Lately there have been some great community events in Ucluelet featuring the local youth. Given the whole COVID thing the local glee club weren't able to have their usual in-person perfoemance so we shat a music video of them performing Katy Perry's "Only Love" instead;
Friday, 1 October 2021
Saturday, 14 August 2021
During COVID I started a Zoom based comedy series taking advantage of my assortment of somewhat famous friends' downtime. We haven't realeased anything for a while but here's the Director's Cut of the second series, released from December to March of last winter. Featuring Earl from The Steadies (and Wide Mouth Mason) and actor Jeremy Crittenden
Monday, 9 August 2021
I've set up a social media brand called Ukee Tube to highlight the community I live in and as a vehicle to share my portfolio and experiments. You can find it on most social media platforms as @UkeeTube. Here's are a few of the UkeeTube videos I've made recently.If you have ideas for Ucluelet or Tofino related content let me know. Cheers, Geoff
Wednesday, 23 June 2021
With COVID restrictions lifting, gigs are back and I suspect more of my personal creative time will be shifting back to music. I've invested in some new audio recording gear and plan to record some demos and possibly an album in the coming months. Meanwhile, Tara and I have returned to our regular gig at Black Rock Resort in Ucluelet on Thursday nights and other bookings are coming in... It feels good to get back to making music for people.
Recently I've been pumping out a bit of a mix of videos. The Tofino Arts Council provided some grant funding for a number of local artists to create projects with the them of "My First Pandemic." I chatted with some of them a few months ago to make this video;
Thursday, 6 May 2021
Recently I've been working on a project featuring the artist-members of the Pacific Rim Arts Society. They're celebrating 50 years and decided that telling some of that story through the journeys of their members would be a great way to bring them together at a time when coming together isn't easy. Here are a few of the videos. You can find the whole playlist, which will grow in the coming weeks, here.
Monday, 25 January 2021
Tuesday, 12 January 2021
Thursday, 7 January 2021
Monday, 21 December 2020
Thursday, 10 December 2020
Friday, 4 December 2020
Thursday, 12 November 2020
I've been planning to add interviews to my output for a while. I was the morning host of a commercial radio station for 6 years or so and during that time I found I loved interviewing people. It's an exciting process full of surprises, quick thinking and one of the most amazing ways to learn when you have a fascinating topic to discuss.
With things in our world in the greatest state of flux I've seen in my life I figured that would be a good thing to talk to people about. COVID, political and cultural shifts, the climate crisis and countless other personal drama are playing out and interacting. Each one of is is coping with these things in different ways, some are adapting and thriving, leaving the old patterns that were destroyed behind while others don't have that luxury. So far I've lined up some actors, musicians, comedians and actors to talk about this sort of stuff but I'm also hoping to talk to mothers, retirees, recent graduates and others who are facing large-scale personal changes along-side the more global ones.
If you'd like to have a chat send me an email; email@example.com.
Tuesday, 10 November 2020
Saturday, 31 October 2020
Monday, 12 October 2020
I recently began working with author Jacqueline Carmichael to produce a series of videos featuring various writers, actors and other interesting folks reading from her new book; Heard Amid The Guns: True Stories form the Western Front. We've added some period appropriate production and they're starting the trickle out into the wild. You can watch them on YouTube, below
Monday, 5 October 2020
It's a time of change, and this website is no different. In response to the changing world and the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on the live entertainment industry I'm transitioning into more digital media for the time being.
Projects are primarily web-based video productions like the comedy web series Trust Me? (which you can visit at www.trustmeshow.ca or all over social media) and other projects like a series of videos based on readings from the book Heard Amid The Guns by Jacqueline Carmichael.
The website will change to reflect these endeavors and more as I find time, for now check out some videos from Trust Me?
Thanks for checking in, Geoff
Sunday, 8 March 2020
A recent project I've recorded is this ode to those who have lost a loved one to mental illness... a heavy tune that means a lot to me.
