The lion, the bear, and the fox took over thirty years to find each other, but only one month for Christopher Arruda (the lion), Cory Woodward (the bear) and Ryan McMahon (the fox) to realize they were meant to join their voices as one. The Nanaimo Daily News calls the trio “a musical force of nature” to be reckoned with.
In May of 2012, the three men set out on tour to promote their respective solo efforts. While Woodward was gearing up to release a full length, Arruda and McMahon were making the trek to keep traction with the audiences they’d built in Western Canada during the previous years. Over wine, campfires, nights in cheap hotel rooms and woodland cabins an unshakeable bond began to form. They shared stories of their lives, successes and failures in the music industry, and ultimately their dreams of what they hope to accomplish as artists. Three big voices began to support each other during shows and at the tours conclusion, they had a setlist worth of material. Something that had come together so naturally; so organically, simply had to be re-visited.
Now, a year later, the recently announced Peak Performance Project finalists, that began as separate, solo tours has evolved into a full time project for the lion the bear the fox. By uniting three distinct, equally powerful voices and songwriting approaches, Arruda, Woodward & McMahon have stumbled onto a magic much greater than the sum of it’s parts.
“All three artists are known for the passion they bring to their performances and the honest songs they write” says the Ladysmith Chronicle, and they have succeeded in creating gripping, dynamic songs while capturing a sincerity rarely heard this side of the 2000’s. Bridging the gap between Vancouver, where the lion and the bear dwell and Ladysmith where the fox resides is only a testament to their collective commitment of creating their brand of passionately honest songs.