At the end of this article you will find a schedule for a number of local shows over the next two weeks. First, I had a chance to chat with Ryan McMahon an indie-folk artist (originally from Chemainus, BC) who describes himself as “as rock as folk can get before it starts to roll.”
Ryan McMahon has a very simple approach to life in the world at large: ‘If I’m doing what I love to do and my bills are paid, I am happy and consider myself successful.’ “Doing what he loves to do” involves writing and performing songs as a solo artist and as part of a group called Lion Bear Fox. After a conversation with Ryan, it’s very clear to me that where, and for how many people he performs is not as important to him as the performance itself.
From playing European music festivals in front of 25,000 people(TonderFest), to a small pub on Vancouver Island playing for 25, Ryan sees performing as his job – he’s always grateful to have one, does the best job he can today, and gets up and does it all again tomorrow.
With the The music industry being in as much flux as it is, technology has really leveled the playing field – allowing more music to be heard, and making it easier for fans to find the artists they resonate with the most. Ryan spent a lot of time chasing “the dream” and “golden carrot” in the music business, and it just made him miserable. He told me the day he stopped caring about what other people thought of his art (and trying to convince them that he had something important to say) was the same day people started paying attention to his art. Now he does what he loves, for himself, and that creates happiness for him, his wife, his kids, and everyone he meets – especially his fans.
In this interview, I get right into Ryan’s origin as a performer. He shares what he takes on stage with him every night, and he sings the song that has never been heard it an interview before. He also shares what artists he is listening to right now, What he’s reading, and what’s on Netflix.
Ryan McMahon @ Spinners Sound Centre
Friday, September 15th, 2017 – 7:30PM
Noble Crew @ The Green
Friday, September 15 and Saturday, September 16 – 9:15PM
Neck Of the Woods, Conniver, Gladius Sky @ Record City
Saturday, September 16, 2017 – 7:00PM
- 8pm Gladius Sky (Vernon) Heavy Shredding Metal from the Primordial Spirit Realm
- 9PM Conniver (Kamloops) Progressive, Groove Metal
- 10pm Neck of the Woods (Vancouver) Metal
All Ages. $15
Kung Fu Vampire & Locksmith @ The Status Nightclub
Saturday, September 16, 2017 – 8:00PM
Hearing Trees with Saint Mountain @ Record City
Thursday, September 21, 2017 – 7:00PM
Skywryter and Dazza @ Ratio Coffee House
Friday, September 22, 2017 – 6:00 PM
Fernanda Cunha Sings Jobim @ The Vernon Jazz Club
Saturday, September 23, 2017 – 8:00PM
Doors at 7:15 PM. CASH ONLY BAR ON SITE. Tickets $20 online at vernonjazz.com
Betty Johnson and Aaron Loewen Trio @ Caetani Cultural Centre
Sunday, September 24, 2017 – 2:00PM to 4:00PM
Rain or shine. Admission by donation – $10.00 recommended donation for adults, $5.00 for Caetani members and kids.
Hear the Music Night @ Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre
Sunday, September 24, 2017 – 7:00PM
Christian recording artist, Jon Buller and special guest Robbie Down.
Doors at 6pm – Rush seating