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Top Local Artist Moments of 2013 – Number 6

6. Weak Patrol at Lucky Bar: Showdown (March 6, 2013)

“I would hate to have to follow this band”. Those were my thoughts the last time I saw Weak Patrol. With a new album coming in 2014 if you see Weak Patrol on the line up, expect to have a great night.

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Weak Patrol:

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Top Local Artist Moments of 2013 – Number 5

5. Isobel Trigger at Ship’s Point: Dust and Bones (June 30, 2013)

I thought to myself, which band had I seen the most of this year and had big things in store for 2014. That brought me to this indie rock band, Isobel Trigger. In 2013, the band released the music video for their single, ‘Dust and Bones’, were joined by a new drummer in the Summer, performed at many local shows all over Victoria, including being part of the Canada Day weekend celebration performing at Ship’s Point. 2014 already looks bright for this group with a new EP coming out in the Spring that was funded by their Kickstarter campaign as well as music videos for three other songs, ‘Tiger Shark’, ‘Carry On’ and ‘Champion’. When I see this band on stage, you can see the passion each member of the group has for music and that this is what they are meant to do. The band already has two shows lined up in 2014 already for March at Lucky Bar and September at Felicita’s Campus Pub. Keep your eyes on Isobel Trigger in 2014.

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Top Local Artist Moments of 2013 – Number 4

4. Acres of Lions at the BC Legislature: Bright Lights (July 1, 2013)

Who doesn’t love indie rock that is not only catchy but you’ll find concert goers singing the lyrics to their songs by heart? I know that’s why I love this band and am so happy to see what they’ve done this year. They started off the year releasing their third studio album, ‘Home(s)’, then did a cross Canada tour promoting said album. They came home in the summer for the music festival season hitting up Rock the Shores and then going out to Toronto for the Vans Warped Tour. In my opinion, I think my highlight of the band this year was seeing them play on the Main Stage at the BC Legislature for the Canada Day weekend. Nice to see local talent and a good group of guys come this far.

Acres of Lions:

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Top Local Artist Moments of 2013 – Number 3

3. Towers and Trees at the 2013 Rifflandia War Child Lounge: Broken Song (September 15, 2013)

An amazing and busy year for Towers and Trees. They were part of this year’s Top 20 in the Peak Performance Project, named one of the Zone 91.3’s band of the month, played festivals from Rifflandia, V.I.C. Fest (which I unfortunately missed their set) and Tall Tree, sold out multiple shows at Canoe Brewpub, and even one member of the band had time to give birth to a baby. Apologies for the quiet sound quality of this video. I loved how the picture quality came out but this was the first weekend testing out a brand new DSLR camera with an external audio mic and I was basically doing trial and error here.

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Top Local Artist Moments of 2013 – Number 2

2. Northcote at Lucky Bar: How Can You Turn Around & When You Cry (May 25, 2013)

One of my favorite shows I attended this year was Northcote’s CD release show for his new self-titled album. I could definitely feel a buzz…a sense of electricity in the venue for this show and it lived up to all the expectations. Northcote’s album this year was one of my favorites that was released and out of all the local artists I’ve filmed, this video from this particular show has had the most views.

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Top Local Artist Moments of 2013 – Number 1

1. Sam Weber at the Market Square Courtyard Sessions: Burn Out (August 3, 2013)

If you’re a frequent concert goer in the local music scene, you probably have seen Sam Weber before in some capacity. Sam can be usually seen playing guitars or on keyboard for other Victoria acts such as Chris Ho or Dougal Bain McLean. In 2013, he started to receive some of the spotlight himself with the release of his solo EP, ‘Shadows in the Road’ this past Summer which was my favorite release this year. One of those albums you go back to and re-listen over and over again.

I was out of town for his CD release show but managed to see him a few days before at Market Square at the Courtyard Sessions. Personally, outdoors venues are the best for me when recording videos. Lighting is never as issue and the background visuals give the videos a different taste than the usual black background behind the musicians at bars or clubs.

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Sam Weber:


Top Local Artist Moments of 2013 – Honourable Mention

There were other local artists who didn’t make the Top 10 for whatever reason, but should get some mention. Basically had I done a Top 20, these artists would be on the list. These videos are arranged from when they took place.

Hawk and Steel at Lucky Bar: Paperbird (February 1, 2013)

Shoestring Bourbon at Felicita’s Campus Pub: Stormy Monday (February 1, 2013)

The Archers at Fairfield United Church: Blooddrunk

Mike Edel at Lucky Bar: Come Pick Me Up (Ryan Adams cover) (March 2, 2013)

The New Souls at Lucky Bar: Don’t Let Me Go (March 23, 2013)

The Grass Tracks at Quadra Village Day: Tired and Lonely (May 11, 2013)

Geoff Lundstrom at Lucky Bar: See Right Through You (May 11, 2013)

Jon and Roy with Ross Irwin (The Cat Empire) at V.I.C. Fest 2013 (June 22, 2013)

Amy Wood at the Market Square Courtyard Sessions: Great Escape (July 27, 2013)

The Noah Edwards Band at Lucky Bar: Home Tonight (November 16, 2013)

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