JUNOFEST
THE ROXY

DERRIVAL, MATT BLAIS AND JESSE ROPER

As part of the Vancouver hosted JUNO’s this weekend, there has been a whole bunch of great music to catch up on with almost 100 artists performing as part of JUNOFest.

I spent last night darting between a couple of venues to grab some images of some of the great acts on offer.

The night kicked off at the Roxy with Derrival. This young band, which was one of three bands chosen for the inaugural Juno Masterclass, gave an energetic performance and clearly enjoyed being on stage.

Next up was Calgary’s indie-rocker Matt Blais, who brought a bit of a Bob Dylan/Neil Young vibe to venue, taking the stage with guitar and harmonica in place. Matt, who has in the past opened for Blue Rodeo, and collaborated with Sam Roberts performed flawlessly, to an appreciative audience.

Last up for the evening, and by far the most energetic was Victoria’s Jesse Roper. Jesse is an hypnotic performer to watch. He never stops moving, and the only time he seems to stop smiling is when he is grimacing during his wonderfully grungy/dirty guitar solos. This guy is a bona fide star, and backed by an equally talented band easily tore down the house after a great evening of quality music.

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Photos: Stewart Johnstone