Comox Valley Arts is not a one-discipline pony…We are about ALL art forms and creative pursuits. Music is one that is heavily represented here in the valley, with 100s of extremely talented folks creating original work in all genres.
We’d like to encourage musical artists of all sorts to join us, and take advantage of the benefits of membership. More importantly, to connect with the rest of your community and share your gifts!
You can learn more about membership here. But in the meantime, start by letting us share your work!
NOTE: MUST be mp3. We host and stream from our own server, so please do not send us links to streaming as your mp3.
You are welcome to include links to your own website or streaming service within your bio.
Alannah Clark: Alannah’s soulful melodies, and tender lyrics paired with her powerful voice and entertaining stage presence will inspire audiences of all ages. In spring 2018 she toured the UK and Europe with fellow Comox Valley singer songwriter, Joey Clarkson. Alannah’s debut EP, “Dear June”, was recorded at Aurora Music Studios (Jacob Gregory) in Comox, British Columbia and was released in November 2017. alannahclarkmusic.com
Anela Kahiamoe: A multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter, raised in Hawaii, Anela’s early influences were gospel music and has been earning a living as a full-time musician from the age of 17. He currently make his home in the Comox Valley teaching and performing. His intimate and soulful vocals combined with precise and varied instrumentals make his appearances riveting and unique. facebook.com/Anela-Kahiamoe-295405710656113/
Ann Waring: Music is honestly a kind of therapy for me. Listening to music helps when your feeling down, it is nice to have when your happy, when friends get together, or when your alone. Connecting your feelings to notes on the guitar is kind of magical. cmxsport.com/music/
Ashley Sykes: I wish I could serve you a cup of tea…and have a chat, but I will do my best to share my heart with you through what you find as you listen to my story. ashleysykesmusic.com
Big Little Lions: Big Little Lions are the award winning band from BC, Canada and Ohio, USA born out of a collaboration that won Helen Austin a JUNO Award in 2014. Ever since they have been cranking out infectious folk a songs that are jam-packed with emotion along with tight harmonies that sound like the product of two people working closely and side-by-side instead of living in different countries. biglittlelions.com
Bobby Herron has been making music for decades in North America and Europe. His influences are all over the map so to speak. He’s had the distinct pleasure of working with hundreds of creative souls in all kinds of musical scenarios. He’s written and performed with the b-sides, Bob’s Yer Uncle, Millions of Brazillians, Mango Dub, Mongrel Bitch, bigredtruck, Perseverance Creek and Emily Cars. In addition to performing Bobby has enjoyed recording in his secret laboratory. His latest musical project involves getting together with some great local guys and playing instrumental groove music. All songs recorded by Bobby Herron at The Secret Laboratory except Ride On – recorded at Otter Point Studio
Brodie Lee Dawson: Named ‘Vocalist of the Year’ @ VIMA’s and nominated for ‘Best Live Act’ for 2 years consecutively, Brodie Lee Dawson is a force to be reckoned with. Her voice will leave you spellbound… Her music: “Soulful folky blues with a twist of pop and a twang of old school country”. Brodie’s 3rd album (recorded in Nashville with some of the city’s heavy hitting musicians) will be released early next year. First single coming August 2021! https://www.brodiedawson.com/
Busted Notes: We are a local trio made up of Brian Norman, Lorne Taylor and Bruce Klubchar. we are striving to play all original music. we have just recorded our first four songs and here is one of them. we are rooted in blues, rock and fun. Enjoy! bustednotes.ca
Chad Pab: Chad might be best known as an upright bass player that backs up many artists in the Comox Valley. But as a solo act his genre is hard to describe because of his wide spectrum of influences ranging from mellow acoustic and jazz, to heavier music like rock and metal. In his uniquely crafted guitar and banjo tunings, and insightful lyrics he combines all these genres into his own style. facebook.com/chad.
David Evans Johnson: I am an aspiring artist who likes to express a huge passion towards the heavy metal scene, preferably metalcore. As a musician, I am is skilled at several different instruments though preferably, I like to play electric guitar and sing. My main influences come from many different bands I have listened to over the years. A few such examples being: We Came As Romans, The Amity Affliction and Whitechapel.
Deborah Ross: Sang it the shower most of life, now jamming and writing my own. This is one of mine…
EM.ASH: Is a purveyor of underground house music on Vancouver Island, creating a hypnotic mix of deep, groove infused house and low slung techno. facebook.com/djemashofficial
Glen Gravell (Valley Rocks): Never a professional performer, but all his life a player and poet. Years in the production end of music and years of travel and life eventually led to having written a lot of songs. So it’s time to get out and play some of them. Or risk being like; someone who knits sweaters that get kept in the drawer, or builds homes no one ever lives in.
