Other Events at the Max
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Thursday, April 16, 2015
An interview with Bruce Coughlan of Tiller’s Folly
By Rosemary Phillips
Take tales of ghosts, battles, bootleggers, fur traders, gold rushes and unrequited love mixed with original high-energy, toe-tapping, hand-clapping, acoustic roots music with a very hip historic nature – and you have Tiller’s Folly.
It’s back to Canadian roots for Tiller’s Folly. This dynamic, well-seasoned and award-winning Celtic trio (cum-historians) – featuring singer-songwriter Bruce Coughlan, fiddler Nolan Murray and bassist Laurence Knight – has recently returned to the folds of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest, and is spreading tales (long, tall and short) to audiences of all ages, with their unique brand of acoustic roots music.
“We spent the last three years touring the southern states in the US while under contract in Atlanta,” said Bruce, during a lunch break between performances for Victoria schools and while making preparations for the launch of their ninth CD Stirring up Ghosts.
Music as culture: “We now have an Americana repertoire as a result of that tour,” added Bruce. “People identify with music as culture. We were capturing the essence of the music scene there in the South. It’s so alive. They tag their identity to it, like Kentucky bluegrass, and take a lot of pride in it.”
British Columbia’s identity: “We are such a multi-cultured society in British Columbia; we don’t have a one-type of cultural offering, and no one-type of music that says this is BC music. Tiller’s Folly likes to be inclusive so the representation of the various cultures comes in the stories, in the lyrics.”
Storytelling: “Before history was written it was passed down by word of mouth through music and stories. Communities and cultures gathered around their storytellers and musicians. By continuing that ballad tradition we are preserving the glories of British Columbia’s past deeds and passing them on to upcoming generations. The songs aren’t just about railways and wooden sailing ships; there’s Twenty-Three Camels, The Ghost of Kitty O-Reilly and Water at the Bar, songs telling tales of heroes, heroines and villains, of shantytowns, engineers, and traders. What we are doing is establishing the West’s place in the identity of the North American mosaic.”
Stirring up Ghosts: Released on Friday, February 20 in British Columbia’s capital city, Victoria, this double CD is the largest collection of original historic-based music assembled by a band and composed by a single writer. “I’ve been nursing it along for two decades,” explained Bruce. “A first ‘special’ edition was released in 2008 for British Columbia’s 150th Anniversary and Simon Fraser’s bi-centennial. It quickly sold out. We expanded the 12-song collection and added two new songs and three instrumental tracks. The idea is to intrigue listeners with the mystique and mystery of British Columbia’s past and present, and to invoke an interest in our history. Our website (www.tillersfolly.com) has become a great resource by giving introductions to the songs and their historical references. You can also listen to the songs as you read the lyrics – which are the stories.”
The ensemble: The unique and original sound of Tiller’s Folly comes from musicians who have years of experience in different genres. “We have become a tight, finely-tuned trio, and our music is so much more expressive,” added Bruce whose songwriting and musicianship originated with British Columbia bands Bare Facts and Hightops. Bruce writes all the original songs for Tiller’s Folly from extensive historical research, and also has a growing list of commissioned works and soundtrack credits. “My main influences have come from musicians I have admired like Stan Rogers and Gordon Lightfoot with his Railroad Trilogy. They are my inspiration.”
Meanwhile bass player Laurence has performed for over 40 years with top entertainers including the bands of Bo Diddley, Jim Byrnes and Long John Baldry. Nolan has played fiddle and mandolin with just about every top Canadian performer and with US talent like Brenda Lee, Loretta Lynn and Randy Travis.
Always evolving: “What started as a Celtic group 18 years ago has become much more – it’s a whole new kind of Canadiana folk. The Maritime influence is there, but with Celtic and old-time. There are solos, as in the jazz tradition, some improvisation – a lot of interplay that way. And by adding multi-media we have been creating a new frontier of artistic expression – a bold new movement in progressive roots music.”
A Taste of Art
Saturday, April 18, 2015
at Brooks Great Hall
Join us for the Fundraiser Gala of the year! Get out the bow tie and the crown jewels to attend this Rotary Club special event. The night will be filled with music, wine and appetizers as you mingle amongst works of art. You won’t want to miss this fabulous spring evening. And it’s all for a good cause, raising money for an art installation in our new library…something we can all be proud of and enjoy for many years. Get your tickets today forA Taste Of Art.
