Music

Eleanor Collins with the new Canada Post stamp that features her. (Submitted photo: Michael Desjardins/Pinpoint National Photography)

Surrey’s Eleanor Collins, 102, featured on new Canada Post stamp as country’s ‘first lady of jazz’

She was among first Canadian women and Black artists in North America to host a national TV series

 

Chilliwack drummer Brandon Toews put together a 24-minute video where he plays every single Rush song released in chronological order. Here he is with his drum setup. (Laura Scotten/ Drumeo)

VIDEO: B.C. drummer plays all 175 Rush songs in 24-minute video

Performance by Brandon Toews a tribute to late Rush drummer Neil Peart

 

Vince Fontaine of Eagle & Hawk waits for a scrimmage to begin during practice for the Juno Cup celebrity hockey game at the Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena in Hamilton, Ont., on Thursday, March 12, 2015. Family, friends, and the music industry in Manitoba are in mourning after Fontaine, a multi-award-winning First Nations musician, died suddenly this week in Winnipeg. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power

‘He was a champion of Indigenous artists’: Community mourns First Nations musician

Multi-award-winning First Nations musician Vince Fontaine dead at 62

Vince Fontaine of Eagle & Hawk waits for a scrimmage to begin during practice for the Juno Cup celebrity hockey game at the Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena in Hamilton, Ont., on Thursday, March 12, 2015. Family, friends, and the music industry in Manitoba are in mourning after Fontaine, a multi-award-winning First Nations musician, died suddenly this week in Winnipeg. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power
File photo White Rock pop duo Fionn will return to their roots for a Jan. 29 concert at Blue Frog Studios, also featuring Esteva.
File photo White Rock pop duo Fionn will return to their roots for a Jan. 29 concert at Blue Frog Studios, also featuring Esteva.
Lady Gaga at Surrey’s Mirage nightclub in 2008, from a video posted to the “alexandrajose” channel on YouTube.

Watch Lady Gaga sing ‘Just Dance’ at Surrey’s Mirage nightclub in 2008

Tickets for the show were $25, and Gaga’s debut album, The Fame, was released that week

Lady Gaga at Surrey’s Mirage nightclub in 2008, from a video posted to the “alexandrajose” channel on YouTube.
Host Michael Bublé is shown on stage at the Juno Awards in Vancouver, Sunday, March, 25, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Michael Bublé sleighs the Canadian music charts as ‘Christmas’ makes history at No. 1

Christmas only album to reach No. 1 in 5 different calendar years on the Billboard Canadian chart

Host Michael Bublé is shown on stage at the Juno Awards in Vancouver, Sunday, March, 25, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Nell and The Flaming Lips. Nell Smith of Fernie, 14, released a cover album in collaboration with The Flaming Lips called Where The Viaduct Looms on Nov. 26, 2012. (Photo bt Atria Creative)

Fernie musician to appear alongside The Flaming Lips on The Late Show

Young Nell Smith recently released a cover album in collaboration with The Flaming Lips

Nell and The Flaming Lips. Nell Smith of Fernie, 14, released a cover album in collaboration with The Flaming Lips called Where The Viaduct Looms on Nov. 26, 2012. (Photo bt Atria Creative)
First in Peninsula singer-songwriter-pianist Ben Dunnill’s series of single releases for 2022 is Song For Bowie, which drops on Jan. 8 on all music streaming platforms. (Contributed photo)

Tribute to music icon reveals new sides to Peninsula’s Ben Dunnill

Vocalist-pianist releases Song For Bowie on late legend’s birthday

First in Peninsula singer-songwriter-pianist Ben Dunnill’s series of single releases for 2022 is Song For Bowie, which drops on Jan. 8 on all music streaming platforms. (Contributed photo)
Surrey-raised rapper Merkules outside the Green Timbers-area house where he grew up. (File photo: Tom Zillich)

YEAR IN REVIEW: Record low note, tour of rapper Merkules’ old Surrey house among entertaining stories

It was also fun to dig into the Cloverdale-area history of ‘Hot Rod,’ the lovably goofy 2007 comedy starring Andy Samberg

Surrey-raised rapper Merkules outside the Green Timbers-area house where he grew up. (File photo: Tom Zillich)
Shea Roddie (left) and others in recovery at Phoenix Society sing Christmas songs at Green Timbers Park on Monday, Dec. 20. (submitted photo)

VIDEO: As music therapy, people in recovery sing Christmas songs at Surrey park

Resident says Phoenix Society’s music therapy program gives him ‘an opportunity to make a lot of strides’ in recovery

