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Old Man Luedecke • Oct 17

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OLD MAN LUEDECKE
Thursday Oct 17, 2019
Doors 7:00PM, Show 8:00PM
Tickets: $20 (+SC) adv., $25 door • 19+
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“This will be the first tour I’ve ever done with a full band,” says Old Man Luedecke. “Mostly made up of the album band from working at Montreal’s Hotel2Tango with Mike O’Brien (Vic Chestnutt, Sin and Swoon) and Jamie Thompson (Socalled, Islands), and rounded out with Brian Kobayakawa on bass (Serena Ryder, Creaking Tree). I thought it’d be really nice to recreate the calypso vibes of the new record. We performed the record in Montreal to great success this past Sunday at the Festival Folk Sur Le Canal and it felt so good to be on the festival main stage with a fuller sound for the afternoon easing in to the evening. It’s pretty exciting to put old and new songs into the band context and bring the sound not just of this record but all of my records on to the road this fall. It just seems like time for this new fun.”

Easy Money picks up where Old Man Luedecke’s award-winning Domestic Eccentric (2015) leaves off: four years farther down the road, dreaming about his ship coming in, still a parent but now grappling with the newness of middle age, dad jokes, love for an abiding partner, the death of a parent, along with some calypso-feeling local Nova Scotia history thrown in for good measure. Composition and recording were both begun at the Banff Centre’s songwriter-in-residence program. It was there that Luedecke met the album’s producer Howard Bilerman of Montreal’s famed Hotel2Tango studio where the album was eventually recorded. The two hit it off when Luedecke composed “Easy Money” on the tracking floor on the first day of the program. Desperate for something worthy to use in his recording time, Luedecke channeled a traditional Christmas number he knew from a Harry Belafonte record and sang largely improvised verses into a winning tune that is sure to be a modern classic: “Oh yes I need it, Oh yes I want it, I dream about easy, I dream about Easy money.” (Don’t we all.) 

The further nine new original compositions and two covers run a modern storytelling line from the fifties folk and calypso boom into the everyday of tangible middle life. Guest appearances by long-time collaborator and Grammy award-winning Tim O’Brien, Afie Jurvanen of Bahamas, and Fats Kaplin (Jack White, John Prine) add piquant accents to the impeccable playing of Luedecke and a crack Montreal studio band of Mike O’Brien, Joshua Toal and Jamie Thompson.

The album begins with three upbeat incantations of what is surely the beginnings of a mid-life crisis (Dad Jokes? Wakeup Call, come on!) then moves to two songs musing about death; both inspired in part and in different ways, by the passing of Luedecke’s father, the passing of Leonard Cohen and current politics and the death of truth. There are two island-themed numbers that imagine a laid-back life in the local un-tropical paradise of the Canadian Maritimes. Then comes a country song with killer fiddling and harmony singing by Tim O’Brien, a dance number of frightful worry and then a cover of Nana Mouskouri’s French language cover of Bob Dylan’s topical apocalyptic plaint, “Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall”. This is followed by a traditional sea shanty about a mermaid and a shipwreck. The album closer, “‘I Skipped a Stone”, is the most beautiful song about hoping your wife will pick up the phone. The song is made all the sweeter by the special appearance of Bahamas’ playing and singing, to close out Luedecke’s sixth full length studio album.

Old Man Luedecke is the recording and performing name of Christopher Luedecke, 2 time JUNO and multi East Coast Music award-winner, and Polaris Music Prize nominee from Chester, Nova Scotia. Since 2004 he has travelled the world playing festivals, theatres and clubs. He delights his audiences with his heart-felt command of the stage. Plus, his inspired banjo playing and wry storytelling cut to the heart of normal/extraordinary experience itself. Born and raised in Toronto, Luedecke followed Thoreauvian and romantic notions to Canada’s Yukon where he fell in love and started composing folk songs with a banjo. Since 2005, he has lived rurally on the south shore of Nova Scotia in Canada’s music-rich Maritime provinces. He has had major appearances at Canadian, Australian and UK festivals and has performed with the likes of Feist, Bahamas, Tim O’Brien, and Rose Cousins. He has built a name and a following that has been uncompromisingly unique and is now firmly established in the top echelon of Canadian folk artists. As the Vancouver Folk Festival says, “He is a musical singularity to be savoured and shared.”

