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Not everyone gets to play at the Elk and Oarsman. 

The bands we feature come from diverse backgrounds and from all over the country. 

Some stop by while they're on tour and others make the trip just to entertain you.

Here are the groups currently scheduled to play and links to videos of other groups that have played in the past.

Showtime begins at 10pm until closing. 

Come in and listen to some quality entertainment!

Click on the images to read more about the bands and to watch their videos!

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Will Ross - April 18th and 19th Minimize
 

 
The Archers - April 23rd Minimize
 

 
Jessee LeBourdais - April 24th Minimize
 

 
Carey J Buss & Alannah Zeebeck - April 30th Minimize
 

 
Lori Reid - May 3rd Minimize
 

 
Trevor Alguire - May 6th Minimize
 

 
Elk Run & Riot - April 20th and May 31st Minimize
 

 
The River and The Road - April 23rd Minimize
 

 
National Midnight Star - April 25th and 26th Minimize
 

 
Sam Weber - May 1st Minimize
 

 
Derrival - May 4th and 5th Minimize
 

 
Little India - May 9th Minimize
 

 
Young Running
Young Running

Simplicity and sincerity are dying in modern music. Where many artists feel that the concept of roots-based music focuses on the rudimentary aspects of a song's musical foundation, in the eyes of Toronto-based quartet Young Running, there is a lot more to tend to than just churning up some instrumental soil.

Young Benjamins
Young Benjamins

Young Benjamins hail from the sunny streets of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Fronted by 21 year-old Neusha Mofazzali, the group brandish contemporary folk songs with blistering flourishes and math-rock arrangements. Mofazzali, the grandson of Iranian farmers, was born and raised in London, England but moved to the prairies alongside his parents in the face of the recession. Any hint of his accent all but disappears when he steps to the microphone with a croon that is wise beyond his years. Young Benjamins is rounded out by Francophone artist Vaero Poulin (violin/keys/vocals), recognized as ''best instrumentalist'' in the Planet S 2012 'Best Of' edition, Kuba Szmigielski (drums/percussion), and Brynn Krysa (bass).

Young Benjamins have shared the stage with Wintersleep, The Wooden Sky,Rah Rah, Wilderness of Manitoba, Del Barber, Shotgun Jimmy, July Talk, Pokey LaFarge, The Beauties and Octoberman to name a few. They performed at the 2012 Regina Folk Festival supporting Austra and Stars

Windborn
Windborn

 Windborn is the name that Jeff Pike has given to his music.  It’s a unique sound that’s proven very difficult to define.  You really have to experience the energy of a live performance before you can understand what the music is all about.  Jeff knows how to put on a show that can suit any type of venue.  From mellow house concerts and coffee shops, to festivals drawing all types of crowds, or rocking the dance floor at sold out pub shows, the energy and strength of the music is undeniable.  Jeff's guitar playing lays the foundation of every song and is truly unique.  He plays rhythm and lead lines at the same time, creating some of the biggest and most percussive riffs you'll ever hear on the guitar.  On top of all that, Jeff lays complex beats with a kick drum, and cuts through with powerful vocals.  Jeff has toured as a one-man band for many years.  The size of the sound coming from just one musician is unlike anything you’ve ever heard or seen before.  That said, from time to time other musicians will join the show with cello, bass guitar, or hand percussion, adding another layer of depth to the music. 

Jeff has 2 full-length albums released under the name of Windborn, with a 3rd on it's way in 2014.  He tours full-time and has played almost everywhere there is to play in western Canada, with plans to expand to the east and south in the near future.
Willhorse
Willhorse

WillHorse - Southern Rock from the North

WillHorse is a high energy, riff driven, groove rock band with captivating melodies and thrilling harmonies. The band consists of Jeremy Borschneck (vocals, guitar), Branden Winterholt (guitar, vocals), Nick Petrowich (drums, vocals) and Todd Menzies (bass). Their sensual blues-rock sound is mashed up of influences such as The Rolling Stones, The Black Crowes and Steve Earl. This small town BC band has proven to be an exciting live act and is preparing to release their first EP. WillHorse brings old-fashioned southern rock to its modern shores.

Will Ross
Will Ross

Born and raised in the heart of Southern Ontario, Hamilton musician Will Ross is a charismatic, multi-talented up and comer. Will's varied musical background has allowed him to develop a unique sound with a wide range of influences spanning the musical spectrum. As the former lead singer of local ska band The Jolly Rogers, Will played with The Flatliners, IllScarlett, Catch 22, and The Planet Smashers. He's spent years entertaining audiences and has made the stage his home. As a solo artist, Will's influences range from The Grateful Dead and Led Zeppelin to Sublime and Blues Traveler, Neil Young, And many many more! His songs have a distinctive reggae-rock feel, accompanied by his soulful harmonica. Will has recently released a 4-song EP entitled Over the Counter Culture. His songs will make you dance and they'll make you think. Will's politically charged lyrics reflect a passionate concern for the world that he chooses to express through music. In recent months Will has played with such bands as The Dinner Belles, and Psychedellicatessin.

Will's guitar mastery and wide-ranging musical influences set him apart from other sing-songwriters. Will Ross is a performer not to be missed.

Will Hunter
Will Hunter

Will Hunter hails from Toronto/Kingston Ontario.  He's has been writing music for a few years and felt the pull of the road so he started playing live shows. the diversified Will Huner plays guitar, cajon drum, harmonica.  His major influences were Bedouin Soundclash, Mumford and Sons, Andrew Bird, Arkells, Foster the People...to name a few.

Wild Son
Wild Son

Wild Son is a groove based folk rock quartet out of Kelowna, BC. This band was born as a two piece acoustic/percussion group 2 years ago in Winnipeg, MB. Since migrating west there have been two new members join. Wild Son is now composed of various musical personalities. This includes the funkiest drummer/bassist combination throwing down the freshest grooves, locked in with a high energy violinist/fiddler that you will never forget, with a catchy singer/songwriter identity. The moment these four musicians collaborated they knew they were meant to write and perform music together. From a mellow, sit down acoustic style to a high energy, dance til’ you drop feeling, Wild Son has an ear to please a crowd on any occasion.

Wild Life
Wild Life

The heart is a funny thing. It’s strong, vulnerable, vital, but unlike most of the important things in our lives, it’s not protected by bricks or Kevlar. Unless you have a Kevlar heart… and if so, where did you get it? Can I have one? For the rest of us, we put ourselves out into the world blind and unguarded; we love, we live and sometimes we get hit (possibly hard). When we mess-up or get messed-up, our hearts help us use those mess-ups to learn, to light the way, and get a bit closer to a less messed-up truth.

 Wildlife has always kind of been about a similar kind of thinking. We’re all in this together, so lets get movin’, always forward, never back, don’t dwell on the past, let’s build on our mistakes, try new things and stop pretending you know everything cause you don’t and that’s annoying. AND That’s pretty much what our entire first record was about! Strike Hard, Young Diamond (our first record) was a study of letting go, an observation of youth, what it means to be young, reckless, naïve and all of the incredible things that can come out of happy accidents. We used themes of adventure, exploration and vitality to explain jumping into the dark, deep water not knowing or caring where you came up for air.

 I guess it only makes sense that our new record is about realization. It probably asks more questions than gives answers. The one answer it does give is really nothing new, but it has a lot of meaning to me either way, which is why we call it “…On The Heart”. We view it as an essay, a love letter, a tribute to the heart itself. Everything it does for us, to us, how it helps us and hurts us. How it heals us, holds us up and pushes us forward. It keeps us going, keeps us living and gives us a place to be free. Don’t stop believin’? Follow your dreams? Sure. But it seems to me that the heart is too complex to be summed up in a catchphrase. I think it would be fair to say that this new album was created to try to make a little sense of that complex, mysterious, vital muscle. Maybe with a couple catchphrases thrown in for good measure. We buried our hearts deep inside this thing, and we hope you love it as much as we do.

We Hunt Buffalo - February 20th
We Hunt Buffalo - February 20th

We Hunt Buffalo take guitar and synth sounds, seep them in a copious amount of fuzz, creating songs with hard-hitting stoner grooves and psychedelic overtones. It's a culmination of years playing music together in a small Vancouver, BC suburb.

Their debut EP was released in 2010 and introduced a new band that in the words of the Georgia Straight, were "dedicated to tracking down and capturing the dying breed of rock and roll". With a buzz around them in Vancouver, they crossed paths with Tanis Gibbons, an apprentice to Colin Steward at 'The Hive' recording studio. 2011 would see them cut a full length LP with Tanis, working through the nights at the Burnaby studio. The finished product was a re-working of the songs on their EP as well as some new tunes. This album lead to the band's first vinyl release. Discorder Magazine expressed "the trio definitely bring their own individuality to the sound, in a genre that can get fairly muddy" and "with bands like WHB around, it seems rock'n'roll is just fine". Fuelled by more local acclaim, the band continued to play regularly around Vancouver, seeing a growing fan base with every show.

In 2012 they decided to enter in 99.3 The Fox's annual SEEDS competition. Discouraged at first that their brand of rock wouldn't fit on Vancouver radio, the band was floored when they had learned they were winners in the competition, placing top 3 amongst 400 entries. This lead to a spot at The Commodore Ballroom, supporting Monster Truck. The Commodore appearances didn't stop there. They would go on to share it's stage with Chevelle, Matt Mays, Danko Jones and two nights with Steel Panther over New Years. Their song 'The Search' started gaining airplay in Western Canada and sparked multiple tours of the region where they would play with the Pack A.D, Electric Six and Nightseeker (Fubar's Deaner).

We Hunt Buffalo continue to strive to play dirty, grimy rock and roll. They are currently prepping an upcoming EP, set for release this Oct. Exclaim! magazine has an on-line preview of the title track 'Blood From a Stone'. They describe it as "a fuzz-bomb riff that would make Tom Morello proud…Indeed this is a headbanger's paradise." The band plans to expand their regional touring in the months to come. Stay tuned for their EP release and look for them on tour this fall.

Washboard Union
Washboard Union

Once upon a Washboard

A 3 Car Pile up of Old Crow Medicine Show, Steve Earle, and Drive By Truckers. Canada's only 7 piece Outlaw Bluegrass Band. 4 vocalists/songwriters together for a one of a kind live show. The band was recently featured for 3 shows at Canadian Music Week and received multiple best of the fest nods.
 
IN the fall of 2010 the band met one of Canada’s top producers, GGGarth Richardson. After hearing the band for the first time Gggarth decided that what the UNION was doing was so different from what he was used to that he signed on to produce The WASHBOARD UNION's album on the spot. Recorded at THE FARM studio in Gibson B.C. it would become Gggarth's first country album and the debut album for THE WASHBOARD UNION. Gggarth reached out to Bob Ezrin who produced the song Half Cree for the new album as well. With 4 distinct voices, The Washboard Union is a songwriting collective with one of the most captivating live shows on the road today.

Trish Robb Band
Trish Robb Band

Born in small-town New Brunswick; raised in almost-suburban Bowmanville, Ontario; attended film school in Montreal; now a singer-songwriter firmly installed in the centre of Toronto's roots-folk-alt-country scene: it may well be said that Trish Robb is a natural fit on the large and varied tree of Canadian singer-songwriters.

