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Paul Abgrall
Smooth Sailing

Paul Abgrall is a true islander. Born in Duncan and raised in nearby Youbou. Paul has resided on the Island all his life.

Ric Lafontaine the Wind Gone Mad

Ric Lafontaine has a west coast sound reflecting the free and independent spirit of Vancouver Island. His songs are reminiscent of Cat Stevens but with the flavor of a seasoned fisherman. His music paints pictures of faeries dancing on water and eagles soaring on one wing. Like a weaver, confident of his craft, Ric takes contemporary themes and transforms them into mystical moments. From his minstrel's bag, he pulls out a melody and a word and takes the listener on a magic carpet ride. Skip a stone on the water and then dance to the moon. Take a pilgrimage and spend some moments with this free-spirited storyteller

Rose Reiter
What I Don't Get

Artist description

Rose Reiter - Singer/Songwriter from Vancouver, BC, Canada. She Captures her audience with her passionate edgy blend of pop, soul and rock. She started playing piano by ear at the age of 3 and started lessons at 4. Although her dad had to sell the piano a few years later and couldn't afford lessons, she continued to play and write music any time she could find a piano. Her natural voice and performing instinct grew after many years of exposure to music, theater and dance. She started playing guitar at the age of 16 and continued her vocal lessons.She released her first album, "What I Don't Get" on her own indie label, Lion Records.
*Rose has been aquiring alot of attention on the internet, Liveartists.com featured her and she is recieving many reviews from a growing fan base, check out her reviews at u-g-a.com, ryze.com, audiosurge.com and a great review at www.musicgiveaway.com (favorites)to name a few.

Music style
Pop

Musical influences
Sting, Sarah McLachlan, Paula Cole, Annie Lennox

Similar Artists
Paula Cole and Sara McLachlan

Instruments
Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums and various Percussion Instruments

Albums
What I Don't Get

Press reviews:

This Rose, a song on Reiter's debut CD, is catching lots of attention by Paul Andrew, The Pique Magazine.
WHO: Rose Reiter WHERE: AlpenRock House WHEN: Feb.19

Why is it that almost every time a singer/song writer recommends a song of theirs, in order to get a good idea of their talent, it isn't the song you think is the best on the CD?

"If you're out of time, please take a quick listen to tracks 3, 5, 6 and 7..." was the message from Vancouver's Rose Reiter when she e-mailed some additions to an interview I had with her a couple weeks back.

Fortunately, I wasn't out of time and discovered a couple other tracks on the CD that probably impressed AlpenRock's management and confirmed a booking for the 25 year old musician. Not that the songs she mentioned weren't good because most of the 13 trackson Reiter's debut CD, called What I Don't Get, are solid compositions for a debut album. But she may not have heard the pseudo Eastern rhythms in HeavenKnows, the disc's second track, or realized the strong harmonies on 8 of Hearts near the end of the CD.

But like any of the arts, beauty is in the(ear) of the beholder."I basically got the gig at AlpenRock House myself, after Gordon Barkerheard the CD, he called and booked our band, "Reiter said on the phone from Vancouver "So it was footwork, I guess."Perhaps. But a few of the songs on what I Don't Get are much more dance-like and energetic than tunes by some of the young Canadian female crooners looking for a major record label. Heaven help any female singer who relies solely on her voice and good looks to break into the music market. The odds are stacked against them. Reiter uses some edgy arrangements behind her strong vocals to give listeners some variety. As a result, it creates energy and a few good tunes."

I had an opportunity to do this with another band, see the world, that kind of thing. And Gordon (Barker) compared me to Ivana Santili, which is nice. I'm really flattered by that. But song writing is my number one gift - and I write a lot of songs. It's a whole different animal. I really want to get recognized as a song writer. Some people think that female song writers all write their own stuff.. but many depend on other writer's material."Although Reiter's voice isn't as much pop music as someone such as Santili,she should be grateful. Her unpolished pipes, and to an extent gritty contemporary arrangements, distinguish her from a swarm of up and comers who all sound like they were all cast from the same cookie cutter. And people have noticed.

CBC's Coastal Grooves interviewed Reiter on the radio and played a few of her songs, and even the harder edged CFOX radio in Vancouver gave the disc limited spins.Reiter says she's a full-time professional musician who, on the side, "works as a software consultant and trainer" for a few companies in Vancouver.There are much worse positions to be in when trying to make the transition from one lifestyle to another."Plus, I've owned LionEye Records in Vancouver for two years. And my CD is on the label.

