Van Damsel has amassed a heap of accolades on the back of their powerful and propulsive live show, which they’ve taken across Canada twice and also played a big part in their $50,000 finish in the 2015 edition of BC’s prestigious PEAK Performance Project. They’ve earned slots supporting the likes of Tokyo Police Club, Mother Mother, and Yukon Blonde, and whether it’s a festival main stage or packed club, Van Damsel brings their unique energy and empowering message to the masses. “We want people to walk away from a show feeling inspired,” Barron adds – “inspired to do whatever it is they want to do, to pursue it with passion and persist through challenges.”
Little India is a band consisting of three friends whose success unfolded unexpectedly after coming together to play music just two years ago. Their worldly influence is heard through unique hooks and samples, and can be credited to the combination of their South African and Canadian heritages with a strong British influence. In their short yet explosive career, their sound has been described as nostalgic rock with 80’s pop influences. Jon Siddall (CBC Music) explains it as “The Cure meets Talking Heads.” With the perfect harmony of funk rock and electronic sampling, their ever-changing sound keeps listeners on their toes and allows for experimentation in the character of each song, all the while keeping you dancing.
Five-piece Winnipeg alt-pop band, Paisley, has been described as a cross between the Smiths and Young the Giant. Head bobbing, hip-shaking, party pop delivered with a sly wink and a wall of complex rhythms and bold melodies are hallmarks of their growing body of original material. The maturity of their song craft defies the expectations placed on a young band, exploring the universal themes of love, loss, and desire.
Their effervescent stage performances have fuelled a loyal fan base. Already Paisley is selling out local venues and sharing the stage with both local and national touring acts such as Van Damsel, Iskwe, Ivory Hours, Adam Hanney, SC Mira, Mise en Scene and Little India.