The Stanfields Acoustic Tour • Oct 10

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THE STANFIELDS ACOUSTIC TOUR
Thursday Oct 10, 2019
Doors 7:00PM, Show 8:00PM
Tickets: $15 (+SC) adv., $20 door • 19+

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The Stanfields get right to the point in the first lines of the first song on their new album, Limboland: “A line was drawn in the sand by a fool with a big stick and tiny hands/He promised a wall, talked about greatness and dared to speak for me.” That has the band fired up, and answering back big-time, plain-speaking, and plain-rocking: “I’m not afraid of the world,” comes the answer. The Stanfields are back, and ready to sing out loud and clear.

“There’s so much going on in the world, there’s so much uncertainty, I think it’s important that we’re speaking in a really clear voice,” says lead singer and songwriter Jon Landry. Limboland is the fifth album for the Halifax-based band, which sees them take an unflinching look at the negative forces that threaten rights and liberties for all, while doing it all with their trademark swirl of guitars, pounding drums, fiddle and rowdy energy.

No, it’s not political, it’s simply trying to be reasonable, like most of us want. “It’s not just Trump, or Rupert Murdoch, it’s Justin Trudeau and others too, everybody’s just grinding their axe, and we’re not listening to each other,” says Landry. “People are scared to have an opinion lest they be drawn and quartered on social media. The extremist dummies speak the loudest, meanwhile everybody else is in the middle, holding a more moderate view. I like to think that’s where we are, we don’t particularly bang on a drum one side or the other, I like to think we’re in the realm of common sense.” 

In other words, screw politics and profit, let’s worry about the big picture: “Your flag won’t save you anymore/keep the ocean from rising up and washing away the shore.” Strong advice, but at the same time, some of the most exciting and memorable music the group has ever made.

This is the first album for the group since 2015’s Modem Operandi, and the first to be recorded with the two newest members of the band, fiddler Calen Kinney and bass player Dillan Tate. “Bringing the new guys into the band really gave myself and Jmac (guitar player Jason MacIsaac) and Murph (drummer Mark Murphy) the license to take a stop and reflect on what we had done musically up to this part,” says Landry. “To say okay, let’s go full-circle here, let’s harness these young guys’ energy to be okay doing three minute songs again, and be forthright about what we’re saying instead of trying to mask it behind some kind of artsy facade. Let’s be comfortable with who we are.” As fans of The Stanfields’ dynamic live show know, that means bringing a message, and bringing the noise. “Our thing has always been, since day one as a band, trying to find that sweet spot where entertainment and art can co-exist,” says Landry.

You’d never call The Stanfields traditional, but being from Nova Scotia, they can’t help soaking up those influences, especially the storytelling. “It’s in my blood,” confirms Landry. “Somebody told me that I sound like I write songs from 100 years ago, which is a fantastic compliment for my sake. John Prine has been my hero since I was a kid, but I also liked Nirvana.” Those East Coast images show up in ‘Lantern In The Window.’ “That song’s about making sure that we actually have a place in our hearts and our minds for people who are homeless or people who are being repressed. It’s sort of a warning shot, if we continue down this path, our civil liberties are going to be degraded.” Another highlight is ‘Total Black,’ which features Celtic duo Cassie and Maggie MacDonald, winners of this year’s Traditional Album of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Maggie joined Landry for shared lead vocals, while Cassie played twin fiddles with Calen.

The Stanfields have been road-testing the new songs and are thrilled with the reception. “We have the Blacktop Ball festival that we do every year on the North Shore of Nova Scotia in August, and the first night we played the record front to back,” says Landry. “This is the party faithful showing up for the event, and it went over really well. We’ve been playing them here and there and they’ve been going over gangbusters.”

Fired up, speaking out and rocking harder than ever, Limboland sees The Stanfields at their very best.

