Dave Cormier
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Dave Cormier

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | INDIE | AFM

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada | INDIE | AFM
Established on Jan, 2013
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Dave Cormier @ Mex Pub

Courtenay, British Columbia, CAN

Courtenay, British Columbia, CAN

Feb
28
Dave Cormier @ Jack's Place

Langford, British Columbia, CAN

Langford, British Columbia, CAN

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Dave Cormier @ 17 Mile House Pub

Sooke, British Columbia, CAN

Sooke, British Columbia, CAN

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Dave Cormier thought his passion for music had vanished forever. He was over the moon when he realized it was merely stashed away for use at a later date.

Three years ago, Cormier began revisiting what was once a profound passion, something that ate up much of his personal time.

Perhaps that was the problem to begin with. The native of Sydney, N.S., spent much of his 20s gigging in various acts around Calgary and Winnipeg, which kept Cormier and his bandmates on the road consistently for the better part of a decade. One of those bands, Black on White, even recorded an album with Greg Leskiw (of the Guess Who) for Duke Street Records, but wound up scrapping both the band and its subsequent contract shortly after recording was completed.

Cormier, not yet 30, was happy to call a timeout.

“By that time I’d had enough of the music industry,” he said this week from his North Saanich home. “I was at a crossroads.”

He moved back to Nova Scotia for a few years, but he didn’t see a future for himself on the East Coast. It was with a fresh start in mind that he ventured to Vancouver Island in the early ’90s.

Between raising a family, dabbling in car racing and growing his business (he owns all of the V.I. Fitness Centres on Vancouver Island), Cormier continued to play guitar, mostly on a part-time basis. “I wasn’t playing with anybody,” he said. “I was just doing it as a hobby.”

At the urging of friends and family, he decided to make a record, simply for fun. His wife was sure studios would line up to work with her husband. Cormier, who had been down this road, knew differently. “I said to my wife, ‘Look, there’s not a chance. They’ll get one look at me and that’ll be that.’ ”

He eventually aligned with producer Zak Cohen at The Woodshop Recording Studio in Duncan, enlisting an all-star roster to help bring his Springsteen-esque rock songs to life.

The result is Cor-Me-Eh, an accomplished album of working-class rock ’n’ roll featuring drummer Pat Steward and bassist Doug Elliott (both of the Odds) and keyboardist Darcy Phillips, who plays with Jann Arden, among others. A second album will be out in the fall.

“It has been unexpected,” Cormier said of the second stage of his career. “But it has all been very cool.”



What prompted your move to Victoria?

I couldn’t see building a solid future back on Cape Breton Island. It was very depressing, almost 35 per cent unemployment. By comparison, Vancouver Island at that time was six or seven per cent. There seemed to be a lot more opportunity.



What was the audience reaction to your new music?

I was only going to get a few copies made. When it went to manufacturing, I started getting phone calls asking why I wasn’t going to release it commercially. University radio picked it up, and they have been playing the album coast to coast, a couple hundred times a week, since September. And then CBC Radio picked it up.



I gather that the reception to the record caught you off-guard.

The only reason I decided to make the record is that my wife and my friends were really pressing me to do something with the music. I had started playing again in earnest, when all of these songs came about in earnest. It’s just one of those things where I just felt I had to do it.



How many songs have you written?

In the last couple of years I wrote a couple hundred songs, and they just keep coming. All that creative energy that was pent up, to be able to release that feels really amazing.



It appears that you average at least a handful of concerts per month, and have been for quite some time. Is this what you would consider a full-time project?

We’ve been playing pretty much every week, and are booked into September. They are not huge gigs or anything like that, but it’s an opportunity to get out and play.



How did it feel getting back in the studio after all those years?

I played my songs for these producers, which was a really hard thing to do. To stand in front of these people, I thought I was going to get laughed out of every recording studio I went into. But they all seemed excited about it. The first thing I thought, “They must really need the business.” I was still pretty convinced my music wasn’t very good.



Would you have imagined when you turned down your Duke Street contract that you could have gotten further doing it on your own?

I have zero regret there. I didn’t feel we had the songs, quite frankly, and I was tried of being on the road, to be quite honest. It is a very hard life.



Interestingly, you are currently playing with Will Peters, who played guitar in your former band, Black on White. It’s ironic how things work out in the end.

He heard the album and called me, and said, “I’m in Winnipeg but I’m good to go if you need somebody. I’ll come play with you,” and that’s what he did.



Where do you go from here?

I have very low expectations for it. I’m just having some fun and enjoying the music, and enjoying playing the music.



Dave Cormier is performing tonight at the Dinghy Dock Pub in Nanaimo and Friday in Victoria at the Solstice Café, 529 Pandora Ave. For more information, go to davecormiermusic.com.

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Not many people take the chance to go down " The road not taken", the one they thought they left behind. But you may find that road has been weaving it's way through your path the whole time, that's what Dave Cormier discovered in making his self titled debut album Cor-Me-Eh.

Dave grew up in Nova Scotia an area steeped in music tradition. His Father was a violinist once considered a child prodigy. Dave's passion for music wasn't in the classical music of his dad or the traditional music Nova Scotia is known for but in the raw energy of rock and roll. Dave packed his bags and headed West where he joined a punk band as a bass player and began his musical journey. Dave took on the lead singer role while based in Winnipeg and started playing rhythm guitar as well as bass in an alternative rock band. The band attracted the attention of Duke Street Records and were offered a record deal but it was not to be as Dave had already decided to leave the band and move back to Nova Scotia.

Although Dave took a sabbatical from his music and moved to British Columbia a couple of years later it was never far from his thoughts as he continued to write the occasional song and indulge his passion for guitars. It was during a conversation with a friend in 2011 that Dave decided to write songs again in earnest. He received so much positive feedback at gigs and from friends that he decided to record an album. Dave decided to work with Producer Zak Cohen at The Woodshop Studio in Duncan, B.C. and enlisted drummer Pat Stewart, bass player Doug Elliott, keyboardist Darcy Phillips and backup singer Martyn Jones to help out.

It all came together in the studio resulting in a fantastic rock/blues rock record that retains a timeless quality, but still has a modern feel. Dave's voice has never been better pulling you in with it's raspy tone weaving it's way in and out of Dave's thought provoking lyrics. The beautiful and edgy lead guitar playing of Zak Cohen and the chunky and innovative rhythm guitar of Dave Cormier coupled with the powerhouse rhythm section of Pat Stewart and Doug Elliott really sets the stage for this album.

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