by Nilabjo Banerjee
chersea
Vancouver-based one-woman DJ/wonderwoman Chersea played an incredible set of tunes from her recent release Grey Matters. The EP is full of ambient pop tunes with dark pop and even Caribbean flavours. Those in the crowd for the music (and not just to exchange cards) were in awe of this bare feet songstress re-creating the complex sounds of the EP LIVE and her piercing vocals, that were a huge delight during her cover of Love Inc’s “Broken Bones”. How can one human have this much talent?


thelion
This trio from Vancouver melted few faces and secured plays on future playlists with dose of stompin folk’n roll with powerful yet melodic harmonies. Made up of or Christopher Arruda (the lion), Cory Woodward (the bear) and Ryan McMahon (the fox), the rugged trio played with such ‘in your face’ intensity that those in conversations were compelled to stop and take in the music. Highlights? What about the time when the band inserted Pink Floyd’s legendary words “we don’t need no education” in a bridge? Or how about coming into the audience for the last song “Home” accompanied by crowd initiated claps and stomps. Yea, that will make you pay attention for sure.