Canadian Legend Chilliwack to Rock the Tidemark Stage
Vancouver stalwart chilliwack has its roots as the house band of the Torch Cabaret back in ’66. Evolving shifts in style and personnel resulted in the emergence of the band we know and love. Through it all, the driving force remains Bill Henderson. From the release of their first single “Looking at a Baby” which quickly rose to number three in Canada to the twenty minute major opus “What Love: Suite” – a huge cult classic – onward to “Raino”, “Lonesome Mary”, “Crazy Talk”, “Fly at Night”, “Baby Blue”, “California Girl”, “Communication Breakdown”, “My Girl (Gone Gone Gone)”, and “Whatcha Gonna Do” this iconic Canadian label has produced 31 hit singles, 16 of them Top 40. Playing the airwaves now is Chilliwack’s newly recorded live CD, “There and Back” and stay tuned for the rocking commentary on life patenting issues “Patent On The Wind”.
As The Collectors they composed and performed music for George Ryga’s play Grass and Wild Strawberries, for the NFB’s Don’t Let Angels Fall, and for a multi-media presentation at the Canadian pavilion at Expo 70 in Osaka, Japan. Henderson, along with previous member Brian MacLeod took home a Juno Award for Best Producer (1982). Rolling Stone Magazine wrote, “At their best, Chilliwack was the finest Canadian rock band, out-rocking BTO and out-writing Burton Cummings.”
Joining Chilliwack is Victoria’s charismatic blues/rock/soul man, JESSE ROPER. With the genuine quality and charisma of his versatile blues-rooted soul, rock and country funk, he delivers an explosive live show as approachable as his charm. With the critically acclaimed album Son of John, “Yukon Girl” and “Hail Mary”, under his belt, Roper released his highly anticipated sophomore Red Bird, “The Hurricane’s Eye” and “Fool in Love”, in 2015. The nostalgic may appreciate his throwback vibe akin to Stevie Ray Vaughan and vintage Texas blues; however, JESSE ROPER’s music remains current. His youthful energy captivates audiences while the organic rawness of his vocals and guitar shatter any stereotype of the blues musician.
Roper’s career is quickly gaining momentum. As he becomes a staple on modern rock radio, the wheels on Jesse’s faithful van keep turning with extensive touring and the success of becoming a major festival draw. JESSE ROPER always delivers the show of his life, whether headlining major festivals for thousands of fans at Sunfest, Rifflandia and Rock the Shores or on the small stage, up close and personal
Sponsored by the Campbell River Mirror, Coast Discovery Inn and What’s On Digest, the Tidemark Theatre and Gee Dan Productions proudly present, Chilliwack with special guest Jesse Roper at the Tidemark Theatre on March 30, 2017. Tickets are $49.50 (plus applicable taxes & fees) and can be purchased at the Box Office Tuesday through Friday between 12pm and 4pm. Tickets are also available online: tidemarktheatre.com.