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In memory of Victoria Megalos

Posted December 23, 2016 by Julie-Anne Saroyan

Steven Wilkes, Vancouver Symphony Assistant Principal violist remembers Victoria Megalos. Vicky came to Vancouver, via Montreal, at the start of the 1970-71 Vancouver Symphony season.  We were stand partners in the viola section for several years.  After finishing her orchestra career, she col...

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Member Feature – Ron Thompson

Posted December 09, 2016 by Julie-Anne Saroyan

Thoughts by Ron Thompson. What are your musical activities? What genres of music do you play?  I think of myself as an "Urban Utility Musician". I work mostly as a sideman for various bandleaders and an accompanist for many singers. I often work as a solo guitarist, mostly providing backgr...

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Member Feature – David Sinclair

Posted December 09, 2016 by Julie-Anne Saroyan

What are your musical activities? What genres of music do you play? I play with various artists, including my guitar and harmonica duo ‘David Sinclair and Keith Bennett’, musical theatre shows, studio sessions both in studio or tracks over the internet. I play many genres, other than classical...

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A Message From Our President

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Welcome to the Local 145 web site. For over a hundred years, Vancouver Local 145 of the American Federation of Musicians has represented members throughout all of mainland British Columbia. We are the largest Musicians’ Association in Western Canada. Our mission is to fight for the interests and well being of the musicians employed in our jurisdiction. We do that by collective bargaining and by putting all of our members on a sound business foundation. The many benefits provided by Local 145 to our members help to ensure professional musicians receive fair treatment and fair wages for their services.

Our members include the Vancouver Symphony, The Vancouver Opera Orchestra, The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, The Prince George Symphony Orchestra, the Broadway Show pit musicians, the freelance musicians who perform in British Columbia’s many other musical venues, the jazz artists, hotel, club date and cabaret musicians, recording musicians, ethnic musicians and the musicians in the rock, blues and contemporary music scenes.

We are a local office of the 88,000-member American Federation of Musicians, which unites musicians across the United State and Canada.

To our current members we say welcome and we encourage you to use this web-site to its fullest. If you have any suggestions for improvements to the site that will enable you to better handle your needs, please feel free to contact us at any time.

If you are not a member, have a look around our website. I am sure you will realize the importance and relativity of the VMA, Local 145 of the Canadian Federation of Musicians, through their many services offered to members, will bring to you.

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