Music

Carolyn Arends got her start in the music business in the mid-1990s, and a recent period of creativity led to crowdfunding two albums of music. (Photo: carolynarends.com)

For Surrey’s Carolyn Arends, tears of grief lead to award-winning song, emotional video

‘To Cry For You’ is among songs the Fraser Heights resident wrote after 4 years of not writing any

 

Mike Miltimore, owner of Kamloop’s Riversong Guitars, shown in this handout image, celebrates the company’s P2P River Pacific guitar being named acoustic guitar of the year. It is the first time a Canadian company has won the prestigious international Musical Merchandise Review Dealers’ Choice Award. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Riversong Guitars

Kamloops company slays industry giants to win acoustic guitar of the year

Riversong Guitars beat out Taylor, Yamaha and Martin guitars to pluck the title

 

Musician Daniel Wesley in a promo photo shot in Maui in 2018. (Photo: danielwesley.com)

Rockin’ realtor Daniel Wesley to headline Santa Fox Ball at Coquitlam casino theatre

Since 2006 Wesley has recorded nine albums of feel-good songs, most recently in 2019

 

Oscar, Golden Globe and two-time Grammy winning singer-actress Irene Cara has died at age 63. (@Irene_Cara/Twitter photo)

‘Fame’ and ‘Flashdance’ singer-actor Irene Cara dies at 63

Performer an Oscar, Golden Globe and two-time Grammy winner

Oscar, Golden Globe and two-time Grammy winning singer-actress Irene Cara has died at age 63. (@Irene_Cara/Twitter photo)
DJ Alibaba (aka Al Lamons) with business partner Vera JM Friesen at the Vancity Soul Skate event at the PNE’s Rollerland building on Nov. 20, 2022. (Photo: Tom Zillich)

A chance to roller dance: Surrey DJ Alibaba spins new VanCity Soul Skate nights at PNE

‘It’s just a chance to roller dance, or roller boogie, as we used to call it back in the day,’ Al Lamons says

DJ Alibaba (aka Al Lamons) with business partner Vera JM Friesen at the Vancity Soul Skate event at the PNE’s Rollerland building on Nov. 20, 2022. (Photo: Tom Zillich)
The Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir returns to White Rock Baptist Church this Saturday (Nov. 26) for a concert of seasonal favourites plus some new material and young guest performers (Contributed photo)

Welsh Men’s Choir returns to South Surrey Nov. 26

Group’s first post-COVID concert at White Rock Baptist Church

The Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir returns to White Rock Baptist Church this Saturday (Nov. 26) for a concert of seasonal favourites plus some new material and young guest performers (Contributed photo)
The cover for 80 Where Late the Song Birds Sing by Emma Robbins. (Courtesy of James Robbins)

Late the Song Bird: B.C. woman releases her debut country album at 80

Greater Victoria’s Emma Robbins began writing her own songs 15 years ago

The cover for 80 Where Late the Song Birds Sing by Emma Robbins. (Courtesy of James Robbins)
Bergmann Piano Duo.
Bergmann Piano Duo.
The Philadelphia Orchestra rehearses with its music director and conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia on October 17, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Matt Rourke

Composer Nézet-Séguin, producer Boi-1da among top Canadian Grammy nominees

B.C.’s Michael Bublé’s latest effort ‘Higher’ among contenders for traditional pop vocal album

The Philadelphia Orchestra rehearses with its music director and conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia on October 17, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Matt Rourke
Members of Nickelback pose for photographers as they arrive on the red carpet at the Juno Awards in Ottawa, Sunday April 1, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Members of Nickelback pose for photographers as they arrive on the red carpet at the Juno Awards in Ottawa, Sunday April 1, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
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On ‘Punjabi Night,’ Jazzy B to drop puck at Surrey Eagles hockey game

Elsewhere on Nov. 18, the WHL Vancouver Giants will host a special game night of their own

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Lizzo on stage at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Monday, Nov. 7. (Photo: Tom Zillich)

REVIEW: Lizzo had Vancouver crowd feeling good as hell for the first time in 5 years

Bottom line: Lizzo’s songs sure make girls and women feel good

Lizzo on stage at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Monday, Nov. 7. (Photo: Tom Zillich)
Robert Friedman plays a Steinway grand piano once owned by Thomas Edison, with possible bite marks from the inventor visible, on Sept. 28, 2022, in Woodstock, N.Y. Edison, who was hard of hearing, bit into phonographs and pianos to help him better experience music. Friedman purchased the piano last year and hopes to find a home for it where it can be seen by the public. (AP Photo/Michael Hill)

VIDEO: Thomas Edison may have left his mark on piano

Famed inventor left ‘toothy signatures’ on piano

Robert Friedman plays a Steinway grand piano once owned by Thomas Edison, with possible bite marks from the inventor visible, on Sept. 28, 2022, in Woodstock, N.Y. Edison, who was hard of hearing, bit into phonographs and pianos to help him better experience music. Friedman purchased the piano last year and hopes to find a home for it where it can be seen by the public. (AP Photo/Michael Hill)
FILE - Takeoff, left, and Quavo of Migos, arrive at the BET Awards in Los Angeles on June 27, 2021. Houston police say one person was fatally shot and two others injured early Tuesday at a private party attended by members of the rap group Migos. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP File)

Takeoff dead at 28

Migos rapper Takeoff is dead after a shooting early Tuesday outside a…

FILE - Takeoff, left, and Quavo of Migos, arrive at the BET Awards in Los Angeles on June 27, 2021. Houston police say one person was fatally shot and two others injured early Tuesday at a private party attended by members of the rap group Migos. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP File)
A photograph of the CBC building in Toronto on April 4, 2012. Musicians across the country are expressing concern for their livelihood after SiriusXM announced it would not renew their contract with CBC. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Musicians worried for livelihoods after CBC contract ends with SiriusXM

SiriusXM said it is still committed to playing Canadian music in its programming

A photograph of the CBC building in Toronto on April 4, 2012. Musicians across the country are expressing concern for their livelihood after SiriusXM announced it would not renew their contract with CBC. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
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Surrey church jazzes up Sunday services with return of Vespers in the Valley concerts

‘We had not opened at all with the jazz music during COVID, two and a half years’

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Annie Qi plays the Guzheng, a traditional Chinese instrument at the White Rock promenade and collects donations for the BC Children’s Hospital. (Sobia Moman photo)
Annie Qi plays the Guzheng, a traditional Chinese instrument at the White Rock promenade and collects donations for the BC Children’s Hospital. (Sobia Moman photo)
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VIDEO: Watch Surrey’s Westcoast Harmony Chorus win 6th on Sweet Adelines International stage

‘I think we all are still on Cloud 9,’ chorus member says after mid-September competition in Phoenix

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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

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)
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‘Promo Monkey’ books document Surrey man’s days in the record-selling business

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

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