Victoria, BC, CA
Venue Address (Get Directions)Ironwood Stage & Grill
Date and Time
Tuesday, May 8th, 2012 at 8:00pm
“This gifted Victoria native has been on the bubble for a few years now; in the eyes of many, it's only a matter of time until she breaks.”
~ Mike Devlin, Times Colonist, Victoria - June 7, 2011
Steph Macpherson's infectious, harmony-saturated folk/pop style is like a splice of Stevie Nicks, Sarah Harmer and Jeff Tweedy rolled into one musical entity, topped off with a sprinkling of Feist's charm. Her debut folk-pop EP, To You, showcases an ear for melody and a knack for honest words and powerful lyricism that are dominated by acoustic guitars and rich harmonies.
After performing at events such as Lilith Fair, SHOREfest, Canadian Music Week, Rifflandia Festival, BreakOut West and the Peak Performance Project Top 20; Steph is set to release her debut full-length album, Bells & Whistles, on April 17, 2012 with Cordova Bay Records.
Steph has toured BC & Alberta numerous times over the past few years, with several performances in and around Ontario and Quebec. More recent shows include opening for Hannah Georgas, Jon and Roy, and Michael Bernard Fitzgerald. In June 2011 Steph toured for 3 weeks wrapping up with performances on the Main Stage of both Tall Tree Festival and the Legislature Lawns in Victoria for Canada Day. Her 2011 single, “Summer Salute”, made Steph one of Vancouver’s Shore 104.3FM Song Search Top 10 contestants and has been recognized by FACTOR (Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent On Recordings), receiving funding in support of the recording.
Since releasing her EP, To You, in November 2009, Steph added opening for Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, Sugarland, Colbie Caillat, Erykah Badu, Tom Cochrane, Colin James, and Men Without Hats to her repertoire of performances that already included the likes of Jesse Winchester, Leeroy Stagger, Greg Macpherson, Yukon Blonde, Aidan Knight, and Vince Vaccaro. To You has been supported by and is in rotation on CBC Radio One and CBC Radio 3, as well as commercial and college radio stations across Canada.
The upcoming release of Bells & Whistles indicates big things on the horizon for this stunning singer-songwriter. The strong pop-sensibility and beautifully crafted lyrics on her new album are sure to touch your heart and soul.
“The back-porch violin is good and the acoustic guitar pleasant enough, but what makes "Keeping Time" a gorgeous slice of country-folk is Steph Macpherson’s voice. Move over, Be Good Tanyas—there’s a new gun in town.”
~ Georgia Straight
"Macpherson's voice is clear, well-trained and hauntingly beautiful, and her vocal melodies are deadly infectious."
~ BC Musician Magazine
Raw, rough, uncomfortably honest, fast and violent, then suddenly smooth and soaring. SAvK is a group with perfect balance, where leader Steve van Kampen is the anger and brother Paul is the diplomacy. SAvK wears his heart on his sleeve, then throws it, still beating, at the audience. This Calgary group uses deep rooted western flavours and combines it with international inspirations to perfectly depict their home sound. SAvK’s debut self titled release is a study in vulnerable live folk rock, and with a brand new rhythm section (bassist Stefan Smith and drummer Dan Wilson