Five Minutes With: Calgary Americana Band The Hello Darlins

The Hello Darlins are some of Canada’s most in-demand session musicians who came together to forge a multi-genre hybrid like no other. The band first took root in 2016 when Romani-Canadian musician Candace Lacina and world-renowned keyboardist Mike Little crossed paths after first meeting at a recording studio years earlier. They soon found themselves making music together and began inviting others within their circle to participate, including guitarist Murray Pulver (formerly of Crash Test Dummies).

The band made a name for themselves as breakthrough artists on the international Americana scene in 2021 with their debut album, Go By Feel, which racked up over 1 million streams, and led to three Canadian Folk Music Awards.

In addition to their highly-anticipated new EP In the Sundust, The Hello Darlins are also returning to Canadian stages this year, opening for blues-roots icon Matt Anderson & The Big Bottle of Joy Band.

The Hello Darlins
The Hello Darlins – Photo by: James and Libertee May


The Hello Darlins





# of Albums:


Latest Album:

In The Sundust

Latest Single:

Better Days

Latest Video:

Favourite musician growing up:

Peter Paul and Mary or Dolly Parton

Favourite musician now:

Still Dolly Parton

Guilty pleasure song:

The Night Game – The Outfield. It’s a BOP!

Live show ritual:

I usually steal a sip of Mike’s beer.

Favourite local musician:

Mariel Buckley

EP or LP?


Early bird or night owl?

Early Bird

Road or studio?

Writing. On the road and in the studio!

Any shows or albums coming up?

Cross Canadian Tour with Matt Andersen and a new EP!

Where can we follow you?

Website | Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter | Spotify


Rapid Fire Calgary Questions:

What is your favourite local restaurant in Calgary?


What is your favourite street in Calgary and why?

Bridgeland/ 6 Street – Bridgeland is a great vibe, and it’s where Mike and I met.

What is your favourite park in Calgary and why?

Fish Creek Park / Votiers Flats. It’s always gorgeous and you can walk, run, sit, chill.

What is your favourite music venue in Calgary?

The Ironwood. Iconic!

What is your favourite music store in Calgary?

Cornerstone Music Cafe. Live music, coffee and amazing food!



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Demian is an Argentinian retired musician, avid gamer and editor for the Montréal Guardian, Toronto Guardian, Calgary Guardian and Vancouver Guardian websites.