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Support the Symphonic EP
$10,037 raised
72% of $14k goal
101 contributors
44 Weeks running

West My Friend has been making quirky, original music for nine and half years. Our second album was nominated for the Canadian Folk Music Award's "Pushing the Boundaries" Award, and when asked to describe our genre we'll reply: cascadian-third-wave-indie-prog-chamber-folk-roots!

Add in the classical music degrees in the band and it was only a matter of time until we decided to make an album with a full orchestra. This project will see us collaborating with the brilliant minds of Adrian Dolan (arranging) and Joby Baker (producing), as well as an orchestra-full of fine musicians. We've been preparing original tunes and we're beyond excited to get into the studio.

But first we need your help! The costs for an album are many: arranging fees, studio time, orchestra fees, album design, cd production, and publicity, to name a few. The best part of this project is that the majority of the money you donate will go directly into the pockets of artists who live and work in our community.

So check out the perks to the right, then donate! And help out by sharing this campaign with your friends.

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Perks

$3 CAD
Name the Band Van
Select this perk for a chance to name the band van! You'll get to add a name to the running, and at the end of this fundraiser we'll choose the best name. The contender who submitted the winning name will receive a signed copy of the CD.
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$10 CAD
Pre-Order Digital Download
A digital copy of the new EP, for your listening pleasure.
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$15 CAD + shipping
Pre-Order CD
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A signed copy of the CD, lovingly delivered to you!

If you live in Victoria, select "Fiji" as your shipping location to avoid shipping charges, and Alex will bike it to you instead!
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$25 CAD + shipping
Pre-Order Vinyl
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Do you want our new album on vinyl? We do too! If we can get 40 people to pre-order our album on vinyl we'll get them produced. If not enough people pre-order the vinyl, you'll get a t-shirt and a digital download of the new album instead.

If you live in Victoria, select "Fiji" as your shipping location to avoid shipping charges, and Alex will bike it to you instead!
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$200 CAD
Gourmet Home Cooked Dinner
Do you love West My Friend so much you want to watch us eat?! Those who claim this perk will get a home cooked gourmet dinner with the band, with a plus one. You'll also get a signed copy of the CD and a handwritten thank you card.

Note: Must live in or be planning to visit the Victoria area. Any food allergies and/or preferences will be happily accommodated.
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$400 CAD
Half a Day's Recording
Be a silver star supporter by donating the cost for half a day of recording in the studio. We and Joby Baker (our producer) will be eternally grateful! Includes a signed copy of the CD with your name in the liner notes, plus a handwritten thank you card.
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$500 CAD + free shipping
Personalized Song
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West My Friend will write a song based on a topic of your choosing. Then we'll send you a video of us playing it! Includes a signed copy of the CD with your name in the liner notes, and a handwritten thank you card.

One of the songs written as a result of this perk from our last fundraiser is going to end up on this EP -- check out the link to hear the song.

Note: songs written as a result of this fundraiser will not be on the upcoming EP -- that's too soon!
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$1,000 CAD + free shipping
Concert
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A two-set concert for you and your friends! And you can charge for the concert, so you can make back some of your donation! Includes a signed copy of the CD with your name in the liner notes, and a handwritten thank you card.

Note: Must be in the Victoria area, or elsewhere if it aligns with a future tour (check with us before donating please).
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$1,600 CAD
Arrangement for One Song
Be a gold star supporter and donate $1600 to make the arrangement for one song come to life! This amount will go directly to the illustrious Adrian Dolan as he hunkers down and works his orchestration magic.

Includes a signed copy of the new CD with your name in the liner notes, and a handwritten thank you card with many, many smiley faces in it.
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$50 CAD
Sing in the Choir
This epic project has got to contain at least one west coast sing-along moment. If you live in Victoria and love singing, claim this perk to join our choir in the studio with the band! Includes a signed copy of the CD and a handwritten thank you card.

Note: Subject to scheduling. While reasonable attempts will be made to accommodate differing schedules, the reality of a studio recording is that only certain times will be available. Only one group recording session will be offered to all those who claim this perk. If you are unable to make the scheduled time, this perk will not be reimbursed. But you will have the option of getting a West My T-shirt instead (plus the new CD), as well as our eternal thanks!
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