Tunes NOTES: Bergmann’s again, and Boney M.’s relationship to Milli Vanilli

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Artwork Bergmann is again with the 12 tunes of ShadowWalk, a grief-filled ode to Sherri Decembrini, his beloved spouse of 30 decades who died in March 2022. An album-launch demonstrate was held at Vancouver’s Rickshaw Theatre at September’s stop, and now Bergmann returns to his White Rock roots for a Saturday-night live performance at Blue Frog Studios on Nov. 18.

Studio manager Kelly Breaks remembers Bergmann as a marginally more mature, slightly wilder rocker in the course of their Cloverdale-location times.

“We the two hung about there in the course of higher college,” recalled Breaks. “Art lived on 184th road and he had a very little studio in his home and practiced. A drummer that I made use of to participate in with ended up enjoying with him in The Shmorgs. You know how bands are when you are in your teens, appropriate?

“They performed at Shannon Corridor and, you know, significant rocking dances, and it was a lot of pleasurable. Then I recall him driving all over in this outdated red Jag he acquired — I bear in mind wondering that was a rock-star matter, whatever. Funny how he went from a actual wild rocker to the punk, which I guess is a normal progression.”

Bergmann’s rocky tale is instructed in Jason Schneider’s biography, “The Longest Suicide,” which files the path of Canada’s punk poet laureate from his early times enjoying gigs in White Rock and Surrey to his 2020 Order of Canada award.

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Breaks has stories of his very own to tell.

“Art lived out in a position named Shmorg Manor, a spot off 16th Avenue, out in direction of 192nd road, close to Langley,” he suggests. “It was this old residence on acreage. Art was there together with the men from Mud Bay Blues Band and Buck Cherry, John Armstrong, who also performed punk later. Factors bought crazy there and Art moved to White Rock.”

Breaks recalls putting on Moon Meadow Festivals back in the mid-1970s.

“The to start with just one was on the Semiahmoo Initially Nations, down by Peace Arch Park, in the woods. We were being friends with some of the youngsters from the To start with Nation and they got authorization to place on a pageant in there and you experienced to type of park together with the freeway and go in, and we took over.

“We developed a stage,” Breaks continued, “and the man with Kian Audio was just having going, and we experienced bands participating in all weekend there. When Artwork was taking part in, a wind arrived up and a tree behind got blown above and it went proper across the back of the phase, this terrific significant tree, and everyone’s like, WHOA! It was nuts.”

Breaks seems happy that Bergmann is back again at Blue Frog to participate in tunes from ShadowWalk, recorded at Turtle Audio and IDIO Studio, equally in Surrey. Search for tickets ($57.50) on

Singer Liz Mitchell, foreground, with the present-day variation of disco-era band Boney M. (Promo photo)


With Boney M. coming to Surrey’s Bell Performing Arts Centre on Sunday, Nov. 19, I was keen to check out the compelling new “Milli Vanilli” documentary (on Paramount+) to find out additional about how that lip-synching duo was railroaded by German producer Frank Farian.

What’s the link? Farian initial hit it huge in with Boney M., the famous disco-period group now touring with original guide singer Liz Mitchell, who’s been with the band, on and off, considering that the 1976 glory times of “Daddy Amazing,” one particular of the early hits.

Two yrs afterwards the Euro-Caribbean team took off with the 1978 album Nightflight to Venus, which bundled chart-topping tracks “Rivers of Babylon” and “Rasputin.” Both equally were co-composed by Farian, an evil genius who didn’t permit the fellas of Milli Vanilla to sing, even although they required to. The tale of Rob Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan is this sort of a tragic 1, and the doc is nicely worth observing.

This drop, MRG Reside has booked a number of Boney M. concerts in Canada. Particulars for the concert in Surrey are posted on, in which tickets start at $75.

Of notice, a different version of Boney M. featuring vocalist Maizie Williams carried out at the PNE Honest in August.


Everybody loves the Commodore Ballroom, correct? With this kind of a rockin’ historical past, who couldn’t?

Aaron Chapman positive does, and in 2014 wrote a good e-book about the Granville Avenue concert venue. An current edition of “Live at the Commodore” is out this slide with an added chapter and numerous new photographs and posters ($32.95 paperback, Arsenal Pulp Press).

This drop, the musician, writer and historian has partnered with Forbidden Vancouver to host backstage excursions on the Commodore’s 93rd birthday, Sunday, Dec. 3. The 2 p.m. time slot immediately marketed out, and 11 a.m. was added for a different 50 persons to glimpse all-around the location wherever KISS, U2, The Clash and quite a few much more carried out. Specifics are on

My favourite ’90s-era reminiscences of the Commodore incorporate looking at The Tragically Hip, Soundgarden, Jane’s Dependancy, the quite initially Foo Fighters show in Vancouver and Hole’s Courtney Adore screaming that remaining on phase there “was like actively playing on a f***ing trampoline,” due to the sprung flooring, prior to it was replaced. Someway I skipped Nirvana’s legendary 1991 exhibits, but that and other stories will have to wait around for my individual reserve.