40 Million Salmon Can't Be Wrong

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40 Million Salmon Can't Be Wrong

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40 Million Salmon Can't Be Wrong is a musical stage show about bringing back and preserving the wild salmon on the BC coast. The show features Holly Arntzen, Kevin Wright and their band, The Wilds, and weaves in ocean stories from ecologist Russ George.…


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40 Million Salmon Can't Be Wrong is a musical stage show about bringing back and preserving the wild salmon on the BC coast. The show features Holly Arntzen, Kevin Wright and their band, The Wilds, and weaves in ocean stories from ecologist Russ George. Featured in the band were: Andreas Schuld (guitar), Bill Sample (piano), Brian Newcombe (bass), Shawn Soucy (drums and percussion), Joani Bye and Kirsten Wood as the Candlefish Singers.

"40 Million" was inspired by the phenomenon of the 40 million sockeye salmon that returned to the Fraser River in 2010. Scientists were predicting only one million would return, and all of a sudden there was a 4000% increase! Why did this happen? Kasatochi volcano in the Aleutian Islands erupted in 2008, dispersing mineral-rich volcanic ash over the North Pacific ocean. The plankton bloomed, and ocean life exploded. That summer the baby sockeye that swam out to sea from the Fraser River, instead of mostly starving, were treated to a feast of plankton that was nourished by the volcanic dust. They grew and grew, and before too long, they came back to our rivers, 40 million strong! We want to bring this phenomenon into current conversation and help to bring back the fish—the wild salmon that are the foundation of our West Coast ecosystem.

The show was recorded at Blue Frog Studios in White Rock, BC on Oct. 5, 2013. This project was also recorded for a live CD project under the same name to be released at another Blue Frog show on Feb. 28, 2014.

Video was shot by Silverstone Media and edited by our most awesome drummer Shawn Soucy. Audio engineering and mix by Pat Glover at Blue Frog Studios. Live sound by Peter Young. Lighting by Jon Rowthorn.

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