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.
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.
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
Translator from Audio to text: Helena Bryn-McLeod
Social City Networking INC.: SOCIAL in the CITY 2012