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Arts Beat: Fugitives at The Royal; How to get slammed; And Meyers gives it away

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
March 14th, 2013

By Colin Payne, The Nelson Daily

Taking the stage at The Royal on Baker Street this Friday, March 15 are two hard-travelling bands that have come by their distinct sounds and accolades honestly.

Headlining the performance is Vancouver’s The Fugitives, a group of musicians, poets and multi-instrumentalists known for their “dizzying Arcade Fire-ish crescendos, replete with parallel melodies, complex harmonies and brimming torrents of emotion.” (Uptown, Winnipeg)

Former Canadian Slam Poetry champion, Brendan McLeod and Canadian Independent Music Award Emerging Artist of the Year nominee, Adrian Glyn of The Fugitives gave their first performances in small East Vancouver vegetarian restaurants but have since moved on to main stage performances at Folk festivals across Canada and sold-out shows at venues ranging from the Vienna Literary Festival to the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival and the Vancouver Jazz Festival.

Warming the stage for The Fugitives will be the contemporary folk sounds of The Steve Brockley Band – featuring Selkirk College Music Program alumnus and Crescent Valley resident, Steve Brockley on guitar and vocals, Kevin Bertram on upright bass and Leon Power playing drums and mandolin.

Drawing comparisons to musical acts ranging from J.J. Cale, Townes Van Zandt, Hank Williams, John Prine, Bob Dylan and The Band, their percussive double-bass swagger, drum grooves from the gut and a rolling finger-picked guitar bring their own unique brand of folk music to life.

See what else is happening at The Royal this week on the events calendar.

Get Slammed

The March edition of the Nelson Poetry Slam is happening at the SelfDesign High performance space, above the Royal Canadian Legion at 402 Victoria St. on March 11, 2013.

“Bring yourselves, your friends and enemies,” along with two poems – each less than three minutes long each if you want to perform. Otherwise, just come by to take it all in and see who will be take home the hardware at this month’s slam.

Meyers gives it away at The Capitol

Those of you not heading to warmer climes for Spring Break get the chance to take in a treat from Lucas Meyers – who will be performing a free show at The Capitol Theatre on Friday night this week and next.

Meyers, a local actor and Nelson’s Cultural Ambassador for 2013, will be offering Deck: How I instigated then overcame an existential crisis through home improvement on Friday, March 15 at 8:00 p.m. and then Hello Baby: An instructional lecture by a first-time, semi-competent father on March 22 at 8:00 p.m.

Come and get a chance to be the live studio audience while Meyers films his performances for promotional purposes.


Don’t forget Spring Break Art Camp, happening at Oxgen Art Centre until March 22. Also ongoing at Touchstones Museum of Art and History are the Members’ Show and Sale in Gallery B; and I Love You, In Theory, an exhibition by Winlaw artist Graham Gilmore.

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Colin Payne is a Nelson-based professional writer and photographer, and a former reporter at the Nelson Daily News. Visit to learn more about his work.

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