10 Questions with Port Cities
If you've been to a show on this Steven Page Canadian tour then you'll know just what a treat it has been to watch Cape Breton's Port Cities kick things off. Not only that, but they're absolutely wonderful people too - and a joy to have around for this run of shows!
Here's a quick Q&A with the lovely trio, so you can get to know them better and keep up to date with their exciting next steps...
Hello Breagh, Dylan and Carleton, aka Port Cities, our new tour buddies.
How has the tour been for you?
This tour has been awesome. Traveling with Steven and the crew has been one of the most enjoyable tours we’ve ever had, and some of the shows on this run have been over the top. Going to miss our little tour family when it’s all over.
What was your favourite Steven Page song growing up?
Breagh + Dylan: ‘Old Apartment’: I love this song. I remember just loving the lyrics and the imagery created in the verses.
Carleton: ‘Enid’ was probably my favorite. I have vivid memories of dancing around to “Gordon” in my parents’ basement as an 8 year old.
Have you claimed your free full body massage from Kevin Fox yet?
Yes. He stayed with us in Vernon for two days, so it was free massages all around.
What influences did you have as musical youngsters?
Breagh: I listened to a lot of singer songwriters- Joni Mitchell, Carole King, James Taylor etc. then when I got into high school I started to get more into pop and jazz music.
Dylan: My father Bruce is a musician, so I was initially inspired by him bringing me on stage with him to play guitar when I was 6 or 7. In my teenage years, I started getting into hip-hop and metal. Now, I appreciate any music that’s done well.
Carleton: I grew up listening to a lot of rock and folk music. Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen were a big influence on why I wanted to write songs as a teenager.
What have been some of your favourite moments on this tour so far? Did you enjoy your Sunset Grill?
We had a couple days off after our Calgary shows, so we kidnapped Kevin from Steven’s band to work on some vocal arrangements for new songs we’ve been working on. He has an incredible ear for discovering harmonies so he was kind enough to help us sort out some parts. We stayed at a beautiful AirBnB overlooking the Okanagan Valley and ate great food and drank wine. Dylan and Carleton swear they saw a UFO on our first night there. Overall, a very memorable 48 hours.
And we always enjoy our Sunset Grill :)
Dylan, when did you learn to shake it so well?
Baby, I was born with it.
If you could recommend one Port Cities song that you’re super-proud of and want the world to hear, what would it be?
‘Montreal’ is our newest release, and a song we’re all really proud of. Everyone go add it to your playlists please :)
Tell us more about the house concert competition you’re running on this tour...
After every show, we put out our email sign up list, and then once a year we pick a name from that list to win a free house concert. We draw the winner at our Facebook live Christmas show we’ve been doing the past few years. So far the winners have been from Calgary, Toronto and last year from Harrogate, UK.
What’s coming up next for the band?
After we finish this tour, we are headed to the U.S for a short run of shows. We’ll be playing some festivals around the east coast this summer while trying to finish our next record.
Steven, Craig, Kevin, Liam, Paul – Peck, snuggle, snog, fling, marry. And why?
Fling: Liam ;)
Craig because he has cool shoes and an amazing jean jacket.
Bonus quick-fire section
Band member most likely to:
Stay up until the early hours:
Turn up late to soundcheck
Cry at a sad film
Be a drama queen
Run away and join the circus
The band have some US dates coming up - grab your tickets and go see them, you won't regret it!