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Norm Coyne

Norm Coyne

Promotions Executive
Office 250 562 2441 ext. 362 |Cell 250 640-6670 | 150 Brunswick Street | Prince George BC V2L 5K9

Website URL: http://pgcitizen.ca

Let there be rock

There’s no room for modesty in rock and roll, but there’s also no room for ego.

The Prince George foursome that make up Mathias Rock are a study of contradictions, a group who take their music seriously but have a hard time not laughing at themselves.

“To some people, rock might be a dying music genre. We don’t give a fuck,” said bassist Sasa Seslija. “We plan to destroy today’s mainstream rock by becoming today’s mainstream rock.”

Inspired by and subtly influenced by everything from punk, Deep Purple and electronic dance music, the members of Mathias Rock – including eponymous leader Mathias Rock – say they’re leaving behind their earlier musical sexcapades.

“[The new songs] are about the glory of rock and roll,” said Rock.

“At this point in our lives, it’s about hoisting rock and roll on a higher pedestal than pussy,” Seslija chimed in.

Despite having the band named after him, Rock said he doesn’t feel too much pressure. But his bandmates, including keyboardist Shawn Cannon and drummer Chester Hewkin speak highly of him, revealing the programmer and sound engineer’s penchant for creating instruments from scratch.

“Mat’s a bit of a mad scientist,” said Seslija. “He just doesn’t toot his own horn.”

Over the summer the band is working on cranking out new studio tracks and keeping their spirits high. “You have to want to rock,” said Cannon. “Rock’s about feeling good.”

Keep up with Mathias Rock on Facebook, at www.facebook.com/mathiasrockband.

Boogaloo... Make it Funky

After a hiatus from running regular night's in PG, Anthony Voitik (Afreakwent) and Neil Steinbart (Nelos) are at it again introducing a whole new night to everyone’s favorite party pub Nancy O’s. We caught up with them to find out what we can expect from the new monthly event.

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"The Boogaloo promises an alternative to the more aggressive music nights around town and looks to deliver a rooted experience for those craving something more universal and soulful." says Anthony. In an effort to revive funk and true to the roots house music the pair developed the concept of basing the night around funk, disco, and soul hoping to bring about the forward thinking atmosphere of the genres.

"Anyone can relate to it no matter what age," says Voitik, "and much of it is used and resampled to make the funk and house music of today." UNBC radio station CFUR is lending support to the night as well which is something of a first for DJ events around town. Steinbart - longtime host of his own weekly CFUR program (Inside the Intro) along side Jo Hollis will be airing the night's as they transpire.

"For the opening night, starting at 10pm, we're going to be broadcasting the entire length of the event on CFUR 88.7 FM as it's own show. The station has been incredibly supportive and we've reached an agreement to have all the future shows aired as well." says Steinbart.

Added to the mix are two new members from CFURs staple evening show “Rock'n'Soul”, DJ Jazzy Jo and The Fresh Princess. Their program has been the go-to evening broadcast for a while now and they are looking to bring their upbeat energy to the show, as well as their discerning taste in classic funk, soul and disco records. Their set is cued up to open the night and promises to get the crowd into a great mood.

"Come down for a great dinner or appies, loosen up with a few drinks on special, let the music and great atmosphere of Nancy O's get you moving." says Anthony. "This night is sure to be filled with an amazing crowd, good times."

Check things out at www.facebook.com/boogaloo.night

CFUR's Northern BC Audio Archive Project

Needs Music & People Like You

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It’s been an exciting year for CFUR; we were lucky enough to attend both the Midsummer’s Dream and Arts Wells Festivals; we recorded interviews and performances by the likes of Mat the Alien, Lewda, Tyler West, Nelos, Ricky Business, DJ Nige, Fred Penner!, Scott Cook, and many more. Another exciting development is the completion of our Live Performance Studio at the station. Our goal is to get as many local artists in for performances and interviews as possible. This live performance studio is a small part of a bigger project called the Northern BC Audio Archive (NBCAA).

Our goal through the NBCAA is to acquire any independent recordings (produced albums, interviews, live performances, bootlegs, etc.), that have their origins in Northern BC. We will maintain a physical archive here at CFUR and we will make it all available for streaming online. British Columbia is jampacked full of talented artists from Victoria to Thinahtea Lake. Sometimes Northern BC artists are overshadowed by the sheer magnitude of the lower mainland. A larger population means artists have more access to support, and we’ve noticed that, due to the size of Northern BC, our more frostbitten artists sometimes get left behind.

The goal of this project is to provide a unified voice from the North and shine a spotlight on the huge number of talented Northern artists. This project is made possible with funding through the National Campus and Community Radio Association (NCRA).

A project of this magnitude is going to take a lot of planning and help from people like you. If you would like to submit your album or recording to the Archive, or if you would like to get involved with the planning and implementation of this project, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . And again… keep it tuned to CFUR 88.7fm for updates! Visit our webpage and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to find out when you can hear all of this great content.

A little about me

ncoyne3Norm Coyne has been active in local arts, entertainment and promotions for 15 years. He developed the Scene PG to provide local artists and musicians with exposure as well as connect a broader audience to the events and talent Prince George has to offer.

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