Wishing you a healthy, happy, warm & wonderful season and new year!
Looking to hear new, original music?
Head on over to the "music" tab of the site. Full Lola catalogue now available directly on the website to stream & buy.
Looking to hear LIVE MUSIC?
We’ve a fantabulous international music family of Mexican, Canadian & American musicos playing daily and also livestreaming — just for y’all while COVID keeps you at home and not going out for live music:
Go to Facebook —> Search for “Rob Lamonica & Friends” page:
Times are “loose” but here’s a basic lineup:
*Sat: Rob & the boys @ Macaws (5-8pm PT ish)
*Sun: Rob etc. @ Shrimp Bucket (1pm-4pm PT), Pedro y Lola’s (5:30-9pm PT)
*Mon: Barre Al Mar (2-5pm PT) (loving this beach gig!)
Tue: “Wingin’ It” with Lori & the boys @ Shrimp Bucket (4:30-7:30pm PT)
*Wed: sunset livestream from Rob’s with Rob and (usually) me.
Thu: “Wingin’ It” with Lori & the boys @ Water’s Edge (6-9pm PT)
Fri: “Wingin’ It” with Lori & the boys @ La Fabula (5-8pm PT)
*I play 2nd set on Sat/Sun/Sun/Mon and just Rob & I on Weds.
Hard to keep track? Make it easy on yourself: select “notifications” for the FB page and you’ll receive a gentle reminder when the page goes live.
Stay safe, strong, resilient, kind & hopeful.
All my love in this brave new year.
Having a 🎼 time, all the time❣️ - Jan 1st, 2021
Excited to announce & invite you to a 🎶LIVE 🎶 In-Person gig next Friday!
Who: Lola Parks - LIVE in Victoria - joined by Chris Van Sickle & Gord Light
Where: Hermann's Jazz Club - 753 View St., Victoria, BC
When: Friday, November 13 - 7:30-9pm PST (doors at 6:30pm)
What: we are playing original tunes from all four Lola albums, including new release *NO APOLOGIES*
Buy In-Person Tickets: https://www.hermannsjazz.com/reservations&event_id=528656
Livestream by Donation: http://www.ArtsOnView.ca/Donate
*Donations directly support the musicians and this iconic Victoria venue.
*CDs of HERE (2012), THE HUSTLE (2017) & NO APOLOGIES (2020) will be available at the venue.
We are stoked to see you & play for you!
Thank you for supporting artists & venues ❣️
See you soon❣️🎶 - Nov 9th, 2020
YASS! New Album 🎶 NO APOLOGIES 🎶 is out Friday, Sep 25.
PRESAVE it TODAY: https://show.co/noB1UPg
(through Sep 24) to hear it first & unlock your very own personal access to all 7 tracks of the new album.
🎶 🎶 🎶
*NO APOLOGIES* is a musical shotgun to your heart with empowering and inclusive messaging that centres around owning all of who we are, standing strong in our roots, speaking our truth and standing up for what’s right. It’s a sonic journey that calls us to value and honour ourselves and our right to be here, to be ourselves and to respect others. It’s about awareness & responsibility, empowerment & optimism.
“Lola Parks is an award-winning soul folk singer-songwriter with a mission to achieve cultural brokerage through voice and song. She sings with an honesty that inspires her audience to dig deeper and share a genuine connection across diverse barriers. Lola’s dangerous lyrics and seductive voice compel listeners of all ages to move closer, in hopes of capturing every note and word. Her new album, No Apologies, featuring “Dreamer” and “Freight Train” is a musical shotgun to your heart and will be available on September 25th on all major platforms.”
I'm really proud of every track & there really is something in it for everyone: it will uplift you, make you think, sigh, grin & dance.
🎶 🎶 🎶
With sincerest #gratitude to the First Peoples' Cultural Council, Creative BC & the Province of British Columbia - your continued support for BC artists to create and share #music has made the latest musical dream a reality. My heart smiles on the awesomest musical team too - Jeff Dawson (producer/engineer/mixer), MJ Dandeneau (bass) & Adam Dobres (electric guitar) --we weathered delays, social distancing and travel restrictions (almost) like we weren't navigating through a pandemic storm. You make music better & I love you hugely for it.
