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?