Posts Tagged ‘Rifflandia’

Vancouver’s Young Bombs sent over this tasty remix of the Weezer classic “Say It Ain’t So.”

The remix DJ team will be at Rifflandia in Victoria on Thursday, September 13th at the Phillips Backyard stage.

The guys said, “This is a special one because it’s our first time remixing a classic. Weezer is a band we loved growing up and this is definitely one of those songs we played when we first started learning how to play instruments. Remixing this brought the inner child out of us and we hope it shows.”

Sadly I won’t be over in Victoria by Thursday to see Young Bombs,m but I’ll see you out there on Saturday. Save me a high five.


The rock & roll lifestyle has been raging over here. Who’d have guess I’m a 38-year-old father of three! Coral and I were at Skookum in Vancouver over a rainy weekend.  Wednesday I’ll try to hit Coheed and Cambria at the Commodore then we’re off to Victoria for Rifflandia.

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Can’t promise I’ll return to regular blogging anytime soon…but every so often someone sends me a song that cuts through. As always, thank you for the emails and messages!

Go with yourself.

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I’m the dude wearing a baby doing a high kick. Good times.

Go with yourself.

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jon and roy

It is time.

Rifflandia is upon us.

Today I am broadcasting my radio show from Riff HQ. Downtown on Douglas at Pandora. I’ll be getting my family’s wristbands. Maybe taking advantage of Wristband Connect tonight for dinner. 10% off at Foo? C’mon!

Victoria’s Jon and Roy stopped by the show yesterday to talk about their set at the Victoria Public Market. They also performed their new song “Every Night.”

Jon and Roy
Friday, September 12th
11:30 PM, Public Market


Roy (of Jon and Roy fame) is a teacher. I had to share with him a rant my 6-year-old did at the dinner table the other night. She started going off on the strike and because I carry a recorder with me everywhere, I captured it!

To Rifflandia and Beyond!

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Little India

Little India are an indie-pop band from Vancouver. Riff says they have a crush on Two Door Cinema Club? I’ll believe that!Little India have not been trucking very long but already they’ve opened for some huge alt-pop groups like The 1975, Atlas Genius, St. Lucia and The Drums. They recently won the CFOX Seeds contest and now they’ll be in Victoria for Rifflandia! Pencil them into your Blackberry.

Thursday, September 11th
9:30 PM // Anian 

The radio single is called “Sleep.” 

That song is good…but their track “Oola” is great. Love the remix ep including these cuts….

Amazing… the Cedric Par remix is especially chill. I tells ya, its the small print bands where you find the gems.

I am hoping Conan from the band will stop by my broadcast on Thursday, September 11th for an interview!

Go with yourself.

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rich aucoin

I don’t know how many times I’ve seen Rich Aucoin, and I don’t know him many of those times have been at Rifflandia. More than once, but less a thousand? 

Rich is back on the West Coast for a Saturday, September 13th,  night-stage Rifflandia set at the Metro Theatre. He has a brand new record called Ephemeral. If you’ve never been to a Rich Aucoin show before….you better bring your helmet. Lots of singing, graphics on screens, internet memes blasting at you, maybe a parachute? 

The dude is a positivity warrior, singing about having fun and believing in love, and yourself, and each other. It’s a good time.

Go with yourself.

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coral and Jack

Summer continues to rage on the west coast. The Baker tribe spent some time in Edmonton, then back to the coast to hit a wedding on Salt Spring Island.

It’s time to get settle into the radio factory and focus on the fall….hammer out the final DJ gigs of the season…and get ready for Rifflandia!  Before taking off on summer holiday…we announced the final acts for Victoria’s version of the fall classic. No wait… it’s still summer! 

One band I am jazzed to check out at Rifflandia this year is Half Moon Run. The Montreal based band jams some beautiful folky harmonies. Big sweeping songs. Occasionally a little darkness seeps into their sounds. I have more than a couple favourites.

The song “She Wants To Know” … I’m all about it.

and a remix! 

Another song that really shows this band off is called, “Full Circle.”

Half Moon Run will be playing a couple shows at Rifflandia. Saturday night at Alix Goolden Hall and then Sunday in the park. Pencil them into your Blackberry, you won’t miss these guys. 

Go with yourself.

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Rosie JuneThis remix is making me feel alright. Rosie June is a performer from Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.

Her record is called Listening Post and you’ll find it on Brendan Canning‘s Draper Street Records.

We’ll get a chance to see Rosie June in September as part of Rifflandia. Schedule will be out tomorrow (3PM, listen to my radio show on The Zone @ 91-3)…I know whatever stage she is playing, I’ll want to be there.

The remix from Bear Mountain takes Rosie June’s normally lighter than air dream pop and ties some rocks around it’s legs. It still floats, but also bounces along the ground. Hilly Dilly talks about a tropical influence. I can get behind that… We live on an Island after all! This is a track that will be showing up in my Rooftop set tomorrow at The Strathcona Hotel.

For the sake of the compare and contrast, here is the original dream popper.

and one more because I’m crushing hard.

Go with yourself.

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