Friendly Rich & The Lollipop People + Pugs and Crows

@ 8:00pm

Presented in Partnership with Coastal Jazz and Blues Society


$15 General
$12 Students, WF Members


“There is mucous in my mucous,” are repeated lines from a song on Toronto-based Friendly Rich’s latest album, and they are perfect for illustrating the delightfully disturbing appeal of this dramatic Pied Piper. A vaudevillian embrace, compositions influenced by classical music and Pee-wee’s Playhouse, screams and operatic growls, comedic arrogance and swagger, a healthy rebellion—these are a few of the words reviewers have used to try and capture a Friendly Rich and the Lollipop People show. Friendly Rich is that odd guy in a suit, tie and hat who seems happily talented and harmlessly familiar at first, but, like a nursery rhyme, has proven to carry with him many shadows in surprising phrases…and places. He has composed music for three seasons of MTV’s The Tom Green Show, recorded nine CDs has been featured in five CBC Radio documentaries, and toured Europe 3 times, with a fourth on the way in May 2012. We invite you to revel in the confrontational spectacles and surreal orchestration, and experience their debut performance in Vancouver!

Featuring: Rich Marsella (voice, clarinet, compositions), Sly Juhas (drums), Nichol S. Robertson (electric guitar), Scott Thomson (trombone), Jon Meyer (bass) and Benjamin Mueller-Heaslip (piano)



The Pugs and Crows Band finds an unsettled and unsettling territory between rock and jazz—a sound that has a gritty elegance, with none of the funky elevator-music cheese that “fusion” often entails. An interesting, enjoyable new cross-breed unleashed on Vancouver’s musical landscape. DIFFICULT MUSIC

Formed in the Fall of 2008 by Vancouver-based guitarist Cole Schmidt, The Pugs and Crows perform a blend of original compositions and free improvisations that draw inspiration from a myriad of influences ranging from Argentinian tango music to the compositions of John Zorn.

Winners of the Galaxie Rising Star Award at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival in 2010, the members of The Pugs and Crows have a chemistry when playing that fuses their music with playful creativity and reflective musicianship.

Featuring: Russell Sholberg (bass), Meredith Bates (violin), Cole Schmidt (guitar), Clayton Murray (guitar) Ben Brown (drums)