Thanks to all who've been along for this musical escapade. May we continue on the path for years to come.
🎶Merci for adventuring with me & daring to dream the music dream. 🎶
@adamdobres - Sep 18th, 2020
Be the first to hear new single "Freight Train"
Out this Friday, Sep. 4 -- you can PreSave today:
(link valid only prior to release date)
“Freight Train” is a musical shotgun straight to your heart, an Americana folky-blues track that warns you to check your heart at the door. It's about collective and individual respect and responsibility. It asks you to be honest with yourself: When is it better to forge ahead together? To forgive and forget? Is it too late?
Reading: Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
Podcasts:Tony Robbins, The Happiness Lab
Listening: Nathaniel Rateliff, Leif Vollebekk, Dawes, John Mayer
Listening: Anaïs Mitchell, Sara Bareilles, Billie Eilish, Freya Ridings
Check out "Dreamer" - available online everywhere now:
Life's too short to listen to bad music:-)
Be well, friends! - Aug 30th, 2020
"This is what we've been waiting for!" say my mom & two besties #TBT.
It's happening though, friends! New single, "Dreamer" is out on July 31!
Presave it today and hear it the first day: https://show.co/rKoLHp7
I just know you're going to dig it! 🎶🎵
"Dreamer" has a groovy John Legend vibe that mixes pop and jazz with a clear and crisp female vocal.
It empowers you to be yourself, to live your best life, dares you to dream.
It was recorded at The Den in Vancouver, produced by Jeff Dawson
and features MJ Dandeneau on bass and Adam Dobres on lead guitar.
Single #2 "Freight Train" will be released on Sep. 4
New album, NO APOLOGIES, coming to you Sep. 25.
Deepest gratitude goes to all of you who've supported and/or been involved in the making of this album.
A special thank you to First Peoples' Cultural Council, Creative BC (creativebc.com) & The Province of British Columbia without whom the album would still be a dream and not yet a reality.
#dreamer #noapologies #newmusic #gratitude #BCartist #femalesingersongwriter #Canadianmusic #originalmusic
"I'm a dreamer, 'cause I like to dream. Dare to dream with me..." 🎶🎵
Giddyup, amigos! - Jul 22nd, 2020
LIVE "5 @ 5:55" - final episode tomorrow!
Friday May 29: final episode of FB LIVE "5 @ 5:55" pm PT / 8:55pm ET
After: FB or youtube.com/lolaparksmusic
THANK YOU for remotely tuning in, listening, watching, commenting & supporting! Can't believe it's episode #10 already! It's been such a treat to connect with you across the screens & seas. And such a thrill to see friends check in from Indo, UK, AUS, MEX, US & all across Canada. Not sure yet if 5:55 will resume after a break or if something different will surface. It's a surprise!
OnStageLive TV & Hubcast Media interview: we had to re-stream due to poor wifi connection the first time.
Both interviews are here:
Recording - done!
Despite delays and remote tracking with Adam Dobres (guitar) & MJ Dandeneau (bass), we got 'er done, folks!
All new single (or 3) out soon, followed by 7-track EP! @ The Den Studios with Jeff Dawson (producer).
Be sure to say hello on the website, FB, YouTube, Spotify!
Subscriber bonus: How about a monthly live video(s) directly to your email? Or... private link to unreleased song / EP?
What would YOU like to see/hear moving forward? Get at me! [email protected]
Thank you - to all who tune in for FB LIVE "5 @ 5:55" Fridays - final episode tomorrow!
Thank you - Creative BC & The Province of BC: #showcasebc @creativebcs for supporting live music
Thank you - First Peoples' Cultural Council & Creative BC for supporting the upcoming release
Thank you - OnStageLive TV & Hubcast Media for the fun interview and song highlights
THANK YOU, merci bien, muchas gracias & mussi cho!
