Tickets will be available at Leo's Video
(2680 Pandosy St) & Mosaic Books
(411 Bernard Avenue).
With his debut The Last Of Our Mountains, Mike Edel
has learned that home, love and youthfulness are neither innocent nor simple. Born in rural Alberta, his youth was spent between rocky mountains and vast wheat fields. These landscapes shaped the album; a sharp and urgent collection of 8 songs that give way to the adventurous, compassionate and delicate.
Produced by Vancouver’s Winston Hauschild (Hannah Georgas, Hey Ocean
), the making of The Last Of Our Mountains saw, a new human being birthed, the last use of Mushroom Studio’s vintage gear, an emergency trip to the hospital and many passages across the Strait of Georgia. The collection is bookended by "Bottom Floor Apartment," in which smiles reassure and "The Country Where I Came From" where the longing for the idea of home and infinite possibilities of youth and love grow narrow. Mike Edel has since relocated from his family’s wheat farm to the seaside city of Victoria BC, where he has quickly formed a personal and musical home.
Mike Edel is no stranger to touring, he has toured across Western Canada 5 times and the Pacific Coastal States on 3 occasions. Since relocating to Victoria, Edel has grown to be one of the city’s best singer/songwriters. He’s performed at The Rifflandia Festival, The Tongue on the Post Folk Festival and won Rawlco Radio’s 10K20 grant while playing alongside Vince Vaccaro, Aidan Knight, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald
and Chad Van Gaalen
. Jordan Klassen
makes music built out of pure imagination. A truly alluring voice, laid upon beds of shimmering strings, caressed guitar, and coaxing percussion. His latest work takes such a foundation, and continues to build.
Kindness, a 4 song EP, introduces rich and full-bodied singing alongside his now ubiquitous falsetto. The first single from the EP, “Go To Me” provides a glimpse as to what his upcoming LP might sound like. The song has been critically celebrated, with ChippedHip.com calling it a “cinematic pop rocker” and Holeytonal dubbing it a “gracefully dramatic little masterpiece.”
Gracefully dramatic enough to be featured in ‘Catch .44’, an upcoming film starring Bruce Willis & Forrest Whitaker, joining other Klassen creations which have found their ways onto television series’ including USA Network’s ‘Royal Pains,’ and the upcoming iTunes version of late 90’s TV show ‘Felicity’.
It has been over a year since his 2010 release, the subdued St. Brigid EP. The spring centered album was the second in Klassen’s chronicling of the seasons, the first being Tempest & Winter, an album which put him on the map with appearances at Calgary Folk Music Festival and Rifflandia, along with a live performance on CBC Radio 1 and extensive airplay on CBC Radio 2.
After 4 years spent in Calgary where he established himself as an emerging artist, Klassen returned to British Columbia in 2010, settling into his hometown of Vancouver. The return to the west coast allowed for the fruitful collaboration with Jonathan Anderson (Aidan Knight, In Medias Res
) at Buena Vista Audio where Jordan Klassen’s new material has taken shape.