 

Ten Kills The Pack • Oct 9

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TEN KILLS THE PACK with BIANCA BERNARDI
Wednesday Oct 9, 2019
Doors 7:00PM, Show 8:00PM
Tickets: $12 (+SC) adv., $15 door • 19+

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Born in Mississauga, Ontario, Ten Kills The Pack is a project that was shaped and raised in the city of Toronto. Its poetic focused material is put forth by singer/songwriter, Sean Sroka; a musician deriving from multiple bands, genres, and touring projects that have carved through the eastern coasts of Canada. Ten Kills The Pack, as described by Seanʼs most biased friend and fan, Dave: “He lives in those moments, those real conversations about adolescent fears, growing up and faltering relationships. Ten Kills the Pack is for every late night bar dweller, every person unsure about their “path” and for every introspective human being overanalyzing their life choices. Itʼs what myself and others have always connected with his music so easily. Drawing from his all-time influences such as Stan Rogers, Dylan, The National, or Laura Marling, Sroka is a modern day poet, commenting on what it means to be a complex human in the modern age.”

A native of Burlington, Ontario, singer-songwriter Bianca Bernardi released her debut self-titled EP in the Summer of 2014 for which she received two Hamilton Music Award nominations. You can find her playing all around the GTA by night or in a local coffee shop with a notebook and pen in hand by day.

Sweet Alibi w/Matt Paxton • Oct 4

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SWEET ALIBI with MATT PAXTON
Friday Oct 4, 2019
Doors 7:00PM, Show 8:00PM
Tickets: $20 (+SC) adv., $25 door • 19+

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Known for their soulful three-part harmonies, West Coast Music Award Winners Sweet Alibi have shared their folk roots-pop infused music with listeners across North America and Europe since 2009. They are the distinct and complementary voices of Jess Rae Ayre, Amber Nielsen and Michelle Anderson, joined by Alasdair Dunlop on bass and Sandy Fernandez on drums. Their music has garnered national accolades and awards, has been featured on MTV Canada, CMT, it has received major radio play on college/community and satellite radio, with several songs in the top 20 of CBC Radio 2’s national charts.

“Sweet Alibi definitely belongs in the category of best Canadian folk-pop artists” – Coolibri GERMANY

“Sweet Alibi’s expert harmonies and timeless soul continue to draw eyes and ears to the ‘Music Heart of the Continent’ Winnipeg!” – Beatroute Magazine

Thus Owls w/Freedom Baby • June 20, 2019

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THUS OWLS with FREEDOM BABY
Thursday June 20, 2019
Doors 7:30PM, Show 8:30PM
Tickets: $15 (+SC) adv., $18 door • 19+
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Montreal’s dark pearl Thus Owls, aka Swedish-Canadian couple Erika and Simon Angell, have since their debut in 2009 become an original and independent voice on the alternative music scene. Simon’s harshly charismatic guitar sound blends with the urgency of Erika’s vocals to create a sound that bends and stretches their unusual compositions into ever newer and surprising shapes. It is in the constantly shifting scenery that Thus Owls find their sound. Their soulful adventurousness and musical fluency borrows from every corner of popular music, while pushing boundaries beyond any hackneyed genre classification.  Thus Owls released their fourth full-length album The Mountain That We Live Upon in September 2018. Nine tracks, composed for four guitars, drums and voice, that questions creation from an artistic as well as a biological point of view. What does motherhood, parenthood and artistry mean and what happens in the wake of our choices? From a jazz oriented, avant-garde rock with chanted poetry, one version and one reality takes shape. The unmistakable sound of Erika and Simon Angell carries and brings forward this larger version of Thus Owls into a dynamic, open and free sound where love stands undoubted.  For their fourth full-length album, Thus Owls has collaborated with a seven piece large band. The core trio of Erika, Simon and  drummer Samuel Joly (Marie-Pierre Arthur, Fred Fortin), is surrounded by three additional guitar players; Laurel Sprengelmeyer (Little Scream), Nicolas Basque (Plants and Animals), Michael Feuerstack (The Luyas) and bass player Marc-André Landry (Matt Holubowski). The record also features, Jason Sharp on bass saxophone and Emil Strandberg from Sweden on trumpet. The full band was recorded live off the floor, at Hotel2Tango in Montreal, to capture the passion that exists in their powerful and dynamic live performances. The new album will be the first release on Erika and Simon’s new independent label and artistic home, For The Living And The Dead.

