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Hey Ocean at Meaford Hall (Posted On: Friday, May 03, 2013)

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Infectious pop + three young Vancouverites make one great show in Meaford! 2013 Juno nominees Hey Ocean! are to many the quintessential West Coast band. With three Vancouverites at its core (Ashleigh Ball, David Beckingham & David Vertesi) it's true that their roots, their name, and many of their lyrics hark back to the pacific shores they call home. However, over the last 8 years they have earned a reputation as much more than just ambassadors of the Pacific Northwest. Hey Ocean! Brings their unique sound, talent and energy to Meaford Hall Arts & Cultural Centre on Sunday May 12 for an 8pm show, tickets are just $20.

Truly independent for over half a decade, Hey Ocean is also a representative of the new generation of DIY artists. They have been hands on every step of the way. Their captivating and energetic live show has not only earned them the loyalty of an ever-expanding fan base, but also the reputation for being one of Canada's best young bands.

In the spirit of classic Pop songwriters such as Paul Simon or Fleetwood Mac they are refreshingly musical with compelling lyrics, beautiful harmonies and superb musicianship at the front and centre. Meanwhile, their passion for the music they make is unmistakable and it breeds positivity even when singing the saddest of their songs.

After their summer of 2010 was spent working with producer Gavin Brown (Metric, Sarah Harmer, Billy Talent) Hey Ocean returned home with a record in pieces but more determined than ever to finish.  Starting again, they began rebuilding the songs from the ground up with bassist David Vertesi producing and with only themselves to answer to. A year later their highly anticipated release IS, was released through Universal Music and the band has been on the road again with an expanded line-up and a whole new array of material: bigger and better than ever.

The May 2011 album release (for "IS") marks three years since the band's last release "It's Easier To Be Somebody Else" (2008) and despite a long and difficult recording process the band asserts that if anything, the obstacles they have overcome have only made them stronger and more certain than ever that they must be masters of their own destiny.

Hey Ocean! Has an extraordinary talent for blending various musical styles into a brand of infectious pop that is uniquely their own. Together, Ashleigh Ball, David Beckingham and David Vertesi have created a musical repertoire that cannot be ignored - be it on radio, television or your neighbor's iPod. Hey Ocean will soon be everywhere.

Continuously leaving fans in awe, Hey Ocean combines sheer talent, charismatic songs, and an undeniably energetic live show, making them a must-see band!  And get your tickets now because they just sold out Ottawa's National Arts Centre the day before their Meaford show! Showtime is 8pm on Sunday May 12 (Mother's Day) and tickets are just $20 - available online or by calling 1.877.538.0463.

Next up On the Stage is The Tank Range Project May 17 & 18 followed by the Skydiggers May 30. Next up On the Screen is Argo on May 2, the final Transition Meaford documentary is Biophilic Design May 5. For more information on these and other Meaford Hall events follow us on Facebook, visit us online or call 1.877.538.0463 or drop by 12 Nelson St E in beautiful historic downtown Meaford.


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