End Of Season Party
- EventEnd Of Season Party
- LocationThe Clubhouse
- DateSeptember 09, 2018 to September 12, 2018
Live Music, Guest Chefs and Great Fishing
The West Coast Fishing Club is pleased to present Langara Rocks, a season-ending special event trip to the Clubhouse that features live music nightly by our house band The Dock Rockers, consisting of some of Canada’s most sought-after professional musicians who have recorded and performed with a long list of international artists – from Shania Twain and Cher to Bon Jovi and Motley Crue – and countless musical points in between. They’ve also recorded and/or performed with Canadian rock icons Loverboy, Trooper, Prism, Chilliwack, Barney Bentall and have for many years been the backing band for music legend Randy Bachman and the frame of Bachman-Turner, whose long list of global hit singles include Takin’ Care of Business and Roll on Down the Highway.
A party atmosphere (outdoors on the deck weather permitting) will provide guests with ample opportunity to interact with friendly and personable band members and ask them pretty much any question they want about their experiences playing big stages and creating some of the most listened-to music from the 1980’s right up to present day. Add some rock-star guest chefs to the mix and it’s a memorable ending to another unforgettable summer in Haida Gwaii.
September has typically produced lots of Chinook Salmon in the 20 to 30lb range and frequently the action is non-stop, particularly when Coho linger as they often do in late summer around Langara Island. This time of year also tends to provide the best weather we see all season long, along with calm seas that create an unbeatable fishing experience.
Expect nightly live music, delectable fare from our guest chefs and of course the world’s best salmon fishing.
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Introducing The Dock Rockers:
When not rocking Langara Island or touring with Randy Bachman, the Dock Rockers play night clubs and corporate shows as Cease and Desist, or as tribute band Atlantic Crossing, which features incredibly authentic portrayals of UK artists Elton John, AC/DC, Rod Stewart and The Beatles.
The band members are Marc LaFrance (drums, vocals); Mick Dalla-Vee (guitar, keyboards, vocals); Brent Knudsen (bass, guitar, vocals), and Ian Cameron (guitar, violin, vocals).
Marc has been involved in the music industry for over four decades and is a well-known and highly regarded industry professional. He has performed as a drummer and/or singer on over 100 albums, and countless sessions and live performances. In addition to playing drums and singing in the band Bachman Turner and as a member of Randy Bachman’s touring band, some of Marc’s past and present accomplishments include recordings with a vast array of prominent artists including Canadian groups Crowcuss, Chilliwack, Payolas, Loverboy, Trooper, Prism, Shari Ulrich, Bruce Miller, Straight Lines and Glass Tiger and international stars such as Long John Baldry, Alice Cooper, Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, Cher, Carly Simon, Blue Murder, The Cult, David Lee Roth, Scorpions, Black Veil Brides, “Michael Bublé’s Christmas in New York,” and many others.
Singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Mick Dalla-Vee taught himself to first play the guitar at age 10. In a career that’s spanned three decades, the Cease & Desist front-man, bassist and guitarist has also become a very busy studio producer, musician, arranger and vocalist. Mick attained Gold and Platinum status for his work with Bachman & Turner (Live in New York City 2010) amongst other musical awards and co-written or written everything from country to smooth jazz, has played bass for Canadian rock legend Randy Bachman (The Guess Who, Bachman Turner Overdrive) and keyboards for Grammy Award-winning R&B diva Melanie Fiona. He has also contributed vocals to projects by Mötley Crüe and Trooper, and created soundscapes for TV programs such as HGTV’s popular Holmes Makes Right series. Currently he has an ongoing contract writing music soundscapes for ITV in the USA and Great Britain along with business partner Jeff Neill (of Streetheart and Jimmy Barnes fame) with their company ‘The NV Music Group. Since 1986, Mick has played in ‘Revolver – The World’s Best Beatles Band’ to sold out houses everywhere.
Brent is a gifted and versatile instrumentalist, singer and songwriter who has played with, or shared the stage with many other stars including Dwight Yoakam, Alabama, Michelle Wright, Deanna Carter, Don Felder (The Eagles), Patricia Conroy, Aaron Pritchett, Alan Frew and many others. Along with Marc LaFrance and Mick Dalla-Vee, he is an original member of Cease and Desist and a veteran sideman (guitar, vocals) for Randy Bachman and Bachman Turner. He has also written and recorded two country albums that garnered national airplay and awards, including a nomination for best Male Country Vocalist at the Canadian Country Music Awards. Brent has also made a feature film appearance as Neil Diamond’s guitar player in “Saving Silverman,” with Jason Bigg, Jack Black and Amanda Peet.
