Monday, December 30, 2013

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

INL5-Dreaded Soul

Industry Night Live episode five featuring musical guests Dreaded Soul and host Benn McGuire.  Recorded live, December 16th, 2013, at the Cobalt Cabaret, Vancouver, Canada.

Dreaded Soul, a new funk/soul group featuring a star studded cast of musicians under the wings of Tim Fuller and Darren Parris, played a stunning showcase last week.  They discussed their past, their influences and a little bit about China before performing a stunning set in front of the live audience at the Cobalt.

Dreaded Soul are:
Tim Fuller - vocals
Darren Parris - bass, backing vocals
Russ Klyne - guitar, backing vocals
Jon Holisko - drums
Tilden Webb - keyboards

Benn McGuire

a Boutique Empire production

Camera operators:
Mike Love
Isabelle Dunlop
Brad Tidswell
Benn McGuire

Mark Henning

Mark Henning
Benn McGuire

Live Lighting:
Patrick Gilmore

Thanks to:
The Cobalt
James Wood
Brad Tidswell
Hatch Benedict
Benn McGuire
and the fine gentlemen of Dreaded Soul

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And don't miss next week's show featuring Light Organ Records artists Fake Shark Real Zombie.  Hatch Benedict will be back to host our "Fake New Year's Eve" party!  It'll be a blast!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Industry Night Live ep.4: Gold Stars Are For Suckers

Industry Night Live episode four with musical guests Gold Stars Are For Suckers. Recorded live Dec. 9th 2013a t the Cobalt Cabaret, Vancouver, Canada. The band performs one of their most inspired sets which features their new songs “Knife” and “Manic” as well as an old favorite “Black Velvet Jesus” from their first ep.

Gold Stars Are For Suckers are:
Joe Abstinent – vocals, guitar
Mo Sherwood – drums – vocals
Rich Katynski – bass, backing vocals
Derek MacDonald – keyboards, backing vocals
Voodoo Pixie – dancer

Host: Hatch Benedict (from the band Sex With Strangers)

a Boutique Empire production

Camera operators:
Isabelle Dunlop (
Brad Tidswell
Chuk Foto
Benn McGuire

Mark Henning

Mark Henning
Benn McGuire

Live Lighting:
Patrick Gilmore

Thanks to:
The Cobalt
Hatch Benedict
Robert Edmonds
Duane Keogh
Patrick Gilmore


On Monday December 16th we have The Dreaded Soul performing on Industry Night Live, it'll be a great show, do not miss it if you have any love for R&B, funk or soul.  These guys kill it!  

Thursday, December 12, 2013

INL4 - Gold Stars Are For Suckers - photos

We had another really good Industry Night Live show last Monday at the Cobalt.  There was a keenly receptive and stalwart audience, in spite the snow!  Gold Stars Are For Suckers put on one of the best shows to date, and played a lot of new material from their forthcoming EP.  Here are a couple stills taken from editing the footage we got on the night.  I think everyone would agree that Gold Star's silent member, dancer Voodoo Pixie, was a highlight of the show!  It looks and sounds great, very excited to share the next episode.  We are just putting the interview together for the final cut as I write. 

Of course Hatch Benedict conducted the entire interview in Rich's well worn wrestlers mask, which will be revealed in the final episode.  File Gold Stars' under Party Rock

Thanks to Isabelle Dunlop and Brad Tidswell for their camera work, and of course big thanks to our host Hatch Benedict, who brought a few serious questions to the band on the night, in addition to having them re-enact a portion of their new video "Party Eagle"

Don't miss out next show which features Mr. Darren Paris on bass, the astoundingly funky Dreaded Soul.  Monday Dec 16th at the Cobalt.   Your $5 donation also gets you a drink ticket.  So don't miss it!   Click here for the FB event. 

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Isabelle Dunlop Clothing Store opens February 2014

After many years of pop up shops Isabelle Dunlop will be opening her own shop in February next year, at 4158 Main Street, Vancouver.

More details will follow as we move into renovate the space (which was previously the Buddhist Supply Centre), but it's safe to say we are very excited about this announcement and look forward to having a central place for all things Isabelle Dunlop! 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Industry Night Ep3: Phoenix Thunderbird

Industry Night Live (Episode 3) featuring musical guests Phoenix Thunderbird with host Hatch Benedict.

The band performed a blistering showcase last week on November 25th at the Cobalt Cabaret.  In this episode Hatch explores the roots of Phoenix Thunderbird's sound, and discovers not one of them watched the Cosby show back in the 80's.  In addition to segments from the live set, they also perform their song "Idle Thoughts" at the 4 minute mark.  A very fun night and certainly our best video to date.

