Feature Story                                                                                                        Monday October 8, 2012


Road Show to Success

Jobfest 2012 entertains and empowers in Chilliwack

Staff/Voice photos


Job hunters and fans of Halfway to Hollywood enjoy the show last Monday.


usic was at work in the Chilliwack community last week. It was Disney meets Workopolis for job seekers and music lovers Monday at Central Community Park, when the provincial government's Jobfest 2012 hit town.


The travelling road show's theme was "Rock Your Future" and featured local speakers and indie bands banging the drum for jobs, amid huge amplifier-shaped kiosks with interactive gadgetry, all geared toward empowering people with career resources.


Jobfest2012 is a BC Government initiative that has been roving around the province hitting 50 cities beginning last August in Abbotsford and wrapping up in Powell River October 19. It's intended to be a fun day.

The event in Chilliwack ran from 12 noon to around 6 P.M. and with speakers  Jason Lum, city councillor and local Phil Bruce, local BC Ambulance paramedic as well as live music throughout the afternoon.                                  

Organizers made invaluable connections with schools and kids who heard about Jobfest2012, even though it was mid-week on a school day, with little media notice of the show coming to town, it still drew in somewhere around 300 youths.

Scott Jesse, GT Hiring Solutions Job Developer and Rob Wener, IT/Data Coordinator with Chilliwack Community Services were manning a table on-location.

Werner told The Voice that Jobfest 2012 is for youth and adults who are looking for work and for opportunities to advance into a career and they are available for guidance after Jobfest.

"They can come to our centres in either downtown Chilliwack or in the Vedder area," he said.

Even though this was a one-time-show for Werner, he was fluent on the subject of career advice.

"This is resources for career exploration, so if you're trying to figure out what type of career that you're looking for, this would be letting people know what those different resources are."

Grant Walker, guitarist and lead singer for the 4-piece Vancouver band Halfway to Hollywood, took a moment to speak with the Voice after their set.

Walker says he has driven through Chilliwack in the past, but this is the first time he's played here and he loves it.

"I'm really pleasantly surprised by all the awesome people we've met and all the fans we managed to win over today, I had a great time."

Earlier in the day, the band played to slightly larger crowds when some schools brought their students to the park.

"A lot of them came back for our later set, it's been a great turnout seeing as how this is our first time out here," Walker said.

Social media has been good to them. A lot of their fans have connected with them online first before ever seeing them play.

"We've had some people come out from Vancouver and Surrey."

According to Walker, Halfway to Hollywood is getting some airplay on The Fox.

"The songs we have now are self-recorded, so I don't really feel that its representative of where we're at any more, but we just finished up an EP that will be out early next year and we're going to be pushing for radio play around that time."

The CD is so new that the band hasn't even decided on a name yet.

"One of the songs people are enjoying off of it is called 'Unbelievable'."







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