KSAR is an ‘electrified’ folk band full of color, featuring space horses. Photo by Alex Gupana.

Aaron Cockburn has finally made a dream come true, debuting his band ‘KSAR’ to the Vancouver Island region this year, after the pandemic delayed his vision. Cortes Island will be one of their first stops on the tour.

Cockburn moved to Victoria in 2019 with a vision of a funky folk ensemble, only to have his plans delayed by the pandemic. He left the city during the shutdown, but returned with his dream intact and founded the band in 2021.

Over the past two years, KSAR has taken due time to compose its ensemble and its sound. Casey Ryder was the first solid band mate Cockburn brought onto the project. Ryder originally hails from Quadra Island and he noted,

“You allow for a lot of time for an original project to get off the ground and rehearsals and auditions…and it’s just unbelievable, so you have to really believe in the music and the musicians”.

KSAR is currently beginning their first tour now and will land on Quadra Island April 26th, and Cortes Island April 27th. Willow, local Quadra Island band will open at 8pm at the Gorge Hall for the Cortes performance.

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