A love for the mountains


Sam Roberts Band will perform in Sun Peaks on July 8. - Photo Supplied
Sam Roberts Band will perform in Sun Peaks on July 8. – Photo Supplied

There’s a certain quality to the mountain atmosphere that makes it an appealing concert setting for musicians, according to the opening headliner of Sun Peaks’ 2016 Summer Concert Series.

“Maybe it’s the mountain air, it gives us a little boost,” said guitarist and vocalist Sam Roberts. “A lot of people go out of their way to create and have huge elaborate stages, lighting shows and this and that. Sometimes all you need to do is be surrounded by a beautiful natural landscape and it does far more than any of that.”

The Sam Roberts Band will add Sun Peaks (their only B.C. stop this summer) to their ever-growing list of Canadian communities where they have played a show once they take to the outdoor stage on July 8.

“That’s our mission, to play in as many places in Canada that we can. That’s why I’m looking forward to coming to Sun Peaks. I’ve never been there before and I want to see it with my own eyes,” Roberts said. “I think that’s been a driving force for our band over the years. How much of the country can we see as a rock and roll band?”

I’ve never been there before and I want to see it with my own eyes

The six-time Juno Award winners have played in all 10 provinces, and Roberts said Nunavut is the lone territory where they need to perform before they can say they’ve stepped foot all across Canada. No matter where he’s visiting, Roberts makes an effort to explore the community.

“My mission every day is to find the coffee shop. In my search to find the coffee shop, I usually see quite a bit of the town,” the 41-year-old said.

An avid skier, Roberts said he is also going to try and plan a future winter visit to Sun Peaks. He and his kids are often found on the slopes of Morin Heights in Quebec’s Laurentian Mountains, which Roberts said “takes about 17 seconds to get from the top to the bottom.”

“That’s what I’m trying to do during the day when I’m in Sun Peaks is try and plan a vacation for my family so we can get out there,” Roberts said. “I’m going to check out the hotels, check out the ski resort and get a trail map. My kids have never skied out west before so hopefully that happens someday soon.”

Roberts said the band is in the process of finishing a new album, and although he isn’t sure if the new tunes will make it to the stage in Sun Peaks, the show will feature long-time favourites such as Bridge to Nowhere as well as songs from their 2015 album Counting the Days.

“Hopefully we will have a beautiful day there,” Roberts said. “If we get there early enough maybe go for a hike and I’ve got to find the coffee shop too.”