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The Michael Wood band has been selected to play Canadian Music Week in Toronto, Ontario. The band plays the Hideout at 2 AM on Thursday May 7th. This will be one of the feature shows on the new tour to support the new album "Rubble Town". Several other dates have been announced, with more being added every day. The band is super stoked !!
May 7 The Hideout, Candian Music Week Toronto, Ontario
May 9 Sessions on the River, Fort Erie, Ontario
May 23 The Mex Pub, Courtenay, BC
June 6 Rhubarb Festival, Calgary, AB
June 8 Buds on Broadway, Saskatoon,Sask.
June 10 Buds on Broadway, Saskatoon, Sask.
June 12 The Valley Zoo, Hinton, AB
June 19 Cobble Stone Pub, Mill Bay, BC
July 3 Geospace Stampede Breakfast Calgary,AB
July 4 Wine-Ohs Calgary, AB
July 6 The Libertine Public House, Calgary, AB
July 9 Revelstoke Summer Concert Series, Revelstoke, BC
July 21 Chemainus Summer Festival, Chemainus, BC
August 1 Kamloops in the Park, Kamloops, BC
August 2 Doc Willoughby's, Kellowna, BC
The new albulm is finished !!! Thank you Shawn and co. you all did an amazing job !!!
The new album is in the final stages and will be out shortly. " Rubble Town " was recorded at Green House Studios in Vancouver, BC. and produced by Shawn Verreault of the multiple Juno nominated band, Wide Mouth Mason. MWB plans to hit the road touring the new album in the next few weeks. Stay tuned for dates in your area.
Summer time!! And we've got some awesome dates lined up for you, and us, and all your hombres! Looking forward to seeing you this summer, so make sure you catch us at one of these dates! - Mike
COCA - Canadian Organization of Campus Activities, Halifax N.S. Friday - June 21
Oasis Night Club in Halifax, N.S. - June 22nd With special guests My Living Will, and Brite-VU
The Roxy Cabaret in Vancouver - BC June 27
ArtBeat Chemainus BC - Friday, June 28 (All Ages)
Port Coquitlam Canada Day Monday - July 1st
Opening for Platinum Blonde, Mary Winspear Center, Sidney, BC July 2
26th annual Oyo Stampede Party Calgary, AB - Friday, July 5
The Libertine Lounge, Calgary AB - Monday, July 8th
Broken City, Calgary, AB - Wednesday, July 10
Voodoo Lounge-Calgary, AB - July 12 - Tickets at the door
Summer In The Square, Centennial Square Victoria - Friday, July 19 (All Ages)
St. Andrews Anglican Church Sidney, BC. July 27 - Tickets at the door. Party in the Park, Chilliwack, BC. August 2 2013.
Free concert, all ages. Music In The Park at Riverside Park, Kamloops, B.C. - Thursday, August 8, (All Ages)
Big John Bates at Doc Willoughby's Downtown Pub, Kelowna - Friday, August 9th Tickets at the door
Parks Alive! Kelowna Music in the Park - Saturday, August 10th (All Ages)
Revelstoke Summer Concert Series, Revelstoke, B.C. - Wednesday, August 21 (All Ages)
Music in the Park at the Southwood Community Association, Calgary, AB - Thursday, August 22 (All Ages)
"Summer at the Peak", Sun Peaks Resort, Kamloops, BC - Friday, August 23
International Pop Overthrow Music Festival at The Railway Club, Vancouver BC - August 28th to 30st (TBA)
Lucky Bar, Victoria - Saturday, August 31
The Saanich Fair - Sunday, September 1st (All Ages)
The Michael Wood Band has been selected to play a show case at the Vancouver Island Music Busness Conference in Courtenay BC. on May 18 2013. Whistle Stop Pub. 9 PM
Michael Wood Band has been selected to play a show case at the Toothy Moose Night Club In Halifax Nova Scotia on June 21 2013 at the COCA National Conference.
