True to our title, we’ve kept it right within Toronto the past few weeks in regards to where the last few artists/bands we’ve featured were from. This week, we’ll going a few minutes outside of Toronto by visiting the growing city of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada with the Progressive Folk/Rock band of SEAM.
SEAM, like Union Duke (who we featured just 2 weeks ago) was 1 out of several bands I was exposed to in a classroom at Ryerson University, and 1 out of very few that impressed me enough to care afterwards.
Led by Sean Sroka on guitar and vocally fronted by Jeff Campana, the band belts out Jason Mraz and Paolo Nutini inspired tunes, the kind of music that I’d like to think as music you can take ‘on-the-go.’ Both Sroka and Campana can both strap guitars to their backs and Campana can start singing his heart out while the two walk down the street. Of course, there’s also Ron Miller on bass and Davey Setton who, although in charge of drums and percussion, is known to lend his voice for some back-up vocals too. It’s mellow, it’s upbeat and full of energy, and the music itself sounds like a really good time.
The band has been active for about 1 or 2 years now. Despite this short amount of time, and the fact that most or all of its members are still full-time college/university students, the band his made good use of their talent and time, and have already made a name for themselves. To date, SEAM has already played in numerous festivals and huge events that catered to thousands of people. This includes the Hamilton Music and Film Festival where they opened for Steven Page (former lead singer of The Bare Naked Ladies). Then in July 2011 and once again in July 2012, the band was invited to play during Mississauga’s official Canada Day celebrations which featured Fefe Dobson, Shawn Desman in 2011 and Carly Rae Jepsen and Dragonette in 2012. They have also opened up for fellow Canadian natives iLL Scarlett, a band that has gained international recognition.
Having accomplished so much already, there’s no doubt that SEAM has so much potential to really grow musically. With more love and support from audiences, SEAM is sure to make it to the same level as other successul Canadians like City and Colour amd Carly Rae Jepsen.
So, if you’ve liked what you’ve learned about these guys, and finally want to hear some music, check out their music video for “If We Were” off of their recently released EP Sketches (now available on iTunes). The video was just released just a month ago so it’s still cooling after having spent time in an editing suite. Make sure you also check out the links following the video below.