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EVENT: WFF Music Café 2015

by   on December 03, 2015

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Every great film needs great music. New for 2015, the WFF Music Café has expanded to two days to include an evening showcase on December 4 and aprés showcase and industry panel on December 5, with the possibility of additional performances during the festival. Both showcases are being presented at Garfinkel's in Whistler (4308 Main Street).

The WFF Music Café is a unique showcasing opportunity for British Columbian musical artists to perform for music supervisors of all filmed media looking for their next discovery, an industry of film, TV, documentary and music professionals looking for music for their next project, and film fans who love music. Ten songwriters and artists from across the musical spectrum have selected to each play a live 20-minute set and meet with key international music and film executives and delegates attending the festival.

Access to the WFF Music Café is open to industry and festival passholders. New for 2015, 15th Anniversary Ticket Packages and Cinematic 10 Packs purchased before November 30 include one Festival Credential, which provides access to the Music Café, ShortWork Showcase and Festival Lodge. A limited number of Festival Credentials may be available for sale online as of November 4. 

The WFF Music Café is produced in collaboration with Music BC, is funded by the Government of Canada through Western Economic Diversification, and is sponsored by Creative BCGibbons Life and Trace Water.

This year's WFF Music Café lineup includes:

EVENING SHOWCASE: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4, 9:00PM - 1:00AM, GARFINKELS

 Morning Show2

MORNING SHOW - 9:00PM

Morning Show is a new trio based out of Vancouver and Victoria BC, formed in early 2013 by singer/guitarist Ethan Caleb (The Archers), and multi-instrumentalists Ryan Stephenson (Tough Lovers, Bed of Stars) and Blair Hansen (ex-Good for Grapes, Bed of Stars). They offer a fresh and honest approach to alternative rock, citing influences such as The National, Death Cab for Cutie, Daughter, Wintersleep, and Hey Rosetta!. After writing relentlessly and fine-tuning their sound over the last two years they have released their debut EP “Prom Theme”, recorded in the summer of 2014 with Colin Stewart (Dan Mangan, The New Pornographers). Being separated by a body of water has forced Morning Show to develop their own unorthodox method of songwriting. Convening monthly for one weekend in barns, basements, and living rooms around Victoria and Vancouver, the members initially attempted to bring individual ideas to the creative space and piece them together there. After throwing out song after song, they eventually realized their best and most authentic sounds came from entering the environment as three blank slates, and creating something that had an equal part of each member in it. The five songs on the “Prom Theme” EP are a documentation of the initial frustration of a long distance working-relationship and the eventual freedom gained by developing a new process of creating music; free from any stigmas or constraining methods they had relied upon before. fb twitter youtube soundscloud
 Little India

LITTLE INDIA - 9:50PM

Little India is a band consisting of four 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-lived career they have developed a sound that ranges from Alternative Rock with Electronic elements to Indie Funk Pop. Their ever-changing sound keeps listeners on their toes and allows for experimentation in the character of each song, all the while keeping them dancing. Their climbing success has been driven by their debut EP, Up All Night, resulting in winning both ‘The Shore 104.3 FM’s Best of BC’ and ‘CFOX’s Seeds Competition’ in 2014. “Up All Night” was released November 19th 2013, and was mixed by Michael Brauer (Coldplay, Rolling Stones, Atlas Genius, The Vaccines, and many more). With close to a million spins on Spotify, and an eye grabbing first music video, Little India has gained steady international attention from fans and industry professionals. Their song ‘Sleep’ has been spun on U.K.’s BBC and BC’s The Zone, while ‘Oola’ has received over 24,000 streams on SoundCloud, with a music video in the works. Conan Karpinski (lead vocals, guitar), Andrew Dixon (bass, vocals), Dallyn Hunt (drums), and latest member Tim Morrison (guitar, keys) are now busy working on a follow-up 7-song EP due to be realeased in March of 2016. Little India just got off of a successful tour with the Irish band KODALINE, is a part of the 2015 102.7 The Peaks Vancouver’s “Peak Performance Project” top 12 artists, and is set to play Squamish Valley Music Festival in August. fb twitter youtube soundscloud
Derrival

DERRIVAL - 10:40PM

Vancouver based Indie-Rock outfit, Derrival, combines 
synth-heavy elements of bands like Phoenix and Chvrches
with guitar driven hooks and melodies reminiscent of Two Door Cinema Club and Young The Giant. Formed in 2009 by combining high-school bands, the 5-piece quickly developed a bond like brothers. Since graduating, they have each pursued different post secondary studies to develop the skill sets of a record label for independently releasing their own music. The band’s latest EP “Departure & Arrival” (release date: August 21, 2015) is a decompression of the group name Derrival. The EP’s first single entitled “Original Script” debuted in 2014 and led the band to winning a highly coveted top prize in the BC PEAK Performance Project. Derrival will be touring across North America in late summer/fall 2015 to support the newly released EP. fb twitter youtube soundscloud
SAVVIE2

