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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

~ What dreams may come ~


PHOTO CREDITS: Trevor Moore

Had she stuck with pharmaceutical science, Britt Meierhofer’s dreams definitely would have been murky. But by ditching the traditional career path, Meierhofer has found solace in Goodnightmare – her two year- old solo project.

“Writing music and singing is
something I have a real passion
for,” said Meierhofer,

who ditched the “practical” path two years in at the College of New Caledonia to enroll in Selkirk College’s music program. It’s a decision she made firmly and without looking back. “It felt right,” she said. “There was no hesitation at all.” After her schooling in Nelson, Meierhofer went south and explored the musical landscape in Montana and toured the United States for eight years before returning to Prince George in 2012 and looking for a new solo form of expression.

“I wanted to build a sound that
would carry,” she said.

Now armed with guitar and pedal looping gear, Meierhofer has turned herself into a one-woman pop-folk band with Goodnightmare.

The name is a callback to her sister’s childhood nighttime salute. “That combination of words resonated with me,” she explained. “My lyrics are somewhat dark, as far as lyrical content goes… but they’re still sweet and they’re still girly.”

But Meierhofer didn’t want to be just another girl with a guitar. With the pedals, she’s able to incorporate percussive elements into shows, bringing her full, lush sound into her live performances. It’s a method that raises eyebrows.

“I’m really encouraged by how interested people are in how I put together songs,” she said.

Goodnightmare is hitting the road on a B.C. loop this spring, armed with a brand new EP, Inner Alarm. The release will be celebrated with a show at Nancy O’s on Tuesday, March 4 at 8 p.m. Follow Britt Meierhofer at goodnightmaremusic.com or like Goodnightmare on Facebook.

The Community Builder

PHOTO CREDITS: Jesse McKinnon

When Michael Stanyer says he likes to keep busy, it’s kind of an understatement. “I tend to always have a lot going on,” said the photographer/ videographer/graphic novelist/business owner.

In 2009, Stanyer co-founded Alchemist Studios, a photography and video studio that eventually found its niche doing real estate photography.

At the same time Alchemist was getting up and running, the graphic artist was getting The Counterfet off the ground – a collaboration with painter Eric Johnson.

Putting his English literature degree from UNBC to use, The Counterfet melds still photography and watercolour painting to depict stories based on Renaissance work The Faerie Queene. The latest on Stanyer’s plate is last year’s development of NorthBC. ca – an online repository and community for videographers north of Quesnel.

But it’s not just YouTube North – the site is more about bringing filmmakers together.

“Most other places have some sort of film association,” said Stanyer. “We sort of have that here through Northern BC Tourism, but not to the extent of what I’d like to do organizing local videographers.”

Stanyer said he’d like to see the site become a gathering place where people can discuss techniques, projects and how to pool resources to do more elaborate shots or obtain a special piece of equipment.

“It seems as if there’s a lot of demand for different types of niche video work now and it’s important to have some sort of association even so that you can advise people entering the market as to what sort of niche they might want to get into or specialized gear they might want,” Stanyer said.

“I don’t think we’re really at the point in our market where people are competing a whole lot to do video work. It’s more of us saying ‘I sure wish someone else had a specialized piece of gear and was specialized in using it.’”

Lord, what fools these mortals be

“The lunatic, the lover, and the poet are of
imagination all compact.” – William Shakespeare,
A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

PHOTO CREDITS: Christos Sargiogos

In speaking to Dave Mothus, Chad Bohanan and Karm Manhas, it’s not entirely certain who fills which role. But it takes the imagination of all three plus a cavalcade of committee members and other volunteers to put SCE 140224 MZ.pdf - Adobe Reader 2014-03-13 15-08-57together one of Prince George’s most transcendent events. Midsummer’s Dream returns this July 18-19, offering up what’s known as an outdoor transformational music festival, featuring artists ranging from international DJs to local vocal talents and dancers.

The 19+ event expands to an extra afternoon this year, beginning on the Friday and going all night through the end of Saturday. For that time, the festival’s space located next to the Prince George Airport, is transformed into a space haven of music, dance, art and positive vibes.


“Culture is what it’s about,”
said Mothus,

who’s proud of the fact that the festival can draw crowds of up to 500 people and they’ve never had any fights or police intervention (other than a couple of RCMP officers dropping by last year to watch in amazement at how the event was handled). “Everybody who comes, they get along, they harmonize. And that, in Prince George, is probably one of the most exceptional things anybody can hope for.”

~ “I have had a dream, past
the wit of man to say what
dream it was.” ~

The Prince George festival was sparked by a memorable experience Mothus had at Shambhala nearly a decade ago and he wanted to recreate that same feeling of togetherness and inclusivity back home in northern B.C.

Now in its eighth go-round, this is only the third year the local event has used the transformational festival model – and it’s one that organizers seem to be the most content with. The model is one that includes educational elements such as workshops and artisans.

“Ultimately, the event itself is a cultural medium for us to pass a message of personal, social transformation,” said Manhas. “By us living it, we are being more in tune with nature… and how can we change ourselves by living our social relationships and living that as an example.”

This isn’t something to just go and watch, agreed Bohanan, with the element of participation rising from the ground floor. The collaboration to make Midsummer what it is requires buyin from organizers, volunteers, attendees, performers, artists, vendors, etc.

“The whole system… it’s all co-created,” he said. The sense of community extends to after the festival wraps up for the summer, with a portion of the proceeds going to a selected charity. In years past, money has been donated to causes ranging from the local SPCA to helping fund a young Cystic Fibrosis patient’s travel to medical attention in the Lower Mainland. For ticket information, find Midsummer’s Dream on Facebook. And pick up the next issue of The Scene PG for more on this year’s festival.

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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