Nicola Wealth Management presents Motown Meltdown 2016

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A Night of Music & Dancing in Support of Sight!

Making you move since 2003! From Motown to Memphis, New York and Beyond! Motown Meltdown was an unforgettable evening of soul, rhythm and blues that got everybody moving. 24 hot-shot Canadian vocalists, backed by a scorching 12-piece band each brought style and flavour to their own solo tune!

The Motown songbook is as familiar to most people as nursery rhymes; "I Heard It Through The Grapevine", "Dancing In the Street", "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" - you can barely say the titles without singing them.

In March 2015, for the first time ever, Motown Meltdown took to the legendary Commodore Ballroom stage in support of Seva's eye care work - Giving sight to those in need, through the power of song. Join us again this year for another fantastic evening!


Music from Motown to Memphis, New York and Beyond!

Hosted By: David Wills (Stonebolt) and Angela Kelman

Musical Directors: David Sinclair and Steve Hilliam

Produced By: Kendra Sprinkling


About Nicola Wealth Management:

Established in 1994, Nicola Wealth Management is Canada’s fastest growing asset fund management and private investment counsel firm (Investor Economics, 2015). We work with high net worth private families and institutional investors across Canada, providing integrated planning services, portfolio diversification beyond stocks and bonds, and consistent and stable returns.

  • Alexander A train Boynton Jr. Motown Meltdown

    An established American/Canadian smooth jazz artist, Boynton Jr. is a bassist, composer and producer who has played with some of the most well-known musicians around the world. Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Boynton Jr. spent his formative years moving church-goers in Los Angeles to the spirit of gospel music before migrating to Vancouver’s milder climes and joining forces with iconic Canadian rocker and producer Bob Rock and The Payola$ in the 1980s. He has opened for the likes of Bryan Adams, Super Tramp and Duran Duran. With his first solo album Doo Bee Doo Bop, he is primed to take listeners on a jazz-filled journey where fresh melodies lead to intimate connections.

  • Joani Bye Motown Meltdown

    Joani has been wowing audiences as a singer, musician and entertainer for many years, performing on T.V., radio, concert and theatre stages, and in nightclubs. As one of Vancouver's top studio singers, Joani's powerful voice has been heard on albums by some of the music industry's most popular artists such as Cher, David Bowie, INXS and Jon Bon Jovi. She has performed on stage with the likes of Sheena Easton, Del Shannon and Mellissa Manchester. Her current projects range from theatre, concert tours, club work, sessions, songwriting and arranging, to co-fronting the R&B Allstars, and writing arrangements for several local choral groups.

  • Leora Cashe Motown Meltdown

    A world-class vocalist, Leora Cashe was nominated by West Coast Music Awards for her debut CD ‘Tears of Joy’ for Best Gospel Recording of the year. December 2004 marked the release of her second CD, ‘Inspiration’ and she released her debut jazz recording, “My Heart Stood Still,” in 2005. Another Side Now – The Songs of Joni Mitchell, followed in 2007. Her latest CD, anticipated to be released in the fall, involved Leora creating lyrics to the original compositions of Italian jazz luminary Luigi Bonafede.

  • Candus Churchill Motown Meltdown

    Candus arrived in Vancouver in 1980 with rock funk group Dragon Fly. She has performed across Canada, the U.S. and parts of Japan with groups as opening act for The Temptations, B.B. King, Lou Rawls, Michael Bolton, Bobby Bland, Candi Staton, Graham Central Station, and many more. Candus has been featured in countless TV, Film and Theatre productions too numerous to list. She is also a founding member of The Gospel Experience, which she has helped maintain for 20 years.

  • Oliver Conway Motown Meltdown

    Bandleader, vocalist, harmonica player, rhythm guitarist, producer and songwriter, Oliver has been delivering his own brand of blue-eyed soul for over 25 years in Western Canada. Known for his soulful voice, funkifized playing, and his connection with an audience, “Ollie” is an exciting and experienced musician with 2000 performances in his career, including stage musicals, TV and radio appearances and club and cabaret work all over Canada. He is also the proprietor of Aero Music, a full service music recording and production company, based in the Commercial Drive area of Vancouver.

  • Krystle Dos Santos Motown Meltdown

    Krystle Dos Santos is an award winning singer songwriter and creative soul. She sings around Vancouver with many bands and collaborations. You can find her running the Underneath the Harlem Moon Cabaret at Guilt and Company the first Tuesday of every month with her band the Lovemakers. Currently, she's working on her 4th studio recording project of funky soul and bluesy ballads.

  • Olivia Steel Falconer Motown Meltdown

    Olivia Steele Falconer is the 15 year old daughter of Vancouver based musician David Steele. She has been acting since early 2010 in a mix of television movies, television shows, and movies including Caprica, Smallville, Fairly Legal, Supernatural, Falling Skies, The 100, Red Riding Hood alongside Gary Oldman, and Louder than Words opposite David Duchovny. Most recently Olivia joined the cast of Once Upon A Time for its 5th season as Violet, and portraying Tara Richards on CBC’s On The Farm scheduled for October, 2016. Olivia's love for singing and music is equal to her love for acting, and dance.  She intends to pursue music & film and maybe one day to be cast in a movie where she gets to do both!

