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Wayfinding

from Vancouver, BC / Edmonton, AB

Emerging from Victoria, BC’s stellar turn-of-the-millennium music scene, Ryan Beattie cut his teeth in soulful rockers Chet before flexing his falsetto in the more melancholy Himalayan Bear. His unconventional melodicism, piercing lyrics and emotive vocals drew the ear of some of the country’s finest songwriters, including Destroyer’s Dan Bejar and Islands’ Nick Thorburn, but despite those high-profile fans, his music has remained distinctly off the beaten path. Collaborations with top-tier indie artists like Frog Eyes, Kathryn Calder, and Pink Mountaintops seemed to point the way to something bigger, but for whatever reason, Beattie has remained one of Canadian music’s hidden gems.

For his latest musical project, Beattie has found an ideal pair of collaborators in Matthew Cardinal and Marek Tyler, whose Polaris Prize and Juno-nominated project nêhiyawak first performed at the CFMF in 2017. Tyler’s subtle percussion and Cardinal’s synth soundscapes and melodic bass playing are an ideal complement to Beattie’s winding chord progressions, keeping the listener on track through each unexpected curve. After two decades on the indie rock fringes, Wayfinding might just be the project that finally puts this underappreciated songwriter on the map.

Biography by Peter Hemminger

Full schedule coming soon! Stay tuned.