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Canmore’s Layten Kramer has just released a new single titled “Nowhere to Go”. The song was recorded at the Hive in Victoria by Colin Stewart (Dan Mangan, The New Pornographers, Morning Show) and features the vocals of Kathryn Calder. Layten made the top 12 in the last and only second year of the Peak Performance Project in Alberta.
Posted by @adamahaha
In case you haven’t heard already, BESTiE has made the final round of the Peak Performance Project. Next week, these OG bb’s will take the stage at the Commodore Ballroom to claim their prize.
Also in the top 3 is the beautiful Rykka – who Winnie has been reppin’ for over a year now. At the PPP boot camp earlier this year, BESTiE and Rykka were paired together for the collaborative songwriting challenge. Check out the final result below, you won’t be disappointed.
posted by @clarkbs aka BESTiE Groupie Number 1
We’ve finally reached that inevitable part of December, when we all reflect upon the triumphs and trails of the past year. In regards to music, 2012 has seen great things come out of the Vancouver music scene. Not only did local duo Japandroids release one of the best records of the year with “Celebration Rock”, but the Peak Performance Project also showcased some amazing up-and-coming talent. Among PPP’s standout artists were Tough Lovers, a band that consists of four dudes with standout personalities and even better tunes. And yes ladies, they’re all really good looking. Hey Dane ;).
Although they formed back in 2010, the boys from Tough Lovers have really come into their own these past 11 months. They released their sophomore EP entitled “Good Morning” in March, toured with BESTiE across Western Canada, and of course were finalists in PPP.
In terms of sound, Tough Lovers make some of the finest indie-pop this city has to offer. It’s what I like to call multi-purpose music, as you can blast their tunes during a heavy make-out session with your boo and/or at a weekday turnt fest that includes some special herbal remedies. Moreover, their authentic mainstream appeal is sure to garner them much attention in the coming months.
The boys will be playing at Fortune Sound Club this evening for “An East Van Christmas”, which is helping to raise funds for the St. James Music Academy. The night will also see performances by Cyril Hahn, Fine Times, Young Braised, Gang Signs, No Sinner, and more. Advanced tickets are only $15 and you can purchase them online or at Red Cat, Zulu, Dipt, Beatstreet, and Highlife Records. And be sure to check out my interview below, because you might just find out what bb means.
1.What is the preferred Fruit Juice of Tough Lovers?
Does flavoured vodka count?
2.Best Tough Lovers make out song?
3.Give us a working definition of BB:
It’s a mating call and something a very horny person says a lot whilst on tour in a van with 8 guys.
*From Urban Dictionary: Short for “baby”, used by men on cam websites when their right hand is too busy to reach for the Y key.
4.You recently finished up a tour with fellow Vancouver band BESTiE, is the lead singer really a pervert?
Pervert is a strong word. He isn’t a pervert, but he is definitely one of the horniest men I’ve ever spent a week in a van with.
5.Tell us a silly story from tour?
Teddy (Ryan), got extremely intoxicated one night in Calgary, and puked for 9 straight hours the next day. Almost had to cancel two gigs because he was so hungover. Probably the most hungover we’ve ever seen anybody ever.
7.What is the Tough Lovers groupie situation like?
You know how when you’re sitting at a bar and you’re like “wow I’m drunk” and then you’re friend says “wait till you stand up”. Well I saw a guy in a motorized wheelchair dressed in a santa suit in a bar and he claimed to be drunk. So I told him “wait till you stand up”. It’s kinda like that.
8.UGG Boots, hot or not?
Generally not hot, but it depends how turnt the bb wearing them gets us.
9.As a dude, how do you know if your pants are too tight?
If your testicles feel like they’re going to explode, then your pants are too tight. If there is too much side pipe showing, they are also probably too tight.
10. If Hollywood made a movie about your life, what actor would play each member of Tough Lovers?
Jamie – Mel Gibson
Dane- David Duchovny
*Note: David Duchovny previously went to rehab for an addiction to internet porn.
Graham- Bill Murray
Teddy- Zac Efron
11. We’re nearing the end of 2012 and thus the end of the world; give us a few of your favorites:
Dr. Dre – Chronic 2001
Father John Misty – Fear Fun
Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Belong
Grizzly Bear – Shields
The Morning Benders – Big Echo
St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
Dry the River – Shallow Bed
On an On – Ghosts
Grizzly Bear – Yet Again
Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Strange
Bestie – Foolish Hearts
Fields of Green – Kill it Slow
Best Live Show:
St. Vincent at Sasquatch 2012 was fucking dope.