“Erika’s voice sits alongside the greatest indie female artists, those who are not afraid of anything, PJ Harvey, Kate Bush, Patti Smith” – Devoir

”..a profound complete work, one as towering and majestic as the title suggests. It should go down as a seminal modern art rock album..” – Exclaim!

It is rare that I scream genius, but this concert for me was a huge ★★★★★.  – Canal Auditif

“The richness of the arrangements, the impact of the guitars and the vocal power make Thus Owls a true treasure.” – La Presse

Freedom Baby was formed in June of 2017 by Eric and Brianna who started recording songs in their bedroom. They released their first single, “Video Daydream”, in August 2017 to positive reviews, premiering on Indie88.  For their first EP they enlisted the help of more musicians and expanded their roster from two to eight, switching from the electronic bedroom experimentation to a more straightforward indie rock sound with elements of experimental progressive rock. How You’ll Grow was released in March of 2018 to critical acclaim. Single “When We Go” premiered on EARMILK.  In May 2018, they released a second EP/single, the 15-minute indie rock opera entitled “I Want To Give” which saw the band perfecting the blend of experimental indie rock they started on their debut EP.

 

Lydia Persaud w/Charlotte Cornfield • June 15, 2019

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LYDIA PERSAUD with CHARLOTTE CORNFIELD
Saturday June 15, 2019
Doors 7:00PM, Show 8:00PM
Tickets: $12 (+SC) adv., $15 door • 19+
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Lydia Persaud is a Toronto-born & raised soul artist. Lydia’s sound expands the boundaries of soul to include both folk and jazz, styles that have been foundational to her musical growth. Lydia attended the rigorous jazz program at Humber School of Music, where she won the Oscar Peterson Jazz Award and connected with fellow members of the folk trio The O’Pears, whom she has been collaborating with for the past seven years. Working in these styles honed Lydia’s mastery of sophisticated vocal harmony and blend, leading her to become an in-demand vocalist. Lydia has supported such icons as Gordon Lightfoot, David Crosby, and Lee Fields, as well as opened for Serena Ryder, Sarah Harmer, and Joey Landreth. After performing internationally with The O’Pears and Dwayne Gretzky, and backing artists such as Lee Fields, Jill Barber, Royal Wood, Jadea Kelly and Karl Wolf, Lydia has emerged with her own voice in the world of folk-soul.

Raised on a healthy dose of the country music narrative and the spiritual motivation of gospel hymns, Persaud reconnected with her roots on her debut solo EP, 2017’s Low Light. The EP featured some of Canada’s finest musicians such as Robbie Grunwald (Jill Barber, Good Lovelies), Joel Schwartz (Birds of Chicago), Josh Van Tassel (Great Lake Swimmers), and Drew Jurecka (Jill Barber). Persaud‘s follow-up single, “Honey Child”, saw her reunite with Low Light producer Robbie Grunwald, alongside a band consisting of Grunwald (bass/keys), Champagne James Robertson (guitar), Joshua Van Tassel (drums/percussion), and Anh Phung (flute), as well as Joanna Mohammed-Gonzalez and Claire Doyle (vocals). Her debut full-length album, Let Me Show You, drops May 10 on Next Door Records. With Let Me Show You, Lydia draws inspiration from her musical heroes, such as Donny Hathaway, Bill Withers and Carole King, while touching on vital issues that deeply affect her. Her music melds genres while Lydia’s clear message shines through on the power of her unforgettable voice.

 “Soul music has always affected me the most, a soulful conviction on matters of the heart,” says Persaud.  “Voicing struggle or sharing joy and celebration has always been my favourite method of expression.” As a woman of colour from a Canadian-Guyanese-Ukrainian background, Lydia has actively sought to break stereotyped expectations of her identity through her music. She finds it empowering to disrupt assumptions that pigeonhole her in genres such as Folk: “Swaying far from those expectations by writing soul-based songs on the ukulele felt like I was carving out my own space. I always had a love for early country music and storytelling through song, which always kept me close to artists like Shania Twain and Stevie Wonder.”

