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From a high energy stand-up bassist who plays swing and writes and plays tunes for kids, to a classical and rock influenced Korean violinist, guitarists playing folk and Cuban influenced-music accompanied by a markedly Canadian, ethereal voice, to a female drummer and guitarist with a blow-the-roof-off power to her voice, our featured artists bring unique and experienced talents to the Lifers studio. Imagine how this collaborative project will roll out with all this creativity and diverse influences in one room!

But let’s hold the gushing momentarily so you can meet our featured artists, in alphabetical order:

Dinah D

The Kerplunks & Dinah D and the Contraband Swingclub

Dinah D began to produce, manage and book her own bands over 20 yrs ago. Between “Dinah D & The Contraband Swingclub”, “The Kerplunks” and freelance work for other artists, she stays busy both on and off stage. Dinah lives on Gabriola Island and has a small farm and loves her chickens and bees. As an artist, Dinah enjoys sharing her self-taught skills with others and has a keen understanding of the complex behind-the-scenes skills a self-managed artist needs to stay working. Whether she is fronting her swing jazz band, performing spoken word at a coffee shop, backing another artist or playing to 1,000 screaming children in an auditorium, Dinah D loves it all!

Learn more about Dinah at

Ho Joong Jin (Ray Chin)

Classical Violinist

Favourite quote: “Practice makes progress .” – Anonymous

Lifers producer Merideth Bisiker discovered Ray during a ferry trip to Vancouver when she heard Vivaldi’s Four Seasons emanating from the outside deck. Ray uses every space possible to practice and perform, much to the appreciation of his accidental audiences. Originally hailing from South Korea, Ray is a teacher and violinist. He currently attends Vancouver Island University and is pursuing his Bachelor of Education. He loves all classical performances, and also incorporates his rock and roll and heavy metal influences into his own pieces. He’s going to add a unique influence to this project’s sound and his story will inspire.


You can follow Ray on his Facebook page HERE.

Jona Kristensson

The Femmes Fatales / Wunderbread / Moonshine Mollys

Favourite quote: “It is what it is.” -Anonymous

Jona has been playing music professionally for over 30 years since her first start in Iceland. She has travelled to a significant number of locations around  the world to perform. She is a master vocals and performance coach, drummer and lead singer in The Femme Fatales and Moonshine Mollys and singer in Wunderbread. Jona owns and operates Indie Entertainment and West Coast Vocal academy. She has also worked with at risk youth in the community through music for over 10 years.

You can learn more about Jona’s work at

Ryan McMahon

Solo Artist & Lion Bear Fox 

Favourite quote: “Find something you love, and do it really fast.” Tom Wilson (Junkhouse, Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, Best-Selling author and Ryan McMahon mentor)

Vancouver Island born-Ryan McMahon has been creating and releasing music for twenty years, both as a solo artist and as a member of harmony-darlings Lion Bear Fox. He has played shows world-wide, seen his music licensed to major network television programs, and shared the stage with everyone from the Guess Who’s Burton Cummings to Buffy Sainte Marie. His most recent work, “In Line For a Smile,” has been hailed as his best, most poetic work to date. A multi-award winner and a music festival mainstay, Ryan is just beginning to garner the respect he deserves, and is finding that a life in music truly begins at 40.

To learn more about Ryan, visit

Sweet SantaFe

Christine Baxter & Michel Rivero

Favourite quote: “Music is life.” – Michel Rivero

The idea of Sweet SantaFe was conceived by Christine and Michel in the fishing district, Santa Fe, on the outskirts of Havana. Immersed in Cuban culture, Sweet SantaFe evolved as the two seasoned songwriters learned to speak each others language through the gift of song. The infectious Cuban Trova-style rhythms inspire the audience to dance and the lyrically-painted scenes enchant the listener. Sweet SantaFe’s distinct style has been influenced by the likes of North America’s Alison Krauss and Sarah McLachlan, Cuba’s Pablo Milanes, and Brazil’s Tom Jobim.

To learn more about Sweet SantaFe, visit