Peak Performance Project 2013, Vote Now!

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102.7 The Peak’s 2013 Peak Performance Project (PPP) has entered the voting phase. This is your chance to vote for your favourite artist and help them win 102.7 thousand dollars towards their music careers. This year’s top 20 is packed with talented musicians and bands and I’m going to let you in on WFLBC’s top 3!

In no particular order (but lets be honest, we all know I voted for Bodhi) here are my top 3 picks for the 2013 PPP. Surrey BC’s own Good For Grapes are competing for the first time. They have a great sound and have a bright future ahead of them. Here’s their latest video “Renminbi Tips”

Rolla Olak, originally from Vancouver Island, Is in the PPP for the first time as well. He has a great folk vibe and his song “Magic Spell” is on heavy rotation at the WFLBC offices, check it out.

Bodhi Jones, the man, the myth, the legend, is competing in his 3rd PPP. Originally from Salt Spring Island Bodhi is a tallented singer/songwriter with a deep catalogue of original music. Check out one of my favourite tracks off  “Bones”, Bodhi’s latest album. “Suitcase Packed”

VOTE NOW! Voting closes at 5pm PST on October 25th.

Scott.

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Win an autographed copy of “Bones” by Bodhi Jones

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We have 2 autographed copies of Bodhi Jones latest album, Bones, to give to YOU! It’s easy, just tweet ‘I just entered to win an autographed copy of Bones by @bodhijones from @WFLBC. RT to enter http://wp.me/p2HHqR-ZX ” OR for you Facebookers you can share this page with all you friends and you’re entered!

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Bodhi had his official release party at St. James Hall on September 6th and I can tell you that he sounds amazing. We’re all hoping for big things for Bodhi this year.

Enter early and enter often! Winners will be announced Sunday September 8th sometime in the evening.

Scott.

Vancouver’s own Bodhi Jones new album “Bones” available NOW!

Bodhi Jones is back. The last time we had a new album from this talented local singer/songwriter was back in 2010 with “Where Does The Time Go”, which I still listen to often. Bodhi is taking part in this years Peak Performance Project on 102.7 The Peak, it’s his 3rd time in the competition and everyone who knows Bodhi is hoping for big things this year!

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I first met Bodhi in 2011 when I was organizing Andrewpalooza to raise money for a friend dealing with Multiple Sclerosis. I asked Bodhi if he wanted to play at the Red Room for the event and he immediately said yes, he helped secure other talent and even helped persuade the lovely Carmen Cruz to host. Bodhi is a great guy, truly my brother from another mother. Here’s the video for the first single off Bones – Drink Like the World’s Gonna End.

Head over to peakperformanceproject.com and check out Bodhi’s page. Make sure The Peak knows WE LOVE BODHI!

Bones is available on iTunes and you can catch Bodhi live at St. James Hall on September 6th for the official Bones release party, get your tickets HERE.

Twitter – @bodhijones

Facebook – BodhiJones

Youtube – Bodhi Jones

Instagram – bodhijones

Interwebzzzz – bodhijones.com

Good luck man!!

Scott.

2012 in review – Album of the year – The Avett Brothers, The Carpenter

Looking back at 2012 is tough for me, I lost my dog Cooper, had some personal problems and struggled with some ongoing mental health issues that I think I’ve always had but I’ve never wanted to admit or deal with. One thing that has always helped me through dark times is music. The Avett Brothers album The Carpenter was on full loop mode from the day it was released.

The music is skilfully written and performed, the lyrics carry a lot of meaning for me and as much as I’ve played it over the last few months it hasn’t gotten stale or old at all, it’s truly the best album of 2012.

Here’s a sample.

Check out more of their music at TheAvettBrothers.com

Scott.

The Dominique

This place is by invitation only and if you’re so lucky to be invited, you have to help make dinner and you might have to help name the creation. 

May I present to you The Dominique, aptly named for its creator, the lovely and oh s0 talented (and tall) Dominique Fricot. Does his name sound familiar to you? His voice has been gracing the airwaves from 100.5 The Peak, and he was recently announced as one of the top 20 contenders for this year’s Peak Performance Project. He and his former band, The Painted Birds, were in the first Peak Performance Project back in 2009 and he credits a lot of his knowledge of the business to his experience in the PPP. He confessed that one of the reasons he entered the PPP last year was so he could go to Band Camp at Rockridge Canyon, and I don’t blame him. Don’t follow the other bands’ Twitter accounts, it will lead to heartbreak when you read about how much fun they’re having and the beautiful setting of Rockridge Canyon. I and many others are scheming to get ourselves to band camp without actually being in a band.  This year he’s back as a solo artist. His song Haunted by  Love is getting quite a bit of airplay and he just released his EP ‘If Baby Could Walk’ which is available for purchase here.

