Band returns from Cannes

We are the City got their start in coffee shops in Glenmore. If you got their first album it would have cost you $2 then less than a year later they went on to win the Peak Performance Project along with the substantial $150,000 prize. They have the reputation of being “the nicest guys in the music business” and they also have one of the most unique career progressions. After winnning the PPP top prize they decided to head to Norway to shoot a feature film in Norwegian using their ethereal music as the sonic backdrop. 
Then in May they went to Cannes Film Festival to present Violent as an official selection in the film festival’s Perspective Canada program. 
Ponder what you just read. A small group of three local lads start a band, win the biggest prize in the BC music industry, and go on to use that funds to create a feature film (shot in Norwegian & Norway), go onto take that film to Cannes. Wild! 
So tonight, Thursday, they return home to Kelowna for a show at the Habitat with local music producer and songwriter, Andrew Judah (whose music has been featured on international ad campaigns). 
Tickets for the show are $15 in advance or $20 at the door http://ticketf.ly/14HOcco, Doors are at 9pm and it’s a 19+ show

RD: How was Cannes and the journey that Violent has led you on?
Andrew Hootsalak (We are the City): 
 We made a film with our friends/family Amazing Factory to go along with our latest album. They are both called Violent and they share similar traits, although they are both very much their own thing. The film is a feature length, narrative film that's both shot in Norway and mostly in Norwegian and the film's gone on quite the wild ride. I don't really like bringing this stuff up because it feels like bragging, but I do understand that readers need context, so you can (if you want) mention any of these things about the film: Most recently was selected as one of Canada's Top 10 Films by TIFF, had its world premiere at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic, played at San Sebastían International Film Festival, Los Cabos Film Festival, and won Best Canadian Film and Best BC Film at Vancouver International Film Festival as well as the Signis Award at the Amiens International Film Festival in France, and was shortlisted for Critic's Week at Cannes.
RD: What's next for "We are the City"?
Andrew Hootsalack:  I'd like to think that 2015 will be a big year for the band! Right now we're in the final stages of signing to a label in the States as well as another label in Europe to re-release Violent. Then we'll begin work on our next album. We've been talking about a lot of exciting concepts for the next project and we're going to try and outdo ourselves.
We haven't played in Kelowna for a year and a half and this show will most likely be the last time we play in Kelowna before we have new material.
Friends Hurt - We are the City 

Here are some more live music options happening this weekend in Kelowna:


Friday, Dec. 12th, 2014 venue
Andrew Judah Milkcrate Records
Blue City Trio Minstrel Cafe
Chuck Norris Band O’Flannigans Pub
Non Prophet Society The Blue Gator
One Night Only Fleetwood Public House
Sherman Doucette Blues Duet Kelowna Lake City Casino 
Spencer Burton with Joshua Smith  Streaming Café
The Rockies Doc Willoughby’s Pub
Tiger Moon Marmalade Cat Cafe
Timeless Packinghouse Pub
Saturday, Dec. 13th, 2014 venue
Blue City Trio Minstrel Cafe
Chuck Norris Band O’Flannigans Pub
Easy Fix The Blue Gator
One Night Only Fleetwood Public House
Sam Weber Streaming Café
Sherman Doucette Blues Duet Kelowna Lake City Casino 


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About the Author

Ryan Donn is a singer/songwriter, event producer, digital creative, and Councillor at the City of Kelowna

I love creating songs, which have been used by the Terry Fox Run, Kelowna’s Centennial Celebration, or heard on various local radio stations. 

In the past few years, I've focused on creating community events including Music in the Park, New York New Years, Castanet’s Free Family Skate, Talented Kids, Talented Kelowna, and others.

Originally from Scotland, I’ve lived in Kelowna for over 20 years. My wife, Kimberly, and our two daughters, Lyla and Bella, share our home with Tom (adult with diverse abilities).

In 2014, I was elected to Kelowna City Council. 

Opinions are my own, and don't represent the City of Kelowna, Festivals Kelowna or Creative Okanagan. 

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