Daniel Wesley returns to White Rock beach for a free set this Saturday as part of the TD Concerts at the Pier series.

Wesley ready to rock White Rock beach

City-born singer-songwriter headlines TD Concerts at the Pier kickoff

White Rock-born Canadian alt. rock musician Daniel Wesley has a simple definition of the reggae-influenced sound that brought him international fame.

“It’s beach music,” he told Peace Arch News on Wednesday.

“A little of everything – but, for the most part, good vibes to hang out with,” he added. “Throw it on at a beach or as background to a party hang.”

Which would seem to make him the perfect choice for headlining Saturday’s (July 9) premiere of the 2016 TD Concerts at the Pier series.

The free waterfront concert gets underway at 7 p.m. at the RE/MAX Sea Stage (beside White Rock Museum and Archives on Marine Drive) with opening acts Switch to Black and The Katherines.

Coming back to White Rock to play is “nostalgic,” for the musician – who recently  moved back to South Surrey with his wife and their two young children.

“My friends and I have so many memories here on this strip and I grew up hanging at White Rock beach with my family,” he said. “So now I come down here with my kids often and it’s great.”

Raised in the Brookswood area of Langley, Wesley counts among his influences Mason Jennings, Bob Marley, The Beatles and Pearl Jam.

He first found his way into performing through school choirs and high school ukelele and concert band ensembles, but by 15 he had formed his first band, The Dropouts, which was followed by stints as frontman for the bands General Mayhem, Audiophile and Replica.

His first two albums, Outlaw and Driftin’, were recorded in 2006 and 2007, but it was with Sing and Dance (2007), and particularly the track Ooh Ohh – his biggest single to date – that his music finally found find a widespread mainstream audience.

Subsequent albums include Daniel Wesley (2009), Easy Livin’ (2011), and I Am Your Man (2013).

“We will be playing from all seven albums,” he said of Saturday’s concert.

“We just recorded a live album at the Commodore Ballroom so we are fresh on the whole catalogue. But it’ll be heavy on (songs from) I Am Your Man and the self-titled album.”

For Wesley, Saturday’s show is an eagerly-awaited follow-up to his debut TD Concerts by the Pier performance last year.

While that was well-received, Wesley feels an injury he suffered last year put a crimp in his ability to put on the kind of show he wanted for the hometown crowd.

“I severed my Achilles in May of 2015 – I was in a cast and crutches for four months,” he said.

“Last summer felt like a dream realized playing by this beach – this year will be even better because I’ll be live on two legs,” he added.

“I’m finally back to normal a year later and all ready to rock!”

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The Surrey Eagles are currently seeking billet families for its players in advance of the 2020-‘21 BC Hockey League season. (Garrett James photo)
Surrey Eagles in ‘desperate’ need of billet families for BCHL season

COVID-19 pandemic has made finding homes for players difficult: billet co-ordinator

Matthew Campbell, director of the Fraser Valley Regional Food Bank, stands amongst a large amount of non-perishable food and household items being stored inside the Pacific Community Church. This year’s ‘Halloween For Hunger’ food drive, put on by students at Clayton Heights, will go to benefit the Fraser Valley Regional Food Bank. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
Clayton Heights Secondary kicks off annual ‘Halloween for Hunger’ event

Students to collect much-needed items for food bank

Surrey RCMP cruisers outside a Newton townhouse Tuesday night. (Photo: Shane MacKichan)
UPDATE: Toddler in hospital, woman dead following stabbings at Surrey townhouse

Police say two-year-old was among victims found at townhouse complex in the 12700-block of 66 Avenue

Surrey provincial court. (File photo: Tom Zytaruk)
OUR VIEW: Lenient courts aren’t helping

It’s hard to fault the palpable frustration of Metro Vancouver Transit Police

Renee
Bigger for 2020, online Surrey conference clicks with writers from around the world

Registrants from 17 countries for ‘SiWC At Home’ edition of the annual event

FILE – People wait in line at a COVID-19 testing facility in Burnaby, B.C., on Thursday, August 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
167 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death recorded as B.C. enters 2nd wave

Three new healthcare outbreaks also announced

John Horgan brought the NDP campaign to Langley on Wednesday, Oct. 21, just three days before the B.C. vote (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
Horgan brings NDP campaign to Langley

Predicts gains, says people are looking at the party ‘differently’ after three years

Brody Peterson said he intends to dispute tickets issued by Grand Forks RCMP at his backyard “house warming” Saturday, Oct. 10. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Brody Peterson told The Gazette he intends to dispute tickets issued by Grand Forks RCMP at his backyard “house warming” Saturday, Oct. 10. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
‘This is a big outdoor space’: Grand Forks man behind backyard party to fight COVID tickets

Homeowner Brody Peterson said he’ll dispute tickets for refusing police instructions, alleged COVID violations

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

A glimpse of some of the 480 (approx) cars written off as a result of the acid spills along the Trail highway in 2018. Photo: Trail Times
Kootenay Ford dealer’s frustration grows with ICBC

Trail AM Ford owner Dan Ashman says he just wants fair compensation from ICBC

Mail-in ballot from Elections BC (Katya Slepian/Black Press Media)
At least 26% of eligible voters have already cast their ballot, Elections BC says

Voters can cast a ballot until 8 p.m PST on Election Day

RCMP were called to an assault in the 23700-block of 110 Ave in Maple Ridge Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. (Curtis Kreklau/Special to The News)
PHOTOS: Assault in Maple Ridge sends three men to hospital

RCMP were called to a residence Tuesday night

Most Read