Thursday, 8 March 2018
Thursday, 8 February 2018
Monday, 23 October 2017
Anyway, we're slowing down a bit now... The next full band Ballistic Pig gig we have scheduled is Mom Prom at the ANAF hall in Ucluelet. Here are the details.
Hopefully this winter will be fruitful with plans to add a rockabilly inspired act, a more elaborate duo set and some recording projects to the mix now that we have a little time. Stay tuned.
Finally, Geoff has taken over a more active role booking events for the ANAF veteran's hall in Ucluelet, hopefully you'll come and check out one of the upcoming shows (or perform one). You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have an idea for an event there.
Wednesday, 21 June 2017
|It's kinda fuzzy but Geoff's name is down on the bottom right along with some other great local talent|
Of course life goes on with weddings, fun parties and other gigs including jam nights. Monday nights at The Tofino Legion and Wednesday nights at The Eagle's Nest in Ucluelet come jam out some tunes with a bunch of local talent.
See you around, friends
Thursday, 11 May 2017
Monday, 2 January 2017
Speaking of "being back" Tofino's Monday night jam returns on Monday January 9th but is moving to The Tofino Legion while Jack's is closed for renovations. If it goes off at the new venue we may keep it there so come on out and support!
With that we get back into the groove of our musical life on the coast; Tara and Geoff have a duo performance at Jamie's in Tofino on the 10th and Geoff (and guests?) start regular Wednesday afternoons at Long Beach Lodge on January 11th. Every other Thursday starting January 19th Geoff will be playing at Black Rock Resort in Ucluelet, on the Thursdays he's not there other great local and Island talent will be playing.
So the holiday break was short, and that's just fine with us! Here's to rockin' 2017 and beyond
Thursday, 11 August 2016
Anyway, this coming Thursday, August 18th we'll be opening for out friends The Steadies at The ANAF Veteran's Club Hall in Ucluelet. Here's a new tune from those lovely devils... Hope you can make it
Saturday, 23 April 2016
Thanks for the music Prince.
Thursday, 31 March 2016
Wednesday, 10 February 2016
Hope you like it! -Geoff
Tuesday, 5 January 2016
The Ballistic Pig rock band has become a smaller part of the empire as Gef Zeppelin gigs, solo cocktail party sets and jazz-soul gigs with Tara have become more common. The rock band is still kicking though, we had a lovely New Year's Eve show at Black Rock and are already booked for next NYE so the band will keep kicking. Meanwhile Geoff is working with a few other island musicians on a couple new projects, hopefully details will be available, soon.
Since the acoustic duo and trio shows are becoming more popular we intend to record an album of standards in the coming months to highlight Tara's voice. Also Geoff is going to record an album of acoustic Led Zeppelin covers he plans to call Swine Song to accompany his Gef Zeppelin project. Daz is hard at work setting the stage for a Garvies album and if time, inspiration and finances allow an album of original songs from Geoff may be in the works as well.
The beginning of a new year is a great time to reflect on the people who made 2015 so awesome for the Ballistic Pig family;
First off, a big thanks to all the musicians we've played with and shared stages with. From 1 time jams to recurring member, acts we've played with at local events, digital collaborators and more. One of the greatest thing about the music biz as we see it is that your competitors are also your allies, you inspire and motivate each-other to work harder, do better and explore new avenues. Without our musical colleagues lots of that inspiration would be a lot harder to find.
Secondly, but no less essential has been the venues and promoters. From event planners to bar manager, fellow road warriors and fans there are a lot of people that put faith in us to throw a good party and, without a place to play we'd probably just be nuisances to our neighbours playing in our homes.
Finally, I hesitate to use the term "fans" as it doesn't imply the mutual respect that we share with the people that come to our shows or refer their friends, clients and complete strangers to us. Your faith in our music is what makes it all work.
I really hope that in 2016 Ballistic Pig will continue to meet more great folks like the ones that have made 2015 so fulfilling. Happy New Year and thanks for listening.
Monday, 10 August 2015
Tuesday, 7 July 2015
First off, my solo album Women and Losin' is now all over the Internet from iTunes to Amazon to CD Baby and many places in between so check it out, stream it, download it, whatever and let me know what you think. If you're reading the blog on the full version of the website there's a little player to the right where you can check it out.
