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Vancouver is a multifaceted, multicultural city and with this comes unique talents and a naturally diverse music scene. City Sounds is a new LMPR series highlighting our local industry and focussing on the artists we are fortunate enough to have in our backyard.


This first post looks at three hometown acts and recommends some introductory listening – a ‘Quick Bite’ – for each. We explore everything from synth-rock to new-age folk and a few things in between.


Dear Rouge











Husband and wife duo Drew and Danielle McTaggart met while touring separately and soon formed the energetic, synth rock group Dear Rouge. They released their debut EP, Heads Up! Watch Out! in April of 2012 and won the prestigious Peak Performance Project the same year.


They offer punchy guitar hooks with buoyant synths and head-bob inducing percussion beats. Think Dragonette meets Metric.


Quick Bite:



The Tourist Company










Experimental folk-rock band, The Tourist Company, consists of Taylor Swindells, Jillian Levey, Brenon Parry and Josué Quezada. They recently released their second studio album, Space Race, which is just as cosmic as it sounds and entirely about a race to the moon. The album boasts the perfect combination of lyrical optimism and new age folk music.


Expect infections harmonies, clap-along beats and generally enjoyable performers. This year they were voted Regional Champions for Vancouver in CBC’s Music Searchlight and have been announced as one of 12 bands in this year’s Peak Performance Project.


Quick Bite:



Pat Lok











Edgy dance music producer, Pat Lok has been on the local scene for a while, but as of late has developed well-deserved international notoriety. He routinely remixes a wide variety of genres; twisting them into groovy nu disco and deep house tracks.


He’s recently created a slew of original tracks, which highlight the disco house, smooth sounds that listeners have come to know as his signature and this certainly isn’t a bad thing.



Quick Bite:



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Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall Pass

The arts world saw the loss of two major talents in Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall this week.


Comedian and Academy Award winning actor, Robin Williams passed away after a lengthy battle with depression. The talented entertainer received an immense showing of public support and sadness which even saw Broadway dim its bright lights one evening as a tribute.


Tony award winning actress, Lauren Bacall also left us this week at the age of 89. The actor rose to fame alongside Humphrey Bogart in several pictures in the 1940s and 50s. Her lengthy career also saw her take home Tony Awards in 1970 and 1981, as well as an Academy Award nomination in 1996.




Vancouver Writers Fest Announces Program

The Vancouver Writers Festival announced their program for the upcoming event scheduled for Oct. 21 to 26. This year will feature local novelists Caroline Adderson, Lee Henderson, and William Gibson alongside internationally acclaimed writers, Colm Tóibín,  James EllroyJane Smiley,  and Karl Ove Knausgaard.




The Simpsons Celebrated in Art Exhibit

The iconic pop culture television program was celebrated this week at The Dart Gallery in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The gallery’s exhibit is just the latest in a move towards exposing the public to a more accessible type of art show.




Artist Turns The Beatles White Album into Art Installation

New York artist, Rutherford Chang opened up an art exhibit showcasing over 1000 vinyl copies of The Beatles‘ White Album this week. The famously blank white album cover displays how owners have altered, drawn on, dog eared, and customized each copy as it interacted with their lives over the years.


white album

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The summer season – a time for travelling, relaxing, lounging by the beach and, most of all, a time for literature. The LMPR team recognizes that nothing is better than enjoying the hot weather with a good book, and in tribute to this summer’s final days,  we’re sharing our favourite travel inspired reads.


In part one of this two part series we travel to Indonesia and all over North America:


Sarah Cruickshank – Adventures in Solitude by Grant Lawrence 



A beautiful writer and fascinating individual, Grant Lawrence’s Adventures in Solitude is one of my all-time favourite travel-inspired reads. Combining wit and intrigue into a beautifully crafted memoir, this paperback narrates Grant’s experiences at his family’s wilderness cabin in Desolation Sound. As Grant describes, this remote, wild, and magical area off the west coast of British Columbia can be both a paradise and a nightmare – depending on the time of year you visit.


Filled with enchanting stories from Grant’s awkward adolescent years through to adulthood, this book reminds me of my own childhood travels through the southern BC coast, exploring hidden islands, discovering fascinating creatures, and meeting unique and colourful people along the way.


Rachel Lowry – Everyday Indonesian by Thomas Oey



I was extremely fortunate to be invited to travel to Bali and perform on trumpet alongside the extraordinary gamelan ensemble, Çudamani. Having studied gamelan for only two years at the time, I was eager to observe and learn from the musicians; to facilitate communication, I began formally studying Bahasa Indonesia right away.


One of the books that became my go-to was Everyday Indonesian by Thomas G. Oey. Mining through the plethora of language books on the market, what I liked most about this simple, transportable book was the practical layout progressing from basic pronunciation to grammar to relevant vocabulary – small talk, transportation, food/drink – culminating in a handy English-Indonesian/Indonesian-English dictionary. In addition, there were useful tips, photos, and cultural notes sprinkled throughout.


Brian Paterson – On the Road by Jack Kerouac



There are many great contenders when it comes to travel and literature – but I think I have to go with my first impulse and say Jack Kerouac’s On the Road (and not just because it’s sitting above my computer).


By documenting the years he and his friends spent wildly traversing America, he not only succeeded in capturing and preserving a unique era of time- he tapped into profound universal truths about youth, friendship, rebellion, and self-discovery.


Set against a background of fast-flying blacktop, the novel is not only remarkable in in content, but in form. Kerouac’s prose is simply beautiful- and stands as testament to the remarkable use of language during the short, yet crucial, Beat Era.


Check back in next week for Part Two of LMPR’s Favourite Travel Reads!


