And so we begin the longer drives into the interior. Canada’s big, y’all. The luxury of two hour car rides on the island is officially over. We made our usual stops in Merritt to gas up and buy lunch (Subway Pt 1) before killing the trek to Vernon. Not too much to report today; a good chunk of road, a couple mix CDs and da beautiful mountainscape. Four hours later, we landed in Vernon, pulled up to the venue and picked up dinner at Midtown Bistro – a cute, tasty spot that graciously supplied a discount for us. The staff were super welcoming and paired nicely with the folks at Record City. The owners of Record City were so, so amazing and genuine. The energy and support they have for music… unbelievable. Couldn’t share enough positivity about them. Can’t wait to return there. We loaded in to a full powered stage too which I didn’t expect with the fact that it’s a record shop. Lighting rig and all. We set up and purused the store for a few hours.
Angelica Thrift was also so excited and supportive. She brought out plenty of great people and maybe bought some of our soap… perhaps. That alone was reassuring having never played or even stayed in Vernon before. I feel lucky to have any sort of crowd in cities that we haven’t been to. Patrick bought a few things in the store. Found out that the venue used to be a Boston Pizza and everything made more sense. Overall, had a nice time and good talks. We enter a new province tomorrow. Banff. Maybe we’ll indulge in hot springs?
Tonight was our first out of town show in almost two years and it was goooood. We all met up in the morning to catch the ferry and cram our tiny doggo van with all of our clunky gear. Some Tetris and a million booking emails later, we landing in Victoria. We drove straight to our accommodations to drop off some personals and send more emails/collect ourselves/try to fix our newly broken band cam. As the day leaned into the evening, we set out for dinner which so happened to be a cute diner below the venue. It was easy for us to recognize the owl despite the lack of signage because it was the only fully copper building I’d ever seen. What a great name. Our waiter at the diner was both witty and charming. The man who came and just sat at our table while Alea and Victoria weren’t there however was just strange. A rigid man sat down and asked us for money than offered us some lingerie in return for $50. This was all in the span of one minute. What an experience. You probably just had to be there. Anyways, we finished up, loaded in and set up. The owl is such a beautiful, clean venue, in other words, not what we expected of a venue. By the time 9:30PM rolled around, the place was filled. Couldn’t believe that it was the full for our first proper show on the island. Matt Dell from Croatia and Holy Smokes really deserve at up of the credit. Croatia made sure that this was a big show for them; first show with their new singer and first show in a while. Woah, did the lineup not disappoint, we feel very lucky to have connected with Matt Dell. He’s real swell. We can’t wait to return to The Copper Owl and meet even more good people.
At the end of the night, we loaded out and drove to our accommodations to catch zzz’s. Tomorrow is going to be a whole new adventure.