Going to California

Taking a laidback roadtrip

As any band is want to do, we are going to California.

Why, you ask? Is it for the gorgeous weather? The bodacious babes? The hip scene?

It is for all of those, and one more: we’re making a music video! In fact, the entire North American west coast will be featured in this road-trippin’ cinematic voyage.

The video is for a brand new song titled “Begins with a Return.” Expect it later this Spring :D

“Communist” Music Video

Earlier this summer we were given the opportunity to make a music video thanks to Public Records, Telus and Daniel Abraham of Icepick Productions.

We thought it would be interesting to see what famous Communist leaders would be like if they lived in a modern capitalist society. How would they reconcile their communist beliefs with the reality of their environment? What would their day-to-day lives look like? How would they approach change? And would anything come of it? Or would they just go to the beach for a good time? Watch and find out!

“Bands Give Back” The Big Brothers Big Sisters BIG Fundraiser

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Sports Central Lounge
Wednesday, September 25th
Featuring Acoustic Performances by Sebastien Ste Marie of Van Damsel and Nick & Mohsin
Dinner tickets: $20 each
Time: 6-9pm

Sagebrush Theatre
Sunday, September 29th
Featuring Van Damsel, Fields of Green and Earthea.
Tickets: $15 each
Doors: 5:30pm, Performance: 6pm

For Sagebrush: https://tickets.kamloopslive.com/TheatreManager/1/tmEvent/tmEvent1461.html

For Dinner:
Matthew Barron – (250) 574-1445
or stop by the Big Brothers Big Sisters office at 821 Seymour St.

They say that it takes a community to raise a child, and we are firm believers in that. Our band, Van Damsel, is comprised of four friends (Matthew Barron, Richard Bregoliss, Matthew Rennehan and Mark Ste Marie) born and raised in Kamloops, BC. The city has not only provided a beautifully liveable environment, it has also given us a myriad of opportunities to excel as a band. Thanks in large part to our community, we were chosen as one of the Top 20 bands in BC to take part in the Peak Performance Project. The project provides mentorship to emerging artists in BC, helping us to refine our craft and navigate the often daunting music business. This mentorship has already proven invaluable, aiding us in pushing our careers to the next level.

Van Damsel recognizes the importance of mentorship, which is why we have chosen to give back to the community through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kamloops & Region (BBBS). BBBS believes every child should have the opportunity to reach his or her full potential, both as individuals and citizens – and by doing so, they will not only do well, they will also do good. By changing the course of young lives through mentorship we can in turn change the course of a community’s future. It could lead to a reduction in poverty and unemployment, to safer schools and neighbourhoods. Or to a renewed optimism for growth. It could even lead to change on a broader, more far-reaching scale.

A recent study has shown that for every $1 donated to BBBS, $18 is returned to society. When compared to children in similar circumstances who weren’t in a BBBS program, children involved with BBBS go on to have higher paying careers, give back at a greater rate through donations and volunteering, lead healthier lifestyles, are more financially literate and are happier on average.

Please come out and support your community!

For more information:

Email: info@vandamsel.com
Phone: Matthew Barron – (250) 574-1445

BBBS research findings: http://www.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/en/home/newsevents/investinginkidsfuturespaysoff.aspx

The Peak Performance Project: http://peakperformanceproject.com/

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