Contemporary roots artist WiL ready to rock the PAC

Performs Feb. 15

Vancouver Island based contemporary roots rocker, WiL, knows a thing or two about being on the road; after all he has been writing and recording original music professionally since the release of his debut album ‘Both Hands’ back in 2003. Nominated for three WCMA’s including Best Live Act, the album launched his career path as a touring singer/songwriter.

His first real break came in 2011 when his song ‘Roam’ was chosen to represent the award winning media campaign by Travel Alberta called ‘Remember to Breathe’. The video with its stunning images was a regular staple during hockey games and events in Canada and worldwide helping his body of music (six studio albums, one live album and 3 EP’s) reach a larger audience.

For the past eighteen months WiL has been writing and recording tracks for his forthcoming and seventh LP ‘Gold Mine’, written, recorded and entirely self produced at his home studio over the course of fourteen months. Each song came into fruition at different times while juggling stints writing commercial compositions, commercial fencing (the kind that keeps cows and horses from roaming around freely) and playing live shows with his steadfast band mates, Keith Gallant (drums) and Lena Birtwistle (keys and vocals).

The workload may sound daunting but it is the balance of those three that help WiL focus on his ultimate goal and that is to play music live, on stage to people who care enough to listen, until he’s dead and buried. If you’re a fan reading this, don’t worry! He’s alive and quite well. In fact, his weekly sessions in the dojo help him stay fit so that he retains his reputation for putting on a live show that has been coined legendary by fans and critics alike.

And so, via reputation and maybe just a bit of convincing by the bands manager, Johnny Price, former talent buyer at the Last Drop decided to book the band for “one test show”. Fast forward three years and a yearly summer concert in Sicamous, it wasn’t until a road trip to Victoria to see the band perform on a larger stage that Johnny knew he just had to bring the trio to The Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre.

Performing at Revelstoke PAC will be no stretch for WiL. He has had the honour of sharing floorboards with musical heavyweights such as Burton Cummings, Matthew Good, Feist, Ray LaMontagne and most recently, the legendary Mavis Staples.

WiL hits the roads of western Canada January 27 – March 9 to road test songs from his forthcoming LP Gold Mine with stops that include Edmonton’s The Starlite Room and two nights at Calgary’s Ironwood Stage & Grill. Listen to a deeper tracks from the forthcoming album here or at the link below.

WiL will be performing at the Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 15.

Just Posted

Cops for Kids stops in Revelstoke

Locals Kurt Grabinsky and James Moore are participating in the ride

LUNA Q&A: Leila Neverland of Mountain Sound

Mountain Sound will be playing LUNA Nocturnal Art & Wonder on Sept. 29

UPDATE: Aaron Orlando drops out of the race for Revelstoke City Council

Aaron Orlando has dropped out of the race for Revelstoke City Council.… Continue reading

UPDATE: Gary Starling pulls out of city council race

Gary Starling has withdrawn from the Revelstoke city council race, though he… Continue reading

Man on scooter injured after being struck by semi on Trans-Canada Highway

Sicamous resident suffers non-life-threatening injuries, charges pending for semi driver

VIDEO: Neighbours fear impact of B.C. tent city residents

Greater Victoria residents opposed to campers voice concerns at provincial campground

B.C. premier apologizes for removal of 1950s totem pole at Canada-U.S. border

First Nations say pole was raised at Peace Arch but removed to make way for tourism centre

Tornado touches down in Ottawa and Gatineau, Que.

Environment Canada says cars and homes have been damaged by severe thunderstorms and high wind gusts

Low risk associated with case of pneumococcal disease in the South Okanagan

No identified risk to the public from recent case of pneumococcal disease with associated meningitis

An unexpected sight: Bear spotted eating another bear in central B.C.

Cheslatta Carrier Nation Chief finds bear eating another bear’s carcass

RCMP confirm death of missing BC teen Jessica Patrick

No details on cause were given. Case is under criminal investigation and police are asking for tips.

CUTENESS OVERLOAD: 2 sea otters hold hands at the Vancouver Aquarium

Holding hands is a common – and adorable – way for otters to stay safe in the water

B.C. teen with autism a talented guitarist

Farley Mifsud is gaining fans with every performance

Yukon man facing new attempted murder charge in B.C. exploding mail case

Leon Nepper, 73, is now facing one charge each of aggravated assault and attempted murder

Most Read