Lion Bear Fox
Performance Stage: Buy-Low Foods Main Stage
Performance Time: 3:30 pm
Vancouver Island based Lion Bear Fox derived their name from a connection with their “spirit animals”. Christopher (The Lion) Arruda, Cory (The Bear) Woodward and Ryan (The Fox) McMahon craft compelling, honest stories that they convey with passionate commitment.
Described as “a musical force of nature” that’s sure to “be around for a lifetime” (Nanaimo Daily News/Terry David Mulligan), the three men, known initially for solo careers, joined forces in 2012 and were soon selected as one of the top 20 unsigned bands in British Columbia by the Peak Performance Project.
In the fall of 2013 the band released their self-produced breakthrough EP We’d Be Good Men. “We knew we wanted to use the opportunity to mould the sound and aesthetic from scratch using the songs we’d decided to record,” Cory (The Bear) explained in an interview in BC Musician. “A decision was made very early on to remove all ego from the production process. Nothing was taken off the table; we tried everything, no matter how silly, crazy or counterproductive it seemed.”
They toured relentlessly for the next two years and shared stages with artists including Tom Wilson, Good for Grapes, Elliot Brood and Kim Mitchell.
In 2016, Lion Bear Fox further cemented their growing status as a new Canadian band to watch, and with the help of friend and producer Nygel Asselin (Half Moon Run), the trio spent ten days in the Vancouver Island wilderness crafting ‘the record of their lives’, a collection of songs steeped in character and full of warmth.
Christopher (The Lion) says, of the album’s genesis, “At the beginning we definitely took a softer, more ‘folk’ approach because we were three dudes singing with acoustic guitars. As our touring began to refine our roles and our live show became more explosive, we thought we’d be a heavier bluesy-rock act. More recently, we had taken a really polished full-band pop-approach during some demos last year. This growing process was interesting, exciting and at times, painful.”
When asked how he perceives the new album, Ryan (The Fox) responds “This was a big undertaking for us all and it certainly marks a shift in sound and seriousness. I’m very proud of the result that has come from the hard work we all put in.”