10 Questions for Ryan La Valette

1. How old were you when you first started playing guitar?
I was 3!

2. Who was/is your biggest musical inspiration?
George Benson was and is still my greatest musical inspiration and influence

3. Where do you make your home?
New Zealand

4. Do you have any pets?
Yes! His name is Teddy and he is a Pug/Brussels Griffon. The crossbreed is called a "Brug"

5. What is the best concert/gig you have ever done?
Best one I performed at was the 2022 Seabreeze Jazz Festival in Florida. An absolute blast!

6. What is the best concert you have ever attended?
Best concert I attended was George Benson's Tribute to Nat King Cole. Amazing!

7. Do you have an all-time favourite song or album?
That's tricky but if I had to choose, it would be the George Benson Breezin' Album. It had the biggest impact on me.

8. What musician would you still most like to work with?
At this stage, Bruno Mars

9. If you weren't a musician what would you be?
I'd be an automotive performance tuner. Cars are my second love.

10. What is your favourite thing about Vancouver?
Been to Vancouver airport once roughly 9 years ago. I was visiting Calgary and had a stopover there. What I loved most was the way the mountains and greenery looked. Was stunning.

Vickie van Dyke - midday host