion and Q & A about the music biz. This FREE EVENT is for musicians, singers, songwriters, bands, artist managers, new entrepreneurs and others who wish to advance their music career and improve their prospects. Come and ask this long-time music industry veteran any question to do with your music related endeavours or the business itself. It will also be an opportunity to share some of the challenges you’ve had or currently face, as well as what you’ve learned along the way that might help others. In addition, there will also be an opportunity to network. There is no charge, except for any food and beverages you may order. Space is limited (you may bring along one guest). RSVP if you plan to attend, but please note that seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are not being taken, so it is recommended to arrive early. Doors open at 6:00 pm. The Gallery Bistro is located in a historic part of Port Moody only a few blocks west of the SkyTrain’s Moody Centre Station. It is a licensed venue and hub for music-related entertainment and special arts events in the Tri-City area. For the hungry and thirsty, light meals plus desserts and beverages will be available to order through the evening. This special event is open to members and non-members. You may contact Graham if you have any questions about this meetup.

  • Career Goals Strategy Workshop for Musicians and Singers

    Port Moody Arts Centre

    Come and join other musicians and singers from around Greater Vancouver in a special career-oriented strategy session. This roundtable style workshop is designed to help artists at any stage of their development discover what they don't know about taking that important next step in their career pursuit. This is a unique opportunity to set your course armed with knowledge you'll need to avoid costly missteps and delays in your path to success. So, no matter what you think your next career move might be or will entail, and how confident you may or may not feel about taking that step, set Monday evening of October 17 aside to attend. You'll be thankful you did. Space is limited. Registration for this inexpensive event is in advance through the host facility, Port Moody Arts Centre, and I'll be the workshop facilitator. For more information, contact me or visit my blogsite's Events page at grahamway.ca/blog, or call the Arts Centre directly at[masked]. See you there!

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  • Getting Down To Business & Money For Artists & Parents

    Shoreline Actors Studio

    Date: April 10th, 2014 Doors Open: 6:30pm Time 7:00-9:00pm Venue: Shoreline Actors Academy 33 E 7th Ave Vancouver Tickets: $15.00 (Donated to charity of choice, as well as matched by the World Financial Group Charitable Trust) Please reserve your seat by contacting: Brittney Grabill[masked] [masked] What To Expect: 1.) Developing A Clear Picture Of Where You Want To Go -Understand the benefits you have as an artist in regards to growing your wealth -Empower yourself to make better decisions and know where to go to benefit you -Compounding effects 2.) Money and Strategies -Choices the government gives you -Tax on your seeds vs your harvest -Harvesting the power of tax advantages -Sustain your lifestyle on the busy and slow industry times 3.) Basic Financial Concepts -Having your income empower you as an artists -Where to put money to benefit me and my family long term -Authentic education 4.) Being A Parent In The Industry & Treating Yourself Like A Business Owner -Contribution and collaboration -A shift to consciousness -Put time on your side This Workshop Is For You If: -You are a performer/artist who is ready and willing to go to the next level with your career -You are a parent of a child whom is on an abundant path as an artist and you want to sustain that -You are open and receptive -You have a desire to grow personally as well as professionally -You have a desire to understand what holds you back so you can be at your best -You want to increase your business mindset to blend with the creative side and strive -Learn how to take care of your financial map to have a more enjoyable journey -Increase your confidence and belief in yourself and your financial map -You want to gain confidence with another perspective of what you are already doing -You see your art as a means to positively contribute to the world and your financial stability to make you thrive even more -You want to increase your network of supportive and like minded individuals -Interested in cultivating a prosperous and abundant life perspective This Workshop Is Not For You If: -You have a doom and gloom perspective about the industry -You think you know everything you need to know -You are closed and combative -You’re not willing to ask for help and guidance -Belief in lack and limitation -You believe you need to get before you can give -You are a skeptic -Any talk of energy or positivity triggers you Your Facilitators: Mark Grabill Mark Grabill is an individual who coaches and develops distribution business teams. He exploded into the financial services industry equipped with customer service skills, a team development mentality and a “roll up your sleeves” farm work ethic. Mark’s focus lies in helping people learn how money works and empowers them to achieve their goals and dreams. His proven leadership skills help individuals work toward their goals of becoming financially successful as well as becoming business owners. His goal is to continue to build an extensive business, help people achieve their dreams. Mark realizes his success is dependent on the ability to create success for others and has a proven track record of results for helping his partners and clients succeed. Mark Grabill understands the world of performers and creative thinkers because of his daughter Brittney Grabill, a recording artist in Canada. At the age of 13, Brittney was travelling for acting, which gives Mark a vested interest in supporting other families understand the industry and not get taken advantage of. http://www.wfg-markgrabill.com/ Brittney Grabill Brittney is a singer/songwriter born in Edmonton, AB. Her first commercial single, I Like You, launched when she was 16, accompanied by the music video on youtube directed by Bradon Croft. She attributes the abundance of support and mentorship she has received to her success as an artist. She has an undeniable passion and love for writing music, allowing her music to a positive escape for people. Brittney lives in Vancouver, BC, and is in business with her father from Edmonton, AB, Mark Grabill. She is excited to team up for this workshop and give value to others who are courageous enough to invest in their art or support their child through a career in the arts. In 2014, Brittney will be launching a full length original album, Candy, and will be performing throughout North America in the summer. www.brittneygrabill.com

