Nostalgia: A feeling everyone experiences, especially as the years continue to stack up. It usually comes to us a mix of happiness for a moment that was, and sadness for a moment that you can never quite create again. It’s what Vancouver’s Cassidy Waring has centered her dreamy new single around. The song evokes a similar feeling as one experiences through nostalgia; delivering an uplifting melody with an underlying sadness.
The folk singer grew up in Calgary and developed a knack for performance at an early age; holding her own concerts on the front lawn for neighbours at 10-years-old. In college, she studied acting and gravitated towards musical theatre, which led to a few years of performing professionally with children’s musical theatre companies.
Waring moved to Vancouver several years ago to pursue an acting career. In that time she continued to grow her musical talents by playing open mics and it wasn’t long before the music became her top priority. She’s since toured BC with fellow Vancouver artists Emily Rowed and Sam Lynch and went on a cross-Canada tour under her former duo project, Bad Strangers.
“Nostalgia” marks her first original release as a solo artist and explores her relationship with her own memories, good and bad. “It focuses on the moments I can’t forget, and the comforting melancholy of revisiting them,” she told Vancouver Weekly when asked about the song. She hopes people can find themselves in the sentiment and take a moment to dance with the past and witness how it makes them feel.
You can find Cassidy playing local shows around Vancouver; her next in support of Vancouver’s Winter Youth on November 2nd at The Ellis Building on Main. And if the song catches your ear (you can listen below), you’ve got more to look forward to with new singles in-store in the coming months.
Outside of the music, Waring has been working to create a community all about connection and truly seeing one another. She said of the project, “By sharing our stories honestly, ditching the fears and filters, and practicing vulnerability, we can see that we aren’t alone in our struggles.” She also started a weekly newsletter called “Rad Empathy” that features inspiring, creative, and thought-provoking goodies to support connection and self-discovery. You can sign up on her website at www.cassidywaring.com.