In Toronto for Canadian Music Week, The Michael Wood Band is playing at the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on Queen Street March 18 2013. 10:15 pm.
The Michael Wood Band has benn nominated for two Vancouver Island Music Awards. http://islandmusicawards.wordpress.com/
Michael Wood Band Song "Take Me Away" was selected as a semi-finalists for the 2013 International Songwriting Competition, from 20,000 entries from 119 countries worldwide!
Michael Wood Band rolling through town
By Jacob Morgan
Rock music is one of the few fields where being young and inexperienced can actually lead to a better product.
This is something that Michael Wood, the 18-year-old leader of the Michael Wood Band, represents all too well. His group will be playing at The Root: Community Emporium tomorrow night (April 12).
“We actually got together as I was coming out of high school,” Wood told the Source, just after completing the final exams of his first year at University of Victoria.
At first, he encountered some difficulties in chasing a music career at such a young age.
“In the beginning it was a little bit difficult sneaking into bars to play,” he said.
But for a talented kid with the ability to crank out power-pop anthems, age is nothing but a number. The band's debut album, Occupy This, came out last May and features 12 original songs primarily written by Wood.
“It's kind of a Killers meets Foo Fighters sound,” he said.
The video for the lead single, End of the World, shows the band playing live intercut with clips of soldiers and military imagery.
“It's definitely got some political themes,” said Wood. “But I don't know if we were trying to communicate anything specific, more just being conscious of what's going on in the world, being aware of your surroundings and trying to do good.”
For Wood, the best part of shooting the video was getting to play at the Mary Winspear Centre theatre in his hometown of Sidney, B.C.
“I loved it actually it was awesome, we got to record the video in Mary Winspear just before we did our album release show, and that's my favourite theatre so it was nice to be there,” he said.
The upcoming concert at the Root is part of a series of shows for Michael Wood Band that runs right through the summer. With this kind of hectic schedule, Wood has been forced to take another look at his priorities.
“I didn't expect to be as busy as we are with music this year, so it didn't quite work out with my schooling,” he said. “I'm taking a year off next year to pursue music so it should be a little bit better.”
Michael Wood Band taking the stage at Sun Peaks for Aussie Day
January 25, 2013 By
I’m sitting in a busy coffee shop with 21-year-old John Lennon look-alike Josh Weed when the namesake member of Michael Wood Band shows up, fashionably late as I’m told is customary. He’s just come from a class on The Beatles at University of Victoria and it’s immediately apparent that below their young and jovial exteriors these two are serious music men.
Michael Wood Band is from the Victoria area, and after releasing their debut album Occupy This in 2012 they’re off to a fast start. All band members are under the age of 22 and have already played over 30 shows since their album debuted, including the Calgary Stampede.
Next up on the tour roster Michael Wood Band heads to Sun Peaks to play at The Club on January 26, which coincides with Australia Day. I took the liberty of explaining the extent of Australia Day at Sun Peaks Resort to Wood and band-mate Josh Weed, after which Wood shared a story about a sample encounter during a show in Victoria.
“I used to have a regular gig at this café and the best time I ever had playing there was when these three Australian guys came and they were really stoked that I played an Australian song,” says Wood. “They got rowdier and rowdier until finally all three of them finally got kicked out.”
Sound like a familiar scene? Ensure that you make it to and through the Michael Wood Band’s show and you’ll see why this band is turning heads around the world. Wood and Weed both say that they have a European following and that they hope to get out that way to do a tour at some point as well.
Occupy This is an astoundingly good album. The fab four, comprised of Weed and Wood on vocals and guitars, Jon Baergen on bass and vocals and Alex Campbell on drums and vocals, have produced a modern-sounding rock album with catchy lyrics and hooks. Weed and Wood, both big Mother Mother fans, have ideas for their next release, which they say is currently in the works.
