What a wild weekend coming up!

It is perfect weather in Vancouver with no end in sight! This is a perfect time to enjoy music in all its glory, with added bonuses...

Sat. June 7 is the yearly Hats Off Day Festival in Burnaby Heights. Hastings Street from Boundary Rd. to Gamma Ave. is cordoned off as a street fair (that's at least 10 blocks), and there is a parade at 10 am, followed by food, music, activities and big fun till 4 pm!

The Mainstage is at Esmond and Hastings, one block east of Boundary Rd. Performing this year at 11 am is the juggernaut 18 pc URBANA Big Band under the direction of Robin Shier. Lots of high energy tunes and strong solos, including myself ;)

Also performing will be North Burnaby's up and coming young jazz combo Soular, with a jam session to follow. I will be performing original material from my albums during my set around 2:30, and we have other performers slated to appear, such as Lisa Fennell, Chris Haas, Billy Dixon, Jessica NgDave Ivaz, and more!

It will be a full day of music for anyone interested, and it is just getting started......
After Hats Off Day Fest, I head over to the Lux Lounge at 1180 Howe to perform with the rocking-est band in the city, Billy Dixon and the Soultrain Express till 7 pm, then on over to Ten Ten Tapas (1010 Beach, on the seawall) for the start of my gig at 7:30. The food is insanely good (and not expensive), and the view is something to be marveled at. The Lux crowd heads over to Ten Ten as well and carries on the fun til 10:30. (You can too!).

I am back at Ten Ten Tapas for Sunday Jazz Brunch the next day, and we always welcome the large open patio and sunshine. Same great food, music, and view! Come meet the amazing chef, Matthew!

Then, the following weekend June 14-15, besides my 'Rockin' The Ribjoint' Saturday night, I return to Ten Ten Tapas for Father's Day, for two seatings- brunch and dinner, (featuring a fab prime rib)Perhaps it is time to give Papa a complete, neat, sweet treat? 

Hope to see you this weekend and next!

Here is a typical five star review of Ten Ten Tapas from a web post:

"We went on a Saturday night based on a recommendation of friends. The live jazz was the key draw for us, and it certainly was great with a superb jazz duo, and 2 drop-in guest singers. What a treat in such a small venue! The food was a very nice surprise. Tapas are our preferred way to dine for a slow meal, and the every item we chose was very enjoyable. Finally, the wine list had a good selection of reasonably-priced wines, without the sometimes standard markup of 3x for red. We'll be back!"

Vancouver Musicians in Peril

Vancouver Musicians in Peril  ....

The longstanding, well managed, universally beneficial Vancouver Musician's Association has provided services and created a strong music scene in Vancouver for decades, complete with an attractive and viable pension plan for members. It is now being attacked by outside forces which threaten the whole fabric and stability of the Vancouver Music Community. Read about it below and see how vindictive and arbitrary the charges are. You can make a difference by sending an outraged email to Alan Willaert, Vice-président FAM, Canada, the perpetrator of this whole mess.  awillaert@afm.org

Below is a letter to VMA members from David Brown, (VMA Board-in-exile) explaining the basis, drama, and subterfuge of this story, and I ask that you share it with any media (social or news) and all other musicians, regardless of what city you are in!  Points covered below...

My thanks and what you can do to help
A Synopsis of the VMA Trusteeship
BC Supreme Court Injunction Sought
News! June 15 AFM Trusteeship Hearing

Our struggle is continuing. In addition to AFM Vice-President Alan Willaert's charges against our board and officers we have learned that our member Hal Beckett has also been charged. Mr. Willaert is calling for the same $50,000 fine and/or expulsion as he is requesting for our board and officers. (So far TEN charges for penalties of $50,000 have been laid) There is also an implication that anyone who has worked under the VFO agreement could also be charged.

I understand many of you have resigned or are threatening to resign from the VMA. Please don't! While your reaction is understandable, your resignations are going to hurt our local and our members WAY MORE than the small effect it will have on the AFM. Your voice and support will be vital in the future of the VMA. As I urge below, having conversations, writing letters, sending emails and using social media will be more effective and will benefit us all.

My deepest thanks and what you can do to help... 

Thank you so much for all the wonderful, supportive emails you have sent in response to the notice informing you of the charges facing the entire VMA Executive Board. Your responses have ranged from outrage and incredulity to 'You have my full support. What can I do to help?'  

