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Sat. September 21st 2019
Current Swell, Carmanah, Dope Soda @  Longwoodstock Nanaimo BC (No Minors)
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Fri. March 1st 2019
Dope Soda, LOVECoast, JPsonLucky Bar Victoria BC (No Minors)
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Sat. September 22nd 2018
Jon and Roy, Close Talker, Dope Soda @  Longwood Brewery Nanaimo BC (No Minors)
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Fri. July 13th 2018
Do250 presents: Rock the Shores After Party Dope Soda, Jennay Badger, Strange ThingCapital Ballroom Victoria BC (No Minors)
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Dope Soda

from Nanaimo BC

Label: Independent

Contact Details

Dave St. Jean

Thirsty for music that is both dangerous and danceable, refreshing as a mojito and as eye-opening as a whiskey sour? A cocktail party mix of reggae, punk rock, jazz, hiphop, and ska? This is DopeSoda.

Dope Soda formed in late 2011, a fresh concoction of six of the top jazz, rock, and Jamaican-music-inspired musicians from Vancouver Island, with frequent appearances in acts such as Current Swell, Jon & Roy, and The Bananafish Dance Orchestra. The band is led by a three-piece horn section with roots in the highly-regarded Vancouver Island University Jazz Department, buoyed by a funky rhythm section that serves up sips of bubbling Hammonds and Wurlitzers, shots of distorted guitar, and heavy bass–in your face.

Dope Soda jumps back and forth between reggae jams, punk-rock assaults, happy ska romps, and hip-hop throw-downs– a thirst quencher for audiences who need good rhymes and good times. Dope Soda’s 1st full-length, “Carbonation,” features a 12-pack of ska-punk-jazz-pop tunes (best paired with a West Coast IPA). It’s carbonated party fuel; a beer-in-cheek look at video games, hallucinations, bar brawls, unsettled relationships, and the trials and tribulations of wearing an eye patch. Recorded in Nanaimo, B.C. and produced by a team of dancing rabbits. Drink up!

Current Lineup

Dave DiRTVocals / Trombone2011-present
Matt CarterVocals / Keyboards / Bari Sax2011-present
Phil HamelinTrumpet2011-present
Mike ClementGuitar2012-present
Andrew FraserBass2013-present
Jesse McNeillDrums2013-present

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The Cowichan Valley Regional District is a broad geographic region stretching from the Malahat to North Oyster and from the Cowichan Lake to Thetis Island.

The region's artists are represented by 5 sub-regional arts councils with support from the CVRD Arts and Culture Division