Artist lays bare personal battles

Vancouver-based singer and songwriter Cory Woodward plays at the Queen's Thursday (Oct.4).

Cory Woodward performs songs from his album The Truth with Ladysmith’s Ryan McMahon and Vancouver’s Christopher Arruda tonight (Oct. 4) at the Queen’s.

Cory Woodward performs songs from his album The Truth with Ladysmith’s Ryan McMahon and Vancouver’s Christopher Arruda tonight (Oct. 4) at the Queen’s.

Vancouver-based singer and songwriter Cory Woodward lays bare his battles with depression and addiction during his Truth Tour.

The Truth is his second full-length album, which was released in August.

“The Truth is a collection of songs that are a detailed expression of my world during a time of major transition,” said Woodward, in a press release. “They are songs written from personal experience; they’re cries for help, a longing for change of oneself and the world, all spawned from years of battling depression and addiction on numerous fronts.”

Woodward plays at The Queen’s tonight (Oct. 4) and is joined by Ladysmith’s Ryan McMahon and Vancouver’s Christopher Arruda onstage.  The three friends who toured Western Canada together this spring are reuniting for shows on Vancouver Island.

McMahon won three Vancouver Island Music Awards this spring for Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year (for All Good Stories) and Artist of the Year.

“Like Neil Young, I’m an epileptic who loves both the scream of distortion and the peace of the acoustic,” said McMahon, in a press release. “Like Eddie Vedder, I wear all of my influences on my sleeves, where Tom Waits, Buddy Holly, Warren Zevon and Bruce Springsteen all reside.”

Arruda is a Peak Performance finalist and is showcasing his latest single, Radio, from his full-length album Find Someone, Build an Empire, which will be released next year.

Doors open at 8 p.m. and the shows starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

The evening of entertainment continues at 11 p.m. when Myles Black and the Pearly Whites take the stage. The Gabriola band plays a blend of indie, pop, rock-folk.

The band’s new album has lyrics leaning toward the big and theatrical to striped down and personal. The boss will play songs such as Unwanted Population and Totally Boss.

Tickets to Myles Black and the Pearly Whites are $5 at the door.

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