Music

Joel Grenz shooting ‘My Homeland’. (Submitted photo)

Parksville filmmaker nominated for provincial Leo Award

Joel Grenz tabbed in ‘Best Music Video’ category

Joel Grenz shooting ‘My Homeland’. (Submitted photo)
Gabriola Island’s Kerplunks – Jojo Hallett, Phil Wipper, Dinah D and Aaron Cadwaladr (from left) – and the Vancouver Island Symphony are up for 2020 Western Canadian Music Awards. (Photos courtesy Lance Sullivan/Dirk Heydemann)
Gabriola Island’s Kerplunks – Jojo Hallett, Phil Wipper, Dinah D and Aaron Cadwaladr (from left) – and the Vancouver Island Symphony are up for 2020 Western Canadian Music Awards. (Photos courtesy Lance Sullivan/Dirk Heydemann)
Nanaimo drummer Mike Harrison with one of Neil Peart’s backup cymbals from Rush’s 2012 Clockwork Angels tour. (Photo courtesy Ashley Harrison)

Vancouver Island drummers pay belated tribute to Neil Peart of Rush

Canadian Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer died of cancer at age 67 in January

Nanaimo drummer Mike Harrison with one of Neil Peart’s backup cymbals from Rush’s 2012 Clockwork Angels tour. (Photo courtesy Ashley Harrison)
Nanaimo vocalist Elise Boulanger has put together an online playlist of local music. (Photo courtesy Laura Baldwinson)

Nanaimo singer creates online playlist for those missing local music

Elise Boulanger said project is in response to COVID-19’s impact on live concerts

Nanaimo vocalist Elise Boulanger has put together an online playlist of local music. (Photo courtesy Laura Baldwinson)
Nanaimo-based music therapist Graylen Howard has had to take social distancing measure into account when plying his trade at Eden Gardens long-term care home. (Photo courtesy Eden Gardens staff)

Music therapist plays socially distant concerts at Nanaimo long-term care home

Graylen Howard says music therapy is beneficial for those living with dementia

Nanaimo-based music therapist Graylen Howard has had to take social distancing measure into account when plying his trade at Eden Gardens long-term care home. (Photo courtesy Eden Gardens staff)
Nanaimo-based musician David Hallam has released a 2012 song dedicated to Salt Spring Island activist Ken Rouleau, who died of ALS. (Photo courtesy AMO Photography)

Nanaimo-based record label releases new album featuring 18 Island artists

Nanaimo musician David Hallam unveils unreleased song for friend who died of ALS

Nanaimo-based musician David Hallam has released a 2012 song dedicated to Salt Spring Island activist Ken Rouleau, who died of ALS. (Photo courtesy AMO Photography)
Fiddle instructors Trish and Geoff Horrocks are recipients of this year’s Honour in Culture Award. (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)

Nanaimo fiddle instructors recognized for contributing to city’s culture

Trish and Geoff Horrocks presented with Nanaimo’s 2020 Honour in Culture Award

Fiddle instructors Trish and Geoff Horrocks are recipients of this year’s Honour in Culture Award. (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)
COVID-19: Qualicum Beach man stages concerts for charity out of his garage

COVID-19: Qualicum Beach man stages concerts for charity out of his garage

Larry MacDougall says reception from neighbours has been heartening

COVID-19: Qualicum Beach man stages concerts for charity out of his garage
Nanaimo psychedelic rock duo Anunnaki – Arlen Thompson and Dave Read (from left) – released a new recording on May 15. (Photo courtesy Jason Felker)

Nanaimo psychedelic rock duo releases 30-minute instrumental track

‘The Archaeus Cycle’ reflects on life during COVID-19 and the healing capability of music

Nanaimo psychedelic rock duo Anunnaki – Arlen Thompson and Dave Read (from left) – released a new recording on May 15. (Photo courtesy Jason Felker)
Lantzville fiddler Quin Etheridge-Pedden is releasing his second album, Out of the Blue. (Photo courtesy Kelli Etheridge)