12.Best Tough Lovers Performance:
Definitely not our first show ever at Pat’s Pub. We are going to get really turnt for all the bb’s at The East Van Xmas party. We also once raised over 5k for charity at one single show, so that was pretty awesome.
13.What can we expect from Tough Lovers at an East Van Christmas on December
You can expect things to get so turnt that they’ll be tornt.
Interview by @clarkbs
It’s been another intense year for all the Peak Performance Artists trying to secure a spot in the top three. There has been much debate over who will get the $100,500 to spend on their career, and as always, the judges have a daunting task deciding who it will be. For those unfamiliar with The Peak Performance Project, it is (more or less) a glorified battle of the bands organized by Vancouver’s The Peak Radio (102.7 FM).
Out of over a hundred artists, twenty are chosen to complete a set of challenges regarding their professionalism, organizational skills, their music, live performance, long term marketing plan, and an overall “Star” rating from a panel of selected music industry judges. After a four month window, The Peak announces the top five artists who then perform for placement in the top three.
1st place = $100,500
2nd place = $75,000
3rd place = $50,000
Winnie would like to feature a few of our favourites, so here they are:
posted by John
Now in it’s third year Live at Squamish took place this past weekend August 24th-26th. An hour out side of Vancouver the festival put on a “decidedly Canadian effort” with a strong offering of local and national acts set to the beautiful backdrop of the Stawamus Chief and the Garibaldi mountain in the picture perfect Squamish Valley.
A traffic accident delayed our arrival on Saturday getting in around 6pm and I missed one of the few non Canadian acts I was looking forward to, Charles Bradley. :( Here’s Charles playing a Canadian cover.
Vancouver’s Rococode played the Meadow stage.
Newly married, Justin of Philosoraptor throws down an upside down peace / being shitty sign.
Humans went on around 8:30pm or whenever it was on the smallest Meadow stage. Hopefully next year they are deserving upgraded to one the bigger stages. They did manage to pack out the audience as they delved into a set of mostly new material from their latest EP Traps.
They passed around the audience a cardboard cutout of group member Robbie supposedly from an upcoming music video. The crowd eventually took over the small stage and as the group launched into their crowd favorite Avec Mes Mecs for their last song. Halfway through the performance was cut short as one of their cables came undone. It made for an abrupt but suiting finish with the crowd chanting the hook “who knew all we had to do was party” as the group left the stage.
Next up Le Tragically Hip on the main stage. I hated The Tragically Hip growing up. I think I mostly hated their fans. It was not very Nirvana which was all I was into at the time. The group have grown on me and I think they hold a deserving spot in the highest echelon of Canadian music royalty. They are something quintessentially Canadian in an Ontario, Great Lakes group of seven I just threw up in my mouth and ate it kind of way.
This is maybe the most Canadian song of all time other than Oh Canada and The Hockey song if that is indeed a Canadian song. They teach it to small kids in schools and flunk kids if you don’t know all the words.
I had yet to see them live, it was quite a treat. Some bb showed her explodingly large fake boobs. Gord Downey was delightfully weird and entertaining appearing ageless fronting the group who are now in their 29 years. It’s always a disappointment when a group with such a large back catalog play too much new material but the group stuck to a delightful 2/3 old stuff/hits, crowd pleasing formula.
Bromeo-whoooah. Closing things out for the night, Montreal’s Chromeo kicked things into high gear on the Garibaldi stage.
Some bro crowd surfed ON A surf board. There should be a special term for this. Bruhfing??
Some burlesque bb’s danced. Hi bb.
Afterwards we departed to an after party at 100.5 soon to be 102.7fm The Peak‘s Tamara Stanners’ house. She is quite the gracious host and knows how to throw a bonfire party.
The party was quickly upgraded by Tamara to a “palate fire” who seemed no stranger to danger as the flames jumped 8ft in the air.
She initiated the name game with all of the people around the fire, a lot of whom were musicians from the festival and Peak Performance project acts. I think I introduced myself and explained that I was celebrating Bob Marley’s (RIP BOB) birthday as my something no one else knows secret. Acoustic guitars were brought out and campfire songs sung.
Good For Grapes bros.
There was an actual Nickleback Motown cover band cleverly called Motown Nickleback there who also played the festival. They’ve raised money via Kickstarter to record their album! Open your hearts and let Chad in.
Tamara’s daughters Samantha and Alex. Alex plays music as Badger Child, chekitowt.
As 3am rolled around we decided to return to Vancouver. On the way home Underworld’s 12 minute lament Underworld – Born Slippy (Nuxx) was intense enough to keep 2 of 6 of us awake long enough to make it home.
pics and words by @tristanorchard