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The Sessions stepping into spotlight



By Nicole Fitzgerald

What: Made in Canada Series

Who: The Sessions

When: Thursday, Dec. 14

Where: Garibaldi Lift Company

Tickets: $10

The Sessions are more confident than ever these days. After beating out more than 7,600 bands at the world’s biggest Battle of the Bands competition in Europe last August they are now getting ready to step into the recording studio in January with luminary producer Bob Rock of The Cult, Bon Jovi and Metallica fame.

“I think it just increased our confidence to a point where we can appreciate what we are doing that much more,” said Tristan Martin of the Emergenza Festival band battle. “Everyone else is really vibing with what we are doing. People are supporting us as much as we ask for. When you have all that fan support behind you and people motivating you (on the business side of things), you can’t help but put out the best results.”

The Sessions hope to expand their support to Whistler with a live show Dec. 14 at the Garibaldi Lift Company as part of the newly created Made in Canada Series (MIC).

The Sessions concert is the first show of the MIC series, headed by Reggie Tika of Teeks Tekniques, who hosts monthly events showcasing Canadian musicians, poets and artists.

“The reason for this project is to create more exposure for the talent we have in our backyard,” Tika said. “We tend to travel far to find quality talent when it is exactly right here in front of us.”

Vancouver-based The Sessions are one of those backyard talents who are steadily climbing to superstar fame with their mix of British rock and ’80s new wave dance music.

You might not recognize Martin , Josh Abel, Martin Kay and Tobias Jesso’s Canuck roots at first glance. The boys look fresh off a plane from Britain with their contemporary spin on Beatles mops and fitted tees. They put little thought into presentation and everything into their music.