The Dominique   – serves 4-5 hungry people, 25 mins to prepare

Rotini Pasta

½ lb bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces

2 chicken breasts, cubed

White cap mushrooms, sliced

1 jar of Blue Cheese Dressing

The Salad:

Greens – your choice of mixed greens, leaf lettuce, butter lettuce, even spinach would have been good

Mango chunks

Grated beets

Vinaigrette of your choice

Combining two of my favourite things- cooking and music, which happen to be two of Dominique’s favourite things, we set out to make a meal together. I asked Dominique what we were going to be cooking and he confessed that the dish didn’t have a name, and since Bacon-Chicken-Mushroom-Blue-Cheese Rotini is a mouthful, we settled on The Dominique. Apparently Fricot is already a soup; I imagine The Dominique Fricot is a pasta and soup combo with a side of soulful lyrics and a dash of charm. Sounds delicious, doesn’t it?

Cutting the chicken into cubes

I chopped the bacon into one inch pieces while he cut the chicken into cubes. In my opinion, everyone can cook with a recipe, it’s when you start to make a recipe your own that the magic happens. That’s how Dominique started cooking, too. His mom’s friend gave him his first cookbook after he graduated, and he initially he followed the recipes. These days he finds his inspiration online, looking at the comments at the end of recipes for the tips and tricks of those that have cooked before him. However, this dish was unwritten, one that was passed down through friendship, trial, and error until now.

Did I mention he’s tall?

The chicken went into a hot wok with a little bit of olive oil, and after a few minutes the bacon was added. Meanwhile, a pot of water was boiled for the pasta and Dominique got down to business preparing a simple summer salad. I stirred the wok every now and then to ensure that the bacon was cooking evenly, and at the ¾ mark he tossed in some sliced mushrooms and we let those cook down.

Messy and delicious addition to a salad

Dominique prepared a lovely summer salad with greens, mango chunks, and shredded beats. Yes, shredded beats are as messy as they sound, but I think they taste really great in their fresh state. You can do it yourself by peeling the beets with a potato peeler and then using a cheese grater to shred. It adds an earthy, sweet flavour to the salad and it looks beautiful against the orange hue of the mango. Easy like Sunday morning, and a fresh accompaniment to the pasta. Once the pasta was cooked and drained, the bacon, chicken, and mushrooms were added and a jar of blue cheese dressing was stirred in. Voila! Dinner was ready. The pasta was creamy and rich, and surprisingly not dominated by the bacon. This was an easy meal to prepare, and it was delicious.  Definitely a recipe I will keep in my back pocket for unexpected guests which seem to happens at my house fairly often.

Rochele stirring the goods

You know what made the meal fantastic, though? The chef. Do yourself a favour and go check out his music. His tunes are so smooth and mellow, perfect for afternoon cups of tea and lounging. Scott’s daughter even has Dominique’s East Coast Girls on her iPod which she listens to every night at bedtime. Looking forward to Dominique’s musical journey over these next few months as he plays his heart out for an opportunity to win $100,500.00 in the Peak Performance Project. Best of luck and thanks for having us in your home, Dominique. Follow him on Twitter and check out his Facebook page for shows and updates.

The chef being his charming self and his creation, The Dominique

Partying at Doolins

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Hi, it’s Rochele, covering the debauchery part of What’s for Lunch. I had the pleasure of partying at Doolin’s Irish Pub located at Granville and Nelson last night, and I’m a little rough around the edges today. Who parties on a week night? Apparently I do, and some people that I know, and their friends, too.

Last night Doolin’s was celebrating their 9th anniversary as well as the kick off to their Up Your Kilt event. Styled as an east coast kitchen party with live music you could stomp your feet to, I sampled clam chowder, mussells, oysters, clams, crab cakes, and ribs. Please note this was a special event and you will not find these items on their menu, but I’m pleased to let you know that they were tasty.