Also, we've been playing lots of gigs! In addition to the usual Monday jam at Jack's in Tofino and my Thursday's at Black Rock we brought to full band on a mini tour over this passed weekend: Friday night we played at Wolf In The Fog as part of the Tofino Salt Water Classic charity fishing derby and Saturday we hopped in the Jeep and drove ot Bamfield to play their 32nd annual fundraising BBQ and dance... We are now all madly in love with Bamfield by the way... thanks for having us! Special thanks to Paul at Pirate Tours for a very unique and memorable tour around on his funky boat. Drummer Joel's lady took some pictures of the gig I'll post later but for now here are a few visuals
|Poster from last week at Wolf In The Fog|
|Carina and Natalia check out Paul's Boat|
Also, big thanks to Lance LaPointe for having me out to Port Alberni to sit in with his band on Canada Day!
Pretty good things happening in Ballistic Pig land lately and more to come.
Coming up this week:
-I return to Black Rock on Thursday evening for a solo set.
-I'll be playing a set of the tunes from Women and Losin' on Friday night at the Ucluelet Night Market. Daz will also play a set of his Garvies originals. I think we're on from 5-7pm
-A couple wedding ceremonies, too.
Hope to see you at a gig, soon.
Thursday, 11 June 2015
Thursday, 14 May 2015
Here's another one that popped out of the studio in the last couple days. Kind of a country meets Motown thing.... Really preachy with an odd prog-rock break in the middle.
Speaking of recording the new Ballistic Pig rock band lineup is hoping to record a few demos this weekend in hopes of not missing out on the 2015 wedding season. Stay tuned for those recordings to hit the interwebs, soon.
Lastly, I'm playing solo at The Black Rock Oceanfront Resort in Ucluelet tonight starting at 7:30, hope you can make it!
Tuesday, 21 April 2015
Hope to see you at Jamie's on the 28th to meet the new team!
Friday, 10 April 2015
Friday, 3 April 2015
This coming Tuesday will mark the first "real" gig of the new acoustic Led Zeppelin tribute project dubbed Gef Zeppelin. We've got a few other bookings around the insland in April and May but this will sort of be the local sneak peek. Show starts at 9 at Jamie's Rainforest Inn, it's all-ages and admission is free so I hope to see you there. Here are a couple demos recorded a while back
After that there will be a duo show at The Wickaninnish Inn's Driftwood cafe on Thursday April 9th with Tara and Geoff playing jazzy standards, soul tunes and some classic rock. Show goes from 6:30 to 8:30, it's also free to attend and all-ages.
In other news, work on Geoff's album continues. One of the first tracks is available to stream (or purchase), here:
Hope you dig it and hope to see you at a show, soon.
Friday, 27 March 2015
In other news I'm playing a solo, cover set Saturday March 28th at the ANAF in Ucluelet. Hope to see you there!
Monday, 23 March 2015
Check em out and share em around.
PS, Gef Zeppelin demos AND GIGS coming in the next few weeks!
Thursday, 19 March 2015
Saturday, 21 February 2015
Saturday, 14 February 2015
Have an event, business or project that needs a tune? Get in touch; email@example.com
Friday, 13 February 2015
Wednesday, 14 January 2015
We had a great time with the jazz trio playing in the dining room at Black Rock on New Year's Eve and we're back at Black Rock on Saturday Jan 17 for their 6th anniversary and local appreciation party. We're also working on a Valentine's Day show... more on that when we sort it out. All our gigs are on the calendar unit to the right (or HERE if you're on the mobile site).
In other news; The album is coming along. I had intended for it do be very much country and jazz based but the first few songs that are getting close to completion are a bit more rock than anticipated. I'm still hoping to have it ready to go some time in March or April with a small CD release tour in the Alberni-Clayoquot area.
Also, I've just learned that the handsome and talented devils at Riversong Guitars are making me a ukulele. I've been a big fan of Riversong since I bought one of their guitars a few years ago and I suspect that their quality craftsmanship will lead to a ukulele I will love just as much.
