Archives for August 2, 2015
LEFTY is a hard rock band from Kelowna.
LEFTY is a mix of many styles but the end result is always high energy, and punch in each song and performance. LEFTY finds it’s influence from all genres of music. Pop to indie, punk to country, airy and light to hard and heavy. The members of LEFTY have diverse tastes and a passion for music. As a result we often bring our own tastes into the writing process and end up with something that is new and unique. We hope you will join us at an upcoming show, and please share our music with everyone you know, as that is what makes it all worthwhile.
LEFTY has been bringing their version of high energy rock to venues across the Southern Interior BC. With help from the release of their first EP in 2014 they were pleasantly surprised to win multiple nominations for best band and best musical group and were featured on CBC Radio and Shaw TV. Regulars around the Okanagan and Festival scene, Lefty looks to introduce their music to as many ears as possible.
The band started in 2005 when guitarist Moge Thompson and drummer Marc Gobeil met to jam and realized there was a like-minded desire to create new music. The band picked up bass player Greg Beloin in 2010 and things really changed direction in 2011 when lead vocalist Paul Gervais joined the band. Paul added an image and sound that really complimented the band.
A primarily original band until 2012, Lefty introduced covers into their show in 2013 which introduced them to a new audience and new venues. Lefty takes familiar multi-generational covers from many genres and ages and adds a modern twist that appeals to a broad audience.
Guitarist Moge is the driving force behind the band’s original music and his influences span the spectrum of hard rock and punk. “Our original music has often been compared to Queens of the Stone Age, Pearl Jam and Three Days Grace,” states the band. Excited as they are about laying down new tracks and recording, Lefty never anticipated the enthusiasm which critics and fans alike found for their music and were thrilled to twice take the people’s choice award for original music and critic’s choice award for best original band in 2015.
“We just really love making music and sharing it with others,” the band was quoted as saying, “our goal as a band is to put out another EP within a year and the fact that people are really digging what we’re putting out there makes us love doing this even more.”
Saturday August 22
7:30 pm (gates open at 7)
Yukon Blonde’s Tiger Talk was released in the spring of 2012. Having played over 200 shows in 2011 behind their debut self-titled LP and their Fire//Water EP, the band moved seamlessly into the release of this new album and continuing to tour around the world. In 2012 alone, the band has toured Europe twice, several USA tours (including opening for The Jezabels at 30+ shows in 300-600 cap rooms, fall 2012), performed at countless summer festivals, completed one almost entirely sold-out headlining Canadian tour (25 shows) and are currently on tour supporting friends The Sheepdogs. This album represents the next adventurous step in Yukon Blonde’s career. Its ten tracks are short and punchy, as the band trimmed the fat and packed hooks and brisk tempos into streamlined arrangements. “Radio” assaults the speakers with a brash stomp worthy of early Elvis Costello, while “Oregon Shores” blends its bouncy rhythm and sunny vocal harmonies with an epic, face-melting guitar solo. Elsewhere, a robotic drum pattern anchors “Breathing Tigers,” and “My Girl” taps into powerpop greatness with its “whoa-oh” refrain. The album was nominated for the Polaris Music Prize in 2012. The band has performed with bands such as: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, The Sheepdogs, The Sadies, Good Old War, Bedouin Soundclash, Ladyhawk, Zeus, The Jezabels among many more.
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Prime Minister Stephen Harper has asked Governor General David Johnston to dissolve Parliament, touching off a long campaign in advance of an election Oct. 19.
Harper made the announcement today outside Rideau Hall, square in the middle of the August holiday weekend, ending months of speculation and conjecture about when the campaign would begin.
Harper will get the Conservative campaign underway at a rally later today in Montreal; Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is in Vancouver to attend that city’s Pride parade.
New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair was scheduled to make a statement following Harper’s visit to Rideau Hall.
Our 9 year old grandson came to me with a battery operated toy car that wasn’t working. After several efforts to make it work I gave up and informed him that, since it was only a cheap item, he might as well throw it away. But Timmy didn’t give up. He went away with the car, took it apart and found a loose wire in the mechanism. When he brought it back to me we inserted batteries that we knew were good and behold … it worked!
We sometimes treat others, and ourselves, that way. We look at someone who is really down and see them as disposable junk, not worth trying to fix. We get depressed about our own state and conclude that we are not worth keeping either. Jesus met a number of people like that but He found the loose wire, the disconnection. He was derided as the friend of despised tax collectors and sinners, even befriending prostitutes. He had a way of getting inside and identifying what was broken. Better still, He could make them whole. He still invites people in the words of Matthew 11:28 “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”