On Friday, December 7th, 2012, Music BC Charitable Foundation hosted its first ever Celebration! event at the Vogue Theatre, to raise awareness and support for music education programs in BC, and to celebrate the fantastic and diverse talents of BC’s top music artists. Mistress of Ceremonies Tamara Stanners (of 102.7 The PEAK FM) was on hand to keep us entertained between acts, which she did with many a witty quip!
Joining us were musical acts of all stripes–from Bill Henderson and Chilliwack, to Shaun Verreault of Wide Mouth Mason, to PEAK Performance Project finalists The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer and Portage and Main, to hip hop sensation Cityreal with blues legend Wes Mackey. An all-star blues band, fronted by renowned blues man Jim Byrnes took turns showcasing the talents of a variety of established BC acts, like David Gogo, Steve Dawson, and Murray Porter.
On top of up-and-coming, hot-ticket acts like Steph Macpherson, Terri-Lynn Williams Davidson and Tonye Aganaba and The Foundation , we were also treated to some avant garde honor band pieces by Vancouver Technical Secondary School’s Senior Honor Band and the adorable grade 6/7 band from Queen Alexandra Elementary. Stand-out student act of the night belonged to Jesika Kula of the Songwriters of a New Generation program, who with mates Kirsten Kwong and Beth Saul, performed two original songs and charmed the audience thoroughly.
Special thanks goes to the Vogue Theatre– who provided the amazing and beautiful venue for the show as well as production staff to keep things running smoothly. Sponsors Tom Lee Music and Nimbus School of Recording Arts made sure we had all the backline and stage hands we needed, as well as recorded the show free of charge. Happy Water provided refreshment to our hard-working crew of volunteers, staff and artists, as well as the 150 student performers who joined us for the event.
A big thanks to our publicist extraordinaire Joelle May of Mod May Promotions, who was instrumental in securing a front page story in the Westender as well as various other invaluable media coverage. WE Vancouver really came through with an amazing print sponsorship and 102.7 The PEAK FM provided a well-needed push on the radio waves!
A huge hand goes to our volunteers who helped run our donation station and artist merch booths, as well as kept our performers and crew fed and hydrated. Volunteer videographers Lev Shum and Elias-Crespo Mulatto filmed the event and will be producing a video reel to recap the event and help promote for next year! Staff photographer Leigh Eldridge and Christine McAvoy took care of still photography of the night and you can check out their photos on the Foundation Facebook page.
Last (but not least) a HUGE hand to Vancouver Fanclub for hosting the terrific afterparty for our VIPS and performers! Check them out for music events and fab nightlife on Granville Street!
Thanks to the community at large and the awesome show of support from our amazing audience. We are overwhelmed by the renewed interest, support, donations and partnership requests that resulted from this fun night!
All photos credited to Christine McAvoy.