Produced by Boutique Empire and Strugglin' Productions

Recorded live at The Cobalt, Nov 25th, 2013

Phoenix Thunderbird is:
Jordan Adanaz - guitar, vocals
Blair Bodner - drums, backing vocals
Grant Minor - bass, vocals

Host: Hatch Benedict  (Sex With Strangers)

Camera operators:
Ash Tanasiychuk  (
Mike Love
Isabelle Dunlop (
Benn McGuire

Audio (live, recording, post):
Mark Henning (

Mark Henning, Benn McGuire

Live Lighting:
Patrick Gilmore

Thanks to:
Robert Edmonds
The Cobalt
Ash Tanasiychuk
Mike Love
James Wood
Dj Tropper Fontana

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Phoenix Thunderbird at Industry Night (live)

Almost finished with the editing, and loving how everything's turning out.  Extra special thanks to Ash Tanasiychuk  and Mike Love for their brilliant camerawork.  Here's a couple frames from the music section of the episode.

And a clip from their showcase, the band is performing their song "Needs"

Full episode up as soon as it can render!  

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Next Industry Night: Gold Stars Are For Suckers - Dec 9th

December 9th 2013, Industry Night #4 featuring musical guests Gold Stars Are For Suckers with host Hatch Benedict at the Cobalt Cabaret.  

After our debut at the Cobalt last night with Phoenix Thunderbird, the folks of Industry Night are gearing up for the next one on Monday Dec. 9th.  

Gold Stars Are For Suckers will be premiering their new video and performing new songs from their forthcoming full length album. Hatch Benedict (lead singer of Sex With Strangers) will be interviewing them in his own liver challenging style to reveal exactly what makes a sucker of gold star lovers.

Check out a few songs in the player below.  GSAFS are a fun live band, and we're hoping they'll be including their go-go dancer for the show!

December 9th
The Cobalt Cabaret - 917 Main St., Vancouver
Doors at 8PM
Show begins after 9
Admission by donation ($5 recommended includes free drink ticket) 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Monday night! Industry Night #3: Phoenix Thunderbird

We have moved the show to the Cobalt starting tomorrow night.  Join host Hatch Benedict as he interviews musical guests Phoenix Thunderbird.

The Cobalt Cabaret, 917 Main Street.
Doors at 8
Show begins just after 9PM

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Combine the Victorious at VALT2013

Combine the Victorious will be performing on Sunday evening at the Vancouver Alternative Fashion Weekend.  Also on the bill is Sex With Strangers amid several fashion shows on the catwalk.  Come out to the Centre for Digital Media for an integrated event.

Facebook event

Check out for more details of the night. 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Industry Night at the Cobalt Cabaret

We have moved locations for our Industry Night series to the Cobalt Cabaret, starting November 25th with host Hatch Benedict and musical guests Phoenix Thunderbird.  Check out the poster Robert Edmonds designed for our upcoming showcases.  It's going to be a fun month of shows, be sure to check 'em out!

Rob Edmonds poster design

Industry Night
Mondays at The Cobalt Cabaret
917 Main Street, Vancouver
Showtime 9PM

Inquire at the bar for extraordinary drink specials!

More info at

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Combine the Victorious and Sex With Strangers play the Rio Theatre!

Both Combine the Victorious and Sex With Strangers shall be performing  after the Vancouver theatrical release of Katrin Bowen's comedy Random Acts of Romance this Thursday evening, November 14th.

After a successful festival circuit the locally shot and produced film Random Acts of Romance will be shown at the wonderful Rio Theatre (1660 E Broadway, Vancouver, BC) this Thursday night.  7PM.  Following the movie will be a meet and greet with the cast and crew  and then live performances from both Combine the Victorious (9:30) and Sex With Strangers (10:15).  

Tickets are only $10 in advance and $12 at the door.   It's absolutely going to be an amazingly fun night!  Facebook event

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Industry Night episode two: LEGS w host Christine McAvoy

We had a spectacular second showcase last Monday.  Host of the evening Christine McAvoy  ( ) gave a quick interview to set things in motion and then Legs performed a near flawless set in front of the eager audience!

Allie from Legs - Rod Grim photo

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Photos - Industry Night #2

We had another brilliant showcase at Industry Night No.2 last night.  The video is being edited as this blog is going up but we wanted to share some photos of the event.  Huge thanks to Legs and Christine McAvoy for making an entertaining and exciting evening.  The band played an massive dark and moody set with power to spare!  Watch out for Legs, they are going to rise rapidly!

