Jeremy Fisher Jr.
Listening to Mint Juleps, the fifth album by two-time Juno Award nominee Jeremy Fisher, is like ambling through the long and relaxed dog days of summer. The acoustic-driven collection of 12 songs reunites Fisher with his folk-drenched musical roots and is a veritable throwback to the golden era of the singer-songwriter. An ode to the glory of the record as a whole, the sophistication of Mint Juleps is in its inherent simplicity. Recorded live off the studio floor, this decidedly unembellished method of capturing the songs was a challenge for Fisher, but it was also a liberating experience. In between the interpretations of songs by the likes of Greg Brown, Jean Leloup, and Lowest of the Low are a mélange of songs penned by Fisher that capture him at his absolute finest. “Built To Last” is a catchy parable of taking care of oneself and the world at large by embracing a simple kind of life. It’s a pointed message for the current political landscape set to an irresistible toe-tapping melody. The trademark whimsy and wit of Fisher’s lyricism drives songs like “Tetris Song” where he creates perhaps his sweetest love song yet through the not-so-obviously romantic metaphor of a mathematic equation. Then again, Jeremy Fisher has never really been one to build his career by travelling down the most obvious – or easiest – paths. His commitment to touring by bike is a case in point. Since 1998 he has completed the journey across North America an astonishing three time, and in 2010 he launched a unique tour of the west coast called The Malahat Revue with fellow artists Said the Whale, Hannah Georgas, and Aidan Knight. Together, they travelled by bike with gear in tow, and pedaled roughly 500km across British Columbia.
That sort of DIY attitude that infuses Fisher’s touring ethos replicates itself in the strong visual component of his music. Having become renowned for his hand-crafted music videos, he has produced animated works for artists including Adam Cohen, Hannah Georgas, Xavier Rudd, and Hawksley Workman. Call him a renaissance man, or even a modern-day folk hero. Whatever you call him, it’s clear that Jeremy Fisher is bringing back the nearly forgotten art of making a great record from start to finish, and forging a career path that is built to endure.
Considered to be the Godfather of PowWowStep, DJ-producer Shub continues to pioneer a growing genre of electronic music. Born Dan General, Shub began his career with nationally acclaimed electronic music trio A Tribe Called Red, performing across North American stages with some of the biggest recording artists in today’s industry and winning a Juno Award in 2014. Currently based out of his hometown, Fort Erie, Ontario, a small community with a population of 30,000, Shub’s journey has come full circle by bringing him back to where it all started. “I’m very proud of the road I took to get where I am now,” said Shub, a nominee in the Indigenous Music category at the 2018 Juno Awards for his EP PowWowStep. In 2017, his music video for ‘Indomitable’ (featuring Northern Cree Singers) was also nominated for a Much Music Video Award. Shub is a Mohawk of the Six Nations reserve located in Ontario, Canada, as well as a husband and father. Since the creation of PowWowStep, he has grown more aware of the Indigenous way of life through his music, merging his heritage with his craft. “This style of music – there is so much culture in it, and that’s what makes it so original,” said Shub. Starting off as a battle DJ in high school, Shub’s sound has developed into one that puts him in a league all on his own, creating a sound and experience many consider to be one of the most unique in today’s Canadian music scene. Before solidifying his seat at the top of the PowWowStep world, Shub also turned heads in DJ competitions like the prestigious DMC World DJ Championships, by winning back-to-back Canadian titles and representing Canada at the world finals in 2007 and 2008. In 2012, Shub came out of battle retirement and competed in the Red Bull Thre3style DJ Competition where he won the Canadian title, and once again represented his home country by placing fifth at the world finals. In 2013, while with A Tribe Called Red, their album ‘Nation II Nation’ was short listed for the Polaris Prize. Growing up, like many people, Shub was influenced by the music his family listened to. His Mom was into disco and his Dad was all about classic rock. The biggest impact was made by his older brother, who introduced him to the world of hip-hop and the DJ culture. Over the years, Shub has followed the careers of battle DJs that inspired him. Many of them are now top producers and artists he has come to know personally. DJ-producers like Craze, Klever, Skratch Bastid, Jazzy Jeff, Brace, Z-Trip, UZ, Hudson Mohawk, Kid Koala, Mix Master Mike, Qbert, D-Styles and the X-Ecutioners are just some of his biggest influences. Shub is currently working on his first full-length album, scheduled to release later this year. “I had the freedom to go in different directions musically with this album, by working directly with traditional artists during studio recording sessions,” said Shub.
Producing is just half of what Shub does…
Straight from the wild woods of rural British Columbia, Moontricks blends the mountain folklore of roots, blues, and bluegrass with the urban witchcraft of liver milking bass and patina polished production. Drawing on diverse influences from Dr. Dre to Muddy Waters they create a shapeshifting, chameleon style all their own that has won over audiences from dive bars to dancehalls. NOG, who cut his teeth as a producer and DJ in Vancouver, bringshis hiphop background and minimalist, backwoods bass to the group while adding the unique sounds of his rippin’ blues harmonica. His partner in musical mischief, Sean Rodman, draws on his career as a folk artist and songwriter to meld smooth, soul guitar riffs with highenergy banjo picking. Together they have played sold out shows across B.C. and Alberta including three performances at Shambhala Music Festival. They push and combine the boundaries of live and electronic music and they aim to bring their patented Moontrickery to audiences across the globe, making people groove to music they never previously imagined. Moontricks has releases on Adapted, Really Good, Smokey Crow and Westwood Recordings and their collaboration with The Funk Hunters, “Lunar Smack”, reached the top10 on Beatport’s glitch hop chart.
Fresh off the slopes of Kinosoo Ski Hill Resort, a musical band of fellas from Australia decided to form a band. While working at the hill together, they discovered each others desire to play music and in short time formed a band and are going to light up the stage with tunes Feb 16th….So Freaking Awesome eh Mate??!!
It is going to be another incredible night of entertainment at The Grande Parlour!!
The Grande Parlour Doors will open at 7pm with Music starting at 8:00pm. Beantrees Cafe will be open till show end for meal and drink service!
This is general Admission so arrive early for the best seats. If you are a larger group(8 or more) then contact Craig and we can reserve tables for you.
|Feb 16th~Snow Fever After Dark||$20|