Music

Surrey resident Becky Van Drunen has published “Playlist Kitchen,” a pandemic-project cookbook featuring music-inspired recipes. (submitted photo)

Pop songs inspire ‘Playlist Kitchen’ cookbook that ‘saved’ Surrey entrepreneur during pandemic

‘I’m a creative person and I get bored, but it was out of necessity too,’ says Becky Van Drunen

 

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Surrey singer soars into Searchlight song contest’s top 10 with ‘It Doesn’t Matter’

Argel Monte de Ramos is among ‘popular vote’ finalists, with winner to be announced June 22

 

Singer-songwriter Jann Arden is pictured with a draft horse. (Canadian Horse Defence Coalition)

Jann Arden backs petition to stop ‘appalling’ live horse export, slaughter

June 14 is the International Day to End Live Export of Animals

Singer-songwriter Jann Arden is pictured with a draft horse. (Canadian Horse Defence Coalition)
Electronic producer Joanne Hill, who performs as Sydney Blu, lobbied for the Juno Awards to introduce a category for underground dance single of the year. The new award will launch in 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Juno Awards to announce new category for underground dance single of the year

Joanne Hill lobbied for the award with support from DJs, producers and other members of the dance music industry

Electronic producer Joanne Hill, who performs as Sydney Blu, lobbied for the Juno Awards to introduce a category for underground dance single of the year. The new award will launch in 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
At Surrey’s Queen Elizabeth Secondary in Surrey, musician Luv Randhawa (second from right) with students Kenny Segura (middle) and Gracy Gandhi (second from left), school counsellor Jeremy Lendvoy (left) and TV news reporter Jay Durant (right). (Submitted photo)

For love of music, bhangra artist Randhawa helps Surrey students get to next level

Five $500 scholarships include mentorship from White Rock-based artist

At Surrey’s Queen Elizabeth Secondary in Surrey, musician Luv Randhawa (second from right) with students Kenny Segura (middle) and Gracy Gandhi (second from left), school counsellor Jeremy Lendvoy (left) and TV news reporter Jay Durant (right). (Submitted photo)
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‘Red Sneakers’ for contest-winning musician on Surrey’s Canada Day livestream

Ashley Pater says she’s excited to be back on City of Surrey Canada Day stage for third year in a row

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Johnny Orlando poses in this undated handout photo. Orlando, who’s nominated for pop album of the year at the Juno Awards, recently passed 10 million followers on TikTok. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Universal Music Canada, Norman Wong
Johnny Orlando poses in this undated handout photo. Orlando, who’s nominated for pop album of the year at the Juno Awards, recently passed 10 million followers on TikTok. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Universal Music Canada, Norman Wong
A scene from “The Bee” video posted to Surrey City Orchestra’s Youtube channel, with animation by Kenny Hawksworth.
A scene from “The Bee” video posted to Surrey City Orchestra’s Youtube channel, with animation by Kenny Hawksworth.
Blake Havard performs at Central City’s outdoor plaza during a 2017 Surrey concert. His latest music will be highlighted in a live-streamed program May 28 presented by White Rock-based BEC Entertainment (File photo)

White Rock-based Blake Havard live stream set for May 28

Veteran singer-songwriter to showcase new music in paid online concert

Blake Havard performs at Central City’s outdoor plaza during a 2017 Surrey concert. His latest music will be highlighted in a live-streamed program May 28 presented by White Rock-based BEC Entertainment (File photo)
Interactive children’s show Under the Sea, presented online by Surrey Civic Theatres, starting May 28, includes graphics and animation as well as dance and music. (Contributed graphic)

Surrey Civic Theatres’ Under the Sea an adventure for children

Online interactive show presented in English and French, May 28-June 11

Interactive children’s show Under the Sea, presented online by Surrey Civic Theatres, starting May 28, includes graphics and animation as well as dance and music. (Contributed graphic)
Surrey-raised rapper Merkules outside his old Green Timbers-area house. Its looming demolition triggers some memories for the musician. (Photo: Tom Zillich)

