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[1 Dec 2016 | 2 Comments | ]
Exclusive interview with Hemp oil activist Rick Simpson.

Mexican-Canadian journalist Oswaldo Perez Cabrera met the Canadian activist Rick Simpson in Zagreb, Croatia for a talk about hemp oil. Rick claims the oil cures cancer, MS and other illnesses. There are dozens of cases that prove his claims; from terminal cancer cases with days to live to MS patients that now can function without symptoms. The oil also works wonders for diabetes, inflammation, lacerations, PAIN and other conditions. Check out the interview and his strong opinions about the medical system, the Canadian government, and the fraud the pharmaceuticals are pulling on us. Videographer and transcript Raechel Norrgard.

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[23 Mar 2016 | Comments Off on Cabaret Maldito at Circo de los Horrores in Barcelona. | ]
Cabaret Maldito at Circo de los Horrores in Barcelona.

Circus meet concert meets burlesque delivers a unique spectacle in one of the most beautiful cities, Barcelona. Jaw dropping!

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[1 Jan 2016 | Comments Off on Anton Cobijn: A Retrospective at Amerika haus Berlin. | ]
Anton Cobijn: A Retrospective at Amerika haus Berlin.

Anton Cobijn: A Retrospective of his work at Amerika haus Berlin.
By Oswaldo Perez Cabrera and Raechel Norrgard.
Berlin 2015-2016. Amerika Haus near Zoologischer Garten Station in the Charlottenburg district, adjacent to the Berlin Zoo.
Cobijn, as we used to call him when we were teenagers discovering the world of music, was born in the Netherlands in the island town of Strijen. The isolation of his birthplace resulted in an inherent lonliness in his photos; few of them have more than one character. His subjects seem to be longing for something, striving away from …

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[31 Dec 2015 | Comments Off on Rijkmuseum museum in Amsterdam | ]
Rijkmuseum museum in Amsterdam

One of the most important museums in the world is the Rijkmuseum, situated in the Museumplein in central Amsterdam. The majestic construction is the gateway to other museums in the area like the Van Gogh museum. The Rijkmuseum is one of my favourites in the world because of its beauty and the well organized exhibitions which allows visitors to jump from one exhibition to the other with ease. You can jump from a Rembrandt to a Vermeer to a Goya without getting lost in a maze.
The Rijkmuseum was founded in 1800 in The Hague but moved to Amsterdam in 1808. The current main building was designed by Pierre Cuypers and first opened its doors in 1885. It was constructed with a tunnel through it to allow the passage of cyclists and pedestrians alike; it also functions as a gateway into the central Museumplein plaza which is encircled by other buildings dedicated to displaying the art of Holland, like the Van Gogh Museum. Here, you will find works of art of immeasurable value on all sides. Their total collection of 1 million objects from the years 1200–2000.

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[17 Jun 2014 | Comments Off on Theatre Under the Stars is presenting Shrek: The Musical from July 11 – August 22, 2014 at Malkin Bowl | ]
Theatre Under the Stars is presenting Shrek: The Musical from July 11 – August 22, 2014 at Malkin Bowl

Lindsay Warnock and Matt Palmer as Princess Fiona and Shrek and Ken Overbey of Burnaby stars as Donkey in this year’s Theatre Under the Stars production of Shrek: The Musical.

This year Theatre Under the Stars or TUTS is presenting 2 musicals at Malkin Bowl, Shrek and Legally Blonde. I was at the opening night of the production Shrek: The Musical, on what seemed to be the hottest day of the year. Of the nearly 3 hour show, the first half was in the beautifully hot day with Stanley Park surrounding you and the second …

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[16 Jun 2014 | Comments Off on Next Music From Tokyo Vol. 6 review | ]

 NMFT Vol. 6: Visitors from the Land of the Rising Sun.
By Oswaldo Perez Cabrera
Photos and videos: OPC and Jordan Grey.
The day was filled with anticipation. The show had already sold out shows in Toronto and Montreal, so Vancouver was  the grand finale of the tour. Four Japanese bands brought by the generosity of music enthusiast Steven Tanaka came to Vancouver to showcase their music (5 in Toronto and Montreal). Next Music From Tokyo is one of the most anticipated music events in the city and one that I will never …

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[23 May 2014 | Comments Off on Exclusive Interview with Robert Hampson from Loop | ]
Exclusive Interview with Robert Hampson from Loop

