Casse Tête: Experimental Music in PG


If your in the market for something a little different, make sure you don't miss out on Casse Tête, a festival of experimental music right happening here in PG! This radically creative music is taking place at Theatre North-West and admission is completely free. It will feature improvisation, free jazz, avant-garde compositions, minimalism, post-rock, noise, and much more. Check out the 5th annual festival from June 15th till the 18th, and if you would like any more information you can head over to their website at http://www.cassetetefestival.com/. [audio mp3="http://www.cfur.ca/wp-content/uploads/20170605-Casse-Tete-PSA-copy.mp3"][/audio]

Learn, Contribute, and Build Skills at Maker Lab Prince George


Have you ever been to Maker Lab? It happens every Thursday evening from 5-9PM at Two Rivers Gallery! Listen in as Roanne Witticase, Coordinator for Maker Lab Prince George, fills us in on what a Maker Lab is, how anyone can take part, and dishes some exciting news about upcoming projects and events within Maker Lab![mixcloud https://www.mixcloud.com/britt-meierhofer/interview-with-maker-lab-coordinator-roanne-witticase/ width=100% height=120 hide_cover=1 light=1]

The-One-Week-Stand Tour: Carolyn Mark // Twin Peaks // Kitty & The Rooster

The One-Week-Stand Tour is shaping up to be one of the most hilarious and short lived tours British Columbia has ever seen! unnamed-1

A little bit of everything... From sassy, sultry country tunes (Carolyn Mark) to sweet and smoky roots (Twin Peaks) to a surf-tastic rock and roll show (Kitty & The Rooster)! Catchy melodies, clever lyrics and off the cuff stage banter are at the heart of all three of these incredible acts.
"Go for the music, stay for the dirty jokes."
- Metromix New York review of Carolyn Mark's live show
One Week Stand Tour Dates:
April 22 - Fort St. John - The Lido Theatre
April 23 - Rolla - The Rolla Pub
April 24 - Prince George - The Legion
April 25 - Quesnel - The Occidental
April 26 - Williams Lake - Central Cariboo Arts Centre
April 27 - Chilliwack - Tractorgrease
April 28 - Mission - The Stage
April 29 - Vancouver - Lana Lou's
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Marianas Trench Rocks CN Centre


On February 9th, Marianas Trench took the stage of the CN Centre with special guests Shawn Hook and Repartee. Although a lot of fans only came to see Marianas Trench, the other two acts had the audience dancing and jumping out of their seats. Before the show even began, a local DJ played music for people finding their seats and getting ready for the concert. DSC_2218 Shawn Hook took the stage after a brief intermission before the second act. He started at the piano, playing a few songs like "Wasted," a cover from Virginia to Vegas. Then he joined the audience in jumping and dancing around the stage. He played some of his hit songs, like "Sound of Your Heart." Fans danced and screamed for more music after Hook left the stage. After another brief intermission, the main act began their performance. Marianas Trench performed many of their hit songs and made the audience feel like a part of the show by asking questions and talking as if the show were a conversation. At one point, Josh Ramsay, the lead singer of Marianas


Trench, came off stage and walked through the floor seats. This got fans excited to be a part of the action and raised the excitement in the concert. The concert as a whole was energetic and filled with many fantastic songs. Each act got the audience more and more excited. I would gladly go to another show for any of the three artists again.

By Sara Green, CFUR Volunteer Correspondent

The BIG THAW: A CFUR Fundraising Event!


BigThaw_Poster_Web_Feb2017 Sans Logo Get your tickets here ($25 in advance, $30 at the door, includes entrance to both The BIG THAW and PUDDLE STOMP after party) : http://www.cfur.ca/tickets/, at CFUR's Office 6-354 @ UNBC,  2nd Thoughts Records, and Handsome Cabin Boy Tattoo.

The BIG THAW is a fundraising concert designed to showcase and celebrate some of the region's finest talent! This all-acoustic evening of music will be housed at the Parish Church of St. Michael and All Angels, where the acoustics are phenomenal and the candles burn brightly. Featuring unplugged performances by regional artists Big Fancy, Khast'an Drummers, Lindsay Pratt, Nove Voce Choral Society and Samantha Scott, the parish will be alive with the sound of Northern BC!

After being awash with the powerhouse playing of some of the region's finest, put on your dancing shoes and head to The Legion 43 PG where Mad Loon is hosting the PUDDLE STOMP afterparty! Featuring indie dance-rockers Crones and the funky, groovy spins of DJ Fresh Princess, this segment of the evening will give you the opportunity to kick up your heels and check out the silent auction!

The BIG THAW and PUDDLE STOMP afterparty are together a CFUR Fundraising event. All proceeds will contribute to the sustainability of your local community radio, and improve their ability to support and promote Northern BC arts and culture.

Doors at 7:00PM, Show at 7:30PM

Silent Auction of Festival Passes and a whole lot more available to peruse.

Entry to the PUDDLE STOMP included in advance tickets. Separate entry tickets available.


