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Wow what a wild night! On Saturday, November 9, 2019 we celebrated Sparkling Apple’s 50th anniversary in grand style at Donegal’s, and it’s really hard to believe that we started out 50 years ago. It was great to see so many old faces from long ago (shout out to Ding, who resumed his roadie activities admirably) — the family of Stringbean was there, as were several Scottsdale fans as well as many rockers too numerous to mention, including Wailin’ Al Walker, Ray Roper and our contingent of paparazzi like Phil Nielsen and Darren Lulka!

Special thanks to Crush, who got the audience dancing right away before Sparkling Apple came out of hibernation and limped to the stage, as well as the amazing Scott Young, who performed beyond the call of duty and not only dialled in the sound perfectly, but made sure we were comfortable on stage — and even played drums on a couple of our tunes! A big shout out to “the new guy”, Kevin Stuart Swain (who’d actually performed with us for the past 28 years), and of course Lisa Freakrock and Daniel Cook for organizing the entire event. Mention must also be made of Frances Kee, our merch girl, who cheerfully sold tons of T-shirts and CDs, as well as Don N. Mendes who printed the shirts in the first place.

Special mention goes out to Art the Fart the Heavy Metal Kid and Rosie, who managed to sell a multitude tickets for us, ensuring the event was indeed a sell out and the unqualified success it was.

Yes we put the old girl to bed nicely, and we want to thank everyone for supporting us for the last 50 years! For the detractors out there (you know who you are), thanks for nothing!

As Art (Arthur Kyllonen) said later, “not bad for a bunch of old farts”!

All photos by various photographers, including Darren Lulka, Phil Nielsen, Michele Thibeault, Vic Hildebrandt, Margaret Williams, Frances Kee and Darrell Ellens.

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Photo by Darren Lulka


Photo by Vic Hildebrandt


Photo by Shawn Klatt


Photo by Shawn Klatt

2019 marks our 50th Anniversary (our first gig was in 1969)! The official celebration happens at Donegal’s Irish House in Surrey on the night of November 9, 2019 — wristbands are now on sale at the bar. Our special guests that evening will be Vancouver’s hottest rock act, Crush, opening and closing the show (Kevin is the bassist of Crush, so he will be on hand anyway). We intend to have Sparkling Apple t-shirts and CDs on sale to commemorate this monumentous event, which features Art the Fart the Heavy Metal Kid, Captain Maniac and Kevin Stuart Swain, all previous and certified Sparkling Apple alumni. Special word goes out to our fallen comrades Buzz Constantly and Stringbean, both of whom contributed greatly to our sound before they recently went on to The Great Gig in the Sky. As for the 50th Anniversary celebration, an evening of kickass rock n roll is in store, so be there or be rectangular!

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Budd and Joanne’s Wedding

Posted: September 27, 2016 in 21st Century, Gigs, Rock Show

Photos of Sparkling Apple at East Delta Hall, most of which were taken by Lisa Freakrock on September 24, 2016, at the wedding of Budd Marr (who used to play bass for Sweeney Todd) and Joanne Stern. Several musicians were invited to share the stage, including Elio Martelli, Mike Kelly, Dave Vidal, Doug and the Slugs, the Shindiggers and many luminaries of the live music scene! Black and white shot by Michelle Yu.




Sullivan Hall 2016

Posted: May 2, 2016 in 21st Century, Gigs, Rock Show

Our annual gig! We played at Sullivan Community Centre (otherwise known as Sullivan Hall) in Surrey BC on April 23, 2016. Other bands on the show were Wailin’ Walker and Jerry Doucette. Photo by Char Davidson.


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Our Annual Gig!

Posted: April 24, 2016 in 21st Century, Gigs, Rock Show

This time we were the special guests at Sullivan Hall in Surrey BC on April 23, 2016. Headlining the show were Jerry Doucette and Wailin’ Walker.

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Some shots taken at the show:


Sparkling Apple with our merch girl, Michele Thibodeault.
IMG_6142Michele selling CDs
IMG_6155Wailing’ Walker, with Lisa Freakrock videotaping and Char Davidson taking photos.

Captain Maniac on the drums at the Biltmore Hotel jam, October 2015. Photo by Shona Ellis.


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.