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Behind Sapphire kicks off tour on Jan 21 at St James Hall

19 January 2011 One Comment

Behind Sapphire

Vancouver is full of bands. They pop like mushrooms after rainy days. This band Behind Sapphire, I never heard of and they  have been playing for six years now. Their sound is rock pop full of instrumentation wooing with jazz and folk a la southern USA. I like the vocals and the versatilty of the band, it should be a good show to see live, these guys look like a lot of fun.
They are touring around Canada starting this January 21st at the James Hall with David Vertesi 3214 West 10 Avenue. Great times to kick out their tour. Behind Sapphire were *Peak Performance Project finalists*, and also just released a video for their single Oh My, What a Fine Day that you can watch at the end of this post.


Jan 21 – Vancouver BC – St. James Hall w/ Treelines & David Vertesi
Jan 22 – Kamloops BC – Artists Way Music w/ Fields of Green, Buella etc.
Jan 25 – Revelstoke BC – The Last Drop
Jan 26 – Lethbridge AB – The Owl Acoustic Lounge w/ Nix Dixons
Jan 27 – Calgary AB – The Marquee Room w/ Nix Dixons
Feb 2 – Moose Jaw SK – 23 Main Street w/ Dallas Bryson
Feb 3 – Regina SK – The Club w/ Me and My Anatomy
Feb 5 – Winnipeg MB – Le Garage
Feb 8 – Thunder Bay ON – The Study (Lakehead University)
Feb 16 – Toronto ON – The Supermarket w/ The Elwins
Feb 17 – Kingston ON – Clark Hall Pub (Queen’s University)
Feb 24 – Fredericton NB – Capital
Mar 3 – Ottawa ON – Mercury Lounge

Six years ago, the then-four-piece Behind Sapphire squeezed into a dusty crawl space in Vancouver, British Columbia with nothing but wide-eyed ambition and embarked upon their first flirtations with writing music. Inspired by Billie Holiday’ s ‘ Strange Fruit,’ they wrote and recorded their first song within weeks of their voices dropping.

Matthew Mazankowski, Grant Cassell and Matthew Tomkinson came together as an after-school pop- punk experiment, unsure and full of awkwardness. Jump to now, with more than a half-decade’ s worth of musical exploration under their belts, and Behind Sapphire is an unlikely artistic outpouring of folk- pop with a fantastically woven live show that spills over with quirky energy and intense celebration. Think: “ Patrick Watson backed by Hey Ocean!” fused with the grandeur of Sufjan Stevens and Sigur Ros.

In early 2010, Behind Sapphire recorded and released a self-titled CD, with drummer Steven Ward coming aboard to fill the group’s rhythm section. Built upon hundreds of home recordings, they reached out to Tom Dobranzski (The Zolas, Said the Whale, Hey Ocean) with the best of them. One by one, friends and family jumped into the fold with their own musical talents and tastes, adding layers of surgary harmonies, brother and sisterly spirit and a sense of improvisation and collaboration that marks the record in a truly positive way.

The album is carried by rollicking backbeats, sweeping orchestration and outsized arrangements that borrow the nostalgia of Walt Disney, nod to The Beatles’ flights of fancy and carry the croon of Billie Holiday and Jason Mraz.

In celebration Behind Sapphire took to the stage, backed by a 35-piece orchestra composed of their old high school band, good friends and family. The CD release marked the start of a summer of touring as the band traveled across BC, Canada and as far north as Alaska – making a stop at the Southeast Alaskan State Fair.

Currently in 100.5 The Peak’s: Peak Performance Project, Behind Sapphire was chosen along with 19 of BC most talented artists (out of 470 applicants) for a chance to win $100,500 towards career development.

Focused primarily on their child-at-heart agenda, Behind Sapphire’ s ambition to capture your imagination will surprise you with every new step into their world. With an upbeat, quirky and fun-loving nature, Behind Sapphire is certain to find a home within your heart.

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  • Gary

    I want the tickets!