Sam Weber w/Gareth Inkster • May 11, 2019


Saturday May 11, 2019
Doors 7:00PM, Show 8:00PM
Tickets: $10 (+SC) adv., $12 doors • 19+

Sam Weber is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist in the vein of Jackson Browne, The Band, The Wood Brothers and Gillian Welch.He has released two LPs to date — 2014’s Shadows in the Road and 2016’s Valentina Nevada — as well as his recent digital EP New Agile Freedom (to be issued on vinyl this summer through Sonic Unyon Records). Through the characters and anecdotes in his songs,Weber’s sings about the truths of love, life and family. Touring independently and internationally with his band since 2013, the years spent refining songs at home in North Saanich, BC and working in studios in Los Angeles have honed his craft to a fine point. His live show, which local audiences may remember from his killer opening night set at Supercrawl 2018, pairs heartfelt songwriting with world-class musicianship and three-part harmony. Sam usually plays with Marshall Wildman on drums, Jacob Weil on bass and sometimes Chris Van Sickle on piano.

“I think the song of the year is ‘Ex-Lover’ by Sam Weber” – Afie Jurvanen, Bahamas

“Sam Weber’s expansive blend of roots influences is a testament to fierce ambition.” – Anil Prasad, Guitar Player Magazine

“Some guys can sing. Some guys can play guitar. Some guys can write songs. Some guys know their way around the recording studio. Then there are guys like Sam Weber. He’s one of those guys who can do it all.” – Darryl Sterdan, Tinnitist

For the past year and a half, Gareth Inkster has been gradually establishing himself as a regular in the Hamilton music scene. Having spent the better part of a decade performing extensively with many local artists, he has now focused his attention on his own act. The result is comprised of three singles and an EP, to date,  as well as a second EP slotted for later in 2019. Having mixed up their live arrangement, Inkster, along with his band, have achieved a tight, vibey, yet high-energy set which has been garnering high praise with each showing. It’s early days for this ensemble, but the future is more than promising.

Road to Riverfest ft. Jim Bryson & Kalle Mattson • May 10, 2019


Friday May 10, 2019
Doors 7:00PM, Show 8:00PM
Tickets: $12 (+SC) adv., $15 doors • 19+

The Road to Riverfest music series will see past, present and future Riverfest Elora performers visit various venues throughout in the run-up to Riverfest Elora’s 11th edition, happening August 16-18 at Bissell Park in Elora, ON.


Jim Bryson is a Canadian singer-songwriter/producer/music maker from the Ottawa area who has been making music and recordings since long before the internet became popular. He has released five critically acclaimed solo albums, including 2010’s The Falcon Lake Incident (a collaborative effort with Winnipeg wonders The Weakerthans) and 2016’s Somewhere We Will Find Our Place (produced by Do May Say Think/Broken Social Scene member Charles Spearin), which made many a year-end list here in Canada, notably Macleans and CBC Music’s Top 100 Songs. His Tired of Waiting EP arrived in September 2018, and was followed in April 2019 by the new single, “Better On Drugs”.  In recent years, Jim has been recording and producing records for artist from all over in his Fixed Hinge Studio he built in 2013 in Stittsville, Ontario. Some names of note Jim has worked with include Oh Susanna, Little Scream, The Skydiggers and Kalle Mattson.  Oh, and just cause you are asking, Jim also enjoys riding in the musical sidecar, having played and toured with Kathleen Edwards, The Weakerthans and The Tragically Hip.


Kalle Mattson began recording his Bob Dylan, Wilco, and Weakerthans-inspired folk-rock songs at the age of 17. He issued his debut long-player, Whisper Bee, in 2009, followed by the critically acclaimed, Howie Beck-mixed Anchors in 2011, the latter of which resulted in a pair of Northern Ontario Music Award wins for Album of the Year (Group) and Songwriter of the Year.  An EP, Lives in Between, arrived in 2012 and yielded two viral videos in “Waterfalls” and “Thick as Thieves”. It was followed in 2014 by Mattson’s third full-length studio album, the Polaris Music Prize-nominated Someday, The Moon Will Be Gold, which was inspired by his hometown on the Canadian/U.S. border and the death of his mother five years prior. 2015 saw the release of a new EP, Avalanche, which Mattson described as a mini-LP concerning the twenty-something miasma of “anxiety, nostalgia, the past, the future.” On his new album Youth. (featuring . the lead single “Once”), Kalle Mattson set out to make a coming-of-age album about the in-between days of post-adolescence and pre-adulthood. “It’s about when dreams become your regrets, your friends become strangers, your first love becomes your first loss, and you become truly nostalgic for the first time,” says the 27-year-old Ottawa songwriter, who grew up in Sault Ste. Marie, a small Northern Ontario border town between two Great Lakes. Sonically, Youth. is caught between worlds as well: the stark acoustic demos Mattson recorded in his bedroom, and the glossy electronics that producer Colin Munroe (Sky Ferreira, Kendrick Lamar) brought to the project. Mattson got a lot of international attention for his award-winning 2015 video “Avalanche”, in which he inserted himself into his favourite album covers, but with Youth. he’s become the star of his own show.


