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The world is a mess.

So we decided to make music and brighten it up.

people are listening, feeling good, getting inspired.

welcome to kwerknation.

BIO

 
 

"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.

"I spend weeks gathering outstanding tracks and artists for my Christmas shows. I'm happy to say The Kwerks new EP is perfect. The tunes are in keeping with the Season but sound fresh and smart."
                                                Terry David Mulligan - Roundhouse Radio / CKUA Radio

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.

"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

DEBUT EP                                                                                                            

Released: April 2016

WINTER EP

Released: November 2016

Upcoming shows

Jul 1                         Tractorfest Canada Day - Tractorgrease Cafe                      Chilliwack, BC                        Tickets/Info

Jul 9                         Backyard Vineyards                                                                 Langley, BC                             Tickets/Info

Jul 10                       Music on the Wharf                                                                 Maple Ridge, BC                    Tickets/Info

Jul 12-15                   Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival                                     Victoria, BC                            Tickets/Info

Jul 14                       House Concert                                                                         Victoria, BC                            

Jul 21                        Cultus Lake Night Slide                                                          Cultus Lake, BC                      Tickets/Info

Aug 11                      Envision Financial Twilight Concert Series                           Mission, BC                            Tickets/Info

Aug 15-20                Music on the Mountain (MoM) Festival                                Fort St James, BC                   Tickets/Info

Aug 31                     Canada 150 Concert Series                                                     Langley, BC                             Tickets/Info

Sep 4                       Tractorfest Labour Day - Tractorgrease Cafe                       Chilliwack, BC                        Info TBA

Oct 7                       Private Event                                                                            Langley, BC

Nov 6                      Private Event                                                                            Banff, AB

 

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PAST SHOWS

May 27                    Tractorgrease Cafe                                                                  Chilliwack, BC

May 12                     Water Shed Arts Cafe                                                             Langley, BC

Apr 15                       Testament @ Pacific Theatre                                                 Vancouver, BC

Apr 14                       Testament @ Pacific Theatre                                                 Vancouver, BC

Apr 12                       Testament @ Pacific Theatre                                                 Vancouver, BC

Apr 7                         Private Event                                                                           Vancouver, BC 

Mar 4                        Blue Light Sessions - Live video/audio recording                Vancouver, BC

Mar 3                         Live Fridays @ The Stage, with Kellen Saip                         Mission, BC

Feb 25                        Private Event                                                                          North Vancouver, BC

Feb 11                        The 14th Avenue Pub                                                             Mission, BC

Jan 7                             Tractorgrease Cafe                                                                       Chilliwack, BC

Dec 17                       Christmas Presence @ Pacific Theatre                                 Abbotsford, BC

Dec 11                          Christmas Presence @ Pacific Theatre                                       Vancouver, BC

Dec 11 (Matinee)      Christmas Presence @ Pacific Theatre                                 Vancouver, BC

Oct 30                       Stephano's                                                                               New West, BC

Oct 8                        Mission Coffee House Concert Series                                  Mission, BC

Sep 10                       Tractorgrease Cafe                                                                 Chilliwack, BC

Aug 24                       Private Event                                                                          Surrey, BC

Aug 17                        Langley Community Farm Market                                       Langley, BC

Jul 23                          Sun Peaks Upper Plaza Stage                                               Sun Peaks Resort, BC

July 16                        Fraser Valley Music Awards                                                  Abbotsford, BC

July 9                         The Water Shed Arts Cafe                                                    Langley, BC

July 8                         Party in the Park                                                                     Chilliwack, BC

June 22                      Langley Community Farmers Market                                   Langley, BC

June 15                       Summer Connect @ UGM                                                    Vancouver, BC

June 11                       LCFM Gumboot Gala                                                            Langley, BC

June 5                        Private Event

May 28                      Tractorgrease Cafe                                                                 Chilliwack, BC

May 14                      EP RELEASE BARN CONCERT, Kingfisher Farm                Surrey, BC

Apr 22                       Private House Concert                                                           Vancouver, BC

Mar 24                      Fort Langley Ceilidh                                                                Fort Langley, BC

Dec 20                      Christmas Presence @ Pacific Theatre                                 Vancouver, BC

Nov 28                      Lelem' Arts & Cultural Cafe                                                   Fort Langley, BC

Nov 20                      Private Event                                                                           Fort Langley, BC

Nov 8                        Windsong Co-Housing House Concert                                Langley, BC

Nov 6                        Songs of Hope                                                                         Vancouver, BC

Nov 5                        First Thursdays @ The Fort Gallery                                       Fort Langley, BC

The Kwerks performed this at the Clarke Theatre Cafetorium for the Mission Coffee House Series on October 08, 2016. This group of fine musicians have a very real and catchy style. You will probably be humming this tune in the near future. Visit www.seawestentertainment.com for event and booking info.

Have you seen our Dominion Lending commercial yet?

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