In the fall of 2020, due to the unavailability of suitable sites to host a COVID friendly event, the Creative Compass team moved to a virtual musical showcase of local talent. The mainstage performances, professionally filmed by local production team, All in One Productions from their Fort Langley studio location featured a line-up of multi-talented musicians and songsmiths and introduced local newcomers to the music scene. The Myles of Smiles Open Mic continued through online submissions from the community that were spotlighted during the show. The Myles of Smiles Online Edition launched November 28th, 2020 and continued on a regular basis through 2021, with the support of local donations and grant funding from Township of Langley, Province of BC and SoundON.
The MYLES OF SMILES Online Edition is currently on hiatus.
Open Mic submissions are still being accepted on an on-going basis for upcoming musical showcases. Please submit your recording to firstname.lastname@example.org in the form of a clear video recording. Song submissions must be under 4 minutes in length for consideration for future online shows. Upload your video to a cloud service (Dropbox, WeTransfer, or Google Drive) and send with a link to your video file.
We will be back in-person this spring 2022 on Thursday evenings with the Myles of Smiles Open Mic sessions held in the intimate setting of Veggie Bob’s Kitchen Cafe located at 9044 Glover Road. Stay tuned for startup date and more information.
The online series are hosted by 2020 Community Theatre Coalition Best Actor award winner, Paul Cowhig and feature a line up of past regular Myles of Smiles participants together with both emerging and established musicians in Open Mic spotlights. The Myles of Smiles Open Mic launched to the community in November 2020 with 4 episodes and returned in the summer of 2021 with MainStage performances by local musicians – Hugh Barbour, Jessica Mai, Dave Mercer, Ava Hamill, Tom Hammel, Tom Welsh, Mark Schurch, Garth Johannesson and Warren Hunter. With the success of the series, performances by Bruce Coughlan, children’s entertainer Penny PomPom and the Petersen Duo were added in July. With additional funding in place, the Myles of Smiles series continued into the fall with showcase performances by Voices of the Salish Sea, The Kasuals and local performer, Brock Phillips. The season finale included a kaleidoscope of local musicians in a Christmas celebration of music, featuring the local community celebration of the lighting of the grand Christmas tree at the Fort Langley Community Hall in the heart of the village.
All past performances can be viewed at www.facebook.com/creativecompasssociety/
The Myles of Smiles Music Showcase July, September and October performances are presented with support from SoundON, Creative BC, and the Province of British Columbia.