First and foremost your emails are tremendously helpful in bolstering the spirits of all of us facing the impact of these charges. Needless to say a great deal of uncertainty and emotional turmoil has been created by this action. Due to the sheer number of messages I probably can't answer them unless you have a specific question or concern. Please know however that I will share them with the board members and that they are greatly appreciated!

This past year we have tried to work quietly through proper legal channels to resolve the dispute over the Vancouver Film Orchestra agreement. We have kept you informed but have not taken the story public nor personalized the issues. Charges have been laid against us by the AFM while a Supreme Court decision, which will decide this matter, has yet to be made. This completely changes the nature of the situation. It has become personal, punitive and vindictive. If we want to bring about change then many more people across the nation need to be made aware of what is going on within our union.

We only have access to our own email list whereas the AFM controls all its messaging in the International Musician and can contact the full AFM membership by mail and email. The best thing you can do to help our cause right now is to contact your friends and colleagues across Canada and the US by email, social media etc. and spread the word widely about what is going on. Righteous indignation is to be encouraged but please don't resort to slanderous or inappropriate language as it simply weakens our appeal.

I am including some factual information that you can use in your communications. You can also forward the email you received from me informing you of these charges. I encourage you to distribute any or all of this and to discuss the issue widely. This is truly the greatest help you can give us at present.

On behalf of all the VMA board members I convey our sincere thanks to you all.   

A Synopsis of the VMA trusteeship 
  • The VMA is a local of the American Federation of Musicians. Ultimate control of the VMA's activities lies in the hand of American officers at the AFM headquarters in New York, even though the VMA has a reputation as an organization that is well run, financially stable, and provides excellent member services.
  • The VMA has been placed in trusteeship because it negotiated a made-in-BC agreement for recording music for film and TV movies.
  • The issues driving negotiations for the made-in-BC agreement included: a drastic reduction in Vancouver film and TV recordings; industry changes; and the movement of film recording work to non-AFM locations such as the UK and Europe. The VMA Board asked the US head office of the AFM to address these issues many times, but the AFM did not do so.
  • BC has unique labour legislation that defines a "trade union" as a local or provincial organization, or a local or provincial branch of a national or international organization. The VMA has been recognized as a trade union for decades. Under BC labour law, the VMA has authority to make key decisions when negotiating collective agreements.
  • Quebec is also unique in Canada, as it has provincial "Status of the Artist" legislation. The GMMQ is certified as bargaining agent for Quebec musicians.
  • Both the VMA and GMMQ have distinctive responsibilities under their provincial legislation, and those responsibilities affect collective bargaining in their respective jurisdictions - including bargaining on film recording.
  • The AFM - a US based organization - does not recognize these distinctive responsibilities.
  • The elected VMA Board believed it had the authority under the AFM Bylaws and under BC labour law to negotiate a made-in-BC agreement, and that it was in the best interests of VMA members to do so. Under the AFM Bylaws, the VMA has authority to negotiate collective agreements for work in its jurisdiction, and the AFM Bylaws state that they must not be enforced in any manner that conflicts with public law - in this case, BC labour law.
  • The VMA's made-in-BC agreement followed a current AFM Canadian agreement model in which increased hourly rates were paid to musicians in exchange for a "buy-out" of future payment rights. And as in other AFM agreements used in Canada and the US, and in agreements negotiated by the BC Council of Film Unions, the agreement provided for tiered payments to musicians depending on film budgets.
  • The agreement was ratified by VMA members at a properly-called membership meeting, and later the VMA was certified by the BC Labour Relations Board to represent musicians engaged under the agreement.
  • Even so, the AFM imposed a trusteeship and challenged the validity of the film agreement. The AFM alleges the VMA violated an AFM Bylaw that protects AFM control over all electronic media recording - even though that provision conflicts with other AFM Bylaws and with BC labour law. The BC Supreme Court has been asked to interpret the AFM Bylaws and deal with these conflicts, and the VMA is waiting for that decision. But it is interesting that AFM counsel stated in court that the VMA members could have worked "non-union" rather than accepting and working under the VMA's made-in-BC agreement.
BC Supreme Court Injunction Sought

On June 3, we will be returning to BC Supreme Court to request an injunction that suspends the charges laid by Vice President (Canada) Alan Willaert against VMA members. In addition we will ask that the injunction protect any VMA members who worked under the VFO agreement from similar charges. The injunction application will be heard by Madame Justice Ross, the same B.C. Supreme Court justice who presided over our Petition hearing in early April 2014.

