Francis Baptiste
Songwriter and Music Journalist

The Wild North – Welcome to the Wild North

Written Friday, November 15

Plain and simple, this is the most rock’n album I’ve heard in a long time. It’s got that great warm, vintage tone. Songs like “Even the Greats” and “Let the Wheels Fall Off” would make perfect karaoke night sing-alongs. The classic rock influences are strong throughout these eight songs. It’s a welcome and refreshing wave of nostalgia.

Elliot C Way has written a set of songs that’ll make you want to revisit your old collection of Tom Petty, Neil Young, and Bob Dylan albums. His soulful, husky voice is perfectly suited for this style of songwriting. The band consists of players who’ve been busy with acts like The Deep Dark Woods, City and Colour, and Ben Rogers. They’re a group of seasoned experts and it really shows. The performances are flawless.

The recording of this album first started six years ago, so it’s been a long time coming. It was definitely worth the wait.

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My name is Francis Baptiste. I'm an Indigenous singer/songwriter in Vancouver, BC, an avid supporter of the Vancouver music scene, a contributing writer to Citrus Magazine, Permanent Rain Press, Music Existence, City Soundcheck, and the leader of the band Bird Parade. I'm also a recovering alcoholic and a divorced single father. Music and writing help me combat depression and relapse. For me, creativity, productivity, and community are essential to healing. There's so much incredible music in this city. You can learn more about the music I make on this page. I think it's good to be open about what you're dealing with, so below are some funny pictures of me from the last time I relapsed. It's important to find humour in dark times.

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