Twin Peaks (Naomi Shore and Lindsay Pratt) will on the same bill May 25 at the Rewind Coffeebar in Courtenay's Tin Town with Tall Cans (Mitch Vinet) at right and local singer Brodie Dawson.

Twin Peaks, Tall Cans and Brodie on May 25 at Courtenay coffee bar

Three acts will take the stage May 25 at Rewind Coffeebar for individual sets with some potential collaboration.

Three incredibly engaging acts will take the stage Saturday, May 25 at Rewind Coffeebar in Tin Town (previously Freakin’ Coffeeshop), as individual sets with some potential collaboration throughout the evening.

Twin Peaks is so utterly charming, hilarious, and lovable, not to mention freakin’ uber talented!  They are going to perform at Vancouver Island MusicFest this summer!

They are touring with Tall Cans and can’t say enough good things about him. And of course, in true form, Brodie plans to make some spontaneous musical magic with them all at some point during her set.

Admission is by donation at the door (doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7) with all donations going to the musicians.

• Twin Peaks (www.twinpeaksmusic.ca) earned the B.C.-Wide Act Award at the 2013 Vancouver Island Music Awards.

Rich harmonies, a piano, a guitar, two ukeleles and unlimited wit are at the heart of Twin Peaks — an emerging duo that embraces indie folk with undertones of country and contemporary blues. Naomi Shore and Lindsay Pratt — although very diverse in their musical histories — have successfully combined individual experiences into a unique blend of genres. It is eclectic, creative and clever.

Born and raised in the northern B.C. community of Fort St. John, they make music that reflects small-town wisdom with lively humour and tunes that immediately capture an audience.

Twin Peaks has a faithful following that started with hometown fans and continues to expand exponentially as they tour. Tweakers — as their fan base fondly refers to itself — are in love with the girls as well as their music.

Lindsay’s and Naomi’s onstage chemistry is totally infectious. They provide their audience with the whole meal deal: undeniably catchy tunes, totally adorable eye candy and a good laugh.

Both girls swim in gene pools of talent, wit and family love. They manage to combine all of these attributes into an endearing, heart catching, foot stomping act.

Twin Peaks has won the Rockin’ the Peace contest, dropped their first EP and played a summer 2012 tour through Alberta and B.C. They made the top 10 for CBC Radio’s contest Tracks on Tracks last year.

They have individually and together opened for Steve Brockley, Peter Katz and most recently, Hey Ocean. They are touring extensively this year.

• Tall Cans (www.facebook.com/tallcansmusic) is a guitarist, songwriter and composer named Mitch Vinet who explores various genres ranging from jazz to bluegrass.

The catalyst that spurred him to begin playing guitar came at a young age after being inspired by his inebriated uncles’ campfire jam sessions at family get-togethers, and the communal power of music is still a driving force behind his playing and writing.

In the mid-2000s in Victoria, Mitch formed the four-piece indie rock band Oh Snap! which went on to release an EP, and a full-length album titled Flap Harder that was met with praise from the local media.

Oh Snap! received radio airplay as the Band Of The Month on a local station, and the band completed a tour of Western Canada before deciding to call it quits. Soon after the band’s split, he began focusing on a solo project called Tall Cans, which features a revolving cast of supporting musicians playing his original songs.

Mitch’s original music tends to lean toward a folk-rock and blues sound, similar to that of The Band, J.J. Cale, and Crosby Stills Nash and Young.

Soon after the incarnation of Tall Cans, he decided to further develop his musical skills and knowledge by enrolling in the Contemporary Music and Technology program at Selkirk College in Nelson, where he majored in Composition under the tutelage of Don MacDonald.

With his time at Selkirk College complete, Mitch is now recording an EP of original Tall Cans music and will be touring in support of its release. Along the way he has opened shows for B.C. folk gems Fish & Bird, Miss Quincy, and James Lamb. Keep an eye out for him at a campfire near you.

• Brodie Dawson (http://brodiedawson.com) was nominated for Best Live Act at the 2013 Vancouver Island Music Awards.

It’s her voice that jumps out at you — she makes a clear, direct hit and seduces you with a bit of smoky overtone. And you might as well not look back, and just hold on for the ride.

Brodie calls her style a mix of ‘soulful folky blues’ with a gospel funk, a twist of pop and a twang of old-school country. True to all those genres she sings of life, love, searching and finding your way. For those of you that haven’t heard her sing — you’re in for a treat! She’ll catch you at the door as the first notes of her voice seem to wrap you in a warm cloak made of sweet, earthy moodiness and will speak directly to your heart the entire evening.

Brodie is rapidly gaining attention in the industry this past year, playing The Big Time Out festival, and opening for Wil. Her voice has graced coffee shops, pubs, clubs, festivals, community events, video blogs and radio shows such as CBC North’s Homemade Jam with Norbert Poitras and CBC’s The Vinyl Café with Stuart McLean, and recently is day 411 on EveryDayMusic with Rod Matheson.

— Brodie Dawson

 

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