However, the oft-used term “singer-songwriter” belies the depth of strengths this artist brings to her craft – she is also a captivating performer, a confident guitarist, a focused bandleader, and a music educator. It can be said with confidence that Trish Robb is a talent to be watched as 2013 unfolds.

Trevor Alguire
Trevor Alguire

Alguire, hailing from a small town just south of Ottawa Ontario, Canada first drew attention in 2006 with the release of the album - As Of Yesterday. The album was critically acclaimed in the press with frequent comparisons to artists such as Steve Earl, Tom Petty, Blue Rodeo, Wilco and Uncle Tupelo.  These comparisons said As of Yesterday his second release landed Alguire his first record deal alongside fellow songwriters such as Steve Earle and Buddy Miller proving that Alguire was only at the start of such musical depth.  

Within four months of releasing As of Yesterday, Alguire went worldwide with consistent radio play across Europe, Australia and North America. Two of Alguire’s songs have since been released on Blue Rose Records compilations along side (Gurf Morlix, Steve Earle & Dwight Yoakam.)

With his soon to be released 5th album and paths worn deep in the soil from years of relentless touring Alguire will be on tour in a town near you in support through 2014.

Tower of Song
Tower of Song


Tower of Song is a creative tribute to the music of Leonard Cohen, presented by two celebrated BC singers and songwriters: Oliver Swain and Glenna Garramone. A night of rare and classic selections from the Leonard Cohen cannon fearlessly interpreted by these artists, with a few original compositions and readings, round out an evening that celebrates Canada's greatest bard and his influence on modern songwriting.  Hear Cohen’s timeless songs arranged for two voices, banjo, string bass, piano and guitar.  Together Swain and Garramone have crafted vocal arrangements of the great works of Cohen that will satiate and astonish the die-hard Cohen fan in everyone. After several sold-out shows on Vancouver Island, BC, Tower of Song continues to expand their geographical range to put “more power in the tower!”

Produced by Garramone for the first time in June of 2011 at Vancouver’s Media Club, Tower of Song gave Swain and Garramone the chance to collaborate on Cohen’s rich material, and the chemistry was obvious -- to them and to the packed house at the Media Club.  In the spring of 2012 they teamed up again for a sold out show at Victoria’s Hermann’s Jazz Club, with production duties and the artistic direction being shared as collaboration between the two artists.  They frequently collaborate with special guest artists to showcase the broad range of Cohen’s writing.  Previous guests include Leah Abramson (The Abramson Singers), Spoken word poet Shayne Avec I Grec (Two Dope Boys in a Cadillac), Anne Schaefer, Richard Moody, Melisa Devost, and Kent McAlister.

Oliver Swain is a worker in song.  After a dozen years in some of North America’s most loved roots bands (Outlaw Social, The Duhks, The Bills) Oliver released 'In a BIG MACHINE' in 2011 to rave reviews.  “Oliver Swain's brilliant vocals and genre-agnostic style make 'In a BIG MACHINE’ one of the most exciting new releases on the Canadian folk scene in some time” - Lucinda Chodan, Edmonton Journal.  ‘In a BIG MACHINE' Charted in the top 40 in 2011 on Canadian Folk DJ charts and peaked at #1 in Alberta and #3 in BC.  A naturalist musician who was drawn to Louisiana and Appalachia several times to discover the roots of American music for himself, Oliver now resides in Victoria where frequent solo journeys into the rugged BC wilderness fuel his original take on songwriting and traditional playing and singing styles. Performing on Banjo and String Bass, Oliver's live show has attracted a lot of attention over the last year including that of Tamara Kater, Executive Director of Folk Music Canada: “Since I first discovered him in 2008, Oliver Swain has been one of my very favorite artists – especially in a live setting.  His performances are a musical journey that takes you from haunting old-time melodies to soaring new songs... sweeping vocal stylings, dazzling and dramatic skills as an instrumentalist, an evening spent with Oliver Swain will leave you breathless and joyful.”  Visit http://www.oliverswainmusic.com/ for more info.
 
Glenna Garramone’s music is a reflection of her fascination with the edge.  Inspired by the geography and spirit of the places she has lived, from Nunavut to Hawaii, she harmonizes the experimental with the classical, and the unexpected with the organic.  What happens when you meld a classically trained pianist and vocalist, a bi-lingual songwriter, a guitarist, and a dancer into one person on stage?  You might witness an approximation of Glenna Garramone's live show.  Glenna Garramone crafts “raw, emotional, and utterly captivating” songs (John Threlfall, Monday Magazine), using anything from piano to her tap shoes, or a shaker made from lentils in a film canister.  And that voice.  Somewhere between Keith Jarrett and Joni Mitchell, Glenna Garramone’s unique approach to songwriting was recognized when she earned the Grand prize in the 2010 Artswells Songwriting Contest.  Garramone also holds a BFA in Writing from the University of Victoria, with a major in Poetry.   Recorded in a solar-powered yurt on Molokai’i, Hawaii, her newest album, Thank You Half Moon captures the intimacy and warmth of Garramone’s live performances.  When she’s not traveling, Glenna resides in Victoria.  Having spent 8 years producing music events in Victoria (including Wimmin in Music and The Solstice Series), Glenna is thrilled to be expanding the Tower of Song to stages across Canada, collaborating with other artists, and co-creating a tribute to one of her musical heroes, the great Leonard Cohen.  Visit http://glennagarramone.com/ for more info.

This is the Shoes
This is the Shoes

Formed in 2011, this is THE SHOES (t.i.T.S) write and perform raw-toned, dirty blues music with a nod to the sounds of the Mississippi Delta, Stax Soul and late 60s Garage Rock. The first two years had the band playing around Vancouver, the lower mainland and southern BC, garnering a devoted following. In September of 2013, they decided to pack everything into a ’76 Ford Econoline camper and travel across Canada, marking their first national tour. The three month endeavour had them travel coast to coast, playing over forty shows which included serving up a healthy dose of party at The Phog Lounge in Windsor, ON; melting faces at Baba’s Lounge in Charlottetown, PEI (while also winning that nights pre-show rock trivia); and having a beer glass throwing, boot kicker of a good time at The Rose and Crown in Banff, AB. Still hungry for the road, 2014 starts with a Western Canada tour planned for February and a focus South to the USA for the spring. this is THE SHOES are bringing their brand of rock & roll to a city, town, village, bar, café and hole in the wall near you.

this is THE SHOES is music, pure and simple.

The Wisers
The Wisers

 

Location Calgary, Alberta

Genre Rock and Roll

Members Chad Thomas - Vocals-Guitar

JJ Shiplett - Guitar

Greg Peace - Bass

Darryl Swart - Drums

The Sturgeons
The Sturgeons

"Twin Brothers From Winnipeg, Canada, Channel, Write & Perform Great Songs"
If you have ever known identical twins, you know that there is something mysterious about their relationship to the world. Something unexplainable. Sometimes oppositional and sometimes harmonious. Cal and Luke Hamilton create magic by channeling an appreciation for the traditions of roots music with a progressive sense of experimentation. These lads write and perform with passion and a seasoned appreciation for music that lives on. Thoughtful and honestly arranged songs that have an immediate and captivating sound that is both fresh and timeless. Give them a listen.

 

The Shrugs
The Shrugs


Acoustic, electric, or unplugged on the street – however they’re heard, The Shrugs have a sound that will leave ears ringing and skin tingling. The alternative folk trio has a love for reinventing their sound, which has influenced the conception of several different EP’s and styles of live performance. Captivatingly strong melodies, emotion-driven rhythms, and instrumental diversity hustle The Shrugs into the streets, bars, cafes, and festivals of every town to which they travel, undeniably pulsing an electricity into every listener. The Shrugs are Brandon Johnas on guitar and vocals, Stephanie Cole on bass and kick-drum, and Caitlin Connelly on lead vocals and percussion. Traveling gypsies that they are, 2013 is a year of exploration and excursion.

Originally calling the coastal waters of Vancouver, BC their home, The Shrugs continue to thrive in their nomadic lifestyle as they currently tour North America and draw inspiration from other musicians, artists, and almighty Mother Nature. The young trio is presently working on their first full-length album, following the release of three successfully received EP’s, two of which are produced by well-versed Vancouverite Jeff Dawson. Their first radio single, “This Body” (‘Til the World Ends EP), is played Canada-wide on both local and college radio stations, which helps to steadily gain momentum for their upcoming full-length release. The untitled album is scheduled for an online September release, trailing a scheduled western Canada tour, and preceding an extensive tour of the western United States.

The Shoeless Joes
The Shoeless Joes

The Shoeless Joes are Dillon Currie (vocals, guitar), Ethan Stork (bass), Aspen Beveridge (vocals, guitar), and Greig Beveridge (drums, vocals). They were brought up in the small town of Maple Creek, Saskatchewan - the 'Gateway to the Cypress Hills'. During high school they had come up with songs while jamming in each other's basements, but they hadn't taken the creation of a band too seriously. Soon after high school, Greig, Dillon and Ethan went seperate ways and Aspen had spent time living in Banff and Saskatoon. Ethan went to college in Alberta, Dillon played junior hockey in northern Alberta and Greig moved out to Maple Ridge, B.C. However, a few years later everyone made the decision to come together and The Shoeless Joes was formed .

The River and The Road
The River and The Road


The River and The Road is a band built on risking new beginnings and telling their stories along the way.

After crossing an ocean, leaving a hemisphere, and a long stint hitch hiking across the American Southwest, singer/guitarist Andrew Phelan made his way to Chicago with the looming need to cross into Canada for work. He had two flight choices—Montreal or Vancouver—and flying west was cheaper. Once there, he found a healthy contest in singer/banjo player Keenan Lawlor, who had been playing around Vancouver for the previous eight months. Keenan himself had moved from across the water to forge a new path, but in his case, it was the Georgia Straight instead of the Pacific Ocean. At first the two often butted heads, seeing in each other the greatest competition for the attention of East Vancouver’s open mic audience. Competition turned quickly to collaboration, busking, and living on scraps together to make their musical existence possible. After several months as a duo, and experimentation with additional instrumentation, they recorded their debut eponymous twelve-track album. In the spring of 2012, the band emerged as a dynamic four-piece with the addition of bassist John Hayes and drummer Cole George.

In their short history as a band, The River and The Road has blossomed from a busking duo to an internationally touring quartet. Winter 2013 saw the boys working to stitch their name into the musical fabric of Australia, most notably in Sydney and Melbourne. With a long list of dates behind them, and many new fans to show for it, the band is returning home to Vancouver. They are presently filling their summer calendar with North American festival and tour dates, with coast-to-coast aspirations.

Tenacity, heart, and above all else, a gripping live performance, the band has no plans of slowing down. A spirited folk form of sincere storytelling, mixed with strong harmonies, heavy percussion breakdowns, and dynamic arrangements, embodies the sound of The River and The Road.

The Midnight Sons
The Midnight Sons

 

The Midnight Sons have been playing together since early 2013 and are working their way towards recording their debut album in the summer of 2013.

 
Currently they are located in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada and composed of a trio including Alex Johnston on the lead vocals and guitar, Pat Docherty on the drums and backing voc's and Ian MacIntyre on the bass and backing voc's.
The Matinee
The Matinee

One part whiskey, one part roots, all heart. Vancouver-based roots-rock.

