“The incredible voice of Christine Best with her band The Pics, inspired the guests throughout the evening,...
UNFORGETTABLE : A Fundraising Gala for Marta Marta Productions, Martha Carter, Artistic Director”
— Marta Marta Productions, Martha Carter, Artistic Director, Marta Marta Productions
**CHRISTINE BEST** BIO
Christine Best has a voice known as a force of nature. Offering the real music lover an ultimate treat – full on Soul served up with full-bodied angelic tones that soar to the heights and capture the depth of her four-octave range. Christine is one of the most dynamic singers, singing a wide range of styles, a broad repertoire, you can find her singing Blues, Country, Bluegrass, R&B, Soul, Gospel, even World Music in a multitude of languages. Her warm presence and performance ability is evident, whether fronting combos in intimate clubs and bistros, with big bands, duets, trios, or gospel performances in churches, festivals and concert halls. Christine found the Universal Gospel Choir later that year in 2001, where she became an advanced soloist and household favourite for her 7 year stay.:: During those early years with the Universal Gospel Choir, she had many wonderful opportunities to perform with such great performers such as Linda Tillery, John Boutte, Tom Cochrane, Jim Byrnes to name but a few.
Some of her personal performance highlights include performing on television, radio, touring in Cuba, England and many of the local Vancouver theatres and stages. She has also established herself as back ground vocalist in demand in the local music scene. She performs and records with a number of local artists, including the Paperboys, Harry Manx, and to name a few.:: Christine continues to grow as an artist, offering her gift where needed, and is foreseeing a long standing career as a local and soon to be legendary voice. You can see her performing with her own bands, "Christine BEST & the Pic's" with Harry Kalensky, Dave Vidal, Brian McGibney, Aaron Hardie, Tom Gould
Harry Kalensky's BIO
Harry Kalensky has been in the eyes and ears of Canadians for over four decades.
As the original bass player of Canada's Trooper, his contributions have enjoyed multi platinum awards and many of the songs have become Canadian Rock standards that have aired over 250,000 times, Two For The Show, Boys In The Bright White Sportscar, Santa Maria, and many more.
Harry and Cecile & Honey Larochelle have just re-released their children's album "Friend Friends Friends", available at Reverb Nation and iTunes.FRIENDS FRIENDS FRIENDS with CC and Harry. Music, Lyrics, Songs, and Videos
Harry is currently performing with "Christine Best and the Pics" who have just released their version of James Brown's "Man's World" also available at Reverb Nation and iTunes. Christine Best & The Pics Music, Lyrics, Songs, and Videos
Harry has appeared in many television productions and movies as an actor but the theatre holds a special place in his heart. Harry has had a long association with the Arts Club Theatre, appearing in" Angry Housewives", Composing music for "Snowing on Salt Spring 'Tra La'" with Nicola Cavendish.
Harry Kalensky Productions
"Brother" Brian McGibney Keyboards and backing vocals
The son of two very musical parents, Brian was performing on stage while still in grade school. A multi instrumentalist who has played folk, pop, punk , ska and once even played sax in a country band? ; he found his true musical groove within the classic R&B/soul music genre. "We are here to serve the music" says this passionate ivory man, "Hang on and enjoy the ride"FWIW for years I've gone as "Brother" Brian McGibney but I must admit the "Professor" prefix is starting to grow on me.
Dave Vidal Guitar,
Dave Vidal also known as Mr. Guitar Tech. Dave made Vancouver his home in 1981 and played with The Belaires, Questionaires, Al Forman, Jim Byrnes, The Wailin' Demons, Al Walker, and Jack Lavin. Dave also plays sassy keyboards, and along with musical greats Doug Edwards and David Foster, was inducted into the Victoria Music Hall Of Fame.
Aaron Hardie – Tenor Saxophone
Aaron Hardie is a Vancouver based saxophonist who leads his own jazz quartet, which
performs his original compositions in the modern jazz tradition. As well, he has a trio
dedicated to playing various song forms from the standard jazz repertoire. Aaron works
as a freelance musician with various large and small ensembles and styles, including
funk, R&B, salsa, swing, and rock. Aaron studied music at Capilano College with
saxophonists Mike Allen and Stan Karp, as well as at Selkirk College with Darcy Hepner.
More information, photos, and audio samples available at aaronhardie.com