SAVVIE - 11:30PM

Night Eyes is the debut album for Vancouver's SAVVIE, released on Tiny Kingdom records in February 2015. Savannah Leigh Wellman (previously of Redbird) is the unstoppable force behind SAVVIE, a seductive mix of sultry, brooding rock and infectious pop hooks. Produced by Matt Rogers (The Harpoonist And The Axe Murderer), Night Eyes is a courageous, relentless debut that shines a spotlight on Wellman’s penchant for crafting sparkling, hip-swaying tunes. It’s sharp, sexy, and nuanced, with a laser-focus on irresistible melodies and big head-nodding choruses. Since the release the band has played across Canada, appeared at multiple festivals, and has been invited to open for acts such as Leighton Meester, Royal Tusk, Rah Rah, Gay Nineties, Zerbin and more. The single "It's OK" broke the top 5 on the CBC Radio 3 countdown and is charting nationally on campus radio. With a schedule packed full of Canadian tour and festival dates this summer, SAVVIE is seducing audiences one song at a time. fb twitter youtube soundscloud  
Wooden Horsemen

WOODEN HORSEMEN - 12:20AM

Wooden Horsemen deliver an infectious charge of electrified grooves, commanding a mix of gritty, blues driven vocals combined with soulful driving rhythms. Teaming up with producer Mark Lawrence of “Big in Japan Recordings” to hone their sound, their upcoming release set for Winter 2015 will follow up their acoustic folk driven debut album with a new record that is wildly raw and heavy. Formed in 2013 while backing up other local acts, founding members Steve, Missy and Alex quickly fleshed out a small collection of songs. The project culminated into a folk and blues laden debut album that saw the band on a 2 month cross country tour and gained them much critical appraise. Upon returning to Vancouver, Wooden Horsemen began further expanding it’s sonic repertoire by adding horns and a second guitar, and so the groups full seven pieces line
up was conceived. This past summer saw the band on a successful festival circuit in BC including Arts Wells, Tiny Lights and Tall Tree Festival among others gaining notoriety among new fans as a festival favorite. fb twitter youtube soundscloud

APRÉS SHOWCASE: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, 3:00PM - 7:00PM, GARFINKELS

 Find the Others

FIND THE OTHERS  - 3:00PM

Find The Others is an intriguing blend of acoustic songwriting, layered soundscapes, mysterious lyrics, and mesmerizing visuals. Direct Current Music calls it “a potent, quietly mind-blowing cocktail as stately chords chime off the frets, hang in the air surrounded by looped samples and voices from old movies then drift off before being joined by distinctive, intimate vocal melodies.” The latest, self-titled album features collaborations with Olivier Alary (Cat Power), Snowblink, Jorn Anderson (Peter Gabriel), and others. Find The Others live shows are a multi-sensory experience with synchronized video visuals. Songs from Find The Others have been featured as theme and background music in feature films, the viral YouTube video sensation, Sh*t Girls Say (35+ million views), in short films for the Tony Hawk Ride Channel, and in advertisements for companies such as Whistler Blackcomb and Indigo Books. A new album and video, recorded in Iceland with producer Valgeir Sigurdsson (Bjork), and Canada with producer Joshua Van Tassel (Great Lake Swimmers) is set for release in April 2015 on the Forward Music label. fb twitter youtube
 Alexandra And The Fellas Name Photo

ALEXANDRA STASESON - 3:50PM

Is a west coast singer, actor, songwriter and composer. With soulful vocals to break your heart, and inspired songs to put the pieces back together, Alexandra is passionate, versatile and ready to make music with you!  Combining both her passion and training in music & performing, with her life in film and TV, her background includes conservatory training in NYC, performing at NXNE Festival in Toronto as well as performing / singing in venues near and far, working as a session vocalist on albums, and she can be heard in scores and soundtracks of feature films, such as "Hallmark Films".  Her inner-fire for creativity and industry was ignited further when she served as a field director & story producer for music-documentary feature film, about music in the 60's "THE REVOLUTION" as she took from real life experiences about traveling on the road with rock bands and interviewing some of the cultural shape-shifters of the past century! The short musical-film she co-wrote and composed, THE DANCING COP, won the BRAVOFact funding award was produced, and premiered at TIFF 2013 and ImagineNative. Alexandra is excited for you to hear her new single, "Big Love (Mirrors)" produced in LA with Don Miguel. A recent life and career highlight was working with one of her all time inspirations, director Cameron Crowe, for her role in upcoming J.J. Abrams, Showtime Series,  "Roadies”. twitter
 Buckman Coe