It all started to gel with Steve Berlin. With REM and The Tragically Hip in his past, it was no surprise when the veteran producer turned out to be a strikingly good fit for the band. His native feel for Americana with a nice fat groove—supplied in spades by bassist Mike Young— is right there in the southern rock redux of “Sweetwater” and “Let Her Go”, which recall countless roots-rockers from Ryan Adams to The Sadies.
 
But Berlin and band were both eager to colour outside the lines. The starlit “December Slumber” is like a widescreen sonic painting with pedal steel guitar, while “The Road” is a stadium built anthem that plows the middle ground between rural festivals and the urban hipster ground-zero of your choice. With a live show generally known to be an uproar of stomping, clapping, and blazing chops, The Matinée are in the rare position of being welcome at both.
 
Meanwhile, “Long Way Home” throws different time signatures into its chunky country-rock frame, “Who Stoned The Roses” allows guitarist/back up vocalist Geoff Petrie to highlight the bands attention to harmony, and throughout the album, drummer Pete Lemon helps take the listener into the outer reaches.

The Georgia Sound
The Georgia Sound

Ryan and Shannon started playing together after meeting at an open mic. Both were performing their own original material and it didn't take long to realize that they could compliment each others sound. They've since recorded an EP album which is avalable on iTunes.

 

The Carlines
The Carlines

The Carlines – Victoria, BC

I recollect the course of the Carlines’ formation clearly. I hear drunken sailors shouting hymn’s to the sea and I hear the songs of our high-school days. I recall some hazy details of swimming pool piping, animal themed parties and Mexican law-enforcement bribery. In retrospect, the Carlines’ A–B line appears straight but let me tell you this: The Carlines’ possess a clarity that remembers dissonant moments, misjudged tacks and also cold sunny mornings.

The Carlines are a kid who left on a fishing trip and came home years later with coffee, Indian spices and new sounds. They are your cool uncle who makes spacious yet fun and mature yet light music. The songs are memorable in a way that the last full moon is, or the way you feel waking up on the first day of spring – or maybe the fall – whichever you prefer.

Sjoerd Meyer, Esme John, Mitch Farley and David Parfait make-up the Carlines, all of whom have all played with or alongside Georgia Murray, Mike Edel, Chris Ho and Andrew Allen in venues across Canada and the U.S. – as well as on the aforementioned fishing trip. As individuals they have played in front of thousands, rode the CBC’s festival express-like “Tracks on Tracks” train, and been included in Vancouver’s Peak Performance Project.

It is only important that the Carlines are formed however, and I think the details of their beginnings, middles and ends are best heard as either short stories, long stories or songs – in the evening and by the sea. After all, in their short existence, they have performed at a sold out show at Rifflandia Festival in Victoria, BC and have a new record to be released in 2014.

The Balconies
The Balconies

The Balconies stand before you – teeth barred, eyelashes batting, clothing and hair drenched in sweat. In the blink of an eye, the group has grown from a humble indie pop band to a leather-clad four-headed rock and roll monster, punctuated by 80s hair metal flair. -

With Jacquie at the helm, backed by the rippling rhythms of Liam, Stephen, and new drummer Theo, The Balconies continue to steamroll unsuspecting crowds throughout Europe and continental North America – doing it heavier and sweatier each and every night (go ahead, try to outdo Jacquie’s deep rock lunges and swirling hair). They’ve shared the stage with Cold War Kids, Mother Mother, Devo, Sloan, Stars, Wide Mouth Mason, Big Sugar, Tokyo Police Club, Puddle of Mudd, and the Sam Roberts Band. But The Balconies aren’t satisfied.

They’re out for blood and hungry for fresh ears– as indicated by the video for the single “Do it in the Dark”, a cut from the new album which garnered the band extensive media attention after premiering on MuchMusic.So far in 2013, The Balconies have taken Europe by storm; touring with Rival Sons, playing packed showcases at MIDEM in Cannes, Liverpool Sound City (UK), and Brighton’s The Great Escape as well as playing North American dates at South By Southwest, Canadian Music Week, and North By Northeast. With a new full-length album on the horizon recorded with legendary producer Arnold Lanni (Finger Eleven, Simple Plan, Our Lady Peace), and a summer packed full of festival dates, the future looks bright. So, if you fancy a riot of gargantuan rhythmic proportions, swing by. Oh, and be prepared – this will get loud.

 

The Archers
The Archers

 

The Archers, who were awarded Victoria’s Times Colonist Music Award - “Act to Watch for 2013” and Monday Magazine’s Favourite “Emerging Artist/ Band Award” in April 2013, were also nominated for a “Young Performer of the Year Award” by the 2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards, crowned Youthink’s “BC's Best Teen Band” in April 2011 and won Victoria’s “Garage Band Live” in May 2011. 

The Archers unique Folk/Rock sound is created by their ability to be multi-talented musicians, songwriters and performers. Sharing the roles of lead vocals, guitar, piano, bass, drums, mandolin, banjo and multiple other percussion instruments, the band from Victoria, BC create an impressive and versatile sound full of compelling harmonies and fantastic energy.

In April 2013 they recorded their debut full length album at Monarch Studio with Tom Dobrzanski (Said The Whale, We Are The City) and had it mastered at SAE with Roger Seibel (Broken Social Scene, Death Cab for Cutie, Bon Iver,Tegan and Sara). (release date tbd) Prior to that in August 2011 the band produced their EP, "Much More Than Merry Men", where it was added into rotation on CBC Radio3, CBC Radio 1 nationally, The Zone 91.3FM and college stations. They were also Victoria’s Zone 91.3FM’s Band of the Month in June 2012. 

The Archers have performed at numerous events, including NXNE, Mission Folk Music Festival, Rifflandia Festival, VicFest, BC Day, Canada Day Main Stage, the CBC Toque Sessions, Fringe Festival, Folk West, Kulth Festival, and TedX Youth Conference and opened for Hey Ocean, Wake Owl, the Belle Game, Delhi 2 Dublin, We Are The City, Jon and Roy (Vancouver CD release with Ryan Guldemond), Steven Page, The Odds, Grand Analog, Rococode and Kim Churchill.  Touring extensively over the last 2 years they’ve put over 35,000 km on their van.  

“The Archers, or if Mumford and Sons had sons: With influences drawn from the softer side of the rock spectrum, The Archers merry brand of music brings together warm harmonies, direct lyrics and pointed guitars. If the groups' aim with "The Sun Will Rise" was to create winning whimsical folk-pop, then The Archers have hit their target.” - Steve Venegas CBC Radio 3 - Jun 11, 2012

"There’s a certain balance that can be hard to achieve; that perfect blend between musical integrity and catchy hooks, lyrics that are both wise and relatable, and accessible melodies without sacrificing instrumental depth. Victoria locals, The Archers, made reaching that balance seem nearly effortless with their debut EP, Much More Than Merry Men." - Youthink Magazine - Kirsty Chan

Tanner James
Tanner James

Tanner James .., a singer, a runner, a traveller, a dreamer, a troubadeur and a guitar picker. Most of all - a storyteller.

Tanner James learned to write songs on a beach in Maryland when he was twenty-years-old. He was sleeping in a hammock in the woods on the edge of town trying to make a girl fall in love with him. Busking for change on a boardwalk on the beach will almost certainly put words in your mouth.  Riding horses and driving tractors in Southern Alberta was his childhood. He was a farm boy and he spent his days wandering with his dog, humming the songs he'd heard on the a.m. radio. His grandpa could spin a story out of anything and Tanner hung off of his every word. 

Tanner started an indie rock band.  They were together five years. They had an old red van and toured the country. Tanner fell in love with every town and city they ever played in and every highway line they passed.

His roots caught up to him as they often do as a person grows. He remembered all his time on the farm and all the stories his grandpa told. Folk and country music started to call his name.

Sweet Alibi
Sweet Alibi

2012 Canadian Folk Music Award Nominees Sweet Alibi have been captivating audiences with their alluring blend of soulful melody and folk/roots tradition. Playful sense of lyricism set to powerful vocal harmony set the stage for a performance which is upfront and personal and instinctively compelling.

Drawing influence from a vast array of musical references, Sweet Alibi apply a quirky pop sensibility to an eclectic set. Songs range in mood from hauntingly provocative ballads to left of centre takes on everything from Country and Soul to Old Time Jazz. Backing their vocals with electric guitars, banjos, hand percussion, ukuleles, upright bass, and whatever else they can get their hands on,  Sweet Alibi compliment a diverse set with an equally eclectic instrumentation.

Comprised of three core members (Jessica Rae Ayre, Amber Nielsen, and Michelle Anderson), and backed by an array of Winnipeg’s finest musicians, the group performs steadily both as a stripped down trio and with a fully fleshed out rhythm section. The band has  performed everywhere from intimate coffee houses and mainstay clubs to outdoor concert series and festivals. Having finished their highly anticipated debut album with Juno award winner Mitch Dorge, along with the release of their newest single ” Get It Right “ produced by Adam Young, Sweet Alibi are currently touring across Canada. Keep your ears open for when Sweet Alibi is nearest to you.

Social Threat
Social Threat

We're a three piece punk rock band hailing from Medicine Hat, Alberta. Consisting of Wade Hodgman on guitar and vocals, Kaleb Motz on bass guitar, and Kyle Hodgman on drums and BGV, our music is directed to our audience as well as ourselves. Lyrically, most of our songs discuss issues that everyday North Americans can relate to. Corrupt politicians, the distortion of the media, and the pressure to conform caused by marketing are issues we all deal with everyday. But we want a change. With our pointed lyrics and break-neck songs, we can start something. Join us.

 

Smokekiller
Smokekiller

John Antoniuk, aka "smokekiller", is a singer-songwriter from Saskatoon, SK. John's songwriting has been compared to Lou Reed, Van Morrison, Ryan Adams, and Wilco. "Out There" from the album "13" was selected as a National Finalist in the 2009 Radiostar Songwriting Competition. "13" was the first full length release for John with the smokekiller moniker and was mixed by Steven Drake (the Odds). John originally released two ep's under the Smokekiller name which he compiled and re-released nationally in 2006. It was the release of the Side A ep which quickly garnered John attention as a songwriter and saw him sharing the stage with Ron Sexsmith and Hayden. In 2011 John was awarded a 10k20 grant from Rawlco Radio, and recorded an album of new material produced by Leeroy Stagger. "Always With You" will be released September 2012 and a full North American tour will follow. John has also been very busy over the last 5 years managing and performing with the Jen Lane Band.

 

Scarlett Jane
Scarlett Jane

The new collaboration of Andrea Ramolo and Cindy Doire: Haunting  voices, distinctive songs.SCARLETT JANE is one of the most exciting new collaborations in recent  Canadian music - the marriage of the distinctive songs and beautifully haunting  voices of Andrea Ramolo and Cindy Doire.And now, Stranger, their debut recording, captures their strength and their  vulnerability, and a progressive roots sound which embodies the raw and candid  demeanor of Lucinda Williams, the moody sensuality of Stevie Nicks and Nick  Cave, and the tender playfulness of Dolly Parton.

