Posts Tagged: Rifflandia

Rainy Rifflandia Recap

Music lovers congregated to Royal Athletic Park for Rifflandia’s 11th year   Music has the ability to bring people together in ways that would otherwise never be possible. It’s easy to let go of your problems when you’re dancing in a crowd that spans from one side of a field to the other, to forget… Read more »

“I call that place my church”: the Victoria house concert scene

More than just a couple of bucks in front of 12 people Inside the Tim Hortons on Ravine Way, the line-up is brimming with Victorians clamouring for their midday double-double fix. Tom Mrnka, co-organizer of the Musical Garden house concert series, hunches in the cracked green vinyl of the booth. A beleaguered employee rattles past… Read more »

A glorious chat with The Glorious Sons

Since releasing their debut album, The Union, in 2014, Kingston-based rock band The Glorious Sons has toured across Canada and the U.S., developing and establishing their place in the new music scene. Three years later, the band is about to release its sophomore album, Young Beauties and Fools: an outpouring of emotional instability paired with… Read more »

Definitively West Coast: The Martlet’s chat with Carmanah

From songwriting on Denman Island to advocating for environmental sustainability, Victoria’s Carmanah embrace the ruggedness of their music. Their name comes from the ancient rainforest on Vancouver Island, and their sound is true to that —  an effortless fusion of folk, rock, reggae, and funk, coming together to produce raw sonority that celebrates West Coast living… Read more »

Rifflandia to celebrate its 10th birthday

B.C.’s live music scene has undoubtedly taken several hits in 2017, with Pemberton, Squamish, and Rock The Shores festivals cancelled this past summer season. Regardless, Rifflandia Music Festival looks to continue a decade-long tradition of providing Victoria with new music and undeniable relevance, saturated in west coast culture. Set to take place from Sept. 14-17,… Read more »

Rifflandia 2016: Music overcomes divisive ‘shock politics,’ says Michael Franti & Spearhead frontman

Since the release of their new album Soulrocker this June, Michael Franti & Spearhead have been touring through the United States, spreading good vibes and inspiring countless crowds. This Friday, the “I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like)” hitmakers are bringing their act to Rifflandia’s main stage, and the band’s eponymous frontman took the time to speak… Read more »

Rifflandia: Nothing’s stopping Joey Bada$$

Compared to his Victoria fanbase, Joey Bada$$ stands in stark relief. Raised in Brooklyn, amidst a street culture different from anything on Vancouver Island, he was shaped by fellow New York-area rappers like Nas, Biggie and Jay-Z. Joey probably had never heard of Victoria – let alone Rifflandia Festival – before. This incongruity between artist… Read more »

Rifflandia: Peter Ricq talks Gang Signs, new LP

Gang Signs is a Vancouver-based indie-electronic music act comprised of Matea Sarenac, Adam Fink, and Peter Ricq. Their music, once described as “slacker dance,” is an affecting combination of pulsating bass, reverberating synth, breathy male and female vocals, and much more. Their new LP, Geist, is set for release on Oct. 2, and they’ll be… Read more »