“I’d like to get a heavier, more analogue and roots-y sound to our next album; heavier but not darker,” says Wood, adding that they would like to release their Hendrix-inspired cover of “All Along the Watchtower.” Weed would like to up the tempo a bit to make it better for dancing.
And despite the politically-charged title of their album, both band members shy away from too much political advocacy, saying that it can take away from the music itself when not preached to the right crowd. Regardless there are hints of angst and socio-political awareness on the album, such as in “Should We Be Afraid” which is about the Arab Spring movement that took place in Egypt. Currently Wood is immersed in philosophy classes at the University of Victoria and Weed is a self-professed science and scepticism nerd, so time may tell where that will lead their music but for now it provides a firm basis and mature understanding of critical observance required for solid songwriting.
Give them a listen at: themichaelwoodband.bandcamp.com
Long a fan of the Shuswap, Michael Wood spent most of his growing-up summers with family in Salmon Arm, and now he’s bringing his music and his band to perform at the Hideaway Pub Friday, Feb. 8.
The Michael Wood Band (MWB) has only been together for a year and all of the members are under 22 years of age – but their music, timely and relevant lyrics speak of a much greater depth.
Lead vocalist and guitarist, 18-year-old Wood is joined on-stage by Josh Weed on lead guitar, drummer Alex Campbell and Jon Baergen on bass.
Wood, who has been living and making music in Victoria for the past five years, says the members of the band met through word-of-mouth connections in local musical circles.
Describing their mostly upbeat, energetic music as alt-indie rock, akin to groups like the Killers and Kings of Leon, the band released their first CD last May to an enthusiastic audience and immediate radio play.
Their songs reflect diverse topics, from Arab Spring in Should We Be Afraid, to the Occupy Movement in End of the World, to shelving worries about the future in I Think I’ll Just Go To Bed.
MWB is getting nation-wide radio play and was recently voted New Artist of the Month by an Ontario FM station.
Their End of the World video went viral internationally with more than 38,000 hits in its first month on the Internet.
Wood says the band is dedicated to writing and recording great songs, with inspiration sometimes coming during practice, or from an idea one member brings to the group.
“Someone brings an idea and we’ll work it through, or someone might come with the lyrics already,” says Wood.
The band has already toured Saskatoon and Regina this month and has a busy Canadian tour coming up in 2013.
“We’re having a lot of fun,” laughs Wood, who is looking forward to bringing his band and his music to his second home and his family, who have listened to him play for many years. “I think it’s got to the point where I think I’m not bugging my family with my guitar.”
There is no cover charge for the band’s 9 p.m. performance.
By Barb Brouwer - Salmon Arm Observer
Published: January 30, 2013 8:00 AM
Updated: January 30, 2013 8:57 AM
MWB is getting ready for the Start of their western Canadian Tour. 30 dates starting in Victoria January 14th and ending at Canadian Music Week in Toronto March 25th. More dates being added every week. Looking forward to seeing you at our shows!
MWB has been selected as a finalist for the AMP Records/Fox FM Radio 2012 Band Fight. Takes Place Library Square Public House Vancouver BC. November 7, 14, 21 & 28th. Come on down and cheer us on! Doors open at 7:30.
MWB will be opening for Canadian rock ledgends Prism at the Mary Windspear Theatre in Sidney on the 15th of December. Tickets at https://tickets.marywinspear.ca/TheatreManager/1/login&event=0
Come out and support the band in the Battle of the Bands at Felicitas University of Victoria October 10th 8pm. Tickets at the door.
The band played a great set at Lucky bar this past Wedsnesday to kick off the Wolfheart western Canadian Tour.
The Michael Wood Band wins Ontario Band of the Month (2012-07-19)
The New 99.1 FM CKXS posted on Michael Wood Band's Wall "Huge congratulations to our 2 XS New Artists of the Month, The Michael Wood Band and The Swills! You'll hear a lot more of these guys in coming months on 99.1 FM CKXS Radio.
