Behind the Scenes

WOKE event goes virtual for a diverse night of storytelling, art and celebration

By Rachel Hickey

Selam Debs, Carla Beharry, Yellow Painted Walls, Green Plants

Debs and Beharry noticed a clear gap in our community – many BIPOC groups can’t find mentors to relate to. So, the pair worked to build WOKE events as a platform for racialized members of the community to share stories and find mentors in a safe space. 

After so many years of education, advocating and standing up for justice, this was a night of warmth and uplifting celebration of where the community is right now and where it's going. 

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Live at the Apollo: Cinema turned concert venue engages community with exclusive performance by local band, Excuse Me. 

By Rachel Hickey

four people from the band 'Excuse Me' playing their instruments and performing, black backdrop , with spots of red lights
On Saturday March 6, Apollo Cinema in Kitchener transformed into a concert venue for event Live at the Apollo as Guelph alternative rock band Excuse Me. took the stage for an exclusive one hour performance, produced and broadcast live by Good Company Productions.

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Jaguar Sun x Ahmri Vandeborne collaboration creates sensory dreamscape for live virtual show

By Rachel Hickey

Jesse Maranger and Chris Minielly performing and playing their guitars, purple, yellow, red, orange and pink lights flash and project in the background
Many may think that there is no common point of reference between music and arts, but the latest Live @ 44 collaborative show featuring musician Jaguar Sun and interdisciplinary artist Ahmri Vandeborne proved otherwise. 

In layering environmental factors such as light, colour, brightness or darkness, and mapping these factors to the sounds of the show, the art acted as a catalyst to trigger varying emotions and feelings within audience members. Much like Minielly’s music, Vandeborne’s artwork was layered, reflective and warm.

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DIY Rock Group KAAJE!! Performs Debut Album “Things We Least Desire” Live at Virtual Release Show

By Rachel Hickey

KAAJE!! band members performing on stage, one playing a guitar, one playing a violin, blue lights, green lights, pink lights are being reflected in the background
On Friday, February 19, the 44 Gaukel came to life as local DIY rock ensemble KAAJE!! celebrated their debut album release,“ Things We Least Desire.” Ticket holders experienced an energetic show from home featuring heavy hitting lyrics, angsty violin solos, and an escape from reality for a little while.

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Recap: Artist Roundtable

By Jenna Aquino

A screenshot of a zoom call, many different men and women on the call in their respective squares, local musicians, local movers, local shakers

Good Company Productions’ mission has always been about supporting artists and connecting people through music. Even under these challenging circumstances, our top priorities haven’t changed — we’re just having to experiment with different ways of going about them and we know everyone else is doing the same. That’s why, when it comes to pursuing a music career during a global pandemic, we want to make it easier for us all to lean on one another and navigate this ‘new normal’ together. 

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In Conversation With: Richard Garvey

By Jenna Aquino

Richard Garvey, man singing and playing guitar, exposed brick wall, writing on the chalk wall, Death Valley's Little Brother as the venue

After our February pop-up at Death Valley's Little Brother, Good Co's Jenna Aquino sat down with KW's Richard Garvey to discuss what it's like to be a full-time musician in Waterloo Region.

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Recap: February 2020 Pop Up

By Beth Bowles

Recap: February 2020 Pop Up
Perfect for a snowy February evening, our pop up show at DVLB had everyone keeping warm shoulder-to-shoulder, holding a matte mug full of boozy coffee and singing along to some feel good tunes. 

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In Conversation With: I, The Mountain

By Jenna Aquino

In Conversation With: I, The Mountain
Five-piece Canadian folk-pop band I, The Mountain is levelling up after an eventful year of writing, performing and recording new music.

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