Summer Dates 2016

June 22 2016 Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

Hi there – so, summer 2016 has officially begun.  For most of us Canadians, that is a welcome change.  For some in our vast country, I’m sure it’s felt like summer has been around for a couple months so far.

Between trips to the golf course I’ll be on the road with the Pikes in a variety of locales. 

Please see www.thenorthernpikes.com/gigs/ for more details.

 

Last week Kane & Potvin performed in Sarnia Ontario for the first time.  We played Paddy Flaherty’s.  I want to thank Angela for her wonderful hospitality.  Unfortunately, we had a bit of an accident that night that prevented us from completing the show.

We finished “Going Home”, passing the half way point of our set, and as I’ve done thousands of times in my life, I changed guitars.  However, I’d seemed to forget how low the ceiling was…

 

It was messy…

And took some time to finally stop bleeding…

Winter Dates With The Pikes and Kane & Potvin!

November 2, 2015

Hi there :-)

Thanks for stopping by - it's been a little while since I've checked in here.  The summer of '15 was terrific fun.  I played several shows with the Pikes and Kevin Kane  - he and I did another lovely tour of British Columbia back in July and made a host of new friends.  This autumn K&P were busy on the other coast, working our way west into a studio in Mono Ontario to finish our debut album.  However, we are recording in stereo haha...  

Our Pledge Music campaign is still rolling and will conclude in mid-November.  As I write this, Darryl Neudorf (Blue Rodeo, Neko Case, 54:40) has begun mixing five new K&P tracks.  Kevin and I are thrilled with the results and can't wait to release the album.  

Please check the 'Tour' section of this website for show info including dates with Pikes and Kevin this November and December in Ontario!

Ta!

Update and Summer 2015 Tour Dates !

May 20, 2015

 

 

Greetings ;-)

It’s been a while… Hope this finds you all well. 

It was a long, crazy winter, well, if you lived anywhere in Canada other than Vancouver Island and the lower mainland of BC.  Kevin Kane and I enjoyed a number of wonderful shows last November and December through BC and Ontario – warm, enthusiastic audiences along the way.  Catching up with old friends, actually seeing areas of the country I have not yet been to, people opening up their homes and their hearts to us.  And 2014 ended with a great night in Vancouver featuring The Pikes, The Grapes and The Odds!

It was a terrific way to cap off a year that saw Kev and I solidify our commitment to working together for the next while.  

 

January, February and March of this year was spent in the studio working out new material for the debut Kane & Potvin release, produced by Darryl Neudorf.  We’re excited to announce that we will be running a Pledge Music campaign this summer to complete the album. 

 

FALL TOUR DATES FOR 2014

October 7, 2014

I'm hitting the road this fall, including a bi-coastal tour with my pal Kevin Kane.  

We'll be in Montreal and Morin Heights, then moving east through the maritimes in October.  November finds us on Vancouver Island with dates later on in Vancouver and Chilliwack.  In December Kev & I will play Toronto and Brantford just before the holidays, and The Northern Pikes and The Grapes Of Wrath will be performing together in late November (Calgary) and late December (Vancouver).  

Hope to see you there,

B.

HALIFAX URBAN FOLK FESTIVAL

August 24-31, 2014

Master Mike Campbell asked me if I'd be interested in participating in the Halifax Urban Folk Festival this year.  I thought about for a little less than a nanosecond and replied "YES".  First night was myself, David Pirner (of Soul Asylum) and Dwight Twilley.  Three tunes each acoustically with a bit storytelling mixed in meant for a very cool evening for those in attendance, in the audience AND on the stage :-)

I don't sing "She Ain't Pretty" very often at 8:30 AM but I made an exception this time for Global Halifax.  Many thanks to Paul and Alicia for having me!

Saturday night was spent with three quarters of Rebel Prospects at The Rock Bottom club on Spring Garden.  With exactly one rehearsal that morning, we banged through a few Pikes standards, a few BP tunes and a couple of covers for fine measure.  Many thanks to Jason, Kross and Andrew - you are fine musicians and finer men.

Folks in the music biz in Halifax are well aware of Mike Campbell's after-hours Tiki experience.  This is quite likely the ultimate music man-cave - a history-rich stroll down rock'n roll lane through the eyes and design tastes of Mr. Campbell, complete with endless supplies of fine adult beverages AND indoor smoking.  After the Rock Bottom set, we ended up on the VIP list for the Tiki.

Pirner and my good pal Kirk Lahey pretty much sum up what the Tiki is about.  