  • Warren Dean Flandez Motown Meltdown

    An accomplished recording artist, songwriter, musician, producer and entrepreneur, Warren also heads a growing entertainment empire known as Studio Cloud 30. In May of 2011 Warren released his critically acclaimed debut album ‘Vintage Love’, followed by a successful run on national television appearing on CBC’s Cover Me Canada. Having opened for Joss Stone and the late James Brown, Warren is currently represented by Mitchell Davis of The Artist Partnership, son of music mogul Clive Davis, and is signed to Reliant/Warner Canada.

  • Al Harlow Motown Meltdown

    Born in Vancouver BC, Al “Harlow” Hawirko, began fronting local Brit Invasion style bands, writing songs and recording locally in the late ‘60s. Recording as “Harlow” in ’77, producer Bruce Fairbairn heard the results, and teamed Al with his ex-Seeds of Time band mates to complete the band Prism. Eight albums, Juno Awards for Album & Group of the Year, concert tours of the US and Canada followed.  Al began a long teaching career with Capilano University’s Music Department, while maintaining Prism’s tour schedule.   He is currently recording with new projects and performing nationally.

  • Angela Kelman

    After graduating with honours from Musician’s Institute in Los Angeles, Angela became the lead singer and a principal writer for Farmer’s Daughter. The group enjoyed major Canadian success with Gold albums, CMT videos, TV appearances, extensive touring as well as multiple Juno, CCMA, and BCCMA Awards. Angela is also a respected vocal coach and author. “The 5 Point Singing System” vocal program and Children’s Sing-A-Long books highlight her other creative passions. In her spare time (LOL), she continues to gig with her dream band, The Polyester Philharmonic, at casinos and corporate events. 

  • Linda Kidder Motown Meltdown

    Linda has garnered three International gold and platinum records for her work with k.d. lang in addition to the eight wins for the CMA and BCCMA country duo of the year, with Gary Fjellgaard, a BCCMA nomination for vocalist and bass player of the year and a Juno nomination for country duo of the year. Her voice can be heard on studio and live recordings from k.d. lang, Bon Jovi to Barbie. In 2011, Linda was part of Margaret Atwood's reading of Year of the Flood. Some of her highlights include “Letterman”, “Leno” and the “Grammy Awards.”

  • Jane Mortifee Motown Meltdown

    At various times over the last 35 years Jane has been active in theatre, film, television, club-work, studio voice-overs, animation and jingles. Her first love is singing and she has released three CDs, the most recent being an R&B CD, Get Ready. She is currently working on her first novel. Jane was inducted into the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2002.

  • Marcus Mosely Motown Meltdown

    Marcus was born in a small town in the Texas panhandle, called Ralls. Over the past 54 years he has sung throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the South Pacific, owing to 10 years of service as a missionary. Just before Expo 86 Marcus made Vancouver his home. Since then he has starred in various highly successful stage productions such as 'Ain't Misbehavin', 'Black and Gold Revue' and 'Show Boat'. Marcus has toured Canada giving concerts, conducting Gospel Choral workshops and is the founder and Artistic Director of The Marcus Mosely Chorale.

  • Tom Pickett Motown Meltdown

    After a stint in the Navy where he had an opportunity to sing in the Philippines and Singapore, Tom made his professional theatre debut in Vancouver in the production of FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE that led to an invitation to join the Hal Prince production of SHOW BOAT. National/International tours, climaxed a 2-year run with a debut in London's West End at the Prince Edward Theatre.  Tom is at home singing Jazz, Blues, R&B, Gospel or Country as his roots hale from Texas where his father formed a group called The Original Four Aces. Tom recently completed The Wizard of Oz at The Gateway Theatre as The Cowardly Lion. Upcoming - Tom can be seen at Bard on the Beach on the main stage.

  • Will Sanders Motown Meltdown

    All through his childhood, in Alexandria, Louisiana, Will sang in church choirs and ensembles. In the musical theatre arena, he won a starring role in the Arts Club production of Ann Mortifee's, 'When the Rains Come’. He was nominated for a Jessie Award for Best Performance in a Musical that year. He also went on to star in the Arts Club production of 'Five Guys Named Moe'. Over the years, Will has sung with a number of Vancouver based Gospel ensembles: 'Circle Of Voices', 'Cloud Nine' and 'The Gospel Experience'. Will is a proud member of the gospel trio The Sojourners.

