Rob Fillo: Unwavering Force in The One Song Challenge 2012

by on October 31st, 2012


It is long awaited and with great pleasure that I announce the winners of the One Song Challenge – Season II, held at Corduroy Lounge this past summer:

First Place: Rob Fillo

Second Place: My Boy Rascal

Third Place: Joline Baylis

(Click on names to hear music)

One Song, in it’s second season, saw many changes compared to it’s debut in 2011, and evolved in ways that further enhanced the community bond between singer/songwriters in Vancouver.  One of the audience and musician favorites this year was the after challenge jams that ensued, and if were not for this season’s winner Rob Fillo, it probably wouldn’t have happened.


Immediately after the first night was about to finish, the exceptionally talented and multi-instrumental singer/songwriter Fillo approached the stage asking if we could jam, and if he could play drums.  From that moment on, every evening followed this format, and watching Rob behind the drums was parallel to watching a fish finding water.  Ignited with the joy, every strike of the kit exuded Rob’s love of music, allowing the beauty of the “jam” to bust through, providing a forum for other artists to let go, which electrified the event.


Fillo was a rock steady force throughout this entire challenge.  Not only is he consistently able to deliver, but the quality of writing and depth/insight in his songs take listeners on incredible rides. From hilarious stories, crowd sing-a-longs, to the rawest emotions and brutal honesty – Rob Fillo truly paints an image of expression with every performance, and isn’t afraid to tell you what he thinks (he’s actually a wicked painter too!).  With all of this, he blazed his way to first prize in the challenge, and has been rewarded with a live performance on location video from Simply Organic Studios.


Second and third place finishers – My Boy Rascal and Joline Baylis – were awarded with a produced song and artist development consultation respectively.  These two artists demonstrated massive amounts of change throughout the challenge (musical and personal), bringing forth incredible songs, from foreign motivational language tunes to kitchen sink jams….literally….all of it made for magical summer nights.


Rob Fillo, My Boy Rascal, and Joline Baylis embody the spirit of music, as it was these 3 that just wanted to plough through their challenges to get to the jam – explosions of music sometimes lasting 45 minutes without stopping, leaving audiences with their jaws on the floor.  Check them out, whenever possible.


Thank you so much to all the musicians involved this year (Shera Kelly, Jen Miller, Tatiana Speed, Mattaeyus Moon, Tim Riopelle, Krista James, all the guest performers), to Corduroy Lounge for hosting the second round of this event, and to the lovely audiences that regularly came to support local live music.


One Song Season II Begins….

by on July 14th, 2012

Very excited to have a new season of The One Song Challenge begin.  It’s being held every Sunday evening at Corduroy Lounge, from 7:30-10pm.  Check out the summary clips of the kick off last Sunday:


Your Story: Singer/Songwriter Series at CocoaNymph Starts July 9th

by on June 8th, 2012

A few months back, we spoke about transitions between songs, and how important this aspect of your show is for making connections with your audience. We held an intimate evening under the warm roof
of the chocolate haven, CocoaNymph (on 10th near Alma) for singer/songwriters to sit among each other to practice telling their song stories, and it was an incredible night.  So much so that we are going to be running a summer series at CocoaNymph, every second Monday of the month, from 7-9pm.  First one starts July 9th, and admission is the cost of something chocolaty…

This night is a great for honing your on stage speech, networking with exceptional artists, and for having a great time sharing songs under a chocolate roof.  Also, they have 6-7 different kinds of hot chocolate! Can’t wait for the Mayan again…..mmm……

CocoaNymph is located at 3739 W. 10th
Avenue, Vancouver

“Is What I Say Between Songs Important?”

by on March 14th, 2012

Ever go to a show and watch the performer say any of the following between songs: “This song sounds so much better with my band”….or,  “This is a new song, so I apologize in advance if it totally sucks”…or, “I don’t really know what this song is about, but I think I like it.”


In situations like these, it is actually more positive not to say anything to the crowd and just play your songs.  The stories you tell between songs can be incredibly damaging if delivered this way.  Would you want to continue to follow an artist who constantly prepares you for the worst?  By saying things like this to your audience, you are negatively framing their expectations of what is to come, so no matter how great you actually perform your songs, you have led them to believe that it could be better some other way.  What you say is extremely powerful.  The good news is, this can also be flipped around to be incredibly positive.


If you are going to play, for example, a new song, don’t tell the audience until after you have played it.  This then allows them to form their own interpretations of it, and they will be that much more impressed to find out after the fact that it is so fresh.  Instead of saying things like …”This is a new song, so I hope it that it doesn’t go too badly”…..wait till your done, then say “That is a very new song for me, and I’d love to hear what you guys got from it after the show.”


This takes the same situation and opens it up to further interaction with your audience in a really positive way.  Ultimately, this is the kind of thing that helps your crowd connect and feel apart of what you’re doing, which is why they are coming in the first place.  Make it easy for them.


To learn more about improving your story telling abilities and song transitions, come to our next workshop, “Your Story, and How You Deliver It,” on March 19th, 7-9pm at CocoaNymph off of 10th and Alma.  Admission is the cost of something chocolaty.  Bring your guitar, and be ready to share.  Email to register.



Simply Organic In Action!

by on January 1st, 2012

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Just wanted to put out a big thank you to all of you who were involved with any of the Simply Organic endeavors over the summer and beyond in 2011. Through our events (One Song Challenge, Corduroy Collab Nights, Seminars)  and video shoots, we met  and worked with so many great artists, and made a ton of new friends!  It’s awesome to be apart of an expanding music community in Vancouver, and I think it is important to note that great leaps were made this year for everyone!

Much is approaching in 2012, and we’d love to help you with advancing your musical careers, as well as enhancing your lives!  Stay tuned for a new seminar late January, and a new singer/songwriter event around the corner.

Any of you also interested in applying for The Peak Performance Project this year?  We’d love to help you record or make a live video for your application. Just call or email us to set up a time to chat.

We wish you the greatest of starts to the new year, and hope that adventure and success finds you all well!


Michael and Tim





James and Kings Win Fairmont Talent Show!!

by on December 20th, 2011

Krista James and her Kings gave an outstanding performance at The Fairmont (Hotel Vancouver) Talent show last night that led to a first place victory!!  Congratulations you guys!  Here’s to a big year ahead!

by on September 22nd, 2011