John-Paul-Byrne-BioFor more than 25 years, publisher/editor John Paul Byrne has called the Okanagan Valley home, managing the reins at Okanagan Life magazine and writing and playing great music.

Alberta-born, this singer-songwriter with his acoustic guitar and baritone voice brings to the stage a commanding yet heartfelt presence. Catch him solo, in a dueling guitar duo (Johnny vs. Johnny) or in full band mode for corporate party and wedding dances.

Publisher’s Alter-Ego

Johnny vs JohnnyWhen John Paul Byrne expanded his passion from the printed word to music scores, it’s no surprise that magazines were his focal point. In 1991, he took a walk just a few blocks from the magazine conference he was attending in New York to see his first Broadway musical (Les Misérables). He then set to work, composing one of his early songs, Power of the Printed Word, which has a mesmerizing rock beat powerful enough for centre stage.

Paul was determined to see his own musical Ink! on stage. He called on the mastery of local pianist Neville Bowman, who helped with the instrumentation and prepared charts for the 12-member cast. Then teaming up with Triptych Theatricals, Paul realized his dream when his 28-number production, which centres on the staff of Memphis Magazine, hit the stage in Vancouver in 2006.

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Ink! The Musical

April 2006

For years a father would sing songs to his three children as they drifted off to sleep. That passion became an obsession and on April 14, 2006 Ink! The Musical opened at Performance Works Theatre, on Vancouver’s Granville Island. The book, music and libretto were written by Okanagan Life publisher John Paul Byrne to honour his children.

Read the original feature from the April 2006 Okanagan Life magazine.


John Paul Byrne-singer-song-writerPutting pen to page for each issue of Okanagan Life magazine, John Paul Byrne offers sage advise on small business and shopping local, our magical brains link to advertising and music in the Okanagan. See his latest editorials.

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