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Bend Sinister headlines Canada Day event

The music of Bend Sinister is a blend of infectious pop and impressive rock and their true glory will come to life on the Parksville Community Park main stage when the headliners cap off a music filled Canada Day. - PHOTO SUBMITTED BY JEN CYMEK
The music of Bend Sinister is a blend of infectious pop and impressive rock and their true glory will come to life on the Parksville Community Park main stage when the headliners cap off a music filled Canada Day.
— image credit: PHOTO SUBMITTED BY JEN CYMEK

Wear your dancing shoes if you are spending Canada Day at Parksville Community Park because the Rotary Club of Parksville PM has lined up some incredible bands for the main stage entertainment.

It is going to be an all music day July 1 starting at 12:30 with Brodie Dawson, followed by Ryan McMahon, Exit 51, Fine Times, JP Maurice, WiL and ending at 8:45 with the headliners Bend Sinister.

If you have never seen the Vancouver indie rock band, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to check out the incredible musicians who make up the group.

The Parksville show is one of their Canadian tour dates in support of the foursome’s critically acclaimed brand new studio album Animals, released in March.

Since then Vancouver’s favourite prog-rockers have been playing in large and small venues across Canada capturing even more followers in their already huge fan base.

Animals was recorded at Signature Sound in San Diego with Joe Marlett a two time Grammy-nominated producer who has also worked with the Foo Fighters and Queens of The Stone Age.

Continuing with their affinity for infectious melodies mixed with soaring guitar and Moxon’s signature keys, the album incorporates a decade of musical styles into one album that has plenty of catchy tracks including a jazzy diddy called Fancy Pants and an energetic rock number called Teacher.

To date, the band has released four studio albums, three EPs and has toured extensively across North America and Europe with the likes of Awolnation, METRIC, Hollerado, We Are Scientists, Bad Religion, Valient Thorr, Hot Hot Heat, Dragonette and Born Ruffians.

Bend Sinister has been nominated for numerous awards including Sirius XM’s Best Emerging Artist and last year they won the Western Canadian Music Awards Best Rock Recording award.

At the heart of Bend Sinister is singer and keyboard player Dan Moxon who started the band just after high school.

Members rounding out the group include guitar player Joseph Blood, bassist Matt Rhode and Jason Dana on drums.

The band took its current shape in 2008 when they released the album Stories of Brothers, Tales of Lovers.

Since then they have evolved through numerous styles, soaking in a wide range of influences and have become an original band that is hard to categorize.

Labeled as anything from prog to pop the guys feel most comfortable being classified as a rock group and consistently prove why they are such a musical force.

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