Hasta la proxima vez / a la prochaîne / until next time, amigos!
xx - May 28th, 2020
It's April. I see fire and I see rain.. Well the fires have stopped, yes?
Now there's some sun, wind, rain, earth, moon... all the elements & a lot of LIVE music ONLINE.
Yes, physically distant but surging creativity!
YOU are INVITED to Live @ 5:55: a five-song mini concert series I've started on Friday afternoons.
What: Five songs - mix of originals and covers
When: 5:55pm PT / 8:55pm ET
Why then: 5:55 is my favourite time
Why now: we are all home-dwelling and who doesn't feel like good live music on Friday afternoon?
"But what if I can't watch at 5:55," you ask?
No problemo: simply click the YouTube icon top right corner to watch episodes when the time is right for you!
*Set lists are also available in the Description :-)
The times they are a changin and the music is a comin...
New EPK: http://www.modmaypromotions.com/private/web/LolaParksEPK2020.html
New music: Been recording in studio, remotely when possible - featuring Adam Dobres (guitar), MJ Dandeneau (bass), Jeff Dawson (producer), yours truly (vox, gheetar, keys, ukelele!)
a) PR: need a kickass music release strategy. 2-3 singles then EP/album. who's a music PR whiz??
b) graphic design: have 2-3 ideas for album art - Indigenous, female or local artist preferred but fit & quality are key. Let's discuss!
c) Lola mail: changing email system, so please check your Promotions/Junk folder and gently nudge me back into you Inbox.
FRIDAYS @ 5:55pm Pacific - 5 songs LIVE from me to you!
Stay happy & healthy, warm & well, safe & mighty - Apr 8th, 2020
Two holiday tunes for you:
"Santa Claus is Comin'" - produced by Kuba Oms and Phil Lehmann:
"Nothing But Love" - unfinished reggae Xmas song:
2019 ---- end of a decade and a year of changes, collaborations & firsts:
-Jan-Feb: move to Vancouver, Talking Stick Festival (Full Circle: First Nations Performance)
-April: VIA Rail Artist-on-board (Vancouver to Toronto)
-April: Awarded Canadian Songwriter Challenge Scholarship by Full Circle; Co-write "Roses & Rain" with Andre Chrys & Connor Nelson
-June: mini Ontario tour: airplay on CBC Fresh Air, perform at Bar Robo and CHUO radio - Ottawa
-June: new Lola Parks Trio and Duo - gigs with Michel Bruyere and Michael Simpsonelli - Vancouver
-July: perform with Mazatlán band "RIOH" (Rob Lamonica, Ignacio Chávez, Omar Rios, Howard Anderson) - Metro Vancouver
-May, Sep: write and record "Hey Hey" - airs on multiple CBC programs, feat. song of 2019 BC Culture Days
-Aug: Indigifest (First Peoples' Cultural Council); Another Brick in Nepal - VICA fundraiser
-Oct: Top 5 Finalist: Nominated for iN Bullseye Prize by ImagineNATIVE; perform special FPCC event @ Quaaout Lodge in Chase, BC
-Nov: Music BC Juror, attend TAXI A&R conference in Los Angeles, perform with "RIO" in Mazatlán
*Check Facebook page for live music and photos from Mazatlán:
Roses & Rain: https://youtu.be/T2h1jJJc7hQ
Hey Hey: https://youtu.be/CiOC4BUZX8A
Thanks for all the love and support this year - I couldn't have done it without you!
*Another great way to support artists is to Add/Like/Follow on Spotify and Add to Playlists!
Stay warm friends!
Love & Warmth,
Lola - Dec 24th, 2019
Oct. 1 NEWLANDS gig with Rob Lamonica and Ignacio (Nacho) Chávez of Mazatlán band "RIO" right here in the Lower Mainland
Oct. 3-5 VIFF AMP Accelerator in Vancouver "Three day summit with world-class experts weighing in on diversity in the music marketplace, the art of music supervision, how music rights management victories around the world are benefiting songwriters and composers" & more.
