Music

Lucas Yao and his mom, Cindy, sitting at the family’s grand piano. (Ronan O’Doherty/ THE NEWS)

Pitt Meadows piano prodigy memorizes Pi

Lucas Yao, 5, has memorized the mathematical constant to 500 places, and has played at Carnegie Hall

Lucas Yao and his mom, Cindy, sitting at the family’s grand piano. (Ronan O’Doherty/ THE NEWS)
Steve Goodall, of White Rock-based Wave Ukes, in his workshop. (Contributed photo)

White Rock craftsman riding the wave of the ukulele revival

Steve Goodall’s hand-crafted instruments are growing in popularity

Steve Goodall, of White Rock-based Wave Ukes, in his workshop. (Contributed photo)
Elektra Women’s Choir artistic director Morna Edmundson (middle) with some members of the choir, which Edmundson co-founded in 1987. (Photo: elektra.ca)
Elektra Women’s Choir artistic director Morna Edmundson (middle) with some members of the choir, which Edmundson co-founded in 1987. (Photo: elektra.ca)
Tyler Joe Miller in a promo photo.

Surrey’s ‘Pillow Talkin’ hit singer aims for Top of the Country contest win

Tyler Joe Miller also nominated for CCMA ‘Rising Star’ award

Tyler Joe Miller in a promo photo.
Alexis Lynn as a relationship therapist in the video for her new song, “I Can’t Relate.”
Alexis Lynn as a relationship therapist in the video for her new song, “I Can’t Relate.”
Although the festival will be streamed online instead of performed live due to the COVID-19 virus, Roots & Blues favourite Irish Mythen will be back this year. (Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer)

Roots & Blues festival trades Salmon Arm stage for online streaming

Although COVID-19 has halted a live festival, it can be watched digitally on Black Press Media sites

Although the festival will be streamed online instead of performed live due to the COVID-19 virus, Roots & Blues favourite Irish Mythen will be back this year. (Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer)
(Photo: soundon.ca)

B.C.’s virtual ‘SoundON’ concerts kick off with sounds of Surrey festival

‘FVDED Broadcast’ from nightclub on July 18, as charity event

(Photo: soundon.ca)
Musician Nikita Graham. (submitted photo)
Musician Nikita Graham. (submitted photo)
(The Canadian Press)

Q&A: Juno Awards head Allan Reid on celebrating Canadian music in a pandemic

Winners in a dizzying 42 categories will be announced over 90 minutes

(The Canadian Press)
The music video for Isaiah Faber’s (Powfu) “death bed (coffee for your head)” was filmed mostly at Abbotsford Mill Lake Park. The song has over 440 million views on Spotify and the video has over 90 million views on Youtube. Screenshot from Youtube music video.

Coffee for your head: Popular song has strong ties to Lower Mainland

Isaiah Faber’s ‘death bed (coffee for your head) ft. beabadoobee’ has over 440 million Spotify hits

The music video for Isaiah Faber’s (Powfu) “death bed (coffee for your head)” was filmed mostly at Abbotsford Mill Lake Park. The song has over 440 million views on Spotify and the video has over 90 million views on Youtube. Screenshot from Youtube music video.
Surrey musician realizes a dream with ‘Double Life,’ even as pandemic ruins plans

Surrey musician realizes a dream with ‘Double Life,’ even as pandemic ruins plans

‘It’s always bothered me that I never gave (recording music) a try,’ says Cat Levan

Surrey musician realizes a dream with ‘Double Life,’ even as pandemic ruins plans
Country Music Association of Ontario Rising Star nominee Dustin Bird was one of the voices on “Together, We’re Strong.” (Curtis Bird/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Country stars release song in memory of Capt. Casey, who died in Snowbirds crash

Brian John Harwood and Dustin Bird co-wrote the track, which features 18 Canadian country artists

Country Music Association of Ontario Rising Star nominee Dustin Bird was one of the voices on “Together, We’re Strong.” (Curtis Bird/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Vernon’s own Rory MacLeod, under the lyrical label NOX, is donating all proceeds from his song Strange Times to Food Banks Canada. (Submitted Photo)

VIDEO: B.C. musicians feed the need amid ‘Strange Times’

NOX donates to Food Bank for every stream

Vernon’s own Rory MacLeod, under the lyrical label NOX, is donating all proceeds from his song Strange Times to Food Banks Canada. (Submitted Photo)
Tyler Joe Miller in a promo photo.

Humbled by hit song ‘Pillow Talkin,’ Surrey musician aims to build on humanitarian work

‘People are still trying to figure out who the heck I am,’ Tyler Joe Miller says

Tyler Joe Miller in a promo photo.
Daniel Pelton (at left) and his jazz/pop band Long Time No Time have just released a live album of a show performed with University of Calgary Jazz Orchestra at the National Music Centre. (Contributed photo)
Daniel Pelton (at left) and his jazz/pop band Long Time No Time have just released a live album of a show performed with University of Calgary Jazz Orchestra at the National Music Centre. (Contributed photo)
FILE - In this July 22, 2001 file photo, Little Richard performs at the 93rd birthday and 88th year in show business gala celebration for Milton Berle, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Little Richard, the self-proclaimed “architect of rock ‘n’ roll” whose piercing wail, pounding piano and towering pompadour irrevocably altered popular music while introducing black R&B to white America, has died Saturday, May 9, 2020. (AP Photo/John Hayes, File)

Little Richard, flamboyant rock ‘n’ roll pioneer, dead at 87

He sold more than 30 million records worldwide, and his influence on other musicians was equally staggering

FILE - In this July 22, 2001 file photo, Little Richard performs at the 93rd birthday and 88th year in show business gala celebration for Milton Berle, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Little Richard, the self-proclaimed “architect of rock ‘n’ roll” whose piercing wail, pounding piano and towering pompadour irrevocably altered popular music while introducing black R&B to white America, has died Saturday, May 9, 2020. (AP Photo/John Hayes, File)
Lauren Spencer-Smith gave American Idol viewers a view of Sproat Lake when she performed from her home town of Port Alberni on April 26. (Photo courtesy ABC Network)

Vancouver Island teen singer looks back on ‘American Idol’ experience

Lauren Spencer-Smith reached Top 20, made lifelong friendships and improved her skills

Lauren Spencer-Smith gave American Idol viewers a view of Sproat Lake when she performed from her home town of Port Alberni on April 26. (Photo courtesy ABC Network)
White Rock singer-songwriter Lovarra (also know as Corinne Friesen) is paying tribute to essential workers - and gaining a following - due to nightly rooftop mini-concerts in the Five Corners neighbourhood. (Contributed photo)

Roof-top singer builds a following at White Rock’s Five Corners

Lovarra’s nightly mini-concerts salute essential workers, cheer quarantiners

White Rock singer-songwriter Lovarra (also know as Corinne Friesen) is paying tribute to essential workers - and gaining a following - due to nightly rooftop mini-concerts in the Five Corners neighbourhood. (Contributed photo)
Image from the “Cantina Band” video.

WATCH: For #MayThe4th, a Star Wars ‘Cantina Band’ jam by VSO musicians and kids

‘We made this video as a gift to the kids who are all stuck at home’

Image from the “Cantina Band” video.
Nanaimo singer Lauren Spencer-Smith in Hawaii during American Idol tapings. (Lauren Spencer-Smith Instagram)

B.C. teen won’t be next American Idol, but she’s excited about her future in music

Nanaimo’s Lauren Spencer-Smith misses out on top 10 of reality TV talent show

Nanaimo singer Lauren Spencer-Smith in Hawaii during American Idol tapings. (Lauren Spencer-Smith Instagram)