Glenn Mitchell: Started in the 60’s with a 4 pc local band called The Tamerlanes doing British invasion covers. Backed various bands as guitar/singer. I have always written my own and recorded most of them. I have a home studio. I am currently ( July 2019) putting together a Duo.Started in the 60’s with a 4 pc local band called The Tamerlanes doing British invasion covers. Backed various bands as guitar/singer. I have always written my own and recorded most of them. I have a home studio. I am currently ( July 2019) putting together a Duo. soundclick.com/bands3/?bandID=656980
Inner Bigness: Funky melodic hip hop music from within, or somewhere like that. This music is influenced by nature, dreams, depression, freedom, and better music. Fun is for everyone, mostly. facebook.com/innerbigness/
Horribilis : From the Comox Valley, Horribilis is an experimental Death-Metal project formed by Jesse Bevans and later joined by Ryan Schmeister. Focused on creating a new and refreshing sound within the Death-Metal genre, influence was drawn from outside sub-genres including: Technical Death-Metal, Brutal Death-Metal, Nü Metal and NWOBHM. horribiliscv.bandcamp.com
James Allan Krause and the Tracings: Krause will soon complete his trilogy of ebook musicals with The Gardens of Venus (2021). Wetion (2012), T
Krause lives in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island and works online as a university teacher. You can buy The Pilot and the Parrot here.
Jeanne MacGrotty: I am a local multi-media artist born on the mainland and migrated to the island in 1992\. I write poetry, stories, song and play guitar. As well I produce two and three-dimensional art: paintings, photography, prints and ceramics. My ECU grad installation was at CVAG in April 2016\. I continue to explore my creativity and wanted to share one of my compositions.
Kevin Mitchell: The songs that Kevin Mitchell plays and sings have the feel of a far off Woody Guthrie era, mixed with a contemporary roots vibe.”Prairie born and raised, Kevin Mitchell has been on the west coast (Denman Island) for 25 years. In the vein of Alt Country Roots, Folk and Blues, his songs are honest and engaging and performed with a unique style.Strong rhythms and uniquely original lyrics combine for a refreshing original sound. kevinmitchellmusic.com |
Kim June Johnson: Kim June Johnson is a Canadian singer-songwriter and poet. Her live shows combine song, storytelling and poetry and are often performed in living rooms and small halls. She is widely known in the Canadian house concert community. Critics have long praised her moving, angelic vocals and her craftsmanship as a songwriter. Written with a maturity and wisdom that calls to mind the classic works of Vashti Bunyan, Carol King and KD Lang, her songs are universal and timeless and sung with an intimacy and openness that are unmistakably her own. kimjunejohnson.com
Lunchbox Legends: Each member of the Lunchbox Legends brings something a little different to the table. They each have their own influences, styles and abilities, but it’s the synergy that gives the music it’s distinct and unique musical flavour. Heartfelt Songwriting, Original Roots, Gypsy Groove, a little Blues, Country Swing and all that Jazz. chrishansenband.com
Michael Jensen: A recent transplant to the Comox Valley from Manitoba, Michael Jensen writes music which works to tell stories and connect emotionally with listeners. Influenced by everything from folk, country, punk and piano rock, Michael works hard to craft musical and lyrically compelling songs with a rock and roll edge. Check out his music on soundcloud at soundcloud.com/
Oktiv6: With a career in rap spanning 20 plus years, split between the earlier Vancouver years in the Stillife family, the the later years, in the Comox Valley’s very own Butterfinger Bombsquad. Oktiv6 is Eric’s first attempt at soloism, very personal, mature and musical. I hope you like it! Oktiv | @Oktiv6MC
One River is an ever evolving band of songwriters and guest players who have only performed a few times in the valley under that moniker. We are now on the back burner with Covid and our busy personal lives. The studio and website are dormant and we are now jamming outside with portable gear. Musicians wanting to participate while observing social distancing can contact Mike at 250 338-6624 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Rebel Heart is a rock band Hailing from the Independent Republic of Vancouver Islandwhose sound is an unapologetic jump in the air for fans of classic Rock Music. Staking out a wide territory in the classic rock genre, with a sensibility that only time could bring to their music, the songs are a blend of the social commentary of Steve Earl combined with the wry humor of Warren Zevon. therebelheartband.com/
Richard Spencer: Richard has been a servant of the art form/science of music for decades. He really enjoys performing, especially with an ensemble. The non-verbal communication that the musicians share on stage always restores his faith in humanity. Richard will be recording 12 selections from his song catalog this fall and releasing it on 8 track…(true..but not the 8 track part). facebook.com/songwriter68/
Roger Seldon: Excerpt from a review of The Beast Within by Danny Zambilowicz (The Island Word): The songs can take off in unusual directions. There is a kind exuberance, a joy in the sound – Seldon is not afraid to go out on a musical limb, without cracking. Styles are liberally borrowed from and blended. Homegrown lo-fi videos, his latest project, can be found here. His studio recordings can be accessed at rogerseldon.com
Ryan Castle: Ryan Castle is a singer/songwriter living in the beautiful Comox Valley in British Columbia, Canada. Ryan’s main weapon of choice – other than voice – is the piano. Growing up with music from all genres, his deep love for the “classics” shows through his songs and persona. With his desire to bring the love back for the retro sound, Ryan is all about feel-good, heart-felt music. facebook.com/ryancastlemusic/
Scott Lyle, Judy & Bruce Wing, Blaine Dunaway & Greg Sumner: Scott Lyle is a Comox Valley resident. He played five years as bassist/guitarist in the quintet 5Play and now has a trio called Coast to Coast with Lainie Laughlin & Corey Francis. Gypsy Wagon was written by Grant Simpson of Whitehorse, Yukon and recorded by Judy & Bruce Wing. The track features Judy Wing on backup vocals, Bruce Wing on bass, Blaine Dunaway on violin, Greg Sumner on coronet and Scott on guitar/ vocals.
