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music to brighten up your life.

listen . feel good . laugh

this is kwerknation.

BIO

 
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"I'm leaving my career and I'm pursuing my childhood dream of becoming a rock star. Yes, in my 30s, after having "settled down", after 15 years of marriage (which continues, ahem), a mortgage, a career, 3 kids, a dog, and everything else that comes with those. And yes, it IS a bit crazy. Oh, and Ryan's doing it with me."

In the spring of 2015, Laura was hit over the head by a single, very compelling conversation. A long suppressed dream unearthed itself and made its way to the front and centre, and she, along with her husband, Ryan, dove in head first. She left her career, sent her previously homeschooled kids to school, and dusted off her guitar. 

The Kwerks have made a splash wherever they've tested the waters. Having released two EPs in 2016, they were featured in a Dominion Lending Centres national commercial campaign, they scooped up a Fraser Valley Music Award nomination (2016) and made it to the national top 25 in the CBC Searchlight Competition (2017). Radio stations both locally and nationally have picked up their tunes.

Their music is a fresh and snappy folk-pop peppered with bluegrass. They infuse their live performances with sassy dance moves by Ryan and cheeky stories flowing from their journey of dropping everything to live life as authentically as possible. They have a way of making audiences laugh to tears, and leave happier than a bunch of carrot-filled bunnies. Inspiring? Oh yes. Fluffy and chicken-soup-for-the-soul-ish? No way. This group brings the kind of authentic honesty that leaves you hungry for more. 

Whether performing as a duo or flanked by their band, they bring loads of fun to the stage with music that has been described as "fresh", "unique", and "catchy". Loaded with rhythm, the songs pack in about as much authentic honesty as you can handle in one sitting. Some of them will make your eyes leak. Others will make you laugh and want to dance. Either way, you'll be an emotional mess by the end of the set. The Kwerks apologize for that, but kind of like it.

It’s all groovy fun with these guys.
If the Barenaked Ladies were a married couple they’d be The Kwerks.
— Jeff Bonner, Tractorgrease Multimedia & Cafe

Vocals, Guitar / Laura Koch
Vocals / Ryan Koch

Band

  • Mandolin, Banjo / Gregg Porter
  • Electric Guitar / Jay Rennicks
  • Bass / Jonathan Perkins
  • Drums, Percussion / Tim Dyck

SHOWS

Sep 30                     Private Event                                                                            Chilliwack, BC

Oct 1                       Backyard Vineyards                                                                  Langley, BC                             

Oct 7                       Private Event                                                                            Langley, BC                             N/A

Oct 13                     Northern Exposure Conference/Showcase                           Wells, BC

Oct 14                     Tractorgrease Cafe                                                                  Chilliwack, BC                        Info TBA

Oct 26                     Private Event                                                                            North Vancouver, BC             N/A

Nov 6                      Private Event                                                                            Banff, AB                                 N/A

          Nov 26                     Private Event                                                                            Vancouver, BC

          Dec 3                       Langley Township Christmas Concert                                  Fort Langley, BC

          Dec 17                     Christmas Presence Show                                                      Abbotsford, BC

          Dec 19                     Pacific Theatre's "Christmas Presence"                                Vancouver, BC

          Dec 20                    Pacific Theatre's "Christmas Presence"                                 Vancouver, BC 

          Dec 21                     Pacific Theatre's "Christmas Presence"                                 Vancouver, BC

          Dec 22                     Pacific Theatre's "Christmas Presence"                                 Vancouver, BC

          Dec 23 (mat)           Pacific Theatre's "Christmas Presence"                                 Vancouver, BC

          Dec 23                     Pacific Theatre's "Christmas Presence"                                 Vancouver, BC

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PAST SHOWS

Sep 9                       Backyard Vineyards                                                                 Langley, BC

Sep 2                       Tractorgrease Folk Festival                                                     Chilliwack, BC    

Aug 31                     Canada 150 Concert Series                                                     Langley, BC

Aug 26                    Same Sun Summer Jam Festival                                             Surrey, BC

Aug 20                    Music on the Mountain (MoM) Festival - Main Stage         Fort St James, BC

Aug 19                    Music on the Mountain (MoM) Festival - Bill Stage             Fort St James, BC

Aug 15                     Night Market                                                                           Fort St James, BC

Aug 11                     Envision Financial Twilight Concert Series                           Mission, BC              

Jul 29                       Private Event                                                                           Langley, BC

Jul 21                       Cultus Lake Night Slide                                                          Cultus Lake, BC  

Jul 12-15                   Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival                                    Victoria, BC                         

Jul 14                       House Concert                                                                        Victoria, BC                       

Jul 10                       Music on the Wharf                                                                Maple Ridge, BC                   

Jul 9                         Backyard Vineyards                                                                 Langley, BC                     

Jul 7                         Ewan Macintyre & The Kwerks - Water Shed Cafe             Langley, BC

Jul 1                         Tractorfest Canada Day                                                          Chilliwack, BC                                   

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