"Reiter is no stranger to Whistler but has never performed here. AlpenRockHouse is a large venue for any established band to fill, never mind an upwardly mobile indie artist from the city, but she seems confident about her chances of a good show."I know DJ Morgan at The Beagle and my stuff has been played in there," Reiter said. "Actually, I dropped off the CD at AlpenRock and Gordon said he'd listen to it. "Two days later he said he called me at 9:15 in the morning, said that he listened to it all day, and when could I come up and play in the nightclub."

Sachika
Brilliant Blue

Sandy Jasper and the Westcoast Whistle Co.
Elfsong

Put on the C.D., sit back and take a journey!  Haunting whistle tunes take you deep into the forest where elves and forest creatures play.  Slide out onto the plains with Steve Tozer as he sings an original song "The Buffalo Run"  Take a trip to Ireland or Scotland with one of their lively Celtic Tunes or revisit lost or forgotten love as Sandy Jasper sings one of her original songs.  Each piece is chosen for it's beauty and ability to take you away from the everyday, each piece chosen to take you on a journey, a journey into Elfsong!
 
Sandy Jasper is a multi-instramentalist who both plays and builds her own Irish Whistles.  She writes her own songs, teaches and writes books.  Steve Tozer is a British born Songwriter, poet and musician.  Together they are members of the Band "The West Coast Whistle Co."  Featuring Original music and Traditional Celtic tunes.  They have performed on T.V. Radio, in Theatres and on tour with Will Millar of the Irish Rovers.  For more information on upcoming events, C.D.'s or their hand made Irish Whistles, check out their web page at:  http://www.angelfire.com/music2/WestCoastWhistleCo/
Or e.mail them at WhistleCompany@Shaw.ca

Shirley Rainone
Prairie Blue

Some Guy & a Newfie
Carry Me Home

Ed Anderson & Guy Massey

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vancouver Island's own Some Guy & a Newfie blend country, pop, and world music to create a unique flair of west coast folk. Their easy listening style of original music appeals to a variety of audiences. They enjoy playing in festivals, coffee houses, pubs and cafes. Guy Massey, who is originally from Vancouver, and Ed Anderson, who is originally from Newfoundland, bring their personal musical influences and their love of the coast to create a sound that is distinctly their own.

Steve Palen
Look Around

Steve Palmer From Here To Nashville

With more than 35 years experience as a working musician, you could call Steve Palmer a “road-survivor”. If so, he’s a thriving one- still playing live, still touring, and now starting on a new career as a songwriter with his first original CD , “From Here To Nashville”.
“The longer I keep doing this, the more I enjoy it. I’m like the Charlton Heston of folk singers -they’ll have to pry my guitar from my dead fingers. Still smoking, I hope”.
The CD (recorded in Edmonton) contains 8 catchy originals, probably best classified as Roots or Alt-Country. Backed by old friends and past members of various bands, the album has been getting airplay on university and alternate radio stations.
Sometimes compared to Hoyt Axton, Leonard Cohen, or John Prine, Steve lists Doc Watson, Mississippi John Hurt, and Fats Waller as major influences. “But I’m always listening to new stuff, Celtic (Dervish), Bluegrass (Jerusalem Ridge, John Reischman), or Jazz. I’ve got an album by an old friend, Nanaimo guitarist Pat Coleman, that totally amazes me.”
Originally set on a career as a guitarist, Steve suddenly became a singing guitarist when their teenage front man passed out in their first set at a frat party. “I discovered I had a memory for lyrics which has continued to this day. I know literally 100’s of songs, which has saved my life on more than one occasion.”
With summer tours planned for Western Canada and the Yukon, Steve has already appeared at several folk clubs in BC and Alberta as a warm up and as a feature performer, backing himself on 6 and 12 string guitars.

Terry Boyle

Terry has just returned from his native Ireland where he spent the last three years catching up on tunes, songs and old friends at musical sessions all over the country. His songs reflect the continuing contact with Ireland which he left to come to Canada in 1989.

“ I have come back with basketloads of ideas which I will eventually press into the shape of rough songs. It always takes me a long time to be somewhat satisfied with the final product.”


Terry released a self-titled CD in 1997 which contains a blend of songs written between Ireland and Canada. He is currently working on a second CD of original and Celtic songs.