Behind Sapphire & Jasper Sloan Yip at Streaming Café

Our friends in Behind Sapphire (who you may remember from BreakOut West or the A-OK Launch Party) are heading out on tour again. They’ll be returning to Kelowna for an acoustic set at the Streaming Café on July 2nd, and they’ll be playing with fellow BOW alumni Jasper Sloan Yip.

After years of shuffling, tangling and realigning, Vancouver-born Behind Sapphire have formed a creative cauldron from which has emerged the release of their debut album in 2010, a spot in the Peak Performance Project’s Top 20 the same year, two cross-Canada tours including stops at festivals across the country, and the Space Cadets – the band’s costumed street team.

Recently, Behind Sapphire released a music video for “Oh My, What A Fine Day” featuring Twilight actress Jodelle Ferland before embarking on their “Oh My, What A Fine Tour” – a three month, cross-country adventure that took the mythical world of their album to stage. Populated by beanstalks, traffic jams, and crazy critters, the album’s lyrical flights of fantasy capture the West Coast of the imagination. Behind Sapphire takes this make-believe to stage with a fantastically woven live show that spills over with quirky energy and intense celebration. The band seems nothing short of a feather, a megaphone, space-men, a pair of gumboots, or an entire orchestra in their ambition to captivate.

Jasper Sloan Yip’s career began in the summer of 2007 with the release of his solo debut, ‘White Elephant’. A bootstrapped project, ‘White Elephant’ is honest, rough and imaginative. After the release, Jasper spent ten months traveling, and writing what became 2010’s ‘Every Day and All at Once’. This album’s first single, “Kiddo,” began receiving frequent play on CBC Radio 3 just weeks after studio work had wrapped. When the album was released in March 2010, Jasper had performed live on CBC Radio 1 two times and recorded a seven-song CBC Radio 3 Sessions Podcast. His next single, “Slowly,” spent 10 weeks on CBC Radio 3’s top 30, peaking at #4. Jasper’s final accomplishment in 2010 was having his song “Today” appear in an episode of ABC’s ‘Brothers and Sisters’. Since then, Jasper and his band shared bills with Said the Whale, the Dudes, and Library Voices. Currently, Jasper and his band are hard at work preparing for a new release and their first Canadian tour, which will include performances at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival and Calgary’s Sled Island.

Get a flavour for them with these great videos from Vancouver’s Green Couch Sessions.

Behind Sapphire

Jasper Sloan Yip

Leave a Comment