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Spirathon

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Band Rock Singer/Songwriter

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May
03
Spirathon @ Saltaire Restaurant

West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

May
01
Spirathon @ The Naam

Vancouver B.C., British Columbia, Canada

Vancouver B.C., British Columbia, Canada

Apr
30
Spirathon @ Bowen Island Pub

Bowen Island, British Columbia, Canada

Bowen Island, British Columbia, Canada

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In the grand tradition of Neil Young, North Shore singer/songwriter Stephen Jeffery has released a new protest song, Green Olympics, challenging the destruction of the Eagleridge Bluffs and the Larson Wetlands.

He will launch the new Cd with a show tonight at Sonar (66 Water St.)featuring his full band Spirathon and opener Carolyna Loveless. Doors open at 7p.m. with a $6 cover charge.

Jeffery and his band will perform the new song plus tunes from Spirathon's debut album produced by Grapes of Wrath's Kevin Kane and featuring Young and Sexy's Lucy Brain on three tracks as well as Flophouse Jr's John Wood on lap steel and Matt Brain of The Paperboys on drums. - North Shore News


Our fine feathered friends need us. No, not the Eagles of Death Metal—though you can be sure they’re still licking their wounds after being booed offstage as the opener act for Guns N’ Roses, only to have Axl come out and ask how everyone enjoyed the “Pigeons of Shitmetal”. The birds at risk we’re talking about are the endangered species of Eagleridge Bluffs and Larson Creek wetlands, where a four-lane highway will be rolling through if Gordon Campbell has his way. You can show your disgust and have a bevy or two at Sonar on Friday (December 1) when the local folkies of Spirathon host a CD release party for their new single “Green Olympics”. Yeah, we know there’s nothing sexy about protest rock, but there’s nothing all that hot about apathy either. - Georgira Straight


Stephen Jeffery also has recorded a single, "Green Olympics," his angry, disillusioned response to what has resulted in the Eagleridge Bluffs and Larson Wetlands highway. The protest is legitimate but the lyrics are weak, which is a surprise because Jeffery/Spirathon fares much better on his album. The album has a lively pop-rock sheen supplied by producer Kevin Kane that shows diversity as well as ambition. Quiet, reflective moments mingle with a shimmering rock and instrumental soundscape.
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-T.H. - Province Newspaper


Ambleside-based singer/song-writer Stephen Jeffery is a modern version of the one-man show, with a little help from some experienced friends.

A graduate of West Van High, Jeffery wrote the lyrics, sang, played guitar, hired session players to record, worked on the post-production engineering, did the marketing and organized then performed in a national summer tour across five provinces, all in anticipation of the late November release of his debut CD, Spirathon.

"These days you can make a record yourself, and if no one picks up on it, you can still learn and build on what you’ve done," said Jeffery. "From here, I’m looking for an agent and would like to sign with an independent label. When I do, I’ll have great appreciation for the work they do."

Canadian music scene veteran and founding member of the 1980’s hit band Grapes of Wrath, Kevin Kane, produced, played guitar and co-wrote three songs on Jeffery’s album. "Kevin was my guitar teacher," said Jeffery. "I’m really fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with him on my album as well." Spirathon’s post production credits are also impressive. Engineer Yannis Fyssas has worked with Canada’s Avril Lavigne and British popstar Dido. Engineer Craig Waddell worked with Ambleside resident and one of Canada’s foremost performing artists, Sarah McLachlan.

Jeffery says the music on his CD is very different from contemporary rock. His promotional material describes it as "West Coast Folk Rock". "I feel like there’s a real piece of the West Coast in this CD," said Jeffery. "There’s a big theme of nature, particularly in the environmental anthems Owl’s Howl and Earthship." - Inside Ambleside and Dundarave


Stephen Jeffery also has recorded a single, "Green Olympics," his angry, disillusioned response to what has resulted in the Eagleridge Bluffs and Larson Wetlands highway. The protest is legitimate but the lyrics are weak, which is a surprise because Jeffery/Spirathon fares much better on his album. The album has a lively pop-rock sheen supplied by producer Kevin Kane that shows diversity as well as ambition. Quiet, reflective moments mingle with a shimmering rock and instrumental soundscape.
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-T.H. - Province Newspaper


Social protest has been a fixture of rock n’ roll for a long time. Evident, in Crosby Stills and Nash’s Long Time Gone, and Neil Young’s Ohio, music has protested war and challenged governments. West Van’s Stephen Jeffery incorporates the idea of promoting change in his newly released CD, Spirathon. Just don’t expect sorrowful sentiments in his lyrics. “There’s a lot of music that’s been made in the last 10 years that has a lot of anger,” Jeffery says. “I love music that’s positive.”

