Fiftieth Parallel

Come  enjoy some fantastic music every Saturday 3- 5pm till Christmas at Union Street Grotto as part of the downtown Courtenay’s Winter fest!  We will be offering 2 for one appy’s at show time!! Full menu is available so come hungry! No cover, all ages welcome – come for a treat for the taste buds and the ears! For a list of all shows click here

December 1st the Grotto welcomes Fiftieth Parallel!

Fiftieth Parallel may have their roots in heavy metal but they abandoned it for the rich subtleties of the acoustic guitar. “There’s a lot of stuff on the electric (guitar) but I guess, for us, there’s almost more on the acoustic,” he says. The duo consists of Jonathan Hinds on acoustic guitar and djembe, and Philip Marchand on acoustic guitar.

Combining the acoustic sounds of Australian guitarist John Butler and the influential Michael Hedges with the hypnotic sounds of Tool and Pink Floyd and a contagious West Coast vibe, Fiftieth Parallel has created a unique style that only adds to the already dynamic Vancouver Island music scene.The duo came together thanks to the now-departed Sound Advice music store which held a School of Rock in 2009. After the demise of the group they formed – playing the likes of Metallica and Judas Priest – Marchand and Hinds formed Fiftieth Parallel. The name, of course, comes from Campbell River’s location on the 50th Parallel – their home town.

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