Peak Performance Project 2012: Headwater

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 — 4:02pm PDT
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The Peak Performance Project is in full swing for 2012 as the Top 20 artists prepare for a summer of development, shows, festivals, and bootcamp prior to their fall showcases — and ultimately the crowning of this year’s winner. I recently interviewed finalist Dominique Fricot and today I spoke with another finalist, Matt Bryant, from the band Headwater.

Headwater — consisting of Matt Bryant, Jonas Shandel, Tim Tweedale, and Patrick Metzger — has traveled from Vancouver Island to Vienna since releasing their debut album in 2006. No stranger to performances in many different places, I actually first heard about them years ago when my sister texted me from the ferry. She said there was a band playing in one of the lounges and she really liked their tunes. At the end of the sailing she caught their name: Headwater. I mentioned this to Matt during our call and he said he’s even blogged about those impromptu ferry performances before due to their success.

They’ve been part of Shore’s Sounds of Summer and will now commit to the Peak Performance Project — boosting their profile up another notch. “Getting to meet people is crucial. You kind of get ‘in’ with people at stations that you otherwise wouldn’t have access to as an independent band. We’re really looking forward to it — meeting other great bands, playing showcases — it’s all positive.”

A large part of the Peak Performance Project is the bootcamp aspect where bands participate in an intensive one week training program, learning the ins and outs of the music business, live performance, songwriting, marketing and promotion. Artists are mentored by some of the music industry’s top professionals and performers. Headwater is in a good position right now, Matt says. “We’ve probably got a pretty good – if not a leg up – a pretty good handle on what we need to do… …We’ve been at it for a long time and Jonas and I are very business minded, and we care about that stuff.” They recently launched a new website, released a new album, have merchandise setup, and are comfortable with their online presence.

Part of a good business plan these days is a social media strategy, which Headwater is all over already — in fact I booked this interview by sending Matt a message on Twitter. “[Social media] is a super good way to get in touch with people and to directly go at people and to get information you wouldn’t otherwise get. It’s awesome.”

If you would like to connect with Headwater directly — and in person — your next opportunity to see them live is tomorrow night at the Biltmore. “One of the things that so special about playing in this band for me is that we really drop all the ‘bs’ on stage and just get up there and really feel the tunes and communicate with each other.” Matt says the audience can look forward to “big improvised sessions, big jam outs, big percussive breakdowns and unexpected stuff, crazy solos, and usually a semi-tasteless joke or two — and lots of fun!”

Check out Headwater’s tunes, find them on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, and scoop up tickets for the show on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at the Biltmore. They’ll also be at Car Free Day on Commercial Drive this Sunday, at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, at Surrey Canada Day, and at the CBC Plaza in July.

Family FUSE Weekend at Vancouver Art Gallery

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 — 11:17am PDT
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The Vancouver Art Gallery is presenting two days of activities for young and old during Family FUSE Weekend.

Parents and children (and those young at heart) will be able to discover and explore the Vancouver Art Gallery, and participate in music, dance, and theatre workshops.

Where Vancouver Art Gallery
Date Saturday, June 16, 2012 & Sunday, June 17, 2012
Time From 10:00am to 5:00pm each day
Tickets Gallery members & children aged 0-12 are free when accompanied by an adult.
Regular admission rates apply: $20 adults, $15 senior (65+), $15 student (with valid ID)

These are just a few of the workshops offered throughout the weekend:

Happy Vancouver Day: Celebrate the Archives

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 — 8:38am PDT
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June 13th has traditionally been called “Vancouver Day” as a number of significant city events happened on this day in history. Here are a few items of note thanks to Chuck Davis’ Vancouver History:

June 13, 1792: Captain George Vancouver explored Burrard Inlet
June 13, 1859: A seam of coal was discovered at Coal Harbour
June 13, 1886: The Great Fire — the entire city burned to the ground.
June 13, 1933: Major J.S. Matthews declared the Vancouver City Archives officially open

1938 – Major J.S. Matthews signs a document to appoint responsibility for the Archives’ holdings to a board of trustees. Archives item #Port P352.4

In 1931, Major J.S. Matthews’ extensive personal collection of photos and documents relating to Vancouver was moved to the Holden Building, Vancouver’s temporary City Hall at 16 East Hastings. This included thousands of documents and photographs, such as interviews with early pioneers and aboriginal people, relating to the history and development of the City of Vancouver.

Matthews’ collection would become the basis for the City of Vancouver Archives. However, it wasn’t until June 12, 1933, that Matthews was appointed as Vancouver’s first City Archivist by Vancouver City Council for a rate of pay of just $25 a month, the equivalent of $400 dollars a month today, a salary that remained unchanged until his death on October 1, 1970. [Archives History]

In 1972 the Vancouver Archives building that we know today (at 1150 Chestnut) opened. It was the first building in Canada built specifically as a city archive and is called the Major J.S. Matthews Building.

Thanks to Major Matthews, we have collections of early photographs, stored maps and documents to help tell the story of our city’s growth throughout its 126-year history. If you’re interested, there’s a 7-volume book called “Early Vancouver” — now available online — that was written by Matthews between 1931 and 1956. There’s also a book about Major Matthews by Daphne Sleigh called: “The Man Who Saved Vancouver“.

