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Standing among the toems Festival: Get To Know The Artists

Ever go to a music festival without knowing details about the bands performing? Heading to the Festival this year? Don’t worry – we have you covered! Here is the 4-1-1 on all of the artists that will be gracing the stage at Deer Lake Park on June 14th.

Tegan and Sara Hometown: Calgary, AB Website:


Tegan and Sara Quin have been a staple in the Canadian indie music scene since their formation in 1995 and are likely Canada’s favourite identical twins in music. The duo has a busy year planned with a headlining tour currently in progress, which includes a slew of festival appearances as well as joining the third leg of Katy Perry’s Prismastic tour. Fun fact: Tegan and Sara were the musical performers during the Heritage Classic game at BC Place in March when the Vancouver Canucks played the Ottawa Senators – Tegan was rooting for the Canucks while Sara cheered for Ottawa. Spoon Hometown: Austin, TX Website: Spoon (the indie-rock band, not the utensil) consists of Britt Daniel, Jimo Eno, Eric Harvey, Rob Pope, and Alex Fischel. The band played their first show in two years last month at a dive bar in Austin, which was Fischel’s debut show as the newest member of the group. Spoon’s eighth studio album will be released on June 10th and titled ‘R.I.P.’ which has been described by Daniel as being “warmer and more inclusive” than their previous record.


Arkells Hometown: Hamilton, ON Website: Arkells consists of Max Kerman, Mike DeAngelis, Nick Dika, Tim Oxford, and Anthony Carone. The rock’n’rollers with an indie-pop touch will be releasing their third album High Noon on August 5th. The band worked on the record on the second floor of a vacant nightclub in Hamilton and drew inspiration from the surroundings of their hometown. Arkells is known for their energetic live show, which they will be exercising with their busy tour schedule over the summer. Dan Mangan + Blacksmith Website: Dan Mangan’s blend of folk-pop was influenced by his parents’ record collection. With three EP’s and three LP’s under his belt, Mangan has garnered acclaim for his music in the form of nominations and awards, which include the Juno Awards, the Polaris Music Prize, as well as the CBC Radio 3 BUCKY Awards. He is currently working on new music for an upcoming record and will be making a handful of festival appearances with his band – Dan Mangan + Blacksmith.


Hannah Georgas Hometown: Vancouver, BC Website: Hannah Georgas is originally from Newmarket, Ontario but the indie-pop songwriter established her place in the Vancouver music scene with her shimmering debut album, This Is Good, released in 2010. Her self-titled sophomore record followed two years later showcasing an extension of Georgas’ strong songwriting abilities as well as dipping her foot in the way of the synth-pop movement. Georgas will be supporting Sara Bareilles on tour this summer starting in July. Chad VanGaalen Hometown: Calgary, AB Website: Chad VanGaalen has five LP’s and four EP’s under his belt, with the most recent release being Shrink Dust, released this past April. The experimental indie-rocker categorizes his latest record under the country genre. VanGaalen is known to be as eclectic as he is imaginative, and his music is a representation of that fact. The album was created in his home studio while he worked on a full-length animated feature, and the songs may be serving as a soundtrack to the film. Wake Owl Hometown: Vancouver, BC | Portland, OR Website: Wake Owl consists of singer-songwriter Colyn Cameron and mult-instrumentalist Aiden Briscall. Their debut full-length album, The Private World of Paradise, was released earlier this year and saw Cameron writing and recording with a band for the first time. As a result, the record is a cohesive collection of stories that are established through a retro-rock atmosphere. The band will be performing at a series of musical festivals across Canada this summer.


The Belle Game Hometown: Vancouver, BC Website: The Belle Game is the dark-pop darling of Vancouver consisting of Adam Nanji, Andrea Lo, Alex Andrew, Katrina Jones, and Rob Chursinoff. The band’s debut full-length album, Ritual Tradition Habit, was released last year. The band has been busy in the past year touring as well as working on new material while touring North America as well as Europe. The dynamics of the band are amplified in their live performances, particularly with the ethereal vocals of Lo. Crystal Shawanda Hometown: Wikwemikong, ON Website: Crystal Shawanda has had her heart in country music from a young age. At the age of 12, she visited Nashville for the first time with her dad and solidified her roots as a country artist traveling back and forth to the city to write and record since her inaugural visit. Shawanda won her first Juno Award last year for Aboriginal Album of the Year. Lauren Mann and The Fairly Odd Folk Hometown: Calgary, AB Website: Lauren Mann and The Fairly Odd Folk are the winners of the highly touted 2014 CBC Radio 3 Searchlight competition, with one of the prizes being a slot in the Festival. The alt-folk group came out on top with their song “I Lost Myself” after a nation-wide search and a series of public votes. The group consists of Lauren Mann, Jay Christman, Jessica Christman, Josh Akin, Zoltan Szoges, and Hammer Clark. Festival Information The Festival will be on Saturday June 14th. Gates open at 1:00pm, show starts at 1:55pm. Children aged 10 years old and under are admitted into the show free of charge. For more information on the event, head over to the Festival page on the CBC website. Check out Tourism Burnaby’s events calendar for more upcoming concerts in Burnaby! To purchase tickets, visit Ticketmaster.