Will Whitwham is bringing his band, The Wilderness of Manitoba, to Tractorgrease on Oct. 7. (Submitted photo)

The Wilderness of Manitoba performs at Tractorgrease in Chilliwack

Toronto band’s sound ranges from cinematic indie pop to anthemic folk rock

The Wilderness of Manitoba prefers to characterize itself as an evolving entity and founding member Will Whitwham is the last man standing.

For the Toronto band’s new album, Across The Dark, the vocalist/multi-instrumentalist stepped up to write and produce all the songs himself.

From the band’s inception, it has redefined itself with every new release. The evolution of The Wilderness of Manitoba’s sound has run the gamut from four-part harmonies and its initial chamber folk sound to duo lead vocals and an expanded sonic palette ranging from cinematic indie pop to anthemic folk rock.

The current live band includes vocalist/guitarist Raven Shields, bassist/vocalist Tavo Diez de Bonilla, and drummer Mike Brushey.

“The touring and recording members bring fresh eyes and open ears,” says Whitwham. “Playing with new people always brings a greener, more inspired revitalization simply because it’s change. And change is great if you don’t fight it too much.”

One of the things the album title reflects is feeling that you’ve committed to something sonically and you’re confident enough to ‘cross the dark’ with it.In its eight year existence, The Wilderness of Manitoba’s strengths come as a direct result of the wealth of traveling the band has done; playing a multitude of festivals and touring in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, the USA and Canada.

“The live show,” says Whitwham, “is an in-the-moment portrait of the band and its efforts.”

Those efforts were recognized when The Wilderness of Manitoba was nominated for a Juno award.

The Wilderness Of Manitoba will be performing in Chilliwack on Oct. 7 at Tractorgrease Cafe (48710 Chilliwack Lake Rd.). Tickets are $12 and available Thursday to Sunday at 604-858-3814 or by email: tractorgrease@gmail.com.

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