In the past year Lydia has supported Serena Ryder, Joey Landreth, Donovan Woods, and recently joined Lindi Ortega, Terra Lightfoot & Begonia as a special guest on The Longest Road Show.

 

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“You free yourself when you take away the script,” says Toronto songwriter Charlotte Cornfield. “That’s where this record came from, dismantling patterns and embracing the process.” Cornfield’s third full length, The Shape of Your Name,  arrived in April 2019 via Outside Music imprint Next Door Records. The album has a more honed studio sound than her scrappier 2016 release Future Snowbird and her acclaimed 2011 debut Two Horses, and for good reason: it was recorded in five different sessions over the course of three years. The songs are her strongest and most striking to date — contemplative and contemporary, funny and heart-wrenching — and they’ve got that stuck-in-your-head-for-days quality that Cornfield is known for.

The Shape of Your Name features a star-studded cast of collaborators including (but not limited to) Grammy-winning engineer Shawn Everett, Broken Social Scene members Brendan Canning, Kevin Drew and Charles Spearin, and Montreal songwriter Leif Vollebekk. A denizen of the road since her late teens, the 6-foot-tall musician lives in a state of bemusement. Cornfield has previously shared the stage with the likes of Sun Kil Moon, Lake Street Dive, Ron Sexsmith and Sharon Van Etten. The Globe and Mail says, “Her songwriting is ravenous. Even here, in uneasy happiness, [Cornfield] sounds like she will wolf down her life as fast as she is able. The windfalls, the crises, the concerts, the chance encounters – she’ll sprint through them all, collecting burs. This is work in the tradition of Dylan or Townes Van Zandt.”

Gillian Nicola w/Benjamin Dakota Rogers • May 31, 2019

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GILLIAN NICOLA with BENJAMIN DAKOTA ROGERS
Saturday May 31, 2019
Doors 7:00PM, Show 8:00PM
Tickets: $10 (+SC) adv., $15 door • 19+
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Hamilton’s Gillian Nicola took an unusual route to becoming a folk/Americana singer-songwriter: trained in classical voice, Nicola spent her teens gigging in a classic rock cover band, singing Janis Joplin and Led Zeppelin before launching herself into alt-country when she began writing songs.  Dried Flowers, Nicola’s wise and stunning debut full-length album, follows 2016’s critically acclaimed EP No Place To Call. The songs for Dried Flowers began to take shape as Nicola recorded demos with Robyn Dell’Unto, with whom Nicola co-wrote the album’s first track, “Ashes.”  At Dell’Unto’s recommendation, Nicola connected with producer John Dinsmore (NQ Arbuckle), and the two clicked instantly. Most of Dried Flowers was recorded with Dinsmore at Toronto’s Lincoln County Social Club. Centred around Nicola’s chameleonic vocals — at one moment with a hint of tobacco in her voice, the next outright rocking — strummed and finger picked guitar, and versatile, melodic songwriting, Dried Flowers features Nicola’s core band, bassist Bruce Scavuzzo and drummer Justin Han, along with Dinsmore (banjo), Drew Jurecka (string arrangements), Aaron Goldstein (pedal steel), Gord Tough (electric guitar), Rosalyn Dennett (fiddle), Emily Rockarts (keys), and Alyson McNamara (backing vocals).

In early 2018, Nicola headed to the Banff Centre to participate in its Singer-Songwriter Residency. During those three weeks Nicola wrote roughly half the songs on her new album, with guidance from mentors Kim Richey, Lynn Miles, Kevin Welch, and more. Through these mentors, Nicola found a new level of honesty and vulnerability that she hadn’t yet approached in her songwriting. Nicola also took advantage of the residency’s recording facilities to collaborate with other songwriters in the program, such as Mike O’Brien (Sin & Swoon), Fats Kaplin (John Prine, Jack White), and Chris Luedecke (Old Man Luedecke), on “New Light” and Rockarts, McNamara, Miranda Currie, Rebecca Emms, Sarah MacDougall, Kim Beggs, and others on “She Stays Silent,” a powerful #MeToo anthem. “’She Stays Silent’ just exploded out of me,” Nicola says. “It was one of the fastest songs I’ve ever written, though I don’t know that’s a good thing; it was inspired by my own experiences and the stories we hear all too often.” “New Light” and “She Stays Silent” were produced by the legendary Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire).

