Photo: The Soul Mechanics
Hear and Now is almost here and we’re beyond stoked!
Back for its fourth 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:
Birdsong is a vocal jazz group, led by singer Robyn Forsyth, and backed by guitarist M.J. Mullin and bassist Tony Moser. All active members of the Whistler music scene, they recently created Birdsong, exploring variations on some jazz standards, as well as adaptations of timeless classics from various genres. Some favourite pieces include Stella By Starlight, Girl from Ipanema, Doodlin’, and Summertime. Find out more.
Conor Fitz is an Irish singer/songwriter who spent the past few years performing his music in bars around the world. Conor plays a mixture of pop, folk, rock and sing-along classics. Find out more.
|The Courageous Mountain Rangers
The Courageous Mountain Rangers are a 4-piece acoustic string band based out of Whistler/Pemberton. The four gentlemen are Brett Florio, Jeff Heintzman, Mike Grenzer, and Larry Cosulich. Mandolin, guitar, dobro, standup bass, as well as mandola and banjo, are the instruments used to play diverse material from hard driving fiddle tunes to mournful murder ballads and tender love songs. Find out more.
Since 2014, Dakota Pearl has been a staple (and a favourite) in the Sea to Sky Corridor. Known for their powerful performances and well-crafted original music, the band released a new single this summer “Nothing to Lose”, the title track off their third collection of music which is due out this fall. Dakota Pearl’s unique country-rock sound is inspired by the life and the hard-working people in the beautiful Pemberton Valley and set to song by frontman Adam Leggett. Their music speaks about things like love, living life to the fullest and the struggles we all share. Dave Trimble, on lead guitar and banjo, Gavin McDermott on electric and stand-up bass, Rosalind Steel on keys and vocals and Dean Feser on drums round out the line-up, with Adam on lead vocals and rhythm guitar. Find out more.
|The DEAD MILLENIALS
Welcome to the DEAD MILLENIALS! Comprised of six of Whistler’s veteran musicians from three of Whistler’s longest-tenured bands (Marble Canyon, Red Chair, Brother Twang) the DEAD MILLENIALS came together to celebrate our shared love of music that differs from what we do in our regular bands… a bit more grooving – a lot more edge… and a ton of attitude!
Ev Kinsella is a soul-drenched roots singer-songwriter who performs solo and collaborates with musicians and producers coast to coast. Inspired by multiple genres and the healing power of music, travel, and unity, his music is written from the heart and aims to invoke positive minds. With a high-energy performance, heartfelt songwriting, and a dynamic collective of musicians behind him, Ev Kinsella is capturing audiences everywhere he goes. *West Coast Vibe* East Coast Flow* “Follow your wild-heart with love and awareness”. Find out more.
FOMO is inspired by the Grateful Dead, playing their repertoire as it was intended, exploring the music in extended, psychedelic, improvisational jams. We’ve got Robcat putting everything he’s got into lead vocals and guitar; flanked by shredding and innovative lead guitar and vocals from Sal; building on Jordan’s surging keyboards; driven by a morphing, rhythmic heartbeat of percussion with Brad behind the kit; and Larry dropping the bass bombs. When the stars align, this band can bridge the gap into a mind-blowing jam space that lifts the crowd off the floor. Find out more.
Hey Bartender! is Whistler’s latest blues band, bringing in seasoned talent to deliver all your favorite Blues Brothers hits like “Soul Man,” “Gimme Some Lovin’,” “Sweet Home Chicago” and “Boom Boom.” The iconic 80’s movie influenced these musicians to storm the stage and get you dancing. Calling all fans of good live music, big bands, and tail feather shakin’. You won’t wanna miss this! Find out more.
|Little Biggs Band
A Louisiana fairy tale from somewhere over in Rainbow, performing toe-tapping vibes of Americana swing themes, re-imagined covers, and fun originals! Lead by Monty Biggins, the Little Biggs Band offers sweet vocals embodying the jazz greats. Rounded out with Jack-Qui No on drums and featuring an all-star cast of musicians. Find out more.
|Madeline and Israelle
This fresh new duo will be performing for the first time at the 2019 Hear and Now Festival. Don’t let their youth fool you – both are experienced performers: Israelle’s experience coming from choir, vocal lessons, and busking; Madeline’s from multiple performances in the Sea to Sky corridor (Whistler Women’s Day 2017 and 2018; Hear and Now 2018; multiple performances at the Murray Young Arts Centre with LB productions.)
