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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. 

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.