Oct. 11 TOP 5 FINALIST in imagineNATIVE & SLAIGHT Music's iN Bullseye Prize competition
Oct. 19 SPECIAL PERFORMANCE for First Peoples' Cultural Council at Quaaout Lodge on Shuswap Lake in Chase, B.C.
Oct. 21 ELECTION DAY - worked the polls, how's that for civic duty?
Oct. 25-27 SAN FRANCISCO, CA - failed Fillmore mission, but excellent time
Next up (confirmed & pending):
Nov: TAXI Road Rally (three-day conference) in Los Angeles, CA & Puerto Vallarta, MEX (10 days)
Dec: NYE gig in Victoria, BC
Jan: Folk Alliance International in New Orleans, LA
Feb: gigs in Mazatlán, MEX & recording in Vancouver, BC
Life and music are such gifts -- especially as music, travel, inspiration and connections grow and become increasingly intertwined!
Lola - Oct 29th, 2019
Autumn already. My goodness.
Get ready for tomorrow night!
Oct. 1 is One Night: Mazatlán Meets Langley!
I am excited to play with stellar players - keyboardist Rob Lamonica and guitarist Ignacio Chávez of Mazatlán group "RIO" - at Newlands Bar & Grill in the hometown: Langley.
I've also played some fun and unique gigs over the past few months:
- a special Full Circle: First Nations Performance event, Richmond Maritime Festival, West End & Drive Car Free events and opened for Ontario's Tom Savage at The Heatley!
On Vancouver Island:
- INDIGIFEST (First Peoples' Cultural Council festival), Builders on the Bridge fundraiser put on by Vancouver Island Construction Association in support of Another Brick in Nepal & a sweet private party in Mill Bay.
Oct 4-5 Vancouver Island Film Festival (VIFF) AMP Accelerator: Music in Film/TV conference
Nov 7-10: PENDING: really hope to attend the TAXI Road Rally in Los Angeles and stay at #SOCAN LA House
Otherwise... working on songs and getting ready to record the next album!
Lola - Sep 30th, 2019
2019 has been a pretty joyous ride so far.
I came to Vancouver on a quest: find like-minded artists who want to create, collaborate and thrive.
I am really heart-warmed and stoked at how things are working out.
Here are some 2019 half-time highlights:
June 28 - CBC Fresh Air + CHUO interview + Bar Robo @ Ottawa @cbcfreshair @cbcottawa @barrobo #YOWmusic #CBCOttawa @chuofm
June 15 - West End Car Free Day @ Vancouver: Lola Parks Trio with the incredible Michel Bruyere & fabulous Michael Simpsonelli
@carfreewestend @lolaparks @muniidobenese @simpsonelli #WECarFree #CarFreeYVR #luckyme #grateful
May 10-15 - Wrote and recorded "Hey Hey": https://soundcloud.com/lolaparks/hey-hey-call-of-the-pacific
Thank you Jeff Dawson for recording and mixing a fun and lively version! @dawsonproducer
May 5 - Bridgemans Bistro @ Mill Bay - gorgeous spot right at the marina! @bridgemansbistro
April 26-28 - Canadian Songwriter Challenge: Co-wrote "Roses & Rain" with Andre Chrys & Connor Nelson
@nimbusrecording @socanmusic @creativebcs @bellmediapr @andrechrys @itsconnornelson #CSC2019
April 20 - Scholarship from Full Circle: Indigenous Performance to attend Canadian Songwriter Challenge
April 11 - house-concert @ Pam's @ Toronto - with stellar Danny Simmons - thanks Pam & Danny! @pam_ella @danielrobertsimmons
April 5-9 VIA RAIL artist-on-board program: played from Vancouver to Toronto @viarailcanada #YVR #Jasper #Winnipeg #YYZ
Feb. 21 - Talking Stick Festival @ Vancouver: organized by Full Circle: Indigenous Performance
*Thanks to Rob Thomson for getting me involved! @talkingstickfst @robjthomson @musicfullcircle
And thank you to all of YOU for supporting local, live music! It means everything.
Lola - Jun 13th, 2019
"The autumn breeze scares me, not so tenderly
The autumn breeze, nearing, take me." - Autumn Breeze
Fall is upon us.
