Good For Grapes formed in September of 2010, after a group of friends took a trip to Victoria, BC for some modest busking. Since the moment they stepped onto the ferry, they were an attraction. Drawing unexpected crowds, naturally this young and aspiring band took form. The original and talented six-piece group embodies an array of harmonizing voices and instruments. Hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia, this this indie-folk act has been gaining momentum ever since. Their live stage performance has evolved into an incredibly active, foot stomping set fuelled with fire.
The band has come along way since entering their very first Battle of the Bands (Rogers urMusic Battle of the Bands), when they surprised the community by winning the Vancouver vote before going on to win the National vote by a landslide. Soon after, they entered Supernova’s “Band on the Run to the UK” competition and after drawing huge crowds to the multiple shows, they won the qualifying round, city finals, and ultimately another National vote. In 2013 the band made the finalist round of Vancouver’s highly coveted 102.7 The Peak FM ‘Peak Performance Project’. The initiative has been instrumental in jump-starting the careers of many talented BC based artists like Said the Whale, We Are The City, and Acres Of Lions.
With the digital release of their new album Man on the Page in 2013, the band’s future is bright. This is the group’s first release since signing with Toronto-based label, Pheromone Recordings Produced by Colin Stewart (Yukon Blonde, Dan Mangan), the band recorded Man on the Page at Hive Studios in Vancouver. The record is a proper reflection of their energetic stage presence, bursting rhythms and tight harmonies.
Since, the young band (just out of high school) has been playing an array of shows and has captured the attention of the Canadian music industry. The band’s humble beginnings of supporting charities and foundations allowed their unique sound to be welcomed by a variety of venues and audiences. Through this, they have gained a loyal fan base, which continues to grow at every turn.
Good For Grapes is Daniel McBurnie, Graham Gomez, Alexa Unwin, Robert Hardie, Blair Hansen and Sean MacKeigan.
With a sweet name and even sweeter sound, Oh My Darling conjures up the right mix of emotion and elation with their unique brand of country. Their prairie roots mixed with bluegrass, Appalachian old time, southern twang, and Franco-folk, makes their style a melting pot of musical languages. Infused with dynamic vocals, brilliant claw-hammer banjo, inspired fiddling, and grooving bass, their music will get your hips swinging, toes tapping, and put your heart right into their hands.
Each time Oh My Darling takes the stage, they prove time and again why they’re captivating audiences and attracting an abundance of fans, because boy, can these girls can play! Individually, they are known as some of the hottest players on the Canadian roots scene, but there is strength in numbers, and combined, the foursome is strong as steel.
It all started with a jam session on a Winnipeg winter afternoon, just a few girls sitting around, playing tunes, singing songs, and thinking about their future. Four years later, the Winnipeg-based roots quartet Oh My Darling has released three critically acclaimed albums, and is touring ceaselessly, headlining three consecutive European tours, countless tours across Canada, and a recent debut in the US at New York City’s Living Room.
They have earned opening spots for Blue Rodeo, Tegan & Sara, performed at Trafalgar Square’s Canada Day celebration in London England, The Winnipeg Folk Festival, Tøndor Festival (DK), and have shared the stage in collaborations with such artists as Adam Cohen, Tim O’Brien, Dirk Powell, Le Vent du Nord, and many other musical friends. Oh My Darling has been topping the campus radio charts, can be heard regularly on CBC Radio and Radio Canada. They have received rave reviews for their recordings and performances, and have had three albums nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award. The gals are crowd favourites at Country and Folk Festivals, and are winning the hearts of all who come to experience their energetic live show!
Inspired by Classic Country, Appalachian Old Time, Bluegrass and Francophone Métis Traditional music, the songs of Oh My Darling are strikingly original, while evoking the lexicon of these diverse musical influences. Dazzling solos, soaring vocals, and unique grooves enhance thoughtful songwriting, and arranging, where instrumental melodies and poetic lyricism are nestled together.
Oh My Darling is Vanessa Kuzina (vocals, guitar, fiddlesticks), Hannah Read(vocals, fiddle), Allison de Groot (claw-hammer banjo, vocals), and Marie-Josée Dandeneau (acoustic bass, vocals).
Raging Fyah is an authentic, soul-filled, roots rock reggae band, with a fresh contemporary flare, that will literally set your soul on fire! That’s what makes Raging Fyah one of hottest spreading, most captivating and powerful entertainment packages in a long awaited Reggae Renaissance!
The “Fyah” was ignited in 2006 in Kingston Jamaica, and five years later they released their debut album, “Judgement Day” recorded in the world famous Tuff Gong Studio. They gained popularity and presence locally and internationally, with songs – such as the title track “Judgement Day” and hit single “Far Away” – charting and also receiving heavy rotation on the airwaves.
Raging Fyah is committed to changing the world, note by note, melody by melody, spreading light in areas of darkness, growing when conditions seem most bleak, demolishing obstacles without remorse… “We will keep blazing… like a RAGING FYAH”