BUCKMAN COE - 4:40PM

Bridging the worlds of roots, soul, and reggae, Buckman Coe is a passionate believer in the power of music to shape the future. His sun- kissed folk; gospel-tinged soul; intoxicating world-beat melodies, and psychedelic rock sensibility all play a part in providing the sonic platform for Coe’s soulful and conscious lyrics. Recent highlights include BIGSOUND in Australia, Oregon Country Fair, Calgary Reggae Festival, Edmonton Jazz Society Blues Series, Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Salmon Arm Roots & Blues, Starbelly Jam, Artswells Festival, Edge of the World Festival, opening for Ziggy Marley, and several Cross-Canada & West Coast Tours.Buckman Coe has also been voted best band in Vancouver’s Westender and best independent act in the Georgia Straight. Buckman will be releasing his fourth studio album with Adham Shaikh and Jason Kechely in June of 2015. This follow up to the Crow’s Nest e.p. and By the Mountain’s Feet continues Buckman’s innovative explorations of genres, bringing together progressive forms of soul, folk, and reggae. His inspiration continues to come from his experiences studying the ecological and social effects of globalization, his work as a yogi, mental health worker, and social citizen. While his music is compared to folks such as Michael Franti, Ben Harper and Jeff Buckley, and informed by the spirits of Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye and John Lennon; Buckman Coe is a force of positive inspiration in his own right, using his voice and music to bring more beauty into the world. fb twitter youtube
Kaylee Johnston

KAYLEE JOHNSTON - 5:30PM

Pop artist Kaylee Johnston from Vancouver, Canada is releasing her self-titled debut album in 2016. After writing over 300 songs, she’s spent the last two years developing her sound with her production team SA Trackworks (Steve Smith and Anthony Anderson). “I was working on an electro-pop album, but it always felt like something was missing, so I went back to the basics. The new album sounds fresh to me... a combination of organic instruments mixed with hints of electronic sounds.” An energetic performer who has opened for Dragonette and Ace of Base, shared the stage with Carly Rae Jepsen, Marianna's Trench, One Republic, and Joe Jonas, and wow-ed audiences at the 2010 Olympic Games, Kaylee delivers her ear-catching pop hooks with a crisp, intoxicating voice that is distinct and unforgettable. Taking influence from artists like Stevie Nicks, Annie Lennox, and Heart, her songs carry an undertone of inner strength and empowerment layered with contemporary beats and melodic hooks. After a successful showcase at Canadian Music Week in May, Kaylee is gearing up to release her album in the spring of 2016. fb twitter youtube soundscloud
David Morin

DAVID MORIN - 6:20PM

With his debut album, Every Colour, released on Bombay Records, David Morin plays gigs around the world accompanied by a live band. Yet the humble neo-soul singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist still chooses to busk regularly on street corners in his hometown of Vancouver. After all, that's where this 32-year old, who is of Metis Native American descent, honed his craft––and his social message. Like the man himself, David Morin's music is pure, authentic and from the heart. Self-taught and passionately committed to being a career artist, he's blessed with the ability to turn strangers into fans. That's why he earned his stripes the hard way, busking on Vancouver streets and singing to make a living. This guitar (and loop-pedal) virtuoso makes a solo performance sound like an entire band. "I do a lot of street performing," he says. "It's a good way for me to beef up my chops musically and try to get a crowd of people to listen when you're kind of subjecting them to performance. It's an interesting social experiment." Morin's unique, feel-good fusion of soul, hip-hop and jazz has earned much critical acclaim. His riffs bring to mind the licks of blues and funk masters. Playful hints of disco and pop add retro flavor to a contemporary pop aesthetic that's as accessible as it is seductive. And that voice! Melodic; smooth as honey; reminiscent in sound and vibe to the likes of Musiq Soulchild and D’Angelo. While in some ways the culmination of years of preparation, Every Colour (produced by the award-winning Joby Baker) is really a beginning. Not only of a musical career, but also of an independent way of thinking and living that he hopes to share. "The only walls we've built for ourselves are the ones in our minds. Your environment and habitual thinking make you who you are. I want to get my mes- sage out.” fb twitter youtube soundscloud

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