WiL opens the box behind his acoustic ferocity

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Find out what was inside The Box in the Woods Sunday in Duncan.

Qualicum Beach-based singer songwriter WiL is best known in Cowichan for the ferocious way he attacks his acoustic guitar — described by one fan as a saw blade cutting through fine silk.

But there are more layers to this musical onion.

And this fall he emerged from his home studio — The Box in the Woods — with a limited release album aimed at exposing those layers, entitled Hold Me On.

"I really have two careers: one as a singer-songwriter and touring musician and the other is that I create music for TV and film," will says in a media release. "Many people don't realize this and so I wanted to put together a collection of songs that I think best reflect what I do and where I am at in my musical career.

"This album contains unreleased material from some of my favorite commercials, original demos of songs that have been released in commercials and brand new songs that I want to share with my fans in a stripped-down format."

Originally from Calgary, WiL moved to the island "to write and record without big city distractions and condo board rules."

He arrives in Duncan at the conclusion of a Western Canada tour showcasing "his expansive roots-rock sound to create a style that is honest, edgy, raw and delicate yet achingly beautiful all at once."

He plays the Duncan Garage Showroom with fellow Island singer Ryan McMahon, 8 p.m., Dec. 16. Tickets are $20 in advance. $22 at the door. Call 250-748-7246

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