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Hey, so what if we're preparing for the biggest, most magical album release? Why don't we just throw a major national competition into the mix? YES PLEASE!


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Love and hugs,

The Kwerks


We are THRILLED to announce the upcoming release of our new album, Bigger Badder Dreams which will be available for purchase on March 2nd!

Two places to get it:

1 - AT OUR ALBUM RELEASE CONCERT (see info below), or any other live Kwerks show. See our tour dates here. We've got some great shows lined up for you!

2 - OFF THIS WEBSITE - by clicking here. Both physical CDs and digital downloads will be available here, starting on March 2nd.


Quick deets: March 2nd -  7:30PM - 7296 Telegraph Trail, Langley - Tix here

Kissing 2017 Goodbye

For a married duo that have three kids and a band comprised of dads, The Kwerks have managed to accomplish an incredible amount in the past 2.5 years since they kicked off their project, and 2017 was no exception.

The band continued to make the rounds throughout the lower mainland and Fraser Valley, where their fan base eagerly packed out venues and soaked up their easy-going vibe.

Having entered the CBC Searchlight competition, the band dominated the voting portion of the competition and came in in the top 10 in their region (Vancouver area - round 1), then the top 3 (Vancouver area -
 round 2), and on the national level, made it to the top 25 (Canada wide - round 3), all awarded by popular vote, thanks to their engaged and enthusiastic fan base.

Their online presence, including their comedic music videos, won the hearts of many, but they truly shone when they get to perform live for audiences. Bantering between songs, making audiences laugh to tears, and blasting listeners hearts with relatable and authentic songwriting, the band is enjoyed wherever they go.

Summer 2017 brought their first foray into the festival circuit, with appearances at the Music on the Meadow Festival (Fort St James, BC), the Downtown Victoria Busker's Festival (Victoria, BC), the Same Sun Summer Jam Festival (Surrey, BC) and the Tractorgrease Folk Festival (Chilliwack, BC).

In the fall, The Kwerks were selected to showcase at the Northern Exposure Showcase and Conference in Wells, BC, where they won the hearts of many rural festival organizers and venue managers.

Several newspaper articles published, hundreds of new followers on social media, a booking for a speaking engagement in 2018, and industry voices raving, the Kwerks were celebrated wherever they touched down.

In November, Laura picked up a Frazey Music Award for "Excellence in Performance by a Female Artist".

The Kwerks also held a "buy-one, donate-one" campaign in December - for every pair of Kwerky socks they sold, one pair would be donated to a person living in poverty, resulting in over 120 pairs being donated.

The end of 2017 was filled with local Christmas concerts and the band spending a few weeks in the studio, recording their third EP that will be released in February 2018.

The Kwerks are looking forward to 2018 with eyes set on expanding their audience even further, and building up their online presence, particularly in video content, but as their true love is performing live, they plan to stack the tour dates and keep doing what they do best - connecting with people, sharing laughs, spreading the love, and creating better and better live experiences for their fans.

Bubble fun in Langley!

Aaaaah we're re-living some of our summer memories! Here's a snippet of our show at the Langley Events Centre in August.

When it rains it pours

Well we've got a fully booked December, plans percolating for our annual Christmas video, we're recording our new album over the next few weeks, and we JUST FOUND OUT that we've received TWO NOMINATIONS for Fraser Valley Music Awards! 

1 Nomination in the COUNTRY category

1 Nomination in the EXCELLENCE - FEMALE ARTIST category

This is pretty amazing, friends! Feeling awfully thankful right now.

Want to see the announcement? CLICK HERE.


We're Recording This Month!

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Extreme Songwriting

A shot taken on a walk in Pemberton while Laura Kwerk was on a recent artist's retreat.

A shot taken on a walk in Pemberton while Laura Kwerk was on a recent artist's retreat.

Interview with Laura Kwerk

While Laura Kwerk is quite well-practiced in the English language, she certainly has a penchant for making words and phrases up to suit her songwriting needs in any given moment. From "a titch" in All Yours (which turned out to actually be a legitimate saying), to "find your loud" in Little Fighter, to the sassy "bigger, badder dreams" in the recently written Fire Light, the cheek is apparent in her seemingly nonchalant disregard for grammatical etiquette. When asked about it, she remarks with a smile, "But I like it." 

Fair enough. Fair enough. And we like it too, Mrs. Kwerk.

