SOCIAL CITY NETWORKING interviews: Good for Grapes // SOCIAL in the CITY – VANCOUVER FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL 2012, VANCOUVER //

Social City Networking has had the privilege to connect and collaborate with some pretty inspiring and amazing organizations and individuals. With our focus being COMMUNITY, we provide opportunity to expand your personal and professional networks by providing continuous up to date information about interesting events, causes, organizations and businesses in YOUR CITY. It has been our great pleasure to attend and experienceVancouver Folk Music Festival in Vancouver BC., where local band Good For Grapes is performing amongst notable musicians such as K’Naan, Lucinda Williams, and The Head and The Heart.

(L-R) Social City Networking: SOCIAL in the CITY rep Sara Rose McKenna with Graham Gomez & Daniel McBurnie of GOOD FOR GRAPES. Official Social City Networking Photo - All Rights Reserved. Photography: Tammy Maltese Photography

(L-R) Social City Networking: SOCIAL in the CITY rep Sara Rose McKenna with Graham Gomez & Daniel McBurnie of GOOD FOR GRAPES. Official Social City Networking Photo – All Rights Reserved. Photography: Tammy Maltese Photography

Good For Grapes formed in September of 2010, after a group of friends took a trip to Victoria, BC for some modest busking. Since the moment they stepped onto the ferry, they were an attraction. Drawing unexpected crowds, naturally this young and aspiring band took form; an original and talented five piece group, with an array of harmonizing voices and instruments. Hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia, this folk / alternative act has been gaining momentum ever since they stepped into the music scene. Their live stage performance in this time has evolved into an incredibly active, folk stomping, and inviting energy; always resulting in an extremely enthusiastic and involved audience. Beginning by supporting charities and foundations, their unique folk sound has been accepted into a large variety of venues. Through this, they have gained a loyal fan base which grows at every turn.

As soon as I enter the festival grounds I immediately hear a buzz from the concert goers surrounding local band Good For Grapes. “So entertaining!” “What an incredible energy!” “Those young folks are incredibly talented!” were just a few of the conversation snippets I could overhear while walking to the media tent where I was about to have a one-on-one sit down with said performers – and I was getting more and more excited for it!

I could already see the impact of their positive contribution to our community – the way concert goers got up and danced, or slapped their knees to the beat, or sang along – it ranged from tiny children twirling around and clapping, to the elderly tapping their toes and singing. Inclusive, enjoyable, and most importantly – engaging.

I had the privilege to connect with Daniel McBurnie (Vocals/Guitar) and Graham Gomez(Guitar/Vocals) of Good For Grapes to find out more about what inspires them, and what community and being SOCIAL in our CITY means to them:

SC: Have you been enjoying Vancouver Folk Music Festival so far?

GFG (Daniel): Yeah this has been the best experience of my summer so far, no question!

SC: Social City is all about supporting and creating community, so we want to know – What does community mean to you in one word?

GFG (both): INVOLVEMENT

SC: Why would being INVOLVED in the community be so important?

GFG (Graham): That’s how community works – everyone must get involved in the group, and get involved in the area they live in; feeding it and helping it grow.

SC: And that’s important to everyone in Good For Grapes?

GFG (Graham): Oh yeah, being involved in the community, however small group you have, it helps everyone grow, you need that.

SC: What is your socially conscious contribution to your community?

GFG (Daniel): We really like to encourage people to follow what they’re into – for us its music – but follow what you’re passionate about, that’s what matters most to us. Our high school had zero funding for arts and stuff, and we just had to make the most of it and aggressively follow our passion to get anything done… and it’s worked out better than we could imagine. So I think anyone can do that definitely.

SC: Definitely, you’re a form of inspiration, is that what you’re looking for in your contribution?

GFG (Graham): One can only hope.

(L-R) Graham Gomez on guitar, Sean MacKeigan on accordion, Daniel McBurnie on vocals. Official Social City Networking Photo - All Rights Reserved. Photography: Tammy Maltese Photography

(L-R) Graham Gomez on guitar, Sean MacKeigan on accordion, Daniel McBurnie on vocals. Official Social City Networking Photo – All Rights Reserved. Photography: Tammy Maltese Photography

Good for Grapes:

Daniel McBurnie – Vocals/Guitar

Graham Gomez – Guitar/Vocals

Alexa Unwin – Piano/Vocals

Robert Hardie – Bass/Vocals

Sean MacKeigan – Accordion

Jesse Brook – Trombone/Trumpet/Flute

Blair Hansen – Percussion

 

Writer: Sara Rose McKenna
t: @smckennaSC

Translator from Audio to text: Helena Bryn-McLeod

Social City Networking INC.: SOCIAL in the CITY 2012

Official Social City Networking article – All Rights Reserved.
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