TRURO – A homegrown musician is gracing the stage at one of Canada’s largest music festivals this year.
Devon Henderson, 30, will perform onstage at NXNE in Toronto with Animal Parts.
“It’s a really great festival,” said Henderson, who graduated from Cobequid Educational Centre in 2001. “The festival brings in bands from all over and gives you a chance to hear bands you might not know about or have heard before.”
Growing up, Henderson always had an interest in music, and it didn’t hurt that both his parents were music teachers, in one form or another.
“I’ve always really enjoyed music,” he said. “It’s a nice way to interact with like-minded people, and meeting people is always interesting.”
Moving to Toronto following his graduation to attend Humber College, Henderson met Josh Cockerill through a friend and it was Cockerill who wanted to start a band.
That’s when roots/rock band Animal Parts was born.
In the past 14 months, the band, which also features Rich Knox, Aaron Comeau and Matt Bailey, has released three albums.
“The first one was a full-length, stripped down version of songs that Josh had written. Three of us – Josh, Matt and myself – played all the parts on the songs. It was a lot of fun in a day,” said Henderson.
The other two were EP short formats, released on vinyl only.
“We’ve got some good press and reviews, both in print and in online journals,” the musician said. “We’ve played some really great shows since releasing our albums, in and around Toronto and Montreal.”
Henderson said his last performance in his hometown was about four or five years ago with another songwriter he’s been working with since moving to Toronto. But he does plan on visiting home this summer.
Animal Parts is set to perform at 1 a.m. June 20 at NXNE.
For more information on Animal Parts, visit www.animalpartsmusic.com.