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Hey Ocean! Hey Sam! Hey Jordan! Hey Everybody!

Say hello to the X this week when we hit the bar to listen to the great and cheerful Hey Ocean! recorded live during Junofest, do a quick hit with another Juno fav Jordan Klassen, and get some sage advice on how to really win an argument from Generation U writer Samuel Jacques.



(from CBC Music) Hey Ocean is to many the quintessential West Coast band. With three Vancouverites at its core (Ashleigh Ball, David Beckingham, & David Vertesi) it's true that their roots, their name, and many of their lyrics hark back to the pacific shores they call home. However, over the last 6 years they have earned a reputation as much more than just ambassadors of the Pacific Northwest.

Truly independent for over half a decade, Hey Ocean is also a representative of the new generation of DIY artists. They have been hands on every step of the way, releasing through their own label, Pop Machine and touring tirelessly from coast to coast. Their captivating and energetic live show has not only earned them the loyalty of an ever-expanding fan base, but also the reputation for being one of Canada's best young bands.

In the spirit of classic Pop songwriters such as Paul Simon or Fleetwood Mac they are refreshingly musical with compelling lyrics, beautiful harmonies and superb musicianship at the front and center. Meanwhile, their passion for the music they make is unmistakable and it breeds positivity even when singing the saddest of their songs.

This September marks three years since the band's last release "It's Easier To Be Somebody Else" (2008) and despite a long and difficult recording process their third full-length album is finally complete. The band asserts that if anything, the obstacles they have overcome have only made them stronger and more certain than ever that they must be masters of their own destiny.



Jordan Klassen makes music built out of pure imagination. A truly alluring voice, laid upon beds of shimmering strings, caressed guitar, and coaxing percussion. His latest work takes such a foundation, and continues to build´╗┐.

Kindness, a 4 song EP, introduces rich and full-bodied singing alongside his now ubiquitous falsetto. The first single from the EP, "Go To Me" provides a glimpse as to what his upcoming LP might sound like. The song has been critically celebrated, with ChippedHip.com calling it a "cinematic pop rocker" and Holeytonal dubbing it a "gracefully dramatic little masterpiece."

Gracefully dramatic enough to be featured in 'Catch .44', a film starring Bruce Willis & Forrest Whitaker, joining other Klassen creations which have found their ways onto television series' including USA Network's 'Royal Pains,' and the upcoming iTunes version of late 90's TV show 'Felicity'.

His 2010 release, the subdued St. Brigid EPx was the second in Klassen's chronicling of the seasons, the first being Tempest & Winter, an album which put him on the map with appearances at Calgary Folk Music Festival and Rifflandia, along with a live performance on CBC Radio 1 and extensive airplay on CBC Radio 2.

After 4 years spent in Calgary where he established himself as an emerging artist, Klassen returned to British Columbia in 2010, settling into his hometown of Vancouver. The return to the west coast allowed for the fruitful collaboration with Jonathan Anderson (Aidan Knight, In Medias Res) at Buena Vista Audio where Jordan Klassen's new material has taken shape.

While audiences must wait to hear the full-length release of Repentance, his Kindness EP keeps fans holding on. ´╗┐



St. Peter's College

After 14 years of running CBC Regina's very successful high school age writing competition, Youth Write, SoundXchange, CBC Regina's home for Saskatchewan made words and music,  decided to let the older kids take a turn at the microphone.

Generation U is an invitation to students or any young adults 17 to 25, to write a max. 750 word creative non-fiction personal essay, investigation, memory vignette, rant, comic riff, or just a reflection on something you love/hate/can't stop thinking about and submit it to our Generation U competition--we just wanted it short, creatively written and true, and from U (you).

Winner Samuel Jacques gives us a pithy take on what a real win looks like.