This hearing will take place on Tuesday June 3rd at 2:00 pm at 800 Smithe Street in Vancouver. You are all welcome and encouraged to attend.

NEWS! June 15 AFM Trusteeship Hearing!

You will soon be receiving an email notice from Vice President (Canada) Alan Willaert about a June 15 Hearing on whether or not the VMA trusteeship should be continued. The notice indicates Trustee Allistair Elliott "believes that the underlying cause for the trusteeship has not yet been cured, and proposes continuing the trusteeship for an additional period of time to give effect to a remedy that will permit the removal of the Local from trusteeship in a proper and orderly manner."

Ken Shirk, AFM Assistant to the President, has been appointed by International President Hair to conduct the hearing. The hearing will be held Sunday June 15 at 6:30 pm in the Arbutus Ballroom of the Holiday Inn at 711 West Broadway, Vancouver.

We note the the AFM has scheduled the meeting for Father's Day and we hope this does not prevent your attendance. Mark your calendars! 

Please attend the meeting and express your views on the continuation of the trusteeship!

My Contact Information
David Brown 604 985 5579 davidgbrown2000@gmail.com

Vancouver Musicians' Association Board | 1311 McNair Dr. | North Vancouver BC | Vancouver | BC | V7K 1X4 | Canada

OMG!! I've been replaced!!

I knew the day would come, and I'm not alone

So while I 'still' have a live gig, come and check it out this Saturday night 7:30 pm, or for Sunday Jazz Brunch 11:30 am at Ten Ten Tapas. This Saturday the nearly iconic Willy Ward will make a guest appearance, singing some soulful tunes and playing his horn.... c'mon down! 1010 Beach Ave, on the seawall, downtown Vancouver. Rezzies recommended 604-689-7800

New Billboard chart action!

Bob Baldwin is lighting up the sky!
Glad to be able to hitch my wagon to his star.....
Chameleon 3000 at #1 Most Increased Spins, and debuts on the Main Billboard charts at #24!

Twenty Bob Baldwin      

Click on Bob's picture to stream or download Chameleon 3000!

On a roll with Bob Baldwin on Billboard!

Keyboard maestro Bob Baldwin is on FIRE, and I am happy to be along for the ride!
I'm having a smokin' good time playing and recording with Bob on his projects, and with him on my upcoming CD. Plus~ a big shout out to the talented Ragan Whiteside on flute...

Check out the new album and feel the heat!

Twenty, Bob Baldwin      
Click on Bob's picture to stream or download Chameleon 3000!

♬♩ Gabriel Mark Hasselbach  ♬♩
Named #6 Top Played Jazz Artist in Australia 2011 & Album of the Year winner 2011
5 singles hit Billboard charts- new single on now  'Ready When You Are'! New video here

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Vancouver Long Weekend Report

Hi Everyone, 

Thank you to all who came out and supported me, my band, Ten Ten Tapas, and St Andrews Wesley Jazz Vespers this weekend!

We had an incredible Jazz Vespers performance at St Andrews Wesley this last Sunday. Joining me was Rene Worst on bass, Chris Haas on drums, and Jason Decouto on piano. We had a lot of fun, and a double standing ovation midway through the set!!  It was nothing I have ever experienced, let alone in a church! 

FYI, St Andrews Wesley is a United church, embracing 'all that is good' (non denominational), and has been hosting Jazz Vespers for 20 years, but the format started in the 40's in New York with Duke Ellington and others......
Thanks to Jamie Croil for arranging the booking, and pastor Dan Chambers for a relevant and inspiring oration.

Earlier in the day I performed for another full house at the Ten Ten Tapas Jazz Brunch. The talented Jayleen Stonehouse and Lisa Fennell sang a few sunny Sunday songs with me, and Taffy made a special appearance as well.... Wow, it is such a perfect place to be - great view patio, awesome food, and some tasty jazzy sounds from yours truly. Father's Day is coming up, so make your reservations! 604-689-7800.