  • Danay Sinclair Charon Motown Meltdown

    Danay Sinclair Charon is a contralto who sings contemporary pop and Cuban music but her voice will transport you to another time. Born in Havana, Cuba, Danay’s professional career began at the age of 16 with the prestigious all female Cuban bands “Caribbean Girls” and “Las Chicas del Loco”. Since then she’s worked steadily, singing with the well known band “D’Talle”,and sharing the stage with Angel Lopez of Son by Four, James Da Bamba of DLG, Goma Dura Orquesta and Arturo Sandoval. Most recently, Danay performed at Festival du Bois, AfroCuban Dimensions Project, Vancouver International Jazz Festival and Vancouver Folk Festival.

  • Kendra Sprinkling Motown Meltdown

    Kendra has been involved in music for 40 years, working with B.B. King, Michael Buble, Martha Reeves, Taj Mahal, and the Doobie Brothers, as well as performing in musical theatre. In 1986, Kendra first performed in Starry Night, an AIDS fundraising variety show, developed by the Art’s Club. This led to her becoming the Founding Executive Director of the Shooting Stars Foundation, a special events organization, which was dedicated to raising funds for direct service AIDS organization. Through the shows that Kendra created and produced, close to two million dollars was donated to deserving organizations over the years. The Shooting Stars Foundation was dissolved in 2015.

  • Catherine St. Germain Motown Meltdown

    Our next artist has performed all over the world with musical greats like David Foster, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Paul Rogers, Loverboy and many more. She can be heard on radio and television voice-overs and Jingles for Variety Club, Sirius Satellite Radio, Whistler Blackcomb, Intrawest Vacations, American Airlines, Mazda, 2010 Winter Olympics, and Coast Capital Savings to name a few.

  • Stephanie Standerwick Motown Meltdown

    Dubbed "the next Joan Jett" by legendary Natalie Cole, Stephanie Standerwick is about to release her first full-length album with Mike Reno (Loverboy) and Davor Vulama (Hedley). These new rock anthems are fueled by life, relationships and everything in between. Inspired by the likes of Queen, Lenny Kravitz and Guns N Roses, Stephanie has one vision: to bring the rock and make the world a better place through music.

  • David Steele Motown Meltdown

    Session singer and amazing live vocalist, David has a home studio that keeps him busy and creative working with people from all parts of the globe. While writing for himself David has found some success in film and television placing songs in Steve Austin’s “Damage” and “The Stranger” Steven Segal’s “Driven to Kill” The Soska sister’s startling and original horror film,  “American Mary” and APTN’s “Health Nutz.”  Some of the celebrated artists David has performed with are: Bon Jovi, Cher, The Cult, David Lee Roth, Motley Crue, Bob Rock, Def Leppard and Bette Midler.

  • Don Stewart Motown Meltdown

    Whether performing gospel, soul, jazz or rock, Don’s smooth delivery and unforgettable voice leave audiences thrilled. He has toured internationally and his favourite acting credits include leading roles in “Of Mice and Men,” ”Showboat” and “Unforgettable: The Music of Nat King Cole”. Don is now bringing his musical influences (Motown, British Invasion) to songwriting. He has released 5 CDs including “Midnight Hour”, his first collaboration with Miles Black, and subsequently “Tender Lies” with all original compositions by these two acclaimed artists. Don has built up a loyal fan base who follow him from club to lounge to concert hall, grateful for every chance to hear this unique artist enchant yet another audience.

  • Shari Ulrich Motown Meltdown

    A two time Juno Award winner, and member the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame, Shari was first known for her multi-instrumentalist skills with the Pied Pumkin and on as the voice of the Hometown Band.  Her career as a singer songwriter brings her to her latest release “Everywhere I Go” (Borealis Records) - engineered and produced by her daughter Julia Graff, also a multi-instrumentalist. It is Shari’s 8th solo album, and the 21st including her work with Ulrich Henderson Forbes, BTU with Barney Bentall & Tom Taylor, and The High Bar Gang.

  • David Wills Motown Meltdown

    David Wills is best known as the lead singer of Stonebolt and currently performs as well with the dance band “The Dynamics”. In Canada Stonebolt became a popular radio act with a number of hit singles topping the Canadian charts and in 1978 an international hit recognized the band as worldwide stars.  Stonebolt made regular appearances on national TV shows such as American Bandstand and Midnight Special and received a Grammy nomination. Stonebolt can be discovered again by today's generation of music lovers with the creation of “Regeneration” Stonebolt’s newest album.  David is actively involved with producing other projects.

  • Garfield Wilson Motown Meltdown

    Garfield has had an extensive and diverse career in the arts. He sang back-up vocals for two Colin James’ albums and on their subsequent tours. Having performed in musical theatre, Garfield was bitten by the acting bug – compiling a list of TV and movie credits such as Dark Angel, The Twilight Zone and Edison Force starring Justin Timberlake. As a result of his work with the personal training company that he founded in 2004, Forward Fitness, Garfield starred in a ground-breaking CBC TV docu-series, Village On a Diet. His most recent theatre engagement was in Dream Girls at The Stanley Theatre and he is currently a series regular on the new JJ Abrams TV series "Almost Human"