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DEAR ROUGE WITH GUEST LITTLE DESTROYER

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Doors at 8:00pm
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Tickets available through ticketweb and westwardfest.com
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Line-up subject to change. 
 
Westward Global wristband holders will be granted entrance subject to capacity.
 

While  bands  often  spend  their  early  days  discovering  their  musical  directions
and  vying  for  visibility,  the  story  of  Vancouver’s  Dear  Rouge  is  something  unique  and
almost  unheard  of  in  Canada.  The  band  is  led  by  husband  and  wife  duo  Drew  and
Danielle  McTaggart.  Between  the  two  of  them,  they  carry  years  of  touring  and
recording  with multiple  bands  and  different  musical  ventures.  Drew  and  Danielle
met  in  these  days  of  initial  musical  exploration.  Both  driven  by  a  passion  to  create
energetic  music  with  a  creative  backbone,  they  formed  Dear  Rouge  and  their  debut EP
Heads  Up  Watch  Out. Their  2012  follow  up  EP Kids  Wanna  Know
helped  hone  their  alternative  dance rock sound  and  also  led  to  the  duo  winning  the  Peak  Performance  Project  that  year,  the largest  artist  development  project  in  Canada.  Bolstered  by  their  success  and  now financially  equipped  to  delve  further  into  their  music,  Dear  Rouge  got  straight  to  work  on  their  first  full length  record.  The  record’s  lead  single,  “I  Heard  I  Had”,  is  a driving  synth rock  jam,  which  shocked  the  entire  Canadian  music  industry  by steadily  climbing  the alternative  and  rock  charts  to  the  Top  10 with  no  label  or
album  backing  it;  a  rare  feat,  especially  for  a  band  that  had  no  previous  charting history.
Dear  Rouge’s  debut  album  was released in 2014.
First  listens  of  the  album  showcase  punchy  guitar  hooks,  uplifting  synth  layers,  and
the  sincerely  powerful  vocal  delivery  of  Danielle.  Producer/Engineer  Ryan  Worsley
and  Drew  produced  the  majority  of  the  album,  providing  a  steadfast  vision  for  their
sound  whilst  working  alongside  the  input  of  some  of  Canada’s  top  producers;
Howard  Redekopp (Tegan  and  Sara,  Mother  Mother) and  Gavin  Brown (Metric,  Billy Talent).  The  team  helped  develop  what  has  become  Dear  Rouge’s  instantly recognizable  mature  sound.It  feels  as  if  Dear  Rouge  has been  in  existence  for  quite  some  time;  a  thought  that was  stirring  in  the  mind  of  this  duo  since  before  they  met  or  first  started  playing music.  Now  that  this  idea  has  been  realized,  it  will  soon  be  in  your head too.


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