Natalie Lynn is connecting the dots between pop sensibility, indie style, and rock fervour for a sound that is equal parts modern and nostalgic. Her energetic stage presence and unwavering vocal and guitar chops are driven by hook-heavy songwriting and lush arrangements. Inspired by the ’80s and reflecting influences such as Stevie Nicks, Haim and The 1975, Natalie’s debut single “One” (produced by Lynn with John Mullane and Ryan Worsley) is available on all streaming and downloading platforms.

Jadea Kelly w/Redhill Valleys • May 4, 2019


Saturday May 4, 2019
Doors 7:00PM, Show 8:00PM
Tickets: $15 (+SC) adv., $18 doors • 19+

Described by CBC as “one of the shining jewels in the crown of Canadian songwriters,” Jadea Kelly spends her time writing and living between Toronto and Los Angeles. In 2016, she was awarded Contemporary Singer of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards for her heartfelt 2016 release Love & Lust. Its featured single “Beauty” was placed on the Lifetime Network feature No One Would Tell and the 2017 CBC Rio Paralympics; an opening montage with over 900,000 views. Set for release on May 17, 2019, the MWI soundtrack EP has already received Best Score & Music accolades from the Hollywood Independent Documentary Awards. 

“Love & Lust shines with honesty, intensity and emotion. In fact, the Ontario artist seems to have reached the pinnacle of her career as a songwriter. She has a nice mix of folk and contemporary indie pop, as an amalgam of Patsy Cline and Feist.” – Musicomania

“A record fully engrossed in the dark truths of infidelity, human frailty, and all of the darkest corners of the categories of Love and Lust, Kelly reveals herself in ways we’ve not yet seen from the Toronto songwriter.” – Beatroute

“Standout songs include “Make it Easy,” a song with enough power that it could very well make Jadea Kelly a household name. The lyrics and soundscapes are transcendent with arrangements that would be perfect as a soundtrack to a big-budget film. Jadea’s voice transfixes the listener and sets the stage for the rest of the album.” – Spill Magazine


The Redhill Valleys is a dynamic four-piece Alt-Country and Roots Rock band from Hamilton, ON, which skillfully combines grit-infused harmonies, commanding musicianship, and an energetic, captivating live show. The band consists of guitarists Tim Allard and Danielle Beaudin, bassist Chelsea McWilliams, and drummer Matt Soliveri, and has gained recognition for its familiar yet refreshingly unique sound. Named runners-up at the 2017 Boots and Hearts Emerging Artists Showcase, The Redhill Valleys gained a legion of fans in the Canadian Country music scene. Following a 2017 Canadian East Coast tour, the band was chosen as the CMAO Artist of the Month for October, and was awarded as finalists in Canada’s Walk of Fame’s Emerging Artists Program. In 2018, the band gained nationwide exposure after being chosen as one of Canada’s top 9 in the SiriusXM Top of The Country Contest, and was simultaneously awarded as top fivefinalists in Slaight Music’s “It’s Your Shot” music discovery program. The Redhill Valleys have garnered a lot of attention in a short amount of time, in large part thanks to the band’s critically acclaimed live show which has earned recurring performances and appearances at notable festivals and venues (such as Boots and Hearts, CMAOntario’s New Faces Showcase, Festival of Friends, Sound of Music Festival, Ontario Festival of Small Halls, Lucknow Music in The Fields, Canadian Music Week, Stockey Centre, Canadian Country Music Association, The CNE, The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern, and more).  The Redhill Valleys continue in the spirit of heroes Neil Young, Tom Petty, Lucinda Williams, and The Band, but have forged a path, identity and sound all its own.  The Redhill Valleys are Tim Allard (guitar, vocals),  Chelsea McWilliams (bass, vocals), Danielle Beaudin (guitar, vocals), and Matt Soliveri (drums).