Finally, The 4 piece rock band is on hiatus for the moment with drummer Nick away working and planning an extended trip to Europe. We'll let you know what develops with the rock band incarnation of Ballistic Pig, meanwhile we're excited to focus on the album, solo show and that jazz trio. Jam night at Jack's continues though so don't worry local music types.
That's it for now, teasers from the album and another interesting project announcement coming soon.
Thanks for reading, hope to see you at a show, soon - Geoff
Wednesday, 24 December 2014
Tuesday, 23 December 2014
Monday, 15 December 2014
Friday, 12 December 2014
Sunday, 7 December 2014
|Christmas party at the ANAF in Ucluelet, December 13th|
|Solo(?) weekend at Jack's December 19th and 20th|
I'm also playing what might be a solo set (or a trio set) at Jamie's Rainforest Inn on December 23rd and Down By Law will be the dinner time entertainment for Black Rock's New Year's Eve festivities accompanying an EIGHT COURSE DINNER!
We're still always keen to play more gigs though so if you need some live music for your holiday party or what have you drop us an email; firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, 2 December 2014
Getting a custom score from me allowed us to customizing the timing of musical events to moments in the film, she was able to "proof" the music so we could make changes to the arrangement based on her vision. Finally, it cost a fraction of the price she was quoted to license the original song she had considered using, originally.
If you've got a project that needs that final musical touch drop me an email at email@example.com
Thanks folks, Geoff
Monday, 17 November 2014
Wednesday, 12 November 2014
For Tofino folks I'll be pulling out my more aggressive solo set on November 21, and 22 at Jack's.
Friday, 7 November 2014
Sunday, 2 November 2014
We've got a gig with the "jazz" trio on Thursday though, we'll be playing a 100% unplugged show in The Driftwood Cafe and The Wickaninnish Inn starting at 6:30. It's a small venue with no cover and I've played a number of solo sets in there that always fill up so if you're interested in checking it out come early. After this gig we're going to put together a set of Christmas tunes for the trio so if you have an event of house party or an event for Christmas give us a call.
The quieter times in the coming months will also, hopefully allow me to do the tracking of my album. There has been a lot of rewriting and other pre-production going on and I suspect the actually recording will be done in December and January.
Thanks for a summer season of great gigs and tons of local support, see you at a show, soon.
Friday, 24 October 2014
Thursday, 23 October 2014
Monday, 20 October 2014
Monday: Jam night at Jack's in Tofino with the rock band 9pm-close
Tuesday: Geoff solo at Jamie's in Tofino 9pm-11 (or 12?)
Thursday: Geoff solo at Black Rock in Ucluelet 7:30 - 10:30ish
Friday: Geoff solo after steak night at The Tofino Legion 8pm-?
I've also wrapped up a soundtrack project that will be released on October 27, more on that soon.
Hope to see you out this week friends!
Tuesday, 7 October 2014
Wednesday, 1 October 2014
In other news, The Down By Law (jazz band spinoff) team have started putting together a set of Christmas songs for your parties this winter. Lastly, We've got a ton of gigs coming up in the first half of October! Full band, jazz band , duo and solo in Tofino and Ucluelet. Check the "Shows" page if you're on mobile or the little calendar thing on the right it's your on the full website.
Thanks for visiting friends... See you at a gig, soon!
Thursday, 25 September 2014
I had a great time playing my solo party set at Schooner the other evening for The Pacific Sands' staff party. If you're looking for musical entertainment to liven up your next corporate event or Christmas party drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
In other news I've decided to take whatever free time I might end up with this winter to record an original album with hopes on having it available in the spring, more on that as it develops. Currently I'm digging through tunes I wrote over the last 15 years and seeing what's salvageable.
Tuesday, 16 September 2014
If you're reading this on Sept 16, 2014 they are playing at Jamie's Rainforest Inn tonight starting at 8.