Both Andrea and Cindy are road warriors. Andrea has two previous releases behind  her, while Cindy has three - two of them in French, which has given her a following in both French Canada and Europe.They met several years ago at a tiny Toronto music venue; their solo careers were starting to move forward, and they shared a passion for prose, poetry, theatrics and songs in minor keys. They liked blues and country, old school soul and rock’n’roll.

Sarah Burton Band
Sarah Burton Band

She's a rambler, a gambler, a lover and a fighter; Sarah Burton's steady and soulful voice tells the tales of life with beauty, strength and weariness, and an ever-present sense of excitement. Her sound rocks and rolls with just the right amount of country and pop influence. Sarah has been spreading this excitement throughout North America since 2006, having her music featured in the Lions Gate feature film "Cabin Fever 2", opening for pop sensation Kate Voegele at Toronto's Opera House in 2009, and receiving recognition for her song Then Run Away, being named Best Folk Song by Toronto Exclusive magazine in 2009. A relentless road warrior who spends months on the road at a time, Sarah released her debut EP Love is for Pussies in 2007, with Juno-award winning producer John Switzer, and followed it up in 2010 with her full-length album Mayflower.

Sam Weber
Sam Weber

 

Hailing from the open skies and minds of Victoria, BC, Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist Sam Weber has gone from strength to strength with sonics that have caught the imagination of listeners and media across the world. His ambitious, masterful debut full-length album Shadows in the Road is the culmination of years already spent intensely focused on gigging and recording.

Shadows in the Road is an album of intense contrasts, emotional entanglement, and mercurial, enthralling arrangements. Comparisons and contrasts are admittedly a glib exercise, but if you, dear reader, require them, then Weber channels the raw simplicity of early John Hiatt and Bruce Springsteen, while maintaining the gentle emotive grip of acts like Bon Iver and Bat for Lashes. 

In 2012, at age 19, Weber was one of the youngest people to ever be covered in a major Guitar Player magazine feature. “Weber’s expansive blend of driving rock, dream pop and roots influences is a testament to fierce ambition,” said Guitar Player editor Anil Prasad. “The singer-songwriter and guitarist is already an expert tunesmith, brimming with addictive, adventurous and confident pieces. Infused with deep wit and wisdom, Weber’s output is truly impressive. His guitar work is also killer, full of nuance, soul and a truly unique voice. This is an artist built for the long-term. We’ll be hearing a lot more from Weber in the coming years, and more than likely, decades.”

The prestigious Berklee College of Music also saw Weber’s incredible potential, awarding him a summer scholarship when he was 17. The school went on to award him a full-time scholarship, but Weber’s artistic instincts proved too restless and he returned home to Canada to pursue his songcraft. 

In addition to his solo work, Weber plays with the celebrated Canadian indie rock act Jets Overhead. As part of the band, Weber has enthralled audiences, opening for the likes of Sam Roberts, The Tragically Hip, Said the Whale, Current Swell, and Stars. 

Weber’s journey is just beginning, and it’s off to a truly inspiring start. We invite you to jump onboard and check out this amazing talent during his “early era.” We’re confident Shadows in the Road is a classic in the making. We’re sure you’ll agree.

Sam Klass
Sam Klass

 Klass has spent the last few years developing a unique and innovative live performance of electric/organic live looping using guitar, voice, and beatboxing with analog and digital effects, in original songs. Recently, his act has taken him across the continent, from a sold-out Opera House spotlight set for the New Deal's final hometown show, to renegade campground stages at Bonnaroo and Electric Forest, to Canada Day on the main stage of a downtown Victoria festival, a TED talk/demo, and well over 50 shows in 2012 - all stemming from a single epic street performance at Nuit Blanche in Toronto that spontaneously drew a crowd of hundreds. Through trials and tribulations, he is now emerging at the forefront of next-level live looping; bringing technologies, instrumental prowess and well crafted compositions together to create unprecidented original music. Sam is showing the world what one person can really do with a loop station and an imagination.

 
Using the momentum of his well attended release party, hit performances at Canadian festivals and regional venues, along with a long list of world class acts he has shared the bill with (including Kaki King, Gramatik, The New Deal, Marco Benevento, Charlie Hunter, Zach Deputy, Robert Babicz, Daniel Wesley, Killah Priest, Maylee Todd, Deep Dark Woods, Rebel Emergency etc.) Sam is travelling the lands and breaking into new territory. As well, expect a new live-off-the-floor record/video release, and an album in 2013 (aptly titled "Tightrope", as his performance style has been described as "musical tightrope walking").

Rusty Water Band
Rusty Water Band

The birth of this band took place in a shed and the continuous rebirths of Rusty Water have taken place in haunted gardens, dingy basements, and charming venues crossing Canada- and back again. 

The evolution of Rusty Water is happening quicker than you can blink, taking us to depths and heights and leaving us somewhere between folk rock and the cosmos.

Their lyrics celebrate philosophy, poetically expressing man and his relationship with woman and divinity. To hear them live is to be transported to a time where twelve-minute-long songs exist again. Guitar solos will grab you, rhythms will groove you, and their hippie spirited stage presence is undeniably captivating and authentic.

Their First LP titled Talking With Flowers, came together through the winter under piles of snow and was released in the spring of 2011.  The album has a smooth calm intensity about it. The music is intelligent, beautifully harmonious, accomplished.

Rueben deGroot
Rueben deGroot

 

 
Rueben deGroot wears his love for music from the 70’s on his sleeve in the new album Rocket Surgery and delivers his most sonically rich and versatile album yet.
 
Produced and engineered by Zane Whitfield at North of Princess Studios in Kingston, ON, the approach to arranging and recording Rocket Surgery removes the big band sound of deGroot’s previous albums (2010’s Hey! co-produced by Canadian alt-country icon Luther Wright and 2012’s self-produced Pine) and envelopes the listener in an array of sounds and stories.

Rolla Olak
Rolla Olak

Rolla Olak grew up in Qualicum Beach, BC and was raised by a family of visual artists. Leaving home early on to pursue a career in music, Rolla moved to Toronto to play guitar in a pop-rock group. Extensive touring throughout North America and Japan followed. Returning to Canada, Rolla began exploring the studio and songwriting with fellow bandmate, Stephen Kozmeniuk, which led to the recording of his 1st self-titled debut album.

Rolla met up with Colin Stewart (Cave Singers, Black Mountain) to record his first solo record. Full of spacious experimentation and heavy vintage guitar tones, the album ended up being used as the soundtrack to the VICE motorcycle documentary “Doin it Baja”.


Whether Rolla’s using gentle picks or Crazyhorse blasts of electric, each hesitation or subtle pause gives the listener time to settle into the melodies and relate to the emotion.” – HeroHill.com

Upon moving back to the West Coast, Rolla transformed a shed in his backyard into a recording studio where he recorded “WESTERN HEART”, his 2nd solo album. In the quiet confines of the “Tone Shed”, the band played live as Rolla was inspired by great singer-songwriters such as Dylan, Petty, Young. The completed album features eight pop-rock songs including a duet with Canadian pop-songstress Louise Burns.

Credited as a songwriter and musician on over a dozen Canadian and UK releases, Rolla Olak continues to play live and record regularly. As a Top 20 artist in the 2013 Peak Performance Project, Rolla is currently touring throughout Western Canada to gain support for one of the largest emerging artist projects in North America, while working on his 3rd album- his most ambitious to date.

Robb Hill
Robb Hill

 

Born and raised in Tavistock Ontario, Robb attended Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo Ontario.   His first open mics were played at The Circus Room in Kitchener, and Wilf's at Laurier.  Seeing Pearl Jam, The Hip, and Rolling Stones amongst many other inspiring bands in his earlier years, and inheritiing his mother's musical knack, Hill dove into music full steam ahead.

Hill immediately enjoyed the vibrant music scene in Vancouver BC upon his move in 2005.. Playing open mics frequently, and increasing his song repertoire, Hill began performing shows year round. Touring across Canada in 2011 from BC to Quebec, Hill met many new fans that enjoyed his unique style of music and stage presence.  Hill performed across Ontario and in Montreal in summer 2013 and is enjoying performing at new venues on the West Coast this autumn.

Hill's stage presence draws the crowd into the show with his witty stories and audience interaction. He takes pride in booking other bands and organizing shows. He plays both solo acoustic shows and all out band rock shows. His online presence has gained fans in the US, and around the world.  With influences ranging from Foo Fighters, The Doors, Tom Petty, Muse, Sam Roberts, Pearl Jam and Nirvana, the music gives the listener a combination of high energy guitar, memorable lyrics, and a danceable element.

Forming the band Brave By Numbers in 2006, Robb played with a variety of bandmates at various shows in Vancouver including The Roxy, Railway Club, The Bourbon, and The Cellar. Now focusing on his solo career, he enjoys the opportunities that arise collaborating with other musicians.  He's shared the stage with great bandmates.  He also dazzles with the loop pedal at occasional shows.

The album "Come On In" is available for download on Bandcamp and this website. Songs including "Yesterday" , "Green Light Go" , "Next Thing I Knew" and "Watching Waiting" have received airplay on podcasts, online radio stations in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Australia.  Robb has been interviewed on local college radio shows on CiTR and CJSF.  Robb continues his travels in autumn 2013 in Canada and Europe.

Red Moon Road
Red Moon Road

Red Moon Road

Musical soulmates can be hard to find — so when you do find them, you hold on to them. Just ask the members of Red Moon Road.  The acoustic folk/roots trio came together in earnest in 2009 when multi-instrumentalist Daniel Jordan (aka Jonny Moonbeam, a University of Manitoba Jazz Orchestra alum/hired gun) began jamming with bilingual banjo/mandolin player Daniel Peloquin-Hopfner (one half of bluegrass outfit Fire & Smoke). Something clicked — but something was also missing.

"We played together for a year and a half and then, this past summer, we had Sheena (Rattai) join us and it was the lineup we’d been waiting for," Jordan explains with his bandmates over coffee.  Now, the trio is gearing up for the release of its self-titled debut at the West End Cultural Centre on Saturday night. A 10-song collection of down-home, kitchen-party anthems and heartstring-tugging ballads anchored by Rattai’s soulful pipes, Red Moon Road serves as the perfect introduction to a band for which songwriting is king.

Pistol Whips
Pistol Whips

The Pistolwhips, a Saskatoon based band, infuse indie rock songs with bluesy guitars, driving rhythms, and hooky vocals. Singer/guitarist Rylan Schultz, bassist Zach Davies, drummer Christian Kongawi, and guitarist Paul Kuzbik draw their audiences in with their collective vibe, catchy songs, and soulful rock-out sessions. Taking influence from bands like Led Zeppelin, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Kings Of Leon, their four strong personalities are easily identifiable throughout their songs. 

 
On the strength of their self-titled EP (released in fall 2012) they have shared the stage with The Sheepdogs, Robert Randolph and The Family Band, The Boom Booms, Monster Truck, and Dragonette. Having showcased at Canadian Music Week, JUNOfest, and the Sasktel Jazz Fest in 2013, The Pistolwhips continue to play to larger crowds with each show.  
Picture the Ocean
Picture the Ocean

"Pure melodic upbeat guitar-driven pop music played with style and passion."

