Chilliwack

Chilliwack

Chilliwack returns to Sooke

The legendary psychedelic/rock band from Vancouver is back and is ready to rock everyone's faces off.

“Fly by night, it makes you feel alright, you keep coming back for more,” echoed Bill Henderson’s soothing voice in Chilliwack’s 1977 hit song, Fly at Night. If that’s ever so true, Chilliwack’s captivating guitar solos and catchy lyrics stood the test of time, staying memorable in the hearts of Canadians and Americans alike.

And now, that musical magic is coming back to Sooke this Saturday (March 12) at the Edward Milne Community School Theatre.

“It’s a beautiful area of the world, so we like coming here,” said Bill Henderson, Chilliwack’s main vocalist and guitarist, as well as the band’s sole original member.

It’s certainly been a long journey.

The band originally started in early 60s as The Classics, a house band for CFUN, a Vancouver radio station. Later, they became The Collectors, playing as the house band for CBC. It was also at this point that Henderson, who would become the main vocalist for years to come, joined in.

The band took off, quickly becoming a major hit rock/psychedelic band in Vancouver.

In early 1970s, Henderson became lead guitar and vocals, alongside Ross Turney (drums) Glenn Miller (base guitar) and guitarist Howard Froese. It also took the name of Chilliwack, after the town in Fraser Valley east of Vancouver, as the band felt the name’s Aboriginal meaning, “valley of many streams” was an accurate representation of their diverse music.

Chilliwack continued to produce music until late 1980s, releasing big hits such as Baby Blue, My Girl (Gone Gone Gone) Crazy Talk and Lonesome Mary. By this point though, Henderson felt it was time to take a little break.

“I put a new band together and toured around for a year, then I decided that it’s enough,” he said, adding that following the break, he got involved with UHF, an acoustic group working with Roy Forbes and Shari Ulrich, doing solo shows at folk festivals all over the country.

It wasn’t until 1997 when he decided to bring Chilliwack back again.

“I was missing the base and drums, that nice thump and the crunch, so I put the band back together and we’ve been going ever since. That’s 19 years since then.”

Just last summer, they released a new song, called Take Back This Land, which was largely based on the 2015 election.

As for the show this weekend, Henderson hopes to not only bring back some good memories, but create some new ones. He’s also really happy with the current group that makes Chilliwack happen again.

“We’re very focused on every moment in the show, and making it come alive. It’s also very real,” he said. “We’re there with the people who are in front of us, and we create something together with them over the course of the evening, and it’s a lot of fun for us and the audience.”

As for what’s in store for himself and the band, Henderson said it’s all about living every moment for as long as possible.

“I’m 71 years old myself. The only way for me to go forward is to really honour every moment, and to really dig in.”

Tickets for Chilliwack are unfortunately no longer available.

 

Just Posted

Two volunteers work to sieve a sample of sand and ocean water through a filter, capturing any potential microplastics. (Courtesy of Ocean Diagnostics)
Victoria startup making waves in microplastics research

New products from Ocean Diagnostics will make research faster, more affordable

Willows Beach in Oak Bay. (Black Press Media file photo)
Seven days of sun set to shine on Greater Victoria

Special weather statement warns of higher than usual temperatures

Chef Trevor Randle leads a June 21 online cooking featuring recipes – beef zesty lettuce wraps, blueberry strudel and blueberry spritzer. (Courtesy We Heart Local BC)
Free online cooking course explores B.C. blueberries and beef

Chef Trevor Randle calls them the province’s most flavourful foods

Island Savings kick-starts the Equipped to Heal campaign with $120,000. (Courtesy Victoria Hospitals Foundation)
Latest Victoria Hospitals Foundation campaign targets $1M for mental health

Goal is to outfit new 19-bed unit at Eric Martin Pavilion

Shaelyn Sinnott of Oak Bay Volunteer Services delivers groceries for client Irene Kenny. The organization has kept up delivery of food and medication throughout all phases of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Courtesy Oak Bay Volunteer Services)
Oak Bay volunteers keep critical services running

Duo drove between Oak Bay and Jubilee three days a week, twice a day during pandemic

Jesse Roper tackles weeds in his garden to kick off the 2021 season of What’s In My Garden Man? (YouTube/Whats In My Garden)
VIDEO: Metchosin singer-songwriter Jesse Roper invites gardeners into his plot

What’s In My Garden, Man? kicks off with the poop on compost

FILE – Most lanes remain closed at the Peace Arch border crossing into the U.S. from Canada, where the shared border has been closed for nonessential travel in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Blaine, Wash. The restrictions at the border took effect March 21, while allowing trade and other travel deemed essential to continue. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Feds to issue update on border measures for fully vaccinated Canadians, permanent residents

Border with U.S. to remain closed to most until at least July 21

A portion of the George Road wildfire burns near Lytton, B.C. in this Friday, June 18, 2021 handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, BC Wildfire Service *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Blaze near Lytton spread across steep terrain, says BC Wildfire Service

Fire began Wednesday and is suspected to be human-caused, but remains under investigation

Blair Lebsack, owner of RGE RD restaurant, poses for a portrait in the dining room, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. Canadian restaurants are having to find ways to deal with the rising cost of food. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Canadian restaurateurs grapple with rising food costs, menu prices expected to rise

Restaurants are a low margin industry, so there’s not a lot of room to work in additional costs

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
Fort St. John man arrested after allegedly inviting sexual touching from children

Two children reported the incident to a trusted adult right away

A Lotto 6/49 ticket purchased in Parksville for the June 19, 2021 draw is a $3M winner. (Submitted photo)
Winning Lotto 6/49 ticket worth $3M purchased on Vancouver Island

Lottery prize winners have 52 weeks to claim jackpot

Barbara Violo, pharmacist and owner of The Junction Chemist Pharmacy, draws up a dose behind vials of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines on the counter, in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. An independent vaccine tracker website founded by a University of Saskatchewan student says just over 20 per cent of eligible Canadians — those 12 years old and above — are now fully vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
At least 20% of eligible Canadians fully vaccinated, 75% with one dose: data

Earlier projections for reopening at this milestone didn’t include Delta variant

This undated file photo provided by Ernie Carswell & Partners shows the home featured in the opening and closing scenes of The Brady Bunch in Los Angeles. Do you know the occupation of Mike Brady, the father in this show about a blended family? (Anthony Barcelo/Ernie Carswell & Partners via AP, File)
QUIZ: A celebration of dad on Father’s Day

How much do you know about famous fathers?

Most Read