Island music conference sounding strong

The event offers seminars and workshops covering all aspects of the music business.

GUITARIST-SINGER-SONGWRITER Bill Henderson will return to the Comox Valley for the Vancouver Island Music Business Conference.

GUITARIST-SINGER-SONGWRITER Bill Henderson will return to the Comox Valley for the Vancouver Island Music Business Conference.

Bill Henderson, Dan Hill and Sue Medley are among a diverse group of music business professionals who will attend the fifth annual Vancouver Island Music Business Conference.

It happens Oct. 12 to 14 at various venues in the Comox Valley.

The event offers seminars and workshops covering all aspects of the music business, from singing and songwriting to management and music law.

The weekend is geared towards anyone involved in the music business — or anyone interested in learning about the inner workings of the music industry.

There will be a presence from SOCAN (Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers), FACTOR (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Records), SAC (Songwriters’ Association of Canada) and Music B.C.

A new twist this year is the Great Canadian Song Race, where 28 songwriters co-write seven songs in one day, with guidance from seven songwriter mentors.

“It seems like a fun way to tie it all together,” said event organizer Susie McGregor, noting the Song Race is inspired by singing shows and the Dragon’s Den. “There will be seven new songs written and the seven new songs will be produced by Juno and Grammy award-winning producers on Day 2 in all the studios in town.”

Songs will be pitched on the third day to a panel of music industry professionals.

Henderson, lead singer/guitarist of Chilliwack, has attended past VIMBC conferences.

“He loves the Valley and he loves to teach and talk about the industry,” McGregor said. “And of course he loves to play.”

Chilliwack will perform at the Whistle Stop on the Saturday night, while participants in the Song Race will take the stage at Billy D’s. Saturday also features a youth showcase at the Zocalo Café.

An all-star jam will be held Sunday at the Whistle Stop, while Applebee’s will host a youth wrap party.

“We have a large element of youth,” McGregor said. “Even with the Song Race there’s a lot of young, great

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Cole Moore with one of his sisters, Jasmin Moore. Photo supplied
Courtenay man looks to brain surgery for second chance

Cole Moore’s sister sets up GoFundMe to help father looking after brother

Rev. Sulin Milne at St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Comox is part of those helping distribute food to those in need within the town. Photo by Jim Peacock
Comox church serving the community with food through COVID-19

“We knew there were so many people who were facing economic challenges …”

Comox Valley RCMP had access to 20 Street blocked off between Cousins and Choquette avenues as they conducted a raid of a house on the block. Photo by Terry Farrell
Nineteen people arrested, charges expected in Courtenay house raid

Investigators are continuing to comb through evidence seized

Demonstrators gathered Friday, March 5 at the Courtenay Court House, demanding protection of old-growth forests. Scott Stanfield photo
Concerned citizens march in Courtenay in name of old-growth rainforests

The Comox Valley is one of the B.C. communities engaged in mobilization… Continue reading

LUSH Valley’s partnership with School District 71 this past year helped feed 200 students and families through the Good Food Box program. Screenshot, LUSH Valley/Comox Valley Schools video
LUSH Valley-Comox Valley School Good Food Boxes fed 200 families in 2020

Non-profit organization is looking for new ways to collaborate with school district

The James C Richardson Pipe Band marches in a Remembrance Day parade on Nov. 11, 2019 in Chilliwack. Wednesday, March 10 is International Bagpipe Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of March 7 to 13

International Bagpipe Day, Wash Your Nose Day and Kidney Day are all coming up this week

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

The CVRD building in Courtenay.
Comox Valley organizations in need receive funding

The Comox Valley Regional Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) has approved $55,000 in… Continue reading

Malawian police guard AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines after the shipment arrived in Lilongwe, Malawi, Friday March 5, 2021. Canada is expecting its first shipments of AstraZeneca vaccine next week. (Associated Press/Thoko Chikondi)
B.C.’s daily COVID-19 cases climb to 634 Friday, four more deaths

Currently 255 people in hospital, 66 in intensive care

A crashed helicopter is seen near Mt. Gardner on Bowen Island on Friday March 5, 2021. Two people were taken to hospital in serious but stable condition after the crash. (Irene Paulus/contributed)
2 people in serious condition after helicopter goes down on Bowen Island

Unclear how many passengers aboard and unclear where the helicopter was going

Surrey Pretrial in Newton. (Photo: Tom Zytaruk)
B.C. transgender inmate to get human rights hearing after being held in mostly male jail

B.C. Human Rights Tribunal member Amber Prince on March 3 dismissed the pretrial’s application to have Makayla Sandve’s complaint dismissed

Supporters rally outside court as Pastor James Coates of GraceLife Church is in court to appeal bail conditions, after he was arrested for holding day services in violation of COVID-19 rules, in Edmonton, Alta., on Thursday March 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
‘Law remains valid:’ Pastor accused of violating health orders to remain in jail

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms is representing the pastor

A virtual public hearing for a rezoning application for a Comox property was held on March 3. Black Press file photo
No comments at public hearing for Anderton Road rezoning application

The virtual public hearing was held on March 3 for the Comox properties

The Netflix logo on an iPhone. B.C. delayed imposing sales tax on digital services and sweetened carbonated beverages as part of its response to COVID-19. Those taxes take effect April 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Matt Rourke
B.C. applies 7% sales tax on streaming, vaping, sweet drinks April 1

Measures from 2020 budget were delayed due to COVID-19

Most Read