The History of Westcoast Music

An archive of names and media of contemporary bands, musicians, venues, promoters, artists and technicians, from the 1800's up to and including 1999.

2024 celebrates our 22th year capturing British Columbia & Westcoast music history with our award winning website online since 2003. 

Featured Musician

Les Weiss

Les grew up in a musical family, starting piano lessons at age 5 and has been involved in music in some capacity ever since. Achieving piano and theory certificates from the Royal Conservatory of Music he then went on to play and study arrangement in the Cosmopolitan Orchestra under the direction of Tommy Banks in Edmonton, Alberta. This started him applying his knowledge to other instruments and is proficient in many as well as being an accomplished arranger. He learned to sing by singing along to Beatle albums and anything else that came on the radio at the time. In high school he was fortunate to be asked to join a very popular local dance band and played every style one could imagine. After high school he spent the next 7 years touring all across Canada and parts of the US and UK in various bands both cover and original of various styles learning how to utilize his versatile voice as both lead and harmony vocalist. Whenever he came to Victoria he would play at the then great club Harpos, and fell in love with the city one winter tour looking out the window at the harbour after enduring the trip over the mountains...

Latest Bands

Pressure Point-80's
from Victoria BC
circa 80s
Pressure Point
from Victoria BC
circa 80s
The Fragile Band-1973
from Vancouver BC
circa 1973

Latest Musicians

Harris Gilmore
from Victoria BC
Skip Prest
from Vancouver BC
Tom Northcott
from Vancouver BC

Latest Resources

Sigi's Side Door
since 60s
Pig & Whistle
Kit Kat Klub
60s - 70s

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