“We can tell you all that this is a group that you should be paying attention to. From Hamilton to Toronto and across the province, you owe it to yourself to keep an eye out for tour dates near you.” – CMAOntario

Sam Amidon • May 2, 2019


Thursday May 2, 2019
Doors 7:00PM, Show 8:00PM
Tickets: $15 (+SC) adv., $18 doors • 19+

The Following Mountain, Sam Amidon’s sixth album overall and his third for Nonesuch Records, is his first album of original songs. A deeply personal synthesis of folk-based song form and experimental improvisation, it “feels like a liberation” (Uncut) and “provides constant, jolting surprises” (The Guardian). But in his decade-long career as a recording and touring musician, the singer and multi-instrumentalist (banjo, guitar, fiddle) has always managed to create work that’s utterly original, even when, as on previous discs, he was digging through the sounds and stories of traditional American music. The Following Mountain features appearances by musicians such as Shahzad Ismaily, master percussionists Milford Graves and Juma Sultan, and psychedelic jazz musician Sam Gendel.

Prior to The Following Mountain, Amidon released five solo albums on the Bedroom Community and Nonesuch labels. Amidon’s material for these albums consists primarily of reworkings of traditional American ballads, hymns and work songs, with the New York Times writing that Amidon “transforms all of the songs, changing their colors and loading them with trapdoors.” The albums have been deeply collaborative in nature, inviting contributions from musicians such as composer Nico Muhly, guitarist Bill Frisell, producer Thomas Bartlett, and improviser Shahzad Ismaily among others. Amidon has also recorded or performed as a guest artist with groups such as Kronos Quartet, Jason Moran, Bon Iver, Tune-Yards, and Amidon’s wife, the singer-songwriter Beth Orton.

Watch: “Warren” + “Juma Mountain” + “Another Story Told

Praise for Sam Amidon:

“Mr. Amidon approaches folk like a jazz improviser, taking a tune from here, borrowing a lyric from there, and reframing them all with his own surprising chord progressions and arrangements.… Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Sam Amidon: spokesman for the new, weird America.” —New York Observer 

“Rare for someone his age, he knows where a lot of old folk songs come from, what they can accomplish and how they might be revised.… Playing guitar or banjo as he sings, he transforms all of them, changing their colors and loading them with trapdoors.” – The New York Times

“The Following Mountain does more than reverse-engineer Amidon’s past approach of reimagining folk songs. It pushes through the known quantities and traditions of folk music and comes out the other side transformed. It is the destination, the culmination of Amidon’s musical conversations thus far.” – Aquarium Drunkard

“The music is jazzy and percussive, bowing beneath him softly like a sunset and carrying him to a place where he sounds at ease —like this is where all those years of wandering have led him.” – Pitchfork

“…surreal and magical.” – Esquire

“Inventive musical excursions.” – Mojo

“Amidon’s first album of original songs feels like a liberation.” – Uncut

“… his highly personal approach opens a window on the American past and lets us feel it like nothing else around.” – NPR All Things Considered

“The Following Mountain is his first album of largely original compositions, and it provides constant, jolting surprises.” – The Guardian

“…the quantity of Sam’s work is only outpaced by its astonishing quality. He admitted to me once that he thinks he’s an awful songwriter, which is probably part of why his solo work consists of reworkings of (mostly) traditional music… but once you’ve heard what he can do with old songs of love, God, and murder, it’s hard to doubt the man’s talent.” – Pop Matters

“In Amidon’s hands, old American songs live and breathe, proving that sometimes irreverence is the best path to faithfulness.” – NOW Magazine

Saint Lo. w/Matt Paxton • Apr 27, 2019


Saturday Apr 27, 2019
Doors 7:00PM, Show 8:00PM
Tickets: $10 (+SC) adv., $12 doors • 19+

Saint Lo. is a Montreal-based band with roots that stretch across the continent. Their songs are nuanced and layered featuring hypnotic vocals, profound lyrics, incredible harmonies and varied instrumentation. They sing about complex emotions – vulnerability, isolation, connection, nostalgia, and loss – always infused with more than just a hint of hope.  Their new album, We Could Be, is a thematic tour-de-force for Saint Lo. The video single “Wounds” is a stunning ode to the long healing process that comes in the wake of the rupture of a relationship. The song is a mix of alt-folk and classical layered with cinematic pop and it’s easy to imagine it as part of the soundtrack of a film or cable series. Filmed on a rainy day in Esquimalt on Vancouver Island, the video for “Wounds” was created in collaboration with Montreal-based film editor Olivia Du Vergier and Vancouver-based videographer Daniel Keen.

