March Music Madness

March Music MadnessA talented and diverse line-up of bands will hit Sun Peaks throughout March for the annual March Music Madness event. Tourism Sun Peaks (TSP) events manager Carissa Hayes said this year’s event would see a mix of new and returning artists to Sun Peaks.

“We focussed on bands that we felt would have a good vibe for guests and locals. There’s a great variety of acts to keep things interesting, and all the bands are pumped to come up and visit Sun Peaks,” Hayes said.

Lovecoast (March 7): Starting out in Squamish before heading to Vancouver, Lovecoast have made a name for themselves touring with high-profile artists like Dan Mangan. Their debut EP, Chasing Tides, was produced by Juno nominated producer Tom Dobrzanski, who has previously worked with Hey Ocean! Lovecoast bring an exciting mix of West Coast inspired RnB, jazz and pop. It will be Lovecoast’s first time in Sun Peaks.

John Welsh Band (March 14): Hailing from Mission, B.C. the John Welsh Band draws influences from artists such as Ben Harper and Sam Roberts. His songs are inspired from his travel experiences and blend elements of folk, surf rock, reggae and Latin music. His first EP, On The Road, was recently released. TSP reached out to the John Welsh Band after hearing they were keen to play more concerts in ski resorts in 2015.

Hunter and the Dirty Jacks (March 21): A Southern Californian, high energy Americana style rock’n’roll band, Hunter and the Dirty Jacks will be visiting Sun Peaks for the first time, following the success of their debut album, Single Barrel, which was named as one of the Top 20 albums of 2014 by Blues Rock Review. They are described as The Rolling Stones crossed with The Black Keys and Mumford and Sons.

DopeSoda (March 28): The popular genre-defining band, DopeSoda, are excited to return to Sun Peaks after pleasing crowds at March Music Madness in 2014. The Vancouver Island group perform a diverse set featuring jazz, rock, Jamaican reggae and hip-hop. They recently released their debut EP Carbonation.

All concerts will be held slope-side by the Sunburst chairlift. Set times will be announced closer to the date.

Many venues including Powderhounds, The Club, Bottoms Bar and Grill and Voyageur Bistro are also expected to host their own events throughout March.