Indie tunesmith Jay Arner plays District on July 17.

Jay Arner at District in Chilliwack on Wednesday

Arner signed with Mint Records, dropped a CD and is heading out on the first leg of a North American tour, with one stop in Chilliwack

The Jay Arner show Wednesday night at the District Pub in Chilliwack is a way for the pop tunesmith to get his name out there.

Arner signed this year with Mint Records and is heading out on the first leg of a North American tour, with one stop in Chilliwack after dropping a self-titled album a couple of weeks ago.

The songs are autobiographical so they’re necessarily West Coast based, he tells The Progress, like the synth-heavy and moody tune, Midnight on Granville. But don’t look for any nature metaphors in the lyrics.

“I use metaphors very sparingly. Or else it can get into clichéd territory pretty quickly.”

The band at the District on Wednesday will include guitarist Evan McDowell, who is from Chilliwack. He’ll be at the District gig, backing Arner with Jesssica Delisle on keys, Mac Lawrie on durms and Julian Mars on bass.

“We’ve been getting a lot of exciting press for our album,” McDowell said.

See more at:

http://www.pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/15493-midnight-on-south-granville/

http://www.exclaim.ca/News/jay_arner_signs_to_mint_for_new_solo_album

On Tuesday July 16, Jay Arner hits the The Railway Club in Vancouver and then on Wednesday July 17, it’s the District Public House in Chilliwack.