Soaring high after winning the CAPACOA (Canadian Arts Presenting Association) award for Touring Artist of the Year and yet another East Coast Music Award nomination for Entertainer of the Year, Centre for the Arts’ regular David Myles is returning to the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre stage.
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“Last year’s show was awesome. I think that venue was really neat — it has a Roman Gladiator vibe,” Myles said. “I love performing there, especially as the audience seems to grow more familiar with what I do.”
Myles’ signature sound is classified as “roots”, a style comprised of its soft melodies, and lyrical fortitude. In a live performance like this however, the act and presentation is almost as important as any specific genre or sound.
“While my approach to music is more roots, I feel that my sound is very accessible”, said Myles.
Music blogger Mark Weber has described Myles’ style as being “like Buddy Holly, Jack Johnson, Harry Connick, Jr., Barenaked Ladies, Lionel Richie, James Taylor, Jamie Cullum and Cee-Lo Green in one person.”
Regardless of genre, which also includes doo wop and collaborating with Classified on the best-selling Canadian rap song of all time, it is in a live setting that Myles truly soars.
His charming personality and humourous stories are as much of an appeal at his stellar shows as his musicianship.
This year, the show will feature special guest Luke McMaster, an R&B, pop artist who has recently launched his solo career. It’s McMaster’s fourth time playing at the Centre for the Arts.
“When I’m playing a show, the most important thing is to have a good relationship with the audience. It’s the one thing I care about,” Myles said. “Luke definitely does that.”
Myles will be performing with a full band, and even McMaster will be evolving from last year’s solo on the Sean O’Sullivan stage.
“I may be the frontman, but I feel like I’m really just apart of the band,” said McMaster. “It’s so much more fun being with these talented musicians.”
While McMaster’s “blue-eyed soul” sound may be incredibly distinct, he certainly feels that it will be a complementing act to Myles.
“I think the two acts will work together fantastically well,” said McMaster. “We both play acoustic guitar… and I think we both try very hard to focus on the dynamics of our performances.”
“I loved my show at Brock last year, it really is a unique venue,” said McMaster. “It seems that the audience trusts them, because of the way they pick the acts — it’s the way all venues should be.”
In fact, it was Centre for the Arts staff who arranged for McMaster to check out Myles’ performance and meet him after the show. The chemistry was so good, that it was a natural pairing for this season.
Myles and McMaster represent two highly- acclaimed, rising Canadian artists. While they both take different strides within the Canadian music landscape, it’s sure that the two unique artists will become icons of our national music scene.
“I feel like it’s really diverse, and just getting more and more diverse. Some artists are really breaking the mould and this really credits the Canadian scene in general. Artists, promoters and our country itself fights very hard for recognition, and I think it’s proved how important Canadian music can be”, said McMaster.