Qualicum Beach’s William Mimnaugh, better known by his stage name WiL, will play a night of indie folk rock at Errington Hall on May 14.
The performance will be WiL’s final stop on a tour of western Canada in support of his new album The Gold Mine.
“The whole album kind of represents the life span of anybody in a relationship,” he said. “Very much relationship-driven and all the really wonderful stuff and it ebbs and flows in and out of the hard stuff and the good stuff and the happy stuff.”
Mimnaugh works as a commercial composer and said some of the songs began life as compositions turned down by clients including a 30-second clip for a commercial, which eventually turned into ‘Precious’, his new album’s second single.
The commercial featured an old rancher in his sixties, who has lost his wife, loading presents into his truck and heading off to his grandkid’s birthday. That scene brought the word ‘precious’ to mind and was the starting point for the song, Mimnaugh said.
The album’s second single, ‘I’m Sorry’, is about realizing how often people say those words without much meaning and then diving deep into what it really means to ask for forgiveness.
“We use those words so much in life that it gets a bit old and they kind of lose their meaning, especially being Canadian, we might not even be aware of how many times we use it in a day, but everything’s just ‘sorry, sorry, oops, sorry!’”
Most of the album tracks were written before the pandemic, but it was that period that helped Mimnaugh realize his friend, producer Bryden Baird, had time to mix it and add in the drums.
The Gold Mine, scheduled for a May 13 release, is WiL’s sixth studio album and the product of four years of work. He has lived in Qualicum Beach for 16 years.
WiL and drummer Keith Gallant will perform at Errington Hall at 8 p.m. on May 14. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $25 at Shades of Green and Errington Store and $27.50 online.