Getting in on the ground floor: James Kasper shares experience starting Fraser Valley Music Awards

Posted Posted in Features, Music, Off The Vine

In anticipation of the first-ever Fraser Valley Music Awards, I sat down with FVMA Coordinator James Kasper to talk about the awards and the local music scene. As well as being a musician and a founder of Mighty Speck Records, Kasper started and organized the Vancouver Island Music Awards (VIMAs) for 11 years.

Featured artist: Shannon Thiesen

Posted Posted in Art, Fresh

Shannon Thiesen is a local painter in Abbotsford who primarily works with acrylic and oil, and is famous at live art shows like Art Battle for bringing along a set of palette knives as her tools of choice. She also experiments with other media and found objects. Much of her work is characterized by skilled […]

“You can’t be a dumbass forever”: In-depth with Blessed’s Drew Riekman

Posted Posted in Features, Music, Off The Vine

After years spent paying their dues in talented bands stunted by half-hearted commitment and wasted potential, the four members of Abbotsford’s Blessed are ready to make good. Their new EP is four tightly wound tracks of sophisticated and raw post-punk that recalls the muscular intricacy of Television at their Marquee Moon peak. This is especially […]