Winterwoven Fest Takes Over Metro

Dany LajIf you’ve got a serious case of the winter blahs, Saturday’s WinterWoven Festival taking place at a few different venues in Metro Moncton just might help inject some musical inspiration into your life.

This is the first year for the festival and includes performers such as Sackville folk heroes Bolivia, Montreal’s jangle-pop band Dany Laj & The Looks

as well as singer-songwriter Steve Gates.

WinterWoven organizer Kelly-Sue O’Connor says that her goal in putting WinterWoven together was to give musicians as well as some of the people working behind the scenes the opportunity to network with one another.

“My hope is that the musicians will be inspired by others whom they haven’t had the chance to see or listen to before,” O’Connor says. “I’d also love to have those taking part walk away feeling appreciated for their talent and for the time that they put into their craft. Ideally, people will go out to the evening shows and find a new favourite band. There are so many talented songwriters deserving of more fans. Hopefully this festival can help expose them to some new people.”

Though the winter season is typically a time for hibernation for a lot of people, O’Connor feels that the Maritimes have a proven track record of supporting winter music festivals.

“I initially thought that it might be the quietest time for bands to be involved in a festival however I was wrong. There are so many great music festivals that take place throughout the winter including Fredericton’s Shivering Songs and Halifax’s In The Dead Of Winter festival. I hope that this year will mark the start of WinterWoven becoming an annual festival.”

Montreal’s Dany Laj & The Looks are looking forward to taking part in the WinterWoven Festival. The trio, influenced by power pop a la Nick Lowe, last performed in Moncton this past November at Plan B, which is incidentally where the group will be performing on Saturday evening.

While some bands prefer waiting until the ice has melted off of the Trans-Canada Highway before they hit the road, Laj says the band has a kind of sick fascination with touring during the winter.

“I feel bad for the Looks having to endure watching me chattering my teeth while white knuckling our way to the next show,” Laj jokes. “The challenge of touring during the winter always makes me feel rather accomplished while my band mates are just plain relieved when we arrive at our destination.”

Article published in the February 8, 2013 edition of the Times & Transcript