With your admission you receive a tasting glass of Rosé and 4 wine tasting tickets. Additional tasting tickets will be available for $2.00 each. Tickets are available at Breakwater Books or from Rotary members.
Saturday, May 9, 2015
(doors open at 7 pm)
NO ISLAND RETURNS TO POWELL RIVER
A lot can change in five years, and Vancouver rockers No Island have embraced their transformation. The band’s new full-length album, Better Days, arrives in April 2015 after months of creation, growth, and anticipation. It marks a fresh start and a different perspective for the group — something innovative, something nostalgic, but most of all an affirmation that the best is always yet to come for those willing to look forward.
To celebrate its release, the band is returning to their home-away-from-home for a special evening at the Max Cameron Theatre. Powell River is the birthplace and summer residence of No Island's keyboardist/vocalist Andy Rice, and is fast becoming a favourite destination among the rest of the band as well. After their last performance at the MAX two years ago, they can't wait to return!
No Island is a band of five frontmen, with a sound that’s always been defined by distinct personalities and expert talents blending together to create something more than the sum of their parts. Their newest album takes that dynamic to the next level, brought to life by bonds developed over years of touring together across the vastness of Canada. Writing about life, love, loss, and every experience in between, No Island’s music embraces both the highs and lows encountered in every person’s unending pursuit of better days.
Andy Rice - keyboards, lead vocals
Keith Sinclair - guitars, lead vocals
Jay Esplana - bass, lead vocals
James Wilfred Martin - saxophones, bass clarinet, vocals
Max Ley - drums, percussion
www.no-island.com · Facebook.com/NoIslandBand · Twitter @NoIslandBand · Instagram @NoIslandBand
Tickets: $15/adults $10/students and seniors. Available in advance at Breakwater Books & Fudge, Townsite Brewing and Powell River Academy of Music. Also available at the door and online at noisland.brownpapertickets.com.
The Comic Strippers
Friday, June 26, 2015
A MALE STRIPPER PARODY & IMPROV COMEDY SHOW
A show for all genders 19+ only.
A fictitious male stripper troupe, played by a cast of some of Canada’s best improvisational comedians, performs a sexylarious improv comedy show. These guys try to be sexy… it just comes out funny. Come and join the explosion of ridiculousness that was the smash hit of the Adelaide Fringe in Australia and has recently been selling out theaters all over Canada.
Guys, you should come too. Don't worry our comedy bodies will make you look good.
★★★★★“Extremely funny !” - UK Fringe Review 2013
"Have not laughed this much. Ever." CB
"One of the best nights ever! You'll laugh until you cry!" RL
"So much laughing and smiling that my face still hurts... loved, loved, loved it!" KS
WARNING! No extreme nudity, just extreme hilarity
Tickets available at…
- The Academy of Music · (604) 485-9633 · 7280 Kemano Street
- Breakwater Books and Fudge · (604) 489-0010 · 4726 Marine Avenue
Dr Stuart Shanker: Self-Regulation
the author of "Calm, Alert and Learning: Strategies for Self-Regulation"
Friday, October 24, 2014
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
This workshop will provide you with insight of how we can enhance a child' s ability to regulate him/herself that will have a dramatic impact not only on the child's well-being and capacity to learn but an equally dramatic impact on the well-being of parents and educators.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Everyone making a difference in the lives of children including parents, grand-parents and
extended family, care providers, teachers, social workers, doctors and those working with children and youth.
Cost (including lunch):
EARLY BIRD cut off September 15, 2014: $120.00
REGULAR cut off October 14, 2014: $150.00
After October 14: $185.00
Friday, November 21, 2014
Join conservationist and photographer Ian McAllister for the launch of his new book "Great Bear Wild" and an unparalleled, multimedia exploration of our endangered Great Bear Rainforest.
Tickets: $10 / $5
Banff Mountain Film Festival
Friday, January 9th & Saturday, January 10, 2015
5:45 Silent auction and social time
6:45 Theatre opens
A different lineup of films each night! Don't miss "the world's best mountain films."
Tickets available at Taws andRiver City Coffee.
For more information contact Jim Palm at 604 483-3171 or email@example.com
Saturday, February 28, 2015
The Max Cameron Theatre
Brooks Secondary School
5400 Marine Avenue
Powell River, B.C.
Phone: (604) 483-3900
Fax: (604) 483-3911