Brunch is a favourite past time shared by many and should be an extraordinary experience, one that you will cherish. Vancouver has some wonderful places for brunch. Each of the places I visit is unique for what is offered along with the type of service and selection of dishes. I am on a journey around the city to find these extraordinary places and, at the same time, I will be joined by a notable personality who may be a Film Producer or Director, Musician, Arts Festival Director, Actor or other well-known individual for Brunch at restaurants in and around Vancouver.
For my thirtieth brunch in this series, I was joined by Laurie Logan, Radio Host/Producer at The Peak 102.7 FM at Tap & Barrel in Vancouver talking about Radio, Music, Travelling and more!
Laurie has been in media for the past twelve years working in both radio and television in Kelowna, Vancouver and Edmonton. She grew-up in Northern Alberta but absolutely loves living on the west coast and can be found either cruising the sea-wall, hitting up PEAK concerts, or making dinners with friends. Laurie’s perfect day includes being on a boat or a mountain surrounded by friends and family and having world class tunes playing in the background! She is currently the On-air Morning Host at 102.7 The Peak (6am-10am), you can follow her on twitter @LaurieLogan
What got you into Radio, specifically hosting a morning radio show?
I always wanted to be in radio since I was a kid. Grew up on a farm in Northern Alberta, my parents gave me a Walkman when I was 10 years old and I loved it. I had a favourite radio station and I so wanted that hosts job, years later I got that job on that radio station. I started on The Peak 4 years ago since day 1, I was hosting other shows, then an opportunity came up and they moved me to mornings.
How did you change your sleeping patterns going from hosting a mid-day show to the morning show?
It was one of the most difficult things I have ever done. I got acupuncture in my ears, changed some things and now it works.
How would you define the music you play on your show?
Alternative, folksy, rock, music for musicians, worldly
Have there been any notable musicians you have interviewed over the years, if so who?
- Patrick Carney of the Black Keys
- Jason Mraz
- Tegan and Sarah
- Death Cab for Cutie
What type of music did you listen to growing up?
If you could estimate the number of concerts you have seen how many would that number be?
If you could tell me about 3 of your favourite concerts of all time which ones would those be?
1) The Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Bumbershoot in Seattle
2) Prince in a club in Las Vegas
3) Florence and the Machine in the Peak Performance Lounge
What are 4 of your favourite music festivals that you have attended in the past year?
- Keloha in Kelowna
- Live in Squamish
- Riflandia in Victoria
- Vancouver Folk Music Festival
What is the PEAK Performance Project concert series? And how do local musicians get involved?
The project is a music band development program that awards over $100,000 for 1st place, $75,000 for 2nd place and $50,000 for 3rd place. It is creating a new community of musicians here. We pick 20 out of 200-300 submissions. We send the 20 selections to Princeton for a week long band camp. They get trained on the business of the business, we bring in top notch engineers, songwriters etc. At a camp with dorm rooms, a zip line, canoes, pool, it is a blast, intense and amazing.
To win, they are put through a series of challenges in the Red Room concert series, they perform on stage in Surrey at a festival, there are bootcamps, fans vote online, they even do a marketing plan.
How has the Peak Performance Project changed now from when you started 4 years ago?
It is better now, more condensed, more reputable musicians and guests. Even Jimmy Pattison came this year, he owns our station and is 100% behind this project.
What does winning the Peak Performance Project do for the musician who wins?
It excels their career.
Laurie had a Mimosa and the T & B Benny, Richard had the Maple & Peanut Butter Bacon Pancakes, then shared the Sticky Yam Fries topped with burnt marshmallow fluff with Laurie.
What foods do you like?
What are your favourite restaurants in Vancouver?
- Nuba in Kitsilano
- Joe Fortes
- Juno Sushi
What do you want your listeners to learn from listening to your radio show?
- Learn something new that inspires them
- Hopefully make them laugh
- Community, playing their favourite music
What do you do in your off time?
- Bike ride
- Live music
Where is your favourite vacation spot?
Do you come from a broadcasting family?
What advice would you offer to a musician looking to make it big?
- Have your safety net and never give up.
- Use the internet to your advantage, use it as a publicity tool, do ep and singles and keep yourself in the news.
- Great partnerships can be the key to success.
- Don’t be afraid to collaborate with someone who is better than you.
Where was your most recent musical trip?
Riflandia in Victoria
Who are your mentors?
Tamara Stanners (program director at the station)
Who inspires you now?
What inspires you?
Beautiful homes and large boats (yachts)
What’s next for you or what’s on the horizon?
- We want the Peak morning show to be #1 in the city.
- Planning to do more video projects
- More blogging online through The Peak
Style: A La Carte
Time: Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 3pm
Tap & Barrel
1 Athletes Way, Vancouver
For Reservations call 604-685-2223
Stay tuned to my next guest Interview along with the next Brunch in and around Vancouver.
By: Richard Wolak