BODY DBL w/Dizzy Spells • Apr 26, 2019


Friday Apr 27, 2019

Doors 7:00PM, Show 8:00PM
Tickets: $10 (+SC) adv., $12 doors • 19+

BODY DBL‘s roots lie in punk rock and musical theatre which can be heard in their anthemic power pop songs and witnessed in their wild live shows. Expect risqué dance moves, unexpected smooches and booty shaking when BODY DBL hit the stage.


Dizzy Spells capture the realities of contemporary, modern life through sardonically bent quips, musings on the anxiety of time, finding happiness, interconnectivity, and the inevitable finality of death. Their lyrics are interlaced with jumpy, skittering guitar lead switchabouts by David Appleyard and Benjamin Schillaci, crunchy kraut-like bass by Ryan Fisher, asymmetrical, schizoid drum playing by Zach Vernon, and Damon Guyett’s moody, form-fitting keyboards.

Mappe Of w/Scott Orr • Apr 25, 2019


Thursday Apr 25, 2019
Doors 7:00PM, Show 8:00PM
Tickets: $15 (+SC) adv., $20 doors • 19+

A young Canadian piecing his life together on the other side of the world. A German vagabond clutching a glowing orb in a hippie town in Australia, having disavowed all family ties. An old man dying slowly of Alzheimer’s who can’t recognize his own family. A troubled boy burning his family’s home to the ground. All these characters populate the debut album by Mappe Of, an ethereal avant-folk tour de force that belongs to no time or place. Or perhaps not even of this Earth, judging by the range of haunting vocal textures or some of the interstellar synths that intertwine with trumpets, violins, kalimba, autoharp, and Mappe Of’s own intricate guitar playing. There is no traditional drum kit. No finite template of instrumentation. Maybe the less you know about the man behind the curtain, the more you’ll lose yourself in the music. “I’d like the music to be grounded in reality while simultaneously feel like it’s from somewhere else,” says the sonic architect behind what will be known to the world as Mappe Of. So he scoured up some equipment and set up shop in his friend’s basement in a sleepy university town; she played violin, flute and anything else she had lying around. In the wee hours of the night, she’d sneak him into the studio of the college’s recording arts program, where he’d twiddle knobs until dawn. The administration eventually found out and told him to cease and desist. You’ll notice they’re not credited in the album’s liner notes. He is still a young man; his lyrics are about reckoning with one’s destiny and past, with balancing one’s own mental health with that of loved ones, and the capacity to love. “A handful of these songs are about struggling with putting your weight on another individual, asking them to bear burdens that you can’t,” he muses. “Some are stories I’ve collected over the years from the perspective of others, some are my own firsthand experiences. All of them contain events and emotions that felt universal, but present themselves in unique ways.”


Motherhood w/Gianna Lauren • Apr 12, 2019


Friday Apr 12, 2019
Doors 7:00PM, Show 8:00PM
Tickets: $12 (+SC) adv., $15 doors • 19+

A trio of deep-thinkin’ rippers, New Brunswick’s Motherhood achieve one very rare and uncomplicated feat: they sound EXCITING on record and stage alike. Unlike so many awkward experiments by peers and ‘adventurous’ contemporary rock outfits, Motherhood’s music explodes with the kind of charm and exuberance you can’t just order. No, it’d take years of late nite couch-crumpled conversations, bathroom stall barfs and parking lot laughter to achieve the kind of chemistry these three exude.  Since their 2013 debut LP Diamonds and Gold, Motherhood’s style has walked a twisted path and meandered from anthemic hooks to darker, grimier riffs, and a much more angular and eclectic sound. Described as widely as avant-country, circus punk or black metal fusion, the band has settled reluctantly on art-rock as a catch-all. But as their genre remains illusory, their aesthetic is palpable – if you get comfortable, you deserve to be duped. If we’re calling this art rock, it’s because, in 2019, commitment is a precious art indeed. And make no mistake, Motherhood is all about commitment. Brydon Crain (guitar, vocals), Penelope Stevens (bass, keys, vocals) and Adam Sipkema (drums) have been linking arms and running into rock n’ roll oblivion repeatedly for the past eight years. Like cowpunk without the jadedness, dust rock without the drymouth; a thinkin’ people’s union for the fearless 21st.

