PACIFIC RIM SUMMER FESTIVAL

 

Friday July 1st
Big Easy Funk Ensemble
Ucluelet Community Center
Tickets $5 at the door
Doors 7pm Show 7:30pm

The Big Easy Funk Ensemble celebrates the amazing variety of music that has grown out of New Orleans. With influences from 60’s/70’s funk legends The Meters, Allen Toussaint, and Dr. John to more recent groups like Galactic and Trombone Shorty. BEFE mixes many genres of funk, jazz, rock and blues to create high energy infectious grooves. The 9-member band includes a 3-piece horn section comprised of Andrew Benton (Sax), Kevin Tang (Trombone) and Ryan Naso (Trumpet). The rhythm section includes Reece Worth on guitar, Eric Stephenson on bass, Tyler Gibson on keyboards/organ, Ryan Davis on drums, Jeffrey Kornblum on Percussion and last but not least the mesmerizing Chris Berry on Vocals.
A Mardi Gras party in 2014 brought the band together for the first time and by the end of the show both the musicians and the audience knew that this group had to continue. Five years and many shows later, BEFE has developed a repertoire of originals and songs covering a wide range of NOLA talent from Louis Armstrong to the Dirty Dozen Brass Band to Allen Toussaint to the Pimps of Joytime and Neville Brothers.

 

 

 

Wednesday July 6th
Saltwater Hank
Clayoquot Sound Theatre
Tickets $15 on sale at tofinotheatre.com
Doors 7:30pm Show 8pm

Saltwater Hank has a natural comedic timing throughout his songwriting and
performance, and the many hours spent on all of his chosen instruments are shown through his skillful delivery. Having relocated back to his home community of Kxeen (also known as Prince Rupert, BC) before the pandemic, the time away from the hustle of touring and other music industry pressures allowed Saltwater Hank to hold a newfound space for himself and his community. Immersing himself in his roots led to writing songs about his own experiences gathering food and spending time on the ocean and nearby Skeena River (Ḵ’a̱la̱ Ksyen), as well as musically relaying the stories of history and culture shared with him in the Gitga’ata community. A testament to his commitment to the craft and the connection that it serves, Saltwater Hank has released four EPs since the beginning of 2020, all aptly named “That’s Not How Tommy Played It (Volumes 1 to 4)”. Saltwater Hank has always been a storyteller, and he’s embracing it now more than ever.

 

Tuesday July 12th and 13th 
Marimba Workshops with Robin Layne

Marimbas and mallets will be provided
Max: 12 participants per workshop due to the amount of instruments

Marimba Workshop for Kids 9+
Tuesday July 12th 4pm to 5pm at the Ucluelet Community Center : TICKETS 
-Wed. July 13th 2 pm to 3pm at the Clayoquot Sound Theatre in Tofino : TICKETS

Learn the basics of playing the marimba in this fun workshop, which will focus on learning a traditional song from Mexico and an original by Robin Layne. You will get a chance to try different parts, work together as a group, and experience the joy of playing marimba! The marimba and it’s kin are one of the world’s oldest melodic instruments and it is also one of the more accessible ways to get into playing melodies and rhythms as all you have to do is strike the note with your mallet and you get a sweet sound.

Marimba Workshop for Adults

-Tuesday July 12th 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Ucluelet Community Center : TICKETS
-Wed. July 13th 3:30pm to 5:30pm at the Clayoquot Sound Theatre in Tofino : TICKETS

Learn how to play melodies and rhythms on the marimba in this fun workshop, which will focus on learning a traditional song from Mexico and an original by Robin Layne. You will get a chance to try different parts, work together as a group, and experience the joy of playing marimba! The marimba and it’s kin are one of the world’s oldest melodic instruments and it is also one of the more accessible ways to get into playing melodies and rhythms as all you have to do is strike the note with your mallet and you get a sweet sound.

Juno nominated percussionist Robin Layne has immersed himself in rhythmic traditions around the world from Cuba to West Africa to Mexico. He brings these influences to bear in his compositions. He has worked with many of Canada’s finest global artists and toured throughout China, Europe, Mexico, US and Canada. Highlights include Nanjing Jazz Festival, Hildesheim Jazz Festival, Vancouver Island MusicFest, Salmon Arm Roots and Blues, Vancouver Folk Festival, Vancouver International Jazz Festival and Victoria Jazz Fest. He has become a regular fixture on the BC festival circuit, and is in demand as a freelance percussionist for recordings, performances and tours. Robin currently performs with his band, Robin Layne & the Rhythm Makers, as well as Locarno, Mazacote, Tambura Rasa and more.

Robin believes music has the power to connect and bring people together and has devoted his life to that, both through his performing work and also his educational work with young people. He is the senior percussion instructor at the Sarah McLachlan School of Music and the Artistic Director of the World Rhythms for Youth Society.

 

Wednesday July 13th
Robin Layne : Marimba concert
Clayoquot Sound Theatre
Tickets $15 on sale at tofinotheatre.com
Doors 7:30pm Show 8pm

With roots in rhythmic traditions around the globe, Robin’s solo show blurs the
lines between jazz and folk as he carves out new territory for the marimba at the forefront of the sonic landscape.

Over the past decade and a half percussionist Robin Layne has steeped himself
in rhythmic traditions around the world from Cuba to West Africa to Mexico and
beyond. He brings these influences to bear in his compositions that are inspired
by his travels. Robin has worked with many of Canada's finest global artists and
toured throughout China, Europe, Mexico, USA and Canada. Highlights include
Nanjing Jazz Festival, Hildesheim Jazz Festival, Vancouver Island MusicFest,
Salmon Arm Roots and Blues, Vancouver Folk Festival, Vancouver International
Jazz Festival, Victoria Jazz Fest, Arts Wells Festival, and Burning Man.

This project aims to bring joy to folks through uplifting music and stories about
how we are all human and more connected than we know. Robin believes music
has the power to connect and bring people together and has devoted his life to
that both through his performing work and also his educational work with young
people.

 

Thursday July 14th
RebeLstoke ft Jônelle
Village Green of Tofino
FREE SHOW
7pm to 10pm 

The Pacific Rim Summer Festival is proud to present a free concert in the Village Green of Tofino Featuring RebeLstoke. This talented Vancouver, BC based ensemble fronted by Jônelle delivers dancehall, reggae and more with high energy and good vibes. Definitely a festival pleaser. The band comprised of longtime members of the city’s live reggae scene. Members include drummer Richard Brown, guitarist Cuyler Biller and bassist and singer Jonah Ocean. In addition to their quality musicianship, the band known for often paying homage to reggae legends Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Burning Spear and others with their solid repertoire of covers. Another hallmark of RebeLstoke is their support of reggae singers from the Caribbean diaspora in the city of whom they often invite to be a part of their performances.  For this show, they will be backing up Jônelle, a singer, songwriter and producer form Flower City, Ontario.  Jônelle has an original style. Sourcing her inspiration from reggae, acrobats, hiphop, R&B and jazz.  The talented singer is expressive and her versatility will make you want to listen to her music over and over again