– Emily Keller

This year was and continues to be a big year for the Victoria, B.C. based group Carmanah. They released their debut album Speak in Rhythms in February. Both their singles “Roots” and “Nightmare” made it to No. 1 on the CBC Music Top 20, and they finished part of a Canadian tour and are now kicking off their Western portion of it.

Carmanah’s sound is best described as West Coast Soul, with haunting vocals and languid instrumentals. Carmanah’s vocal talent, Laura Mini Mitic first met the lead guitarist, Pat Ferguson, at a music festival around eight years ago and the band developed organically over time within the Victoria music scene.

Coming off five days of shows in Ontario and Montreal with Canadian indie band Hey Ocean!, Mini Mitic said it has been great to see “Nightmare” rise the CBC Music Top 20 chart.

“It’s been really exciting to watch it climb up the charts and be in some really good and competitive company, we’re very proud of “Nightmare” for doing what it’s done.”

Carmanah will be playing with Hey Ocean! in Kamloops on Nov. 15 and they will be coming to Edmonton on Nov. 16 to play at the Starlite Room & Victory Lounge. For upcoming shows and more information, check out their website, www.carmanahband.ca. You can also find them on Facebook and Instagram (@carmanahband). Their music is available on Spotify, Apple Music, Youtube and on their website.

Image courtesy of Carmanah