IDOW:: Mark Berube

This year’s IDOW may not be chock-o-block full of huge acts, but the consistent quality the “lil festival that could” has assembled in pretty remarkable. Reaching from coast-to-coast, IDOW procured some national acts that are about to explode (New Country Rehab, Olenka & the Autumn Lovers) and some mainstays from the Canadian scene that continue to impress.


Mark Berube

One of those names is Mark Berube. For years now, Berube and his band - The Patriotic Few - have been denizens, traversing the world for inspiration. While that might sound like some hippy bullshit some frat dude might drop trying to impress a woman in a bar, Berube’s entire life has left the man in a blissful state of flux.


And to be honest, Africa, Vancouver, The Prairies, Montreal and endless stretches in Europe have not only influenced his sound, they gave him the ability to slide through crowded markets, disappear in candlelit bars and endure long bus trips, documenting the energy and human condition with a sympathy that truly makes his efforts world music.


I’ll have more on his new record, June in Siberia, soon, but the interesting collage of sound he and the band build on “My Me Lady” stopped me in my tracks. Dancing piano, graceful strings and the soulful, damn near Fela worthy backing vocals of Hati Webb come together perfectly; another highlight from a man that proves time and time again he’s earned the titles of poet, musician, traveler and friend. I’ve seen this man bring a room full of critics to tears in his allotted 15 minutes and I’ve seen him pull a neighborhood brass band into a sushi restaurant/venue to force the crowd to leave their maki rolls behind to dance. Now, I can’t guarantee any of those things will happen FRED on January 28th, but I can guarantee if you show up you’ll be lost in a sea of smiles, head nods and hand claps.

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MP3:: Mark Berube & THe Patriotic Few - My Me LadyLie


For those that have to miss this show, Mark will be back on part of his actual Cross-country tour. Here are the East Coast dates:

23rd February Company House Halifax, NS
24th February Paramount Lounge Moncton, NB
25th February Baba’s Charlottetown, PEI
26th February Capital Complex Capital Bar Fredericton, NB



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