Two things missing from Jeff Bonner's downtown Chilliwack music studio Tractorgrease he now has at his rural, Chilliwack River Valley location.
Grease and a tractor. And while his new (well, old) John Deere and the oil slick on the floor of the auto repair garage he took over are in no ways eponymous, they may help to mythologize where his studio's name came from.
"I had to pressure wash the floor five times," Bonner told the Times with a smile. "I had to remove 50 years of grease."
His new Chilliwack Lake Road location next to the Pointa Vista Café was an auto repair shop for 50 years run by valley fixture Wes Burgemeister.
Moving from his Alexander Avenue and Young Road location to the valley was a big decision. But as a destination studio, Bonner said it made sense for a lot of reasons not least of which was to be in the tranquil nature of the valley, situated among hulking cedars, hugged by the mountains and adjacent to the Chilliwack River.
"It's going to be more of an artists' environment," he said.
More than a studio, Bonner will continue to use his space as a small venue for performances.
He's got room for about 40-or-so people in the main room, which used to be used for oil changes and fixing transmissions.
The first show at the new Tractor grease on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. is Lee Harvey Osmond, aka Tom Wilson of Junkhouse and Blackie and the Rodeo Kings fame.
That day also kicks off the fifth year of Music Business 101, a joint project with 89.5 The Drive that has seen the likes of 5440, Mother Mother, The Odds and Barney Bentall lend a hand to teach upand-coming musicians. This year, Wilson will be on hand with Bob D'Eith, president of Music BC, to help guide aspiring musicians in 12 lucky local bands picked to take part.
Submissions for bands interested in Music Business 101 are still being accepted up until Oct. 19 and tickets for Lee Harvey Osmond's Oct. 27 show are $20 at the door or can be reserved by emailing email@example.com.
For more information on Tractorgrease and these events visit www.tractorgrease.com.
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