Big thanks to everyone who came out last night, between the band, their fans, Christine and the wonderful crew who helped film the showcase, we all had a rewarding night!  Check back here in a day for the video from the evening; Industry Night episode two will be epic. 

Next show will be November 25th at The Cobalt: host Hatch Benedict with musical guests Phoenix Thunderbird
All photos courtesy of Rod Grim  (thanks Rod)

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Industry Night: Episode One - Japanese Girls

We had a fantastic launch to our new series on Monday night, with an energetic and inspired performance by Japanese Girls and a hilarious interview with Hatch and Cory from Sex With Strangers.  The crowd was buzzing after the night and there is a feeling of excitement about the upcoming shows.

Our next show in the series is Monday Oct 28th with musical guests Legs and host Christine McAvoy.  There's quite a buzz surrounding this band so we expect another brilliant night down at the Media Club.

After the 28th we are relocating the show to The Cobalt, and will be restarting on Nov 25th with none other than Phoenix Thunderbird!  Expect Hatch to be back in the interviewer seat, he did a wonderful job and seemed to enjoy it thoroughly!

Here's another song recorded on the night: Vancouver Grizzly, the first single off Japanese Girls Shark Week ep. 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Industry Night Oct 28 - Legs with Host Christine McAvoy

Oct 28th will be be featuring local rockers Legs as our musical act with an interview provided by guest host Christine McAvoy.  Legs has been generating a lot of buzz this year with the release of their Dark Rituals ep, which you can check out below:

Our if you prefer to be stimulated more from a visual side, check out their latest videos.

Our host for the evening is the ubiquitous Christine McAvoy: photographer, music writer,  blogger and all around effervescent personality.  Christine is a writer for the vancouverisawesome blog, which as it's title suggests, plays up on the better and brighter side of our west coast city. 

This is going to be a great night so make sure to keep your Monday open!

Industry Night
The Media Club - 695 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Doors at 8
Show at 9
DJ's from 10 on
Jack Danials and El Jimador only $3.50

Of course don't miss our premiere show on Oct 21st with Japanese Girls and Hatch Benedict!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Industry Night Oct 21-Japanese Girls w host Hatch Benedict

Oct 21st - we have a special first showcase of Industry Night featuring Light Organ Records recording artists Japanese Girls who will be performing songs from their just released The Sharkweek EP.  Hosting the night's festivities will be none other than Hatch Benedict and Cee Price of the band Sex With Strangers.  

Check out the latest video from Japanese Girls "Vancouver Grizzly." 

Sex With Strangers' inimitable Hatch Benedict and Cee Price will be taking a one night break from recording their new album just to host this showcase, so you know things will be going off with a bang!

Please join us for the fun.  There will be guest DJ's Cory and Co. to entertain after the showcase into the late hours.  The Media Club sounds great, is comfortable and has very good Monday night drink specials too! ($3.50 Jack Daniels and el Jimador)

Doors at 8, interview and performance start at 9PM.  DJ's after 10PM. 

The Media Club - 695 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Industry @ Media Club

Industry night is just around the corner at the Media Club starting next Monday, October 7th.

Oct 7th.  To make our first show something special we've asked comedian Simon King to host the evening.  The man is truly funny.  Check out the clip below.  Along with Simon there will be two other special guest comedians with DJ's Cory and Co. closing the evening with the best of party tunes to make next Monday a stellar time!   Musical guests for the night at Megabear.  

Oct 14th is not an official Industry night, however there will still be late night dancing with H&M Soundsystem providing the tunes and drink specials into the wee hours. 

Oct 21st is looking to be a fantastic night.  We have Light Organ recording artists Japanese Girls on stage, with guest hosts Hatch Benedict and Wedge Beavers from the band Sex With Strangers interviewing the band and offering their unique take on the music biz.  The evening's DJ's are Cory & Co. once again, spinning some happy tunes to make Monday nights into the dance party it needs to be! Check out the new EP from Japanese Girls below.

Oct 28th is another great night, with the smokey voiced Legs on stage to provide a sultry blues infused rock and roll evening.  Benn McGuire will Host.   Music by H&M Soundsystem.

This is going to be the most fun people have had on a Monday in Vancouver since this century began!  Come early for the show, and stay for the dancing! (Jack Daniels has sponsored our night, so please inquire at the bar for the evening's drink specials!) 

