Good For Grapes formed in September of 2010, after a group of friends took a trip to Victoria, BC for some modest busking. Since the moment they stepped onto the ferry, they were an attraction. Drawing unexpected crowds, naturally this young and aspiring band took form; an original and talented five piece group, with an array of harmonizing voices and instruments. Hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia, this folk / alternative act has been gaining momentum ever since they stepped into the music scene. Their live stage performance in this time has evolved into an incredibly active, folk stomping, and inviting energy; always resulting in an extremely enthusiastic and involved audience. Beginning by supporting charities and foundations, their unique folk sound has been accepted into a large variety of venues. Through this, they have gained a loyal fan base which grows at every turn.
In less than a year, the band recorded a 6 song EP which has been upheld by several reviews:
“From the first track, it becomes clear that this band has both unique talent and creativity among all five band members, combined with an expanding range of influences from Mumford & Sons to Bon Iver.”
“Good for Grapes makes each track individual and intriguing, hooking listeners as each song offers something new. Without knowing it, a handful of looped listens will go by with you humming along as if you’d known them for years.” – Amy Van Veen (UFV’s Sound Bites from “Cascades”)
Entering their very first Battle of the Bands (Rogers urMusic Battle of the Bands), they surprised the community by winning the Vancouver vote. As if this wasn’t enough, venturing further into the competition found them winning the National vote by a landslide, making them the unmistaken National winners. Soon after, they entered Supernova’s “Band on the Run to the UK” competition. After drawing huge and unexpected crowds to the multiple shows, they quickly won the qualifying round, the city finals, and advanced on to winning the National Vote AGAIN. Ever since, the young band (just out of high school) has been playing an array of shows, appearing on various television programs, and capturing the attention of the Canadian music industry. In the Summer of 2011 they traveled across Canada to Toronto and recorded at the famous Coalition Studios. After finishing the tracks at Vancouver’s own Greenhouse Studios, Good For Grapes reached the release of their first single, “Oh Dear!”
Most recently, at the end of 2013 Good For Grapes released their debut album “Man On The Page”, recorded by Juno-Award winning producer Colin Stewart. Soon after this, and after winning fourth place in 102.7 The Peak’s “Peak Performance Project”, the band signed with Pheromone Recordings.
The band consists of songwriter Daniel McBurnie on vocals and guitar, Graham Gomez on electric guitar and vocals, Alex Unwin on keyboards and vocals, Alex Hauka on cello, Robert Hardie on bass and vocals, and Will Watson on Percussion.
The Rock of the Woods (ROTW) music festival is announcing a hiatus
The Rock of the Woods (ROTW) music festival is announcing a hiatus to reflect on its founding goals and evaluate support for music and cultural festivals in the Cowichan Valley. “Our small festival has always been dedicated to developing and fostering arts and culture within the Cowichan Valley. After six years of giving our all to the festival we feel it is time to take a break and look at how Rock of the Woods can move ahead,” said David Bain, Festival Director.
ROTW has been held in the Cowichan Valley since 2010, without incident. After four years of changing permit processes, ROTW moved through a new Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) process beginning in 2014. Unfortunately, the length and uncertainty of this process brought a focus on permitting rather than on the festival’s efforts to support local artists and businesses. Rock of the Woods believes that a hiatus will provide an opportunity to make up for this lost time and assess the festival’s operations and offerings.
“With a volunteer festival team the lengthy permitting process meant we were unable to provide certainty to our team and allow them to focus on developing the festival. We would like to thank our many supporters and the amazing festival community that has made Rock of the Woods an event so many people look forward to each year.” said Bain.