2 legends of Canadian rock are coming to The Townhouse, Wednesday, August 16th, 8pm!
$20 Tickets, sold in advance.
From the mid-’80s to the early-’90s, The Grapes Of Wrath and The Northern Pikes were responsible for some of the catchiest and most heart-felt singles and videos to come out of Canada at that time. Fast forward some 20 years later and the vocalist/guitarists from each of these bands find themselves living just blocks away from one another in Toronto.
This realization led to Bryan Potvin (The Northern Pikes) and Kevin Kane (The Grapes of Wrath) getting together to hang out with a couple of guitars for some casual jams, and the conclusion: “This sounds good! Let’s do some shows!”
Making their live debut in March of 2014, the two immediately knew they were on to something and have kept at it, playing some 40-odd shows across Canada that first year to enthusiastic audiences. The duo even released a self-titled live recording from one of their house concerts in response to the overwhelming number of fans asking for something to take home.
Over the year the duo has hit the road as often as possible, playing shows from coast to coast, and performing a mix of Northern Pikes, Grapes Of Wrath, solo songs, and, of course, debuting new Kane & Potvin material.
Still true to their rock roots, Kane & Potvin continue to heap pop sensibilities generously throughout, but today the lyrics are deeper and richer – tenanted with life stories that can only be accumulated over time. Both artists seem to have found a trusted songwriting partner with which to explore these experiences.
“Music to me is ALL about collaboration. I prefer it. It’s spiritual alchemy. When the formula is right and a great piece of music is created by a group of people… well, this is probably the most exciting thing in the world to me,” Potvin said.
“Bryan and I are both ‘lifers’ when it comes to music: there’s nothing else either of us are all that interested in doing. Music is as much a part of my existence as breathing,” he added.
“Kevin and I resonate on the same frequency – we’re roughly the same age with a very similar musical pedigree. I think we’re also both melody driven musicians,” sums up Potvin. “We both love guitars. And dark chocolate.”