Written by: Tara Thompson
Touring Canada’s Eastern provinces is something that has become pretty common for a lot of Newfoundland musicians lately, but touring the whole country? Not every band gets that chance. For the last six months, alt-pop duo Everglow have been taking in the opportunity they’ve been given to bring their music from their home in St. John’s all the way across the country to Victoria, British Columbia.
Jon Pike and Gordon Huxter have been travelling with Live Different, a Canadian charity that is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of young people across the country. The group, along with five Live Different interns, go to schools daily and give an hour long presentation which includes fun videos, three speakers who talk about their life stories, and the band plays three songs. After the presentation, they meet with all the students and then pack up all the gear and get ready to do it all again the next day.
After a steady four months and over 50 shows into touring the Western provinces with the charity in Fall 2015, Everglow were offered to continue the tour into the Eastern provinces for the Spring 2016 session which includes another 74 shows. When asked if there was any hesitation on signing on for the second half of the tour, Pike knew straight away they wanted to do it.
“It was just a matter of making sure all the timing and other commitments worked out. Luckily we don’t have a lease on a house or anything so we didn’t have much keeping us tied ROCK ISLAND | 4 down, so we signed on for another four months and while it is crazy draining, it’s very worth it. The people on our team are amazing and we’re meeting so many incredible people while playing music.” said Pike.
With their short holiday break in December, Everglow didn’t slow down. They played a packed show at The Ship in St. John’s before heading down to Los Angeles, California for two weeks to work on new music.
“Chad Richardson, the manager of the SOCAN office in LA, saw our video for “Feel Your Heart” in August and invited us down to write. Chad helped us line up a bunch of sessions with super talented writers. We did 8 songs and are super stoked on them.” said Pike.
While there is no date set for a release, the duo are working on a full length album with the help of MusicNL which they hope is going to be “completely worth the wait”.
In October, Everglow were nominated for six MusicNL awards and most recently, they have been nominated for Fan’s Choice Video of the Year at the 2016 East Coast Music Awards. Due to schedule conflicts they couldn’t attend MusicNL Week but they will be in Cape Breton for East Coast Music Week and will be showcasing at the Rising Star Stage. Pike mentioned that they were quite excited when first hearing of their nomination and for their chance to show how they’ve grown since last years conference and festival.
“Showcasing last year was awesome, but I really feel this year we can make some serious connections and really build our momentum with a nomination behind us. Not to mention we just have so much more experience and know so many more people now, so it’ll be a lot of fun to feel more like part of the crowd.” said Pike.
Just when you think they might slowing down, they aren’t. Nothing is final but they are “working on a couple things with a couple really cool people” for when the Live Different tour finishes at the end of May. They then hope to spend most of July and August polishing up the album.