Robert Hampson in an exclusive interview with VanMusic told us about the origin of his music “I guess when we started the idea was to try to do something a little bit different, but we were very much influenced by regular stuff like The Velvets, MC5, The Stooges and by a lot of minimalist music like Steve Reich or what Glen Branca was doing, it was a way of making an amalgamation of that kind of sound but trying to make it a little bit different”

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[9 May 2014 | Comments Off on Review – Sex With Strangers – You Know Something We Don’t? (2014) | ]
Review – Sex With Strangers – You Know Something We Don’t? (2014)

Sex With Strangers get all guitar crazy and burn down the fast lane in a new direction on their newest CD “You Know Something We Don’t?” to be released on May 27. ((There is a free song in this review from Soundcloud so just click it to download. Video at the end of the review before the show poster.)) To celebrate, they are playing a free show at The Fox Cabaret (doors at 8 – show at 830 until midnight) on Thursday May 29 which is their CD release show along side some very cool friends in War Baby, Actors, Combine the Victorious and DJ Trevor Risk.

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[14 Apr 2014 | Comments Off on Review – CD and Show Review – City Walls – Engines | ]
Review – CD and Show Review – City Walls – Engines

Friday April 11, 2014 I was at an energetic show at a new venue on Main Street called Imperial. It was the CD release show for City Walls, formerly known as Louder Than Love. The band has come a long way since winning CFOX’s Seeds in 2011. Check out a live show review and photos of the show, CD review and see a video of their first single “Trapped”.

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[30 Mar 2014 | Comments Off on Can NMFT kick it? | ]
Can NMFT kick it?

Yes we can! Six times, bay-beh!

NMFT6 is just a month and a half away which means I’m quietly stressing out making preparations for the tour and wondering how I’m going to fill the venues. Last year’s turnout was fantastic with the Montreal and both Toronto shows selling out easily. But this time the 2nd Toronto show will be at Lee’s Palace with a capacity more than twice the size of the Rivoli.
Luckily, this year’s line-up is pretty sick! I’m disappointed group_inou and tricot bailed because they brought a lot of …

Canadian Bands, EP Review, Live Video, Reviews, The Grey Matter »

[19 Mar 2014 | One Comment | ]
Devil in the Wood Shack EP Review ‘Everybody Row’

What do 2 best friends, 2 people living in 2 vans, and 2 sisters all have in common? Nothing; however put these 6 devils in a wood shack with a bottle of whiskey and you get musical gold no matter how dysfunctional they may get.

Oh Devil in the Wood Shack, am I ever glad that you finally have your EP out! Vancouver has been waiting for this gem for over a year now. Even though it seems like yesterday, it was on February 28th 2012 three of the now six …

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[16 Feb 2014 | Comments Off on Said The Whale – Review – Hawaii | ]
Said The Whale – Review – Hawaii

In September 2013, Vancouver band SAID THE WHALE released their new CD HAWAII. If you’re into Indie rock at its finest, then you need to check out this band. This CD will fit nicely into your music collection between The Zolas, Mother Mother and Hey Ocean!.

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[15 Feb 2014 | Comments Off on Review – The Rekkening – Broken Mind EP | ]
Review – The Rekkening – Broken Mind EP

THE REKKENING put out a 4-song EP that blows out your ear drums when listened to at loud volumes! This band is amazing and they have put together an EP that is loud, in your face and rocking out music that any heavy metal fan will love. Give them a listen and see what you think.

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[14 Feb 2014 | Comments Off on The Balconies – Review – Fast Motions | ]
The Balconies – Review – Fast Motions

Toronto band The Balconies turn up the volume with their new CD “Fast Motion”. This band formed in Ottawa when Jacquie Nevile met Liam Jaeger while they both were studying classical music. Pulling in Jacquie’s younger bro’ Stephen, The Balconies were born. In 2013, they toured most of the year all over the world……and 2014 looks to be a breakout for the band. Included is a video of the song “The Slo”.

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[10 Dec 2013 | Comments Off on M is for Merry Music | ]
M is for Merry Music


Hello Music Lovers!

Brrrr!  I’m greeting you from a bitterly cold -30 Alberta, I hope it is warmer where you are!  Yes, I’ve temporarily left BC to stay with my family this holiday season, but will be returning most likely in the new year.  Despite the frigid temperatures, hearts are warm and homes are aglow with Christmas lights.  To celebrate the season, I’ve written a Christmas song for the first time ever, which I recorded and mixed at home (for the first time ever).  It’s a baby step towards more projects …