Music BC recently partnered with the Bumbershoot festival in Seattle and will be showcasing four BC artists at this year's event taking place September 1st - 3rd at Seattle Center.
BC artists were encouraged to apply to perform at the festival earlier this year through Do604 and Do250 with the final 4 curated by AEG/Bumbershoot. Performing as part of the BC Artist Showcase at Bumbershoot 2017 are: Peach Pit, Harrison Brome, Ekali and I M U R.
This is the first time that Music BC has partnered with Bumbershoot to provide these talented BC artists with the opportunity to play one of Seattle's largest cultural touchstones. Each year, thousands of people flock to Seattle Center to attend this acclaimed festival, which has become one of the biggest and most-loved contemporary festivals in North America, while having maintained its Northwest spirit and innovative roots.
Vancouver indie popsters Peach Pit are excited about making the journey down to Seattle for the festival and are looking forward to playing their very first Bumbershoot.
"Canada's music scene has been good to us but we've been itching to play in Seattle and the rest of the US for awhile," said guitarist Chris Vanderkooy. "We've added on a few American tour dates before Bumbershoot that will take us down to LA and then up the West Coast. The only downside is that we wear the same outfits for every show, and turtlenecks and pullover sweaters in the summertime will be a hot mess - we're looking forward to some mild heatstroke!"
Also making the trip down to Seattle at the beginning of September is lo-fi electro act I M U R and like Peach Pit, they're also Bumbershoot virgins.
"We're very excited to play Bumbershoot, the lineup this year is insane," said vocalist Jenny Lea. "We're looking forward to seeing some of our favourite artists perform, as well as show Seattle what we're about. We've been working really hard on our live set, and are feeling nice and warmed up from the BC festival circuit."
The BC Artist Showcase at Bumbershoot is part of Music BC's commitment to fostering homegrown talent and the partnership is a nod to the inclusiveness of the music community across borders in the Pacific Northwest. Funding for this project was made possible through Creative BC and the BC Music Fund.
Look for more showcasing opportunities from Music BC in the future. Subscribe to the Music BC e-newsletter to learn more!
About Peach Pit:
Originating in Vancouver, Peach Pit was brought to life in 2016 with the release of their now coveted debut EP, “Sweet F.A”. With a mix of teenage angst and bummer summer vibes that have them sounding somewhere between Mac Demarco and Homeshake, the group quickly developed a dedicated local fan base through their energetic live shows. In February 2017, a YouTube channel sent their self-titled track, 'Peach Pit' viral after discovering it on their Bandcamp. The group quickly started to amass an international following and booking requests to play worldwide. They’re now gearing up to release their debut LP, "Being So Normal”, on legendary indie record label Kingfisher Bluez in September 2017, after which they’ll hit the road, touring the U.S. and Canada. Click here
to watch the video for their new single 'Seventeen'.
About Harrison Brome:
Harrison Brome is a vocalist and songwriter whose material consists of predominantly low-key, slightly left-of-center variations on contemporary R&B, pop, and dance music. A Vancouver, B.C. native, Brome was exposed at an early age to classic soul through his mother. He wrote his first song at the age of 14 and, just prior to completing high school, dropped out to pursue music full-time. A dusty and sparse ballad titled 'Fill Your Brains' appeared on Kitsuné Maison 17: World Wild Issue in 2015. Shortly after his 20th birthday in July 2016, 'Fill Your Brains' became the title track of his debut EP. The six-track set was released through a deal arranged with Nettwerk, the long-running label based in Brome's hometown. In early 2017, Brome dropped a single, 'Body High', click here to listen to the track.
About I M U R:
I M U R (I am you are), is a live electronic act with a hybrid sound influenced by 90's hip-hop/r&b, electronic, experimental, and soul. Their debut EP “Slow Dive” (released August 2015), garnered much acclaim from the Vancouver underground scene, and recently landed them #5 in Spotify's Global Viral Top 50 charts. No strangers to hard work, since their conception in 2015, the band has played Shambhala Music Festival, World Ski & Snowboard Festival, Astral Harvest, Center of Gravity, and Rifflandia and have received critical praise from Noisey, Exclaim!, Hiphop Canada, and Beatroute Magazine. They were also listed as one of Vancouver's Top Acts to watch out for in 2016 by Winniecooper.net. Click here to watch the breezy, sexy video for their track 'FFL'.
Ekali is Nathan Shaw, a Vancouver producer/electronic musician with a writing credit on Drake’s chart-topping album "If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late." Ekali is an alumnus of the Red Bull Music Academy, Tokyo 2014 and spends his time playing huge festivals across the globe, alongside A-list producers like ODESZA, Duke Dumont, RL Grime and more, headlining sold-out shows everywhere he goes. Click here
to listen to his remix of Flume's 'Smoke and Retribution'.