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Charelle Evelyn

Charelle Evelyn

Reporter for the Prince George Citizen

Journalist, west coast native, music lover. Made in Canada.

Website URL: http://pgcitizen.ca

Clicking it Old School

Mount Robson is still waiting to be captured by Gurinder Paul. An elementary school trip to the provincial park was the catching spark for what would eventually become GSP Photography. “It was unbelievably beautiful up there,” Gurinder recalls, “but I didn’t have a camera. I kept thinking, ‘I would love to come back here if I had a camera.’”

Now 22, Gurinder hasn’t made it back to the mountain, but he does have a camera. And he also has the makings of a name for himself in the local photography scene. Self-taught, Gurinder used YouTube and lots of time spent outside familiarizing himself with the camera he bought three years after graduating high school.

“I would mostly go to Cranbrook Hill. I used to drive up there almost every day,” he said. “It helped inspire me to capture things differently.” Now, Gurinder is taking that sentiment to another level. In a landscape where digital reigns supreme, Gurinder is dialing the technology back and transitioning to shooting in film.

“It has a unique look to it,” Gurinder explained. Big on colour, Gurinder’s photos are always richly hued. Film, he said, has a more dynamic range and really captures skin tones in a beautiful way. The switch to film was inspired Clicking it Old School By Charelle Evelyn by a book Gurinder stumbled upon while working on a research project for Youth Mean Business.

What he found was a collection of fine art wedding photos shot by American photographer Jose Villa. “I was blown away,” Gurinder said of the work by Villa, who was named one of the top

10 wedding photographers in the world by American Photo magazine. The young photographer has begun sending his own work to the same Los Angeles lab as Villa to get his prints developed. While he’s still in the transition process, Gurinder said the response from his engagement portrait and wedding clients has been positive so far.

If he fills the niche like he wants to, perhaps shooting with film will help Gurinder reach his goal of being the go-to photographer for destination weddings.

But first, he needs to get back to Mount Robson. For samples of Gurinder’s work, visit www.facebook.com/GurinderPaulPhotography.

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Song of Salvation

The second album from Horses and Bayonets is a new release in more ways than one.

For front man Bryce Lokken, it was a catharsis 10 years in the making.

“I hate the world that we live in where when somebody does something horrible, victims and anyone else affected are taught to stay quiet and keep secrets,” said Lokken. “But those secrets and the silence are what give these people power over the rest of your life.”

The seven-song Safety vs. Shelter, out Sept. 20, is Lokken’s way of coming clean and finally addressing those demons that have haunted him since growing up in what he calls a “sometimes abusive and destructive environment.” At first blush, the choice between safety and shelter may seem like a misnomer, almost redundant. But it was a deliberate – and agonizing – choice that ultimately had to be made.

“My brother and I, there were periods where we were often faced with the choice of do we stay here and become the receiving end of this psychological and physical abuse just whenever this person fancies or do we run away from home,” Lokken explained. “It took me a long time to realize my home wasn’t my home.”

Safety vs. Shelter is a dark concept album, following the path of abuse through the pain, getting help and eventually seeing the light. The lead single, Dawn, is the album’s penultimate track, marking a shift towards optimism.

The new album follows on the heels of 2013’s This Is Who I Am, Not Who I Want To be, but it wasn’t one that was written on the walls. As a musical entity, Horses and Bayonets had fractured. “We finished up the last album, finished up our run of shows and I think we had almost just become very stressed and very overworked and very underwhelmed by the response,” said Lokken. Drummer Landon Hilde and guitarist Jake Olexyn left for other projects but songs still bubbled out with bassist Alex Chin and guitarist Devon Meyer.

A handful of demos later, producer Connor Pritchard from Edgewood Studios was brought in to help record an EP.

“A month later, we had a more-than-30 minute, sevensong album,” Lokken said. The new lineup includes Cale Sharp and Nick Tindale. Lokken is effusive with his praise of Pritchard. “He’s the reason we were able to get this album done,” he said of the young, but highquality Prince George-based producer. “I’ve never seen anybody work so hard.” Find Horses and Bayonets music online at www.habmusic.ca or follow their Facebook page for gig dates.

 

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One-man-band escapes from solitude

Shortly after the news of Robin Williams’ death hit the world, Scott Dunbar found himself atop a schoolroom desk.

“Just like something out of a movie,” Dunbar croons in a YouTube video, “O Captain, my captain. I’d never stood up on this desk if not for you.”

His musical tribute to the actor, who committed suicide Aug. 11, is just one example of how Dunbar has steadfastly adhered to a determination to write music that adds something to the conversation.

As far back as 2005, Dunbar told the Prince George Citizen: “I don’t want to write apathetic music. I want to be part of the discourse that is going on worldwide in music – to be a part of the ongoing discussion in the media, and make our work an answer, a rebuttal to it.”

It’s something Dunbar said he still thinks of often. “[The tribute song] was exactly what that was about; all of a sudden there’s a conversation about Robin Williams and

his place in culture and his significance of what he did and the significance of his death,” Dunbar said. “All we’re doing in the arts is participating in this evolving discourse. As an artist, you want to encourage other people to participate.”

Though his approach to the music remains static, Dunbar has evolved as a musician. In 2005, Dunbar was part of Floored, a band that reached about as high as a local Prince George group could go.

“PG’s music scene was such a bubble,” said Dunbar. “I don’t know if any of those guys would admit it, but we though we would get discovered right out of Prince George – because we were that good.”

If there was a battle of the bands or a prize up for grabs, Floored was it.

“We were young enough and stoked enough and confident enough because we thought we were going to do it that way.”

But reality held something different for the bandmates (which included previous Scene cover artist Jeremy Breaks).

After the band went its separate ways, Dunbar found himself in Montreal. He spent five years in what is arguably Canada’s musical hotbed, busking as a one-man band – and gaining a following.

“That was kind of my education, in many ways, of the music world,” he said. “I think in many ways it takes a lot of travelling around a lot of experiencing the larger music scene in order to understand how things get done in the world.”

And how things get done is by doing them yourself. “There are a lot of different ways of trying to crack the egg,” said Dunbar, who discovered what might be his favourite method through his Records-for-Rent series of albums released in late 2013. The concept is fairly self explanatory: Dunbar takes up residence in a friend’s home and writes and records an album based on the experiences shared for that month.

“That’s my greatest hope, that’s what I want to get back towards doing,” said Dunbar, who will be spending the next stretch of months back in Prince George teaching at the new Dreamland performing arts studio.

“It’s almost an anti-capitalist idea really. You play a house show – arrive at a place in the beginning of the month – and you earn a bit of money for food. You’re going to stay with your friends and have a bit of fun for a whole month and at the end of the month you release it, you have a party, people donate again, maybe, and then you’re on to the next town. You really don’t require much more than that.”

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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