Doug Koyama sings about life, peace, love and truth but you would never know it from the lyrics in his songs. Actual words are replaced by invented language and sounds that, at times, sound more like Spanish, French, Russian or Klingon than English.
Arcana Dea is a student dance company based in the Comox Valley, founded by Cathy Stoyko. The performance group evolved out of classes that Cathy teaches at the Abbey Studio in Cumberland. Arcana Dea is Latin for ‘Mysteries of the Goddess’ and we dance to celebrate the beauty and power of women. We perform women’s traditional dances from the Middle East, India and Romani ‘gypsy’ dance as well as, fusion belly dance and contemporary dance theatre at community events and festivals in the Comox Valley and beyond. For more info visit http://cathystoykodance.blogspot.ca/p/blue-lotus-troupe.html
Mr Mojo (Morien Jones) loved making music when he was a kid, sitting on the stairs with a drum, singing to himself. In his teens, he taught himself how to play guitar, bass and the drum kit as well as write his own music.
Fifteen years later, Inspired by his own three children, Morien found himself writing the occasional silly kid song (Jump on the Bed). In 2011, he entered a song writing contest put on by BearAware BC. His song about the misadventures of a bear in the human world, ‘Dirty Old Bear’, won third prize. Since then, his music career for children has blossomed. Morien received a grant in 2012 to record his debut CD for children titled ‘Mr Mojo’.
He has performed for kids at festivals, markets, theaters, schools and special events around BC and Alberta including two performances at the Kaslo Jazz Etc Festival in 2014. That same year he was selected by the Kootenay Library Federation to be the children’s performer for their annual Summer Reading Club. What followed was a successful tour of 12 cities in the East/West Kootenay and Boundary regions of BC. In 2016 he toured Saskatoon and northern Saskatchewan (and had the best slice of pizza in his life).
His fun and catchy songs are enjoyed from Nova Scotia to New Zealand. Kids and adults alike find his performances engaging and entertaining. Mr Mojo currently resides in beautiful Victoria, Canada and is recording his second CD for kids titled Mr Mojo Strikes Again!.
Two of the Valley’s finest musicians have paired up this year as a dynamic duo! Luke Blu Guthrie and Brodie Lee Dawson have joined forces to push some big and beautiful sounds off the stage, backing each other up on the latest stylings of their original tunes.
Brodie has been touring for the past couple of years with her band She Could Be Trouble who were nominated twice for ‘Group of the Year’ – at the Vancouver Island Music Awards and the BCCMA’s. Brodie Dawson took home ‘Vocalist of the Year’ at the 2014 Vancouver Island Music Awards and was nominated for Best Live Act at both 2014 and 2103 VIMA’s. If you get a chance to take in one of her shows you’ll know why. It’s her voice that jumps out at you. Hits you right where it counts, and seduces you with a bit of bluesy, funky, smoky overtone. Her songs are laced with truth and humour and so much soul, and they speak to your core. She is real and raw, and charming and silly, and by the end of the night you’ll feel like you’ve known her forever.
Luke is a seasoned performer and well-loved on Vancouver Island and beyond. At a time when so many young musicians struggle to find an authentic representation of self in their music, the charismatic Luke Blu Guthrie is a beacon of originality. Deeply soulful, and passionately committed to creating and sharing his music, Luke Blu has devoted much of his life to his craft. Often armed with only an acoustic guitar, Guthrie has been an integral part of the Vancouver Island music scene for over a decade. He is widely respected for his versatility and skill as songwriter, vocalist and guitar player.
Together they are on fire!