Inspired by an eclectic mix of artists, Jeffry’s lyrics challenge human activity in its relationship with the environment, while his music fuses folk, pop and rock n’ roll to create a unique sound that entices listeners from all social and cultural backgrounds.

- North Shore Outlook


Social protest has been a fixture of rock n’ roll for a long time. Evident, in Crosby Stills and Nash’s Long Time Gone, and Neil Young’s Ohio, music has protested war and challenged governments. West Van’s Stephen Jeffery incorporates the idea of promoting change in his newly released CD, Spirathon. Just don’t expect sorrowful sentiments in his lyrics. “There’s a lot of music that’s been made in the last 10 years that has a lot of anger,” Jeffery says. “I love music that’s positive.”

Inspired by an eclectic mix of artists, Jeffry’s lyrics challenge human activity in its relationship with the environment, while his music fuses folk, pop and rock n’ roll to create a unique sound that entices listeners from all social and cultural backgrounds.

- North Shore Outlook


Discography

Spirathon: (self-titled) debut - 2005

During 2006, Spirathon debut album was played on 35 Canadian College radio stations, ranging from low to high rotation.

Green Olympics:

Spirathon's new protest song "Green Olympics" a song which challenges the recent destruction of The Eagleridge + Larson's Wetland for the construction of a 4 lane highway after being promised a tunnel + a "Green Olympics."

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Bio

Featuring Marcus Mosely, Carolyna Loveless, Monique Lafebvre and Ed Saddler singing background vocals, "Green Olympics" tells the true story of Eagleridge Bluffs & Larson's wetland, the subject of a fierce environmental battle to protect two rare ecosystems against a four lane highway, after being promised a "Green Olympics" and a tunnel. Vancouver’s 2010 Winter Olympics are now less than a year away.

Live video of Spirathon's speech and an acoustic performance of Green Olympics on the Vancouver courthouse steps (the day that Eagleridge Bluffs protestor Betty Krawczyk was released from jail) can be seen on my myspace page:

www.myspace.com/spirathon

As a child of EXPO 86, Spirathon believes many Vancouverites (during the summer of 2006) had no idea what was really going on as protestors inhabited the bluffs and biologists rushed to identify rare species of life such as the red legged frog and nesting migratory birds – supposedly protected by international treaty under the “Migratory Bird Act” (1994). This bird protection act was signed by Canada, U.S, Mexico, Japan, and Russia.

Spirathon is planning a comedic/musical environmental folk-show called “Green Olympics.” Debunking the myth of Vancouver's 2010 green Olympic legacy, “Green Olympics” will intertwine storytelling, acting, and music, while dealing with serious subjects such as protecting rare ecosystems, law by injunction, and public opinion influenced by media manipulation.

"We did not seek and celebrate the successful Olympic bid in order to discover that our own home ground was to be violated in such an egregious manner."

... Wade Davis National Geographic Ethno botanist

Listen to "Green Olympics" in the audio section of this Sonic Bids EPK, or on spirathon's myspace.

For more information on Eagleridge Bluffs & Larson Wetland, visit The Eagleridge Bluffs Coalition :

http://www.eagleridgebluffs.ca

Spirathon: bio

In 2006, Spirathon's debut album, produced by Kevin Kane (Grapes of Wrath), was added to 30 Canadian college radio stations, and instrumental “Afterparty” won honorable mention in the 2007 West Coast Songwriter’s Contest.

•Vancouver Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist Stephen Jeffery.
•West Coast Rock/Pop/Folk/Psychedelic/Jam Band
•A classic 60’s sound mixed with a bit of “new”
•Unique songwriting
•Spirathon describes his brand of West Coast Folk Rock as “Smashing Pumpkins meets Grateful Dead.”
•Influences: Neil Young, Crosby Stills & Nash, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Led Zeppelin, Smashing Pumpkins, Primal Scream
•Singles: "Earthship radio mix,"power pop “Cherry Girl,” marijuana anthem "Bongo the Hookah," & upbeat feel good “Motion.”

Engineers: Yannis Fyssas (Avril Lavigne, Dido), Ryen Froggatt (Neko Case, Grapes of Wrath), and Craig Waddell (Sarah McLachlan, Moist).

Lucy Brain (Young & Sexy) appears on 3 songs singing background vocals.

Quotes:

“One of this year’s most original projects. A breath of fresh air amidst a sea of corporate clones.”
Yannis Fyssas, mixing & mastering engineer, (Avril Lavigne, Dido)

“Neil Young and The Grateful Dead, these are the 2 artists I hear most in Stephen Jeffery’s singing…great song writing.”
Ed Saddler, singer/guitarist, Fear Zero

"You will make a deeper impression in the footprints we made in the 60's"
Maureen Zable, Graphic Artist