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Noah Derksen has a new album called In Search of the Way. SUBMITTED

Derksen explores eternal question of ‘what’s next?’

Performing in the self-described genre of “contemplative folk,” Noah Derksen utilizes the acoustic guitar to express his thoughts, experiences and emotions. Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with the local artist discussing his inspirations, his musical direction and his latest album, In Search of the Way.

Madeline Merlo won the CCMA’s Rising Star Award. SUBMITTED

Merlo pays homage to strong women icons

After winning the Canadian Country Music Association’s Rising Star Award, 2016 looks to be another banner campaign for Madeline Merlo — including a powerful performance at last weekend’s CCMA Awards show. Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with Madeline Merlo.

Noble Oak is the moniker of a multi-instrumentalist artist and producer who was born in Vancouver. SUBMITTED

Noble Oak takes cues from ‘open spaces’

Noble Oak is the moniker of a multi-instrumentalist artist and producer who was born in Vancouver, but has since relocated to Toronto. Prior to his performance at Fortune Sound Club Friday, Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with Noble Oak.

Musician Zakk Wylde performs. Getty Images

Elton, Ozzy and the gods of the guitar

As the former guitarist for Ozzy Ozbourne, Zakk Wylde is the founder of the heavy metal rockers Black Label Society and the bulls-eye graphic design. On a recent stop in Vancouver, Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with the guitar great.

Broods is a pop act comprised of siblings Georgia and Caleb Nott. SUBMITTED

Broods like to just 'belt it out'

Originally from New Zealand, Broods is a pop act comprised of siblings and making a big splash internationally with their latest CD, Conscious. Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with lead vocalist Georgia Nott and her multi-instrumentalist brother, Caleb Nott.

Emmy-winning actor Eric McCormack. SUBMITTED

McCormack shows off his musical side

Known to TV audiences as Will Truman on Will & Grace, Eric McCormack is equally adept in musical performance, having sung professionally. Alongside musical guests Tyler Stewart, Murray Foster, Stephanie Glegg and Paul Kinman, McCormack takes to the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage Friday-Saturday.

Michael Averill has walked 3,379 kilometres across Canada. Ali Bordbar photo

Musician would rather walk and meet people

Having walked 2,100 miles across Canada over the last four years for an album inspired by his late father, Michael Averill continues his I’d Rather Walk project to promote wellness and activity by walking around the country. Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with the singer/songwriter.

Alternative/garage rockers JPNSGRLS. SUBMITTED

JPNSGRLS dedicates album to own voice

With a new album Divorce being released this week, it’s an exciting time in the life of frantic alternative/garage rockers and fixtures on the local indie scene, JPNSGRLS. Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with singer/lyricist Charlie Kerr.

Parker Millsap plays Vancouver’s Biltmore on July 22. SUBMITTED

Parker Millsap likes music ‘fresh-kill raw’

Growing up in Purcell, Oklahoma listening to Delta blues records that pre-dated him by multiple decades, Parker Millsap carved out a sound that belies his 23 years of age. His new album The Very Last Day delivers his message “via gospel-tinged rock and roll poetry.”

Brooklyn-based pop-rockers We Are Scientists. SHERVIN LAINEZ PHOTO

Scientists pop open the Helter Seltzer

A band that challenges the shackles of conventional categories, Brooklyn-based “pop-rockers” We Are Scientists arrived at their own genre — Helter Seltzer, the name of their latest release. Prior to their Vancouver appearance July 10 at The Cobalt, Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with guitarist and vocalist Keith Murray.

The worldly influences of Little India are apparent in their music. SUBMITTED

Little India balance creativity and business

Having scored two wins in radio station competitions, the worldly sounds of Little India are apparent — credited to the combination of their South African and Canadian heritage, with a strong British influence. Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with bassist Andrew Dixon and vocalist Conan Karpinski.

(From left) Aaron Pritchett, John Sponarski (guitar player in Aaron’s band), and Aaron's hero, Garth Brooks. SUBMITTED

Pritchett scores big with Garth gig

Performing now for two decades, Aaron Pritchett has released a new album, Score, celebrating the milestone, and is coming off an emotional high having recently opened for his hero, Garth Brooks. Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with the Canadian country music star.

Van Damsel is a B.C.-based group. Jens Kristian Balle photo

Van Damsel fusing genres into own sound

Van Damsel is a B.C.-based group that weaves organic indie rock with synth-pop in a seamless manner. Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with singer Sebastien Ste Marie and drummer Matthew Barron.

Sam Weber and his band. SUBMITTED

‘Good songs come from speaking the truth’

Evoking the ‘70s sounds of L.A.’s Laurel Canyon, Sam Weber laid the foundation for the songs on his album Valentina Nevada. Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with the Vancouver Island singer/songwriter.

Steven Page is coming to Vancouver. SUBMITTED

Page likes to feel he’s earned the dancing

Soaring to fame as a member of the seminal Canadian band Barenaked Ladies, Steven Page has a new solo album where he establishes himself as a true songwriting craftsman. Prior to his appearance at the Face the World Foundation Gala, he sat down and spent 24 Seconds with Joe Leary.

The 1975 are one of the great live acts of present day. SUBMITTED

The 1975 deals with fame and football

An alternative rock band from England, The 1975 have topped the music charts — soaring to international acclaim as one of the great live acts of present day. Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with singer Matthew Healy

Vancouver singer Sadie Campbell. SUBMITTED

Campbell prefers power over pretty songs

Be it gospel, blues or rock, Sadie Campbell has a few weapons in her musical arsenal. Also driven by passion, she created #EmpowerME — a campaign designed to raise awareness to stop domestic violence against women. Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with the Vancouver singer.

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Traffik inspired by underground hip hop

Having just turned 20, Traffik is re-established with a new release ‘the Modest Tomorrow’ after a career setback with personal voice issues. Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with the local rapper/MC.