Jam night next Monday will be stellar, too. With reggae-rockers, The Steadies in town for some jamming and a special acoustic gig at Jamie's. Their new album can be heard on their website; www.thesteadies.ca
That's about it for now. See you folks at a gig, soon. -Geoff
Wednesday, 10 September 2014
Hopefully Daz will have his hand fixed up and we'll be ready to get the rock band back on the stage, soon. In the mean time hope to see you at The Black Rock Oceanfront Resort for my usual Thursday Night set, tomorrow starting at 7:30.
Wednesday, 20 August 2014
Gig-wise Geoff is playing a solo set at Blackrock tomorrow evening (Thursday August 21, 7:30, no cover)
Finally, many thanks to the folks at The ANAF in Ucluelet, both staff and dancers. We had a blast playing there on Friday and hope to come back soon. Big thanks to Rachel for opening the party up with an acoustic set, as well.
Thursday, 7 August 2014
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Tuesday, 15 July 2014
Tuesday, 1 July 2014
Monday, 16 June 2014
Wednesday, 11 June 2014
The music takes place in their Float Lounge so it's 19+ but there is no cover charge and always great food, drink and service. Check out Black Rock's website here: http://www.blackrockresort.com/
|Black Rock's Float Lounge|
Friday, 6 June 2014
In other news, I begin my solo residency at The Black Rock Oceanfront Resort on Thursday, June 12. Nearly every Thursday I'll be down there with fun, classic acoustic covers. I'll also be joined by local and touring artists so plan to attend if you can... I'll keep you posted here regarding guests and whatnot.
As far as the full Tara Lighnin' and Ballistic Pig thing goes we have a lot of gigs coming up. We're playing almost every weekend from late June through July including June 20, 27, 28 at Jack's in Tofino and Official's over the Ukee Days weekend in late July. Check the "Shows" calendar for details.
Thanks for reading. Hope to see you at a show, soon.
Wednesday, 21 May 2014
www.facebook.com/BallisticPig or email stuff to email@example.com. Tara and I are in Ukee Thurday, May 22nd to play for the Vancouver Island Porsche Owner's Club and the 3 piece band is back in Ukee on May 31 to play at Official's.
I've also got my usual acoustic sets on Sunday evenings at Tin Wis and a solo set for the Tofino Village Green's Market from noon to 2 on May 31st. Full schedule on our "shows" page
Hope to see you out and about! -Geoff
Friday, 16 May 2014
We're also doing some "rebranding" and will be referring to our full-band gigs with Tara as follows
Anyway, We've got a ton of shows of all sorts coming up on the next couple months in Tofino and Ucluelet so check the schedule and get ready to party!
Monday, 21 April 2014
I'll also be bringing the unplugged set to The Wickaninnish Inn's Driftwood Café on May 8th (hopefully with Tara to help on the vocals), this will likely be my last Driftwood Café show for a while as, starting in June I'll be playing nearly every Thursday at The Black Rock Oceanfront Resort in Ucluelet.
So, it's getting pretty busy in the Ballistic Pig camp as summer approaches... Weekends are booked pretty solid through July and there are a lot of tentative bookings in place so if you need music for something be sure to drop us a line: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, 14 April 2014
It's Monday so it's jam night at Jack's. Hope you can make it out because Jonathon "Chester Hamm" Shillam is in town and our one-time lead guitarist will be shredding some tunes this evening!
There is also a Port Alberni gig at The Blue Marlin Inn coming up on May 2nd and 3rd. Tara's not around so we'll be playing as a 3 piece with me taking most of the vocals, if you're in Port Alberni come check it out!
I'm expecting to announce a whole summer's worth of gigs very soon so check back here, soon.
Monday, 7 April 2014
In other news, this Friday I'll be opening up a great show at The Black Rock Oceanfront Resort for Fearing and White. My set starts at 7 and the main event should get started around 8. Tickets and more information HERE
Speaking of the Black Rock, some version of the band (probably Tara and I) will be back there in May 22nd to entertain the Vancouver Island Porsche folks as they roll in... Should be a blast.
Thanks again to the venues and music-lovers who make this "job" so much fun. See you at a show, soon.