Raw, rough, uncomfortably honest, fast and violent, then suddenly smooth and soaring. SAVK wears his heart on his sleeve, then throws it, still beating, at the audience. This Canadian Indie act uses deep rooted flavours and combines it with international inspirations to perfectly depict his home sound. Beginning as a solo act for Stephen A. van Kampen after the demise of Calgary’s rock and roll orchestra “Beija Flor” SAVK’s debut self titled release is a study in vulnerable live folk rock. Now joined by an amazing team of musicians including Paul van Kampen (The North West Passage, Beija Flor), Brett Gunther (Beija Flor, Buzzing Bees), Stefan Smith (Crescent Heights, Coldwater) and Matt Chaplin (Prairie of Prax, Joule). SAVK is enjoying the success of their release “Love Letters and Hate Mail” to rave reviews and critical acclaim.
Major Performance Credits Include, but are not limited to:
2016 BIG Winter Classic Festival Headliner
2015 Opening Act for "Of Monsters and Men"
2015 Calgary Folk Festival
2014 Top 12 Peak Performance Project
2014 Best Performance, Calgary Folk Fest Songwriting Competition
2013 Break Out West Festival
2013 Alberta Flood Aid Concert with “The Sheepdogs”, “Tom Cochrane”, “Jann Arden”, “Nickelback” and “Ian Tyson”.
2012 Feature Performer at “6 String Nation” concert at the Canada Music Centre.
2011 Calgary Folk Fest Song writing Contest Finalist
2010 Sled Island Music Festival in Calgary AB
2010 Trans Canada Alberta Music Series at the EPCOR Centre in Calgary
Praise for Love Letters and Hate Mail and SAVK in general:
#1 Local Album for 2013: CALGARY HERALD
#1 Local Album for 2013: BEATROUTE MAGAZINE
Voted as a top live performance by CBC Radio in 2013
Voted as a top live performance by CKUA Radio in 2013
“A profoundly moving, disarmingly intimate and astoundingly beautiful dream folk masterpiece.”
-Mike Bell, CALGARY HERALD
“Easily one of the strongest Calgary release this year... SAVK has coalesced into one of Calgary’s best bands”
-Sebastian Buzzalino, BEATROUTE
"... His guitar weaves effortlessly around the beautifully constructed vocal melodies... van Kampen remains crisp and clear in the foreground. It’s a position he’d better get used to."
-Peter Hemminger, FFWD
"... A showcase of formidable musical talent... Will make an indelible mark on the nation's music scene."
-Spencer Brown BEATROUTE
"...van Kampen's distinct, raspy yet-soothing voice on the record strikes the same chord in my heart as Beija Flor did. However, SAVK captures a much more intimate side of van Kampen, while still possessing the same precisely mastered song writing."
-Sara Mohan BEATROUTE
"Armed with a small arsenal of acoustic instruments on stage as cover, SAVK offers a chance to explore his musical vision, sharing it with an audience that understands raw, honest emotion. Firmly rooted in folk, his simple melodies emphasize his old soul."
-SB, SLED ISLAND
SAvK immediately pulls you in with the smoothness of his old-rock‘n’roll-infused style and the genius pace of his guitar strumming fingers. The talents of this man are generous, particularly when seen in a live setting, and his musical creations are an essential contribution to Calgary’s indie-folk-rock scene.