The big question we have, however, is centred around the newly written song, Drummy Dün Dün, cheekily named in a moment of agitation around song naming, and within it's lyrics can be found....wait for it....a REPEATED aforementioned phrase: FIND YOUR LOUD.

What, pray, does this phrase mean?

LK: Well, when I first came up with this phrase I was writing the song, "Little Fighter", which is all about digging yourself out of the fear-cave and getting yourself onto the track you know you're supposed to be on. Fear can cause all sorts of stunting, and keep us from really doing what we're built for as individuals, what is best for us, and ultimately for the world at large. The amazing thing about humans is that we're all made so differently, and while I may be made to write music and connect with people through it, another person might find their passions focussed on scientific study, or teaching, or counselling, or <insert a million other things here>. The phrase "find your loud" is all about figuring out what your particular expression or passion in this life might be, and seizing it with everything you have. Too many people are walking around this place with blank, sad expressions, not having ever dug into what makes them feel alive. I feel like part of my job as a songwriter is to expose some of these things, and get people thinking about themselves and their lives. 

Okay, but why did you use the same phrase in your new song, Drummy Dün Dün? 

LK: Oh right. So, I sat down to write a Christmassy song, because you know, the season will be here soon and I need to be prepared!! So as I gathered my things together, guitar, notebook, pencil, brain, I tried getting in that Christmassy mode. You know the warm, fuzzy, lovey-dovey happy mode that we're supposed to feel at that time? Well, at the time I was doing this, there were crazy hurricanes down in the Southern states and Carribean, there was a huge earthquake in Mexico, there were floods, and out-of-control wildfires, there were horrible reports coming in from Myanmar about the slaughters happening there, and there was crazy bad political stuff going on with Trump and the rest of the world, including North Korea. I mean, it felt like the sky was falling. So, I ended up writing this song with that very phrase "the sky is falling" in it, and throughout the song I'm feeling this horrible weight that we need to stop and take a stand for the sake of our fellow humans, and for the sake of this beautiful planet. We need to beat our drums together, cause change, help others, and generally *find our loud* voices for the sake of this earth. So, I guess in this song the phrase is used a bit differently, but there it is. 

Cool. Well that makes us want to hear the song now. Will that be possible? Where are you playing around Christmas?

LK: Yeah you can definitely hear it! We don't have plans to record it at this point, but we're playing a Christmas Concert for the Langley Township at the Cheif Sepass Theatre on Dec 3, and we'll also be participating in several of Pacific Theatre's Christmas Presence shows, where we plan to bring the song into the mix as well. (Check out our website for actual dates we're performing.)

Sounds great! Well thanks, Mrs. Kwerk. It's been interesting picking your songwriting brain a bit today.

LK: My pleasure.

(Interview of Laura Kwerk by Laura Kwerk. Weird, I know.)


Kwerknation is growing!

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KwerkNation - Thank you.

Here we are, waiting for our set to start on the main stage at the Music on the Meadow Festival!

Here we are, waiting for our set to start on the main stage at the Music on the Meadow Festival!

WHAT A SUMMER! This has been an epic one for us, and there's little more to be said than a heartfelt THANK YOU to our dear fans and followers. Without you, this would be a lonely journey. Without your feedback, we wouldn't have any idea what kind of an impact our music and story would be making. Without your emails, messages, comments, likes and shares, we wouldn't be able to get the word out about this crazy thing called The Kwerks. 


The summer, our third summer at it, was incredibly full, and very encouraging. For those of you who have been with us since day one, you'll be so happy along with us to know that the rumble that started with my (Laura's) songwriting back in July 2015 has increased and developed into a full out roar, and it's only getting bigger and louder. 

Some highlights we're amazed and humbled to be able to tell you of:

  • Landing our first bookings in FOUR music festivals this summer (this is a huge deal for us)
  • packing in over 25 shows over the course of the summer months (previous years have been less)
  • making new connections and being approached after EVERY show with new gig interest
  • taking the risk of ordering our first run of KWERK SOCKS and seeing them be a huge hit!
  • starting to actually bring in a small income through music (they said this isn't possible anymore)
  • finding our groove and honing our skills both as a duo and as a full band (so different, so good)
  • playing for hundreds, thousands of people, and seeing them all dancing to our music!
  • moving past the shock of hate mail into MORE authenticity and self-expression than even before
  • having such a busy schedule that we're actually having to turn away offers!

