Very little arrogance in well-travelled Worms

Back by popular demand, The Arrogant Worms return to the Creekside Theatre in Lake Countury

  • Mar. 9, 2011 4:00 p.m.

With 20 years of touring under their belts The Arrogant Worms will offer up quite the show at Lake Country’s Creekside Theatre next week.

For a moment, it sounds like a conversation with the front man/boy of any teeny-pop rock sensation, gallantly (as they say) sweeping the nation.

Talks of collaborating with Justin Bieber. Shopping. Eating. Drinking. “Laundry.”

And with that one word, the image is irrevocably shattered and replaced with the recognition that, yes, this truly is one of the masters of comedic timing himself on the end of the phone line, Mike McCormick of The Arrogant Worms.

After 20 years, The Arrogant Worms have positioned themselves as a top notch, Canadian roots staple who have stomped and tromped and generally beaten their path on the national broadcast network almost to death to the pure enjoyment of audiences coast-to-coast.

“We’re going to ride The Arrogant Worms into whatever kind of fame and obscurity we can get,” said McCormick, noting they’re planning on touring until no one comes out, and then touring one more time, just to make sure they were in fact right that no one is coming out anymore.

With songs like The Last Saskatchewan Pirate! to their name—now in dance mix version—this is one group which can probably tell more tales about “sweeping” and “the nation” than virtually any act in the True North’s indie scene.

For one thing, they’ve toured so extensively McCormick can tell you he’s likely to eat breakfast at The Jammery when he arrives, do a little shopping in Kelowna—one of the bigger stops on their tour—and generally get up to all sorts of “really exciting rock and roll things,” as one imagines a group would after two decades traversing this great nation.

On the other hand, all you need to do is listen to his pithy anecdotes of hightailing it across the Prairies, chased down by blizzards between tour stops, to know these guys must also know that in Canada, sweeping anything usually has something to do with a curling rock and ice is somewhat of a national treasure.

This is the group that penned The Ballad of Tim Horton’s, after all; it’s the song of the month on their website.

All of this said, the Bieber question, and whether or not they will be playing with the Canadian pop sensation, is new. Delivered in a recent interview by a middle school student whose teacher also hosts a radio program, it’s the kind of question The Worms themselves might relish writing and they’re still enjoying talking about it a week after receiving it.

Only The Worms would be doing a radio show with a middle school teacher/radio host and his students and only one of The Worms could explain, quite seriously, that a shared gig could do the Beib’s reputation well.

“I thought it would be a strong career move,” he explained, adding, “and yet we have not heard from him.”

The Arrogant Worms started as a comedy act while the three members, McCormick (guitar and vocals), Chris Patterson (bass guitar and vocals) and Trevor Strong (vocals) were studying at Queens University.They’ve sold well over 150,000 copies of their 13 independent releases.

The Arrogant Worms play the Creekside Theatre in Lake Country on March 19 . Tickets are $25 each or $80 for a family pack. Call 250-766-9309 for tickets. jsmith@kelownacapnews.com

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