Blending the best alt-rock, reggae, R&B and classic soul tunes, Moondrops include London-born vocalist Helen Hamilton and Ontarian guitarist Ethan Hale, backed by the super-talented Drew Doy and Arthur Barrientos, on drums and bass respectively. Expect original sounding versions of contemporary and old-school tracks from Whistler’s newest band, with a power-house vocal and super soulful guitar style. Find out more.
Overcomers are a husband and wife duo who cover your favourites and treat you to their own original sounds as well. Show-stopping vocals deliver genre’s ranging from blues to country, with a splash of jazz (think Etta James and Billie Holiday), they appeal to all ages and tastes. Overcomers have a unique style of their own and bring that to every tune they play.
For Rachel Lewis (formerly Rachel Thom) music has always been a family affair. Rachel’s brothers and father are also singers and songwriters. She began performing at the tender age of 5 and began songwriting at the age of 10, adding guitar at 14. Rachel released her first album at the age of 14, another at 17, and her third album at 19 – half the proceeds from her first album went to Children’s Cancer Research. Rachel has been performing professionally since 2007 and continues to be busy with private events and her regular local shows. Her extraordinary vocals and engaging style wins fans wherever she performs. Find out more.
|RTC (Right Turn Clyde)
Right Turn Clyde formed in January 2019 as the coming together of two musical ideas. Guitarist Pierre Richer and violinist/pianist Katherine Fawcett had plans for a gypsy-influenced boss nova band while bassist and vocalist Tony Horn and chanteuse extraordinaire Robyn Forsythe were planning a country-folk Broadway spectacular! Combining the two ideas made perfect sense and so did enlisting drummer Harvey Lim. RTC instantly felt like a family combining the talents of these five unique musical minds in a perfect mix of different styles. Be ready for a diverse setlist of covers and originals and get ready to dance “any which way you can”!
|Rutherford Creek Collective
Rutherford Creek Collective is a four-piece band with Canadiana roots, folk and alt-country influences, formed almost 16 years ago in the aftermath of a divesting and fatal flood of Rutherford Creek. South of Pemberton. Audiences will be swept up in their creative string sounds, driving rhythms and intense vocals. The band features Glenn Mishaw on vocals/guitar, Rajan Das on upright bass, Gary Yoshida on vocals and lead guitar and Douglas Kerr on drums. Sitting in on everything strings is the talented local multi-instrumentalist Michael Kilby.
This tour de force ensemble pays tribute to the great Motown era, playing hits by such luminaries as Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Tina Turner, Ray Charles and all the other greats from Hitsville, USA. A killer rhythm section, heavy-hitting horns, and sweet background vocals back up the powerhouse lead vocals of Sean Rose and JennaMae Togado. This is feel-good, family-friendly music that will take you back to the glory days of soul. Find out more.
|The Spruce Tops
Roots / bluegrass / Celtic / country / folk. At 18 and 13 yrs. old, Emily Ashcroft and Sofie Hill are two very talented young players in the Sea to Sky area. They shine on banjo / fiddle / guitar and vocals. Lending strong rhythm support is Cam Salay, a veteran musician in the sea to sky who spends most of his time teaching and mentoring young players in our corridor. Fabulous young talent on the rise. Find out more.
In 2018 and with the help of Arts Whistler, Ellen Domm formed Vocalicious, Whistler’s premier acapella ensemble along with Anita Winkle, Brant Schrage, Bruce Mohr, Heather Beresford, and Nicole Giguere. The Hear and Now festival marks their debut as a mixed-voice group and they hope to achieve their mission to delight listeners with favourite tunes from across the decades in sweet and tasty unaccompanied harmony.
Head on over to Village Square to listen to all our talented local musicians and show them some love.
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 to listen to all our talented local musicians and show them some love.
Hear and Now – Whistler’s Local Music Celebration
September 21 & 22, 2019
11am – 7pm daily | Free, all ages | Village Square, Whistler | Full event details.
Hear and Now is just one of the awesome signature events in the 4th annual arts season – Fall for Arts.
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