The Vancouver Symphony May 20th, 2015

In 2014, we embarked (with Randy Bachman) on another quest. Randy had decided that to perform his wonderful music catalogue with the band and a symphony orchestra. The incredible Charles Cozens http://charlescozens.com was enlisted to score the charts. In October of 2014 we had a two day run through of these very different arrangements of Randy’s songs in a studio in Toronto. From there we headed to London Ontario to do two shows with The London Symphony and then on to Kitchener to play one single show with their symphony.
It was mandated that the arrangements in some of the songs were fabulous – others not so much. In the excitement of changing the arrangements of these classic songs, it seems that some of them had lost their charm… and in my humble opinion, their entire identity. Chord changes and melodies were re-written on songs that had become part of the public consciousness and it wasn’t going over.
Charles was sent back to the drafting board to re-chart the songs in question to more match the original versions with maybe perhaps a ‘departure’ within the arrangement to ‘take the song elsewhere’ for a little bit to add a new element. A much better approach than completely changing the songs.

We regrouped in Winnipeg in December to do three shows with these new and improved arrangements and they were a hit. Sadly, I was suffering from a flu so my voice was faltering. Being that I have to sing the sometimes very difficult Burton Cummings vocals on The Guess Who songs of Randy’s catalogue, it was troublesome. I was able to make it through with a ton of ‘Fisherman’s Friends’ and a gallon or so of tea.

Finally we were slated to play Vancouver at the beautiful Orpheum Theatre with The Vancouver Symphony. Once again, we had a rehearsal with just Randy, Charles, Brent, Marc and I in a rehearsal studio in North Vancouver on May 19th. On the day of the show, we rehearsed all day at the theatre with the VSO, took a supper break and it was showtime.
In my estimations, it was the best of the symphony shows we had ever done. Everyone seemed to be on top of their game including the VSO.

Here’s some pics and a video courtesy of ‘Jacks Camera’, Bill McDonald and others

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Mick Dalla-Vee

Early days 1976 - He moved to Western Canada, after leaving Bawating High School from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, with the band Shama. Shama toured Western Canada and was managed by Bruce Allen (Bryan Adams, Martina McBride) before disbanding. 1981 -From that point he became the lead guitarist of Trama, managed by Sam Feldman (Joni Mitchell, Diana Krall), 1984 - then on to playing bass for the band Paradox which evolved into his current band Cease & Desist. 1989 - Cease & Desist has been described as "one of Vancouver's most popular bands" by Tom Harrison the rock music critic of The Province. He also plays the part of John in a Beatles cover band, Revolver, that was put together for Expo 86 Songwriting Mick has written or co-written many songs on albums for artists as diverse as country music's Brent Howard and Canada's Singing Cowgirl: Marilyn Faye Parney, the heavy rock sounds of Blackstone (released on the Delinquent label in Canada), the soul/R&B sounds Belinda Metz and 'Emily Jordan' to the 'smooth jazz' sounds of internationally acclaimed Lori Paul. 2005 - He co-wrote ten of the eleven songs on Paul's album Vanity Press. 1998 - His first country song 'The Wrangler' reached the country top 30 charts right across Canada. It also achieved 'Heavy Rotation' on C.M.T., Canada's country music video channel. One of the songs from Mick's 'A Whistler Christmas' album entitled, 'All I Want is You at Christmastime' has been recorded and released by Canadian country star, Brent Howard Currently - He has also written music for movies, television, videos, video games and promotional spots. His writing styles run the gamut from 'Smooth Jazz' to 'Heavy Thrash'. (A Whistler Christmas and Dalla-Vee's original Christmas songs are often heard on Canadian radio during their Christmas music programming.) Producing Aside from producing himself in an array of projects such as 1994's A Whistler Christmas album, he runs his own studio 'Millennia Sound Design', producing and engineering for artists like: Randy Bachman, Twitch, Swaggerjack, Emily Jordan, Russell Marsland, Lori Paul and Suzanne Gitzi among others. 2007 - has provided theme music and soundscapes for two network television series and Simon Fraser University. 2005 - Randy Bachman's CD "Jazzthing" had some work done on it at "Millennia Sound Design". Vocals Dalla-Vee has contributed to projects as diverse as, 1991 - the multi platinum heavy rock of the "Mötley Crüe" album "A Decade of Decadence" to the 2001 - country/rockabilly sounds of Brent Howard and Southern Cherry to Colin Arthur Wiebe. 1989 - Canadian legends, Trooper and The Powder Blues Band have also used Mick's voice for recordings. 1991 - He has worked extensively as a studio session singer/musician, with his talent of many voices being used on a worldwide 'Karaoke' album package marketed over the dreaded U.S. infomercial. He has sung a number of commercial jingles for radio and television. Awards Having recorded with a host of other Canadian and international recording acts such as Randy Bachman (of the band The Guess Who and Bachman Turner Overdrive), Mick was awarded a 'Gold Record' for his work on the 'Trooper' album 'Last of the Gypsies' in 1991. In 1997, he received the Saskatchewan Album of the Year Award for his song writing/musician contributions to an album with proceeds going to people affected with multiple sclerosis. 2011 – Gold Award for Bachman & Turner DVD – Live at the Roseland Ballroom 2013 – Platinum Award for Bachman & Turner DVD – Live at the Roseland Ballroom Appeared in ‘The Campaign’ with Will Ferrell, Zack Galifianakis, Dylan McDermott, John Lithgow, Dan Aykroyd and directed my Jay Roach (shot in New Orleans) Current – Write music for the popular ‘Holmes’ TV series on HGTV Releases: “Bachman and Turner” in 2010 Producing the Toronto pop/soul band ‘Hello Beautiful’. Heads the ‘Music in Motion Workshop’ for the Down Syndrome Research Foundation, a pilot project designed to develop a musical camaraderie with children, youth and young adults with Down Syndrome and other developmental disabilities. Live [edit] He keeps an extremely steady schedule playing guitar, bass and keyboards with his main band, Cease and Desist, and “The Atlantic Crossing Show” featuring Mick as John Lennon and Elton John. Since 2001 - He is the bass player/vocalist with Canadian Rock Legend, Randy Bachman's band 2004 - Bachman’s recent foray in the jazz world with his new CD, ‘Jazz Thing’ features Dalla-Vee on the ‘upright bass’. Ongoing - He plays mandolin, banjo, acoustic guitars and harmonica in the Brent Howard and Southern Cherry band, Ongoing - and has toured as John Lennon in 'Revolver - The Worlds Best Beatles Show'. Ongoing - In addition, he also works as a solo artist appearing regularly at special events and casinos. Affiliations 2004 - A longtime member of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, he has sat on the panel as a judge for Canada's Juno Awards (Canada's Version of The Grammy's). 1989 – 2001 He was on the board of directors of the Pacific Music Industry Association for 3 years, and is also chair of 2000 – 2005 The Carolyn Foundation Musician's Assistance Society; a non-profit organization he and colleagues set-up in the wake of his daughter Carolyn's sudden death in November 1999

9 thoughts on “The Vancouver Symphony May 20th, 2015”

  1. Last night's concert was amazing! A bonus for me was listening to Mick's extraordinary vocal and instrumental talents. I am so grateful to have been in attendance.

  2. I soooooo wish I could have been there….. Extraordinary my friend, simply brilliant! You guys so rock…….

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