Paul Reddick and Greg Cockerill
Paul Reddick and Greg Cockerill

Paul Reddick:

Paul Reddick began playing the harmonica at the age of twelve. In 1990, he formed The Sidemen, a blues band based out of Toronto, which toured and recorded until the early 2000s. The Sidemen's album Rattlebag (2001) was nominated for a Juno, as well as a W.C. Handy Award. In 2002, The Sidemen also won three Maple Blues Awards, including Album of the Year, and Songwriter of the Year. Reddick was also the 2008 Maple Blues Award winner as Songwriter of the Year.

Greg Cockerill:

Described as the perfect blend of indie-Canadiana and commercial music by CBC Radio, The Greg Cockerill Band is now playing full time across Canada in support of their debut record “Summertime & Heartache” Fueled by an all-star, young but seasoned rhythm section hailing from across Canada, the music is characterized by its honest blue collar roots-rock approach. Frontman Greg Cockerill crafts simple songs reflecting the complexity of human emotion and relationships. “I write about my hopes and my fears, we play hard to try to get into these feelings with our audience” Cockerill states. Inspired by songwriters such as Dylan, Springsteen and Young, there is no mistaking the cultural lineage of the music as it rings with authenticity and urgency. After a recent move from Calgary to Toronto and whole new batch of songs in the making the next year of 2010 should be a promising one the Greg Cockerill Band.

No Island
No Island

Growing up, the five members of No Island all heeded Bob Seger’s advice; they took those old records off the shelf, and they sat and listened to them. The result, a decade or so later, is a new brand of rock that blurs the lines between genres and generations.

Hippies have become hipsters, disco has given way to techno, and Woodstock lives on in Coachella, but through forty years of cultural evolution, that old time rock and roll has stood the test of time. No Island strives to honour that tradition and sing its praises through their own unique voice.

Funky bass lines punch their way through a thunder of drums while vintage keyboards and ferocious guitars lay a foundation for dual vocals, soaring harmonies and scorching saxophone. From small-town watering holes to downtown clubs, No Island’s energetic live show never fails to fill a dance floor or bring a crowd to its feet.

Since forming in 2009, the band has found both residence and inspiration in Vancouver’s vibrant music scene. A desire to blend the forward-thinking creativity of today’s indie rock with the timeless appeal of yesterday has kept No Island’s sound focused and their vision strong.

The band released their debut album “Sign of the Times” in March 2011. After touring western Canada in the summer of 2012, No Island released their follow-up CD “The Waiting Game EP” in December 2012.

National Midnight Star
National Midnight Star

National Midnight Star was formed by songwriter Michael Coughlan upon meeting drummer Dan Roseveare and his multi-instrumentalist uncle, Jim Roseveare in early 2012. The band was thrilled to later meet J.R. Louis, who brought his talents to the band in March 2013. Together, they've wasted little time in captivating audiences with their neo-roots anthems and folk-country parables. National Midnight Star's songs lure an audience with bold lyrical strokes, tasteful arrangements and haunting harmonies.

Miss Quincy and the Showdown
Miss Quincy and the Showdown

You'd better hide your sons & lovers when MISS QUINCY and her all-girl rock n' roll band THE SHOWDOWN come to town. Channeling Joan Jett and the early Stones spending the night together in a Tarantino movie, Miss Quincy doesn't fit the classic girl singer/songwriter mold and The Showdown isn't your average all-girl band. You won’t find them singing pretty pages out of their diaries, instead you’ll find them starting a party everywhere they play by getting down and rocking out with raunchy roots & blues and straight up rock n' roll. Miss Quincy & The Showdown currently call the road their home. In 2012 they hit the highway hard for an 8 month world tour spanning 7 countries. They spent the winter writing Miss Quincy's 3rd record in Mexico, the spring road-testing the new songs on their 4th European tour, and will record the new album in Vancouver before festivalling the summer away across Canada.

 

Mike FreeSoul Bank
Mike FreeSoul Bank

Love, life and harmony. The Mike Freesoul Band is an upcoming 4 piece rock-reggae group from Prince George, B.C

Michael Coughlan
Michael Coughlan

Michael Coughlan a Medicine hat musician from band National Midnight Star is on tour and he's making a stop at Elk and Oarsman!!

Michaels music conjures up tales from the prairies and has you transported back to a time when words like riff raff were as common as dude and when stories only made sense through a bottle of whiskey.

 Inspired by artists like Neil Young and Bob Dylan, Michael is bringing a sound to Fernie we often forget to listen out for.

Mayday and the Beat Creeps
Mayday and the Beat Creeps

MayDay and the BeatCreeps is a group from Edmonton, Alberta. They just released their debut EP "We are little Volcanoes" in Feb.2013. You can catch them playing at numerous fine venues and festivals throughout the 2013 summer.

Lou Rye
Lou Rye

"Some people are born as musical souls. This inner force drives them through life seeking some musical fulfillment with instrument and voice. This describes Lou Rye.

Over the years, Lou created original compositions in Blues, Rock, Ballads and New-Age Ragas. And while living in the Northern Ontario area and playing with various bands, his music caught the attention of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Wolf Hesse, CBCs northern talent scout, recorded and aired an hour of Lou’s compositions. Two Blues, three Ballads and one East Indian Raga. “The technicians and others in the studio were blown away”, said Lou, “They said I should write more New Age music.” Lou calls his Ragas, healing music. His Indian music teacher said to him “The guitar sings…..The guitar is your voice, so say something.” And Lou does just that."

by Larry Price

Lori Reid
Lori Reid

 

Lori Reid is a Rocky Mountain Based musician and songwriter.

Little India
Little India

 

Originally from Durban, South Africa, Conan crossed paths with Andrew and Dallyn soon after his arrival in Canada. After attending their final years of school together, they all seemed to be leading different paths until Conan decided to initiate play. He called Andrew, the only bassist he knew in town, and Dallyn, a drummer who he had played with in past summers. The three friends had come together in Dallyn’s basement for a fun musical release, nothing serious. They soon realized there was more musical chemistry than initially thought.

Formed in late November of 2012, Little India has accomplished quite a bit in their lifespan thus far. Their first show was in January 2013 as an opening act. Before their set had even finished, the event promoter and venue had booked them for two headlining shows in the months to come. They have since headlined many venues around local Vancouver and have shared stages that have belonged to acts such as Atlas Genius, The 1975, The Drums, Jets Overhead, and many more.

Their debut EP, “Up All Night” released November 19th 2013, was mixed by Michael Brauer (Coldplay, Rolling Stones, Atlas Genius, The Vaccines, and many more).

Lindsey Walker - April 14th
Lindsey Walker - April 14th

Passionate, profound, at times hilarious, yet always touching, Lindsey Walker is a force to be reckoned with.Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Lindsey moved out west to Edmonton on a dare over 6 years ago. Lindsey studied jazz performance at Grant MacEwan College, and always being seen as the “rock-and roll rebel” Lindsey never stuck to the norm. Upon graduating from Grant MacEwan, she started touring with Edmonton-based rock and roots bands. It wasn't until 2011 she had begun perfecting her guitar skills and started playing shows solo. It proved to be the right choice for Lindsey, who played many local festivals, was asked to perform live on local radio and created a devoted mass of fans in less than one year. Lindsey officially released Our Glory May 4th 2013 to a packed house at The Artery in Edmonton, which was also the first night of her solo Our Glory tour which had stops in Kelowna, Jasper, Vancouver, Golden, and Winnipeg, among others.

Leeroy Stagger
Leeroy Stagger

Born in Victoria, British Columbia and raised on a little island on the very west coast of Canada, Stagger spent most of his youth with his grandparents who exposed him to the world of country music. Developing his musical drive early on, Stagger formed his first punk rock band at age 18. Songwriting came shortly after with themes revolving around his childhood, traveling, relationships, substance abuse and the tribulations of life. Having collaborated with one of his icons, Danny Michel, Stagger found commercial success in the song, “Just in Case”, which was featured twice on the television hit, Grey’s Anatomy.
 
The life of being on the road and touring at a fast pace did not wear easily on Stagger, who at age 26, realized he had an alcohol problem that was affecting his ability to perform with the commitment and heart his songs demanded. Clean and sober since, Stagger has a strong desire to inspire young musicians that they do not have to succumb to the pitfalls of substance abuse, which can be prevalent in a musician’s touring lifestyle.

Justin Rutledge
Justin Rutledge

At the mouth of the open sea, there are three ships on the horizon one of them is on fire. Black plumes of smoke rise from its charring masts like a mountain’s shadow across the dawn. Perhaps those on board are tossing their lean prayers to the wind like holy matchsticks before thrusting their bodies overboard into the furiously silent ocean. Perhaps several hundred miles away a girl brushes a lock of hair from her eyes as she regards the indolent waters. Perhaps she turns, slowly making her way back to a house where the windows are always broken, away from a blackening horizon, towards the hurt of a dawn through a curtain. These are The Early Widows.

Justin Rutledge returns with The Early Widows, a stoic collection of songs that rehabilitate the heart and illuminate the dark. Produced with intense fragility by Hawksley Workman, Rutledge’s fourth album is an arrestingly moving and lyrically meticulous piece of art penned by one of the most progressive songwriters at work today. Shouldering an electric guitar instead of his trademark acoustic, Rutledge infuses the new material with a newfound conviction and drive. The Early Widows also includes songs co-written with literary giant Michael Ondaatje, and award-winning songwriter Darrell Scott from Nashville.

Each song is like an undisturbed room in which a wounded echo reclines. “Be A Man” is a mantra sung by a mirthless poet at an AA meeting; the rallying drum cry which begins “The Heart of A River” calls for metropolitan migration; the weathered, blustery scrub of “Snowmen” responds with a longing for spiritual hibernation, with a refrain that escapes the shadows of condo towers. Like the birth of a dawn through a curtain, The Early Widows is a study in light and shadow, with words that move like a pilgrimage towards one¹s ear. The Early Widows was recorded live utilizing two drummers, Gary Craig and Blake Manning, with Bazil Donovan (Blue Rodeo) on bass, Burke Carroll on pedal steel, David Baxter on electric guitar, and Jesse Zubot on violins. In addition to this stunning ensemble of musicians, the album features the soaring and explosive voices of gospel choir, The Faith Choral.


Signed to Six Shooter Records, Justin Rutledge’s albums garner impressive amounts of critical acclaim. Between his debut, No Never Alone (2005), his sophomore release, The Devil On A Bench In Stanley Park (2006) and third album, Man Descending (2008), Rutledge has earned a Juno nomination, a Galaxy Rising Star award, countless year-end critics’ picks, the title of Toronto’s Best Local Songwriter (NOW Magazine), a spot on the 2008 Polaris Prize Long List and a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination. Justin has shared the stage with artists such as Blue Rodeo, Dolly Parton, Martha Wainwright and Great Lake Swimmers.

Jourdan Cunningham, The Mountaineer
Jourdan Cunningham, The Mountaineer

Jourdan Cunningham, The Mountaineer, sustains dreamy explorations of everyday life through washes of glimmering guitar, raw melodic lyrics, and soulful vocals.

 Jourdan Cunningham’s versatile voice has incredible charm, showcasing a sensitivity full of thought and strength. Paired with soulful compositions, the tone is set for the indie/folk/soul sound. Always going for feeling, but never feeling over the top, the result is both sensual and refined.

