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Rock For Kids 2015

Posted: March 31, 2015 in Gigs, Rock n Roll, Rock Show


At the Rock For Kids Event, March 29, 2015 at the Giggle Dam Dinner Theatre, Port Coquitlam BC. Art was unable to perform, so we substituted Ray Roper from Stonebolt & Barracuda. A great day! Some photos by Lisa Freakrock, other photos by Jack’s Camera.


A Day For Art Part 5

Posted: December 13, 2014 in Gigs, Rock n Roll

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More photos from the A Day For Art fundraiser — all pics by the legendary Linda Eckess (RIP).

A Day For Art Part 4

Posted: October 28, 2014 in Gigs

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Some photos taken at the fundraiser! Most are by Jack’s Camera, but others are by Lisa Freakrock and Petra Hoffmann.

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A Day For Art Part 2

Posted: September 15, 2014 in Gigs, Rock n Roll

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A Day For Art

Posted: September 2, 2014 in Gigs, Rock n Roll

Where have we been hiding for the past few months? Well, we regret to inform you that medical issues have prevented us from performing.


This time it’s personal! Art needs PROSTATE CANCER surgery in Toronto soon, and the cost is staggering. Therefore, in order to to raise much needed funds, we will be presenting a day of rock music featuring many notable bands, dedicated to Art the Fart the Heavy Metal Kid! Join us at Donegal’s Irish House in Surrey on Sunday, October 19th, and lend a helping ear! Tickets are available at the bar at Donegal’s, as well as through the inimitable Rosielynn Crosby. For $20, you not only get some outstanding and mind-blowing entertainment, but you get a Burger and a Beer! Yeah! That’s incentive enough for ME to be there!

Performers already confirmed are:

Danny O’s Blues Express
Joe’s Basement
Frank Soda
Dan Hare
Worms Hate Rain
House Party
Sparkling Apple
Tim Brecht
Pauline Kyllonen

and many more, soon to be announced.

Unauthorized video!

Posted: February 19, 2014 in 21st Century, Gigs, Rock n Roll

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Here’s some unauthorized video of Sparkling Apple performing at the Rock For Kids 2014 Reunion! Annette McArthur was adamant that no videos be shot at the event (apparently ten bands specifically asked that video NOT be taken), but we still managed to obtain a bootleg video, shot by the enterprising and discreet Lisa Freakrock, which can be seen here until we are instructed to take it down! No actual professional gear was used for this, so we may have sneaked through a gaping loophole – and in any case, audience members with cell phone cameras were shooting vids/stills/selfies with wild abandon!

Shown on the link is our interpretation of AC/DC’s “Sin City“, by eery coincidence, performed on the anniversary of Bon Scott’s death in 1980.

Rockin’ for kids!

Posted: February 17, 2014 in 21st Century, Gigs, Rock n Roll

Colin stands beside the poster created for this event by Captain Maniac Graphics.


Photo by Jack’s Camera


Photo by Jack’s Camera


Photo by Lisa Freakrock.

Sunday, February 18, 2014, marked the return of the Rock For Kids fundraiser after a 20 year absence. As mentioned in a previous post, 15 — count ’em, 15 — bands appeared onstage at the Point Pub in an all-day marathon fundraiser for the Variety Club. To say it was a successful day is an understatement: a pantload of cash was raised to benefit the children. The entire event was put together by the extremely talented (and patient) Annette McArthur of Pitacharoo Media with her tireless staff of all the volunteers who took care of us and treated us like rock stars!  The MC for the entire day was the wild and crazy Scott Barratt, and our awesome host at The Point was Jamie Slater, who doubled as sound tech.


Photo by Aniko Mathieson


Photo by Aniko Mathieson

As Sparkling Apple was the first band of the day, I was there from 11:30 AM, and despite the fact that I’m now a legal senior, I lasted until around 7pm, when my tapioca pudding and slippers were beckoning! Yes, the legendary Sparkling Apple — well, we’d had some exposure in the hot-rodded & stripped down version of the band when we played at the Freakrock Jam a few days ago, so we were primed and all set to inflict some collateral damage on the unwary audience. Despite the early hour (the crack of noon), we did actually have an enthusiastic audience in attendance.One of the early birds was our friend Cindy Caverly, who’d seen us at a noon-hour sock hop at New Westminster Secondary some 40 years ago, and now wished to have some closure! Also in the audience was one of our first employers, Paul Bartram, who in the 70s ran Somewhere Else nightclub as well as The Dungeon (now the Giggledam Theatre) in Port Coquitlam — one of our first gigs in front of actual humans! (I told Paul the story of how Heart played at the Dungeon back in those days, and during a break, I went up to Heart’s table and said, “Great flute solo, Anne” — 40 years later, I’m asking myself, “Just WTF was I thinking??”).

Our set was much the same as the Freakrock Jam, mainly because our time slot allowed us only five songs. I played drums on the first two tunes (Get Off the Stove, You’re Too Old to Ride the Range and Shakin’ All Over), and then became front man for Crazy For Your Love, Roadhouse Blues and Sin City. Once again, Kelly Stodola played drums. Art the Fart the Heavy Metal Kid was still out of town on an environmental research project, so lead guitar was handled admirably and dependably by the always amazing Kevin Swain (often known as Kevy Ramone because of his black leather jacket). On bass guitar was the sensational and impeccably tailored Larry Pardue.


Photo by Rob Snopek


Photo by Rob Snopek


Photo by Rob Snopek


Photo by Rob Snopek


Photo by Rob Snopek


Photo by Rob Snopek


Photo by Rob Snopek


Captain Maniac on the drums! Photo by Lisa Freakrock.

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Sparkling Apple at Rock For Kids event. Photo by Annette McArthur, black & white tint by Kevin Swain.

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THIS is rock and roll! Kevin on guitar, photo by Lisa Freakrock.


Kevin and Colin, with Kelly Stodola on drums. Photo by Lisa Freakrock.


Kevin, Kelly and Colin. Photo by Lisa Freakrock.


Rock For Kids version of Sparkling Apple — photo by Cindy Caverly.