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with New North Collective, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Nov. 2, 2017

03 Nov Posted by in Shows | Comments

Through the hard work of producer/manager/agent for the New North Collective, Debbie Peters of Magnum Opus Management, the NNC were hosted by the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby, BC to hold a 4 day residency followed by a performance in early November.  This venue is well known to most of us as we have each individually showcased there for Pacific Contact Music Conferences over the years and it is really a most amazing arts facility in its programming and in the surrounding gardens and natural areas.  The NNC had been looking for a venue and time to hold a residency and with relatively short notice, The Shadbolt Centre stepped up to help us.

NNC: Graeme Peters, Diyet and Robert Van Lieshout, Carmen and Pat Braden and Eric Reed

A few of us landed there on Monday morning to settle onto the rehearsal stage.  Our resident guitarist, Jan de Vroede was unable to join us for this show so we called in Eric Reed from the territory of north Vancouver to sub.  The Centre graciously offered up first rate sound tech, Russ, to work with us for the whole week, so we were working with some new faces right away.  The first day, we worked through the sets with Eric.  Through the second day, the rest of NNC dropped in as they arrived from various destinations, we re-arranged the guitar section, tweaked a few tunes here and there and spent day 3 with Diyet, running the show down a couple of times.  Day 4, Thursday, we seamlessly set up in the theatre and with all of the work Russ had done with us through the week, we were able to dial in a superb stage and room mix.

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We played one of our best shows ever that night to the folks who braved a rather snarly weather system to come out.  A special night for me as my Partner, Laurie and Daughter Jazzan and her fiancé, Sam came out to see the show as did relatives close to Carmen’s family as well.

post show photo; Eric Reed, Debbie Peters, Carmen Braden, Diyet and Robert Van Lieshout, Cory Philley, Graeme Peters and me

I will close this post echoing the social media post Debbie wrote:

“Grateful sums up the feeling of our week at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and on a stormy night, we finished up our residency with a show we are all very proud of. Thanks Eric Reed, you are a generous musical soul. Thanks Cory Philley for the invite. Russ, tech extraordinaire made us sound great. The Staff and volunteers were so helpful and what an amazingly warm audience! Thanks for sharing Our Northern View from Carmen Braden, Diyet MusicRobert van LieshoutGraeme Jacob Peters and Pat Braden #MaverickArtists



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