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Bio: I live in Grand Forks, British Columbia, right down on the US border. I've been writing songs since 1969 when I got my first guitar at 15.
I'm an Army brat, but I call Grand Forks my home town.
When I was young I worked as a section man on the Canadian Pacific Railway, pulled boards on the gree... See Full BioMore Info
2013 will be the 9th year of this truly unique festival. Set on the sprawling pastoral home and working ranch of Emilie and Larry Mattson, Sweetwater905 is a celebration of music, poetry, visual and performance art. Located 1.5 miles west of Rolla BC and 16 kms north of Dawson Creek, the event brings together a wide range of talent from the community, the province, and beyond. The next Sweetwater905 Festival takes place on June 14, 15, and 16, 2013 on Father's Day weekend and promises to be yet another stellar event.
We are musicians from the Okanagan and all over BC. Music on the Mountain is a Music Festival in Fort St. James that we all adore. MoM is having the same problems as everyone else, a lack of funding and challenges drawing people to this remote and breathtaking site means that she needs our help. Come enjoy a workshop and the performances on the main stage. By the time we’re done you will want to join us for the journey north in August. At the very least we’ll fill your day with beautiful music and love. Please help if you can, music and art are important for all of our communities.
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Tues, Mar 5th, 7-9pm, DaveSoroka & DavidRoyParsons—like Dylan, Springsteen, Hank Williams Dave Soroka I've worked as a section man on the Canadian Pacific Railway, pulled boards on the green chain for Pope And Talbot, loaded boxcars and driven a boom boat for MacMillan Bloedel on Vancouver Island... http://www.davesoroka.com and http://www.youtube.com/davesoroka David Roy Parsons – “There Would Not Be A Single Regret” “If you care about songwriting, don’t deny yourself the pleasure of listening to this man.” –Geoff Berner http://davidroyparsons.ca/ and http://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/david-roy-parsons/id387729537 Advance tickets $10 at Rollin Art Centre (cash only) Doors open 6pm. Tickets at the Door $12. FMI (250) 730-1636 Char’s Landing, 4815 Argyle @5th, Port Alberni. BIO Dave Soroka: I live in Grand Forks, British Columbia, right down on the US border. I've been writing songs since 1969 when I got my first guitar at 15. I'm an Army brat, grew up on bases in Kingston Ontario, Calgary and Camp Wainwright Alberta, with a few years in between where we lived like civilians in a house Dad bought in Chilliwack British Columbia. In the summer we would come to Grand Forks to visit grandparents and cousins, and I call Grand Forks my home town. I've worked as a section man on the Canadian Pacific Railway, pulled boards on the green chain for Pope And Talbot, loaded boxcars and driven a boom boat for MacMillan Bloedel on Vancouver Island...but for the most part I've been self-employed all my adult life, doing things like carpet cleaning, delivering flyers, painting houses, washing vinyl siding, roadside sales... whatever it takes... I have three kids and three grandkids so far. I didn’t raise my own kids so I can't brag about how they've all turned out, but they're all beautiful. To date I've written about a thousand songs, many of whose tunes I've forgotten, so now when I perform I'll sometimes just speak them as poetry, with other songs mixed in which I accompany with my guitar and sometimes harmonica. I've recorded a number of CDs. As far as my goals for my art: I just want the listener to feel some of what I feel. BIO David Roy Parsons – “There Would Not Be A Single Regret” “If you care about songwriting, don’t deny yourself the pleasure of listening to this man.” –Geoff Berner Artists are often like icebergs- you see only a fraction of what there is. You see the art but not what makes it. You see the artist but not the years and experience that produce them. David Roy Parsons- is a singer and a songwriter with four CDs to his credit. Born and raised in Ottawa, David was raised by writers. His mother wrote speeches and press releases for government departments like Canada Post. His father was a journalist who wrote for Canadian Press for many years. His father also wrote two books- one a biography of newspaper icon ‘Lord’ Ken Thompson; the other about the ‘tainted blood’ scandal which saw hundreds of people infected with HIV through transfusions in the 80’s. This was not peripheral to either Vic or David Roy Parsons. David is one of those infected. Born with hemophilia, which created more than enough problems, David was one of the hemophiliacs infected in the 80’s with HIV. “First thing I thought was that I’d never get laid. The nurse who told me said “Don’t worry… it’s not a death sentence.” I don’t know what she knew.” It’s a miracle he is still alive. David started playing guitar when he was fifteen. “I was busking every day in the Byward market. I could make 20-40 bucks a night on average. I sang Dylan, Young and Springsteen.” Songwriting came later- “I moved in with this guy, Brad Clark, in an AIDS Housing Group and he would sit on the balcony playing guitar. He said- ‘It’s not a song until you can sing it.’ David came to Vancouver to visit friends but stayed after he found a job working with the Lower Mainland Brain Injury Association and a youth group called Snapped Wires. He began hanging out at Vancouver’s Carnegie Centre- a beacon of culture in the Downtown East Side. Having played clarinet in high school band, he joined Carnegie’s marching band. He met other folks who were doing interesting things with music- choir leader, organizer and musician Earle Peach is one. Politically aggressive songwriter, Joey Onley is another. David became part of a ‘scene’- a group of creative artists who were anchored in a troubled part of the city but who were chronicling what they saw around them in passionate and important art. “I write songs to bring out new ideas… to make people think about things a little differently. I like telling stories. I like history.” One recent song, Flying Stigma Free, combines David’s own experience with that of HIV infected women in Botswana, which he visited. “In Flying Stigma Free, when I wrote the line ‘not allowed in some countries/ they show beauty here so easily’ I was referring to the U.S specifically which had officially denied me entry from 2007 to 2010 on account of my HIV status.” Professional life has been pretty good for David lately. His fourth CD- Time and Travel- has met with good reviews. There are some gigs. What does he want now? “I want to tour all of Canada… I’m a road warrior. I want to play at least five paying festivals every summer. I would consider that as my Grammy Award. I could give them a great show. There would not be a single regret.”
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