Peterborough Major Inspiration For The Strumbellas Lead Singer Simon Ward

 Simon Ward, at middle

Simon Ward, at middle

This Wednesday (December 10), Lindsay-via-Toronto (via Peterborough?) indie folk-pop band The Strumbellas are headlining a show at The Venue.

2013′s We Still Move On Dance Floors was only The Strumbellas’ second album, but it won the band their first Juno (Roots & Traditional Album Of The Year), and got them their first international release and first US tour. In fact, The Strumbellas have barely stopped touring all year, with over 100 shows, including Peterborough Musicfest back in July.

 Simon at middle

Simon at middle

Lead singer and songwriter Simon Ward, who was born and raised in Lindsay, tells Electric City Live “I consider myself a bit of a Peterborough-tonian… Peterborian?” Ward lived in the city for six years, after moving here to go to Trent University. “I actually kind of fell in love with Peterborough."

Ward even got a job working at Trent Radio—as a janitor, but still. “I met so many local musicians there, and I went to shows all the time," he says, "so that was probably more a musical influence—and just being involved in music."

 Simon pictured with a paddle & a dog

Simon pictured with a paddle & a dog

Peterborough is where Ward wrote many of the songs on The Strumbellas’ 2009 self-titled debut EP, which was recorded shortly after Simon moved to Toronto and formed the band.

Now, with the show at The Venue, Ward has another chance to impress his adoptive city. “I’m not going to stop,” he tells Electric City Live. “I want to keep going to Peterborough, until I can convince the whole city to come and spend the night with us!”

See what else Simon says in this great interview about The Strumbellas at ElectricCityLive.ca. Follow @electriccityon on Twitter and Like them on Facebook here.

—interview by Gabe Pollock

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