Jam in Jubilee 2017: Week Four

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By Mel Spady Award-winning, female-fronted, indie blues band the Burn Ins is comprised of Kristine Lyall, Aaron Mokry, and Aaron Lyall. They tour almost constantly — but I caught up with Kristine (vocals, bass) via e-mail to talk influence, burning out, and the new album on their horizon. What challenges does your touring schedule pose […]

Jam in Jubilee 2017: Week Three

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By Jess Wind This will be Jackson Hollow’s first time on the Jam stage, but far from their first time in front of a crowd. The four-piece bluegrass band has been active for nearly three years and has performed all over BC, including at the Envision Concert Series and Cloverdale Rodeo, and recently won the […]

Jam in Jubilee 2017: Week Two

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COALMONT by Joe Johnson Abbotsford-based folk duo Coalmont takes their name from a small town on the road to Princeton where the duo first started dating. Nate Esau remembers telling Stephanie as they passed through, “That would be a great band name if we were ever to do that.” Nowparents, they are constantly striving for […]

Track Premiere: “Sean” – Casinos

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Casinos are hard not to like. Whether you go for the big melodies or the fuzz-dripping guitars, the rich character studies or the muscular musical chops, there’s something for everyone. Since releasing their self-titled EP in 2014, the Abbotsford pop-rock favourites have kept a low profile, playing a smattering of shows and quietly developing a […]

Canadaland’s Aliya Pabani visits Abbotsford to host new podcast

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What do feminism, art, and Chad Kroeger have in common? What’s the bridge between Canadian art and Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger? Apparently, Abbotsford. On March 18 Aliyah Pabani, host of Canadaland’s new Wednesday podcast, The Imposter, took the stage at UFV’s main lecture hall for the show. The event featured a mix of pre-recorded material, […]

People on the river are happy to give: Abbotsford bands join forces in fundraiser to replace stolen gear

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Call your dads! The songs of Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and Creedence Clearwater Revival will come back to life at the Abbotsford Rugby Club on March 24, starring Harma White, Blessed, and Loans. Blessed frontman Drew Riekman jokes that the bands seem ripped straight from “a kid in grade eight’s jean vest,” but that’s all […]

Raspberry Jam: A year in local music

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Year-end lists tend to be soulless exercises, lacking in personality. And yet we so easily award these arbitrary rankings incredible significance when debating their “correctness” in comments sections. This approach to music appreciation generally sucks the life out of it. So, rather than trying to provide a comprehensive list of the year’s best, we’ve asked […]