Hear and Now is almost here and we’re beyond stoked!
Back for its third year, Hear and Now celebrates Whistler and the Sea to Sky’s thriving music scene with a chance to soak up free live, local music. It’s two days packed with rising stars, local favourites, and awesome Sea to Sky talent. From sensational original tunes to catchy cover songs, discover Whistler and the Sea to Sky’s professional and amateur music communities, offering local flavour and local fun.
We’ve got the scoop on the entire lineup – there’s a little something for everyone. Check it out!
Listed in Alphabetical Order:
BAD HABIT (Youth Performer)
Whistler’s Bad Habit features young talents Calum Mishaw (drums/vocals), Lochlan Harvey (bass/vocals), Dawson Cote (guitar), and Kevin Kercher (guitar). These aspiring musicians are grade eight students at Whistler Secondary, and have played garage jams, school concerts, a live performance at the Arts Centre after completing Arts Whistler’s School of Rock program, the Children’s Art Festival and the Hear & Now Festival (for the second year in a row).
THE BANDITS OF BLUEBERRY COUNTY
The Bandits play classic and contemporary country hits from around the world. With primary vocalist Imogen Osborne, guitarist Matt McGinnis and drummer Dean Feser alternating on lead vocals, and bassist Tony Moser providing backup vocals, this group’s layered harmonies create a classic country sound. More Info
BLAME THE WEEKEND
Blame the Weekend is a 5-piece powerhouse featuring local musicians Rachel Lewis (Keys/Vocals), Matt King (Guitar/Vocals), Gary Yoshida (Guitar/Vocals), Rajan Das (Bass), and Jason Chaulk (Percussion/Vocals). Formed in 2014, Blame the Weekend has gained a reputation for packing dance floors and slaying some of the biggest tunes in rock and popular music. Full throttle high volume rock n’ roll goodness, live from Whistler BC! More Info
Bluesberry Jam Showband, an 11-piece R&B and blues band from Squamish, BC has been playing their version of covers and originals for over 20 years. They seek to honour a genre of music that spans decades and is at the root of nearly every radio hit ever released. With rock solid rhythm, a four-piece horn section, harmonica and sweet backup vocals, this group packs dance floors wherever they play. More Info
This is Calvina’s first performance with Hear and Now. An ambassador at the Squamish-Lil’wat Cultural Centre, Calvina shares, “I first realized I love to sing when I was in kindergarten. I started singing cover songs publicly in the eighth grade.” On ukulele and voice, Calvina will share some of her favourites with you. More Info
Local artists, Cat Madden and her bandmates, invite you into the refreshingly unique realm of jazz-grunge! Be warned, in this journey, you may endure face-shredding virtuoso lead guitar from Marcus Ramsay, funky keys player/evil-genius Bradford Needham, Chris Chayko – “Puncher of Bass”, Travis the Groove-Smith and powerhouse vocalist and song-witch Cat Madden. If you’re feeling confused, you’ll just have to come and see for yourselves! More Info
Soulful, acoustic, folk sounds of a homegrown Whistler songstress.
The Combat Dolphins are a Whistler-based 3-piece band who love to play funk, soul, indie, pop and anything that has a great groove to it. Both covers and originals are all sprinkled with our special sauce.
Pemberton-based alt-country rock band released “Big Mountain Music”, nominated for 2017 BCCMA album of the year and in 2018 have been nominated for video of the year, group of the year, video director of the year and the Gaylord Wood Traditional/Roots Country Award. Members of the band are Adam Leggett, Davie Trimble, Gavin McDermott, Dean Feser and 2018 BCCMA Mike Norman All-Star Band nominee for keyboardist, Rosalind Steel. This fall the band begins a new recording project, club dates in and around Vancouver and a home Halloween show, the first on home turf in 2018. More Info
Emily is a local staple in Whistler and the Sea to Sky corridor. Her collaborations include work with Rick Lopez, Old.Soul.Rebel, Will Ross, and Joshua Wood; and she’s been known to be found in back rooms jamming with the likes of Jim Cuddy and Sam Roberts. Emily has performed at the Rockin’ River Fest, Pemberton Music Festival, New Leaf Music Festival, Blessed Coast and Invermere Music Festival among others. She was the winner of the 2015 Whistler Music Search. More Info
FUNKY SNOW MONKEYS
Started back in October 2015, the Funky Snow Monkey’s original songs are inspired by influences mainly from ska, reggae and funk music though each have roots from other genres ranging from rock, R&B to hip hop. They do cover songs too. More Info
Hi there, I’m GoRdo. An independent solo artist … so I’ve no one to write this for me… If it’s true, the Blues had a baby and named it Rock ‘n Roll… then my music is a family reunion of sorts.
