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Wintersleep return to Vancouver for Concord's New Year's Eve celebrations

Yasmin Aboelsaud Dec 27, 2016 12:02 am 773

If you haven’t heard yet, Vancouver is about to ring in the New Year with a massive celebration.

The second annual Concord’s New Year’s Eve Vancouver takes place in Coal Harbour, and among the festivities are public concerts featuring some of Canada’s best music.

Juno Award-winning The Sheepdogs are headlining the main outdoor stage, and the boys will be preceded by a diverse and talented lineup that includes Yukon Blonde, Humans, and Halifax’s Wintersleep.

“I’m excited. It’s a nice way to celebrate the new year,” said Wintersleep’s Loel Campbell. “I don’t know if we’ve ever played a New Year’s show actually. We might have in the early days, maybe only once before in the 13 years we’ve been a band.”

The indie rockers are known for their 2007 album, Welcome to the Night Sky, which featured their first hit single “Weightly Ghost.” In 2008, the band won their first Juno Award for ‘New Group of the Year’ and Wintersleep was officially on the map. Earlier this year, after writing a wealth of material in their Montreal studio, the band curated 11 new tracks and released their latest album, The Great Detachment.

“[2016] has been very busy,” Campbell said, speaking to Daily Hive from Ottawa. “Lots of time on the road. It’s been rewarding. It’s nice to feel the momentum and the excitement of the music resonating with the people.”

The band began a cross Canada tour in November, and had played The Commodore Ballroom on November 19. But if you missed them, you can catch them play and count down the final minutes of 2016 at the New Year’s Eve celebrations.

“It will be great to be in Vancouver and will be nice to play an outdoor venue. I’m looking forward to that, we did a lot of that during the Olympics in 2010,” said Campbell. “And there are other cool bands playing, the New Pornographers are playing, Yukon Blond. It’s going to be fun because we’re friends with all those guys.”

And what’s New Year’s Eve celebrations without resolutions.

Although Wintersleep hasn’t made a resolution as a band, Campbell has one idea.

“Maybe our New Year’s resolution will be to make sure we tour in warm places while the Canadian winter is on the go,” he laughed, especially after finding out that it’s been snowing and cold in Vancouver too.

But nonetheless, he’s excited to be here, even in winter gear.

“It’s going to be a fun trip,” Campbell said. “Really looking forward to ringing in the new year out there.”

Wintersleep performs at Concord’s New Year’s Eve Vancouver celebrations on December 31. The event kicks off at 6:30 pm, and the band is on 102.7 The PEAK Main Stage live at 9:55 pm.

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Yasmin Aboelsaud
Senior Staff Writer, music aficionado, fueled by coffee, travel & Drake.

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