Tyler is a member of Said the Whale, a Vancouver-based indie rock band. The band has been on a steady upward trajectory for the past six years, as relentless touring and a prolific string of releases have led to successes including a JUNO Award in 2011 for New Group of the Year and nationally charting singles. In 2013, the tireless five-piece — which includes dual songwriters Tyler Bancroft and Ben Worcester, drummer Spencer Schoening, keyboardist Jaycelyn Brown and bassist Nathan Shaw — will continue to break down doors by releasing its most adventurous and hook-filled batch of songs yet.
1) Why does voting matter to you?
“It’s really, REALLY easy to feel like voting doesn’t matter or your vote doesn’t count for anything – for the same reason that it sometimes feels like putting a pop can in the recycling bin is no different than throwing it in the garbage. “I’m just one person, how can my actions make a difference?” etc, etc. But would you actually throw your pop can in the garbage??? No, you wouldn’t, and you shouldn’t. Not voting is throwing your recycling into the trash bin.”
2) What is one thing you’d like to see happen over the next five years – either here in YVR, or nationally?
“I would like to see the CBC restored to it’s former glory. The CBC is very very very important to Canada, and it breaks my heart to see how much it has fallen apart in the past 10 years. There’s so much to expand on with regards to this subject, but I’ll leave it at that.”
3) Can you name a time you felt part of a movement or cause? How did that community come together? What did that experience feel like?
“Honestly, no. I am not a very politically active person. And I don’t feel any shame about that at all – you don’t need to be politically active in order to make a difference or have a say in things…but you do have to listen. Listen for your chance to offer your opinion. In most people’s case that simply means voting during an election. (And guess what: if you vote, you are politically active. Gotcha!)”
4) If you could say one thing to today’s youth about the importance of voting, what would you say?
“You don’t have to be well-versed in politics in order to vote. Pick just one thing you care about – literally anything – research for five minutes, and then vote for the party who cares about the same stuff you do. If you like camping, vote for the party who cares most about the environment. If you think Canada needs a stronger military, vote for the party who cares most about that. If you like getting high, vote for the party who is going to legalize marijuana. That sounds hollow and vapid, I know, but common interest and relatability is a gateway to giving a shit about politics and recognizing that you do have the power to shape the country for better or for worse.”
5) Will you pledge to vote #InAdvance?