Shawn Pigott: Based in Cumberland, Shawn Pigott uses his skills in music composition to create distinctly West Coast sounds. He composes custom soundtracks, video game scores, and stock music, and his work has been used around the world in movies, podcasts, promotional projects, and educational materials. He’s co-owner of Fox&Bee Studio and divides his time between music and videography. For more information, visit shawnpigott.com or foxandbee.com.
Sixgun Buddha: Sixgun Buddha is back! Comox Valley original recording artists return. Over the years, Cumberland has undergone a renaissance of recreation, music and visual arts and Sixgun Buddha draws straight from the vein of the local culture to produce a sound that is uniquely their own representation of the Vancouver Island vibe. reverbnation.com/sixgunbuddha
Skeleton RIng: This song called “Little City” is featured on Skeleton RIng’s first album(2018) entitled “Signs and Haircuts”. It tells the story of living in rainy Courtenay. Skeleton Ring is Klame, beats and vocals and hey_zeus, vocals. For more music by Skeleton Ring visit skeletonring.bandcamp.
SnowMonkeez: A collaboration between Blaine Dunaway and Bruce Wing… and most recently joined by Steve Ruskin SnowMonkeez – so named for the snow they each sport on top and their playful approach to creating this new music. blainedunaway.com/projects/
Stella Swanson: Stella Swanson is a twelve-year-old singer/songwriter from Comox who launched her debut album, ‘I’m Not a Bunny,’ in December of 2014. The album exceeded everyone’s expectations, selling more than 900 copies and garnering nominations from Breakout West and The Canadian Folk Music Awards. Stella was also a finalist in the John Lennon International Songwriting Competition for the title track, ‘I’m Not a Bunny.’ stellaswanson.com
Steve & Vivian Ruskin: In their over 35 years as a duo, have been influenced by many musicians and genres. They slide comfortably from ballads to blues, celtic to contemporary, rockabilly to reggae, folk to jazz, with originals and a dash of Latin added to the mix.
Sweet Santa Fe: Sweet SantaFe, not only performs as a duo, they also have performed with Doug Cox, Sue Medley and Helen Austin of Big Little Lions in the Comox Valley Achievement awards. They have shared the stage with Matt Epp, Celeigh Cardinal, Dave Kelly and Christine Collister, and Terry ‘Harmonica’ Bean. In 2018 Sweet SantaFe played Vancouver Island Music Festival (VIMF) with their five piece band, percussionist Robin Layne, bassist Stu McDonald, and pianist Sean Mooney. sweetsantafe.ca
Too Hot For Covers: The songs, were performed by available musicians who have met and played at jams. Some songs on the set-list they have never heard before or only played once or twice. The musicians perform spontaneously with the freedom to play what they deem fits. There are CD’s available for promoting this idea to other musicians and club owners who might find this concept exciting and creative. All my gigs are recorded and shared. reverbnation.com/
The X-N-Trix: Glen Gravell Vocals Rhythm guitar – Dave Lyons Bass guitar – Lorne Fugel Lead guitar – Nancy Schellenburg Piano – Rob Flannery Drums – Juanita Bradley Vocals – Performed and Recorded one night at The Mex Pub in Courtenay
WordClock: Hailing from the dark side of Vancouver Island, local resident Renfield performs and writes under the moniker Wordclock. Creating Explosive Post-Apocalyptic Cinematic Industrial through Dark Ambient soundscapes. Music to invoke moods and create textures through sound. The soundtrack to humanities utter destruction and de-evolution, set to a pulsing, pounding beat. soundcloud.com/
Yippee Skippy: is a Comox Valley based group of super serious homies that make dope music that is above average most of the time. No one really knows much more than that. Do you? youtube.com