Archive for June, 2012.

Some kind words from the Straight…

This is music of great strength and beauty... Alexander Varty, The Georgia Straight

Read the full article from The Georgia Straight here.

A Review of Fantastic Pictures

To describe the musicians as flexible is gross understatement. These players can move from almost Herbie Hancock-like post bop in “Hibernation” to time-change challenges of neo-classical forms on “Talking Fish” and then get its tango on in “Rats That Now Star.” Stuart Derdeyn, The Province

Read the full review here.

Upcoming events…

Along with all of the beautiful sights and sounds of Spring in Vancouver, The Pugs and Crows are adding a series of exciting shows in and around BC and a brand new sophomore album to the mix.

Vancouver’s award-winning five-piece is set to release their second album, Fantastic Pictures, on June 14th, 2012. Limited edition signed vinyl and download cards will be available for purchase online at or at any one of the band’s upcoming concerts. This album, recorded and engineered by Sheldon Zaharko at The Factory Studios and produced by the one and only Chris Gestrin, is sure to turn some heads. Its eclectic mix of both indie rock and modern jazz sounds stays true to the band’s well-loved cinematic soundscape, while layering in new, bolder sounds and unique sonic textures. Fantastic Pictures is a well-crafted album, sure to appeal to all listeners.

The Pugs and Crows perform their most illustrious show to date at 9pm on Friday, June 22nd, opening for Bill Frisell at The Vogue Theatre as part of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Tony Wilson, one of the band’s longstanding idols and “unquestionably one of the most original guitar stylists on the Canadian scene,” according to Downbeat Magazine, will be joining The Pugs and Crows at The Vogue show for a set of outstanding original music.

Also coming up in June, The Pugs and Crows, with guest Tony Wilson, embark on a mini-tour of BC, with shows in Courtenay (June 15th @ Joe’s Garage), Hornby Isle. (June 16th @ Hornby Community Hall), Victoria (June 17th @ Hermann’s Jazz Club), and Vancouver (June 21st @ El barrio and June 22nd @ The Vogue). Let your friends and family know we’re coming to town with a fantastic new set of songs and an armload of limited edition vinyl, hot off the presses!

In the House

We recently played the Myriam Steinberg’s 9th annual, “In The House Festival” and picked up a bit of attention here and here.

New song: Rats That Now Star

Hey guys, here’s a new number from our upcoming release, “Fantastic Pictures“.

We Must Befriend The Ice Queen

From Tasty Ears:

Vancouver’s Pugs & Crows join Tasty Ears for this instalment of An Afternoon at The Zoo. The band performs two new songs for our cameras including this driving number titled “We Must Befriend The Ice Queen”. We had a great time hanging out with this incredibly talented band. Thanks again to Pugs & Crows (Cole Schmidt – guitar, Meredith Bates – violin, Ben Brown – drums, Russell Sholberg – bass, and Catherine Toren – piano) and The Kozmik Zoo.

Sept. 11th, 2009: Performing music from the old record @ the old 1067 with old guitarist, Clayton Murray.