VIDEO: Rapper Merkules visits old Surrey home one final time before its demolition

‘It’s weird seeing the place gutted like this,’ he says of the Green Timbers-area rancher

Surrey-raised rapper Merkules outside his old Green Timbers-area house. Its looming demolition triggers some memories for the musician. (Photo: Tom Zillich)
FILE - This March 14, 2011 file photo, shows Lloyd Price appears backstage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, in New York. The New Orleans mainstay and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has died. Price was known for such hits as “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” and “Stagger Lee.” His wife Jackie said he died Monday, May 3, 2021 in New Rochelle, N.Y. (AP Photo, File)

Lloyd Price, singer and early rock influence, dies at 88

The singer fashioned a deep, exuberant sound around the brass and swing of New Orleans jazz and blues

FILE - This March 14, 2011 file photo, shows Lloyd Price appears backstage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, in New York. The New Orleans mainstay and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has died. Price was known for such hits as “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” and “Stagger Lee.” His wife Jackie said he died Monday, May 3, 2021 in New Rochelle, N.Y. (AP Photo, File)
Semiahmoo Peninsula entertainment entrepreneur Bill Brooks says BEC Entertainment’s role as an online streaming provider evolved out of necessity. Contributed photo

White Rock event promoter evolves into online presenter

Pandemic strategy has added versatility, Bill Brooks says

Semiahmoo Peninsula entertainment entrepreneur Bill Brooks says BEC Entertainment’s role as an online streaming provider evolved out of necessity. Contributed photo
Daniel Pelton (at left) and his jazz/pop band Long Time No Time have weathered the storms -both anticipated and unanticipated - of creating a new album, Tough Times, in the middle of a pandemic. (Contributed photo )

Semiahmoo Peninsula-raised artist recounts hard time creating ‘Tough Times’

Daniel Pelton and his jazz-pop band overcame multiple challenges

Daniel Pelton (at left) and his jazz/pop band Long Time No Time have weathered the storms -both anticipated and unanticipated - of creating a new album, Tough Times, in the middle of a pandemic. (Contributed photo )
Ocean Athletics’ Roy Jiang – a senior at Southridge School – will study, run track and play clarinet at the California Institute of Technology beginning this fall. (Gordon Kalisch/Fast Track Sports Photography)

‘Triple-threat’ Southridge School student runs toward CalTech

Roy Jiang will compete on track team, play in the university’s symphony and study bioengineering

Ocean Athletics’ Roy Jiang – a senior at Southridge School – will study, run track and play clarinet at the California Institute of Technology beginning this fall. (Gordon Kalisch/Fast Track Sports Photography)
Mick Dalla-Vee impersonates Elton John in the Atlantic Crossing tribute show, presented as a pay-per-view stream by Blue Frog Studios on May 29. Contributed photo

British Invasion show next in Blue Frog streamed concert series

Atlantic Crossing pays tribute to Beatles, Rod Stewart, Elton John

Mick Dalla-Vee impersonates Elton John in the Atlantic Crossing tribute show, presented as a pay-per-view stream by Blue Frog Studios on May 29. Contributed photo
Members of Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. (File photo)

B.C.-wide #DayOfMusic to feature 100-plus free virtual concerts May 15

‘Our colleagues across the province have figured out new ways to perform and connect,’ VSO boss says

Members of Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. (File photo)
Peninsula-raised guitarist Michael Fabro’s nuevo-flamenco album Tasting Notes is a distillation of all of his musical experience, he says. Contributed photo

South Surrey acoustic guitarist offers listeners a taste of Spain

‘Tasting Notes’ a heady blend of Michael Fabro’s musical influences

Peninsula-raised guitarist Michael Fabro’s nuevo-flamenco album Tasting Notes is a distillation of all of his musical experience, he says. Contributed photo
Musician JJ Lavallee has a socially-distanced chat about his life and music career. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
Musician JJ Lavallee has a socially-distanced chat about his life and music career. (Photo: Malin Jordan)