Spotlight on local music: The Chambo Graham Show 

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The members: Darren Chambo & Matt Graham, live jam bay player, Lee Finkle

Hometowns: Peterborough, Ontario.

How did you meet?

We have known each other now for about five years. It all started on a cold night in Omemee, New Year’s Eve. A mutual friend approached the both of us and said “Man, I know a guy that has a similar style and a similar dream of Rock ’n’ Roll.” We met, jammed for a bit and rang in New Year’s. We both went back to school and did our own things not thinking twice about it. A year later, through the mutual friend again… we met in Whistler and ended up living in what we called The Cabin in the Woods on Drifter Way, where every night was an open jam with four guitars, harmonicas and other instruments. From here The Chambo Graham Show was born, with our first show being one of the last shows ever played at the Boot Pub.

What are your musical backgrounds?

We have always loved music and been passionate about it. We have been going strong now for over a decade of our lives and have had a guitar in our hands many, many years before that. Two to three hours a day over a decade is a long time. Through our teenage years and even as we now ripen into adulthood we have always played and written music. A natural love of it is what keeps us doing it everyday.

Darren: I have a picture of me when I am around two years old holding a guitar. My grandfather played, my father played and now I do. I keep a picture of my grandfather playing guitar in my back pocket to remind me of where I came from and what I am doing.

Matt: Around the age of 12 years old I bought a Fender Strat through layaway with the money I saved from my paper route. The same guitar Jimi Hendrix played, who I idolized so much at that age.

What brought you to Whistler?

The entire mountain lifestyle is what we think this life is about. Live it to the fullest and we feel like we do that here. Snowboarding, fishing, camping, kayaking, canoeing, cliff jumping, rope swinging, bungee jumping and many other things you could never access from anywhere else. We are here because we live in paradise and are on vacation at least 104 days a year, free from the stresses and chaos in the cities and surrounded by nothing but forest and nature. We could be making a lot more money somewhere else but you cannot put a price on the life we live here.

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