Lance Canales and Rob Moir (double bill)
Friday, March 17
Doors 4:00 Show 6:00
Tickets $ 18 at Bozzini’s or call 604 792 0744 to reserve
Two great artists for only $ 18. Come and discover California’s Lance Canales and Ontario’s Rob Moir.
Having grown up in an agricultural community in San Joaquin Valley, California, Lance Canales was brought up in a tradition of hard work, folk and blues. Drawing on this background for inspiration, Canales wrote his new album The Blessing & The Curse, due out later this month, encapsulating the spirit of his work ethic. Learning guitar at a young age, Canales thrived in listening to blues and folk music, where he expresses that there is “no room for pretension in that music…it’s so raw and real.”
Lance Canales & The Flood are a roots-blues influenced Americana trio from California’s breadbasket, where Canales lived the life that so many songs have been written about since the birth of roots music – hard labor, one room shacks and taunting ghosts whispering of a better life. Canales’ guttural vocals combine a hard-edged storytelling approach beneath a stripped down, foot-stomping, acoustic instrumentation.
Now, signed to Music Road Records, Canales is able to share his music with the world and plans on touring in support of the album. However, he has no intention of quitting his day job as a janitor, but will instead continue to write music.
“Lance Canales seems to summon the spirits and ghosts that travel with the migrant workers in California’s Central and San Joaquin Valleys. Other writers like Tom Russell and Dave Alvin have created some vivid observations about these people and this area in their material, but, having grown up there, Canales delivers first-hand observations, and in doing so, puts forth one of the grittiest, sweatiest vibes you’ll hear on any record.” Jim Hynes- Elmore Magazin
“This album is the one of the biggest breakthroughs of the year and the most compelling I’ve heard in a long time. It’s clearly Canales best work yet, as we see him unifying the thread between the Latino community and folk-blues music.” Marlena Fitzpatrick- Latino Rebel Magazine
“The big buzz at Folk Alliance this year was around Lance Canales, who had us all on the edge of our seats as he stomped across the stage delivering a stark blues twang-and-thump set that sounded like it had been born somewhere between a back alley and a field worker’s camp. If this isn’t authentic roots music then I don’t know what is.” Eliza Gilkyson
Toronto’s Rob Moir looks back at two consecutive years of life on the road with the release of his new album ‘Adventure Handbook’ (Underground Operations/eOne – Canada, Make My Day Records – EU, released August 2015). In the vein of timeless artists (and muses) like Bruce Springsteen, The Replacements and Jeff Tweedy, Rob’s songs are honest and exceedingly entertaining to see live. Rob continues to routinely finesse clever turns of phrase in his lyrics. The opening track ‘New Years Eve’ shows hope on the horizon, with ‘Run For Your Life’ and ‘Ports Of Call’ illuminating the excitement of doing what you love on an unknown course.Formerly the front man for Toronto’s Dead Letter Department, Rob released his first solo EP in 2010 called ‘This Is The Lie’, then came the critically acclaimed LP ‘Places To Die’ in 2013 which Rolling Stone wrote in their 4/5 star printed album review, “Moir isn’t conservative; there’s something urgent in his songs, that are never too sure of themselves, and whose longing hasn’t found a home yet. Moir sings his romantic sighing songs with punk rock folk in his heart and in addition proves a great sense for quiet singer/songwriter moment”.Since then, he’s toured Europe with Neko Case and shared the stage with fellow alt-folk artists such as Frightened Rabbit, Frank Turner and The White Buffalo. With past solo performances at international festivals; NXNE, CMW, BIGSOUND and multiple successful tours in Australia, Canada, Europe, UK and USA, Rob has proven his ability to silence rowdy audiences with his intimate performances, quick humour, and captivating stage presence.Perpetually on the lonesome road, Rob continues to expand his audience as he perform his songs across the world, making fans the old fashion way, one dedicated believer at a time.