BARRY CASSON started playing drums at age 16 and has played with numerous local bands, Barry-at-drums both big and small. His range of styles includes: Rock, Jazz, Rhythm & Blues as well as Latin and big band. For 13 months, Barry toured England and parts of Europe providing the solid beat behind such legendary rockers as Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and The Drifters, along with other touring Motown artists. Well known Victoria raised musician, David Foster was part of this touring band and remains close friends with Barry today. As a result of his early contribution to the Victoria music scene, he has been inducted twice into Victoria’s Rock & Roll Music Hall of Fame. For years, Barry provided the solid beat behind well known 50’s and 60’s rock n roll group, Rukus and teaches modern drumming at Tempo-trend Music in Victoria. Drop by his profile on the website where you can see or hear him in over a dozen videos starting from 1960.
SUMMER OF LOVE
On Tuesday April 25, 2017 the Hallmark Heritage Society with support from The Victoria Foundation presents “The Summer Of Love”, an in-depth presentation of the shift in Canadian culture that began during 1967 in Victoria. A 75 minute multimedia re-creation with local popular music historian Glenn Parfitt as the narrator who'll guide you through the year when the city created centennial events and a national publication was launched guiding Canada through a cultural revolution that would have a lasting affect on society. Joining Glenn would be some of the participants and driving forces from 1967 to share in their own words the events of the day and the immediate and long term effect on the cultural fabric of Victoria and Canada as a whole. After the narration, a 30 minute indoor "Love In" will be recreated complete with local folk duo "Fast Forward" accompanied by the authentic San Francisco style psychedelic light show of "Acid Rain" with visual technician Greg Evans. Click the following link to order your tickets online at The Victoria Conservatory of Music Box Office
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