SingItFwd: A Special Junos Edition

SingItFwd: A Special Junos Edition

Mother Mother, Said The Whale, Hey Ocean!, Leif Vollebekk, Dawn Pemberton, Khari McClelland

Wed March 21

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

Vogue Theatre

Vancouver, BC

$25.00 - $35.00

This event is all ages

#SingItFwd
Wednesday March 21st, #SingItFwd - Vancouver's acclaimed charity concert series will return to the Vogue Theatre for a special Junos Edition, more than 2 years after it's final show. Between 2011 and 2016 the annual event sold out the historic theatre by bringing together 35+ of the city and country's most acclaimed musicians alongside the kids of Saint James Music Academy (SJMA) raising awareness and more than $200,000 for the non-profit music school (started 10 years ago by DTES resident and mother, Kathy Walker).



Helping to kick off Juno week you can expect another 8+ artists performing short stripped down sets of music including a performance by event founders and former juno nominees, Hey Ocean!. The SJMA's children's choir and orchestra will also collaborate with performers both in concert and new instalments of #SingItFwd's ongoing video series. For this year's videos, artists will cover nominated artists/songs with the kids.
Mother Mother
Mother Mother
Ryan Guldemond: Vox / Guitar
Molly Guldemond: Vox / Synth
Jasmin Parkin: Vox / Keys
Mike Young: Bass
Ali Siadat: Percussion
Said The Whale
Said The Whale
Long before Vancouver’s Said The Whale became a JUNO Award-winning, radio chart-topping indie rock band, it was an exploratory songwriting experiment led by high school friends Tyler Bancroft and Ben Worcester. Now, a decade since their 2007 formation, they have taken the project back to its freeform roots while simultaneously venturing forward into uncharted art-pop territory.

As Long As Your Eyes Are Wide is the group’s fifth album, and it was recorded amidst a period of turnover. Following the success of 2013’s hawaiii, which spawned the Canadian rock/alternative number 1 hit “I Love You,” bassist Nathan Shaw and longtime drummer Spencer Schoening both left the lineup. Now operating as a trio — with frontmen Tyler and Ben and keyboardist Jaycelyn Brown — the group briefly considered making separate solo records before ultimately deciding to enter the studio with no preconceptions and no concrete plan.

“It’s a return to how Tyler and I used to make music, which is just experimenting with anything and everything,” Ben remembers. “We started out using Casio keyboards and drumbeats on our computers, and then we turned into a rock band. This is a return to being free to make anything.”

Recording took place in various Vancouver studios, with We Are The City’s Cayne McKenzie serving as producer and helping to guide the record’s organic synth textures and unpredictable structures. Arrangements were chopped up until they became unrecognizable from their original form, scratch vocals were soaked in effects and used in the final mixes, and assorted song fragments were gutted and stitched together. The sessions were briefly interrupted by the birth of Tyler’s son, and Jaycelyn got married and had to record some of her parts while on honeymoon in Southeast Asia.

And yet, regardless of the piecemeal recording process, the result is the most focused album of Said The Whale’s career to date. The guitar strums that once formed the basis of the band’s music are almost completely absent, now replaced by thick bass grooves and shimmering electronic tones. “This is the most cohesive record we’ve ever made, between my songs and Ben’s songs,” Tyler says. “Musically, there was more collaboration than ever before.”

Previous Said The Whale records highlighted the contrast between Tyler’s eclectic rock influences and Ben’s salt-of-the-earth folksiness. Here, their styles become one: Ben-sung lead single “Step into the Darkness” rides a giddy drum loop towards its towering pop chorus, while Tyler’s “Confidence” sets soul-searching lyrics about the harsh realities of adulthood against a sublime backdrop of dance beats and deconstructed synth stabs. “Emily Rose” is an aching tribute to a friend who passed away in a car crash, and “Heaven” is a bittersweet eulogy propelled by swaggering blasts of electronic bass.

Despite the album’s many adventurous sonic forays, it remains true to the spirit of Said The Whale’s classic work. At its core, As Long As Your Eyes Are Wide is a singer-songwriter record, guided by introspective lyrics and alchemical group harmonies from Ben, Tyler and Jaycelyn. “This is our most personal, earnest record for sure,” Tyler says. “Even the upbeat songs are lamenting and sad.”

After so much change and uncertainty in recent years, Said The Whale has emerged as a unified force. While some listeners are bound to see the overhauled sound as a reinvention, it’s really just the latest step forward. They’ve evolved, but the DNA is the same, and the group’s musical partnership is more fruitful than ever.
Hey Ocean!
Hey Ocean!
After a 3 year hiatus, Canadian indie favourites, Hey Ocean! return with a new evolution of their energetic brand of west coast pop. David Beckingham, Ashleigh Ball, and David Vertesi have used the last few years to focus on other projects including their own solo records but the Juno-nominated trio's decade-plus long collaboration seems to have called them back for perhaps their strongest effort yet.

For long time fans, the new music builds a bridge between the carefree experimentation of 2008's "It's Easier To Be Somebody Else" and the slick pop production and songwriting of 2012's "IS". If it sounds like they are more relaxed, it’s because they are. The band cites their time away from Hey Ocean! as being key to feeling more at ease in the studio and with the project itself.

“Taking space to work on our own respective solo albums has been great.” Says Beckingham “We've grown up, learned a ton about our strengths and weaknesses, and had time to reflect on what makes this collaboration so special. "

They have also relieved pressure by parting ways with their record labels in favour of returning to life as an independent artist. "We're excited to be in control of our music again" says Vertesi "Being hands on definitely helps us feel more connected to what we're doing and to the fans of our music who have supported us through so much and for so long."
Leif Vollebekk
Leif Vollebekk
Leif Vollebekk is a Canadian singer/songwriter from Montréal, Quebec.
Venue Information:
Vogue Theatre
918 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC, V6Z 1L2
http://www.voguetheatre.com/