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Johnny is really a robot in disguise, just like that movie with the robot also named Johnny5. He has 4 older robot brothers, but he runs on the newest OS.
Hey also plays in Hey! Ocean, for those who like that kinda thing.
Gavin has a degree in Jazz Performance from Capilano University and is an active gigging musician in Vancouver, playing original music with his band Star Captains. Mental Health is important to Gavin, who has friends and family members that live with depression, bipolar disorder, and drug addiction. His involvement with ReachOut has helped him become a more patient, caring person and has, in his own words, “Informed my understanding of the risks I face personally as well as the steps I can take to promote my own mental wellness.”
“I think that the information ReachOut provides its audience is valuable if not potentially life changing and I feel grateful for the opportunity to positively affect peoples lives.”
Gavin has been with ReachOut since 2013, having been introduced to the program by an alumni member of the program.
James Meger is an active bassist and composer currently working and residing in Vancouver.
He’s received education in music from Capilano College in Vancouver and also from Mcgill University in Montreal, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Jazz performance. Since moving back to Vancouver he has had the opportunity to collaborate with many local and international players such as Wayne Horvitz, Lori Freedman, Ig Henneman, Lina Allemano, Peggy Lee, Brad Turner and Lisa Miller among others and has made many appearances at The Vancouver Jazz Festival, The Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival, Tone Fest in Toronto and The Vancouver Improvised Music Meeting.
He is also active as a sideman and co-leader in various ongoing projects, including: Peggy Lee’s Echo Painting, Sick Boss, The Alicia Hansen Band, The Bruno Hubert Trio, The Now Orchestra, Elisa Thorn’s HUE, Cow Trance, The Sumner Brothers and many more. Recently James spent several months in the Netherlands studying with renowned improvisor Wilbert de Joode thanks to an Early Career Development grant from the BC Arts Council. He also co-curates a weekly interdisciplinary performance series at the Gold Saucer Studio in Vancouver called Sawdust Collector.
Cherie started out her journey in sound assisting at Christian Life Assembly Church before pursuing an education first at Hot Sole before enrolling at Nimbus School for the Recording Arts in the inaugural ‘Advanced Music Production’ course. There she received an education in studio music productions from industry giants, Garth Richardson, Bob Ezrin, and others.
This Education, coupled with her vast experience running live sound for audiences from 15 to 1500 comes in handy during the tour, ensuring that eager audiences can hear our message.
Sound Tech / Photographer / Voice of Reason