From the mid-‘80s to the early-‘90s, The Grapes Of Wrath and The Northern Pikes produced some of the catchiest and most heart-felt singles and videos to come out of Canada.
Although the bands shared similar values musically, they only performed on the same bill once during their heydays.
Fast forward some 20 years later and the guitarists from each of these bands find themselves living just blocks away from one another in Toronto. This realization led to the two of them 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!”
The Grapes’ Kevin Kane and Northern Pikes’ Bryan Potvin are teaming once again to perform their solo material and favourites from both bands –individually and as a duo– Sunday at Gatzke Orchards in Oyama.
“We are very excited to have these two great Canadian songwriters and singers to the Big Blue Stage this summer,” said Joseph Pinheiro, event manager at Gatzke’s. “I’ve known Bryan since our PolyGram days together and to have him on stage teamed up with another great Canadian talent like Kevin, I just know the Okanagan is in for a rare treat.”
As well as performing old favourites from their respective back catalogues, Potvin will also be drawing heavily from his just-released debut solo album, Heartbledwhite, while Kane will be performing several of the songs from last year’s Grapes’ comeback, High Road, and may slip in a song or two from his next solo project.
Tickets for Sunday’s concert are $20 each, available at www.gatzkeorchard.com. Doors open 5:30 p.m.