Each of these things is a mini miracle in itself, friends, and we are so thankful!

GOING FORWARD, we're very excited to be percolating and working on plans for a new record. Those songs you love that we haven't released yet? They're coming. New Kwerk music? It's coming. Stay tuned and get ready!

So here we are in September, a season of settling into routines and focussing in on admin stuff behind the scenes. Oh the music continues, and we've got a number of shows planned that you'll hear about, but along with the darker, longer days comes the exciting time of SUBMITTING FOR NEXT SUMMER'S FESTIVALS, contests, showcases and submissions; getting our butts into the studio (!!); setting up a CD release par-tay and CD release tour; and continuing to keep you all in the loop as it all happens. 

Lots of work to do! Lots of love and fuzzy feelings to fuel the work. All set....GO!

xoxo Your Kwerks

Summer isn't over!

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I really don't care if they try to run me down. Really.

Every so often as I catch myself in the busyness of running this Kwerky business, marketing, budgeting, booking, songwriting, planning, strategizing, and all the fun stuff that goes along with the behind-the-scenes work of The Kwerks, I get a flash of the bird's eye view. My brain zooms way, way out, away from the minutiae that I get caught in for hours (how to write that post in the best way, with the best photo, which has been edited to suit our quirky style, the caption being under the magic number of characters, the clickable link being easy enough to locate, the timing of the post just right....) and I remember that we're living the dream.

It's still early. It still feels like we have a long road of this dream-living ahead of us, and it feels like we're still learning and growing and experimenting, but it's amazing. Dropping my career as a childbirth doula, to diving in head first, no holds barred, into pursuing music, our own music - what a rush. 

Not only that, but as we began performing and connecting with our audiences, as we listened to what people were saying after our shows, as we read what people felt when they watched our videos, read our blogs, or listened to our songs, we started to see a bigger picture unfold. And we are leaning heavily into that bigger picture now.

There's a lot more story to be told about the path we've been walking than just the Kwerk part of it. There was a little video app called VINE that we very thoroughly became obsessed with for a couple years, which led to a huge transformation for Ryan first, and then me following. The transformation had everything to do with realizing we were holding ourselves back from the world, that we were putting on masks and pretending we were a certain way, not really allowing our true selves out, not really feeling like our true selves would be acceptable. But that darn app, that little screen on our phones, and more importantly, that community of caring people that lived all over the world and who engaged with us, encouraged us, and saw us emerge with our weird senses of humour, our weird dance moves, and our weird selves, gave us permission to really let go of those masks. One of those rather caring and influential people's VINE alias happened to be "Kwrky". Hmmm. But that's a story for another day.

VINE wasn't the only catalyst. Sometimes it seems that when you're being pushed down a path, all sorts of things line up to accommodate it. Books we were reading, people we were talking to, messages we were hearing everywhere, they all lined up. They all kept telling us to let go of our inhibitions. Be real. Be yourselves. Let loose.

There's a lot more to the story, and those who are close to us know the journey well, and perhaps we'll tell more of that story another day, but today, the story halts at a rather unpleasant pit stop. 

Hate mail. 

It's an interesting thing, hate mail. Really, it's astounding to read something that is full of anger and disdain that someone actually went and sat and wrote, on purpose, seemingly for the sole reason of hurting. 

We got one such email recently. It was directed hatefully at Ryan. And it hurt. But it also opened up a lot of discussion, and ultimately made way for MORE goodness, MORE authenticity, and MORE determination in the right direction. 

You see, the thing is, the writer was slamming Ryan for doing exactly what we set out to do. This person was hating him because he was doing EXACTLY WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO. Someone missed the memo. Someone wasn't hearing the message.

When we get on stage, we aren't up there to impress an audience with our musical prowess. Ryan proudly proclaims he HASN'T HAD ANY DANCE TRAINING, and his maniacal moves are truly self-taught. Bahahaha! And I'm not even that good a guitar player! Sheesh! I've got rhythm, sure, but I'm still learning, and teaching myself, and if you ask me what key I'm playing in, I'll usually panic and turn to ask one of the amazing guys that play with us and know way more about music than I do. And I've made peace with that. 

This is the thing. We are just simply bringing ourselves and offering what we have, and we are loving it, every moment, and that's it! It really is a nice surprise that people seem to like it, and tell us after shows how much they loved certain songs, and tell us that they're inspired to go and live life a little differently now. One of the most tear-jerking memories for me was after a show when a woman came up to me and said, in the most heartfelt way, "Thank you SO MUCH for quitting your job and doing this. Thank you." It was one of the earliest moments that I realized that this is a gift not only for Ryan and I. 

