Imaginary Cities will perform at Brandon folk fest
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A Motown-influenced band with an international profile and a Brandon connection will be one of the headliners at the 29th annual Brandon Folk, Music and Art Festival.
The Brandon Sun has learned Imaginary Cities will close the Saturday night show of the festival, which runs from July 26-28.
“We’re really excited because we’ve been trying to bring them back to town for a number of years and it finally worked out,” said festival artistic director Shandra MacNeill.
Imaginary Cities was born in Winnipeg in 2009, founded by Marti Sarbit, who is originally from Brandon and Rusty Matyas in a chance meeting.
“It was Marti Sarbit’s voice that immediately captured multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Rusty Matyas’s attention at the Cavern, a Winnipeg bar where Sarbit was fronting a Motown cover band and Matyas had come to mix the sound,” states Imaginary Cities’ website. “Matyas, a major label veteran via his band The Waking Eyes and a touring member of Canadian indie rock stalwarts The Weakerthans, knew he wanted to write something for — or with — this innately gifted young singer if only to commit her voice to tape and hear what the results might be.”
The band’s debut album, “Temporary Resident,” was released in 2011 and quickly topped the campus radio charts.
The band has since toured Europe and Australia, won a Western Canada Music Award for best pop album of the year and were long-listed for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize.
They were also invited to join the Pixies on the entire run of their North American tour.
“It’s not every day that you get a local band who gets to tour internationally and open for the Pixies in arenas,” MacNeill said. “That is all very, very exciting. And the quality of their work is really great. They put on an amazing stage show … They’re a perfect headliner for the Saturday night.”
The entire lineup of the folk fest will be announced today.
“We’re pleased to present the most local bands that we’ve had in a really long time and the calibre is just excellent,” MacNeill said. “They can compete with any of the nationally recognized bands that we have on stage.”
The lineup will be posted at brandonfolkfestival.ca at 4 p.m. Advance tickets will also go on sale.
“There will be a list of the whole lineup plus links to websites and YouTube footage of all the bands and musicians that are playing this year,” MacNeill said. “It’s a good place to get information and get a bit of a peek as to what people can expect.”
Pamphlets on the upcoming festival will also be handed out at a special fundraising event hosted by the Brandon Folk, Music and Art Society along with the American Society of Western Manitoba.
An evening of southern comfort food, traditional bluegrass and folk music will be held at the Park Community Centre at 7 p.m. tonight. Cost is $20 for the dinner and concert.