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Omineca Launch Party with Bad Hoo, Cast & Grossbuster

We're celebrating the launch of The Omineca Arts Centre with a night of music, hanging out, and much.....much....more!! 

Bad hoo:
Hailing from Victoria, BC, Bad Hoo’s David Oswald, Mat Clarke, Todd Newton, Ben Ferrel, jangly licks, atypical song structures and arcane lyrical humour pull the audience into a sensation of
Circus pandemonium.

As exceptionally unique as the music they create, Bad Grams are the cultivation of the musical journeys of Rhys Jetts and Nate Grossbuster. Each equally as proficient in their craft, the combination of forces has conceived an operatic exploration of sound, unlike anything previously seen. Knowing no genre, their music defies classification and instead invokes awareness and perception of streetwise sights and sounds. 

Well respected in the art of turntablism and with a solid decade of DJ experience, Jetts lends the hip hop influence to the Bad Grams sound. Motivated by anything in the Hip Hop, Trap, Soul or RnB realm, his competence has afforded opportunities at large festivals (such as Tall Tree and Rifflandia) in addition to representation alongside artists well respected in their own art (such as Kool Keith, Souls of Mischief and many more). Complementing Jett’s experiences and abilities, Grossbuster’s live electronic performances are second to none. A classically trained pianist, known for his ability to synchronize beats to cultivate live sets, Grossbuster has seen an explosion of notoriety with the release of his album Singularity; which held number one spots on both the Top 30 Charts at college radio stations throughout the country. A familiar face across the Pacific Northwest, due in part to a slew of tours in 2014, he has been nominated as a Top Electronic Artist (by M Awards Victoria) in addition to gracing stages at festivals like Tall Tree, Rifflandia, and Victoria Ska Festival among others.

The combination of forces between Jetts and Grossbuster has lead to the establishment of a musical duo that strives to develop organized, original material as crook and future as the individuals themselves. Developing melodic and thought provoking music, Bad Grams will provide you with a soundtrack for chilling out at home or vibing out in the club. Subconsciously connected, their layered approach allows each to blend their own notions to result in a gangster, bass heavy sound. Avoid the cookie cutter nonsense, indulge in legitimate sounds and let Bad Gram’s satiate your musical thirst! 

Cast is a Vancouver/Victoria-based duo formed
by Ben Brown (drums/percussion) and Jessica Léger (vocals/guitar). The two met while attending a winter residency at the Banff Arts Centre. Brown and Léger were immediately drawn to each other’s interest in using rhythm to discover a new sound that resided
somewhere outside of their folk and free-improv outfits of the time. Shortly thereafter Cast was formed, featuring rhythm and voice as the focal points of their compositions and performances. Their debut album, “For the Body’s Sake” (November 2016), recorded
with Chris Gestrin, is a stripped down sound that is at once intimate and immense.

The Devon Wells Quartet
The Devon Wells Quartet combine a banjo fuelled bluegrass drive with eclectic modern sensibilities and a flair for the dramatic in a pressure cooker of a live show not to be missed. Featuring Juno Award winning bassist Russell Sholberg (Pugs and Crows) and virtuoso flatpicker Chris Russell (Tishimingo String Band) and joined on this special occasion by a great local picker on mandolin, Brandon Hoffman. The quartet maneuverer through Wells’ original pieces as well as timeless bluegrass standards and a few crowd pleasing rearrangements of popular favourites. Lookout for the group’s new instrumental album, ‘Waxing Moon’.

Entrance By Donation (Suggested Donation $10)

Later Event: July 27
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