Ben Kunder plays two gigs in Simcoe County this month. Both are in honour of a brand new album, Better Human, the Toronto-based musician’s second full-length release.
While his previous record, Golden, was more of a collection of songs Kunder had been working on for a long time: songs inspired by traveling, exploring the country, living on and off the grid, different kinds of music, the new album centers on the human condition.
“Better human, it is my mantra every day,” said Kunder, who has two children age one and three. “With the album, it’s a universal message to connect with other people. It’s about the struggle to be a better human (and) to connect with the people around you; to be honest and the struggle to find the time; to appreciate the good things in a way and the struggle with social media.”
The new album features lead single, Fight For Time, a co-write with Ladies of the Canyon’s Maia Davies.
Kunder has been acting and singing for most of his life. He grew up playing guitar, piano, and trumpet. Inspired by theatre, both his parents were actors, he wanted to learn more and went into the music theatre program at Sheridan College.
He worked as a professional actor while he was writing songs and performing them until released Golden and decided to focus on music full time. He also enjoys doing some carpentry work from time to time.
Kunder will be bringing his full band to Collingwood, Sept. 15, to play at the Crow Bar and Variety. He will perform solo for the first time in Barrie at Donaleigh’s Irish Public House on Sept. 18.
Photo: Singer-songwriter Ben Kunder plays Collingwood Sept. 15 and Barrie Sept. 18. Megan McIsaac photo