Justin Van Damme with Snarky Remarkable & Cantordust
Born in rural Manitoba and hailing from downtown Winnipeg, Justin van Damme is a song-writer, performer, and garbage photographer. With a focus on grit, his work is sparse yet lively, full of raw character and unadorned. Vacillating between verbose ferocity and unkempt vulnerability, his vocals are accompanied by a distinctly forceful and thumpy-brutalist guitar-style that straddles rock, blues, and folk.
Cutting his teeth in various projects over his thirteen years in Winnipeg, Justin van Damme’s solo DIY sound is a meditation on self-reliance and a response to the question of how one artist can sound big without loops or samples. His forthcoming album, Justin van Damme as Himself, is comprised of single-take sessions and is inspired by the honesty and intensity of pre-war blues recordings.
Justin is currently promoting his debut album, due out this spring, and working on new material. He is an artist in residence at the West End Cultural centre for the 2018/2019 season.