Jeremy Thom’s style is a mixture of upbeat west coast acoustic summer jams and introspective wordplay. His laid back acoustic tunes speak to summer days and outdoor adventures – a mountain soundtrack from coastal BC. More Info
Hailing from the snow covered Whistler, BC, Lazy Ghost bring a soulful alternative blend of talents with a sound being compared to the likes of Alt J and Half Moon Run. Fronted by Australian singer/guitarist Kyle Leeming, the rest of the band comes from southern Ontario (Evan Camm on drums/vocals, Matt Stobo on bass/vocals, and Jeremy Royal on lead guitar.) 2018 saw Lazy Ghost headline their first international tour of Australia, play over 100 gigs across Western Canada, and industry showcase spots at Victoria’s Rifflandia festival and the Whistler Film Festival. They have directly supported many top acts, including Australia’s Ocean Alley and Canada’s Shred Kelly. More Info
LOZEN AND THE GET DOWN BROTHERS
Lozen is a VIMA (Vancouver Island Music Association) nominated artist with a knack for captivating listeners with diverse musical tastes. Her collage of lyrical rap flow and smooth vocal melodies over criss-crossing genres has earned her a loyal tribe and expanding fan base. Lozen exudes an energy that is both raw and authentic. Live shows have evolved her unique approach to Hip Hop while recordings have pushed her sound across the globe. More Info
MADELINE (Youth Performer)
Madeline is a sixteen year-old local one piece/player band, singing with her electric and/or acoustic guitar. This is her first time performing at Hear and Now. Madeline wowed the audience at the 2018 International Women’s Day concert in Whistler. She’s previously performed on the Main Stage at the Whistler Children’s Festival, and at the Maury Young Arts Centre with Anita Burleson’s LB Productions.
POOR DIRTY SYLVIA
Poor Dirty Sylvia is a 6-piece alt-country band playing original songs featuring lots of harmonies and creative guitar from Susan Holden, Sean Rose, Ellen Domm and Murray Hunt. They move from shuffle to groove and beyond with the help of Art Barrientos and Andrew Alido. More Info
SMALL TOWN RUNAWAY
Small Town Runaway is country singer-songwriter Christine Sherrington. A Whistler resident for the last 8 years, she has performed throughout the Sea to Sky in local venues, on radio stations and festival stages. A band with roots in country, rock, folk and blues, Small Town Runaway isn’t afraid to make some noise. More Info
THE SPIRITUAL WARRIORS
The Spiritual Warriors are a First Nations music group and features Leroy and Daisy Joe from the Lil’wat/St’at’imc Nation. Their unique sound and style is directly from the traditional Lil’wat/St’at’imc drumming, chanting and language. Their CD, (as Kalan Wi), won an award in 2013 at the Native American Music Awards in Niagara Falls, NY – winning for best Historical/Linguistic recording. They are set to release their first CD as The Spiritual Warriors in the fall of 2018. More Info
SQUAMISH LIL’WAT CULTURAL CENTRE AMBASSADORS
Cultural Ambassadors, Qawam (Redmond Andrews)and Georgina Dan from Lil’wat Nation; and Joan Natrall, from Cree and Squamish Nations get things started each day with a traditional welcome from the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations. More Info
Unit 208 is a band comprised of five Sea to Sky Musicians; Laura Nedelak, lead singer and guitar player fronts the band; accomplished and talented keyboardist, Carol Severson, is on piano; the unassuming but consummate pro, Tony Moser is on bass; Lauri Lyster, creator of the “Drummer Girl” (a play based on her life as a female drummer) unequivocally locks down the drums; and Rita Kyle sings backing vocals, holding the group together like glue with her resounding, distinctive, vocal style. The band recently performed at the Maury Young Arts Centre in celebration of the release of Laura’s solo album, “Timing”—a collection of eleven, folk-rock originals.
Whether you want to catch a rising star, support your favourite local or enjoy a small stage performance before one of these amazing talents make it big, that’s what Hear and Now is all about. Head on over to Village Square September 22 and 23 to listen to all our talented local musicians and show them some love. From 11:30am-8pm every day, the stroll will be alive with the sounds of local music.
Music sounds better with friends!
Hear and Now is just one of the awesome events that is presented as part of Fall for Arts Kickoff Week.