With nominations for the Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award, Toronto Independent Music Awards and Hamilton Music Awards, Nicola has toured Canada’s east and west coasts, and has shared the stage with some of Canada’s best songwriters, such as Amelia Curran, Tom Wilson, Terra Lightfoot, and Lori Yates.

“Nicola delivers warm, familiar, folksy Canadiana — but her powerhouse vocals make for a listening experience that’s entirely refreshing.” – Exclaim!

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Benjamin Dakota Rogers makes his highly anticipated return to the folk world with his brand new single, “Better by Now,” stripping the genre down to its core and emotionally charging it with the raw human experience that can only be delivered from the honesty and grit of a farm boy’s hands. Hailing from the countryside of rural Ontario, Benjamin funnels his penchant for starry nights and nostalgia into his stylized folk sound, reaching far beyond to include influences of roots, blues and country music. Benjamin found a passion and purpose in folk music after inheriting his great- grandfather’s violin at the tender age of seven. From budding musician to awe-inspiring performer, his love of creating meaningful music has taken the reins and garnered much attention from folk artists and enthusiasts alike.  With the release of his new single, this singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist folk-phenom proves he’s at the top of his game in every way imaginable, grasping for the stars that light up his quaint hometown of Scotland, ON. As he prepares for the release of his most ambitious project to date, Benjamin Dakota Rogers continues to redefine the genre with an infinite sound evolution that promises to deepen the path he’s already carved for himself for years to come.

“Rogers’ unique voice, thought-provoking lyrics, energetic performances and dynamic fiddle techniques leave this up-and-coming musician in a class of his own.” – InSpades Magazine.

The Deep Dark Woods w/Evan Cheadle • May 13, 2019

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THE DEEP DARK WOODS with EVAN CHEADLE
Monday May 13, 2019
Doors 7:30PM, Show 8:00PM
Tickets: $15 (+SC) adv., $20 door • 19+
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Floods and plagues, ghosts and slaughter: woe to those who populate the songs of Yarrow, The Deep Dark Woods’ 2017 release on Six Shooter Records. A gentle summer breeze swings the gallows ropes, flowers bloom callously on lovers’ graves. These anthems are definitely not from Eden. Fresh off a JUNO nomination for Yarrow, the band has been crafting their brand of prairie psychedelics and a “loose grungy folk sound” (Paste) for over a decade. Having released six critically acclaimed records, the two-time JUNO nominated band has developed a fervent international following on both sides of the Atlantic, with particular success in the Americana realm. Having performed with members of The Grateful Dead and received a nomination for Emerging Artist of the Year at the Americana Music Awards, the Deep Dark Woods have toured North America, the UK and Europe to rave review.  Yarrow is The Deep Dark Woods reimagined by songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ryan Boldt. There’s a juicy unease and quiet intensity to frontman Boldt’s presence, as if a new door has opened to let loose the weirdness. In place of the freewheelin’ jammy vibe there’s a darker, stranger tenor that sides with those modern mystics whose music exists in the creepier, freakier corners of existence. The sound is rooted in, but not restricted to, tradition, drawing inspiration from sounds out of the U.K. and Appalachia and employing rich storytelling. The haunting and cinematic lyrical style and chord changes that pillow the flowing delivery and harmony and lines are cloaked in dreams of summer through a snowstorm. With Yarrow, it’s clear that Boldt’s well of inspiration runs as deep as it does dark.

