Aaron Chan Performing Arts & Music Awards

Words by Alan Ng
Photography by Albert Law & Agnon Wong

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The justalilhype! Crew attended the “First Annual Aaron Chan Performing Arts and Music Awards 2009” show on October 25th, 2009 at the Michael J.Fox Theatre. The show not only paid tribute to the late Aaron Chan and his accomplishment, but it was also a competition for up and coming music talents of Vancouver. The night was a celebration of Aaron’s amazing accomplishments in life and also to recognize the local music forces that Aaron was once part of.
The show started off with the performing arts and music competition. All contestants wrote their own pieces and performed them with a great deal of emotional and pride. Many contestants of the night were influenced by Aaron’s ambitions and all had a quick introduction on their meaning behind creating their songs. Various subjects were touched upon by the contestants but many tied in topics of dreams, love, and friendship.
The contestant included Edward Chui, Hilbert Ng, Bonnie Wong, Dora Leung, Erik Chen, Gio Escueta, and Edison Wan. These seven contestant all portrayed their own styles of music and all did an amazing job in performing in front of the crowd that was both at the show to observe up and coming talents and also to pay tribute to Aaron’s life. Even though there was only one winner of the show, many of the contestants left a lasting impression upon its viewers which included playing of various instruments such as piano and guitar. Contestants also demonstrated powerful vocals and portrayed meaningful lyrics emotionally throughout the night. The winner goes to Gio Escueta, who wrote and sang the song “Let Her Know”, a love song that talks about the notion of letting one know when you fall in love with them.
The competition was only half the show. The show moved on to familiar faces in the Chinese entertainment industry within Vancouver. Micky Tang aka “mixx” is one of Aaron’s good friends and performed “With Me”, followed with his signature beat boxing talent, and finished with a fast paced dance song “No Goodbyes”.
Followed by Mickey, came along the Mix Tape Crew, hip hop group Toxic Slime Clique worked with Aaron on a few songs and were very good friends of his. They would work with him from dawn to dusk and have noted his hard working attitude in life and their friendship bonded through working towards the love of music. Members that made up TSC that night included Riff Raff, Kris Blade, and Cliche. Through their different attributes and styles, they motivated the crowd to enjoy the music and have fun. They encouraged sing a longs and audiences participation throughout their performance which definitely lighten up the crowd.
The new “Am3ition” came up soon after, Ahlee, Ginny, Jill & Kali were all Aaron’s students and have been learning from him since the start of their music careers. That night was their first official gig and was very important to them as they were carrying Aaron’s group name. Their first song “Black” showcased these girls’s ability to dance to the upbeat music and be able to pronounce vocals. After that, they performed slower songs “You Can Be” and “Same Blue Sky” and was able to display a very emotional touch throughout the song as they have came a long way to be able to perform in Aaron’s footstep and have definitely fulfilled the crowd’s expectations in leading up the new “Am3ition”. The question holds for their future as they take the name further on, and holds the pressure of bringing Aaron’s legacy upon the greatness that only Aaron Chan was once able to achieve with the quick success of his initial launch of the group.
The final part of the show was perhaps the most touching portion of the show. Warren and Yuen, two of Aaron’s best friends came upon the stage and performed his favourite songs. Yuen singing and playing on the piano, and Warren focusing on his talented vocal projection. A medley of AC’s work through the years was also played, and a music video that he has made was always displayed. The audience of the night was able to experience Aaron’s life long musical achievements. Mr. Eddie Chan and Yuen also thanked everyone a video on their support towards Aaron Chan Academy and reiterated the damage that youth violence has done upon the community. The Aaron Chan Academy hopes to continue to set Aaron’s example for others. Their goal is to reach out and give support to the young and gifted sports, music and the performing art talents in Vancouver. The show closed up with Yuen asking all of the people involved with the show upon the stage to perform the final tribute song to Aaron “Whatever it takes”. Even though there were signs of sorrows upon the faces of Aaron’s close ones, throughout the night, it was a celebration of Aaron’s accomplishment in life and the mark of the first successful event for Aaron Chan Academy and the new Am3tion group that has been reformed. The efforts from Bonny, the producer of the show upon with everyone that performed did not go to waste. As Yuen said as a closing remark of the night: “Aaron Chan was here and will be proud and happy to see everyone’s participation for the love of music.”

