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Edmonton Goth Rockers VAN HALST Performing Toronto Dates @ Indie Week & Pinktober 5.0
Indie Week – October 16th @ Rivoli and Coalition
Pinktober – October 17th @ Hard Rock Cafe
Photo Credit: Renee Robyn
Making their first Toronto appearances at Indie Week on October 16th and Pinktober 5.0 on October 17th, Edmonton, AB’s Van Halst is a fierce, empowering force of hard rock fused with metal. A project, which began as a solo artist for whom the band is named after — Kami Van Halst, has since become a full group producing socially conscious, lyrical tracks that focus on disenfranchised and marginalized populations.
“We could not be more excited to take part at Indie Week because it’ll be our first opportunity to perform for new fans and industry professionals who are not located in nor frequent Alberta. We cannot wait to showcase our new material and spread the message behind our music. We are also very honoured to have been selected to perform for Pinktober 5.0 at the Hard Rock Cafe. This show is a breast cancer fundraiser and brings together women who rock, we believe it is important to lend our talents to the cause and help raise funds to further cancer research.” comments vocalist and front woman Kami Van Halst.
Their appearances in Toronto comes with a special treat for those in attendance as the band will be performing unheard tracks from their upcoming album ‘The World of Make Believe’ due out in early 2016. The first single from that album ‘Save Me’ is set to be unleashed on October 2nd via iTunes.
October 16 – The Rivoli – Set time 9pm.
October 16 –
Coalition Bar – Set time 12:45pm
– Event info here
October 17 – T
he Hard Rock Cafe for Pinktober 5.0 Set time 10:30pm
*** all ages – Event info here
More about Van Halst:
The band’s influences stay true to goth rock, Kami Van Halst demonstrates an agile vocal delivery in combination with pummelling growls. Lyrically, the band draws from black metal due to its focus on people suffering from isolation and rising to overcome the preconceptions of a judgemental society. In This Moment’s industrial fusion remains a primary influence for Van Halst, employing a sampler, synthesizer, and distorted vocals.
Kami Van Halst dominates as the vocalist performing both growls and soaring vocals (Surviving Suzanne), Scott Greene (Derina Harvey Band/Dirty Pool) and Strathon J. Bajowsky (Havok Way) craft the guitar work while Brendan McMillan (bass) (My Darkest Days) and Brett Seaton (drums) (Cultured by Fire) drive the rhythm section of the band. Kami’s range and virtuosic vocal ability always captivates an audience and her attitude on stage truly delivers the meaning behind the songs. The main writing forces for the band are Kami and Scott working together to give listeners a vivid image of social injustices. The band’s live performance is a theatric experience as the utilize full-costumes, make-up and stage props.
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“Van Halst’s musical aesthetic is a mix of Joan Jett, Evanescence, The Pretty Reckless and Shinedown.” – Cailtin Crawshaw, Work of Arts Blog
“Her music is in-your-face, rock and roll.” Leah Germain, The Sherwood Park News
“She is a rocker with a social conscience.” Enbridge Emerging Artist Award Write Up
“Kami is one of our heroes, she uses her music to give a voice to those who, at this point in their lives, aren’t heard.” – Alberta Primetime- Around Alberta Feature