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Evan Cheadle grew up immersing himself in American and English folk music, and has a strong love for ’60s and ’70s Rock ‘n’ Roll and R&B.  Since 2013, Evan has been writing, recording and performing his own music as well as with a number of other groups around Victoria. One night, Ryan Boldt of The Deep Dark Woods, stumbled upon one of Evan’s performances, and the two bonded over shared musical interest. Since then, it blossomed into a great friendship, and musical venture. Together, they recorded and produced Evan’s upcoming EP Chasing Shadows, an album which is textured, melodic and lyrically rich. The two set up a Studio in a spare room in Evan’s house. Sessions began in early 2016 and carried on through to 2017. Other musicians included on Chasing Shadows: The Deep Dark Woods’ longtime organist Geoff Hilhorst; Keenan Mittag-Degala on drums; Maria Grigoryeva on violin & viola; Lyudmila Kadyrbaeva cello; Jayne Trimble on backing vocals. The sound of Chasing Shadows has echoes of psychedelic folk, country blues and English ballads while retaining a distinct originality.  In spring 2017, Evan joined The Deep Dark Woods as their lead guitarist, and has toured Europe and North America. He has also formed is own band, currently touring Chasing Shadows.

“Cheadle’s intricate guitar picking and delicate vocals instantly transport listeners to a diverse musical world inhabited by the likes of Bert Jansch, Nick Drake and Harry Nilsson, all-the-while avoiding nostalgia’s tepid waters; Cheadle, it seems, stands outside of time.” – Analogue Magazine

WHOOP-Szo w/Sarah Good & the Bads • May 12, 2019

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WHOOP-SZO with SARAH GOOD & THE BADS
Sunday May 12, 2019
Doors 7:00PM, Show 8:00PM
Tickets: $12 (+SC) adv., $15 doors • 19+
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Arty, spasmodic, dynamic and entirely unique, you won’t find another band like WHOOP-Szo. With a cast of members roaming in and out of Guelph, this band of creative counterparts combines sound collage, disjointed parts, complex arrangements, and supreme momentum to weave sonic stories, all at once disorienting and enjoyable.  True psych pilgrims using music as an extension of their search for enlightenment, WHOOP-Szo create delicately rambling soundscapes. With an experimental and dramatic air, they combine a wide spectrum of sound samples. From water dripping, to cats purring, to assorted erotic noisemaking, nothing is out of reach in the name of expression. The band’s 2014 double-album Qallunaat/Odemin was recorded during a purposeful visit to the northern Inuit village of Salluit, Quebec. Its follow-up, Niizhwaaswo, was released short months later. The group’s latest release,  Citizen’s Ban(ne)d Radio, arrived in November 2016 (via Out of Sound Records). Music aside, WHOOP-Szo is well known for the boundaries that they have bridged between social work, activism, and music making, not only in their hometown of London, Ontario, but also in various communities across Turtle Island. As a band fronted by an indigenous artist, album and song themes often focus on issues like colonization, language, self-determination, and appropriation. Outreach feats include the creation of an Inuit Youth silkscreen apprenticeship program in Salluit, QC and workshops on Solidarity Through Art in Kingsclear First Nation, NB amongst others.

“Somewhere in between doom, psychedelia and indie rock, WHOOP-Szo are crafting a sort of social and emotional protest music. Tip-toeing into the sublime, the group creates songs that are enveloping and immersive. WHOOP-Szo are unabashedly outspoken, and unwaveringly kind.” – AUX

“There’s an inescapable quality to  WHOOP-Szo’s  music, a heavy, fuzz-laden hodgepodge of grunge, psych, folk and post-rock, incorporating influences from  Elevator and Eric’s Trip to Black Sabbath.” – Exclaim!

“Their music is as hard to pin down as their whereabouts at any given time. It hops between meditative folk pop and heavy sludge without warning, rarely played the same way twice. The band can shrink and grow, too, with founding members Adam Sturgeon and Kirsten Kurvink Palm usually at the core.… For WHOOP-Szo, punk, DIY and psych principles go beyond music scene bubbles and fuse with Indigenous solidarity and healing through music.” – NOW Magazine

Hamilton’s iconoclastic singer/songwriter Sarah Good is familiar to scene-savvy locals as key member of a host of ambitious, art-damaged groups including glassEYElashes, Pucumber Sasssquash Family Band, Earth Wind & Choir, Goatfooted, and Hairy Mouth. Otherworldly sounds to delight and confound.