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On Thursday night, (September 30), I had the pleasure of getting to see four of B.C.’s top unsigned bands at 100.5 The Peak’s Performance Project. The show featured local acts Steph Macpherson, Christpher Arruda, Behind Sapphire, and Said the Whale, all of whom are vying to claim the $100,500 first place prize as winner of the Peak Performance Project.

Steph Macpherson kicked off the show, in front of what was already a packed house at The Red Room in Gastown. After seeing Macpherson earlier in the year in Victoria, I knew her serious level of talent, and fortunately she didn’t disappoint. Her single “Best of Us”, which can be heard on The Peak, was a favourite among the crowd and helped kick off a great night of music.

Christopher Arruda followed, and was without question the biggest presence of the four acts. After being heralded by Peak radio personality Cory Ashworth as “the tallest man in the competition”, Arruda showed that his voice is just as big as his stature with a heartfelt and passionate performance that completely captivated the audience. This was the first time I had the pleasure of seeing Arruda in concert, and I’m happy to say I’d be more than willing to see him again. He performed several tracks off his album “God hates a Coward” as well as his newest album “Swain EP”, which he just released earlier in the month.

Up next was Behind Sapphire, who put together the most entertaining performance of the night. The band, which consisted of anywhere between 8-10 people, immediately captured the hearts of the audience as they came on stage and performed their entire set in their pajamas. Our favourite part of the show came when the band played their single “Waiting by the Satellites”, and two men dressed as astronauts came into the crowd and began handing out “Behind Sapphire Free Download” cards. The astronauts were an absolute riot and also posed for pictures throughout the night. Sapphire’s ability to combine quality music with a quirky type of weirdness continually made me draw comparisons to a similar band: The Polyphonic Spree. I truly believe Sapphire can be a dark horse in this competition, and for what it’s worth, they made the one-piece pajama suit look cool again for the first time in over a decade.

The show ended with headlining act, Said the Whale. Fresh off being named “Vancouver’s Top Unsigned Band” by The Georgia Straight, the band didn’t disappoint as fans that stayed all the way until 1:00 in the morning were witness to one of The Whale’s best performances. I’ve seen Said the Whale numerous times, with the most recent being three weeks ago at “Live at Squamish”, and I can say without question that this was my favourite performance from them to date. The energy, sound, and performance were all crisp and their cover of Paul Anka’s legendary single “Put your head on my shoulder” was my favourite performance of the entire night. Given that the band rarely does cover tracks, this was a definite treat for all in attendance.

While it appears Said the Whale may have the inside track, all four of these acts should be seen as a legitimate threat to win the Peak Performance Project and claim the much coveted $100,500 prize. We wish all four these acts the best of luck in the competition and in the future!


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