Streaming Cafe

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


March sees a return of Treelines to the Streaming Café (no, not just because it’s close to spring and the snow will be melting on the mountains; this is the band we’re talking about). Everyone loved them the first time they appeared back in August of 2009, and the response was just as good when they played a second time in January of 2010.

Right after their 2010 appearance, one of the band’s songs was featured as CBC Radio3’s “Song of the day”, and the CBC host said the song (Canadian Airlines) was “…a little nugget of Kelowna gold… it says more about Canada in a mere three minutes than a three-hour throne speech ever could.”

This time around the band is sporting a new drummer, and for this show their format will be more of a stripped-down acoustic set compared to their previous appearances. Treelines bassist Steve Lockhart likes the acoustic format. “It’s something that we enjoy doing,” he says, “showing a different side of our band.” Highlights of the band’s earlier appearances are viewable in Streaming Café’s ‘previous shows’ section of the website.

Lockhart’s brother, Matt, penned most of the music on the band’s first album. Their new EP “Young Man”, released this past summer, showcases Treelines’ current collaborative approach to songwriting, and reviews suggest the new approach is working well. CBC’s North by Northwest says: “This album is summer listening at its finest. It opens with a song that just sounds right on Friday afternoons after escaping from work, class, or whatever your business be….This album is brief but fantastic.”

Here, in the middle of winter, thoughts of summertime are well received. Treelines will be appearing in a mid-week slot, rather than on our normal Saturday show day, and tickets are available at the Café for $10 each. As with all our ticketed events, there are only 40 tickets available, so if you don’t want to miss Treelines make sure you get your tickets well ahead of time.

February Line-up

February is set to be another great month of music. The 5th has local award-winning talent Kim McMechan performing her heart felt music. Ben Sigston joins us on Feb. 12th (Valentines weekend) having just placed in the Top 20 for the Peak Performance Project 2010. Regina, Saskatchewan ‘s The Matthew Joel Band share the stage Saturday the 19th with Vancouver’s Two Bicycles. This will be a cool night of indie folk music with a ambient feel. Victoria’s Mike Edel performs fresh off the release of his new album The Last Of Our Mountains and opening for Mike is local singer/songwriter Mark Irving.
Hope you can tune in to these great shows online or in person at the cafe! Every Saturday at 7pm PST.

Saturday, February 5th    
Kim McMechan - http://www.myspace.com/kimmcmechan
Saturday, February 12th
Ben Sigston - http://www.bensigston.com/
Saturday, February 19th
Matthew Joel Band - http://www.myspace.com/matthewjoelmusic
Two Bicycles - http://www.myspace.com/twobicycles
Saturday, February 26th
Mike Edel - http://www.mikeedel.com/
Mark Irving - http://markirvingmusic.com/

Ben Sigston, from the bike to the mic

There’s a theory that states good athletes would also make good musicians: apparently the precision of timing required is remarkably similar for each pursuit. So how come the jocks were so often not the music gods in high school?

Be that as it may, Ben Sigston actually proves that theory. The one-time cyclist on the Canadian National team is fully on-track to make a mark for himself in the world of music. After shutting down his bike-riding aspirations (and turning away from a full athletic scholarship to a mid-western US university) Sigston applied himself to playing guitar and writing songs. After seven years of effort, Ben came out on top in the 2010 Roxy Summer Sessions, handily winning $5,000 in the process, so it would seem that his choice to turn from athletics to music has been a good one for him. And as a contender in the 2010 Peak Performance Project, Sigston made an appearance here at Streaming Café during Breakout West, the festival surrounding the Western Canadian Music Awards; that’s where we first met him.

Ben Sigston considers music as a great way to explore thoughts and feelings. “For me,” says Sigston, “music is so powerful. It’s a way to see into a situation or experience that can be related to individually. It’s the artist’s job to internalize an event and then to recreate it… to express it.”

Ben will continue that exploration in front of a live audience at Streaming Café on Saturday February 12, 2011. After a set that stood out to us even in the middle of a night that contained several other artists, we are looking forward to a whole evening’s worth of Ben Sigston. Join us in-person at 596 Leon Ave in Kelowna, or online at streamingcafe.net