Where there’s a WiL, there’s a Lion, a Bear and a Fox.
And the whole menagerie will appear at Tidemark Theatre March 27 for a dynamic show of roots- and stomp-rock.
Calgary-raised Wil Mimnaugh, aka WiL, started strumming his first guitar at the age of 11 and quickly realized what he was born to do. Add in three decades of tireless commitment to becoming a better singer/songwriter — as WiL puts it, “if you think you’re pretty good – get better” — moving beyond playing covers to bar crowds and eventually ascending to international success with a major ad campaign, and you have a taste of WiL’s adventure chasing his “crazy little dream.”
With his unbridled dedication and the support of local fans, WiL’s fifth studio album, El Paseo, was released in September 2014. The album, aptly named “The Ride” in Spanish, has seen its first single “Make Make” climb the charts and earn a nomination for Best Song on CBC Music Awards.
In 2014, El Paseo earned WiL countless new fans with a busy touring schedule and rave reviews–the album was described as “his masterpiece” and “an often breathtakingly beautiful and achingly honest work of personal discovery,” by the Calgary Herald.
It took Christopher Arruda (The Lion), Cory Woodward (The Bear) and Ryan McMahon (The Fox) more than thirty years to find each other but only one month for this “musical force of nature” (Nanaimo Daily News) to realize they were meant to join their voices as one.
After securing a top 20 position in 102.7 The Peak’s prestigious “Peak Performance Project”, the band released their debut EP “We’d Be Good Men” in 2013 and went on to celebrate the effort in numerous sold-out venues across B.C. and Alberta.
In less than a year, The Lion The Bear The Fox have cemented themselves as a hard-working Canadian band with an uncompromising dedication to performance. 2015 will be the year they start to deliver their energetic brand of “stomp rock” to the United States and beyond.
Sponsored by the Campbell River Mirror and Coast Discovery Inn, WiL and The Lion The Bear The Fox will perform at the Tidemark Theatre on March 27. Tickets are $22 for members and $27 for non-members (plus applicable taxes and fees) and can be purchased at the box office Thursday through Saturday, between noon and 4 p.m. Tickets are also available online at tidemarktheatre.com.