Today I’m back in downtown Vancouver for a solo rumba flamenco guitar performance at the Bill Reid gallery located in Cathedral Place on Hornby street in downtown Vancouver.
I’m already at the entrance to the parkade and waiting for the clock to strike 4 pm to save $4 on my parking. So I’ll arrive in the gallery just after 4pm to begin setting up.
Once again this is a corporate performance and I have no idea who the client is. All I know is that there will be between 100 to 150 people attending.
The gallery was a lot bigger than I anticipated with 3 floors and a vaulted ceiling. This place was really nice and the art work created by Mr. Reid was fantastic!
I met with my onsite contact and was directed to my performance location. I used my 2 small Yamaha monitors on stands to fill both ends of the room. I also used my Behringer D212 powered monitor for my own personal monitor.
By 5pm I was all set up and ready to perform. The client arrived a little early so I began my performance a 5:20pm. I also found out HISCOX was the name of the company I was playing for.
HISCOX is an insurance company that helps to insure people and businesses with special insurance needs such as myself. As a musician it’s hard to get good insurance for my gear and instruments through the regular insurance companies.
I performed until 6:15ish then took a short 10 minute break for speeches. I even had a request for a jazz tune that I performed and was rewarded with a nice tip!
I took my second break at 7:30 pm for 15 minutes then performed for the rest of the evening until 8:30 pm.
Once I was done I packed up my gear and headed to the parking garage. Unfortunately the doors to the garage elevator were locked so I had to cart my gear around the block to the main street entrance.
Once I arrived at my vehicle I found a parking ticket on my windshield. The fee for parking was $30.50!! due to the fact that I hadn’t displayed my parking ticket properly on my dashboard.
Fortunately for me there was a parking attendent across from me ticketing other cars in the garage so he was able to amend my ticket to $21.50. (the regular fee)
Unfortunately I had to remit my payment by mail. It’s a standard practice here in Vancouver once the parking attendant has left the building to had out the mail in tickets.
Next up for me will be another corporate event Wednesday at the Five Sales Restaurant in Vancouver as a duo with Bass Guitar Slinger Brent Gubbels!