Music

Coolio performs on day three of Riot Fest on Sept. 18, 2022, at Douglass Park in Chicago. Coolio, the rapper who was among hip-hop’s biggest names of the 1990s, died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022, at age 59, his manager said. (Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP, File)

‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ rapper Coolio dies at age 59, says manager

Artist won a Grammy for best solo rap performance in 1995

 

Retired music promotions rep RayMan Ramsay, a South Surrey resident, with the two “Promo Monkey” books he’s authored. (Photo: Tom Zillich)

‘Promo Monkey’ a B.C. man’s glimpse inside the world of rock stars and record-selling

RayMan Ramsay writes about some of the world’s most famous musicians and B.C. music-biz insiders

 

Vince Ditrich. (Submitted photo)

PODCAST: A chat with longtime Spirit of the West drummer turned author Vince Ditrich

TODAY IN B.C.: Second book ‘The Vicar’s Knickers’ released in the Tony Vicar trilogy

 

Chicago's Axiom Brass is set to perform in Abbotsford on Sept. 30. (Submitted)

Chicago’s Axiom Brass performing in Abbotsford later this month

Leading brass ensemble kicks off 2022-23 for the Valley Concert Society

Chicago's Axiom Brass is set to perform in Abbotsford on Sept. 30. (Submitted)
Miranda Currie, seen in an undated handout photo, is a writer, musician, filmmaker and educator who lives in Yellowknife, and is Mushkegowuk and a member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation in Manitoba. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Miranda Currie

Yellowknife musician wants to ‘change that Indigenous narrative in Canada’

Miranda Currie wants Indigenous kids to feel represented and valued in music, films and books

Miranda Currie, seen in an undated handout photo, is a writer, musician, filmmaker and educator who lives in Yellowknife, and is Mushkegowuk and a member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation in Manitoba. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Miranda Currie
Dave Matthews Band live at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA, on Saturday, Sept. 3, in a photo by Sanjay Suchaka and posted to the band’s Facebook page.

CONCERTS: Dave Matthews Band to kick off fall tour at Rogers Arena in Vancouver

Other fall concerts here by The Offspring and The Headstones

Dave Matthews Band live at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA, on Saturday, Sept. 3, in a photo by Sanjay Suchaka and posted to the band’s Facebook page.
Members of South Korean K-pop band BTS, V, SUGA, JIN, Jung Kook, RM, Jimin, and j-hope from left to right, pose for photographers ahead of a press conference to introduce their new single “Butter” in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, May 21, 2021. South Korea may conduct a public survey to help determine whether to grant exemptions of the mandatory military service to members of the K-pop superstar boyband BTS, officials said Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022.(AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

South Korea may conduct survey on BTS members’ military duty

Band’s oldest member, Jin, faces enlistment in December, when he turns 30

Members of South Korean K-pop band BTS, V, SUGA, JIN, Jung Kook, RM, Jimin, and j-hope from left to right, pose for photographers ahead of a press conference to introduce their new single “Butter” in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, May 21, 2021. South Korea may conduct a public survey to help determine whether to grant exemptions of the mandatory military service to members of the K-pop superstar boyband BTS, officials said Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022.(AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)
The Fraser Valley Symphony is seeking new musicians.

Fraser Valley Symphony seeks new musicians

Abbotsford-based group will celebrate its 39th season

The Fraser Valley Symphony is seeking new musicians.
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With NOW!radio on FM dial, Vancouver’s PEAK radio moves alt-rock music to HD and web only

The PEAK has been playing alternative rock for more than a decade

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Henry Mynett, 93, (left) performs during a weekly Chilliwack Country Jam session. He is seen here with the late Eddie Selinger, former jam night organizer at the Chilliwack Activity Centre on College Street. (Don Young Photography)

93-year-old Chilliwack man still strumming and singing at weekly country jam nights

Henry Mynett performs regularly at Chilliwack Country Jam sessions on Saturdays

Henry Mynett, 93, (left) performs during a weekly Chilliwack Country Jam session. He is seen here with the late Eddie Selinger, former jam night organizer at the Chilliwack Activity Centre on College Street. (Don Young Photography)
Langley guitarist and producer Mitch Merrett, on the right with his band Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion, recently had a guitar missing for 15 years, a gift from his parents, recovered. (Special to the Langley Advance Times)

B.C. country musician recovers guitar stolen in Surrey 15 years ago

The Telecaster was a gift from his parents when he was starting out

Langley guitarist and producer Mitch Merrett, on the right with his band Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion, recently had a guitar missing for 15 years, a gift from his parents, recovered. (Special to the Langley Advance Times)
April 26, 2022 - Aaron Gray photographed in Nanaimo with his bass guitar for Boulevard magazine. Don Denton photograph.