Good drinks with good friends

Doolin’s throws an excellent party. The east coast kitchen party appeals to me; my dad’s family is from Newfoundland and I just think it’s in my blood to feel at home in an Irish pub. There is something about coming together for food, booze and drinking songs that you can’t help but love. I’d like to give a great big thanks to all the servers and bar staff for the terrific service, you rock!

Happy 9th birthday, Doolins! Thanks for having me over. We’ll do it again some time.

Birthday cake with the intern

Why should you come to Andrew Palooza?

Most of you don’t know Andrew Kristoff (most of you don’t actually know me!) so I would like to tell you about him. Andrew is 32 years old and lives in Maillardville in Coquitlam with his wife Theresa and their twin boys, Alex and Aaron. Andrew went to BCIT and became an electrician but hasn’t been able to work for some time now, I first met Andrew in 2001 and we have been friends ever since even though for the longest time he called me Steve (haha sorry Andy!) As time passed Andrew began to notice that he wasn’t able to do things as well as he used to and was soon diagnosed with MS. The disease progressed fairly quickly and for the most part Andrew is now forced to use a wheelchair to get around. One of my fondest memories, not just of Andrew but but from my entire life, was on a cruise for a friends wedding in 2007. Andrew wanted to go down the water slide so a few friends and I carried him up the stairs and fired him down the slide, his smile was totally worth it.
Andrew and his dad pulled me aside at Alex and Aaron’s first birthday party and asked me if I could help them raise money for Andrew to get Liberation Treatment in Seattle. Having just raised over $4000 for Variety for Hayley’s first birthday I was honored that they would ask me to help. Recent studies have shown that MS in not a disease, it is a malformation of the veins that allow blood to drain away from the brain and back to the heart. The veins are too small so the blood doesn’t drain as quickly an the heart pumps it in and this causes iron deposits to form on the brain which turn into lesions which cause MS. Liberation treatment is a procedure which enlarges those veins allowing the blood to drain and lessening and in some cases reversing the effects of MS.
Andrew Palooza is what we’ve come up with to get him this treatment. Dale from Red Room Ultrabar, who knows Andrew and his family has been very generous by letting us have this event and keep all of the ticket proceeds. The Red Room holds 500 people at $20 a ticket that’s $10000 enough for the treatment plus a little extra to allow Theresa to take a couple weeks off to look after Andrew and the twins.
Behind Sapphire, Bodhi Jones, Nadia Von Hahn and Sweetheart are all playing this show for free, Carmen Cruz is emceeing for free and we have some talented comedians, Ruven, Ryan Mutama, Al Hassam, Goldie Hoffman and Chris Gaskin to lighten the mood a little. We have received awesome graphic design for our logo and show poster from Rohit Tandon and lots of social media love trying to spread the word.
So now the only thing left is to sell tickets. Please come and join us, meet Andrew in person and help change his life. Andrew can be a beacon for those suffering with MS that  a better life is just over the horizon. Let’s show the Canadian medical system that this is a better solution than pumping patients full of medication. If you’re on Twitter use the hashtag #DoItForAndy or #AndrewPalooza for all Andrew Palooza related tweets. You can follow the event @AndrewPalooza. Please buy a ticket, invite your friends to do the same and come have a great night with amazing local music and good people.

Behind Sapphire at Go Go Beans in Abbotsford

Music isn’t my usual subject matter but I do love it, maybe more than food (gasp!!). I made a last minute trip out to Abbotsford tonight to see Behind Sapphire, a Vancouver based pop/folk band. I met my pal Dylan and his wife there, yes the real More Than A Feeling music blogger himself! The venue was a little coffee shop called Go Go Beans who make a killer Americano, a very intimate setting to say the least.

The band played a nice set starting with “Oh My, What A Fine Day” off of their self titled debut album, very beautiful song with haunting vocals and a great harmonies. The whole set was solid and finished with a fully unplugged performance of “Nearer My God to Thee” which sounded fantastic. It reminded me of seeing Fran Healy do a fully unplugged set at The Vogue last year.

I kind of get the feeling that in the near future I’ll be telling people that I saw Behind Sapphire play at a coffee shop in Abbotsford and they won’t believe me. Great song writing and great story telling equal a great show. Thanks to VanCityAmy for posting their video a while back so I could discover them. I see big things in their future.

Scott.