2020 TAIWANfest | The Island and the Maple Leaf

The Island that yearns to gain recognition and bring joy; the Maple Leaf that hopes to leave behind a bright future.
Led by conductor Nicholas Urquhart, the Vancouver orchestra Harmonia is joined by Indigenous youth ensemble Chin-Ai String Orchestra for “The Island and the Maple Leaf”, an evening of cultural conversations through music. The repertoire follows the theme of the Taiwanese’s aspiration to spread joy around the world, and the Canadians’ pursuit to nurture a promising future for the country. These ambitions go hand in hand and join together to inspire everyone who has been affected by the world’s crisis.
This virtual concert is available for two days only starting Sept 5th on https://vancouvertaiwanfest.ca/concert/
For details on other virtual programs part of 2020 TAIWANfest, visit https://vancouvertaiwanfest.ca

Devin Townsend

So I was thrilled to announce my headlining of Bloodstock this year, and with an eye on doing my first ‘by request’ set that included my entire career, (including SYL and all the DTP albums), I know there were a lot of people that were really excited as well.

But then, as we all know, circumstances prevented that from happening, and that was disappointing as the show was meant to be a pivotal moment in my creative career. But every roadblock is an opportunity for something different so we have come up with a plan to bring you the show in a way I believe will be kind of revolutionary and damned exciting. We have been working tirelessly to bring you a ‘virtual’ concert of the by request set, with musicians playing together, yet all in different parts of the world.

However, I wanted to do something different, not the ‘brady bunch’ type split screen visuals filmed on smartphones, (they are cool, but also not really exciting in my opinion) instead, we have opted to make a full production, filming ourselves separately, playing our instruments live, on greenscreens, with 8 cameras each, (all at the same heights and distances for each of our remote shoots), and then combine these elements on a crazy virtual stage. Its ambitious, but I think the closest to a monster concert as can be achieved this summer =) Considering everyone is scattered throughout the land yet not wanting to ‘let the dream die’ we have stumbled upon something rather amazing I think.

The players are Samus on drums, Wes Hauch on guitar, and Liam Wilson on bass… they have been going crazy learning the material, and we are putting it all together on September 5th, for the most ambitious live stream I think Ive heard of thus far. We have been dealing with Stageit to avoid any hiccups, and it poised to be rather awesome.

I will be live with it, and you, at this show, answering questions and talking to you throughout, to make it a totally interactive experience that acts not only as a cool way to spend a Saturday, but also as a potentially new way to do concerts entirely. The players I have hired have worked their butts off learning the material, and its going to be one of the coolest things Ive done in recent memory.

So please consider coming to this, Stageit has allowed the show to be the full 85 minutes, so it will be the full Bloodstock set. I cant actually believe we’re managing to pull off something like this, and theres a lot involved with it, but its worth it to me. Its not just any ‘quarantine concert’ this one is a quantum leap of sound and visuals. I cant wait for you to see this, hopefully you’ll consider it.

Quarantune Sundays

Quarantune Sundays is a live stream/social distance music series coming out of Squamish BC. Hosted by, established British Columbia musicians Ev Kinsella and Will Ross. Join them as they serve up an audible feast of their favourite original music and creative covers every Sunday afternoon!

LIVE MUSIC BY
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Ev Kinsella is a Canadian singer-songwriter performing solo, and collaborating with musicians and producers coast to coast. Inspired by various genres and the healing power of music, adventure, and unity his music is written from the heart aims to invoke positive minds. Singing with a fire in his soul Kinsella has performed tour dates on stages of all sizes across Canada and internationally in various clubs, breweries, cruise lines, and music festivals. With a high-energy performance, and heart felt songwriting Kinsella and his band are capturing audiences everywhere they go.
*West Coast Vibe//East Coast Flow*
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Will Ross was born and raised in Hamilton Ontario, Will has been making music since the age of 10. He is a multi instrumentalist live looping artist. He is currently based out of Squamish B.C. Will delivers a performance that spans various genres, remixing classic sing alongs, all while delivering a seamless and entertaining performance not to be missed!
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Marcus Ramsay is a Roots/Rock musician based in the Sea to Sky corridor in British Columbia, Canada, Marcus plays over 100 shows a year with various bands and solo acts. Fronting rock band Northern Ignition, he has performed along acts such as Pearl Jam and the Killers at Pemberton Music Festival and headlined World Ski and Snowboard Festival.

