John and Roy raring to return

Popular musical act set to play at the Errington War Memorial Hall

Jon and Roy pay a much anticipated return visit to the Errington Hall on Friday, Dec. 2.

The past two years have been epic for the Victoria roots/folk/reggae band. They toured Canada multiple times including once with Aussie band The Cat Empire and completed a UK tour with fellow countryman BUCK 65.

Their combination of acoustic folk music with reggae, Latin, Cuban and African beats has put them on the fast track to success.

From it’s humble beginnings in 2001 when Jon Middleton and Roy Vizer first met at the University of Victoria, the group has made a name for itself. Since then their music has appeared in surfing videos and their nine month licensing to Volkswagen USA of their title track from Another Noon is a definate recipe for success.

Independent Media Magazine offers this description of Jon and Roy’s music: “It wants you to get outside, enjoy the sunshine and leave all your material possessions behind.”

On a cold winter evening, what could be more inviting than the promise of songs that warm your heart?

To open the evening, Cumberland’s Luke Blu Guthrie blends rock, blues, and country stylings from his upcoming CD, Out of the Blu, a potent blend of joy and despair, love and mystery.

Vizer who gives the group half its name plays drums and percussion with the group, Middleton does vocals and plays the guitar, and Ryan Tonelli plays the bass.

They’ve released three albums including Homes, (April 2010), Another Noon (2008) and Sittin’ Back (2005).

Vizer describes the group’s sound as folk with world influences, and other descriptions out there include reggae, roots and hip-hop.

Tracks from their CDs have appeared on charts and radio stations internationally and with Homes, Jon and Roy are set to bring their original music into homes of all shapes and sizes including the Errington Hall.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20, under 12, $10 and under 5 free. They can be purchased at Cranky Dog Music in Parksville, Heaven on Earth in Qualicum Beach or at the Errington General Store.