Free Entry to the Burning Hell!


This show is paid for from the proceeds of the BC Music Lottery.”


That’s how the September 14th event description for the Burning Hell at the Dream Cafe in Penticton read. Music to our ears! This concert definitely holds a special place in our hearts. For one thing, the Burning Hell is a band that rarely makes the journey out to the west coast. They’re based in the maritimes, often touring the East coast of the U.S. and Canada, and even hopping across the pond for shows in Western Europe. But our friends at the Dream Cafe convinced them that we West coasters really do deserve to experience their joyful, endearing, and sometimes surreal sound in a live setting. You can see what we mean if you check out their song ‘Holidaymakers’ from the album ‘People’ below.

The Burning Hell began in 2007, when Mathias Kom collected some of his songs and started a band, named after a religious tract handed to him by a wide-eyed zealot in Toronto. Mathias subsequently invited all of his friends to join him in performing these songs about seagulls, shopping malls, and the similarities between love and hurricanes. Over the next ten years and almost as many albums, the lineup and sound of the Burning Hell have changed often, but the band has remained idiosyncratic and unclassifiable—much to the delight of those who love them. The constant has always remained Kom's singular outlook on the world: wise and naive, cynical and life-affirming, full of brilliant, unexpected narratives and a deeply felt generosity of spirit.


On occasion, Mathias goes on the road as a duo with clarinetist Ariel Sharratt. The Duo's debut album “Ariel Sharratt & Mathias Kom: Don’t Believe The Hyperreal” came out in November 2015. More often, Mathias and Ariel were joined by bassist Nick Ferrio, drummer Jake Nicoll and guitarist Darren Browne. With this line up The Burning Hell recorded "People" (2013, BB*Island) and "Public Library" (2016, BB*Island), an album of distorted story-songs.

As always, we’re honoured that we were able to provide the funding necessary to bring this charming and talented group to stages in our province. We can’t wait for the next no cover concert!


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