A love of playing live and furniture

Aaron Gray, vice president of La-Z-Boy Vancouver Island

  • Jul 15, 2022
April 26, 2022 - Aaron Gray photographed in Nanaimo with his bass guitar for Boulevard magazine. Don Denton photograph.
The Fraser Valley Music Awards will be presented July 21 in Abbotsford. (Claudia Wyler Photography file photo)

36 nominees announced for Fraser Valley Music Awards

Winners named July 21 during outdoor concert series in Abbotsford

The Fraser Valley Music Awards will be presented July 21 in Abbotsford. (Claudia Wyler Photography file photo)
FILE – Singer Adele and sports agent Rich Paul attend a game between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers on Oct. 19, 2021, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. Allen J. Schaben (Los Angeles Times/AP)

VIDEO: Adele says she was a ‘shell of a person’ after canceling Vegas residency

Adele announced the cancellation of her residency one day before the concerts were to commence

FILE – Singer Adele and sports agent Rich Paul attend a game between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers on Oct. 19, 2021, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. Allen J. Schaben (Los Angeles Times/AP)
Graham Blank, Lia Crowe photo

Life and style

Graham Blank, VP, Director for Tom Lee Music Canada and Steinway Piano Galleries of Canada

  • Jul 1, 2022
Graham Blank, Lia Crowe photo
Jessica Spenst (in purple plaid skirt) and Tim Howe (far left) of Abbotsford are among the cast of the Theatre Under the Stars production We Will Rock You in Stanley Park. (Photo by Emily Cooper)

Two Abbotsford actors in Theatre Under the Stars musical

Pair featured in production of We Will Rock You, based on music of Queen

Jessica Spenst (in purple plaid skirt) and Tim Howe (far left) of Abbotsford are among the cast of the Theatre Under the Stars production We Will Rock You in Stanley Park. (Photo by Emily Cooper)
Drummers celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017. Courtesy of the CDD website.

They got the beat: Canada Day Drumming event aims to pound out world record

Event hoping to unite people through percussion, break own record for simultaneous online drum roll

Drummers celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017. Courtesy of the CDD website.
FILE - Boston Pops Conductor John Williams conducting the orchestra in Boston in 1980. Williams, 90, is devoting himself to composing concert music, including a piano concerto he’s writing for Emanuel X. This spring, he and cellist Yo-Yo Ma released the album “A Gathering of Friends,” recorded with the New York Philharmonic. (AP Photo, File)

Movie music maestro John Williams, 90, steps away from film, but not music

After more than six decades of making bicycles soar, sending panicked swimmers…

FILE - Boston Pops Conductor John Williams conducting the orchestra in Boston in 1980. Williams, 90, is devoting himself to composing concert music, including a piano concerto he’s writing for Emanuel X. This spring, he and cellist Yo-Yo Ma released the album “A Gathering of Friends,” recorded with the New York Philharmonic. (AP Photo, File)
T. Patrick Carrabré, Métis composer and UBC Director of the School of Music, has worked with Indigenous artists for more than 20 years (Photo courtesy T. Patrick Carrabré).

‘Give them back their music, and the future is limitless’: B.C. Indigenous prof

Wave of mainstream popularity helps Indigenous communities reclaim music and educate other Canadians

T. Patrick Carrabré, Métis composer and UBC Director of the School of Music, has worked with Indigenous artists for more than 20 years (Photo courtesy T. Patrick Carrabré).
Nanaimo singer Lauren Spencer-Smith took the stage at Wembley Stadium in London, England, on Sunday, June 12, as part of the Summertime Ball show. (Lauren Spencer-Smith/TikTok image)

Emerging teenage B.C. pop star makes debut at U.K.’s legendary Wembley Stadium

Lauren Spencer-Smith performed at the Summertime Ball this past weekend in London, England

Nanaimo singer Lauren Spencer-Smith took the stage at Wembley Stadium in London, England, on Sunday, June 12, as part of the Summertime Ball show. (Lauren Spencer-Smith/TikTok image)
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