Cake

Out of Northern California’s flat, dry central valley, CAKE formed in the early nineties as a somewhat antagonistic answer to grunge, which members saw as just another form of big, dumb American rock. The band intentionally made their sound as small as possible, thumbing their collective musical noses at the very idea that in the USA something so incredibly wide-load and excessive could be perceived “alternative.” Luckily there were a few people who understood CAKE. Somehow a copy of CAKE’s first demo made it all the way to France, where it was understood and well-received – “The drug dealers do not thank CAKE,” astutely observed French music magazine, Les Inrockuptibles, So true.

Current Swell

Every song has a story. With Current Swell’s third Nettwerk Records release, When To Talk And When To Listen, these stories cut deep. Grammy-winning producer Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Tom Waits, Norah Jones, Cold War Kids, Of Monsters and Men, James Bay) produced the album over four weeks in two vastly different locales: Nashville and Vancouver. The former is where King lives and does most of his studio work; the latter is a ferry ride away from where Current Swell makes its home. Both cities have music at their core, which gave King and Current Swell common ground on which to build their new relationship.

Common Kings

ALLEN STONE

On his third full-length album, soul artist Allen Stone proves himself deeply devoted to making uncompromisingly soulful music that transcends all pop convention. Made in collaboration with Swedish soul singer/songwriter/phenom Magnus Tingsek, Radius captures the warm energy of that creative connection and transports the listener to a higher and more exalted plane. Tearing through nearly 600 shows in just two years – including sold out performances at LA’s Ace Hotel and NYC’s Apollo Theater. “I absolutely believe that if you’re going to stand at a microphone and say something, you need to recognize that as a privilege,” Stone said. “You’ve got to be incredibly careful about it, and really put all your heart into the message that you’re sending out into the world.”

Junior Reid

Reggae and Dancehall Artiste Junior Reid born Delroy Reid and grown in the gritty Waterhouse community of Kingston, Jamaica. Reid launched his label “Jr Productions” with his first single “Settle Down” by Barrington Levy. 1989’s “One Blood” saw him re-established at the forefront of the reggae scene. In 2007, Reid performed alongside Alicia Keys at the American Music Awards. Reid is featured on a remix version of Alicia Keys’ single “No One”. He also did a song with Lil Wayne called “Ghetto Youths Rock.” In 2011, Junior Reid teamed up with Ludacris, T-Pain, Busta Rhymes, Mavado, Bun B, Game, Twista, Jadakiss, Waka Flocka Flame, Fat Joe, Ace Hood & Birdman in the remix of Dj Khaled’s “Welcome To My Hood.” Other Junior Reid collaborations include: Lil Wayne’s “Rappa Pom Pom” (2006) and “Still Standing” (2008), DMX’s “Bad Boy” (2008), Cool & Dre’s “Don’t Play Me Dirty” (2008), Busta Rhymes’ & Bounty Killer’s “Change Like The Weather” and more.

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe is back in action with a run of shows giving fans what is highly regarded as one of the best live bands on the planet. Karl, who now serves as the saxophonist in The Rolling Stones, is fresh off a tour with the legendary rock band that included the highest grossing concert festival of all time, Desert Trip. With KDTU, he’ll be showcasing material from his forthcoming studio album, due in early 2017, as well as previous acclaimed KDTU recordings like ‘New Ammo’ and ’The Bridge.’ The current KDTU touring lineup is comprised of Richmond guitarist DJ Williams, Soulive drummer Alan Evans, The Greyboy Allstars’ bassist Chris Stillwell, Crush Effects’ keyboardist David Veith, Seattle trumpeter. 

Oddisee

For those unfamiliar, ODDISEE is a Sudanese American emcee / producer from Washington, D.C. who’s recently been operating out of Brooklyn, New York City (he currently releases music via independent Seoul, Arizona imprint Mello Music Group). Most recently, he released a visual for “Caprice Down”, a choice cut drawn from his late 2013 instrumental album The Beauty In All. Juice, E.C. and ManMan of the Long Beach skateboarding collective Hammer City guest starred in the video, which was directed by Jeremy Ian Thomas (AKA former hip-hop recording artist Surreal).

The One and Only PPL MVR

The creatures you are about to see are not Yetis. They’re not aliens or mythical beasts. The truth is, we don’t really know what they are, who they are or where they’re from. We only know they call themselves “the one and only PPL MVR,” and claim to be some sort of ancient species (mostly seen around the Los Angeles area). We also know this species has an affinity for heavy duty rock and roll, windmill guitar riffs and karate kicks.

