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BC alt-pop group makes time for Sudbury

Family ties brings tour through the Nickel City
Kamloops-based band Van Damsel will be playing a show at The Asylum in Sudbury on May 4. Supplied photo



A Sudbury show was a must for Kamloops, BC band Van Damsel during their cross-Canada tour. 

The group will be making stops in numerous, much larger centres like Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Winnipeg, but a stop in the Nickel City on May 4 was a top priority, according to the band's lead singer Sebastien Ste Marie.

That's because the band's bass player Matthew “Renny” Rennehan has close ties to the city.

“Renny is originally from Elliot Lake, but a lot of his family is in Sudbury so we'll be staying there for a couple of days to visit and everything,” said Ste Marie.

“We haven't been able to fit in a weekend show in Sudbury yet so it's a bit of a tougher draw but it's a must because of the family connection and it's always great to visit.”

For those unfamiliar with Van Damsel, Ste Marie compares their musical style to that of bands like Imagine Dragons, The 1975, Phoenix, and 21 Pilots.

They're an alt-pop group that fuses pop music with rock and electronic to create what Ste Marie calls, “pop with an edge”.

“The production has rock elements, but there's also some electronic and hip-hop in there as well,” he said. “We're all hip-hop fans so you can hear that influence in a lot of our songs.”

The tour is to promote the release of their self-titled debut LP, and their show will consist mainly of songs from the album.

“We might do one or two older songs, but we're doing the new album front to back,” said Ste Marie.

Sudbury band Sex & Summer will open for Van Damel at the The Asylum on May 4.

For ticket information and to check out the band's music, visit


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