Rocking the planet, starting in Fernie

Mindil Beach Markets’ ability to adapt their sound has allowed them to play with acts ranging from Nazareth to Bedouin Soundclash to Del the Funky Homosapien. Though their music is laced with elements of funk, hip-hop and reggae, at the heart is a true passion for rock and roll.

The band, Cam Ainslie (drums), Rod Campbell (vocals/keys), Patrick Codere (vocals/guitar), Daniel “DK” Kingsbury (vocals/guitar) (vocals/guitar) and Matt Posnikoff (bass/guitar) captured listeners with the release of their self-titled first album in October 2010.

The band toured the album independently from Vancouver to San Diego, playing 19 shows and handing out 10,000 free copies along the way. The accompanying live show drew the attention of festival organizers across the province. To date, Mindil Beach has rocked crowds at festivals like Rifflandia, Live at Squamish, The Big Time Out, Victoria Ska Fest and Tall Tree Festival to name a few.

The band’s passion for music goes hand in hand with their passion for the environment. In 2011, the boys founded The Jellyfish Project, an environmental initiative targeted at BC high school students to spark conversation about ocean sustainability. The Jellyfish Project consists of a live performance by the band followed by a presentation on the declining health of our world’s oceans. Topics include overfishing, marine plastics and sustainable solutions. The Vancouver Aquarium, Youth for Environmental Stewardship Society (YesBC), and dozens of high schools in western Canada have shown support for the Jellyfish Project, which was presented to more than 10 BC high schools in 2011/2012. Members Daniel Kingsbury and Rod Campbell recently travelled to San Francisco for a training session with former Vice President and Nobel Laureate, Al Gore. Since attending, they’ve added a section on climate change to their presentation.

Catch these eco-rockers at The Northern in Fernie on Saturday at 10 p.m.

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