Photos – Rykka, Rolla Olak, Lydia Hol and The Lion the Bear the Fox at Fortune Sound Club, Vancouver, Sept 19 203
– photos by Christopher Edmonstone
The Peak Performance Project kicked off last week. This week, on Thursday night, the annual local band competition featured performances by four new B.C. artists: Lydia Hol, Rykka, Rolla Olak and The Lion the Bear the Fox.
Vancouver-born Swiss-Canadian Rykka was formerly known under the stage name Christina Maria. Her release Kodiak features songs sung from the perspective of different animals.
Rolla Olak is a native of Vancouver Island and has played in a Toronto-based pop/rock band called Boy. Olak has two solo releases under his belt, including his latest, Western Heart. It includes “God Only Knows”, a duet with Vancouver singer/songwriter Louise Burns.
Lydia Hol has one EP, Boats, to her name. She was a regional finalist in CBC’s Search for Canada’s Best New Artist. She has studied jazz vocals and English literature, the later both in B.C. and Dublin. She plays guitar, bodhran and mandolin. She is also a member of Vancouver band Head of the Herd.
The Lion the Bear the Fox includes Christopher Arruda, Ryan McMahon and Cory Woodward. According to The Lion the Bear the Fox bandcamp page bio, the Nanaimo Daily News calls the trio “‘a musical force of nature’ to be reckoned with.”
The first showcase, on Sept 12, featured Melissa Endean, Towers and Trees, Greg Drummond and Willhorse. The next showcase, on Sept 26, includes Luca Fogale, Fallbrigade, Van Damsel, and Good For Grapes. There are two more showcases, on Oct 10 and 17.
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