And so when an email comes in that picks Ryan apart and tells him that he should stay backstage, and that he's a horrible distraction to an otherwise great band, it really seems like that person is missing the whole point. 

The other day, we went to our kids' fine arts school to watch the year-end grade 4/5 show. Now, I'm a weepy mom like all the others at these kinds of things, but when the banners came down revealing the theme of the show, I was floored, and had rather leaky eyes through most of the show. Be free to be yourself. Have the courage to choose freedom. There is no better theme for us Kwerks to be dwelling on and leaning into at this time. Nothing better. And we will keep going. And Ryan will dance like a maniac and I will break strings from playing them so hard and the band will be there to back us up. And that's all.

It was a good run!

Oh KwerkNation. Oh loyal army of voters. We have SAD news!

This morning we learned that it was very close, but we didn't make the top vote in CBC Searchlight, which we were aiming our hearts towards. 

Without hanging our heads too low, we want to express to you, our rather amazingly loyal army of voters and supporters, how incredibly supported we felt throughout the competition. The CBC took note of how engaged our audience was (yeah, that's you!) and we got some good tidbits about them quite liking our stuff, but in the end, there were a great many excellent artists in the competition, and we didn't quite make it there. 

Thank you for voting, and for putting your heart into hoping for our success. So many of you told us you were checking facebook hourly for updates, so many of you mentioned you were holding your breath (which I truly hope didn't cause any fainting because THAT WAS A LONG WEEKEND TO WAIT THROUGH!!). Thank you a million times for your support. 

For us, this is disappointing, but we know there are so many other fish to fry, and so we are already moving our gaze to other challenges and adventures, all of which you'll be on with us if you so choose! 

So, much love to you, our dear KwerkNation. Thank you for everything. We were nearly there. :)


Searchlight Voting opens TODAY

It's TODAY!! February 14th is day one of the 2 week voting period for our entry in the CBC Searchlight Competition. Will you help us by casting your vote daily for the next two weeks?

(If "YES" is your answer, and you'd like daily reminders, contact us and let us know - we'll send you daily emails to remind you to vote!)


And here's our audition video for your viewing pleasure! (We were asked to submit a music video as well as an audition video...!) 

CBC Searchlight

The Kwerks have entered and been accepted into the CBC SEARCHLIGHT competition! We are tickled pink and so excited!

But we need your help. We need VOTES. Daily votes. From a lot of people.

Will you help us? 

We will be posting the info and voting link on the top of our website as soon as the link is available. The voting period begins on VALENTINE'S DAY (Feb 14) at 3PM, and continues until Feb 27 at 2:59PM. The public can vote DAILY during this period.


Do I need to be Canadian to vote? A: NO WAY! Anyone can vote!

Why should I vote for The Kwerks? A: Because we're great peeps, and make good music!!

What's the contest all about? A:Well, it's a Canadian national competition to search for a yet undiscovered musical artist. The winner is selected on a live broadcast on CBC TV and gets a great prize package, including co-writing a song for Canada's big 150 anniversary this summer!

Would you like daily reminders to vote? Here's our FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE. If you select "GOING", we'll do our best to send out daily notifications/reminders.


It's time for the city

Hey friends! It's been a while that you've been asking, and we're happy to announce, we're finally getting into Vancouver to do a show! It's a rather intimate venue, and tickets are limited so act quickly! $15 advance, $20 at the door.

*This event will be recorded and filmed live.*

Get your tickets HERE.

And HERE's the facebook event - tell us if you're interested or coming!

Hope to see you there!

Recording Festival

Friends, this is such a big month for The Kwerks! We've just found out that we've made it through to ROUND 2 of the Recording Festival! That means they're down to the top 150 bands, and the top 3 win the grand prize - a trip to Ireland to the Grouse Lodge Studios for two weeks! 

Cross your fingers and toes - we're eagerly waiting for the next steps!


COMING UP ON FEB 3, you'll find us busting a move and having a load of fun at THE STAGE in Mission. Food trucks, live music (of course), DJ, and your ticket gets you $5 off a drink! 

This is going to be lots of fun. Get down there and join us, will ya? $10 at the door

For more info, check out SeaWest Entertainment: