Ben Kunder brings earnest folk tunes to The Art We Are

Ben Kunder performs at The Art We Are on Sept. 26. (Jennifer Will/The Omega)

Ben Kunder gave a lively performance at The Art We Are café on Sept. 26. Classic country twang met soulful lyrics in this delightful one man show.

Kunder is a Canadian artist who wants to give the audience a sense of compassion with his music. He released his debut album “Golden” this past May.

His music is often inspired by Neil Young, Ryan Adams and Paul Simon. This folk-inspired artist samples various genres to get a raw realized sound.

Kunder’s live performance was captivating and honest, with hints of witty humour and well done covers. The album’s single “Golden” is upbeat and discusses some of his time spent living off the grid on Salt Spring Island.

The self-produced album showcases his life experiences and his struggle to figure out who he is. With tons of collaborations from many other talented artists, there is a song for everyone.

Kunder has always wanted to pursue a career in the arts, as he grew up in the business. He was professionally trained in theatre and in acting.

His advice to other Canadian artists trying to make a name for themselves is “you really have to meet people, play as much as you can, and if you want to explore the country and get to know the different cities, I recommend travelling by rail. It’s a great way to travel across the country, to start a tour, to finish a tour. It’s really a wild Canadian experience.”

Kunder has eight shows left on his Western Canada tour before returning back home to Toronto, with plans for a new album and more tours.

Kunder says that with his music he wants to tell people to take risks and fully experience life, love and nature.