Please meet Wintermitts. They sing in French and English. They rock trumpets and accordions. They waltz when they need to and they’re as absorbing and comforting as you’d hope a mitten would be.
The last two years have seen tremendous growth for the band. 2013 included a main stage performance at the 2013 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, a showcase at Québec City’s Envol et Macadam, a show with Rah Rah and Gentleman Reg at Saskatoon's MoSoFest, and the release of the video Our Love which received MuchMusic play. This year, Wintermitts landed in the opposite corner of Canada for a headlining slot at Iqaluit’s Alianait Arts Festival, headlined Vancouver’s own Accordion Noir Festival, and was showcased in Victoria’s Rifflandia Festival. The band is in the process of writing with plans to tour extensively in 2015.
Watching them live means hanging out with six great friends, swapping instruments and letting inspiration drift like dandelion seeds. They’ve done three successful cross-Canada tours and have shared stages with The Dø, Julie Doiron,You Say Party!, Hannah Georgas, Hidden Cameras and Jon and Roy. In late 2011, they performed with the UBC Symphony Orchestra at the Chan Centre in Vancouver.
Together they created Oceans, the latest addition to their catalog and easily their most refined album to date. Produced by Kees Dekker (Plants and Animals, Rah Rah) and engineered by Shawn Penner (Mother Mother, Hannah Georgas), Oceans is an exercise in dazzling orchestral pop. Part chanson d’amour française, part delirious waltz and part naturalist manifesto, it’s as rollicking as a mid-sea canoe ride. It’s as warm as Grandma’s home-knit sweater. It’s an expression of wonderment in the face of love, of nature, and of art itself.
Wintermitts are: Lise Monique Oakley, Shane McMillan, Tess Kitchen, Aaron Pettigrew, Jonny Healy, Kevin Romain