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Victoria-born Americana songstress returns home touring new album ‘After The Masquerade’


Born in Victoria, but now based out of Lethbridge, Alberta, Shaela Miller is returning home for the first time since 2019 as she tours across the country.

This tour is in support of her most recent release—her third album, After The Masquerade, which came out this March.

Miller is an accomplished and widely renowned presence in Canada’s alt-country and Americana music scene and has also found success abroad. 

Her latest release is a firm step in a different direction as After The Masquerade is a synth-infused, 80s nostalgia take on modern alternative-country music. 

Some of her big successes through the years is she’s had her music featured in several popular TV programs, such as HBO’s True Blood and CBC’s Heartland.

Miller has also toured through top-tier festival circuits and has had the well-deserved opportunity to support Matthew Good on tour.

Now she’s midway through her Canadian headlining tour to share her new sound and record with the country. 

Miller and her band will be in Victoria coming up on Thursday, April 18th at Lucky Bar. 

“It’s been too long,” Miller told Victoria Buzz. “It is my home town after all.”

“The last few times we played in Victoria, we played at the Northern Quarter. We loved playing there, but sadly it is my understanding that it no longer exists.”

Miller says she and her band have also had the opportunity to play at fellow island-based, alt-country icon Carolyn Mark’s Farm Fest in both 2018 and 2019.

Their opening act at the Lucky Bar show are locals as well, Sail Cassidy. 

They are self-described indie-rockers who are influenced heavily by acts such as The National and Lou Reed. 

“We asked Sail Cassidy to support our shows because we love what they’re doing and think their overall sound and vibe aligns with ours,” Miller said.  

“I’m really excited to share the stage and get to know them.”

In addition to the show at Lucky Bar, Miller and her band are playing up-island. They are playing at The Duncan Showroom in Duncan on April 15th and The Queen’s in Nanaimo on April 17th. 

Miller says she is excited to bring her band to Vancouver Island and show them some of her old haunts and see some fold she hasn’t seen in too long. 

“Me and the guys are going to dip our bodies in the freezing cold ocean,” she exclaimed. “Or maybe just drive out to the Sooke potholes, which should be slightly less freezing, but just as beautiful.”

“I also hope to see some friends and family. Maybe do some record and vintage clothes shopping. Buy some fudge.”

Listen to her new record, After The Masquerade below and make sure to catch one of her shows while she is back on the island!

Duncan – Shaela Miller at The Duncan Showroom

  • Where: 133 Station Street
  • When: Monday, April 15th at 7:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: Available at the door or online for $25

Nanaimo – Shaela Miller at The Queen’s

  • Where: 34 Victoria Crescent
  • When: Wednesday, April 17th at 6 p.m.
  • Tickets: Available online for $15

Victoria – Shaela Miller at Lucky Bar

  • Where: 517 Yates Street
  • When: Thursday, April 18th at 8 p.m.
  • Tickets: Available online for $15 advance or $20 at the door
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