City of Vancouver Archives City of Vancouver Archives

City of Vancouver Archives City of Vancouver Archives

City of Vancouver Archives City of Vancouver Archives

The archives have a host of information, documents, and resources in person, online, and on their blog. You can stop in to do research, browse old photographs, and purchase prints, post cards, note cards, pamphlets, DVDs, and more. I was fortunate enough to get a behind the scenes tour in 2009 and use it often as a resource.

City of Vancouver Archives

The first “Vancouver Day” was celebrated in 1925, with the date chosen by Mayor L.D. Taylor, although its last occurrence was in 1929. I wanted to take the opportunity to wish every a Happy Vancouver Day today and offer praise to the Vancouver Archives for carrying on Major Matthews’ work while they move forward with preservation and digitization.

Follow the Vancouver Archives on Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, History Pin, or their blog.

Dance at Dusk in Stanley Park

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 — 2:50pm PDT
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The Vancouver Park Board is offering more than forest strolls, beach blanket sunbathing, swimming lessons, and bike rides through Stanley Park this summer as they introduce Dance at Dusk. This new program is absolutely free to join and will take place every Monday and Tuesday from now until August at Ceperley Meadow.

Salsa Dancing on Granville Street
Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

Scottish Country Dance
Mondays: June 11th to August 13th, 2012
From 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Patterns, turns, passes, play, exercise. Dance with members of the Scottish Country Dance Society (kilts optional).

International Folk Dance
Tuesdays: June 12th to August 14th, 2012
From 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Vancouver International Folk Dancers will participants in line and circle dances from Europe, the Americas and the Middle East.

No partner is necessary to participate and the dances will run depending on the weather. All levels are welcome and instruction is provided.

Dances will take place along the south side of Ceperley Meadow which is located in Stanley Park between 2nd Beach and Lost Lagoon.

Carnaval del Sol 2012

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 — 2:21pm PDT
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Canada Day long weekend will be filled with more than celebrations on July 1st as Carnaval del Sol returns June 30th. Thousands will gather downtown for this free festival that celebrates Latin American arts and culture.

Latincouver Carnaval del Sol
Photo credit: Michael Kwan on Flickr – Submitted to the Miss604 Flickr Pool.

From 10:00am until 10:00pm on Saturday June 30th, 2012 you can enjoy activities, music, dance, and food on Granville from Smithe to Hastings. Take salsa and zumba lessons, watch a street soccer tournament, make some arts and crafts, and much more. Granville will be closed to vehicles and become a giant pedestrian-only celebration zone.

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What: Inspiring Latino Award Ceremony. Vancouver’s first regional awards ceremony to recognize contributions of distinguished members of the Latin American community.
When: Thursday, June 28th, 2012 6:00pm to 12:00am
Where: CBC Vancouver – 700 Hamilton Street (Studio 700)

What: Mini World Cup Street Soccer Tournament. Teams can sign up to participate and represent a country in this preliminary event. The championship will take place during Carnaval del Sol the following Saturday.
When: Sunday, June 24th, 2012 10:00am to 6:00pm
Where: Granville from Robson to Georgia

Carnaval del Sol is a production of Latincouver. Follow them on Twitter or Facebook for more information and news throughout the year.

Xanadu at The Arts Club & Sandbar Giveaway

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 — 11:34am PDT
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The Arts Club Theatre Company is lacing up their rollerskates in their latest production of Xanadu. This upbeat disco-dancing musical is based on the 1980 Universal Pictures Film that was adapted from the book by Douglas Carter Beane (To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar; The Little Dog Who Laughed).

Marlie Collins and Gaelan Beatty in Arts
Club’s XANADU. Photo by David Cooper

Take a magical ride to a world where fantasy, romance, and shiny satin jumpsuits reign! A beautiful Greek muse descends from Mount Olympus in an impenetrable disguise of leg warmers and an Aussie accent to help mortal Sonny realize the greatest artistic achievement of all time: to open a roller disco! Featuring the cult classics “Suddenly” and “Xanadu,” this musical is “Magic” on roller skates!

This “outlandishly zany spoof” stars Marlie Collins (in Olivia Newton-John’s role from the film) Gaelan Beatty as Sonny. Xanadu will run from June 21, 2012 until August 4, 2012 at the Granville Island Stage.

The Arts Club has offered up a prize for one Miss604 reader that includes two tickets to opening night (June 27th) and a $100 gift card for dinner at The Sandbar on Granville Island. The Sandbar has been consistently voted one of the best patios in Vancouver and they host a variety of events, have live music, brunch on Father’s Day, and are currently hosting their own Pacific Salmon Run Contest.

Here’s how you can enter to win this prize pack:

  • Leave a comment on this post naming your favourite disco-style tune (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter
RT to enter to win tickets to @TheArtsClub’s #Xanadu & $100 for @The_Sandbar from @Miss604

I will draw one winner at random from all entries next Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 1:00pm.

Update The winner is Jennifer!