Victoria-based folk group Jon and Roy play the Queen’s on Friday, July 12. The band recently released their eighth album, Here. (Photo courtesy Sierra Lundy)

Victoria folk group Jon and Roy to play the Queen’s

Band recently released their eighth album, ‘Here’

For a band that’s been doing a lot of travelling, it might seem odd that Victoria folk group Jon and Roy called their latest album Here.

But as percussionist Roy Vizer explains, the album’s title doesn’t refer to geography alone, but to “the idea of being present in a time where it’s pretty difficult to be present and there are a lot of things pulling at you.”

This spring the band toured Europe for the fifth time in three years and they’re currently in the midst of a brief B.C. summer tour.

On Friday, July 12, the band – Vizer, guitarist Jon Middleton, bassist Esme John and Nanaimo’s Dave St. Jean on trombone – play the Queen’s.

It’s their first Nanaimo show since headlining the Longwood-stock festival at the Longwood Brewery last fall.

“We just really like to play the Queen’s because it’s got great sound and it’s kind of an historic venue in Nanaimo,” Vizer said.

As a band that has “been to a lot of different ‘heres’ in the last couple years” Jon and Roy wrote a record that suited their live shows, Vizer said.

Vizer said Here explores musical styles they’ve done in the past, but in a “newer, more polished way” and with fuller arrangements. In terms of themes, he said the record touches on “travelling and enjoying life and trying to rise above the [stuff] that’s going on in the world.”

WHAT’S ON … Jon and Roy perform at the Queen’s, 34 Victoria Cres., on Friday, July 12 at 8 p.m. Tickets $20 at the venue, Lucid, Desire Tattoo, Sunrise Records and online. 19-plus show.



arts@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

World’s fastest bathtub racer to be determined this weekend in Nanaimo

Great International World Championship Bathtub Race caps full weekend of downtown events

Rescue required after woman falls trying to climb down from Nanaimo walkway

Husband says his wife fell trying to find a place to urinate

UPDATE: Nanaimo RCMP say missing woman has been located

Woman was last seen July 13 in central Nanaimo

V.I. Raiders to hold main camp this weekend in Parksville

Nanaimo’s junior football team getting ready for the season, which starts Aug. 3

Nanaimo teen with viral video headlining first concert at Port Theatre

Lauren Spencer-Smith, 15, has been recording new songs with Grammy-winning producer

Rescue required after woman falls trying to climb down from Nanaimo walkway

Husband says his wife fell trying to find a place to urinate

Beefs & Bouquets, July 18

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail bulletinboard@nanaimobulletin.com

Celebrity adds star power to Green Party town hall in Nanaimo

Pamela Anderson attended with representatives from U.S.-based environmental group

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs have been sold

Victoria company has purchased BCHL team, but will keep it in Port Alberni

“Does Kirby care?” B.C. First Nation’s group using geo-targeted ads in Houston, Texas for justice

The Heiltsuk Tribal Council has called out Kirby Corporation for the Nathan E. Stewart oil spill

Trudeau announces $79M investment for 118 more public transit buses across B.C.

Contributions from municipal to federal level to fund more buses in a bid to cut commutes

B.C. woman wins record $2.1 million on casino slot machine

‘That night was so surreal … I wasn’t able to sleep or eat for the first two days,’ she said

Cars keyed on BC Ferries after alarms bother dog on board

Delta police arrested one passenger on suspicion of mischief

Most Read