Jordie Lane
Jordie Lane

See the photo’s and you would be forgiven for thinking that Australian Jordie Lane is just another guitar wielding, hat wearing, beard sporting, love song singing troubadour.
 
Well think again…
 
A closer listen reveals the love songs are epic tales based on historical figures, the protest songs feature lady-boys and fornicating dogs, the guitar work takes you from early Dylan to southern blues, and that felt hat is camouflaging a messy mop of hair, from a long night spent rescuing a passed out Irish crowd member.
 
You never know what to expect at a Jordie Lane show, and you get the feeling neither does he. Lane has that rare quality of being able to lure and capture his listeners with his playful charm, rhythmic finger picking, and most of all, THAT VOICE.

Jordan St. Cyr
Jordan St. Cyr


If "salt of the earth" could describe an artist and his music, there is perhaps no more apt phrase for roots/rocker, Jordan St.Cyr. A sincere, veracious performer with a talent for writing melodies to be visited over many years.

Born and raised in the prairies, with most of his upbringing in rural Manitoba, Jordan is well versed in the ethic of hard work and the honest, down-to-earth values so often associated with life in the country. Balancing married life with his wife and two kids, helping with a family business, and a clear calling to music, is something he embraces whole-heartedly as part of his journey. If asked what he would do if he had to choose one over the other, his quick reply is: all, with excellence.

His influences were initially drawn from his father's own love of music and songwriting, and have evolved to include a broad range of contemporaries. He's explored several musical outlets, including a stint in the Winnipeg rock scene as part of a band, but in 2011, he decided to release a solo project, "Let Go" receiving airplay locally and internationally, and garnering him an opening spot for Burton Cummings. The project also caught the attention of Golden West Radio, who offered him a grant to continue recording original music.

With a raw, contemporary sound, and lyrics that are ready to explore real-life topics, Jordan could certainly find his songs in many corners of the entertainment industry. Driving all of it is a passion to write and present sonically compelling music that matters, infused by unabashed transparency. His new album, "Anchors" is set to release late 2013.

Jordan Raycroft
Jordan Raycroft

Jordan Raycroft is a singer-songwriter and visual artist from Welland, Ontario who has a voice as big as he is tall, soothing and soulful all at once. Nominated for Male Vocalist and Folk Artist of the Year at the 2011 Niagara Music Awards, this indie/folk rocker is developing a strong presence around his story telling and foot stomping melodies. Recently touring Eastern Canada on his self-recorded demo, Jordan is establishing himself as a musician with a message; playing in living rooms, railroad cars, and venues across Canada, Jordan shares his passion for the abolition of modern-day slavery at any opportunity he gets. Whether he's singing about something personal as a love grown cold, a death in the family, or a world-scale issue such as the child sex trade, Jordan makes you feel like a close friend by the end of his set. With the anticipation of a Western Canada tour, Jordan is currently recording his first studio album.
 

John Jenkins and Smalltown Revival
John Jenkins and Smalltown Revival

Rooted in the heart of smalltown life ... Real and simple songwriting that echoes through the hills and sways with the sea ... Mountain folk music with swinging piano, acoustic and electric guitar, harmonica, bass, foot kick and foot snare ... SMALLTOWN REVIVAL

In 2007 John Jenkins received a recording grant from The Canadian Society of Recording Arts and recorded his first album John Jenkins and Swerving Gently - Backroads and Highways released Feb 2008.  The band followed up a year later with their second album Rare Mileage, released July 2009.  After the trio lost their drummer to other pursuits the band  was reformed and renamed.  John Jenkins' Smalltown Revival began where Swerving Gently left off, playing shows across Alberta and British Columbia.  Smalltown Revival, "produces down home, deep woods, genuine and pure Kootenay mountain sounds", featuring Yannick Robitaille on keys; John Jenkins on guitar, foot kick, and foot snare, harmonica, and vocals; and brother Dan Jenkins on electric bass and vocals.  Recorded independently, in October 2010 at home in the 'bus house' just outside Golden BC,  Smalltown Revival - "dig deeply into a folk-inspired, moody and atmospheric world" with Vancouver Island recording engineer and producer Jordan Stringer (Cabin Fever Studios).  Mastered by Jason Whelan (The Sound Solution-St. John's NFLD), the debut album for Smalltown Revival - Music From Home -  went coast to coast before being released in March 2011.

Jese LeBourdais
Jese LeBourdais

 

"Imagine yourself around a campfire built from pallets and rubber tires, everyone’s drunk on whiskey, singing and dancing like they do in old Western films. One person has even managed to drag a piano out into the wilderness. Except this party is raging on in your living room and the fire alarms have been yanked out of the ceiling. Unharnessed and wild, a bluegrass band lead by a drunkard’s crackling voice calls out beyond the roaring flames. This is the sound of Jesse LeBourdais" - Discorder Magazine

Jerry Leger
Jerry Leger

Jerry Leger(born April 19, 1985 Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian singer-songwriter. Since 2005, he has released four acclaimed albums and toured Canada and the United States, playing shows with Ron Sexsmith, The Sadies, Jesse Winchester, Fred Eaglesmith, Danny Michel, Jill Barber, Justin Townes Earle, Deer Tick, Skydiggers, Jim Lauderdale and even original Beatle, Pete Best. Leger writes songs that interrogate the trials, tribulations, stories and emotions that are part and parcel of everyday life.

Jean Paul Maurice
Jean Paul Maurice

Sometimes from bad luck or circumstance, amazing opportunities and transformations can arise. This is much the case for Maurice, a man, and a band, born and raised in Victoria BC Canada. From a major label signing, lofty expectations, and working closely with producer David Foster in Hollywood, to tumult and shattered dreams, out of a mishandled career path and naivety, Jean-Paul Maurice was able to pick up the pieces and take his music and art into his own hands.

Jean-Paul Maurice grew up as a MuchMusic kid, highly influenced by visions of rock stars and melodic love songs. A turkey baster was his first pretend microphone. Family photographs show him holding a plastic guitar while wearing a pink bandana and his sister's heart shaped sunglasses, professing at the age of 2 he wanted to be a rock star when he grew up.

The fall of 2011, saw Maurice release his second full length album, Songs In Sea. It showcases the monumental transformation of a sound. The album reflects and surmises the metaphoric irony which stands as a symbol for these recordings. The fluidity of the ocean and how it is always changing - the fluidity of music and how it is always evolving, the different emotions and stirring of life that emanates from the sea.

This album was born from very different circumstances then its David Foster-steered predecessor. Although the music still possesses the innate pop sensibilities that are Maurice's calling card, It is entirely independently made and self produced, having been recorded in a cabin, a bedroom and a basement, a huge step away from high end studios of Hollywood, the result of which was Maurice's debut release Young People with Faces, produced by Matt Hyde and David Foster, released in the spring of 2010.

This summer, Maurice was chosen to compete in Music BC's Peak Performance as one of the top 20 finalists vying for the $100,500 grand prize. Embarking upon another new chapter... this is Maurice.

Jake Ian & the Haymakers
Jake Ian & the Haymakers

Jake Ian is a songwriters songwriter. Having released four albums in the last five years, Jake Ian has been making waves in the western Canadian folk/country scene. Whether performing alone or with his backing band, The Haymakers, the songwriting always takes center stage. Ian pens intelligent and often comical tales that relate to the ordinary working man; songs of love, loneliness, hard work, failure and persistence. Able to pick an acoustic guitar and blow a harmonica with the best of them, Jake Ian’s music is charming, captivating and real.

Head of the Herd
Head of the Herd

Vancouver based Head of the Herd has recently completed their sophomore record and they've unmistakably found their stride.  The debut single "By This Time Tomorrow," a duet with Mother Mother's Jasmin Parkin, hit #1 on the national rock charts, got them on tour with Guns n' Roses, and was used by the NHL during the 2013 playoffs.

They created the album in two sessions. The first with one of rock’s most sought after producers Gggarth Richardson, the man behind Rage Against the Machine’s chart topping debut, Biffy Clyro’s 2013 UK #1 album “Opposites” and countless in between. The second session was produced by Rick Jackett & James Black from the multi-platinum group Finger Eleven.

 

Half Chance Heroes
Half Chance Heroes

Half Chance Heroes was spawned in 2009 by three musical misfits who gravitated towards each other in their high school years. After the first few cramped and sweaty jams, DJ La Grange, Ryan Schultz and Jordan Little soon became the closest of friends and the tightest of musicians.  HCH sports an original fusion of pop-punk, reggae and hip-hop that is reminiscent of bands like Sublime, Beastie Boys and Blink 182. In just four years since it's conception, the group has independently released 2 full length albums, Good Intensions, Bad Inventions (17 tracks) and the recently released Nocturnal Habits. The band has also conquered 2 national tours and supported Artists as diverse as The Trews, Said The Whale, and The Dirty Heads pointing to both the broad appeal and crossover nature of their music.  HCH takes pride in their energetic live shows and has owned festival stages such as Shake The Lake and Central Music Fest. Late in 2013, Half Chance Heroes released their first produced music video for the track “Dig A Little Deeper”, further reinforcing the band’s unique style.  2014 promises to be the break out year for HCH. To further add to the depth of their sound and intensity of their show, long time friend and extraordinary guitarist Hunter Hansen is bringing his talent and showmanship to the band. With an aggressive touring schedule, the band’s first commercial radio release, and another EP in the plan, Half Chance Heroes is definitely a band to watch, and once experienced, a band you won’t soon forget.

Gunner & Smith
Gunner & Smith

On Compromise, Gunner & Smith began to develop a sound that easily defied their original "alt-country" tag. Now carrying a fuller and harder-hitting sound, the group began to pay greater attention to pop flourishes in addition to taking on more diverse influences such as psychedelia.
Recorded by Jordan Smith at The Avenue Recording Studio, located above Saskatoon’s legendary music venue Amigos Cantina where Gunner & Smith began honing their live performance chops, the group eagerly began to take on a sound that was far more expansive and lush than their previous songs. On their debut single “Strength of My Fathers”, the quintet roll into a dramatic story of relationships and longing with appropriately soaring male/female vocal harmonies, while on “Bears” the guitars take on a lead role, with fully-realized solos and hooks.

Along the way, Gunner & Smith’s reputation as a live band began to grow as the group made appearances at festivals such as OMFEST, MoSo Fest, Lilac Festival and the prestigious Ness Creek Festival. The band also shared the stage with numerous Canadian artists in the last year such as Del Barber, Said the Whale, Petunia and the Vipers, Jordan Klassen, Mike Edel, Owls by Nature, Picture the Ocean, Boreal Sons, Close Talker, Scenic Route to Alaska, The Elwins, Nick Everett and Saskatoon up-and-coming roots legends The Deep Dark Woods.

Gunner & Smith began to tour relentlessly throughout Canada, playing extensively throughout Alberta and their home province of Saskatchewan, as well as a sojourn through the eastern half of the country, which saw front man Geoff Smith spreading his wings and returning to his solo roots.

On top of the momentum gained in 2013, Gunner & Smith are now gearing up for the release of their debut full-length album He Once Was a Good Man. Slated for an early 2014 release, the band once again returned to The Avenue with Jordan Smith and Scott Neufeld along with The Deep Dark Woods’ Ryan Boldt at them helm in the producer’s chair. In addition to producing the album, Boldt (who has previously worked with prairies folk act Kacy and Clayton) also makes several appearances playing on the album.