A long time ago (in Sandyland... and in human years), I wrote a song called Autumn Breeze.
It was a sad but inspired time, my band and relationship ended abruptly and summer likewise fast slunk away.
As fall steals the sun's light and heat away, people tend to stay indoors more; artists tend to woodshed. The changing leaves and cold breeze render fall and winter creative seasons.
"The ocean breeze comes in and slaps you
Telling you what you don't want to hear.
How many times will you stand right here?" - Take You Home
Like the (still) changing seasons, the universe sometimes jolts us out of our everyday, humdrum comfort zone, prodding us to lift up out of mediocrity and the status quo. In the last year, a number of friends - both peers and elders - have passed.
"All we ever want is something genuine
All we ever want is something real
All we ever want is something beautiful
To never not be able to feel." - [yet untitled]
As well this year, I have met some amazing hearts and artists. I am superbly grateful to so many individuals and organizations for sharing their insight and kindness, and giving support and encouragement including: First Peoples' Cultural Council #FPCC #CreativeBC #SOCAN #MusicBC #AtomiqueProductions #Arpix #RifflandiaGathering #FACTOR.
Increasingly I am reminded of how we are all truly interconnected, how there is only one path: the one we take.
This season, let's open our hearts, let love in and out, create not react, build not crack.
We ought not seek to see through each other, but to see each other through.
Every day is a gift, great people are gifts, YOU and MUSIC are gifts.
"Every time I think of when I was happiest
It was with you
It was the first time I knew love
The first time I gave completely
The first time I finally unravelled myself
And wound up in you" - Autumn Breeze
We are the fortunate ones, upon our next unravelling, propelling us toward deeper joy and understanding.
Lola - Oct 9th, 2018
Correction: Last email I mentioned an upcoming CTV segment but it is actually JoyTV (in B.C.) and Zoomer Media (nationally).
This Sat, Jan. 13 @ 9:30am and Sun, Jan. 14 @ 12:30am (PST)
TUNE IN to "Our City Tonight" with Jim Gordon and Leeta Liepins for a quick Lola segment (filmed @ Yaletown's The Distillery Bar & Kitchen) and a whole lot of tasty & cultural more! The episode will repeat the same times next weekend, then will be on their Youtube channel.
Date night? Catch Lola LIVE:
Sat, Jan. 27 @ Q Bar, Fairmont Empress, 6-10pm
Sun, Jan. 28 @ Brentwood Bay Resort, 7-9pm - Jan 11th, 2018
Hola from Lola!
Happy holidays friends! I've missed connecting with you!
Some exciting and new stuff happening here in Victoria, B.C.!
#music #momentum #merriment
Just did my first PODCAST with Ben LeRoy from Ampheta'Zine (he's in Wisconsin!):
NEW ALBUM, "The Hustle," is up, out and on!
Spotify - https://www.spotify
:artist:6gPWllhAge80xjKWbD7gQp (playlist time!)
iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/lola-parks/470410481
(Lola tunes in the stream...)
Bandcamp - http://www.lolaparks.bandcamp.com
Lola site - http://www.lolaparks.com
CALL TO ACTION: Please please please - follow and add Lola to your SPOTIFY playlists!
Streaming and moonlighting on Spotify playlists are today's music currency!
NEW VIDEOS on YouTube!
I've done some live vids (tributes to Gord Downie, Tom Petty + more) and edited together a skydiving (me! skydiving!) video for All This Time:
It's the first track off the new album, original dive filmed by divemaster-videographer Kai Calicott.
Message me with cover song suggestions and feedback (How about post/review on YouTube!)
NEW WEBSITE is up! http://www.lolaparks.com
Thank you Nev Gibson!
HOME SWEET HOME:
I'm planning on arranging a special house concert with music by Lola and Mike Ferguson in January in Victoria... Message me if you'd like an invite!
I'd love to do one in Vancouver as well - do tell if you've got a fabulous place to host 30-40 distinguished music lovers!
Lola - Dec 10th, 2017