The justalilhype! Crew attended the “First Annual Aaron Chan Performing Arts and Music Awards 2009” show on October 25th, 2009 at the Michael J.Fox Theatre. The show not only paid tribute to the late Aaron Chan and his accomplishments, but it was also a competition featuring musical talents of Vancouver. The night was a celebration of Aaron’s amazing accomplishments in life and also to recognize the local music forces that Aaron was once part of.

The spectacle started off with the performing arts and music competition. All contestants wrote their own pieces and performed them with a great deal of emotions and pride. Many contestants of the night were influenced by Aaron’s ambitions and were accompanied by a quick introduction on the meaning behind creating their piece. Various subjects were touched upon by the contestants’ message as many tied in topics of dreams, love, and friendship.

The contestant included Edward Chui, Hilbert Ng, Bonnie Wong, Dora Leung, Erik Chen, Gio Escueta, and Edison Wan. These seven contestant all portrayed their own styles of music and all did an amazing job in performing in front of the crowd. Which contained attendees whom are at the show to observe upcoming local talents and also to pay tribute to Aaron’s life. Even though there was only one winner of the show, many of the contestants left a lasting impression upon its viewers which included playing of various instruments. Contestants also demonstrated powerful vocals and portrayed meaningful lyrics emotionally throughout the night. The winner goes to Gio Escueta, who wrote and sang the song “Let Her Know”, a love song that talks about the notion of expressing love.

The competition was only half the show. The show moved on to familiar faces in the Chinese entertainment industry within Vancouver. Mixx is one of Aaron’s good friends. He performed “With Me”, followed with his signature beat boxing talent, and finished with a fast paced dance song “No Goodbyes”.

Followed by Mixx, came along the Mix Tape Crew, hip hop group Toxic Slime Clique worked with Aaron on a few songs and were very good friends with him. They would work with him from dawn to dusk and have noted his hard working attitude in life and their friendship bonded through working towards the love of music. Members that made up Mix Tape Crew included Riff Raff, Kris Blade, Cliche, Audacious and Arista. Through their different attributes and styles, they motivated the crowd to enjoy the music and have fun. They encouraged sing a longs and audiences participation throughout their performance.

The new “Am3ition” performed next. With new members of the group Ahlee, Ginny, Jill & Kali. They were all mentored by Aaron and had been learning from him since the start of their music careers. That night was their first official gig and was very important to them as they were carrying Aaron’s group name. Their first song “Black” showcased these girls’s ability to dance to the upbeat music and be able to pronounce vocals. After that, they performed slower songs “You Can Be” and “Same Blue Sky” and was able to display a very emotional touch throughout the song as they have came a long way to be able to perform in Aaron’s footstep and have definitely fulfilled the crowd’s expectations in leading up the new “Am3ition”. The question holds for their future as they take the name further on, and holds the pressure of bringing Aaron’s legacy upon the greatness that only Aaron Chan was once able to achieve with the quick success of his initial launch of the group.

The final part of the show was perhaps the most touching portion of the show. Warren and Yuen, two of Aaron’s best friends came upon the stage and performed his favourite songs. Yuen singing and playing on the piano, and Warren focusing on his talented vocal projection. A medley of AC’s work through the years was also played, and a music video that he has made was always displayed. The audience of the night was able to experience Aaron’s life long musical achievements. Mr. Eddie Chan and Yuen also thanked everyone on a video on their support towards Aaron Chan Academy and reiterated the damage that youth violence has done upon the community. The Aaron Chan Academy hopes to continue to set Aaron’s example for others. Their goal is to reach out and give support to the young and gifted sports, music and the performing art talents in Vancouver. The show closed up with Yuen asking all of the people involved with the show upon the stage to perform the final tribute song to Aaron, “Whatever it takes”. Even though there were signs of sorrows upon the faces of Aaron’s close ones when Aaron’s music and images showed up, it was a celebration of Aaron’s accomplishment in life and the mark of the first successful event for Aaron Chan Academy. The efforts from Bonny, the producer of the show upon with everyone that performed did not go to waste. As Yuen said as a closing remark of the night: “Aaron Chan was here and will be proud and happy to see everyone’s participation for their love to music.”