Deep in downtown Ottawa’s Rideau arts’ district, Drake Jensen welcomed Vancouver’s Patrick Masse and visiting New York-based Paisley Fields to the quirky Soviet-themed Avant Garde bar for a night celebrating their passion for everything country.
When asked about touring Canada for the first time, James Wilson of Paisley Fields said, “I love it!”
“Everyone’s super cool, the venues are great and really cool spots. If these places were in New York, these are places I would play.”
Wilson said the opportunity to play in Toronto, Ottawa and Kingston was the perfect opportunity to play their latest release, Glitter and Sawdust, to new audiences.
“We ended up premiering the album in Vice Magazine early,’ says Wilson of the expedited release of Glitter and Sawdust. “I thought this would be a good preview to jump on up here and see what it’s like with audiences here.”
Following his band’s tour through southern and eastern Ontario, Wilson says he is in talks with Patrick Masse about bringing Paisley Fields to Vancouver for shows.
“I’ve been wanting to play in Canada for a long time,” said Wilson.
Born and raised with thoughts and aspirations of becoming a famous bassist in Sarnia, ON; Emily Plunkett now lives in Gatineau, QC, and considers National Capital Region home sweet home. A product of the Beatles, MuchMusic and the Southwestern Ontario summer festival circuit (circa 2000), her interest and love in concert photography came almost completely by accident when her journalism program at Algonquin College required courses in photojournalism (and she quickly realized that photos taken at concerts using a DSLR are enormously better than ones she was taking on a point-and-shoot she bought for a trip to England). She is extremely proud of the fact she has seen Sloan in some form or another 25 times.