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SNAPPY music to make life better.

listen - feel good - laugh

welcome to 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. 

In a few short years, The Kwerks have built up an eager west coast fan base that has been itching for each new release they offer. Adding a gaggle of quirky misfits into the mix, the pair have expanded into a 6-person strong, full-bodied, toe-tapping, energy-packed band, ready to take on the world. The release of two EPs, a commercial deal with Dominion Lending Centres, and a music award nomination all landed in their laps in their first year. The’ve wowed CBC Music by being propelled by their fierce voting fan base, KwerkNation, into the national TOP 25 (2017) and the TOP 10 in 2018. Since then, they’ve scooped up two more award nominations, an award for “Excellence in Performance by a Female Artist”, and released their album, Bigger Badder Dreams (March 2018). With college, community and CBC radio play, nabbing the top 10 spot on the CiTr earshot charts (2016) and attention across the country through their amusing social media presence and marketing campaigns, the band have struck a note with Canadians near and far.

Their music, while difficult to nail down in a particular genre, can be described as a unique, snappy kind of folk-pop, peppered with hints of bluegrass and pop-rock. They infuse their live performances with sassy dance moves by Ryan and stories flowing from their journey of dropping everything to live life more intentionally and authentically. 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. These guys bring the kind of authentic honesty that leaves you hungry for more. 

Whether performing with their full band or as the original “up close and cheeky” duo, 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 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

Discography

BIGGER BADDER DREAMS

Released: March 2018

 

THE KWERKS                                                                                                

Released: April 2016

LIGHTS 

Released: November 2016

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TOUR

          Jun 9                        Kingfisher Barn                                                                     South Surrey, BC click for info

          Jun 29, 30, Jul 1      Midsummer Music Festival                                                  Smithers, BC click for info

          Jul 6                         Water Shed Arts Cafe                                                          Langley, BC click for info

          Jul 20-22                 Mission Folk Music Festival                                                 Mission, BC click for info

          Jul 26                       Summer Festival Concert Series                                        Langley, BC click for info

          Jul 27-29                 Hootstock Music Festival                                                    Forest Grove, BC click for info

          Aug 6                      Harmony Arts Festival                                                         West Vancouver, BC click for info

          Aug 10                    Desert Daze Music Festival                                                 Spences Bridge, BC click for info

          Aug 11                     Kaleidoscope Arts Festival                                                  Coquitlam, BC click for info

          Sep 6                       Tractorgrease Cafe                                                               Chilliwack, BC click for info

          Oct 13                     Acoustic Emporium                                                              Chilliwack, BC

          Oct 20                    Gallery Bistro                                                                         Port Moody, BC

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PAST SHOWS         

           May 27                    Tractorgrease Cafe                                                                 Chilliwack, BC

           Apr 20                    Bez Arts Hub                                                                            Langley, BC

           Apr 7                      The Railyard                                                                             Mission, BC

Mar 2                      ALBUM RELEASE - Swallowfield Barn                                  Langley, BC

          Mar 3                       Tractorgrease                                                                           Chilliwack, BC

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

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

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

          Dec 17                     Christmas Presence Show                                                       Abbotsford, BC

Dec 3                      Langley Township's "The Christmas Variety Show"              Fort Langley, BC

Nov 26                    Private Event                                                                            Vancouver, BC

Nov 6                      Private Event                                                                            Banff, AB

Oct 26                    Private Event                                                                            North Vancouver, BC

Oct 14                     Tractorgrease Cafe                                                                  Chilliwack, BC

Oct 13                     Northern Exposure Conference/Showcase                           Wells, BC

Oct 7                       Private Event                                                                            Langley, BC

Oct 1                       Backyard Vineyards                                                                  Langley, BC

Sep 30                     Private Event                                                                            Chilliwack, BC

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