Since West My Friend came to life in a café in Victoria, British Columbia in 2009, they’ve emerged as a distinctive voice in the landscape between Canadian folk and indie-pop. They work collaboratively to create their songs' well-crafted and clever lyrics, acrobatic mandolin riffs, flawless bass lines, and richly textured accordion. With influences ranging from Beirut to Philip Glass, their sonically adventurous indie-roots compositions position West My Friend as a driving force behind the region's new generation of grass-roots folk music.
In 2012, West My Friend released their first full-length album, Place, which went on to earn multiple award nominations, including “Roots Album of the Year” and “Song of the Year” at the Vancouver Island Music Awards. With the 2014 release of their second album, When The Ink Dries, they earned a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for the Oliver Schroer “Pushing The Boundaries” Award, a Vancouver Island Music Award for "Roots/Folk Album of the Year" and a Sleeping Bag Studios Readers’ Choice award for “Best New Sound of 2014.” This album showcases the groups maturing musicality and features collaborations with musical greats, like the Victoria Symphony and the Buena Vista Social Club.