Quoia, a band that focuses its live energy with genre-hopping sounds and a stage presence that always leaves fans dancing and singing along, comes to the Waverley Hotel on Oct. 14.
Formed in the spring of 2008, Quoia (pronounced Kwoi – a) is a collective of musicians currently residing on Vancouver Island.
Quoia is a well-respected, well-established band known for their high-energy live show and uplifting grooves. Their music is a perfect blend of originality and accessibility and they perform a dynamically entertaining show with a tightness and style possible only through years of focused playing.
This quintet quickly developed a loyal fan base by playing over 60 shows in their first year. They originally garnered much attention through their hugely popular weekly session at the Canoe Brewpub in Victoria. The night quickly grew in popularity and soon consistently packed the 410-person venue to capacity.
In 2010, the attention surrounding the group continued to grow rapidly. Following the release of their first EP Five Feathers early in the year, they were offered a multitude of opportunities.
Some of the band’s notable accomplishments include having two songs licensed for use in the internationally distributed surfing movie Around the World in 80 Waves and being selected to play at Rexall Place in Edmonton for 14,000 people. They also played at Swangard Stadium in Vancouver for an MLS soccer game. On July 1, 2011 they were selected to perform for 30,000 people on the main stage for Victoria’s Canada Day Celebrations.
The band has also enjoyed sharing the stage with the likes of Taj Mahal, Nazareth, Colin James, Stars, Tom Cochrane, Ron Sexsmith, Delhi 2 Dublin, Jets Overhead, Vince Vacarro, Tommy Guererro, Aidan Knight, Current Swell, Jon & Roy, Kuba Oms, Fred Penner, Bill Bourne and Rachelle Van Zanten.
Quoia members are also co-founders/producers of the popular Tall Tree Music Festival in Port Renfrew. The event has featured many acts from the thriving music scene on Vancouver Island, and garnered national media attention by being put on CBC Radio 3’s Top Canadian Festivals list.
Opening for Quoia at the Waverley in Cumberland is talented Comox Valley singer/songwriter Des Larson.
There’s a $10 cover charge and doors open at 9:30 p.m.
For more information, visit www.quoiaband.com.
— Cumberland Village Works