Hey Ocean seeks new shores
The members of Hey Ocean have been across Canada several times.
Now, said Ashleigh Ball, it’s time to broaden the band’s horizons — ideally adding a European skyuline.
To do that, the band has started an online fundraiser, with the goal of raising $30,000.
“It felt weird at first,” Ball said, “but it’s a good program and it’s doing all right. By the second day, we had $8,000 or $9,000.”
Until it needs to get passports ready, the band is heading out into Canada again, with a stop on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Blue Grotto, 319 Victoria St.
It’s a return gig; Hey Ocean played the venue last year to a great crowd, Ball said.
This tour is supporting the band’s new release, Is, which was released in May.
It’s a collection of original songs written by Ball, who handles flute for the band, along with guitarist David Beckingham and bassist Dave Vertesi.
All share vocal duties.
Is follows the 2008 release of It’s Easier to be Somebody Else, which has been dscribed as a fusion of playfully funked-up party pop.
While the trio is the core, the band is tavelling with a larger group this time, including Johnny Andrews on drums and Devon Lougheed on guitar and keyboard.
Tickets are $15 in avance at Long and McQuade, 955 Lorne St., and at the venue.