VIC Fest

Adrian and Tyler @ Discovery Coffee

This past weekend I wrapped up the last of my shoots for VIC Fest's artist profile series. The series of posts was spearheaded by Adrian Chalifour of Towers & Trees who arranged getting musicians together, setting up with the food vendors, and transcribing the up to an hour conversations. I just took photos. 

Adrian and I met bright and early at the Discovery Coffee in James Bay in hopes to have fresh donuts and coffee while doing the interview with Tyler Bancroft of Said The Whale over Skype. Turns out we got there so early that the donuts weren't ready, but that was okay. We got the freshest donuts possible about ten minutes later. 

All and all this has been one of the funnest projects I've worked on. It's given me a chance to get to know some great local musicians as well as connect more with some of my friends who were part of this series. Plus free pizza, donuts, and bbq isn't all that bad. 

It's my hope that we get to do this again next year with more people and more vendors.

Here's VIC Fest Profile #3 with Adrian Chalifour and Tyler Bancroft at Discovery Coffee. 

As always more photos on my flickr. 

Kathryn and Robbie @ Pizza Prima Strada

In my last post I mentioned this little project I've been working on with Adrian Chalifour of Towers & Trees for Music BC's Songwriter Workshop happening on June 14th, 2014 at St. Ann's Academy during this year's VIC Fest. We are pairing up an established artist with an up and comer in the Victoria music scene to talk songwriting while eating great food at VIC Fest food vendors. 

The second session of VIC Fest Profiles happened at Pizza Prima Strada's  Bridge St. location with Kathryn Calder and Robbie Aylesworth. Both wonderfully talented musicians. I've followed Kathryn Calder's career since I first saw Immaculate Machine play the their cd release party for Transporter, and Robbie Aylesworth I'm just starting to get to know. The following night after this interview Robbie played a last minute gig with a full band for the first time here in Victoria. Let's just say it kicked some serious ass. This guy is going somewhere, like The Zone's Band of The Month. 

Oh, and Robbie played another last minute gig at YYJ Rocktographers. That pretty much makes him the best in my books. 

Here's VIC Fest Profile #2 with Kathryn Calder and Robbie Aylesworth at Pizza Prima Strada.

Also more photos on my flickr. 

Peter and Aidan @ Pig BBQ Joint

Recently I've been working on a project with Adrian Chalifour of Towers & Trees for Music BC's Songwriter Workshop during VIC Fest this June 14th, 2014. We head out with an established musician taking part in the Songwriter's Workshop with another performer from VIC Fest to a food vendor from the festival for food and conversation. 

Adrian has been working diligently to transcribe the interviews and I shot all the photos for the project. So far we've had Pizza Prima Strada with Kathryn Calder and Robbie Aylesworth and Pig with Peter Gardner (Hawk & Steel) and Aidan Knight. Next we'll be doing coffee and donuts at Discovery Coffee with Said The Whale. 

Anyways, I'll be posting the photographs out to correspond with Adrian's VIC Profiles posts on the VIC Fest website. 

Here's VIC Fest Profile #1 with Peter Gardner and Aidan Knight at Pig BBQ Joint.

Here are more of my photos on Flickr. 

VIC Fest Ale Launch Party

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Last weekend I was invited to Vancouver Island Brewery for the launch of this year's Festival Ale in celebration of all the awesome that is VIC Fest. 

The clean, crisp, and lightly hopped beer paired well with the atmosphere of the party. A refreshing get together with new and old friends that were all excited for the busy summer months ahead of them. There is nothing quite like it when a room like this gets together. I honestly cannot wait to see the magic that comes from VIC Fest this year. 

Robbie Aylesworth play a quick but fun acoustic set. Proving that he can shred when he needs to and an affinity for Tom Petty. While my beer glass never really seemed to empty I caught up with Towers & Trees before their set about the coming months. It sounds like big things are in the works. 

As the crowd thinned after Towers & Trees acoustic set an unscheduled Man Made Lake took the stage. A welcome surprise by the few that stuck around to help drink nine kegs dry before moving onto other bars and adventures in the early evening. 

If this summer is half as fun as this Saturday afternoon in early May I think it's going to be the best summer in years. 

More photos of the VIC Fest Ale Launch Party. 

VIC Fest: Day Two

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One of the amazing things about VIC Fest is that they find all these unique and interesting Island bands that I've never heard of or seen before. Which is quite a feat since I go to a lot of local shows. Somehow I always leave VIC Fest with some new favourite local bands. 

What can I say about the second day of VIC Fest? First off one of my favourite local female singer/songwriters, Steph MacPherson performed an amazing set on the side stage. She was wonderful as usual and her band was super tight. I'm a little bummed I missed the Music BC songwriters workshop with her, Ryan Guldemond from Mother Mother, and a few others. Although the Homer Donut I enjoyed while that was happening. It was probably the best donut I've ever had. 

When a band is genuinely having fun while playing it is a treat. It means you get the best photos of the day. Their attitude shows right through in every picture.

Towers and Trees probably put on the best show of the entire festival. Why? They were smiling, having fun, laughing, and playing off each other. It seems to be a rare thing these days. Bands seem to take themselves too seriously and lack stage presence. These guys have it in spades. What a blast. Plus they are all super nice people and came up and introduced themselves to me before the show. Oh, and posted my photos all over their facebook. 

Anami Vice was another stand out of the festival, but for different reasons. A few days after VIC Fest I posted a picture of Anami Vice on my tumblr within an hour it became my most reblogged photo ever. Pretty crazy. He's a great hip-hop artist that I've had the pleasure of shooting twice at two seperate VIC Fests.

Literally, fresh off the boat, The Archers performed their entire set wearing capes. This was their first home gig since getting home from their first Canadian tour. It really shows when a band performs right after being on tour. They seem to be louder, more in tune with each other, and willing to experiment a little bit more. Towers and Trees joined them at the end of their set for their song, "The Sun Will Rise."

Wil, Langdon Auger, and Jon & Roy put on amazing shows respectively. All in all VIC Fest was an amazing way to start off the summer, and the festival season. 

Great food, great beer, and great music. What else do you need?

More photos of Towers and Trees, Steph MacPherson, The Archers, Wil, Jon & Roy, Anami Vice, and more are as always on my flickr. 

VIC Fest: Day One

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My last few weeks have been filled with photo editing, packing up orders, water fights with my 3 year old nephew, boat designing, and a boat race. On top of that working full time. Unfortunately my booming social life has prevented me from doing an update on the site after VIC Fest. Well, that's half true. I wrote one, but forgot to save it. 

A few years ago, Dylan Willows asked me to come down and shoot this little music festival he was putting on. It was at St. Ann's Academy a place I'd walked by a million times, but never stopped to wander the grounds. He told me it was all local artists, food, beer, wine, and art. How could I turn that down? 

Since the first festival in 2011 I've shot all of the all three of the annual festivals as well as their launch parties. There is certainly a vibe to the festival that just feels like Vancouver Island. I can guarantee that's what Dylan and his partners were going for. 

This year VIC Fest took place over two days. The first was an evening show filled with beer samples, good food, and was headlined by Vince Vaccaro, a staple of the Victoria music scene. Throughout the evening loads of great acts performed including The Roper Show who played some awesome blues rock, and The Grass Tracks who opened the day off with some solid indie rock. 

The night ended with an almost full moon shining down over the beer garden as folks filed out into the beautiful summer solstice night. 

More photos of The Grass Tracks, June Fiasco, Roper Show, The Harpoonist and The Axe Murderer, and Vince Vaccaro can be found on my flickr.