Let The Voting Begin for the Play Song & Surf Contest

We were truly overwhelmed by the amount of applications we received for the ‘Play Song & Surf Contest’ over the past month. We were floored by the amount of talent that surrounds us in this province of ours. After much listening and debating, five judges narrowed down nearly 40 applications to the top 5. Now, it is up to YOU to decide on who you think should play Song & Surf Music Festival, February 6-8, 2015. Take a listen and vote on our Facebook page or by clicking HERE to go directly to the polls.

Contest closes Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at 11:59pm PST. Good luck to everyone!

#1. THE WOODEN HORSEMEN

Wooden Horsemen deliver an infectious charge of electrified grooves, commanding a mix of gritty, blues driven vocals combined with soulful, driving rhythms.  Formed in the fall of 2013, members met while backing other local Vancouver acts and began to flesh out a small collection of songs by singer and songwriter Steven Beddall. The project culminated in the folk and blues laden debut album which received praise from critics across the country. Jason Motz of Vivoscene described it as “music of a timeless and ageless muse, mellow as a morphone drip and raw as a November squall”  In the spring of 2014 the band hit the road to embark on a two month tour which took them across the country and back, an experience which fostered a remarkable creative energy. Upon returning to Vancouver the band began further expanding it’s sonic repertoire by adding trumpet and second guitar, and so the group’s full seven piece lineup was conceived.   Drawing from their blues and folk roots while stepping away from their acoustic driven debut album, the band promises to follow up with a record that is at once pop sensible and wildly raw and experimental. Wooden Horsemen will be teaming up with producers Nick Middleton of ‘The Funk Hunters’ and Mark Lawrence of ‘Big In Japan Recordings’  this fall to begin work on a new EP due to be released in the spring of 2015 with more touring to follow.

http://woodenhorsemen.com/

#2. LABIDOS

Adam and Matt are brothers. This west coast folk duo play in the band, LaBidos. LaBidos is a term used to describe “The happening, the drive, the mojo, the real thing that moves you”. They are based out of Vancouver, Canada. Both were born and raised in Toronto where their father owns the drum shop, Soul Drums. The heartbeat of their sound is something you will feel from these two dynamic entertainers influenced by Toronto’s drum community. They actually grew up in seperate homes on opposite sides of tracks but music and a healthy vision brought them to Vancouver and now they live in Kitsilano being creative everyday. Booking them to play any size stage is easy. Their setup can be as simple as a guitar, cajon (box drum), along with their inspirational vocal sound. They can also be a full band when in need, hiring additional performers – The LaBidos sound is soulful with elements of R&B, world, folk, than glued together using popular songwriting arrangements – Adam is the leader, an experienced singer/songwriter who also plays the role of recording engineer/producer in the studio. Matt plays the drums with a passion for photography and video. Adam has spent time traveling and working in different music projects over the years. He has written for Tourism Vancouver, Nissan Canada, and even the Top 40 radio hit, Summer Vibes. LaBidos make videos and record in their home studio. Touring is on the horizon, having just finished recording hours of original material. Aside from making records and videos, LaBidos focus on healthy living by eating good food and staying active. They inspire others by sharing their story and proving that anyone can overcome lifes challenges.

http://www.labidos.com/

#3. STRAY COUGAR

It’s a band with three guys who are all exactly the same height and build. Demos and musings from a gluten heavy, saturated fat diet of 80s and 90s.

#4. THERESA PASALUKO

In the relative isolation of northern BC small town life, Theresa Pasaluko has spent many hours in solitude, singing, playing guitar and writing songs that reflect on life and its various casualties, complications and accomplishments. Stirring up an audience of its own, Theresa’s sulfurous voice conducts emotion like copper wire conducts electricity and her honest and dynamic intimate songwriting and guitar playing uses roots, alternative, folk, and rock influences to expose that wire.

At the age of 24, having honed her craft on BC folk festival stages, at pubs, bars and coffee houses around Canada from Quebec’s Blacksheep Inn to the Edge of the World Music Festival in Haida Gwaii. She has opened the stage and collaborated with Canadian luminaries such as Alex Cuba, Fred Eaglesmith, The Deep Dark Woods, and Rachelle VanZanten.

After writing her first handful of songs, Theresa traveled to the Yukon to record with Jordy Walker. Twelve songs were originally recorded though only three were chosen to be released on her 2008 self titled Demo CD. While later living in Vancouver Theresa continued to work on and recently release her first full length Album “Sound of Town”, recorded at “The Garage” with producer, multi-instrumentalist Jordy Walker (Kim Barlow, Crash the Car, Erica Mah). The Album has received airplay from; CBC Radio, Shore 104 fm, and Evolution Vancouver, The Peak, and Smithers Community Radio. As well as recognition from song writing contests; The joyful folksy poppy track “More of the Times” placed in the top 20 finalists for Vancouver’s Shore 104 fm’s 2010 acoustic song search, and received honorable mention in the 2010 Ken Whitely Song writing contest.

Theresa is connected with many musicians to provide extra accompaniment for her concerts. She puts forth her love and ability to connect with audiences for intimate, playful, and memorable performances. In 2013 Theresa graduated from Victoria Conservatory of music with a diploma in vocal jazz, which lead her to join Victoria’s 11 piece Funk Band “The New Groovement” as their lead Singer and Lyricist. (see “The New Groovement” online at http://www.reverbnation.com/thenewgroovement

http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/Theresa-Pasaluko

#5. JANA LAHTI

Singer songwriter Jana Lahti’s original acoustic/electronic songs bridge the gap between folk and modern electronic music. Her soulful vocal stylings, accompanied by atmospheric guitars minimalist beats, and deep bass make for a unexpectedly unique and original soundscape.