Calling all performers for Saturday June 3!

Hat's Off Day is a big deal in Burnaby on Saturday June 3, with a 20 block street fair, bands, show and shine, food kiosks, and parade. It is a not for profit community event that is super fun...

Would you like to come and perform at the West Tent near Boundary and Hastings (@ Esmond) where all the best music is happening? We already have the Urbana Big Band at 11 am (after the parade), and other ensembles slated to showcase as well.

Sound system and most backline provided, as well as some backing musicians on call. A great place to do a short set to showcase your originals or whatever you have!

Let me know if you are interested.... would love to have you!!!  RSVP

Easy parking for performers, too! All in good fun and a place to strut your stuff.

Pros, weekend warriors, karaoke stars, singers, or school bands all welcome....

Let’s Make it Fair for Musicians

Gabriel and colleagues,

As musicians, we understand better than anyone that music has value and we along with other artists should be fairly compensated our work.

Under our current laws, this isn't the case. In fact, music copyright laws are so outdated that many were written before the internet even existed. The good news is that a new, bipartisan bill has been introduced that will benefit musicians and other artists who create the work.

Add your voice to the chorus by asking your member of Congress to support the Fair Play Fair Pay Act.

This bill aims to restore a core principle of fairness to music: People who work should be paid for their work, particularly when others are making a profit from it.

Support for performance rights has never been stronger and momentum towards real copyright reform is building every day.

Add your voice to the chorus by asking your member of Congress to support the Fair Play Fair Pay Act.

In Unity,
Ray Hair
AFM International President

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Video: Gabriel at Frankie's with Alita Dupray and Dee Daniels

Here are a few video snippets from a recent gig at Frankie's Jazz Club 

with Alita Dupray, Dee Daniels, Laurence Mollerup, Bruno Hubert, and Phil Robertson.

Rockin' The Ribjoint

King James

Kiss Me Baby (w/ Dee Daniels

Song For My Father (w/ Alita Dupray)

Our Love Is Here To Stay w/Dee Daniels

Turn On To Summer (w/ Alita Dupray)

No One Like You


Corcovado  (w/ Alita Dupray)

Everything I Got Belongs To You w/Alita Dupray

Angel Eyes w/Alita Dupray

Goodbye Porkpie Hat (w/ Alita Dupray)

Teaser Clip

Trump’s Defense of His Lies: ‘I’m President and You’re Not’

Trump’s Defense of His Lies: ‘I’m President and You’re Not’

Donald Trump. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

It is remarkable — and perhaps praiseworthy — that Donald Trump gave a long and detailed interview on the subject of his being a pathological liar. The interview, with Time’s Michael Scherer, covers a wide range of Trump’s lies, and features many of his own justifications for them. The truly revealing moment of the interview comes at the end, when Trump gives up the game. “But isn’t there, it strikes me there is still an issue of credibility,” asks Scherer, referencing Trump’s hallucinatory claims to have been surveilled by his predecessor, which his own intelligence officials have refuted. Trump rambles through various talking points, and lands on this conclusion: “I guess, I can’t be doing so badly, because I’m president, and you’re not.”

This small line is an important historical marker of the bizarre and disconcerting reality into which American politics has plunged. Trump is not merely making an attack on truth here. He is attacking the idea of truth. His statement is a frontal challenge to the notion that objective reality can be separated from power.

Trump and his officials have been dancing around this notion since November. When challenged on almost any of their lies, they point to the election, which proves that the credibility of the crooked Fake News media is nonexistent, and theirs is beyond reproach. Questions about veracity are met with responses about voting in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Trump made the argument explicit: The only measure of his veracity is power, which he has, and his critics do not.

I once suggested that Trump’s most anti-democratic quality is his authoritarian epistemology. He tells repeated, brazen lies about matters large and small, in the confidence that his supporters have surrendered all independent judgment to him. That is not a democratic relationship between elected official and policy.

A brief reminder that the fight against The Maniac is not nearly over!


The New Yorker

The Trump Tower Baku never opened. Trump partnered with an Azerbaijani family that U.S. officials called notoriously unethical.

A Reporter at Large|March 13, 2017

Donald Trump’s Worst Deal

From the Reporter’s Desk

For my story in this week’s magazine, I spent nine days reporting in Azerbaijan, where the government is famous for conducting surveillance on journalists. A reporter who had worked in the country told me to assume that the government was eavesdropping on all of my conversations and would likely place cameras in my hotel room. A few years ago, security services installed a camera in the bedroom of the Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova, and released video of her in an intimate act with a boyfriend.


My wife and I came up with code words so I could let her know if she needed to call the U.S. Embassy or my editor. I left my iPhone at home. In Azerbaijan, I got two cell phones. One was officially registered to me; the other was purchased for me by a local contact. I turned off the official phone and took out the battery when I visited sources, because I had heard that the intelligence service would likely track my movements through my phone. I had oddly polite conversations with my wife every day. I used the encrypted app Signal to send messages and make calls.


When I met Ismayilova, who has spent time in jail and been monitored by the government for many years, I explained all my precautions. She laughed. She said she doesn’t bother anymore. I was relieved, because I realized that when I went to her house I had forgotten to take precautions, and had left the battery in my official phone. –Adam Davidson

ILLUSTRATION BY TOM BACHTELLIllustration by Tom Bachtell

Republicans and the Constitution

A fence between the U.S.A. and Mexico, seen from Tijuana beach.
Benjamin Wallace-Wells

The End of the Idea of North America

President Trump’s tweets exemplify a fairly basic but often highly effective rhetorical maneuver—the diversionary reverse accusation.
News Desk

Trump’s Early-Morning Tweets

By and
Partisans on both sides have been quick to condemn or exonerate Attorney General Jeff Sessions for contact with Russian officials, but no final judgment is appropriate without a full investigation.
Daily Comment

How to Investigate Jeff Sessions


Asia Week New York

From March 9–18, New York is the destination for Asian art.

Introducing the New Yorker Poetry Bot

Introducing the New Yorker Poetry Bot

Illustration by Ping Zhu
The New Yorker Radio Hour

Goonswarm, Trump/Nixon, and Jonathan Franzen

Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” is likely the first auterist horror picture directed by an African-American man ever financed by a major Hollywood studio.
Culture Desk

“Get Out” Is a Giant Leap Forward

Cover Story: Carter Goodrich’s “Opening Night”
Culture Desk

Cover Story: “Opening Night”

Illustration by Chi Birmingham
Shouts & Murmurs

Sadness Lamp F.A.Q.

“This call may be monitored or recorded for quality assurance, training purposes, marketing data, leaks, foreign blackmail, or national-security reasons.”
Daily Cartoon

Daily Cartoon



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Charmed Life at #30 this week

Allen Kepler is a real mover and shaker in the biz and his radio network and weekly playlist is an industry benchmark!
Although I have had a half dozen Billboard Top 20's, now only with my current Billboard charting track Charmed Life (feat Bob Baldwin), have I joined Allen's illustrious ranks- thanks Allen W Kepler for Keeping the Drive Alive! 
Check out the video below....

Gabriel Mark Hasselbach 

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