During the Junofest festivities here in the Nation’s Capital the bywardofmouth team caught up with East Coast folk-rock hero Ben Caplan where he was performing at the First Baptist Church on Laurier and Elgin. Ben put on a show to remember inside the unique and beautiful church setting – it was an impressive demonstration of his amazing vocal and instrumental talents.
After his set the Halifax, Nova Scotia native was nice enough to give us some of his time for a brief interview. We spoke with Ben in the church basement about his previous Juno experiences as well as the European tour which he is currently on (check out his blog here for updates). We also discussed his new overseas record deal and his personal musical influences.
Another topic of discussion was that in a recent government budget cut the well known young adult development program Katimavik suffered sever funding cuts. A Katimavik alumni himself, Ben spoke very passionately about his feelings regarding the cuts, his belief in the importance of the program and his intention of supporting its future.
More footage after the jump.
Raw footage of a song Ben performed durring his set.