New Release: Christof Van Der Ven – Vancouver

Singer-songwriter and Bear’s Den touring member Christof van der Ven has shared new single Vancouver, taken from his forthcoming debut album Empty Handed – due 13th April

Vancouver was written by Christof after witnessing the devastation of North America’s opioid epidemic first hand while playing a show in the city: “When I was touring the US and Canada with Bear’s Den last year we played in Vancouver. When I walked through the neighbourhood we played in you just knew something wasn’t quite right. Vancouver is a gorgeous city with a problem…There’s an opioid crisis that’s affecting so many people and so many people die from overdoses. Someone actually overdosed and died right across from the venue the night we played. It was so intense and I remember it had such a big impact on me, I just got so frustrated and sad and I couldn’t really do anything about it”

Check out Vancouver, below…

Talking about the new album, Christof states: “It’s taken me ten years of dragging myself around and playing to whoever would listen, putting out EPs in the hope that they would be heard, and frankly procrastinating in the hope that the elements would combine with enough force to kick my arse into making this album. These songs are the culmination of my experience of the world to date, the story of me and mine from growing up in the Netherlands, over to rural Ireland, here and now in London and everywhere in between. They’ll take you from urban sprawls, to nature’s wilderness, through fugitive love affairs, and home to your beer stained sofa bed (if you have one)”

Forthcoming tour dates include…

30/03/18 – Paaspop Festival
01/04/18 – Paradiso, Amsterdam – (with Joan As Police Woman)
07/04/18 – Doornrsoosje, Nijmegen (with Joan As Police Woman)
10/04/18 – Paper Dress Vintage, London (Album Launch)
12/04/18 – Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht (with Lisa Hannigan)
14/05/18 – Naked Song Festival, Eindhoven
15/04/18 – Kloveniersdoelen, Middelburg (with Lisa Hannigan)
26/04/18 – Henry Tudor House – Shrewsbury (with Sam Brookes)
27/04/18 – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh (with Sam Brookes)
28/04/18 – Tynemouth Surf Cafe, North Shields (with Sam Brookes)
29/04/18 – Lending Room, Leeds (with Sam Brookes)
02/05/18 – The Prince Albert, Stroud (with Sam Brookes)
04/05/18 – The Borderline, London (with Sam Brookes)
05/05/18 – The Thekla, Bristol (with Sam Brookes)
10/05/18 – The Bodega, Nottingham (with Sam Brookes)
11/05/18 – Sound Food & Drink, Liverpool (with Sam Brookes)
23/06/18 – Op de Toffel – Vierlingsbeek
16/09/18 – Ekko, Utrecht – (with S. Carey)
17/09/18 – Lutherse Kerk, Groningen (with S. Carey)
19/09/18 – Hotel Cecil, Copenhagen (with S. Carey)
21/09/18 – Privatclub, Berlin (with S. Carey)
23/09/18 – Chelsea, Vienne (with S. Carey)
24/09/18 – Ampere, Munich (with S. Carey)