Ian began playing violin at age 5. He studied classically for over a decade including Toronto Conservatory theory, harmony and composition. Beginning his career as guitarist/violinist for Capitol/EMI recording artists Strange Advance, he has appeared on hundreds of recordings and has played live or in session with innumerable artists including Mike Reno (Loverboy), Bobby Kimball (Toto), Jimi Jameson (Survivor) Shania Twain and countless other talented musicians and singers worldwide. Over the years he has written and co-written several radio singles including a number two chart position in Europe. He also co-wrote and played violin on the 2013 GRAMMY® nominated album Rumbadoodle with Singapore-based producer Arun Shenoy. He has collaborated with producers, songwriters and musicians worldwide since 2000 through his site efiddler.com and is the leading provider of digital violin content.
2017 Event Recap: Saving the Best for Last
By Deepwater Don
Where oh where to begin…
In truth friends, that may well have been the most memorable trip I have ever experienced to Langara Island. It was as though Mother Nature and The Clubhouse staff conspired to save their very best for last.
Let’s start with the weather – hot and sunny, especially on The Clubhouse deck. It may have been mid-September but it was still summer friends. As we cruised out under blue skies and on gentle seas to fish “the highway” between McPherson Point and Langara Rocks, I wondered why anyone would decide the season was over. Humpback whales cruised lazily about, arching their tails in the air to begin a dive or slapping a massive fluke on the water. The sea lions were well behaved for the most part, staying on the rocks and serving notice of their presence with loud baritone snorts. The peaks of the coastal mountain ranges of Alaska lay strikingly across the strait, eagles soared overhead and…well, you get the picture. It was Haida Gwaii at her very best.
The End-of-Season Party was so much fun to just be there, especially with the Dock Rockers kicking out red hot rock and roll every night. Fresh off a recording session with Randy Bachman, the boys were even more musically attuned to one another than usual, and the full house of guests were clearly mesmerized with their vast repertoire of classic rock. Having played the drums for a living myself in a previous millennium, I sat in for a few tunes each night and was impressed at how darn easy it is to play with people who do it with such confidence and expertise. As an aside to guest Jim Currie, nice vocal addition on Honky Tonk Women. And Dave (T-Bone) Sligh, good job getting the crowd moving on the dance floor. You and your gentlemanly pals from the southern states were an absolute pleasure to have in the house.
Speaking of the Dock Rockers, hats off to Mick Dalla-Vee, Marc LaFrance, Brent Knudsen and Ian Cameron for being on hand for a third season, and not only for the music and energy you brought to The Clubhouse, but also the friendly interaction with all the guests, many of whom made it clear they will be back in one year’s time. And our hats also go off to Rick Grange and Brian Legge, who co-founded The West Coast Fishing Club 29 years ago and forced the entire industry to get serious about service. Best of all, they used their imaginations to create experiences nothing short of extraordinary through a commitment to dining, creature comforts, special events – including live music – philanthropic fishing tournaments and conservation efforts “to put more fish back in than we take out.” It is an honour to be a part of what you created.
To the 2000-plus guests who visited Haida Gwaii this season, there is no adequate way to thank you for choosing one of the lodges of The West Coast Fishing Club for your marine wilderness getaway in 2017. I am guessing that most of you agree that one of the many great things about a visit to one of the lodges is the opportunity to interact with so many extraordinary people through the commonality of fishing and gracious living amidst the marine wilderness. We estimate that you caught over 100 tyee-sized salmon this year, and it is with gratitude that we note that you opted to release the vast majority of them to help preserve the upper end of the gene pool. Thank you for doing so and thank you for coming from across North America and beyond to share your time and laughter in so many memorable ways.
And so for the last time in 2017, here are the highlights from the leader board. During the September 7-10 trip, the top fish went to Terry Canning, which at 32 pounds turned out to be the final tyee of the season for The Club. Bill Ruff came ever so close with a 28.5 while Eli Howard and Alan Makovicka tied for third place with 27-pound versions.
The End Of Season Party top chinook salmon went to Maxime Douellou for a 25. Dock Rockers drummer Marc LaFrance snuck in a 21 in the final minutes of the season to take the last plus-20 fish of the year.