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The Client

For nearly 75 years, Theatre Under the Stars has brought soaring works of song & dance to the crown jewel of Vancouver – Stanley Park. So much more than just a night at the theatre, TUTS interweaves a kaleidoscope of elements – setting, scenery, concessions, and quality art – into a fun, encompassing experience that is much greater than the sum of its parts.


The Campaign

Laura Murray Public Relations was hired to provide a full-scale marketing and communications campaign for their 2014 presentations of Shrek: The Musical and Legally Blonde: The Musical.


Campaign components included digital advertising, promotions, advertising, social media, consulting, as well as a full media relations campaign that secured high levels of editorial coverage to drive public awareness for the run of both performances.


The Results

Theatre Under the Stars splashed across the media landscape, with interviews, articles, previews, reviews, and contests appearing in print, broadcast, and online outlets across the city.


Highlights include: Global Noon News Hour, go! Vancouver, The Rush, JoyTV, News1130, CKNW AM980, Vancouver Sun, The Province, The Georgia Straight, Where Vancouver, Burnaby NOW, Jewish Independent, Tri-City News, Richmond Review, Hello Vancity, Vancouver Presents!, Vancity Buzz, Miss604, Vancouver Vantage, Vancouver Mom, Mama in the City, Modern Mama, among many others.


Campaign Highlights



Click on the image to read each article.






Burnaby Now


Vancouver Courier    Tri-City News

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News 1130: Interview with Jocelyn Gauthier of Legally Blonde: The Musical.



News 1130: Interview with Matthew Palmer of Shrek: The Musical.




Vancouevr-Observer     vancouver-presents

miss-604     Vancouver-Mom


hello-vancity     Modernmama




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Goh Ballet Dancers Earn Top International Awards
A pair of 15 year-old dancers have earned the top two spots at the Wein Welt Wettbewerb international ballet and contemporary dance competition in Vienna this past week. The competition saw Michelle Khoo take home the gold, with Chihiro Abe taking home silver in the impressive medal haul.




David Suzuki’s Blue Dot Tour Picks Up Stream
David Suzuki’s Blue Dot Tour continues to gain attention as they prepare for the coast-to-coast journey from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Victoria, B.C this fall. The goal of the tour is to gain public exposure to environmental concerns over clean air, water, and land. The roster boasts and impressive line-up of established artists including Neil Young, FeistBarenaked Ladies, Margaret Atwood, Grimes, Danny Michel, Bruce Cockburn, Robert Bateman, and Shane Koyczan among others.


David Suzuki


Vancouver Celebrates Queer Art
The Queer Arts Festival entered its second week in Vancouver running up until Aug. 9th. The festival celebrates the best in visual and performing arts from the LGBT community. This year’s festival once again coincides with Vancouver Pride Week, which wraps up this weekend with their annual parade.


BC Music Festival Bans Headdresses
Bass Coast Music Festival running this weekend in Merritt, BC, has taken a hard line against cultural appropriation by banning the iconic First Nations symbol. The festival organizers decided on an outright ban of the controversial piece in a show of respect, as the event also takes place on indigenous land.


Canada Post Honours Country Music Stars
Canada Post released a set of five new stamps honouring Canadian country stars Shania Twain, k.d. lang, Hank Snow, Tommy Hunter, and Renée Martel. The stamps are available both as booklets for regular use, and as limited edition prints for enthusiasts.


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Communications Coordinator Shona Wercholuk is the newest member of the LMPR team. With a background in arts administration, public relations, and a passion for Vancouver’s independent music scene, she looks forward to sharing the news and stories of our diverse clientele.


Tell us about yourself & how you got into arts marketing.


I’ve always loved writing, and knew I wanted a career that was heavily involved in the craft but also knew I didn’t want to be a novelist. Due to this love I got a Bachelors degree in English from UBC and then immediately started working at Arts Umbrella. The arts have always been a hobby of mine, but it wasn’t until my work at Arts Umbrella that a passion to work in the arts really flourished.


I also soon realized that I really enjoyed working with people and began a search for a career that could combine all three of these interests. I recently completed SFU’s Public Relations Certificate program, which aligned me with the right tools to get started in public relations. I was then lucky enough to find a career that combined my love for the arts and public relations.

Kari Heese Photography

Kari Heese Photography

Where is the best place you have travelled & why?


This is a really tough one! Because of my dad’s job, I have travelled a lot; I was fortunate enough to grow up all over the world as a result of that. As a child, I spent most of my upbringing in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia and the city will always be very near and dear to my heart.


I would have to say our family trip to Austria was my absolute favourite though. We went in December, a time of year I  love, and the country was absolute breathtaking. It was the epitome of Christmas- and full of authentic markets with the most wonderful handmade trinkets. It was a place and a feeling I will never forget.


What was the first show you remember seeing as a child?


Shania Twain. I was 8 years old and we were living in Australia at the time. I remember feeling very proud I was seeing a Canadian perform in a different country. 

If you could grab a coffee with one artist – living or dead – who would it be and why? 


After reading some of the Bronte sisters works, I developed a fascination for them, but particularly with Emily. There’s very little published information about her, so I would really love to pick her brain. Although she was said to be very shy, so who knows how much she would say.

What are you most looking forward to in your new role at LMPR?


There’s so much! I’m really excited to be working with some seasoned professionals as it allows for a great learning experience. I’m also excited about all of the amazing clients I’m able to work with and help market in new and creative ways. But the most exciting thing for me has to be the fact that everyday I am able to explore my creativity in some way.

Lighting Round!
Morning person or night owl?
Night Owl


Drink of choice? A cold glass of bubbly


Truth or dare? Truth


Favourite book? The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

Best Movie? The Little Mermaid (I can’t help it!)

Power of Flight or Invisibility? Invisibility