Music

Elise Estrada in video posted to YouTube.

Reincarnation, baby! Music-making B.C. couple celebrate ‘miracle’ pregnancy

‘I (said) to Adam, ‘I really think this is your brother reincarnated,’ Elise Estrada says

Elise Estrada in video posted to YouTube.
Abbotsford musician Alex Smith is releasing his first solo album, Hot Nothing on Sept. 29.

Abbotsford musician Alex Smith to release first solo album

Hot Nothing, coming out on Sept. 29, features eight tracks

Abbotsford musician Alex Smith is releasing his first solo album, Hot Nothing on Sept. 29.
The four Trybe app founders outside Chad Kroeger’s jet on a trip to Silicon Valley. From left, Bill Swinimer, Felipe Freig, Chad Kroeger and Dan Swinimer. (Submitted photo)

B.C.-born Trybe social media app’s award system connects with Nickelback singer

Rock stars, jet planes, scooter tricks and the creation of a new platform ready for launch

The four Trybe app founders outside Chad Kroeger’s jet on a trip to Silicon Valley. From left, Bill Swinimer, Felipe Freig, Chad Kroeger and Dan Swinimer. (Submitted photo)
Lucas Yao and his mom, Cindy, sitting at the family’s grand piano. (Ronan O’Doherty/ THE NEWS)

Pitt Meadows piano prodigy memorizes Pi

Lucas Yao, 5, has memorized the mathematical constant to 500 places, and has played at Carnegie Hall

Lucas Yao and his mom, Cindy, sitting at the family’s grand piano. (Ronan O’Doherty/ THE NEWS)
Langley resident Andre Pienaar penned a Jesus Christ Superstar sequel. (Andre Pienaar/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Langley resident continues the story of Jesus Christ Superstar

Andre Pienaar penned his own sequel to the 1970s rock opera called Ascension

Langley resident Andre Pienaar penned a Jesus Christ Superstar sequel. (Andre Pienaar/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Although the festival will be streamed online instead of performed live due to the COVID-19 virus, Roots & Blues favourite Irish Mythen will be back this year. (Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer)

Roots & Blues festival trades Salmon Arm stage for online streaming

Although COVID-19 has halted a live festival, it can be watched digitally on Black Press Media sites

Although the festival will be streamed online instead of performed live due to the COVID-19 virus, Roots & Blues favourite Irish Mythen will be back this year. (Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer)
Abbotsford country singer Cambree Lovesy participates in the one-hour online Easter Seals Great BC Camp Out on Aug. 1. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford singer lends her voice to Easter Seals camp-out event

Cambree Lovesy part of online stories-and-song event on Aug. 1

  • Jul 30, 2020
Abbotsford country singer Cambree Lovesy participates in the one-hour online Easter Seals Great BC Camp Out on Aug. 1. (Submitted photo)
Abbotsford musician Liam Pasiciel has released his fourth album, Planet of Creation. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford musician Liam Pasiciel releases fourth album

Plant of Creation is entirely instrumental and moves beyond his ‘metal’ roots

Abbotsford musician Liam Pasiciel has released his fourth album, Planet of Creation. (Submitted photo)
(The Canadian Press)

Q&A: Juno Awards head Allan Reid on celebrating Canadian music in a pandemic

Winners in a dizzying 42 categories will be announced over 90 minutes

(The Canadian Press)
— The music video for Isaiah Faber’s (Powfu) “death bed (coffee for your head) ft. beabadoobee” was filmed mostly at Abbotsford Mill Lake Park. The song has over 440 million views on Spotify and the video has over 90 million views on Youtube. Screenshot from Youtube music video.

Mission artist’s songs one of the biggest hits in Fraser Valley history

Isaiah Faber’s ‘death bed (coffee for your head) ft. beabadoobee’ has over 440 million Spotify hits

— The music video for Isaiah Faber’s (Powfu) “death bed (coffee for your head) ft. beabadoobee” was filmed mostly at Abbotsford Mill Lake Park. The song has over 440 million views on Spotify and the video has over 90 million views on Youtube. Screenshot from Youtube music video.
Abbotsford hip hop artist Saint Solider has released a new album, Karma, which is the final in a trilogy that began with Infinity and Duality.

Abbotsford hip hop artist Saint Soldier completes album trilogy

Karma completes trio that started with Infinity and Duality

  • Jun 17, 2020
Abbotsford hip hop artist Saint Solider has released a new album, Karma, which is the final in a trilogy that began with Infinity and Duality.
Country Music Association of Ontario Rising Star nominee Dustin Bird was one of the voices on “Together, We’re Strong.” (Curtis Bird/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Country stars release song in memory of Capt. Casey, who died in Snowbirds crash

Brian John Harwood and Dustin Bird co-wrote the track, which features 18 Canadian country artists

Country Music Association of Ontario Rising Star nominee Dustin Bird was one of the voices on “Together, We’re Strong.” (Curtis Bird/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Vernon’s own Rory MacLeod, under the lyrical label NOX, is donating all proceeds from his song Strange Times to Food Banks Canada. (Submitted Photo)

VIDEO: B.C. musicians feed the need amid ‘Strange Times’

NOX donates to Food Bank for every stream

Vernon’s own Rory MacLeod, under the lyrical label NOX, is donating all proceeds from his song Strange Times to Food Banks Canada. (Submitted Photo)
Clockwise, from left: Laura Koch, Brad Fry, Sammi Morelli and Kellen Saip are some of the artists who are part of Artists in Isolation, an album by Yellow House Studio in Chilliwack. (Submitted)

‘Artists in Isolation’ album puts much-needed money in Fraser Valley musicians’ pockets

‘Here’s your chance to support multiple artists with one purchase,’ says Chilliwack record producer

Clockwise, from left: Laura Koch, Brad Fry, Sammi Morelli and Kellen Saip are some of the artists who are part of Artists in Isolation, an album by Yellow House Studio in Chilliwack. (Submitted)
FILE - In this July 22, 2001 file photo, Little Richard performs at the 93rd birthday and 88th year in show business gala celebration for Milton Berle, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Little Richard, the self-proclaimed “architect of rock ‘n’ roll” whose piercing wail, pounding piano and towering pompadour irrevocably altered popular music while introducing black R&B to white America, has died Saturday, May 9, 2020. (AP Photo/John Hayes, File)

Little Richard, flamboyant rock ‘n’ roll pioneer, dead at 87

He sold more than 30 million records worldwide, and his influence on other musicians was equally staggering

FILE - In this July 22, 2001 file photo, Little Richard performs at the 93rd birthday and 88th year in show business gala celebration for Milton Berle, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Little Richard, the self-proclaimed “architect of rock ‘n’ roll” whose piercing wail, pounding piano and towering pompadour irrevocably altered popular music while introducing black R&B to white America, has died Saturday, May 9, 2020. (AP Photo/John Hayes, File)
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)
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)
Abbotsford guitar teacher Troy Kneebone said he has experienced an increase in people taking guitar lessons on his website during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Submitted photo)

More interest in online lessons during pandemic, says Abbotsford guitar teacher

Troy Kneebone says people have more time on their hands and ‘find comfort’ in music

  • Apr 16, 2020
Abbotsford guitar teacher Troy Kneebone said he has experienced an increase in people taking guitar lessons on his website during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Submitted photo)