Multi-instrumentalist Wing is backed by a supporting cast comprising musicians who’ve played with the Arcade Fire, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Bell Orchestre, Amon Tobin and the 10-piece opera collective Liederwolfe.Â Together, this dynamic group contributes to Wingâ€™s adept folk based compositions with symphonic textures so rich they melt even the most bitter-struck hearts.
Since the groupâ€™s formation in 2008, Wing accepted an invitation by the CBC to play an exclusive performance for an intimate audience at a local Montreal studio. The show would be recorded and featured on the home page of CBC Radio 2â€™s â€˜Concerts on Demandâ€™ and aired across the country on CBCâ€™s â€˜Canada Liveâ€™ and numerous regional shows.
Following their national radio debut, Wing played a triumphant showcase at the NXNE conference where the group not only played to a packed house but also graced the cover of NOW Magazine and received the criticâ€™s choice nomination for â€˜bands not to have missed.Â Wing and company have since been granted artist feature articles in Chart Attack, the NY Times, Exclaim, Montreal Mirror, Toronto NOW, Vancouver Sun, Nightlife, and the National Post to name a few.Â Such high appraise has launched Wing to the forefront of the Canadian music scene.
A brief look into the past â€¦.
Raised in a multi-cultural family (born to a Chinese Father and Russian and Icelandic Mother), Courtneyâ€™s first musical experiences ranged from playing traditional Chinese percussion for kung fu demonstrations to singing and dancing with members of the local Icelandic folk community. Wing continued to develop his musical education in his early twenties by traveling to Belize where he played in a reggae band and to the South of France where he learned and played flamenco in a busking dance group. Lorraine Carpenter of Exclaim Magazine describes Courtney as a â€œnomadic singer-songwriter who has gathered a pocketful of local color at every stop.â€
Since the beginning of his professional career in 2001, Wing has completed three albums â€“ â€˜For the Good Timesâ€™ (2001), â€˜Starlight Shuffleâ€™ (2005 â€“ Maple Music), and â€˜Bouquet of Might & Furyâ€™ (2010 â€“ Bonsound), produced and recorded numerous artists, and has performed at the International Montreal Jazz Festival, Osheaga Festival, Pop Montreal, SXSW, NXNE, the North American Folk Alliance, New Music West, The Indie Arts Festival, The Freedom Festival at the Forks, The Montreal Chamber Music Festival, CMJ in New York, and The Edge of the World Festival to name a few.Â He has toured extensively across Canada and the U.S. and has composed and licensed music for HBO, Ubisoft, Eidos, Alliance, Warner, Kraft, Fubar 2, CBC, Bravo, and the National Film Board.