Northern Pikes founding member Jay Semko with special guest - the sunshine coast's own David j Taylor.
Jay Semko is coming to play the sunshine coast at Roberts Creek Legion this February! Jay is touring the west coast in support of his newest album release "Flora Vista" and will be playing an intimate show at the Legion. Jay and David are no strangers to one another - while David was living in Saskatchewan the 2 connected in a number of creative capacities.
Don't miss this must-see live performance event!
Members $10; Guests w. Member $20. Advance Tix @ RC LEGION Doors 7:30 pm. Showtime 8 pm
Jay Semko biography:
Jay Semko is an award-winning songwriter, composer and live performer. In 2012 he was inducted into the Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame as a member of Canadian pop band legends the Northern Pikes, and has released 8 solo albums. As a member of the Northern Pikes, Jay was awarded 4 Gold records and 1 Platinum, with sales of over 1,000,000 units worldwide. The Northern Pikes had a number of Canadian hit singles, including Teenland, Things I Do for Money, Wait For Me, Hopes Go Astray, She Ain't Pretty, Girl With A Problem, and Kiss Me You Fool. Two of these (Things I Do For Money and She Ain't Pretty) charted in the USA Billboard charts, and many of the band's videos were top 5 on Muchmusic, including Girl With A Problem, which reached #1. The band has received numerous awards and award nominations, including 8 Juno award nominations and won in the Outstanding Pop Recording category of the 2001 Western Canadian Awards for "Truest Inspiration". Jay has also received 2 Canadian Music Publishers Association Awards, for Teenland and Girl with a Problem. The Pikes still perform today, and during the course of their career have toured across Canada, the USA, and Japan - opened for/shared bill with: Tom Cochrane & Red Rider, The Fixx, David Bowie, Duran Duran, Robert Palmer, Peter Frampton, Bruce Hornsby, The Band, Bryan Adams, Alice Cooper, Foreigner, Warren Zevon, Julian Lennon, Andy Summers, Eurythmics, KD Lang, and many others.
Jay is also known worldwide as the music composer on the internationally syndicated TV series, "Due South" (for which he received two nominations for Canada's Gemini Awards - Best Music Score in a Dramatic Series). He was also nominated in the 2013 Canadian Screen Awards for Best Original Music for a Non-Fiction Program or Series "Dust Up".
In 1993, as the Northern Pikes began a long hiatus, Jay Semko wrote the theme and co-composed the score for the 2 hour pilot movie for what would become Canada's most successful internationally syndicated TV series, "Due South". "Due South" was the first Canadian-made dramatic television series to debut and air on a major network in the USA (CBS-TV). 66 episodes were made from 1993-98, and Jay had the privilege of working under multiple Oscar and Emmy winning producer/writer/director Paul Haggis, who created "Due South", in addition to working with Jeff King and Paul Gross as producers for subsequent seasons of the show. Jay worked with the best TV personnel in Canada while composing for Due South with award-winning co-composers John McCarthy and Jack Lenz, and had a great time appearing as a special skills extra actor in an episode of "Due South" during the final season of the show (with Ronnie Hawkins and Michelle Wright). Jay continues to compose music scores for a variety of dramas and documentary films and series on Discovery Channel, CBC, Global, History Television, PAX, APTN, Showcase and others, and has had many of his songs and compositions featured in film and television (Trailer Park Boys- the movie, Men with Brooms, Being Erica, and Cedar Cove are some recent examples).
Throughout his career, Jay has had the pleasure and privilege of recording with such music luminaries as Garth Hudson (The Band), John Sebastian (Lovin' Spoonful), Crystal Taliefero (John Mellencamp, Bruce Springsteen), Margo Timmins (Cowboy Junkies), Melanie Doane, Ashley MacIsaac, Ken Greer(Red Rider, Road Hammers), Bob Egan(Wilco, Blue Rodeo), Serena Ryder, Patricia Conroy, Matt Andersen, Russell Broom, John Dymond, John Ellis, Jay Buettner, Jerry Adolphe, Tom McKillip, David j Taylor, Alana Levandoski, Greg Godovitz (Goddo), and worked with award-winning engineers/producers/mixers Bob Clearmountain, Hugh Padgham, Ed Stasium, Peter J. Moore, Mike Jones, Hank Williams, Ken Love, George Marino, and Bob Ludwig. As a solo recording artist, Jay has received many stellar reviews, had 2 Top 40 AOR-chart singles in Canada/ Top 10 and #1 in !earshot Folk/Roots/Blues Charts in Canada - has toured across Canada numerous times, performed at SXSW in Austin, the International Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis, and hosted and performed at the prestigious SOCAN Songwriters Circles at Canadian Country Music Week and Breakout West/Western Canadian Music Awards.
Jay's latest album, "Flora Vista", features 10 new songs… tales of love, loss, spirituality, addiction, and recovery… pure acoustic and electric guitars, with purely honest words and music… "Flora Vista" is one of Canada's premiere songwriters at his best.
David j Taylor biography:
David j Taylor is a multiple award-winning record producer, singer/songwriter, film/television "sound nerd" and abstract painter based on The Sunshine Coast in Sechelt. David has released 15 albums as a solo artist and with the groups: Semko Fontaine Taylor, Big Cookie, Generals and Majors and DSM. As an award-winning producer/engineer/mixer and mastering engineer (2007 Western Canadian Music Award "Producer of the year" award winner) David has worked on 100+ album projects, notably Geoff Berner, Despistado, Speed Control, and Megan Nash. David is a six-time Gemini Award nominee and Rosie Award-winning audio post production 'all arounder' who's worked on hundreds of hours of film and television (including foley recordist for The 2012 Academy Award nominated film "Wild Life", all 6 seasons of the hit comedy Corner Gas, music supervisor for all 5 seasons of the critically acclaimed syndicated teen dramarenegadepress.com and re-recording mixer for "Landscape as muse season 5" and "MS Wars" - The Nature of Things with David Suzuki"). David is also a music industry consultant, educator and, upon his move to the Sunshine Coast in 2012 has become an avid and prolific abstract painter whose canvases have now been shown during 2 group exhibitions in Sechelt.
David is happy to be playing a show again with longtime friend and occasional creative compadre Jay Semko. This won't be the first time these two have connected over the years. In 2011, David, Jay and Kim Fontaine released the album "Heartaches and numbers" as the trio "Semko Fontaine Taylor" while David was still living in rural Saskatchewan on a 20 acre horse farm/recording studio. David and Jay have co-written a few songs together, he's had the pleasure of opening up for The Northern Pikes and the two performed together at the prestigious South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin Texas twice (in 2008 and again 2011). David is very excited to be opening for his good friend Jay Semko at Roberts Creek Legion on Friday February 20th.
It's going to be like a prairie homecoming of sorts!