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.