Lantzville fiddler releases new album on his 18th birthday

Quin Etheridge-Pedden showcased ‘Out of the Blue’ with live-streamed concert

Lantzville fiddler Quin Etheridge-Pedden is releasing his second album, Out of the Blue. (Photo courtesy Kelli Etheridge)
Guitarist Gord Grdina performs at the White Room. This weekend the venue announced it was shutting down due to COVID-19. (Photo courtesy the White Room)

‘Experimental’ music and art venue in Nanaimo closes due to COVID-19

The White Room announced it was shutting down in a Facebook post

Guitarist Gord Grdina performs at the White Room. This weekend the venue announced it was shutting down due to COVID-19. (Photo courtesy the White Room)
Nanaimo singer Lauren Spencer-Smith in Hawaii during American Idol tapings. (Lauren Spencer-Smith Instagram)

B.C. teen won’t be next American Idol, but she’s excited about her future in music

Nanaimo’s Lauren Spencer-Smith misses out on top 10 of reality TV talent show

Nanaimo singer Lauren Spencer-Smith in Hawaii during American Idol tapings. (Lauren Spencer-Smith Instagram)
Nanaimo jazz singer Narissa Young (centre) has been performing for neighbours in cul-de-sacs. (Photo courtesy Kenny Brault)

Nanaimo jazz singer entertaining neighbours in cul-de-sacs

Narissa Young performing while being mindful of social distancing

Nanaimo jazz singer Narissa Young (centre) has been performing for neighbours in cul-de-sacs. (Photo courtesy Kenny Brault)
Nanaimo musician Glen Foster is releasing his latest album, Not Far Away, on April 24. (Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo musician Glen Foster releases new album, living room concert video

‘Not Far Away’ includes reworked versions of songs from 2019’s ‘Party Out There Tonight’ EP

Nanaimo musician Glen Foster is releasing his latest album, Not Far Away, on April 24. (Bulletin file photo)
Nanaimo musician Ryan Newton is nominated for an Independent Music Award for his song Casting Shadows (On the Heels of Tomorrow). (Photo courtesy Pamela Newton)

Nanaimo musician up for Independent Music Award for first song from first CD

Ryan Newton gets alt. country song nomination for ‘Casting Shadows (On the Heels of Tomorrow)’

Nanaimo musician Ryan Newton is nominated for an Independent Music Award for his song Casting Shadows (On the Heels of Tomorrow). (Photo courtesy Pamela Newton)
Juno Award-winning musician Phil Dwyer of Qualicum Beach wrote a song for provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (News file photo)

Order of Canada Vancouver Island musician pens ‘The Ballad of Bonnie Henry’

Qualicum Beach lawyer and saxophonist Phil Dwyer notes health officer has become a ‘folk hero’

Juno Award-winning musician Phil Dwyer of Qualicum Beach wrote a song for provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (News file photo)
Screenshot from video.

VIDEO: Island artist gets help from Canadians far and wide for inspirational self-isolation message

Sue Pyper and others appear in video, accompanied by the Big Little Lions’ tune ‘Big Mistake’

Screenshot from video.
Country music icon Kenny Rogers, seen above performing with Dolly Parton, died Friday night, March 20. (Kenny Rogers Facebook photo)

Henley, Tucker, Cyrus and others mourn the death of Rogers

Country music icon remembered as a crossover pioneer, a supporter of young artists

Country music icon Kenny Rogers, seen above performing with Dolly Parton, died Friday night, March 20. (Kenny Rogers Facebook photo)
A fan takes a photo of a band at a live concert. Photo by Terry Farrell

Music industry feeling the effects of COVID-19 pandemic

Island musicians, promoters and producers alike reeling from cancellations, venue bans

A fan takes a photo of a band at a live concert. Photo by Terry Farrell
Joseph Blake: 10 amazing CDs to explore in our COVID-19 isolation

Joseph Blake: 10 amazing CDs to explore in our COVID-19 isolation

Longtime music writer shares his favourite records from his vast collection

Joseph Blake: 10 amazing CDs to explore in our COVID-19 isolation