The Video for the first single "End of the World" off the Michael Wood Band album "Occupy This" Released June 7 2012. Check it out on You Tube. It's a wild ride! Over 40,000 views and counting. http://youtu.be/FrT7bRigQ5c
“Occupy This” is receiving enthusiastic response from critics. The single “End of the World” is enjoying immediate radio play, and Aaron Bethune of Hitquarters raves " Shockingly fresh, strong songs with a great delivery. Infectious grooves that bring to mind The Police, Kings Of Leon and Red Hot Chili Peppers with undertones of Hendrix, the Ramones and Tom Petty. I had to listen to the music from start to finish...then press repeat." Wood’s video, a guitar driven cover of “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People has received over 20 thousand views.
The New album "Occupy This" by the Michael Wood Band was released to an enthusiastic partying crowd at the Charlie White Theatre this past Saturday night. A great new album and a great start to the tour for this up and coming band. Opening acts Sam Weber and Reverie did thier part in delivering one of the best rock and roll shows ever to hit Sidney. Catch these acts live if you get the chance, you won't be sorry. R
The Michael Wood Band has their CD release party for the album " Occupy This" Saturday May 5th at the Charlie White Theatre, Mary Winspear Center in Sidney BC. Tickets at http://www.marywinspear.ca/. Proceeds go to support the Global Perspectives program at Stelly's high school. Come out and rock your socks off, and support this great cause. Opening act Sam Weber.
Local Teen Returns from Humanitarian Work to Release CD
Michael Wood returned home to Sidney from humanitarian work in Nepal to put the finishing touches on his break out CD, “Occupy This”. The album is now complete and is receiving enthusiastic response from fans and industry insiders.
Wood was part of the Stelly's High School Global Perspectives 12 class who recently returned from 18 days in Nepal. The students raised over 20 thousand dollars to buy farm land for a women’s collective supporting victims of domestic violence. They spent days digging out terraces, planting tomatoes and rice, plastering walls, and helping to build housing
Global Perspectives is a course for students who are passionate about making a difference in the world, and helping those in need locally and internationally. “We have worked with orphans in Haiti (2000 and 2001), refurbished at a refugee centre in Toronto (2002), built a play area at a retraining centre for single mothers in Cuba (2003), constructed a cancer clinic and taught literacy classes in Belize (2004 & 2005), and most recently, built six schools in remote mountain villages in Peru (2006 through 2011).” Says teacher Tim Storm, adding” Our program was recognized by Maclean’s magazine in August 2005, when Stelly`s was named the best high school in Canada in the Community Outreach category.”
The students are planning another trip to Nepal, in March 2013 to build a women's shelter in a remote village. Over 64% of Nepalis are currently living in poverty, and many Nepalese women live in squalor as victims of abuse and isolation. The Stelly’s students are working to change that by building a women's shelter outside of Kathmandu, Nepal.
The Michael Wood Band has released a rocking edgy video cover of the Foster the People song " Pumped Up Kicks " A new album "Occupy This " is due out in early April, eleven rocking original tunes. Stay tunned for more singles and video news. http://youtu.be/MneI6GbGrbE
A singer /songwriter with an evocative voice, Michael Wood’s emotionally charged lyrics speak of universal themes in a frank and infectious manner. Afresh alternative rock sound mixing classic elements with the edginess and bite of modern concepts, the album “Occupy This” has energy to burn.The Michael Wood Band is rock for the new age.
Michael Wood has never kept his love for the roots of Canadian rock a secret, so when he was invited to record his upcoming CD in " The Barn" he was blown away by the opportunity. The boys put in some long hours in the studio in November and are stoked about the results. The tracks they've laid down give a nod to the roots of rock and roll with solidly rocking material and well- crafted lyrics that are relevant to people’s lives. It's the Yardbirds meet Tom Petty meet Blink 182 on the way to a Mother Mother concert.
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