The Young ‘Uns
What do you get when you combine a tender-hearted singer songwriter from Newfoundland, a larger than life Albertan drummer raised in Saudi Arabia, an internationally renowned fiddling BC beauty, and an effortlessly cool Japanese Canadian bass player? None other than Cod Gone Wild.
Based out of BC’s Okanagan Valley since 2009, this Celtic inspired band is focused on giving traditional music a modern edge. Blending the varied talents of four musicians whose classical, folk and rock backgrounds fuse together to create a dynamic and unique sound that instantly connects and resonates with audiences. Through their uplifting energy and remarkable stage presence, they weave together a tapestry of tales that evoke a nostalgic experience of days gone by. Booking everything from weddings to festivals, house concerts to sports tournaments, their music and performance is diverse and adaptable to any size venue or demographic.
Having independently recorded and produced three albums to date that primarily feature traditional tunes (Cod Gone Wild, The Traveler and Battered and Fried), they have an increasing amount of original material that has come with their maturity as musicians, songwriters and performers that we can expect to hear on future albums.
Extensive touring has taken them from San Francisco to Newfoundland, playing an average of 100 shows a year with that number steadily on the rise. Known for their charismatic energy and superior lights and sound production, the band delivers an entertaining show that keeps people coming back for more.
Cod Gone Wild’s success is undoubtedly due to their ability to harness their individual talents into a collaborative vision resulting in unparalleled chemistry both on and off the stage, a formula that has earned them flawless reviews and a mounting fan base.
To paint a quick picture, leading the charge are lead vocalists Andrew Mercer on guitar and Anjuli Otter on fiddle and mandolin. What a pair. With these two front and center, you are either left in awe of their musicality, or hunched over in stitches from their hilarious exchanges. Their banter between songs (or even in the middle of some) is a throwback to watching Lucy and Ricky on an episode of “I Love Lucy,” except they aren’t married and Andrew isn’t Cuban, he’s a Newfoundlander, which for Canadians is even funnier. Add in the perfectly timed and delivered one liners from Chad “Rhino” Carter on drums, which are strengthened by the forever grinning (and toasting) Roy Kawano on bass, and you have a group of true performers who leave a lasting impression.
Aimee Grice is an avid singer and actor. If not busying herself with a V-Day campaign or SOAP production, you can often find her singing her little heart out during an open mic night at Medici’s. She spent most of her teen years listening to Ani DiFranco, and forgot for awhile that there were other musicians to explore. Once released from the folk singer’s clutches, Aimee began to explore 60’s and 70’s rock and fell in love with Janis Joplin and The Doors. She is very much looking forward to performing at the Sunshine Festival this year where you can look forward to a mix of original compositions as well as some covers of her favourites, (and maybe even a surprise guest or two)! An import from Calgary, Alberta, Aimee has called Oliver home since 2006.She lives here with her husband and two daughters.
A collage of talent, spirit and passion, this band of rock and country roots will steal your heart with their original sound and lyrics. Inspired by their love of music and audience participation, Wined it Up will have you singing along with every tune before you know it, and dancing your shoes off. Compared to: Oasis, Pink Floyd with a taste of Zeppelin and Heart it will bring you back in time in the present day. Come join the party and Wined it Up!
Great White North is the solo project of Michael Szalay. The performance is an experience that can be witnessed in a number of settings, all of which may fall somewhere between a traditional singer-songwriter solo to a full-scale band. With help from a rotating group of supporting musicians, a live performance may feature anywhere from one to six or seven band members playing the alternative folk-rock music of Great White North in a one-off, unique fashion. Regardless of the lineup, a live performance is always a hard-hitting, foot-stomping experience that teeters back and forth from a softer acoustic folk sound to a harder, grittier alternative rock sound.