Zaac Pick presents: Passages Unplugged — a virtual performance

Presenting ‘Passages, Unplugged’ — a virtual performance of my latest album ‘Passages’, from front to back, accompanied sparsely by a few dear friends on backing vocals, piano, cello, and violin. Recorded in an empty and soon-to-be-demolished church hall in Vancouver, BC, this is the first (and likely only) time this album will be performed performed live in full.

I’ll be hanging out on the chat afterwards to say hello, answer questions, trade music recommendations or favorite recipes, etc. as well.

Based in Vancouver, BC singer-songwriter Zaac Pick’s brand of confessional folk-pop has slowly been earning acclaim since 2010, with a string of EPs and an LP having garnered him a handful of regional songwriting awards, nominations, CBC and college radio play, and opening slots for The Civil Wars, Noah Gundersen, and Bahamas. Numerous songs have also been featured on major network television shows.

Karen Fowlie: International Women’s Day Free Concert “A Tribute to Canadian Women in Song”

Join Karen Fowlie (vocal/guitar), Terri Breeze (bass), Mal Temple (drums), Owen Thomas (electric guitar) and Mike Hurst (keyboards) for this pre-recorded live concert Wednesday Mar 8, 2021 at 5:00pm PST / 8:00pm ET. You will songs by Sarah McLachlan, Joni Mitchell, Shania Twain, Sylvia Tyson, Loreena McKennitt as well as “Moment in Time”, one of Fowlie’s Originals. The chat room will be open before and after the show.

Karen Fowlie is an award-winning singer-songwriter with deep musical roots in her community. Influenced by musical greats (Heart, Sarah McLachlan, Emmylou Harris, Jann Arden, Joni Mitchell, Chantal Kreviazuk, Carrie Underwood and more) Fowlie writes Alt. Country/Rock songs people can easily relate to. Karen has been recognized by B.C.’s Attorney General for her song writing and has also appeared as a special guest on a TV talk show. Fowlie and her band regularly entertain audiences and have released three singles in recent history.

David Ward | Station 𝟚𝟛𝟜 w/special guest

Happy New Year!

Tune in and stop by Station 𝟚𝟛𝟜. I’ll be your host, David Ward, joined by musical wizard Jonny Tobin of Golden Future.

Broadcast live from Monarch Studios in Vancouver, BC straight into your living room.

Episode 4 sponsored by the letter F – for ‘FRESH.’

All aboard!

“David Ward is a singular talent. Hailing from Vancouver, his unique voice—high, keening, packed with emotion—is allied to a songwriting sensibility which is, at times, devastating.” Clash

*poster photography by Alex Townsend

Short Play Competition Readings

For 2020 the Ryga Arts Festival’s Theatre Trail is nimbly changing to the Short Play Competition, which allows our imaginations to return to the ‘theatre space’. We’ll be sharing the top five plays on Saturday, August 15th. It’s bound to be exciting- so please join in and join us to experience the joy and adventure of new writing!

Inspired by George Ryga, the Ryga Arts Festival is a vibrant celebration of the arts in the spectacular Okanagan valley of British Columbia.

From our friends in arts and culture. Visit Don’t Stop Here, find more events in British Columbia in the arts and culture industries. 

Author Reading: Gerry William, The Black Ship & The Woman in the Trees

Join author and educator Gerry William to hear selections from two of his novels, The Black Ship and The Woman in the Trees. Gerry is of Okanagan-Shuswap ancestry and is a member of the Splatsin Indian Band in Enderby, B.C.

The Black Ship is the first science fiction novel written by a Canadian First Nations author. As an avid “trekkie” and and sci-fi reader himself, Gerry believes that although science fiction is a field rarely explored by First Nations writers, it provides many of the techniques and structures needed if the future is to be explored in a meaningful way.

Gerry will also read selections from his novel, The Woman in the Trees. Set during the time of first contact, the story takes place around what is now Vernon, BC., moving effortlessly from myth to dream time to narrative real time. Spanning the historical period from 1780 to 1860, The Woman in the Trees addresses a time of massive upheaval for the Okanagan people (the Syilx).

The event will include an opportunity for conversation with Gerry after the readings.

Inspired by George Ryga, the Ryga Arts Festival is a vibrant celebration of the arts in the spectacular Okanagan valley of British Columbia.

From our friends in arts and culture. Visit Don’t Stop Here, find more events in British Columbia in the arts and culture industries. 

Power of Disability Concert

The Power of Disability Concert is a live-streamed interactive celebration showcasing the power of disability through music, storytelling, and humour. We want to bring joy and laughter into your lives. To entertain, create a sense of community and to remind ourselves we’re in this together.

All ticket proceeds will support Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network. PLAN has been building networks of support for more than thirty years.

Hosted by James Sanders.

Our outstanding list of performers
(in alphabetical order) includes:

Amy Amantea, Actor
Christa Couture, Musician, Writer, Broadcaster
Maxim Fomitchev, Mime, Clown & Physical Comedian
Sarah Jickling, Singer/Songwriter
Greg ’77 Spokes’ Labine, Singer/Songwriter
Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli
David Roche, Humourist
Kristina Shelden, Singer/Songwriter

No cash? No credit card? No problem.
Call Claire at 778-819-1726 or email

Veda Hille haunts The Cultch

Veda Hille had plans to be working on new songs in Berlin this spring, but we all know what happened to everybody’s plans. Searching for a piano to play in quarantine times, she reached out to The Cultch just down the street from her small apartment. She has been happily isolating in the Historic Theatre every afternoon, and now would love to play some songs for you on that beautiful Baldwin piano. Join her for a solo (obviously) concert in East Van’s beloved Cultch, facilitated by the fine folks at Side Door. Sunday night piano party! Sad/happy feelings guaranteed.