“WOTE was the biggest surprise hit we’ve had at the Festival,” says Doug Cox, MusicFest Artistic Director. “Our younger audience certainly knew who they were before they arrived at the Festival but the band quickly won over the hearts and ears of our entire audience. They are a great fit for our Festival and we’ve had more requests to bring them back than any band we’ve ever had at MusicFest.“
“When we heard the Vancouver Island Music Festival was looking for a headliner in 2018, we were very excited that we would get to play there again,” said Walk off the Earth founder Gianni Luminati Nicassio. “We had such a good time 5 years ago. The island is beautiful, the people beyond friendly, the fishing amazing and it was my first son Giorgio’s first ever concert.”
“Vancouver Island will always hold a special place in our hearts,” added lead vocalist Sarah Blackwood, whose performance on the Island in 2013 was her first after birthing Giorgio just two moths prior.
Walk Off The Earth is an unconventional, multi-talented five-piece musical phenomenon that has taken the world by storm. Based in Burlington, Ontario, their brilliant five-people-playing-one-guitar interpretation of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” exploded on YouTube garnering well over 35 million views in less than 2 weeks. Their YouTube channel has over 2.8 million subscribers, and their recent cover of “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran has been viewed more than 13 million times. The band also has an immense social media following, with over 3 million Facebook likes. Its hit, “Fire In My Soul” was certified gold in Canada and is one of a select collection of singles to be released worldwide through Universal Music Canada.
The Juno Award-winning band most recently released their single, “NOMAD,” a buoyant and provocative love song that once again delivers on the wide-ranging style the band’s audiences have grown accustomed to. This follows the releases of the highly successful singles Fire In My Soul (which has since been certified Gold) and Taekwondo (which was also released as an EP & short film). Also, just in time for the holidays, the band released Holiday Beard Ballads, Vol. 1, which features band member Mike “Beard Guy” Taylor’s piano performances of holiday classics.