Mariachi Flor De Toloache

Latin Grammy Nominees Mariachi Flor de Toloache make New York City history as its’ First and Only All­-Women Mariachi Group. Founded in 2008, Mariachi Flor de Toloache is lead by singers Mireya I. Ramos (founder) & Shae Fiol (original member). Reminiscent of the early days of mariachi the group started as a trio, Harp, Violin and Vihuela. Today, Mariachi Flor De Toloache performs as a full Mariachi ensemble. The members hail from diverse cultural backgrounds such as Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Australia, Colombia, Germany, Italy and the United States. This defines their unique flavor and sound. The result of this cultural bouquet is an edgy, versatile and fresh take on traditional Mexican music.

Vince Vaccaro

Vince Vaccaro (born 1980) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist and record producer. He has performed largely as a solo artist, appearing both solo acoustic, and backed up by a five to eight piece band. His musical influences include Bruce Springsteen, Ben Harper, Eddie Vedder, and Adam Granduciel. Vaccaro has played shows in Canada, Australia, and the US, sharing stages with bands such as Mumford & Sons, Temper Trap, Awol Nation, Matt Mays, Jay Malinowski & the Deadcoast, Sam Roberts Band, City & Colour, and Bedouin Soundclash, among many others. Vince Vaccaro has released eight studio albums, four EPs and several singles to date, in addition to his most recent Demo Recording which features three new songs.

Polyrhythmics

Creating vivid instrumental imagery with complex rhythms and a unique precision that redefines the term “funk” for 21st Century audiences, the 8-piece Polyrhythmics are proving to be one of Seattle’s finest exports.

Founded from a collective desire to make classic vinyl recordings, Polyrhythmics have been a defining musical force and west coast institution for the better part of a decade.  With four studio albums under their belt as well as a growing pile of limited-release 7-inch 45’s, the boys are back at it in 2017 working on a new full length that is scheduled for release later in the year.

Little Destroyer

It has been a year of hard work for Little Destroyer. The recently formed three-piece from Vancouver, British Columbia have been back and forth to Los Angeles for months carefully cultivating their own brand of hard-hitting, synth heavy alt-pop with producer Jarrett Holmes (Walk the Moon, Neon Trees, Hedley). The resulting collection of six new songs is the benchmark for what a band can achieve when they have a singularly unified sense of purpose. Recorded over an oppressively hot summer, each song pulsates with the energy of Southern California’s underground rock scene. Mixed by the legendary Dave ‘Rave’ Ogilvie (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, Carly Rae Jepsen), Little Destroyer’s blend of heavy, dark synths and powerful vocals is captivatingly unique.

The Velveteins

The Velveteins are a rock n’ roll band from Edmonton, Canada. Their style of heavy guitar pop has translated into energetic live shows across Canada, America, and the UK opening for acts like July Talk, Elephant Stone, Michael Rault, and Milo Greene. Their last release “A Hot Second With The Velveteins” has been described as “rollicking garage, moody surf […and] pop classicism with a rough edge” (EXCLAIM!) Signed to Fierce Panda Canada, the group is set to release new music produced by Colin Stewart (Dan Mangan, Black Mountain).


Fortune Killers

Victoria, BC based alt-pop/rock outfit Fortune Killers (formerly Isobel Trigger) strikes you with their dynamic synth-scapes and high-voltage performances. With exotic vocals, soaring lead lines, and heart-thumping grooves, the band weaves a musical web that pulls your hips into a sultry sway. The lovechild of Lana Del Ray and Metric, Fortune Killers make glitter and grit collide.

The Brass

The Brass is a non-auditioned community ensemble that plays arrangements of modern indie, pop, rock, electronic, and hip hop music. Featuring fun, original arrangements of songs by LCD Soundsystem, David Bowie, Daft Punk, David Bazan, The Weeknd, Tame Impala, Vulfpek, and many more! Come join in the fun!

Electric Timber Co.

Victoria collective Electric Timber Company sits comfortably at the intersection of the Allman Brothers, Otis Redding, and Neil Young, offering the perfect mix of grit and groove. During its six years together, the union of veteran roots musicians have pioneered a boogie stew of their own invention: Soulgrass, a self-styled strain of roots, rock and rhythm. This all-star assembly has collaborated with Current Swell, David Gogo, Jim Byrnes, C.R. Avery, The Sojourners, Daniel Lapp, Towers and Trees, Fox Glove, Jets Overhead, and Jon and Roy, Wil , among others. The collective prides itself on being no less than the sum of its unique, sympathetic parts, which shapeshift from night to night and gig to gig, and continue to thrill audiences across Canada.

