Nanaimo musician Glen Foster is looking to tackle several major topics for this 10th album release.
In his upcoming recording project, Unnatural Tendencies, Foster hopes to raise further awareness on “heavier” than usual topics, such as missing and murdered Indigenous women, residential schools and the spread of misinformation related to COVID-19.
Although he said the album is “a bit of a departure” from his previous works, which he described as “easy-to-digest, upbeat songs,” he believes some subjects are too important not to talk about.
“Music is a way to express not only your musical ideas, but also things that are important to us as people,” he said. “So when I see issues in the world that I think deserve not only my attention, but the attention of people around me, then I think it’s something that’s important for me to write about.”
To ensure his words respectfully contained the right content, Foster said he sought help from friends on how to appropriately get the message across, friends such as Tal James of the Penelakut First Nation, and Gabriola Island’s Dinah D of the Kerplunks.
“You start hearing about it in music – people listen to music for enjoyment. So there’s always a chance to get an important message through,” Foster said
On Friday, May 20, Foster will play the Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery, as promoted by the Arts Council of Ladysmith and District.
For the first time in many months, he will take the stage with his wife, Marg Foster, who sings harmonies and plays percussion. Attendees can expect to see Foster with his usual guitar and harmonica.
Friday’s show at 444 Parkhill Terrace will begin at 7 p.m. and run until approximately 8:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at www.ladysmitharts.ca.