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"A Night of Music in Mike’s Honour" (Hotel Lobbyists benefit): The Smokes, Thee Manipulators, The Stumblers Inn, No Horses, Shiloh Lindsey, Earlstown Winter, Babe Gurr, Cadaver Dogs

Thu. October 16th 2008 Pub 340 (No Minors)
Musicians mourn Mike Gurr
By Adrian Mack

It’s been a very sad week for the local music community, with word getting around of the death of Hotel Lobbyists drummer Mike Gurr.

The Vancouver band was on its way from Winnipeg to Calgary, driving along the Trans-Canada Highway east of Brandon, Manitoba, when its van flipped in the early hours of September 25. Gurr, who was 26 years old, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Lobbyists’ guitarist-vocalist James Wood is in a medically induced coma and remains in critical condition in a Winnipeg hospital with a crushed pelvis, spinal injuries, punctured lungs, and lacerations to one of his kidneys and his liver. Doctors performed emergency surgery on Saturday to relieve pressure on his brain.

The two other Lobbyists, bassist Jordie Dammet and guitarist Jordan Isaacs, along with the driver of the van, escaped from the accident with minor injuries.

“We’re all heartbroken over the loss of Mike, and we’re focusing our positive vibes on James,” Ryan Hoben of local band the Smokes told the Straight, adding: “It still hasn’t sunk in. I can’t believe it. It’s not even real, man.”

Hoben is organizing a benefit show at Pub 340 for October 16, which will feature the Smokes, the Stumbler’s Inn, No Horses, Thee Manipulators, and Shiloh Lindsay.

“There’s a Facebook group set up, called A Night of Music in Mike’s Honour,” Hoben said. “And all the proceeds go to helping Mike’s family with funeral costs, and helping James’s family, and James as well. He was broke when he left, so he can come back and have something.”

The Smokes (Indie Folk Rock/black metal)

Heres what the press has to say: "The Smokes work themselves up into a frenzy the catches like a sparks on the sun-scorched grass"(The Vue Weekly) "Things really start to cook about halfway through, with the irresistible "mountain tree" and its spine tingling shout along chorus." (The Georgia Straight) "A symphony of right on boozed up, smoked out ... more info

Thee Manipulators (NW Karrage/R'n'B)

Ex-members of The New Town Animals & The Gung-Hos collaborate on exhuming the dead corpse of Pacific Northwest 60's R'n'B Garage Rock!!! more info

The Stumblers Inn (psycadellic classic rock)

The Stumbler’s Inn are an experience all their own. Their eclectic mix of psycadellic Southern and Classic Rock is a roots extravaganza worthy of being recognized as one of the up and coming greats of our time. The band consists of three brothers Jeff, Alec, and Graham Myrfield and childhood friend Kevin “Chuck” Dupis. All four boys wer... more info

No Horses (Northern Rock)

Understanding exactly how No Horses came about would require more words than anybody would care to read on our Myspace page. The truth is we are a band that got together the way a band should, through friendship and a common desire to create good music. For the most part we get together over a few drinks and rock out. There is no “band leader” ... more info

Shiloh Lindsey (Alt-Country)

Seasoned songwriter and storyteller Shiloh Lindsey is a most unique character in Canadian music. Hard-raised on a ranch in south central Alberta, based for many years out of Vancouver, and most recently returned from a residence in Halifax, she pairs open country authenticity with big city sensibilities, for a complex blend of prairie, mountain and... more info

Earlstown Winter (Alternative Country Rock)

“Earlstown Winter is wistful sounding country/folk rock collective who wallow in the sounds reflecting lost love, late night drinking and drives down endless highways on a cold winter day. Acoustic ballads mix with upbeat barland tunes to create a familiar yet distinctive experience focusing on the importance of melodic and lyrically interesting ... more info

Babe Gurr (blend roots, pop, blues)

Babe Gurr Babe has a curious musical mind that makes her a hard one to label, with her unique blend of roots, blues, world and pop. But who would want to? This singer-songwriter and her polished band bring a crowd-pleasing vibe to every show they perform. With intelligent lyrics and memorable melodies superbly delivered in a warm, sultry voice, ... more info

Cadaver Dogs (Swamp Thing)

The Blue Cheer of country music. more info
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