O'BRIAN'S W/ THE NORTHERN PIKES

August 14, 2014

 

The Northern Pikes are from Saskatoon.  Most bands will tell you that they've likely played more gigs in their hometown than anywhere else.  A band or performer will tend to stockpile hometown show experiences, particularly in the early days of a career, because you play there more anywhere else early on.  And home town shows are unique, for a variety of reasons.  You know you're getting somewhere when you start playing hometown shows and you DON'T know the people who are attending.  I recall a show in Saskatoon, maybe four years into the band and there were four ex-girlfriends of mine in the audience - I could see each one of them clearly.  And obviously, they could see me haha... 

There were no ex-girlfriends at O'Brian's on August 14th.  Well, I don't think there were... Now that I think of it, I don't really know that.  

What I do know is that the crowd at this show was extraordinary and went well beyond their expected duties as audience members.  They screamed and shouted and sang and clapped and sent a massive amount of love at the stage.  It was truly a great experience.  And if all that wasn't enough, our good pal and MIA Pike, Merl Bryck, joined us on stage for five tunes to cap the night off. It was wonderful seeing him again and I can't tell you how satisfying it is to hear his guitar and voice blended with the three of us.

MARITIME TOUR

August 7-10, 2014

The second week of August saw Richard Jackson (drums and percussion) & I hit four towns, in three provinces, in four nights.  First up was a show in the village of Rothesay, New Brunswick, a very short spin from St. John.  Our good buddy Jeff Liberty was able to land this show for us - great crew and a lovely audience amounted into a marvellous night.  We didn't get to rehearse a whole lot prior to this trip - in fact, we had exactly one rehearsal.  But Rich is such a pro - he knew the tunes very well.  In fact, he played on the entire Heartbledwhite album.  He and I capped off the evening with a great dinner downtown.  Beautiful weather, awesome food...

The next morning we headed off to PEI for a night at the Trailside Cafe.  Pat and Meghann are delightful hosts and they serve what might be the best burger I've ever had.  This particular audience was just incredible - they listened, they sang, they shouted nonsensical words at us :-)  It was a great night.  Very much hoping we return there again soon.

Saturday night for us was spent in the mighty Moncton.  My pal Ken Kelley came by the venue for a visit - it was good catching up with him.  

It was also great getting to know some new friends in Issis, Horace and Suri.  They the rule the roost commonly known by humans as Plan b.  Thank you Tracy :-) 

GATEWAY FESTIVAL W/ THE NORTHERN PIKES

JULY 26, 2014 Saskatchewan

The Northern Pikes resumed playing again this summer after a fifteen-month hiatus.  The shows have been terrific fun - we feel pretty refreshed and we've been able to generate some great energy at shows.  The audiences have been spendid!  One of the more memorable nights was in Bengough Saskatchewan at the 10th annual Gateway Festival.  Jacqueline Schmid of Sky Blue Productions took these lovely shots of us doing our thing.  

It was rainy and unseasonable chilly but the crowd was with us all the way.  

Thank you Gateway! 

Please invite us back :-)

 

 

Kevin Kane & Bryan Potvin Okanagan Tour

July 16-20, 2014

During the late eighties and early nineties The Northern Pikes and The Grapes Of Wrath, strangely enough, only played one show together.  It was a festival date, and our respective show times were far enough apart that we never crossed paths that day.  Many years later, in the 2000's, we would share the bill on a club show.  But again, due to travel schedules, we would hardly spend any time together that night.

Fast forward to 2013: I walk into my favorite guitar shop in Toronto, Capsule Music, and there I find Kevin Kane, who is building lovely electric guitars for the store.  I try a few out, buy one and Kevin and I, through our dicussions, discover that we live about 3 blocks from one another.  After some hanging out and a bit of jamming, we thought we should probably try playing a gig or two and see how that goes.  Fast forward again to the summer of 2014 and Kevin & Bryan show hit the road in the Okanagan Valley for a series of performances.

First up was the Bench 1775 Winery in Naramata.  Crazy hot evening with forest fire smoke from nearby blazes gusting through our open air event that night.  Val & Ian were so good to us - thank you.  And mucho praise goes out to Paul Crawford for letting us couch surf at his place.  Interesting and lovely human being - thanks again Paul.  

Next we played The Minstrel Cafe in Kelowna - great fun, nice room and very warm audience.  Thanks to Clare for hosting us.

Back to Naramata the next night for a 50th birthday bash for my buddy Robert Ott at the Poplar Grove Winery.  K & I played a very short set that night which was highlighted by Robert joiing us on stage with Aaron Pritchett's band to sing Tom Petty's "Won't Back Down".  I won't forget that moment for a long time :-)  Many thanks to Rob's delight other half - she knows how to throw a party...

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