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Brett Wildeman
B. 1987
Musician.
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Freelance Journalist.

Raw Coastal Folk.




Sadly I will not be partaking in this summer’s Bikes Barns & Beers Tour. Following a small stint in the hospital, I have been advised by my doctor against partaking in the physically demanding tour. With that being said, West My Friend will completing the first leg of the tour on their own, while my performance at Quadrapalooza will go ahead as scheduled. Lots of rest over the next few weeks as I work to get back to 100%. - Bw

Sadly I will not be partaking in this summer’s Bikes Barns & Beers Tour. Following a small stint in the hospital, I have been advised by my doctor against partaking in the physically demanding tour.

With that being said, West My Friend will completing the first leg of the tour on their own, while my performance at Quadrapalooza will go ahead as scheduled.

Lots of rest over the next few weeks as I work to get back to 100%.

- Bw

Spending some time writing new songs in the living where I grew up . Inspiration all around . Beautiful day for a song writing session

Spending some time writing new songs in the living where I grew up . Inspiration all around . Beautiful day for a song writing session

The Life Cycles of a Touring Musician
Cycling 750 kilometers is not an easy feat for the average person. But riding those same 750 kilometres while towing a double bass, an accordion mandolin, two guitars, sound equipment, merchandise, sleeping gear and clothing and you approach the realm of the highly unusual (and possibly slightly crazy). The daily ride is challenging enough but then add to the equation a concert performance every night and you will have a snapshot of the life of a cycle-touring musician.

The  Bikes, Barns, and Beers Tour created by Sunshine Coast singer-songwriter Brett Wildeman and Victoria’s indie-roots group West My Friend will be hitting the road this August. The two musical acts combine their talents from August 17th to 22nd, at which point Wildeman will continue the journey thru August 31st. 

‘I hope the tour inspires people to become more involved in their local food systems while considering alternative modes of transport when running day to day errands, or embarking on multi-day trips. We live in an society extremely dependent upon motor vehicles. This tour demonstrates there are viable alternatives’- Brett Wildeman

Pursuing and promoting environmentally sensitive touring methods while connecting with their audiences at unique, small scale, and environmentally focused venues (primarily organic farms), illustrates that that these young musicians are committed to their artistry while living in harmony with the planet.

Tour DatesAugust 17 | Mayne Island, BC @ Camassia Café  
August 18 | Duncan, BC @ Birds Eye Cove Farm 
August 19 | Salt Spring Island, BC @ Duck Creek Farm 
August 20 | Nanaimo, BC @ Green Lake Farm  
August 21 | Thetis Island, BC @ Jollity Farm 
August 22 | Duncan, BC @ Providence Farm #
August 24 | Lantzville, BC @ Lantzville Farms Market #
August 27 | Hornby Island, BC @ Hornby Island Farmers Market #
August 28 | Courtenay, BC @ Ripple Farm  #
August 29-31 | Quadra Island, BC @ Quadrapalooza #
# Brett Wildeman (solo)
The tour is proudly sponsored by Sitka, Ethical Bean Coffee & Overgrow The System

RSVP on Facebook -> HERE
Visit their websites for more information:  http://brettwildeman.com/ & http://westmyfriend.com/

The Life Cycles of a Touring Musician

Cycling 750 kilometers is not an easy feat for the average person. But riding those same 750 kilometres while towing a double bass, an accordion mandolin, two guitars, sound equipment, merchandise, sleeping gear and clothing and you approach the realm of the highly unusual (and possibly slightly crazy). The daily ride is challenging enough but then add to the equation a concert performance every night and you will have a snapshot of the life of a cycle-touring musician.

The  Bikes, Barns, and Beers Tour created by Sunshine Coast singer-songwriter Brett Wildeman and Victoria’s indie-roots group West My Friend will be hitting the road this August. The two musical acts combine their talents from August 17th to 22nd, at which point Wildeman will continue the journey thru August 31st.

‘I hope the tour inspires people to become more involved in their local food systems while considering alternative modes of transport when running day to day errands, or embarking on multi-day trips. We live in an society extremely dependent upon motor vehicles. This tour demonstrates there are viable alternatives’- Brett Wildeman

Pursuing and promoting environmentally sensitive touring methods while connecting with their audiences at unique, small scale, and environmentally focused venues (primarily organic farms), illustrates that that these young musicians are committed to their artistry while living in harmony with the planet.

Tour Dates
August 17 | Mayne Island, BC @ Camassia Café  

August 18 | Duncan, BC @ Birds Eye Cove Farm

August 19 | Salt Spring Island, BC @ Duck Creek Farm

August 20 | Nanaimo, BC @ Green Lake Farm  

August 21 | Thetis Island, BC @ Jollity Farm

August 22 | Duncan, BC @ Providence Farm #

August 24 | Lantzville, BC @ Lantzville Farms Market #

August 27 | Hornby Island, BC @ Hornby Island Farmers Market #

August 28 | Courtenay, BC @ Ripple Farm  #

August 29-31 | Quadra Island, BC @ Quadrapalooza #

# Brett Wildeman (solo)


The tour is proudly sponsored by Sitka, Ethical Bean Coffee & Overgrow The System

RSVP on Facebook -> HERE


Visit their websites for more information:  http://brettwildeman.com/ & http://westmyfriend.com/

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Friends, lovers, music fans. How have you been?

These sunny summer days have been filled with back country adventures (by foot and bicycle), song writing sessions and swims in bodies of water (fresh & salty).

Next week I announce my August tour plans. I am touring with some good friends, not by car.  More details to come…..

Hope everyone is enjoying this fabulous weather we are having in southern BC. I know my veggie garden is!

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Tour flash back. How I miss touring on the sail boat.

This is a short interview/live performance provided by the good people at CJMP in Powell River.

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We sailed on a boat a bunch and played for a whole bunch of island folk. The trip was amazing but it feels great to be back on solid ground! Have decided to have a good chunk of June and July off to write new songs and hone our sound before a tour in August with West My Friend (details are a secret right now ). Lots of love from my couch xo

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Demolished Demo # 4

The last of the demolished demos (this one is  a little late, had no access to tumblr while on the sail tour).

Sister This is a song I wrote while sitting at a picnic table in Jasper. It is about my sister, about not caring what others think, and seeking internal happiness.

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Demolished Demo #3 Evelyn

I love chocolate. I once received a box of chocolate packed by a lady named Evelyn who works for Purdys chocolates. It inspired me to write a song about just that, a woman who packs boxed of chocolate for a living. The audio for this song was taken during John & I’s live film session shot in my living room. Check out the video here.

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Demolished Demo #2 Dearest Friend (alt)

I reached out to Orchid Studios over a year ago. At the time they running an ad on facebook for free recordings sessions at their studio. Intrigued, I inquired. There was no catch, NO BS, they literally were trying to diversify their clientele and wanted to get more musicians in the door. In the 4 hours I spent at the studio we worked our way through Dearest Friend. Although previously recording for Mother Earth, the song was written on a slide guitar in open tuning. I always wanted to record the tune in this fashion, so my time with Orchid Studios provided the perfect opportunity to do so.

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Upper Strobe Zone

Over the winter I spent my Tuesday nights playing at the kiln, a wood kiln that has been transformed into a jam space. It is a place where music is free, as the players focus on jamming in the purest possible way: no forms, no premeditated chord progressions, what ever happens happens. The music we make is often what one could describe as ‘weird’, but it is liberating. I am so often focused on lyrics, melody, etc, I fail to release myself from the shackles I have placed on my own legs. The Kiln has filled that void and provides music freedom.

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