Backing vocalist and guitarist for Sun K Steven Michael Butler rocks out on stage during Fernie's Canada Day celebrations.

Toronto group brings the sun on Canada Day

The young and fresh Toronto folk n’ roll band Sun K had youngsters stomping their feet at the Fernie Canada Day celebration on July 1.

The young and fresh Toronto folk n’ roll bank Sun K had youngsters flailing their arms and stomping their feet at the Fernie Canada Day celebration on July 1.

As part of their Western Skis summer tour, Sun K played two sets in Fernie, featuring songs from their debut album Northern Lies.

“We’ve never been here before [but] we heard really good things,” lead singer and guitar player Kristian Montano said, adding that the group recently befriended local group Shred Kelly. “They’re great guys and girl. They always talk about how great Fernie is and we jumped at the chance to come here and play.”

The group played five songs during their afternoon performance, featuring their popular hit “Cowboys and Drugs” – a song the group renamed as “Cowboys and Pugs” for their younger Canada Day crowd.

“When you have little kids dancing that makes it that much better,” keyboard and trumpet player Stuart Retallack said of the group’s afternoon performance.

Sun K’s album Northern Lies was released on March 12 and the band has been touring the country since, with recent stints in Vancouver and Kelowna.

“The special thing about this album is that it’s unlike anything that we’ve done before because it’s the only album we’ve done,” Retallack joked, adding in a more serious tone, “We’ve heard great things. We’re just trying to keep on going around the country and tour [the album].”

The group played a full setlist later in the evening, featuring between 10-12 songs off their Northern Lies album.