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St.Arnaud Live at the Burdock with Post Script
February 10 /9:00 pm February 11 /12:00 am
$10 in advance
$15 at the door
At 23 years old, Ian St. Arnaud found himself to be an old hand on the festival performer circuit, a University graduate, an accidental overdose survivor and at a loss for what to do with himself next. The previous fall his bandmate, friend, and at times antagonist, was hit by a train, thus dissolving his Americana/folk pop trio North of Here.
The three had met in high school and from humble beginnings — their first performance being in a small town library to a meager audience of 14 — they quickly became darlings of the Canadian folk scene. They had been preparing to head into the studio to follow up on their 2017 EP Milk & Honey when Ian’s bandmate was killed. Hauntingly, the album title had already been chosen – The Cost of Living.
Ian, the primary songwriter of North of Here, wanting to honour his band & the loss of his friend, reworked and rewrote the songs that make up the bulk of St.Arnaud’s The Cost of Living, to be released in 2019.
Teaming up with Juno Award-nominated producer Graham Lessard (The Barr Brothers, Reuben and the Dark, Basia Bulat, Timber Timbre), Ian dove into the studio to flesh out his understated and raw songs. Harkening to ‘60s protest folk, Ian’s beaming, clever lyrics belay the dark weight of his themes.
Simply orchestrated and impeccably composed, the St.Arnaud sound is a wonderful sonic achievement. St.Arnaud takes head-on themes of death, loss and resilience with sardonic humour and heart-on-the-sleeve, puppy-love honesty. His lyrics weave between a lonely batch of electro-tenor guitar. horn-laden siren songs.