  • Music Business Course for Artists

    Douglas College

    Check out the Douglas College music biz course for artists/songwriters. Anyone can register--you don't have to be in their music program to take it. Weekly evening classes happen at the New West campus. Going into its fifth year this Fall, it's all about learning what you need to know to really accelerate your career and survive and thrive in this business. The course, which I instruct, is designed to teach you how to strategize your career and know when and how to take the appropriate steps. You will learn about who does what in the industry and how to establish and maintain strong working relationships; about contracts and protecting your interests; how to approach recording and music video projects with smarts; the ins and outs of publishing and copyright; important secrets to saving time and money; the many ways to make money and maximize your income; the digital scene and marketing in the digital age; gigging, touring, promotion and much, much more. Plus, you'll get the opportunity to have your music and promo material critiqued. Cost is only about $10 an hour, and there's a much cheaper per-person rate for duos and bands. Anyone who misses any classes for any reason can make them up in a future semester. This course is run by the college’s Community Music School. Registration is through the college’s Continuing Education department, by phone [masked]) or in person (at the registrar’s office at either the New Westminster or Coquitlam campus). Contact me if you want more info on cost, when registration starts, course content, etc. There's also more information at www.yourcareerinmusic.com. Cheers, Graham

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  • Zeppelina Music Video Shoot

    Panchos Top 40 Rock Club

    Zeppelina, Canada's All Female Led Zeppelin tribute will be shooting a music video live at Panchos Rock Room in Surrey on Aug 18! Joining us will be Snaggletooth (Motorhead tribute) and local rockers Grace Under Pressure! We will offer advance tickets to this meetup group at 50% off ($5 each) Zeppelina, Snaggletooth and Grace Under Pressure Panchos Top 40 Rock Club 10768 King George Highway, Surrey, British Columbia Doors at 8PM Show starts at 9PM Tickets are $10 Advance (Special for meetups $5.00-message me for details) $12 At the Door Sorry No Minors

  • Reo Fest - Live Music and Songwriting Workshops

    Reo Rafting Resort

    The Reo Rafting Resort on the Nahatlatch river near Boston Bar is holding its 3rd Annual music festival August 16-18, featuring live performances, songwriting workshops, mentors and coaches, open mics, whitewater rafting, resort amenities (including a private beach, nature trail, hot tub, showers, bathrooms, camping, campfire, chef-prepared meals and snacks). REO Fest is ALL-INCLUSIVE. Just bring your camping gear and prepare to enjoy a really special weekend with fellow music and nature enthusiasts (attendance is limited to around 200 people). Performers on the River Stage include Peak Performance and Fox Seeds top-20 finalists. Go to http://reorafting.com/site/reo-fest-2013.html for more info.

  • Takin' Turns at The Prophouse

    The Prophouse Cafe

    Yes, it's time once more to celebrate Vancouver's vibrant music scene at the city's funkiest venue with folk-fusion singer-songwriter Michael Averill, the raw blues of This Is the Shoes, and the work of charismatic singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ross Douglas. Admission is by donation, and there will be a raffle in aid of Crisis Centre with first prize donated by The Kosmik Zoo. More info and live stream at www.takinturns.ca