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P.E.I. singer/songwriter Tim Chaisson. (SUBMITTED)
Tim Chaisson brings his brand of Maritime folk to the Vancouver Folk Music Festival next weekend as part of the all-star lineup set to play Jericho Beach Park. Prior to his appearance, Joe Leary spent 24 seconds with the P.E.I. singer/songwriter.
24: Being from P.E.I., what’s the music scene like there? Is there one standard East Coast sound or does it differ greatly depending on the specific province?
TC: I think because of the East Coast music association it definitely has its own sound. If you’re from there everybody has that bond and musically it’s really thriving. There’s tons of music and all different kinds.
24: Do people in Atlantic Canada take a dim view of their native artists that leave and move to Toronto or other major cities to breakout?
TC: I wouldn’t say so. The music business has obviously changed in the last 10 years or so. Take a band like The Trews, they’re from Antigonish, Nova Scotia, and moved to Toronto. At that time, you almost had to move to a certain extent but these days its way easier to stay at home and still have contact across the country over the Internet. I don’t think anybody gets disowned.
24: You started out in the family band. What was it that made you decide at a relatively young age that you wanted to go solo?
TC: Everybody in my family plays music and I started out in a group with my brothers and my cousins. I started writing songs as a teenager and enjoyed that aspect.
24: When you play a variety of cities across the country do you notice vast differences from what you’re accustomed to in the East?
TC: Whenever you tour as much as I do you notice a lot of similarities; everybody has that Canadian vibe about them. Every scene has its own specific vibe, but unless you’re in it you don’t really know. I know the East Coast music scene so I’m not really up to date on new bands out of Vancouver.
24: You recently collaborated on the song Beat this Heart with Serena Ryder, who’s on a pretty hot streak right now. How did that pairing happen?
TC: Colin Linden produced my record and we were talking about having a female voice on one of the songs on the record and I mentioned Serena, thinking it would never happen. He was friends with her so he gave her a call and she knew who I was and was into doing it. She was awesome to work with and deserves every bit of success she has.
24: You’re playing the Vancouver Folk Music Festival. Do you consider yourself a folk artist?
TC: I consider myself folk mixed along with other lines. All I listened to growing up was folk and Celtic music because I started off a fiddle player. I just played the Stan Rogers Folk Festival (in Nova Scotia) and he was the first artist I listened to and covered his songs. I do have that background and do write in the broad ‘folk’ term, but I’m kind of folk with a little bit of country and Celtic obviously. But as for the folk festival in Vancouver I’m pumped that I’m playing and looking at the lineup I’m excited just to watch.