Kitchener/Burlington Band selected for Canada's Largest Free Outdoor Music Festival.
Keep the Change, an emerging band formed in Bayfield Ontario, but based out of Kitchener and Burlington Ontario, have been making waves in the South-western Ontario Music Scene.
With just over a year of live performances under their belt and a mini EP on iTunes, Keep the Change has been expanding their fan base as well as their song catalogue.
The Band made up of Jacob Dunning (Vocals/Keyboard/Rhythm Guitar) from Burlington, Kitchener natives Matt Burt (Lead Guitar) Nick Burt (Drums/Vocals) and Zack McVannell (Bass/Vocals) have been Selected to Play Burlington's Sound of Music Festival. It is a FREE four-day summer musical extravaganza, "past performers include Tom Cochrane, The Stills, USS, Divine Brown, Matt Dusk, Robert Michaels, Cowboy Junkies, Ronnie Hawkins, Natalie MacMaster, Glass Tiger, Trooper, Leahy, Michael Burgess, Serena Ryder, Jim Cuddy Band, Finger Eleven, Molly Johnson, David Wilcox, 54-40, Kim Mitchell, Valdy, The Philosopher Kings, Tomi Swick, Kim Stockwood, The Good Brothers, Marc Jordan, Sloan, Tom Wilson, Murray McLauchlan, Spirit of the West, The Trews, Bedouin Soundclash, Tokyo Police Club, Emerson Drive, Devo, Men Without Hats, just to name a few". http://www.soundofmusic.ca/ .
The Band got it's start during the summer months in Bayfield where the families spent their summer vacations, Jacob's sister Emily Dunning dabbled with the band and can be heard on their three tracks on iTunes and will occasionally take the stage with them. Since it's inception in August of 2010 they have Recorded 5 singles in studio and 4 on their own. Most of the material written by Jacob when he was 13 can be found on various social networks including facebook (http://www.facebook.com/KeeptheChangeMusic) YouTube (keepthechange2010) CBC Radio 3, and reverbnation (http://www.reverbnation.com/keepthechange2010) just to name a few.
Inspired by their single "Homeless" the band recently held a successful fundraiser for the Burlington Food Bank raising money and food donations at their first annual Donations at the Door Burlington edition. They hope to hold one in Kitchener as well. In addition to the fundraiser, the band is donating all profit from the sale of the single on iTunes to help the homeless through various charities. You can find them on iTunes if you search for Keep the Change and their mini EP Penny for your thoughts. You can view their video on YouTube by going to http://www.youtube.com/keepthechange2010.
Challenges faced by the band include finding time to practice and venues to play. Being in two different cities and busy with high school limits the amount of time they can get together and because the mates are minors, they are limited to all ages performances and the occasional opening act in a pub... as long as they vacate by 11. So if you are ever presented the chance to see them live, grab it when you can, you won't be disappointed.
Be sure to visit and like their Facebook Page to keep up with when and where they are appearing. If you don't have facebook then check them out where they got their start http://www.supernova.com/keepthechange , create a fan account and send them a fan request.