Mike Edel and Chris Ho @ The Railway Club in Vancouver
Mike Edel - Victoria, BC
With his debut The Last Of Our Mountains, Edel has learned that home, love and youthfulness are neither innocent nor simple. Born in rural Alberta, his youth was spent between rocky mountains and vast wheat fields. These landscapes shaped the album; a sharp and urgent collection of 8 songs that give way to the adventurous, compassionate and delicate.
Produced by Vancouver's Winston Hauschild (Hannah Georgas, Hey Ocean), the making of The Last Of Our Mountains saw, a new human being birthed, the last use of Mushroom Studio's vintage gear, an emergency trip to the hospital and many passages across the Strait of Georgia. The collection is bookended by Bottom Floor Apartment, in which smiles reassure and The Country Where I Came From where the longing for the idea of home and infinite possibilities of youth and love grow narrow. Mike Edel has since relocated from his family's wheat farm to the seaside city of Victoria BC, where he has quickly formed a personal and musical home.
Mike Edel is no stranger to touring, he has toured across Western Canada 5 times and the Pacific Coastal States on 3 occasions. Since relocating to Victoria, Edel has grown to be one of the city's best singer/songwriters. He's performed at The Rifflandia Festival, The Tongue on the Post Folk Festival, selected as the Peak Performance Projects Top 20 artists in BC 2012, and won Rawlco Radio's 10K20 grant while playing alongside Vince Vaccaro, Aidan Knight, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald and Chad Van Gaalen.
Chris Ho - Victoria, BC
In his reclusive years, Chris Ho spent his time writing and recording at his home in Victoria, BC. Although he performed live on only the rarest occasions, Chris never hesitated to hand out his music to friends and strangers. He continued this pattern until a faithful fan base began to emerge with signed CDs and eager ears, forcing him out of a shell and onto a stage.
And so he did.
The traditionally introverted singer-songwriter began to grow an exhibitionist streak. He started by making casual appearances around Victoria, performing around the University of Victoria campus and around Victoria's Cadboro Bay, catching the ear of passers by.
"One time someone was walking by and they left me a note. It just said, 'Your music made me stop and just enjoy the moment. It's beautiful. Thank you.' They didn't say anything else, and walked away. I still have that note."
For Chris, this was just the affirmation he needed to know that his music has a way of getting through to people. Gradually, he established two sides to himself the recluse and the exhibitionist. This new identity began to permeate his life and music, allowing him to challenge the traditional notion of the singer-songwriter mechanic.
The fresh dichotomy led Chris through a new adaptive process, writing songs that are both subdued and hard-hitting, but also upbeat and danceable. This flexibility has given him the capacity to cater his live performances to the tone of a specific lineup, allowing him to share stages with bands of varying styles, including Hey Ocean!, Pickwick, and Aidan Knight.
Chris Ho released his first official EP, Answers in April 2011. This was followed by the release of his first music video for the track "Depending on the Day," which received extensive airplay through CBC Music after he won a spot on "Tracks On Tracks" a cross-Canada train tour sponsored by Green Couch Productions and CBC Radio 3.
A year later he released the stand-alone single, "No Connection," as precursor to his upcoming debut LP, City of Dust. The track introduced the album's themes that relate to modernity and urban decay, establishing the thematic concern about societal and technological advancements which force us into situations where we are simultaneously more connected and alienated than ever before.
City of Dust was independently released on January 18, 2013, receiving attention from Canadian media outlets across the country. Shortly after, Chris won an award for "Island Songwriter of the Year" in the Vancouver Island Music Awards, and charted at #2 in CBC Radio 3s weekly Top Canadian Indie Tracks listing, after receiving regular rotation for "Story Of The Flood." To further support the successful release of the album, the young singer-songwriter embarked on his first Western Canadian Tour this spring.
The Railway Club (View)
579 Dunsmuir Street
Vancouver, BC V8T 1M7