FIND THE LIVE STREAM @ http://www.facebook.com/evkinsellamusic

House Party with Decibel

The hottest club in the world has no line and no cover. Because it’s actually your house.

twitch.tv/snakesxladders

By now, you’re probably running out of things to watch on Netflix and have suddenly become an expert at baking banana bread. The days are all blending together like Dalgona coffee, and you keep posting #throwback pictures to life before all of this.

Just because we’re self-isolating, doesn’t mean we can’t still (virtually) come together as a community.

Every Saturday night, Decibel’s finest DJs will be spinning back-to-back bangerz! We’ll be streaming live on Twitch, Instagram, and Facebook Live, and sending out a Zoom link so you can connect with music lovers from all over the world. Come party with us and the rest of the Decibel fam from the comfort of your home!

So get your biggest screens and your best sound systems ready, and clear some space for dancing. Use the hashtag #decibelhouseparties to show off how you’re busting through the funk every Saturday night.

Escape feat Khanvict and Guests

Every Friday. Your escape from lockdown.
twitch.tv/snakesxladders

Khanvict and friends transport you to another realm. Live electronic music and visuals.

Surrey based Asad Khan (aka Khanvict) is an escape artist. His love for lush strings, cinematic swells, and a West Coast bass music punch instantly transports the listener – conjuring visions of desert expanses and dense jungle paradises. His live set is awe-inspiring, featuring a custom hardware and software rig, lighting package, and LED screens – all tracking his movements and gestures and projecting his expansive vision in a highly synchronized and magnetic manner. In these troubled times, his sets of original music are medicine – connecting the audience to his deep roots in Sufi and Punjabi music while his gorgeous visuals catalyze a meaningful experience of music, dance and nature.

Arts Matter Online: Don Wade on Facebook Live

Arts Matter Online: Listen + Create with Don Wade on Facebook Live – Saturday May 9th at 4:00 PM

https://www.facebook.com/don.wade.7

Don was born to entertain! Grab a sketch book, listen to his stories & music while you create from the comfort of your home.
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Don’s earliest musical influences were radio broadcasts during WW II, the many fine radio orchestras, the Saturday afternoon opera broadcasts from The Met, big band remotes and the many fine classical music broadcasts. He came out of that era with a love of the great classical music along with the jazz tunes the dance bands were playing. After a 40+ year career teaching music, theatre, as a high school counsellor and online course developer, Don retired and started Sax Among Friends in Vancouver. When moving to Naramata in 2012, he restarted the group with an amazing gathering of fine local musicians. Don currently plays soprano, alto and tenor saxes with Sax Among Friends, tenor sax with the South Okanagan Big Band, and baritone sax with the Penticton Concert Band and Saxxafrass Saxophone Quartet in addition to many solo appearances. The South Okanagan is home to many accomplished musicians and Don is truly delighted to be making music with many of them.

Don offers this free concert as part of the Penticton Arts Council’s Arts Matter Online program. He sends out a thank you to the Penticton Arts Council, the Province of British Columbia, Canada Helps, Gore Mutual and generous community donors.

For more information or to apply for the Arts Matter Online program please visit: https://www.pentictonartscouncil.com/arts-matter-online

Kara-Kata Afrobeat Made in Canada | Facebook Live

Our band, Kara-Kata Afrobeat Group, will perform our original songs and songs from the Afrobeat genre for our beloved community. Each band member will record their part and we will edit to create a video which will be released live. Our band leader, Toyin Kayo-Ajayi, will do a small live introduction and chat prior to the release. It is our hope to stay connected with our fans and community during these challenging times. We always aim to spread love, joy, connection, and to share Nigerian culture, which is where our music style was born.
We will set up a donation page prior to event. Thank you and we miss you!