Up-and-coming Where We Wander rock group, from Langley, seeks top spot in the online competition where undiscovered talent is finally taken notice of.

VIDEO: Aldergrove band needs your votes in CBC Searchlight competition

Where We Wander’s single “Penelope” was performed at Aldergrove Fair in July

Aldergrove musicians Nick Waterman, Biz Antonishka, Kodi Lee, and Jesse Jacobson are a self-described “family,” looking for their big break.

It’s a three-hour commute for Jesse Jacobson, lead singer of Where We Wander, to reach the basement studio where he and his bandmates practice together in Aldergrove.

Each weekend Jacobson makes the trek west from Kelowna where he lives, through the mountainscape, which inspired the lyrics of their newly released song, “A1,” on Feb. 1.

“It’s worth the drive because when we get into that room and play” the frontman said the group emerges better musicians and better friends.

“What I like about this band is we’ve been together for so long that it feels like family,” he said.

The group – lead guitarist Nick Waterman, drummer Biz Antonishka, and bassist Kodi Lee met Jacobson at a birthday party over a decade ago.

The Aldergrove teens, after meeting, instantly took to jamming – “And the rest is history,” Jacobson said. For the past two years the band has amped up gravely rock ‘n’ roll melodies with new-age and acoustic mixings.

Production of the song was funded by ticket sales from over 50 concerts throughout the Lower Mainland, Kelowna, and downtown Vancouver over the past two years.

“In that way we are virtually crowd-funded,” Jacobson esteemed.

Guitarist Nick Waterman, from Aldergrove, said the band’s newest release, “A1,” has an indescribable energy that can only be felt.

“We believe that music can change lives in many positive ways and being able to create our own as a living [with it] would be a dream come true for all of us,” he added.

Vying for a top spot on CBC Searchlight

The band’s latest venture is hopefully to the top of CBC Searchlight’s annual hunt for the best undiscovered music in Canada.

The competition launched this month and the local band is looking to stand out among hundreds of bands from territories all over Canada.

Where We Wander’s single “Penelope” was approved for the contest. Its music video was filmed during their gig at Aldergrove Fair Days in July when the band opened up for iconic rock legend Loverboy.

The song is a self-proclaimed call for listeners to “do what they want,” Jacobson told the Aldergrove Star. Other song inspirations for the lyricist reach far and wide, including themes of romance and political uproar.

At times even a guitar riff, drum beat or other musical creation can influence a song and its end result, Jacobson added.

The band has opened up concerts for old-school Canadian rockers Chilliwack and 54-40 in past years at the fair.

[story continues below video]

What makes live shows truly worthwhile for Where We Wander is their dedicated support network of friends, both in Aldergrove and in Kelowna, Jacobson emphasized.

“We get swarmed with attention and thank-yous after every show,” he explained. Most shows downtown require for their group of friends a limo-convoy and intimate after party.

Jacobson admits to even dropping off tickets to friends and family before shows.

And in turn, they call into local radio stations such as CBC and ask that producers play Where We Wander. As well, they celebrate the band’s every victory in their bid for success in the music industry.

This year, CBC Searchlight partnered with the Juno Awards. Prizes include a spot in the Allan Slaight Juno Master Class, which is Canada’s premier talent development program in Toronto.

The winner will also get a week in-studio at the Calgary National Music Centre and a performance at this year’s CBC Music Festival.

By Feb. 27, the top 10 CBC Searchlight finalists will be announced, with a winner declared March 5.

You can vote for your favourite competitors, including Where We Wander, at CBCMusic.ca.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Guitarist for Where We Wander, Nick Waterman, of Aldergrove, hopes the band climbs to success within the ever-changing music industry. (Submitted photo)

Just Posted

VIDEO: Langley-based Spartans volleyball team sweeps series against Winnipeg

Next up, Spartans semifinal against Thompson Rivers

Langley Chamber of Commerce asks for input on rail blockades

The local business group is asking if local businesses have been impacted

VIDEO: Giants winning streak now stands at 11

Team erased a 5-2 deficit by scoring every five minutes

Lions Clubs donate generous gift to local hospital to help Langley breathe easy

A $56,000 donation is the largest the hospital has received from the Lions Club

HIGHLIGHTS: Day one and two at the 2020 BC Winter Games

Athletes had sunny – but cold – weather to work with in Fort St. John

Tyler Toffoli scores twice, Canucks crush Bruins 9-3

Stecher, Miller each add three points for Vancouver

Zamboni driver, 42, earns NHL win over Maple Leafs

Emergency goalie called into action for Carolina Hurricanes

Governor general says multiple solutions needed for ‘complicated’ overdose issue

Julie Payette met at a fire hall with firefighters and police officers as well as politicians and health experts

Landlord ordered to pay $11K after harassing B.C. mom to move days after giving birth

Germaine Valdez was pressured to move just a few days after giving birth by C-section to her child

Heart attacks strike B.C. husband and wife just over one year apart

Courtenay couple share personal stories to bring awareness to heart month

‘Nothing surprises us anymore:’ U.S. border officials find brain in package

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents found the brain packed in a glass mason jar in a Canada Post shipment

Fiery collision involving truck closes Highway 1 at Three Valley Gap

Drivers should expect major delays and congestion; estimated time of re-opening is 2 p.m.

B.C., Ottawa sign sweeping 30-year deal for northern caribou habitat

West Moberly, Saulteau co-manage new protection on two million acres

Most Read