Paperboy and the Messengers
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Paperboy and the Messengers

Vernon, British Columbia, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | SELF

Vernon, British Columbia, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2010
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s presenting a successful night of live music in Vernon on a Sunday, no less.

The Gallery Vertigo fundraiser put on by the Vernon band last month with fellow locals Modern Folk, and a last-minute stand in by Polar Year, raised more than $500 for gallery exhibitions and programs.

The event was so successful, the boys from Paperboy are back at it, presenting their CD release party for their debut, First Week on the Job, Friday, and to help establish the non-profit, artist-run gallery as a viable venue for Okanagan musicians.

“We wrangled 60 people into one of the smallest spaces in Vernon,” said Paperboy’s Luke Mortenson about last month’s gig. “What’s really great about venues like Gallery Vertigo is that there isn’t room to sit down, so you have a really immediate interaction with the crowd, whether you’re ready or not.”

Playing their brand of progressive indie doo-wop, Paperboy (also featuring Cameron Lutz and Braeden Otter) is still in its infancy as a group, and are quickly honing their showmanship skills.

“What I love most about playing with both Cam and Braeden is that none of us are out for the glory of the spotlight, we move fluidly as a single sound and are really ready to make people part of the show,” said Mortenson. “I think we have learned a lot from past experiences and have gleaned the best parts to make Paperboy.”

The band also credits Gallery Vertigo executive director/curator Judith Jurica (who is taking a break from her duties at the gallery this month and next) for her support.

“Judith is amazing. While the fundraiser was a huge success, I’m constantly inspired by people like her that rage against the poor funding of the arts with a smile on her face,” said Mortenson. “Every day she’s chipping away up at Vertigo to present local and Canadian art to the people of Vernon, who more often than not are unaware of the little gem of a space.

“My advice is to just stop in there, say hello, check out the art, if only once, and you’ll instantly fall in love with the place. It’s so artsy fartsy it hurts, but it’s the good hurt.”

Doors to Friday’s show with Paperboy open at 7:30 p.m. with music starting at 8 p.m. Admission is by donation (suggested is $5.)

Gallery Vertigo is located upstairs at 3001 31st St. in downtown Vernon. - Vernon Morning Star


"Extra Extra"

s presenting a successful night of live music in Vernon on a Sunday, no less.

The Gallery Vertigo fundraiser put on by the Vernon band last month with fellow locals Modern Folk, and a last-minute stand in by Polar Year, raised more than $500 for gallery exhibitions and programs.

The event was so successful, the boys from Paperboy are back at it, presenting their CD release party for their debut, First Week on the Job, Friday, and to help establish the non-profit, artist-run gallery as a viable venue for Okanagan musicians.

“We wrangled 60 people into one of the smallest spaces in Vernon,” said Paperboy’s Luke Mortenson about last month’s gig. “What’s really great about venues like Gallery Vertigo is that there isn’t room to sit down, so you have a really immediate interaction with the crowd, whether you’re ready or not.”

Playing their brand of progressive indie doo-wop, Paperboy (also featuring Cameron Lutz and Braeden Otter) is still in its infancy as a group, and are quickly honing their showmanship skills.

“What I love most about playing with both Cam and Braeden is that none of us are out for the glory of the spotlight, we move fluidly as a single sound and are really ready to make people part of the show,” said Mortenson. “I think we have learned a lot from past experiences and have gleaned the best parts to make Paperboy.”

The band also credits Gallery Vertigo executive director/curator Judith Jurica (who is taking a break from her duties at the gallery this month and next) for her support.

“Judith is amazing. While the fundraiser was a huge success, I’m constantly inspired by people like her that rage against the poor funding of the arts with a smile on her face,” said Mortenson. “Every day she’s chipping away up at Vertigo to present local and Canadian art to the people of Vernon, who more often than not are unaware of the little gem of a space.

“My advice is to just stop in there, say hello, check out the art, if only once, and you’ll instantly fall in love with the place. It’s so artsy fartsy it hurts, but it’s the good hurt.”

Doors to Friday’s show with Paperboy open at 7:30 p.m. with music starting at 8 p.m. Admission is by donation (suggested is $5.)

Gallery Vertigo is located upstairs at 3001 31st St. in downtown Vernon. - Vernon Morning Star


"Testimonials"

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It’s not hard to tell once Paperboy and the Messengers get started that this band of gentlemen means business. Touring around Western Canada for the last three years has seen the band share bills with the likes of The New Pornographers, Death Cab for Cutie, Local Natives, Bend Sinister and The Zolas, to name a few. With their fiery brand of Soul Music mixed with Rhythm and Blues, these young men are quickly becoming darlings of both the festival and showcase circuits.
2014 saw Paperboy and the Messengers place in the Top 5 of the K96.3 Emerging Artist Program, beating out hundreds of other bands for a spot as one of the Interior’s rising stars. The program landed the boys a showcase at Keloha Music Festival alongside some of Canada’s hottest talent. The band also made an appearance at the nationally renowned Rifflandia Festival and Conference in Victoria BC, as well as Otilath Music Festival in Tofino BC. While PB&M are no strangers to live performance, for their efforts offstage they received a $5000 dollar TELUS funded grant from the Public Records Project. The grant curated the band’s ability to craft a visually striking and driving music video for their song El Scorpiones with the help of director Lee Watkins.
With over 200 shows since their inception, Paperboy and the Messengers is fearlessly bringing Soul music to the distant edges of Western Canada and beyond. - Various


Discography

First Week on the Job - 2010
Strike EP - 2011
The News - 2013

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Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

It’s not hard to tell once Paperboy and the Messengers get started that this band of gentlemen means business. Touring around Western Canada for the last three years has seen the band share bills with the likes of The New Pornographers, Death Cab for Cutie, Local Natives, Bend Sinister and The Zolas, to name a few. With their fiery brand of Soul Music mixed with Rhythm and Blues, these young men are quickly becoming darlings of both the festival and showcase circuits.

2014 saw Paperboy and the Messengers place in the Top 5 of the K96.3 Emerging Artist Program, beating out hundreds of other bands for a spot as one of the Interior’s rising stars. The program landed the boys a showcase at Keloha Music Festival alongside some of Canada’s hottest talent. The band also made an appearance at the nationally renowned Rifflandia Festival and Conference in Victoria BC, as well as Otilath Music Festival in Tofino BC. While PB&M are no strangers to live performance, for their efforts offstage they received a $5000 dollar TELUS funded grant from the Public Records Project. The grant curated the band’s ability to craft a visually striking and driving music video for their song El Scorpiones with the help of director Lee Watkins.

With over 200 shows since their inception, Paperboy and the Messengers is fearlessly bringing Soul music to the distant edges of Western Canada and beyond.


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