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15th Annual Homelessness Marathon - Airs 3am Wednesday Feb. 22nd


The 15th Annual Homelessness Marathon

Airs 3am Wednesday Feb. 22nd to 4:30am Feb. 23rd

Scheduled times below are shown in AST.  Convert times to PST using this convenient online source.

7pm CiTR (Vancouver, BC): Profiles of folk who live and work in the Downtown Eastside live from Megaphone Magazine; along with discussion of the opioid crisis and the resilience/activism with which the community has faced it.

8pm CICK (Smithers, BC): A compilation of interviews from people living on the street and those who provide services to them.

9pm CJSR (Edmonton, AB): Intimate portraits of individuals in academia who have experienced homelessness.

10pm CJSR (Edmonton, AB): Exploring displacement, specifically the challenges faced by newcomers to Canada and the displacement of Edmonton’s homelessness population.

11pm CKUT (Montreal, QC): A discussion featuring the voices of women of colour on homelessness and communities of colour.

12am CKUT (Montreal, QC): An open format space for people to share their experiences.

1am Local-FM (Saint John, NB): The FEMCORE Collective interviews local figures about the role of gender in homelessness. Abigail Smith speaks with Jennifer Megeney from the Coverdale Women’s Centre, and Diane Kerns and Julie Dingwell from AIDS Saint John.

2am CIVL (Abbotsford, BC): A discussion of issues pertaining to homelessness on the West Coast.

3am CHUO (Ottawa, ON): Interviews with people currently experiencing homelessness in Ottawa.

4am CKXU (Lethbridge, AB): Interviews with support workers involved in Lethbridge homelessness initiatives.

5am CFUR (Prince George, BC): Interviews with people working on the front line and people who have, or are presently, experiencing homelessness.

6am CFUZ (Penticton, BC): Focusing on themes of “Sharing When You Have Nothing” and ‘Keeping Your Dignity When You Are Ostracized.”

6:30am Groundwire: A collaborative production of community radio producers across Canada present a collection of pieces relating to homelessness.

7am CFCR (Saskatoon, SK): Laundry List – Women & Gender Topics

7:30am CFCR (Saskatoon, SK): Civically Speaking – Local Saskatoon Civic Politics

8am CFCR (Saskatoon, SK): Snake Mountain Mixtape – Open Music Show

Theo Fleury visits Prince George February 6th, 2017

The legendary hockey player & motivational speaker Theo Fleury will be visiting UNBC & CNC on February 6th. He will be visiting UNBC in the morning to speak at the UNBC Timberwolves Legacy Breakfast and from 7 pm to 8:30 pm he will be giving a speech in the Gathering Place at CNC. A CFUR Arts & Culture correspondent interviewed Mr. Fleury and this Interview can be listened to by clicking on the Mixcloud link.


Disability Insurance as a Financial Strategy


We talked to Kevin Plouffe of MPY Financial Strategies here in Prince George to discuss how insurance can actually be used as a financial strategy. Good to know if you're striking it out on your own, you've finished school, starting a new business, are in the work force, or heading into the work force. Whatever industry you're in or headed towards, there is likely a risk associated with it. The opportunity to learn how to mitigate it is here.#howtohedgeyourbets!

You can catch a free seminar on the topic on March 6th @ UNBC's Senate Chambers 1-3 pm @ CNC's Rm 1306 4-6 pm It's open to the public, questions are welcome, with snacks and refreshments provided.

Email or call Wendie to register: wendie@mpyfs.com 250-563-1212



Rocking Out at the Legion


On Friday, January 13th, Legion Branch 43 was bursting with music. In the show, put on by CFUR, four sets of performers took the stage and got everyone dancing and rocking along with them. Sean Wesley Wood, Crones, Flying Machine, and the Karl Wyssen Trio kept the audience at the Legion enthusiastic and demanding encores. For the most part, the music from each band was a mix of rock and alternative rock genres. However, a few of the songs provided the audience with a different sound. "Surf Detective" by Crones was one song that did this. By using different settings on their microphones and electric keyboard, the band was able to give the song a futuristic sound that peaked the interest of the audience.

The Crones

The bands performed well into the night, but no one was tired. The air of the Legion was filled with energy and adrenaline. And when the performers weren't up on stage, they were on the floor dancing and rocking out with the rest of the audience.

By the time Crones took the stage, more than half of the audience had let loose and taken to the dance floor.

One of the highlights of the night was Rocking Ronnie, a performer who joined the Karl Wyssen Trio in a few songs with his harmonica. You wouldn't think that someone could rock so hard with an instrument like the harmonica, but Ronnie blew the audience away with his playing. From the very beginning of the show, Ronnie tried to get the audience involved and out of their shells by grooving to the songs of Sean, Crones, and Flying Machine.

Overall, the performances were impressive and left the audience at the Legion wanting more. By the end of the night, the mood was set and no one wanted to go home.

Article and photography by: Sarah Green