Hope to see you there soon, and why not make it a Sunday routine? Jazz Brunch, a stroll on the Seawalk, and Jazz Vespers (there is a great lineup always!)


Every other trade goes up in cost and value, except the arts...


This is the future folks and I am at a loss for words. WHY CREATE MUSIC/CD’s ANYMORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NO VALUE FOR WHAT MUSICAL ARTISTS CREATE. First its digital download, illegal download sites, then iTunes lets you cherry pick your favorite songs for .99 cents and now this!!! VERY SAD DAY!! Its hard to stay positive and creative in these drastically changing times.


Rob Tardik


2011/12 Top 10 U.S Billboard Charting Artist

2013 Metal Works Institute Guitar Faculty, & Merriam School of Music Faculty

2010 Canadian Smooth Jazz Guitarist of the Year

2007 Mississauga Established Performing Artist of the Year


Balance Energy Laughter Love

Let’s all do our part to ring this B.E.L.L of life loud and clear!!




Today, the Copyright Board of Canada issued a decision setting the royalties for non-interactive and semi-interactive Internet music streaming services and similar services for their use of sound recordings.

     The decision also set the royalties payable by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) as well as by non-commercial webcasters for their webcasting activities.

    The tariff rate for commercial webcasters is set at 10.2 cents per 1,000 plays, payable to Re:Sound, the not-for-profit agency that collects performance rights income for artists and record companies.  While Re:Sound was asking for a rate of between $1 and $2.30 per 1,000 plays, the rate set by the Board is close to what the users participating in the hearing (including Pandora) were suggesting.

     Since the Board sets a rate per play, the total amount of royalties paid by each webcaster will vary according to the number of plays made during a year. The Board estimates however that a large music streaming service, with annual revenues of about $130,000, will pay annual royalties of about $7,000.

    Smaller sized webcasters will pay a lower amount, subject to a minimum fee of $100 per year.

    For CBC, the tariff rate is set at 13.1 cents per 1,000 plays. This slightly higher rate is essentially a reflection of a higher use of the Re:Sound repertoire by CBC than by commercial webcasters.

     The Board estimates that as a result of the rate it sets, CBC will be paying annual royalties of about $36,000.

    Finally, the tariff rate for non-commercial webcasters is set at $25 per year.

    According to the Board, this fee is appropriate given the incidental nature of the webcasting activities of community systems and other not-for-profit webcasters.















Weekend Update~ You are invited!

It is going to be a really fun long weekend in Vancouver, and I hope to see you! All the patio seating should be open and inviting....

Saturday 4-7 pm ~ I play with Billy Dixon and Soultrain Express at Luxe Lounge (1180 Howe St) - Soul and 80's favs!

Saturday 7:30-10:30 pm ~ I am at Ten Ten Tapas (1010 Beach Ave on the Seawalk) - The lineup of guest performers is always exciting, c'mon down!

Sunday 11:30-2:30 pm ~ I am playing JAZZ BRUNCH at Ten Ten Tapas (1010 Beach Ave) - Amazing view, amazing food!

Sunday 4:00-5:00 pm ~ I am playing original material with a full band at Jazz Vespers at St Andrews Wesley Church, (Burrard @ Smithe) - Rene Worst, Chris Haas, and Jason Decouto will join me.

Hope to see you!

Number One most added May 12!

Woohoo! As part of Bob Baldwin's juggernaut new single Chameleon 3000, it's back on the charts at #1!

Bob' s last single Seabreeze  (featuring moi no less) made it to #5 on Billboard and #1 Recurring... and still going..

Simmering on the charts

My radio promoter Neal Sapper from New World n Jazz has worked many a top name at radio, hundreds of number one hits!

He is working my current track Ready When You Are feverishly, and the arc can often be a long one, sometimes 6 months or more...

Well, I am just hanging on the coat tails of the Billboard charts, having even popped off and on like a cable car....

Back on this week, hanging by my fingertips!

You will see my friend Cal Harris Jr's latest album at #24- highly recommended! He tours with Lenny Kravitz, but lives in Phoenix and we are collaborators on a new project.

I also found out i made #34 on the SmoothJazz.com Top 50 for 2013!

I am back to Vancouver for Saturday night and Sunday brunch at Ten Ten Tapas (1010 Beach Ave, Vancouver) ---- come on down!