Past Highlights

April 2015

There is nothing quite like a  grandma giving life advice to a zombie – April 17th!

On April 24th, we celebrated The Bard’s 399th birthday with Will Shakespeare’s Musical Improv!



March 6th –  Alan teaches some of the tricks of the improv trade.  So fun!!


Joel Eddington!  The FNL kids went wild for Joel’s magic on Halloween!

Do you remember when FNL went ‘Bollywood’?  amazing

Heres some of last year’s shows:  May 30th – the fantastic Jared Burrows with remarkable jazz pianist Nick Peck: 

Jared-Burrows-150Dr. Jared Burrows is a guitarist and composer/educator based in Vancouver.  He is the Academic Coordinator of the Jazz Studies Department at Capilano University and teaches improvisation, conducting, arranging, and directs small and large ensembles. He is a dynamic force on the Vancouver scene as a performer, composer and community organizer.  He works in a huge variety of ensembles in jazz, new music, and world music settings.
Here’s Jared at the Urban Lounge:

Jared will be joined by jazz pianist, Nick Peck.  Check out Nick’s sound here:







June 6th – Sandra-Mae Luykx – Jazz Sax

Sandra-Mae is a local jazz singer, saxophone player, guitar player and composer. She acquired a Bachelor of Music in Jazz SM HeadshotStudies with a Minor in Education from Capilano University. For two years in a row, Sandra-Mae has been invited to perform at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival. During her time there, she met and performed with many internationally recognized artists such as Joe Lovano, Roy Hargrove, Herbie Hancock, Joshua Redman, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Christian McBride and opened for Dave Brubeck. Currently Sandra-Mae performs with her own jazz combos in and around the Vancouver area; she is also the baritone saxophone player and singer for The Phonix – a 9-piece Funk/Soul/Motown/R&B dance band.

June 13th – Jeff Hyslop  – Singer, Dancer, Choreographer, Producer

FNL will be wrapping up the Spring 2014 season with Vancouver-born Jeff Hyslop.  Indisputably one of Canada’s foremost performing artist, Jeff is equally masterful as a singer, dancer and actor.  He has starred with unqualified success in such JeffHyslop[1]landmark musical productions as Cabaret, Kiss of the Spider Women, Jacques Brel , The Music Man, The Producers, and of course, the role of Mike in both the London West End and Broadway productions of A Chorus Line. To many, he is the quintessential Phantom of the Opera, a role he embraced in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical for over 975 performances.  Celebrate an amazing season of inspiring performances with us on June 13th! 


Jeff Hyslop interview with Alan Marriott …. who knew paradox could be so funny!  Thanks for playing with us, Jeff!  jeffinterviewsmall


…. and,  check out this recent CBC interview with our Feb 7th comic guest, Reza Peyk.  This was on CBC last November.


An amazing sketch on Nov 1st – backed up by Ruel Morales and Matt Grinke, Alan, Brian, and Michael created the song ‘Filtration’!  Had to be there!!








Wow!  Andrew Wheeler, you never cease to amaze us!  Your mime piece on space travel had us AlanAndrewInterviewOct2013

right there with you!  We received ‘fan mail’ after Andrew’s Oct 11th appearance:

Hi all

We were first-timers the other night at FNL (Andrew Wheeler the

Astronaut etc).  We had such a fantastic time it made us feel guilty we haven’t been before!  Is there anything we can do to beat the drum, ie like you on Facebook or TripAdvisor? Testimonials for your website?  Regular attendance?

Please advise!

We love what you bring to our community.  And it was pretty cool seeing people sitting in pews holding big goblets of wine!

If you are in touch with Andrew, tell him WELL DONE from Ian Morton. 


Reza Peyk   RReza_atFNL2OCKED FNL on October 4th!  Do check out his website for his Canadian Tour!  This guy is HOT!  You’ll be able to say ‘hey, I saw him at FNL!’




Silk Road Music is EPIC!! Check them out here!

A huge highlight from the 2012 season was Will Blunderfield – his performance:  remarkable!  His interview:  inspiring!  Looking forward to having him back October 25th, 2013

Will and Alan at FNL

Lynn Valley Light was OUTSTANDING!! at the One World Many Voices Concert …. see them here!

Coleman Holeman (aka Gary Jones) and the Chip Butcher Quartet (With Alan Marriott and Matt Grinke) are HILARIOUS!

Here’s more of what you either came to and LOVED, or (unhappily) missed ……

Friday, June 7th, 2013- Shawn Farquhar

A truly MAGICAL FNL welcomed the reigning World Champion of Card Magic, Shawn Farquhar!  Check him out on this You Tube video stumping Penn and Teller.

ShawnFarquharAnd, check out Shawn’s amazing Card to Wallet video! C2W

We had standing ovations for Shawn (on his birthday, yet!!), and he stayed for over an hour after his show, charming and entertaining his fans.

Thanks, Shawn!  We hope to host you again at FNL!

Friday, June 14th, 2013 – Wayne Lavallee

wayne_lavalleeWe were honoured and thrilled to have guitarist/singer/songwriter Wayne Lavallee as our featured guest at FNL on June 14th.

Wayne Lavallee is a 2 time Juno nominee & winner for “Best folk acoustic album” “Best rock album” & “Best male artist” at the 2010 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. Upon reviewing the new release “Trail of Tears”, Crossroads Magazine in France stated, “He is a superb storyteller, a gifted singer and a guitarist par excellence. I don’t know if the spirits haunted these sessions, but there is magic in every song.” he has created a gritty and deeply personal set of songs, filled with captivating performances and of course, his trademark keening voice. On Trail of Tears, Lavallee uses a base of acoustic blues and brings in ideas from folk/rock to Native chants. The album was released in Europe on the Dixiefrog label, Wayne has tour across France – garnering glowing press reviews along the way: “The voice of Wayne Lavallee taps into his mystical roots…an album that is supernatural and enchanting.” Offered The Review BCR and Guitarist Magazine proclaimed “This Canadian songwriter, goes well beyond, with songs like ‘Sacred Journey’ and ‘Star Spangled Sensation’….Just superb!” with a truckload of award recognition coming in from across Canada, Wayne Lavallee has establishing himself of one of this country’s most important songwriters and storytellers – in any genre.

We, at FNL, certainly concur!  Wayne, you’re an inspiration!

and here’s a summary of some of our past talent .. Emily Pearce!

Soprano, Emily Pearce is a passionate chorister. She was involved in all four of her high school’s choirs, as well as the provincial youth choir and, after graduating from Argyle Secondary in 2007,Emily she decided to pursue music at the post secondary level. Emily auditioned in 2008 for Capilano University, in North Vancouver, BC, where she found a tight-knit community of teachers and students, and a strong learning curve. She graduated from Capilano University in 2010 with a Diploma in Music, and a list of accomplishments including mention on the Dean’s Honours list for three separate semesters, two scholarships, and an acceptance to the University of Toronto. Emily chose the education stream at the University of Toronto, fully immersing herself in the choral and elementary methods courses, and received the William Croombs Memorial scholarship in 2011 for her interest in elementary education.  She is expected to graduate this June with her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education, and has applied to UBC Education for September 2013.

Here’s a highlight from 2012 Easter – and interview with LVUC Minister Blair Odney:

Blair Odney Interview

Here are a few highlights from the improv sketches:

Improv sketch – Rasputin and his guitar

Quirkiness: an admirable quality

Improv with audience member moving body parts!





The Three Kings Jazz Trio is a crowd favourite!  Here’s Everybody Wants to Be a Cat!logo-silk-road-tp2ThreeKingsatChristmas2012


And check out the the amazing talents of Silk Road

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