contributed

Ben Kunder shares the story behind his music

The Torontonian will stop in Kelowna for a house concert

Ben Kunder is bringing his sultry, down to earth folk music to a house concert in Kelowna.

The Torontonian set out to release a deeper message through his guitar strings in his sophomore album, Better Human.

“I feel I am a little more grounded, and like I know who I am as an artist and what my message is,” Kunder said.

Kunder addresses how the stresses of everyday life can amount on people while they continuously take on more responsibility and forget to make time to practice self care.

“I realized I have more anxiety and deal with forms of depression that I did not have before, it’s part of life getting busier and having more responsibility and trying to achieve something to make people proud,” he said. “This record for me has a lot of songs coming out of dark places and hopeful places. But, I think the messages on the record is what a lot of people are going through right now.”

RELATED:The Poetry Burlesque turns dark for first anniversary

Sharing his experiences with anxiety and depression, Kunder looks to offer comfort to his fans who experience the same thing with every chord.

“It’s (music) one of the greatest forms of self expression, it can help us express the feelings and emotions that we don’t know how to put into words,” Kunder said. “It’s more important than ever now for musicians and artists creating things in general that are speaking up and sharing their struggles with people so that we are all on the same pages.”

His song, Hard Line does just that. Kunder says that it’s about what is beneath everyday formalities and small talk put to the beat, as a keyboard carries listeners through their lifetimes, and beyond a photograph posted online.

“It’s about having a picture of your beautiful family or a job you love and realizing that what is underneath may be a little more difficult to explain,” he said. “It’s about respecting about who we are and our personal history and journey looking past the façad.”

Tickets are available to the evening of music at Snedden House Concerts Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at www.sneddenhouseconcerts.com.

Just Posted

West Kelowna fire under control

A fire broke out just above Bear Creek Provincial Park Monday

Kelowna Boat Show highlights abandoned boat program

The 24th annual Kelowna Boat Show hits shores April 27 and 28.

Kelowna’s Korczak, Canada en route to U18 quarter-finals

Kaedan Korczak and Team Canada play Latvia Thursday

‘Cutthroat’ sport of wine tasting happening now in the Okanagan

BC Tasting Games are underway with competitions in three Okanagan communities.

Kelowna pimp faces 4 year sentence

In court the details of how Simon Rypiak lured 4 women into prostitution revealed

VIDEO: Okanagan fire victim Amy Hansen speaks out on the loss of her four pets

A gofundme page has been started for Hansen, with $1,140 raised of a $5000 goal to help her rebuild

WATCH: South Vancouver Island shooting an ‘isolated and targeted’ incident, say police

One person in custody, another fled following shooting and crash on West Shore

Woe, Canada: Bruins down Maple Leafs 5-1 in Game 7

No Canadian teams left in Stanley Cup playoffs

Defence accuses officer of ‘incompetence’ in trial for B.C. man accused in daughters’ murder

Double murder trial for the Victoria father accused of killing his two young daughters continues

Okanagan history in pictures

Grand opening of downtown Vernon Safeway store from 1965

Okanagan firefighter steps up to challenge

Andrew Haak will be one of hundreds of firefighters taking part in the Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge in Calgary on May 5

SPCA investigating hen cull at Shuswap egg farm

Egg farm regulator says they are confident cull at was done properly

Okanagan Rail Trail a popular place

Thousands pack North Okanagan section over long weekend

B.C. men challenge constitutionality of Canada’s secret no-fly list

Parvkar Singh Dulai says he received a “denial of boarding” notification under the no-fly program last May 17

Most Read