MEL LEHAN HALL AT ST. JAMES i
3214 West 10th Ave, Kitsilano
Accessible All ages
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This concert is sponsored by Allevato Quail and Roy, Barristers and Solicitors. This sponsorship is in support of the artists and the Rogue Folk Club, which provides good venues for these artists.
Newfoundland has a storied history of stunning songwriters, poets and players. Over the course of the last decade The Once have writ and knit themselves into that story. Since first hitting the road in 2009, The Once has earned one of the most loyal followings in the country. Ask their fans why they love the band and watch their eyes widen as the words flow. It becomes clear that The Once ain't regular folk. They've built something unique within their genre, and something rare within the fan base that keeps them growing and going strong and they do not take that fan base for granted. “We give all we got to them because we know we can’t do what we want to do if they’re not with us,” says Hollett of those who have shown endless support for the group. It was this resonance with fans that launched their career and it is this deep relationship that continues to inspire the band to travel new paths, explore new territory, and create new music.
Within the nine songs on their new album Time Enough, The Once offer some of the most vulnerable and honest material of their career. On this, their fourth studio album, the band stays true to the root strength of their harmony driven sound, while extending the borders into fresh yet familiar territory. They craft a sonically understated, but emotionally fulsome sound that accomplishes what they've always done so well: stun listeners with what Amelia Curran calls "perfect vocal harmonies, thick enough to stand on."
Geraldine Hollett's voice is a large part of the band's ethereal sound, and there is nowhere it would sit better than in between the rhythmic and supportive voices of Phil Churchill and Andrew Dale, and the lush soundscapes they build. The trio's instrumentation and vocals meld together like gold, building something stronger together than any one songwriter could muster alone. Their harmonies grab you by the heart, and their music melts what's left of it. Building on the wave of creative energy that defined their last album, Time Enough is a striking and subtle sea change for the band. Dive in, get lost, click repeat.
The story of The Once is one of growth, propelled by the rare chemistry that comes from a decade of writing and touring together. Their songs have been placed in international film and television, they have YouTube videos with millions of hits, and there's a trail of nominations and wins from the East Coast Music Awards, the Canadian Folk Awards, and the JUNO Awards in their wake.
Opening Act: Bradley Arthur Maxwell
Internationally syndicated songwriter Bradley Arthur Maxwell (B.A.M) hails from a sleepy seaside town on the west coast of Newfoundland. There he spent his early years honing his skills in the forested shed of his family home. After fronting several bands and having some regional touring success, Brad moved to Toronto to start a solo career.
In 2012, he landed a record deal with Sparks/Universal Music Canada and released a debut EP, ‘For Your Weakness’ under Brad Fillatre. The record quickly created a buzz for its raw emotional songwriting and haunting yet heartfelt vocal delivery. Songs from the EP went on to be placed on over a dozen network television shows.
His sophomore effort ‘Strangers’ was met with even greater success. Within one month of release, its lead single (of the same name) reached over half a million streams, with zero PR push. The accompanying video aired on numerous music television stations, leading to additional placements, and tour dates supporting award-winning folk trio 'The Once'. Brad now calls Los Angeles, California home. He is currently songwriting, performing and wrapping up recording for his third album, with producer Daniel Ledwell.
"A singer songwriter that should be on your watch list." - Sirius XM Radio
"Emotionally raw folk ballads." - Exclaim!