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Shawn Austin is set to release his debut single, 'Nashville' on Friday, Oct. 14. (Submitted Photo)

24 Seconds with Shawn Austin

Throwing his hat in the country ring after honing his musical chops on various stages and in numerous bars, Shawn Austin is looking to reach the masses with his debut single, ‘Nashville’ released Friday. Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with the local artist.

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

Exploring 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.

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VIFF showcasing True North talent

Vancouver International Film Festival is written in ink in every culture aficionado’s calendar. Running Sept. 29 to Oct. 14 and celebrating its 35th anniversary, this year’s festival offers a “film plus” program — hundreds of films combined with talks and events that showcase the themes and ideas presented on screens throughout the city.

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.

The Tragically Hip's frontman Gord Downie is seen on a screen in Springer Market Square in downtown Kingston. The Hip's concert at the KRock Centre in the Kingston on Saturday, Aug. 20 was broadcast nationally on CBC. Elliot Ferguson/The Whig-Standard

The Hip knows how to put on a show

If you didn’t get it before, you probably do now, this whole celebration of The Tragically Hip thing that the rest of the country’s been busy doing all summer.

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.

Dancer Beatrice Larrivee. Cindi Wicklund photo

Deep insights found in East Van backyard

Surprises are to be found in the alleyways of East Vancouver — bold murals, lush community gardens and, yes, a rickety couch or two. This August, in a backstreet just off Commercial Drive, there will be discovery of a different sort, as a yard is transformed into a fully realized performance venue for celebrated local and international artists.

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.