Friday, September 20, 2013

We are soon to be a part of a new night here in Vancouver: Industry.  Held at the Media Club on Mondays we will be showcasing a different band with a special guest host each night, all to be captured on video and rebroadcast to the world. 

The concept is to help illuminate rising local talents of Vancouver, feature some colourful characters from the scene, and have a great dance party to celebrate the night.  Each Monday, starting Oct 21st, we will have a guest host interview the night's showcase band before a live audience with a succinct set from the featured act, all to be followed by special guest  DJ's to make a full evening of music, dancing and fun.  The fine people of have also offered to be our camera crew for this night, so the video's should be world class too!  

To top things off it seems we are fortunate enough to have our night sponsored by none other than Jack Daniels, just to make sure the rock and roll maintains its full bodied flavour!  ($3.50 JD shot anyone?)

The first interview/showcase will be Japanese Girls on Oct 21st.  Before that night we will be having a few dance nights just to introduce the music to a new audience, and establish the vibe.  Come join us next Monday, Sept 23rd, for a truly affordable night out with great music in a cool space.

Stay tuned for more announcements about Novembers acts!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Fashion Underwater

Last week, the imaginative and artistic Dale Darlington put together the most creative photoshoot we've been a part of to date. Capturing Isabelle Dunlop's latest fashions from under water was his concept and quite honestly the results are both beautiful and exciting. The way distorts and diffracts, the fabric floats and pulls, the weightlessness of the models and unusual angles all make for a wonderful image. Have a look at the photos below and see if you don't agree. I think a few would make great album cover art too!  Congratulations to Dale and Isabelle for such a successful creative collaboration.


Photography: Dale Darlington
Fashions: Isabelle Dunlop
Makeup: Carey Williams
Models:  Megan, Paula, Candice
Thanks to Hanna Solyom and Minna Simko

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Gastown Pop Up in Full Swing

Isabelle Dunlop's Gastown Pop Up is up and running, with a great start this past weekend.  Her scarves, coats, capes, tops and dresses all on display and ready to try on.  Combine the Victorious has prepared an interesting new acoustic set that they'll perform at 7PM on Thursday evening.

Have a look!

330 W Cordova Street, Vancouver
11AM-7PM until Thursday night.
604 785 4654

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Asylum - A Short Film by Vince Tuckwood

In addition to writing novels, composing and performing music, Vince Tuckwood is turning his talents to film making this year.  He has an inventive story that involves a twist on the haunted house story that he's written and now is looking to produce into a short film. 

artwork by Robert Edmonds
Vince has published four novels to date, his last book "Escalation" was published in partnership with Boutique Empire.  He has reworked his Family Rules novel into a screenplay (Inventing Kenny) and now looks forward to seeing his vision for Asylum captured for the screen.

The synopsis:
Sol plans to spend the night in an abandoned asylum with his three friends, and face up to its ghost of local rumor. Though skeptical, Sol seems ready to make sure his friends stay safe. At the first sign of the trouble, however, his friends flee, and Sol stands alone in facing the ghost.
And in an unexpected twist, it may just be the ghost that’s most affected by the confrontation.

Funding for the picture is very modest, the film is looking for only $5000 in backing funds.  If you have any interest in this side of the arts please have a look at his kickstarter and consider backing it.

Thanks for reading, now go check it out!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Revisiting Isabelle Dunlop's Gastown Pop Up Shop

Starting this Sunday, Sept 1, 2013, Isabelle Dunlop will be at 330 W. Cordova for 5 days. Her hours are 11-7PM each day. In the shop will be her latest collection of scarves, coats, capes, dresses and other special pieces. You can have a look at the latest by clicking here.

As we were looking over things this week we came across this beautiful video created by Dale Darlington for Isabelle's very first commercial pop up  back in April 2010.    Please note the dates and address are not for the current shop, but the essence and story are all still the same.  We just wanted to share this video as it got a bit overlooked a few years back.

Isabelle Dunlop Gastown Pop Up
330 W Cordova St
Hours 11-7
Telephone 604 785 4654

gold cotton knit top and lace found by Jane Dunlop
back and white check wool tea dress with special lace detail
  buffalo check wool cushion

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Isabelle Dunlop Returns to Gastown

September 1st through 5th Isabelle Dunlop returns to Gastown with her Autumn 2013 collection at 330 West Cordova Street, Vancouver.

Check her blog for the latest in colours and designs.


Join Combine the Victorious this Saturday as they DJ down at Common Courtesy (Save On Meats 43 West Hastings) and watch for Industy starting September 16th at the Media Club!