Kermode

The Kermode Bear is a unique subspecies of the American Black Bear. Approximately 10 percent of their population has completely white colored fur. Their color is believed to be caused by a recessive gene trait. Since they are white they stand out against the dark green forest they inhabit. Kermode bears also play music that can be described as “Big beats over ambient guitar and trombone”. The Kermode Bear is named after Frances Kermode of the Royal British Columbia Museum.

Distant Grand

Distant Grand is Jess Brown and Manj Benning. After many years of collaborations, the duo behind Distant Grand have solidified their style, resulting in the discovery of the sound that captures the essence of their self made genre, “Sexy Sad”. Recognizing the need for a more sensualistic sound in the slower, deeper realm, Distant Grand is bringing sultry back to the dance floor.

DJ Bellyfish

A veteran in the Victoria DJ scene. Bellyfish will make you dance. If you’ve ever found yourself in the Maple Room at The Strath, you’ve probably seen Bellyfish do his thing.

DJ Tim Horner

Our first act of the weekend! DJ Tim Horner recently opened for The Ballantynes at Sugar NightClub for their St. Patrick’s Day Party – it was a blast.

DJ Mike D

DJ Mike D A.K.A. Mr. Mike Devlin can not only put pen to paper, but also music to ears. His sound is everything you want on a Sunday afternoon.

Layten Kramer

In October 2014, Layten Kramer released his first EP Through The Days, after spending a long winter in the Pacific Northwest. The EP featured acclaimed song Sea of Glass that was put into rotation on CBC Radio 2. Shortly thereafter Kramer embarked on a tour across Western Canada alongside talented Canadian musicians including Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, Scenic Route To Alaska, and Jasper Sloan Yip. Both his EP and the tour were well received garnering acclaim within the Canadian music sphere, including the JUNO Awards, Ride The Tempo, and Digital Journal.

Cheeks

Based out of Victoria, British Columbia, Cheeks was started by longtime collaborators Nico Carboni and Scott Neuendorff. After years of playing as a duo, the two long haired compatriots joined forces with renowned singer/songwriter Bennie Beattie, and the well travelled veteran Dusty Enns. Formed with the goal of creating an experience for people through thought provoking visual and musical media, Cheeks strives to make people see the world from a new perspective. The four fellows push the boundaries of rock and roll music. They take rock everywhere from its’ blues roots, to the psychedelic sixties, up through jazz, and into to the pop rock of today. The members of Cheeks believe in the collective dream of spreading a message of love, change, and equality by holding up a mirror to the world around them.

Sam the Astronaut

Tj and Garrison got together after a manic freak out Tj had on his bus ride to the shittest pizza job in maple ridge. They spent a few days at Little Mountain Sound Studios recording ‘waves’, and through that time, Tj and Garrison bonded over the strive to tour in a band and do drugs. But with 80’s synths and radical sounds. After talking about doing more songs together, Tj invested in a pair of monitors and a URMKII interface, and using a $80 mic with a sock as a pop filter. They wrote and recorded/mixed the rest of the album in Tj’s apartment bedroom in Port Moody. STA Flavours Sam the Astronaut is a melting pot of pop, rock, and hip hop. Hypnotizing you with beats and tempos that you can sway to without spilling your beer. And dance to while looking like a hippy. Some say they sound like 1975 trying to be Blink 182 with small peckers.

Mt. Doyle

Mt. Doyle is a product of his environment… The outstanding electronic music scene of Vancouver Island. Originally a purveyor of fine Drum n Bass, Doyle has expanded his horizons to include Funk, House, Hip-Hop and Bass, all with his soulful west coast flavour. Over the years Mt. Doyle has played lounges, clubs and festivals all over B. C. including The Commodore Ballroom and The Tall Tree Festival 6 years in a row. In that time he’s shared the stage with international heavyweights Aphrodite, Funkanomics, Serial Killaz, Slynk, Netsky, Camo & Krooked and Andy C, not to mention many of the west coast’s finest. With a mountainous lust for music and versatile style, Mt. Doyle will keep bodies moving any time any place with whatever the hell he wants.

The Barefoot Thieves

The Barefoot Thieves are a Rock n Roll band who hail from Salt Spring Island, B.C. Soon to be releasing their third studio album, The Thieves have described it as ‘the heaviest and grittiest one yet.’ Their music weaves styles of blues, rock, folk and grunge; and when combined it firmly places them as a powerful up-and-coming group in the contemporary rock and roll scene.

Cartoon Lizard

Cartoon Lizard is a five piece psychedelic pop outfit based out of Victoria, BC. Each member is a multi-instrumentalist/songwriter/producer so they hold a strong emphasis on careful collaboration in shaping each song to it’s fullest potential while maintaining a focus on meticulous experimentation in the studio and the constant refining of their craft. Cartoon Lizard’s songs are intricately arranged, multi-coloured compositions designed to appeal on a surface level as well as reward those who unearth its hidden layers through repeated listens.

