For the past decade Owen Pallett has been my favourite artist – I was so deeply moved by his work as a young frustrated adult and devoured all his studio material, everything I could find on YouTube, and paid rapt attention to his career for years. When the Westward Music Festival lineup came out with his name above ours I was sitting in our tour van in the desert outside LA, physically shaking from the knowledge that I would be playing the same festival as him. But we’re not just playing the same fest, we’re opening for him at Imperial Vancouver September 14th and I never thought I would have an opportunity like this my entire career. I owe a massive thank you to Timur from MRG Concerts Western Canada for getting us on this bill. If you are going to check out any show at Westward, I strongly encourage you to go to this one. Owen is an incredible musician and I feel so deeply grateful to be sharing the stage as well as get to see him perform again. We will be working on a very special set for this one.

– Alea

Photo circa 2011 at CBC Vancouver