March 21, 2017
Kane and Potvin visit
Bozzini's one show Mar 30
Mano, Bozzini's Restaurant
erforming some of your favourite
Grapes of Wrath & Northern Pikes songs in solo acoustic sets
followed by a set together this promises to be over 2 hours of some
of the finest Canadian music ever produced.
Thursday March 30, Doors 6pm Show 6pm
Hocking Avenue in Chilliwack.
$25 available now at Bozzini's or
call 604 792 0744 to reserve by credit card.
For more information about Bozzini's
Italian Restaurant, visit
The Valley Voice News | All
Kane & Potvin are touring in
support of their self-titled debut album!
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 immediate...ly
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.
In February of 2015, the pair, now officially calling themselves
Kane & Potvin, decided to see if that live chemistry would extend to
the studio. They booked in some time with Darryl Neudorf (Blue
Rodeo, Neko Case, Lindi Ortega, Jill Barber) near Orangeville,
Ontario – coincidentally, the location of Bryan and Kevin’s first
Completing five songs in as many days, including their first
co-write, it was clear the Kane & Potvin chemistry was the real
deal. Rather than release the songs as an EP, they decided to go for
the gold and launch a Pledge Music campaign in September of 2015 to
raise funds to complete another five songs. Grammy Award-winner
Peter Moore (Cowboy Junkies, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, James
Taylor, Oscar Peterson, Diana Krall) mastered the first set of
tracks, and has committed to finishing the project.
"Like most successful musical collaborations I’ve had in my life,
the working relationship between Kevin and I is rather non-verbal.
We don’t talk too much about the music – we just kinda play it,”
"When I met Kevin, it seemed like such an obvious idea for us to try
playing together. Then we worked out a decent little show. Then we
wrote and recorded some tunes. Then a year later we’re completing an
album. The entire process to me so far has been effortless and
obvious. That’s why I think we’re on the right track.”
From the first rehearsal, Kane said both musicians saw that there
was potential to present songs from the Pikes, the Grapes, as well
as their respective solo material, in a way that listeners would
find both fresh and familiar.
"Working with Bryan is as easy a musical relationship as I've ever
had because it feels like we "get" what the other guy is going for
in a song but at the same time I think we are both pleasantly
surprised by what the other brings to a song or arrangement. It's a
nice balance of respect and comfort with one another, where no idea
is too precious or too stupid – until we've tried said stupid idea
and deemed it too stupid. But only then,” Kane said with a laugh.
“We come from a similar place musically but approach things from our
Over the summer months the duo hit the road, playing shows from
Saskatchewan to British Columbia, and performing a mix of Northern
Pikes, Grapes Of Wrath, solo songs, and, of course, debuting new
Kane & Potvin material.
That new material has legs, and now the pair is eager to get back in
the studio to finish what they started. 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