Shea Roddie (left) and others in recovery at Phoenix Society sing Christmas songs at Green Timbers Park on Monday, Dec. 20. (submitted photo)
White Rock City Orchestra maestra Paula DeWit (centre) solos on trumpet in the orchestra’s version of The Christmas Song, backed by percussionist Dominique Bernath and bassist and WRCO president Peter Koyander. (Video screen shot)

White Rock City Orchestra releases holiday classic

Video presents instrumental version of The Christmas Song

White Rock City Orchestra maestra Paula DeWit (centre) solos on trumpet in the orchestra’s version of The Christmas Song, backed by percussionist Dominique Bernath and bassist and WRCO president Peter Koyander. (Video screen shot)
FILE - Robin Pecknold of the Fleet Foxes performs at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival on April 14, 2018, in Indio, Calif. The Fleet Foxes song “White Winter Hymnal,” written by Pecknold, and released in 2008, has become a modern holiday standard, sung by children’s choirs in countless school assemblies. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

Red snow? Song becomes a most unexpected modern standard for the holidays

Songwriter surprised at how ‘White Winter Hymnal’ has turned into a Christmas staple

FILE - Robin Pecknold of the Fleet Foxes performs at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival on April 14, 2018, in Indio, Calif. The Fleet Foxes song “White Winter Hymnal,” written by Pecknold, and released in 2008, has become a modern holiday standard, sung by children’s choirs in countless school assemblies. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)
Bill Haggerty stand in his music shop, Elevated Music, with his 2021 Clovie Award. Haggerty won the award for Young Entrepreneur of the Year. (Photo: Malin Jordan)

Music shop owner chats about life, music, and his recent Clovie Award win

Bill Haggerty is thankful to everyone who has supported Elevated Music

Bill Haggerty stand in his music shop, Elevated Music, with his 2021 Clovie Award. Haggerty won the award for Young Entrepreneur of the Year. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
This image released by Disney+ shows, from left, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison, with Yoko Ono, seated right, in a scene from the nearly 8-hour Peter Jackson-produced documentary “Get Back,” airing over three days starting Thanksgiving. (Disney+ via AP)

And in the end: A fan’s notes on Peter Jackson’s Beatles doc

Peter Jackson’s Beatles documentary “Get Back” runs for nearly eight hours and…

This image released by Disney+ shows, from left, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison, with Yoko Ono, seated right, in a scene from the nearly 8-hour Peter Jackson-produced documentary “Get Back,” airing over three days starting Thanksgiving. (Disney+ via AP)
Vancouver-based alt-rock band Mother Mother at the Commodore Ballroom on Thursday night, Dec. 2. (Photo: Tom Zillich)

Tour-ready Mother Mother plays first of 5 sold-out concerts at Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom

Local quintet can now claim the title of ‘Canada’s biggest alternative-rockers’

Vancouver-based alt-rock band Mother Mother at the Commodore Ballroom on Thursday night, Dec. 2. (Photo: Tom Zillich)
Writer, musician and mental health advocate Arlen Rundvall.

South Surrey songwriter’s Christmas song revisits memories of the psych ward

Arlen Rundvall provides a ‘a voice for the voiceless’ through his music

Writer, musician and mental health advocate Arlen Rundvall.
Singer Alexis Lynn

VIDEO: Surrey pop singer is ‘December Dreaming’ in lullaby-like new Christmas track

Alexis Leibenzeder embraced ‘Lynn’ as a stage name several years ago

Singer Alexis Lynn
FILE - Marilyn Manson attends the 9th annual “Home for the Holidays” benefit concert in Los Angeles, on Dec. 10, 2019. Authorities searched the home of the rocker on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, after allegations of physical and sexual abuse by several women. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Home of Marilyn Manson searched in abuse investigation

Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said in February that its detectives had begun investigating rocker

FILE - Marilyn Manson attends the 9th annual “Home for the Holidays” benefit concert in Los Angeles, on Dec. 10, 2019. Authorities searched the home of the rocker on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, after allegations of physical and sexual abuse by several women. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
The Reklaws pose on the red carpet at the Canadian Country Music Awards in Calgary, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Dallas Smith named entertainer of the year, takes three trophies at CCMA Awards

Smith performed his single “Hide From a Broken Heart” for the fully vaccinated crowd

The Reklaws pose on the red carpet at the Canadian Country Music Awards in Calgary, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh