See Andrew Cole alongside Tom Cochrane and Colin James at Vancouver Island Blue Sky Music Festival

The focused and bright Andrew Cole is playing the Vancouver Island Blue Sky Music Festival in Victoria this Saturday August 14th, 2010.

Many say Toronto's favourite Scouser, Andrew Cole sounds like Bono mixed with Coldplay. Cole's music is uber listenable. 'Why We Wonder' is the sort of album you can listen to again and again without becoming annoyed.

Cole is very hard on himself, yet in his ears, the album is as good as new since its June 8th release. 

When asked about the Toronto/Liverpool paradox, Andrew Cole responds,

"One of me lives in Canada. I was born in Toronto and moved to Liverpool, England [with help, of course] when I was six months old. I actually live in Canada most of the time-- a Canadian boy with a dodgy accent, I love it here, love Canadians and love the mentality, so I wanted to come back here to stay as soon as I was old enough."

The album title, 'Why We Wonder' is actually an ironic remark. It's more like, Why We Don't Wonder, Why Can't People Just Wonder, Why Don't They Wonder. Andrew, like most of us, is always thinking and worrying too much, so the album is a sort of compilation of wonders. He's got a serious case of the human condition, always prodding dangerously, but not rudely. In fact, nothing on the album is fiction ("a shame" in Cole's mind.)

Andrew Cole has never officially covered Tom Cochrane's 'Life Is A Highway', but may have climbed up on stage after a few beers with his friend and mentor. Tom is a Canadian gem, Cole aspires to: "Cochrane appeared at the time when everyone was pissed off (Nirvana on the grunge scene), and made everyone happy." 

'Little Beautiful Things' is Cole's personal favourite track on 'Why We Wonder'. It was written in a backyard, on the topic of Liverpool, with all its intricacies. The track features melotron straight out of the Beatles and pulls some Rolling Stones into the mix, topped off with a bit of Canadian attitude to complete the pastiche.

Don't get him wrong...Cole does not believe in rock stars anymore. A select number of kids who have had it rough and could tell anyone's story; a 6-year-old in Tanzania; those who have not forgotten about love, are rockstars. 

For those of you who admire Kathleen Edwards, Cole's Guitar player is mutual accompanist to the female Canadian alternative country singer-songwriter. At a Barenaked Ladies show with Jim Cuddy kicking around, Cole pleaded that he needed a lady's voice on 'Dead Roses', and if she can't do it, he can't release the song. The rest is history.

Preparing to blow crowds away at the Vancouver Island Blue Sky Music Festival this weekend, Cole confides that he has no game plan. He doesn't believe in game plans: the more danger the better. He values the spontaneity that detracts from acting.

Cole is also going to be musically involved at Ride With Lance 2010. He will be playing a couple of numbers at a secret show. A show at which he asserts, fun, great things are going to happen, but he can't share details about because of the barrage of press that is going to follow! That's enough. We'll have to wait.

For now, treat yourself to some Andrew Cole below.


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