Violet

While their sound is something familiar to the ears, Violet is distinct in the new age of gritty R&B. Led by singer Theresa Pasaluko and guitarist Matt Bromley, the band combines electrifying vocal melodies and insightful lyrics with raw and untamed slide guitar. Sean Thompson digs deep on drums with Aaron Scoones and Bob Gronotte rounding out the rhythm on bass and guitar. Based in one of Canada’s hottest music scenes, Victoria B.C. Violet solidified its lineup in late 2016 and is geared for a busy year playing festivals and spending time in the recording studio to complete its debut album.

LAZY GHOST

LAZY GHOST’s psychedelic mood grooves will have the crowds dancing their hearts out while their faces slowly melt off their skulls. Set to release their second album and announce a late summer support tour, LAZY GHOST looks to solidify their unique sound and style all over BC. The band’s blend of beautifully layered guitars, multiple layered vocal harmonies, and tripped out rhythms will set them apart from others and have people talking‎.

Wise Child

Victoria BC’s Wise Child pulls together a dreamy combination of melodic and honest music that reaches deep. At the forefront of Wise Child’s driving blend of indie-pop is lead singer Jaya Bremer’s lush and expressive alto. Her voice is contrasted and supported by wandering electric guitar melodies and propulsive bass and drums. Wise Child’s debut EP Lucky You was released in October 2016 and they are thrilled to be recording their first full length album in Fall 2017.

David Ward

When singer songwriter David Ward released his psych-rock soul album, Golden Future Time, The Guardian voted him “Most likely to: Be assured of a golden future.” He garnered further acclaim with his expansive orchestral follow up, Transitioning: A Rhapsody in Five Parts “…a songwriting sensibility that is at times, devastating.” Clash. While frequently compared to the likes of Stevie Wonder, Jeff Buckley, Michael Jackson and Pink Floyd, Ward is carving his own compelling path. He spent the last year between London, England and Vancouver, opening up for the likes of Frazey Ford, Becca Stevens and the legendary, Lisa Fischer. His new album is scheduled for release January 2018. It features 33 of Vancouver’s finest and was mixed and mastered by Grammy Award winning engineer Russell Elevado (D’Angelo, Badu). It’s the most ambitious project yet from an artist ever-keen to challenge himself.

Alex Maher

Using a loop pedal, guitar, saxophone, percussion instruments and his voice, Alex Maher creates lush layers and complex harmonies all with a driving rhythm that makes you want to move. With a foundation in jazz, Alex’s music fuses hip hop, soul, pop and funk influences with an unforgettable one-man-band delivery. He released his second solo album, Aether in early 2017.

Kyle Vaughan

Kyle Vaughan (of Year of the Wolf) hails from the Ottawa Valley, but has made the West Coast his home for over five years. Through that time we’ve seen Kyle lead a synthesis of maritimes, blues, folk and Rock & Roll (think Matt Mays, Sam Roberts) with threads from the Ontario Punk Rock scene. Combine this with the obvious influences that the Pacific offers, and you’ve got a truly pan-canadian sound.

The New Souls

The New Souls are a high-energy indie soul quintet hailing from Victoria, BC. This soulful troupe exploded on the scene in the summer of 2012, with a mission to craft a unique sound from their boundless love and respect of soul, R&B, and funk music. Well-crafted melodies, soaring lyricism, and a dynamic rhythm section make The New Souls a must-see live act. The band is locally grown from BC’s finest; its members come from premiere Motown Revue band The Midnights, or are graduates of Victoria High School’s Rhythm and Blues program, while others found their way after working with a variety of other Victoria bands. Their debut EP, ‘Household Daydreaming’ was at Infiniti Studios with Adam Sutherland and Chris Neal, available on Bandcamp. They’ve played with such artists at The Monophonics, Fly Moon Royalty, Dutch Robinson, and many other local groups in Victoria. Earnest, authentic, and creative, The New Souls are ready for the exciting and funky years to come

Dirty Mountain

Hailing from Victoria BC, Dirty Mountain’s sound is heavily infused with harmony-driven melodies and timeless storytelling. Dirty Mountain is a roots-rock band with a underlying blends of country and blues to support the sassy and often gritty messages portrayed in the lyrics. Elli Hart is the relentless force behind Dirty Mountain, commanding the stage with her powerful voice and holding her own while ripping out the leads on her trademark SG. Keeping her in line and providing the strong prowess that runs through the music are Gord Light on bass, and Tom Salter on drums.