Awakening from a Winter slumber 

Canadian band Wintersleep ready to perform for 2010 Winter Olympic Games

Who: Wintersleep

When: Friday, Feb. 26, 4:30 p.m.

Where: Village Square Stage

Cost: Free!

Just over a week before Wintersleep is scheduled to make an appearance in Whistler to perform as part of the 2010 entertainment schedule one of their members, Tim D'Eon, was already getting into the Olympic spirit, watching the curling action on television and waiting for one of the hockey games to start.

"It was really cool when we found out. We found out quite a while ago actually, I guess before all the crazy hype about the Olympics and all of that. And I was like, 'Oh yeah, the Olympics are this year!'" D'Eon laughed. "We were all really excited, we all just said 'yeah' right off the bat and were like, 'sure, we'd love to do it,' and immediately asked for hockey tickets."

Apparently, even popular Canadian musicians can't get their hands on those elusive Olympic hockey tickets - their request was very quickly denied.

"I saw some tickets on eBay yesterday for the Canada-USA game going for $7,000," D'Eon said in disbelief. "That is insane."

But above and beyond the sporting aspect of the Games, Wintersleep will be representing the music and culture of East Coast Canada to an international audience in Whistler.

Growing up in small-town Nova Scotia, their musical landscape wasn't always rich and varied. It wasn't until the members - Loel Campbell on drums, Mike Bigelow on keyboards and bass guitar, Paul Murphy on guitar and vocals, Tim D'Eon on guitar and keyboards and Jon Samuel on keyboards, backing vocals and guitar - made the move to the city of Halifax that their career started building, slowly but surely.

"At first, it seemed pretty decent, especially to myself and Paul, coming from Yarmouth - it really was quite a change of pace. Like, in Yarmouth there were no bands that would come, ever," he laughed.

Once they arrived in Halifax, they began getting a taste of other bands on the scene and checking out some of the touring bands that made stops in the port city.

"I guess we kind of started off pretty slow and started building a small fan base."

They started gaining momentum on the live scene, eventually going on to record an album, which led them into bigger venues and opening slots with bigger bands.

Today, the band members have migrated a little further West and settled into Montreal.

"I really love it here in Montreal - we're not here very much, but..." D'Eon said, trailing off with a laugh.

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