On He Once Was a Good Man, Gunner & Smith find themselves with their most realized sound to date despite taking several different directions. It wasn’t until the band hit the studio that things became apparent and cohesive – a concept that was unintentionally synonymous with the band’s own journey into maturity. While working with Boldt, the band kept the sessions spontaneous, using live off the floor takes in order to find their sound.

Despite the increased warmth and beauty of the record's arrangements and tones, Smith is still a master at producing dark and haunting songs that are informed by powerfully bleak lyrics – even his sunniest moments are still shadowed with drama and the lingering baritone of his vocals. While it has been a restless artistic road for Smith, Gunner & Smith have reached something of a creative peak with He Once Was a Good Man. There's no question that the journey has been an interesting one.

Glenna Garramone
Glenna Garramone

Glenna Garramone’s music is a reflection of her fascination with the edge.  Inspired by the geography and spirit of the places she has lived, from Nunavut to Hawaii, she harmonizes the experimental with the classical, and the unexpected with the organic.  Somewhere between Keith Jarrett and Joni Mitchell, Glenna Garramone’s unique approach to songwriting was recognized when she earned the Grand prize in the 2010 Artswells Songwriting Contest.

 What happens when you meld a classically trained pianist and vocalist, a bi-lingual songwriter, a guitarist, and a dancer into one person on stage?  You might witness an approximation of Glenna Garramone's live show. Glenna Garramone crafts “raw, emotional, and utterly captivating” songs (John Threlfall, Monday Magazine), using anything from piano to her tap shoes, or a shaker made from lentils in a film canister.  And that voice. She performed regularly while obtaining her degree in Poetry at the University of Victoria, establishing a distinct style of lyrical integrity and delivery.

 Glenna's fusion of talent, creativity and craft has won her invitations to a wide variety of venues, from the main stage of Victoria's Folk Fest, to the BC Festival of the Arts, and the Victoria Independent Music Awards.  The summer of 2003 saw Glenna’s first cross-country journey as she traversed Canada on her Sloppy Seduction Tour.  In 2004 she toured the West Coast of the United States by invitation, adding a musical and tap dancing element to the indie press touring circuit, The Perpetual Motion Roadshow.  While laying the groundwork for the release of her studio debut, Glenna traversed Canada once again in the fall of 2007, this time traveling by train from Ottawa to Halifax, and then Halifax to Vancouver.

Seasky-Starsong, Glenna Garramone's studio debut, charted at #2 in the Folk Charts on CFUV Radio in Victoria.  On this album, her unmistakable voice pilots you through worldscapes populated by octopi, bull kelp, Saints, and a French seductress.   In the way that Kim Barlow and Kim Beggs have captured the spirit of the Yukon in song, Glenna has embraced the West Coast in all of its imagery and philosophies.   Seasky-Starsong offers the polish of a studio album with everything listeners have come to expect from Glenna Garramone: poetic lyrics, sophisticated arrangements, and a fearless musical vision.

 Recorded in a solar-powered yurt on Molokai’i, Hawaii, Glenna Garramone’s newest album, Thank You Half Moon will be officially released in Spring 2013.   When she’s not traveling, Glenna resides in Victoria, BC.  She can also be found providing vocal harmonies to the Victoria-based band “Oliver Swain and the Big Machine.”  Glenna also pioneered and now co-produces and performs a tribute show to Leonard Cohen called “Tower of Song” along with Oliver Swain.

 Seasoned by over ten years of working the indie circuit and cultivating her unique sound, her songs are the stuff the repeat button is made for: evocative lyrics, beauty, and catharsis.

Garry Gonis and the Rambling Hey-Ho-Has
Garry Gonis and the Rambling Hey-Ho-Has

Garry Gonis lives in the Rockies and has embraced the mountains  as part of his life. Musically his songs are direct personal experiences backed by a pounding train rhythm guitar style. He has shared his musical experiences with such bands as ET-AL, Chicken Wire, Peace and last two years with The Ramblin He Ho Ha's. His shows are full of vibrant personality and three cord specials.

Emberfield
Emberfield

Based in Vancouver B.C., indie group Emberfield plays rock and folk tinged melodies that have been described as ‘earnest and heartwarming,’ while also giving a fun and laid-back feel. In Spring 2013 they released their six track debut EP ‘Lost and Dreaming’ recorded at Monarch Studios with producer Tom Dobrzanski (Said the Whale, Hey Ocean!, We Are The City). Following this release they played a nearly sold-out album release show on Friday, April 26th at Joe’s Apartment with openers Dubai and Cocahala.

The band was originally formed in November 2010, but has existed with its current line-up since early 2012. Original members include Steve Marriott (vocals, guitar) and Dan Helps (bass). Chris Kavanaugh (drums) joined in February 2012, and Nashlyn Lloyd (vocals, keys, ukulele) completed the square in March 2012. Emberfield has preformed over 20 shows, including a few mini tours to the interior BC. They have also booked an 8-date Western Canada tour for late July 2013, as well as 5 shows in the months leading up to these dates.

The group has received some air-time on community radio stations including CFRO Vancouver Co-op Radio, CJSF 90.1 FM, and CFBX The X in Kamloops. Their debut single ‘Shine’ was also featured as ‘Song of the Day’ on the Vancouver Music Review. While this band is relatively new to the scene, their strong passion and drive towards creating great music that keeps them and those around them smiling will surely have them singing for a long long time.

Elk Run & Riot
Elk Run & Riot

Elk run & Riot is an up and coming folk rock four piece that has caught fire in the Bow valley. After a December residency at the Elk and Oarsman the band shifted gears and won the Tommy's battle of the bands earning a slot opening up for Classified at the Banff Center this summer. Over the past 6 months Elk run & Riot have tightened their sound playing weekly gigs around Banff and rehearsing relentlessly at their top secret Canmore jam space. As the set list grows so does their fan base. The band has a loose feel on stage and no song is played the same on any given night. At the core of their sound lies great song writing, infectious harmonies and a tight rhythm section. The drummers name is Marc.

Dustin Bentall & The Smøkes
Dustin Bentall & The Smøkes

The Vancouver-born son of Canadian roots rocker Barney Bentall, Dustin Bentall was raised on the music of Neil Young, The Band, Bob Dylan, Tom T. Hall, The Beatles and Steve Earle. On his third release, Orion, Dustin kept what he loved from that music, scratched a new itch to expand and evolved his sound by assembling Ryan Dahle (Limblifter, Age Of Electric) as producer and three soon-to-be-stumbled-upon bi-coastal players that were also in search of a gang. This became a sound that can only be attributed to Dustin Bentall & The Smøkes.

In the dog days of high summer in 2008, Dustin Bentall set off for the desert town of Ashcroft, British Columbia to record the follow up to his 2007 debut, Streets With No Lights. A year or so before the trip to Ashcroft, Dustin met and started playing with Del Cowsill. Up until then, Dustin’s longtime guitar player Adam Dobres and he had been piecing together different bands for various gigs – always searching for a Heartbreakers or a Crazy Horse. Del’s knack for harmony singing, bass playing and being a complete encyclopedia of music from the 60’s made for the perfect fit. They played for the next year and the sound of The Dustin Bentall Outfit emerged.

Devon Coyote
Devon Coyote

Devon Coyote is a multi-instrumentalist gunslinger with an infectious sound. He’s a passionate player and the fun he is having spreads like wildfire into the hearts of every crowd. He is a quickly emerging Canadian artist, who is jamming with colleagues to create the best and most inspired music. It breeds a free flow style that adapts to diverse environments and promotes live connection with any given audience. It is a rollicking good time with a revolving door of talented musicians backing Devon Coyote, and live performances range from acoustic singer/ songwriter/stomp-box style to full band rock and roll. Think Dave Matthews meets Pearl Jam, John Mayer solos, Ben Harper lap-steel slide guitar, and the salty swagger of Gary Clark Jr.

Devon Coyote released his first album ‘Blue, Back and Grey’ in September of 2011. His much-anticipated follow-up album is due out this spring and he is excited to share some new killer tracks. His lively sound, loyal fans, and extensive touring have earned him stage rights to perform with Juno Award winners Alex Cuba, Dan Mangan, Amelia Curren, Said The Whale, The Sheepdogs and other industry favs such as Awolnation, Emerson Drive, Bif Naked, Yukon Blonde, Andrew Allen, Current Swell, The Steadies, Malibu Knights, Willhorse and The Wild.

Devin Cuddy
Devin Cuddy

 

 

"Well, it says here on the bio that he's Jim Cuddy's son, but from the opening notes, you can throw your preconceptions away.  This is no junior singer-songwriter trying to find his way around the acoustic guitar with heartfelt tunes.  He's on the piano for one thing, and no, he's no Elton balladeer either.  Instead, it sounds like he's from some other generation entirely, some made-up one that has touches of country in the 50's, New Orleans in the 20's, and Cab Calloway in the 40's.  Jazzy-bluesy numbers are swapped with rollicking proto-rockabilly, everything swinging.

 

Everything here was written by Cuddy, who is arriving on the recording scene fully formed.  Each number is a little gem, a cool story, whether tongue-in-cheek (My Son's A Queer), or passionate retro.  There's not a nod to anything post-1959, aside from some lyrics, with the few instruments the same ones those old jazzers or Sun Studio guys were using.  The piano leads it all, and it sounds like an old upright workhorse, something rolled onto the stage in the high school gymnasium when the dance band arrived.  Engineer Tim Vesely (Rheostatics) adds no effects, no ambiance or layers, adding to the antique flair.  Zach Sutton's drums go boom, Nichol Robertson's guitar solos sound like a 50's guitar, Devon Richardson's bass is felt more than heard.  It was recorded live, no overdubs, and you can tell, in the very best ways.  Even Cuddy's voice is out of time, and certainly sounds way older than 25.  But he's been in love with Armstrong-era jazz since his teens, has studied both classical and jazz, and has been workshopping this sound at weekly gigs in Toronto for three years.  And he's absolutely developed a style and blend like no other.

Derrival
Derrival

 

Derrival is a Canada based Alternative Indie-Rock band from Vancouver British Columbia consisting of Adam Mah (Lead Vocals and Rhythm Guitar), Glen Jackson (Lead Guitar and Backup Vocals), Deven Azevedo (Bass and Backup Vocals), Shane Stephenson (Keys and Backup Vocals), and Dan Kozlowski (Drums). Since forming in 2009, Derrival has played an assortment of festivals including Squamish Valley Music Festival alongside bands such as Vampire Weekend and Band of Horses, and have opened for the likes of Hey Ocean! and the Zolas.

In the winter of 2011 they released The Autumn Game/Modern Age Kids 7". The Autumn Game is about the transition between high school and real-life where all the decisions you make and the ensuing consequences are entirely your own responsibility. While Modern Age Kids speaks to the technological age we are living in today. 

