Music

Lauren Spencer-Smith gave American Idol viewers a view of Sproat Lake when she performed from her home town of Port Alberni on April 26. (Photo courtesy ABC Network)

Vancouver Island teen singer looks back on ‘American Idol’ experience

Lauren Spencer-Smith reached Top 20, made lifelong friendships and improved her skills

Lauren Spencer-Smith gave American Idol viewers a view of Sproat Lake when she performed from her home town of Port Alberni on April 26. (Photo courtesy ABC Network)
White Rock singer-songwriter Lovarra (also know as Corinne Friesen) is paying tribute to essential workers - and gaining a following - due to nightly rooftop mini-concerts in the Five Corners neighbourhood. (Contributed photo)

Roof-top singer builds a following at White Rock’s Five Corners

Lovarra’s nightly mini-concerts salute essential workers, cheer quarantiners

White Rock singer-songwriter Lovarra (also know as Corinne Friesen) is paying tribute to essential workers - and gaining a following - due to nightly rooftop mini-concerts in the Five Corners neighbourhood. (Contributed photo)
Image from the “Cantina Band” video.

WATCH: For #MayThe4th, a Star Wars ‘Cantina Band’ jam by VSO musicians and kids

‘We made this video as a gift to the kids who are all stuck at home’

Image from the “Cantina Band” video.
Nanaimo singer Lauren Spencer-Smith in Hawaii during American Idol tapings. (Lauren Spencer-Smith Instagram)

B.C. teen won’t be next American Idol, but she’s excited about her future in music

Nanaimo’s Lauren Spencer-Smith misses out on top 10 of reality TV talent show

Nanaimo singer Lauren Spencer-Smith in Hawaii during American Idol tapings. (Lauren Spencer-Smith Instagram)
The Beatles had a profound influence on the music of the 1960s and beyond. The band’s last studio album, Let It Be, was released May 8, 1970. (Stock photo)

QUIZ: A tribute to The Beatles

How much do you know about the iconic band from the 1960s?

The Beatles had a profound influence on the music of the 1960s and beyond. The band’s last studio album, Let It Be, was released May 8, 1970. (Stock photo)
VSO violinist stays busy with concerts ‘@Home’ in Surrey

VSO violinist stays busy with concerts ‘@Home’ in Surrey

Born in Mexico, Jeanette Bernal-Singh has been with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra since 1998

VSO violinist stays busy with concerts ‘@Home’ in Surrey
Tapestry Music owner Dave Sabourin.

Amid COVID-19, White Rock music store not missing a beat

Tapestry Music has moved instrument and singing lessons to the virtual world

Tapestry Music owner Dave Sabourin.
A scene from Zaac Pick’s “Lighter Side of Blue” video.

‘Weird coincidence’: Zaac Pick’s prophetic new music video shows him on deserted streets

February-filmed clip for his ‘Lighter Side of Blue’ song, which suits a mood right now

A scene from Zaac Pick’s “Lighter Side of Blue” video.
JoJo Mason was on a tour with Gord Bamford in mid-March when “the whole thing came crashing down, when all the rules came in about large gatherings,” due to COVID-19 concerns.

Surrey’s JoJo Mason brings mom along for Saturday song during Diesel Bird Digital Music Festival

Online event March 28-29 to rally behind Canadian musicians hit by COVID-19 show cancellations

JoJo Mason was on a tour with Gord Bamford in mid-March when “the whole thing came crashing down, when all the rules came in about large gatherings,” due to COVID-19 concerns.
Violin player Andrea Taylor on a Surrey Fusion Festival stage a few years ago. (File photo: Tom Zillich)
Violin player Andrea Taylor on a Surrey Fusion Festival stage a few years ago. (File photo: Tom Zillich)
Country music icon Kenny Rogers, seen above performing with Dolly Parton, died Friday night, March 20. (Kenny Rogers Facebook photo)

Country star Kenny Rogers dies of natural causes at 81

Rogers was known for such huge country music hits as Lucille, The Gambler, Coward of the County

Country music icon Kenny Rogers, seen above performing with Dolly Parton, died Friday night, March 20. (Kenny Rogers Facebook photo)
Surrey’s Stephano Barberis in a promo photo for his Breathe of My Leaves music project.
Surrey’s Stephano Barberis in a promo photo for his Breathe of My Leaves music project.
Bob Douglas at Music Makers Rehearsal Studios in 2016. (File photo: Tom Zillich)

Surrey’s Music Makers Rehearsal Studios will rock on with new owner

Theory of a Deadman, Lee Aaron, Aaron Pritchett have rehearsed or recorded there

Bob Douglas at Music Makers Rehearsal Studios in 2016. (File photo: Tom Zillich)
A fan takes a photo of a band at a live concert. Photo by Terry Farrell

Music industry feeling the effects of COVID-19 pandemic

Musicians, promoters and producers alike all reeling from cancellations, venue bans

A fan takes a photo of a band at a live concert. Photo by Terry Farrell
DJ Miko.So? at her home in Surrey, in a screenshot from video.

Surrey 11-year-old to DJ at Canucks ‘Next Generation’ game

Known as Miko.So? when at the table, Tomiko Nishimura is a Grade 6 student in Fleetwood

DJ Miko.So? at her home in Surrey, in a screenshot from video.
2020 Juno Awards nominees were announced on Jan. 28, 2020. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Pop singer Lights, Ewan Currie of Sheepdogs among Juno Awards presenters

Dallas Smith, Felix Cartal and Nuela Charles nominated for big awards

2020 Juno Awards nominees were announced on Jan. 28, 2020. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Henri Brown, left, with guitar player Joe Satriani in a photo posted to experiencehendrixtour.com. (Photo:Kevin Keating/San Francisco Bay Area Concerts)

VIDEO: Surrey musician’s Hendrix family roots lead to song with Joe Satriani solo

Henri Brown, who is Jimi Hendrix’s first cousin, is featured on ‘Experience Hendrix’ tour

Henri Brown, left, with guitar player Joe Satriani in a photo posted to experiencehendrixtour.com. (Photo:Kevin Keating/San Francisco Bay Area Concerts)
South Surrey singer-songwriter offers different ‘Perspectives’ in new EP
South Surrey singer-songwriter offers different ‘Perspectives’ in new EP
Semiahmoo-raised musician celebrating 20 years as a Celtic fiddler

Semiahmoo-raised musician celebrating 20 years as a Celtic fiddler

Blue Frog concert marks a milestone for performer Kierah

Semiahmoo-raised musician celebrating 20 years as a Celtic fiddler
Gurshan Vening plays with the Panorama Ridge Secondary senior jazz band during the 2019 Surrey Schools International Jazz Festival last February. (File photo: Lauren Collins)

Jazz festival will welcome 2,000 student musicians to Surrey school

Event returns to Sullivan Heights Secondary on Feb. 21-22

Gurshan Vening plays with the Panorama Ridge Secondary senior jazz band during the 2019 Surrey Schools International Jazz Festival last February. (File photo: Lauren Collins)