Photo by Suzanne Sagmeister

TASMAN JUDE

(Grande Prairie/AB)

Grande Prairie, Alberta may not be the first place you expect to discover a reggae band. But it was there in 2013 that Caleb Hart & Al Peterson first climbed an open mic stage together and improvised three songs. The crowd’s response could not be ignored, and while people gathered around them to ask where their music could be found, Caleb quickly made a Facebook page with the name Tasman Jude and directed people there.

A few months later they found themselves with a committed fanbase and an EP sitting at charting on iTunes. As they began to tour, word about their energetic live show spread, and Tasman Jude released a second single, “Family,” which quickly found a home on radio stations around the world, picking up multiple songwriting nominations and awards along the way.

In October of 2014, Tasman Jude released its first full length album, Green, which debuted at #1 on the iTunes reggae charts and found new pockets of fans around the world. The lead single “Every Breath” continued to impress both on radio and online, but made the biggest impact at live shows. Green is the first album in what is to be a trilogy, (Green, Gold, Red), designed to highlight three sides of reggae and island music.

The band’s second album Gold is set to be released by fall 2016. In May 2016, Tasman Jude was nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award for World Artist of the Year.

Since its startup just over three years ago, Tasman Jude has toured Canada, Australia and the Caribbean performing its songs about love and community. It continues to find an audience wherever it goes.

“The band has a unique relationship with our fam” explains Hart. “We don’t have fans; we have family. They give us so much more than we can possibly give them simply through music.”

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with notes from cbc.music.ca