After two releases and performing extensively around the lower mainland, they headed back into studio to record a mini-album entitled "Youth Captured". On March 1st, they released the single track "Victoria Day", from the upcoming album, recorded and produced by Ryan Worsley (Dear Rouge, Tough Lovers, Gravemaker) at Echoplant Sound. The band released "Youth Captured" September 1st, 2013, and feels it is their most innovative work yet, compiled of songs from the last few years and encompassing in its entirety the theme "Youth".

darren eedens
darren eedens

An old soul with the imagination of a child, darren eedens tells stories, bends truths, and creates upbeat rhythmic tracks with hauntingly morbid lyrics. With his many influences ranging from the folk and bluegrass pickers of the past, he uses his unique and powerful voice to captivate anyone within earshot. With an unmatched live energy, he shares his views on life and more often death, shedding a beautiful light on the tragic tale. Standing on tables belting out words beyond his years, audiences are silent, only adding the necessary stomp clamps to many of the entirely acoustic pieces. You can catch darren eedens playing hard and fast, with his banjo, guitar and mandolin as his weapons of choice, sometimes using his voice as his only instrument. It is not uncommon to find darren belting lyrics out at the top of his lungs, standing on top of bars, tables and chairs. He breaks any barriers that one would expect to find when attending a show to see a solo act. His energy is unmatched and from the first note picked literally has the entire audience silent and yet ready for a party.

 He brings his music everywhere he can, and has every intention of bringing it to a venue near you. Touring many parts of Canada, United States, UK and Europe, he travels with nothing but his instruments and the clothes on his back; he puts every penny earned into travel, food, and making more music. darren has toured with acts such as Juno nominated Emm Gryner, and has shared the stage with the likes of Royal Wood, Melissa McClelland, and Luke Doucet.

 

Daniel Sky
Daniel Sky

There is a purveying attitude modern nostalgia and cautious optimism that weave its way through ‘Spider Milk’, the latest record by Singer-songwriter, Daniel Sky.  Blending elements of folk, rock, pop, punk, swing and blues Daniel Sky along with producer Derek Downham (The Beauties, Andy Kim, Serena Ryder) concoct a musical cocktail that is potently complex yet completely digestible.
 
Thrust into the limelight of Toronto’s bustling music scene with the release of his 2008 debut On the Round, produced By David Baxter (Justin Rutledge, Treasa Levasseur) Daniel Sky has been a regular feature in Toronto venues such as The Dakota Tavern, The Cameron House, Not My Dog, The Drake Hotel, The Local, has played at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern and Lee’s Palace, and had two national tours under his belt.
 
A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sky’s love of Canadian landscapes from the prairies to the mountains, to the coast comes alive in his lyrical images and emotional melodies that capture the austere majesty and timeless beauty of both inner and outer landscapes.

 

Damn Fools
Damn Fools

 

Damn Fools is a six piece outfit, formed in the summer of 2012. The band set out with a clear vision in mind: to be a great live band, playing honest rock 'n roll music, and to record the same way as when rock and roll was at its prime. 

 
Two years ago brothers Mike and Andrew Twining decided the path they were headed down as songwriters and musicians was ripe for a change. Taking refuge with their guitars, a handheld tape recorder and a collection of old LPs, they began their journey, writing songs stemming from the most vintage of musical idioms: classic rock, blues, soul and southern groove. 
 
 The Twinings’ appreciation for the way music was written, recorded and played in the 60’s and 70’s began to show in their songwriting. The songs matured to become less commodities and more honest and thoughtful interpretations of rock and roll’s roots. 
 
With their former band mates (Fully Loaded), Chris Ball on bass, Jovan Vujatovic on drums, and a second guitar lead, Alex Gordon-Firing, they’ve morphed into Damn Fools, a band that has the same groove and soul, sexual triumph and despair as that magical era. 
 
Gordon-Firing’s extensive knowledge of vintage gear and blues music has helped shape the direction of their sound. To achieve that same full sound as their influences, bands like the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and the Black Crowes, they recruited keys player Mike Turner, who was raised on the same musical roots and believes in their commitment to playing something real. 
 
In January 2013 the band set up shop at Vancouver’s legendary recording facility, Mushroom Studios, with renowned producer Dave “Rave” Ogilvie to record their debut full length album – 4 days, 12 songs, live off the floor. 
Cougars in America
Cougars in America

Cougars in America is the new alt-folk project of Canadian-turned-Bruxellois singer-songwriter, Scott Hamilton. Poet, multi-instrumentalist, and troubadour, he transforms his world into song. Taking his name from a cat that lives on only in popular myth, his lyrics express an image of humanity lost, tragic, comic and beautiful. Armed with his guitar, harmonicas, stylophone, loopstation and voice, he creates an atmosphere that is intimate, sincere, and overwhelming. His music has been compared to Bonnie Prince Billy or Sufjan Stevens, and serves in equal measures American Folk, Blues, and Indie Rock.

Chris Culgin
Chris Culgin

CHRIS CULGIN is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Peterborough, Ontario. His influences are steeped and rolled in the roots country traditions that are prevalent in the musically rich environment that is Peterborough. The last few years have taken him on several cross Canada tours reaching from St. John's, Newfoundland to Dawson City, Yukon as a band leader in The Avenues, as well as a supporting player for various other Canadian projects. He has performed everywhere in Canada from festivals to bars to living rooms.

His first solo release will be this January 2013 with 'Good Night, Good Morning', a full length album recorded in Peterborough and Toronto by producer James Bunton (Ohbijou, Evening Hymns, Light Fires, etc). This is by far the most ambitious of Culgin's releases, featuring songs that soar with lavish string arrangements by Mika Posen (Timbre, Timbre) and lush horn sections by Shaun Brodie (Evening Hymns). The recording wanders around the terms country and roots music and has songs about the darker stuff of life; sorrow, heartbreak, regret and bitterness, without sounding apathetic.

 Culgin's backing band features Peterborough's finest with Sean Conway on electric guitar, Rob Foreman on upright bass, Matt Greco on drums with Chris playing acoustic guitar and mandolin. Their live show is high spirited and will get you moving, as well as moved.

Carrey J. Buss and Alannah Zeebeck
Carrey J. Buss and Alannah Zeebeck

Alannah Zeebeck grew up in small-town Saskatchewan, and later fell into Winnipeg's open arms. Her compulsive writing habit collided with her passion for playing music when she hopped that one province over, and she's been writing songs ever since. Fascinated by people and obsessed with honesty, she carts around songs in the form of unflinching confessions, and shares her stories with a smoky alto and lone guitar.

Carey J. Buss grew up spending his summers camping in the heart of Northern Ontario, making friends, and enjoying all that the land had to offer, with a backdrop of acoustic music that sonically emulated the freedom of the territory. Now, after discovering the music of such acts as Kim Churchill, Dan Mangan, Kaki King, and Fleet Foxes, Carey J. Buss seeks to create his own free, unique, and inspired brand of guitar-driven folk music. Sometimes instrumental and quiet, and other times loud and brash with the kick drum, guitar, and voice all booming, Carey’s tunes are at once intriguing and relatable. His guitar playing is clearly what sets him apart, with the aforementioned influences making themselves felt, but his baritone voice and steady foot on the kick continue to grow stronger as he hones his craft.

Buckman Coe
Buckman Coe

Buckman Coe was recently voted second for Best Unsigned Band in the Georgia Straight Reader's Choice Contest. By TheMountain's Feet, the new album, is a collection of conscious roots rock that feels as good as the sun beating down on your face. His songs are progressive and contemporary, and convey an appreciation for life that's seldom expressed with such genuineness and depth.

Bryan Frid
Bryan Frid

 

Bryan has been playing pubs and bars across Ontario for the last 8-10 years at least twice a week: solo acoustic, with a 3 piece acoustic band and with a full 5 piece southern rock / new country band.  He's played while travelling in Northern Ontario (been asked back every year), Montreal and even in Europe and have had a blast with the change of scenery every time.   Solo he has at least 400 tunes in the bank, happily take / try requests, only sing on key and get everyone dancing no matter what the crowd.  From Johnny Cash to GnR to Dave Matthews to Pearl Jam to a full set of Zac Brown, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Eric Church new country I pretty much play everything. 

Brad Brewer Band
Brad Brewer Band

About

Brad is a Singer/Songwriter and Entertainer from Toronto, Canada currently residing in Banff, Alberta out in the Canadian Rockies.

Description

"Pick it up and Play it" Rock

Artists We Also Like

The Strumbellas, Poor Young Things, Elk Run & Riot

Genre

Acoustic & Electric Pub Rock

Members

Brad Brewer-Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Stompbox, Foot Tamborine, Harmonicas, Various Percussion....All at once.
Zoltán Varga-Bass Master

Influences

The Strumbellas, The Black Keys, The Watchmen, Robin Trower, Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers, Presidents of the United States of America....anything that make you tap your toe!

Current Location

The Great Canadian Rockies...(Banff)

Blackberry Wood
Blackberry Wood

Blackberry Wood  is a wonderful, secret and magic combination of alt-country-gypsy-circus music. They are on tour now in support of their newest record “Strong Man vs Russian Bears”, it’s a wonderful sounding vaudevillian ruckus!!!  They play a high-energy cabaret spin on dreamy old musical styles adding big juicy modern flavours like  jumpin' ska, rock and roll, blues, bumpin’ hip-hop, gypsy punk ‘n many other irresistible body shakin’, foot stompin’ sounds. Blackberry Wood comes down the road like a travelling caravan, with all kinds of wondrous instruments, vocal melodies and fantastically costumed characters. They've kicked up dust in towns all over Western Canada, the United Kingdom and parts of the United States. Woooopa!!!

 

the lion the bear the fox took over thirty years to find each other, but only thirty days for Christopher Arruda (the lion), Cory Woodward (the bear) and Ryan McMahon (the fox) to realize they were meant to join their voices as one. The Nanaimo Daily News calls the trio  "a musical force of nature" to be reckoned with. 

 
In May of 2012, the three men set out on tour to promote their respective solo efforts. While Woodward was gearing up to release a full length, Arruda and McMahon were making the trek to keep traction with the audiences they'd built in Western Canada during the previous years. Over wine, campfires, nights in cheap hotel rooms and woodland cabins an unshakeable bond began to form. They shared stories of their lives, successes and failures in the music industry, and ultimately their dreams of what they hope to accomplish as artists. Three big voices began to support each other during shows and at the tours conclusion, they had a setlist worth of material. Something that had come together so naturally; so organically, simply had to be re-visited. 
 
Now, a year later, the recently announced Peak Performance Project finalists, that began as separate, solo tours has evolved into a full time project for the lion the bear the fox. By uniting three distinct, equally powerful voices and songwriting approaches, Arruda, Woodward & McMahon have stumbled onto a magic much greater than the sum of it's parts. 
 
“All three artists are known for the passion they bring to their performances and the honest songs they write” says the Ladysmith Chronicle, and they have succeeded in creating gripping, dynamic songs while capturing a sincerity rarely heard this side of the 2000's. Bridging the gap between Vancouver, where the lion and the bear dwell and Ladysmith where the fox resides is only a testament to their collective commitment of creating their brand of passionately honest songs. 
 
With over three decades combined experience, the trio are currently immersed in production for their debut EP 'We'd Be Good Men', release date October 1st of this year. 2013 will be the year the lion the bear the fox bring their heartfelt songs and larger than life sound to the rugged Canadian terrain that continues to inspire them.
 
 
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