“dark like black boot mud” – Sappy Times       

“exciting and completely unpredictable” – Grid City Magazine

“a tumultuous tumbleweed of country-laced, spitfire rock ’n’ roll, a cathartic circus wrapped in a sheen of heartfeltly-howled emotional hooks” – AUX


Originally calling Alberta and Ontario home, now-Halifax songwriter Gianna Lauren is a project of atmosphere, guitars, and warm voices. Lush arrangements and measured vocals create a haunting ambiance. Moving Parts is a compelling testament to a band’s chemistry and dedication. Operating a band with 2000km distance in-between members equals a great deal of moving parts. With Lauren in Halifax and the rest of the band in 3 different cities in Ontario, regularly seeing one another and working together wasn’t always easy. As opposed to their previous collaboration which was recorded live-off-the-floor in a couple of days, Moving Parts was recorded in 3 studios, 2 provinces, and sporadically over 5 months. Over 4 years following the release of On Personhood, the band grew apart, took on other projects, pursued other opportunities, making it more and more challenging to come together. As a result of scheduling conflicts, Lauren hesitated to release the album at all. “The challenges to making this band work forced me to re-think whether this band should even be supporting an album,” Lauren says. “So I buried it.” The band is J.J. Ipsen (Hayden, J.J. Ipsen and the Paper Crown), Justin Nace (Andy Shauf, The Wooden Sky, Jenn Grant), and Marshall Bureau (Jill Barber, Great Lake Swimmers). Each song on Moving Parts channels a measured but mighty groove, to psych-folk on the catchy NPR-embraced “Mistakes” and the techno-punk inspired “Innkeeper.” Lauren’s signature idle vocal cadence is particularly highlighted on “Will You Come” and the dreamy reverb-soaked “Death & Beauty.” Despite the album’s darker material, the band warms up with tropical tones on the downbeat “Tricks.” “Take It Slow” was recorded live-off-the-floor with Daniel Ledwell (Jenn Grant) moments after Lauren got the news that one of her mentors was jogging hit by a car and killed, but the lyrics tell the story of Lauren’s grandfather’s demise of an early and tragic death. This heartbreaking moment is instilled in the recording. Throughout the changing temperatures of Moving Parts, the band maintains a cohesive state of marvel and Lauren’s voice maintains a cool assurance, delicate but showcasing a new kind of vigour.

“Gianna’s songs are delicate and somber, yet hopeful. She channels the spirits of early Joni Mitchell and contemporary P.J. Harvey.” – Earshot Online

“…songs are writ large with atmospheric sounds that give a heavy mood to observations on life and love in the time of technology.” – Ottawa Citizen

“Equal parts Cocteau Twins, Beth Orton and Sufjan Stevens, this gauzy leadoff track [‘Become What You Can’tBe’} to one of the season’s most intriguing albums is notable for a sonic template that’s unusually adventurous, especially for a singer-songwriter album.” – Toronto Star

Ellevator + Basement Revolver • Apr 6, 2019


Saturday Apr 6, 2019
Doors 7:00PM, Show 8:00PM
Tickets: $15 (+SC) adv. • 19+

Good music seems instantaneous: a decisive rush of expression and dopamine. Hamilton, Ontario’s Ellevator captures that direct hit of immediacy, with a closer listen revealing the meticulous design of their muscular pop songs. Frontwoman Nabi Sue Bersche delivers raw lyricism with quiet power. Her nimble melodies anchor the electric hooks and cinematic timbres Ellevator has refined on countless stages. Their striking debut EP, recorded in Hamilton with Michael Keire (Arkells, The Dirty Nil, Wildlife), was released in the Spring of 2018 by Arts & Crafts. Brick by brick, Ellevator has built a reputation as a band to watch. Ellevator is Mike Boyd, Elliott Gwynne, Nabi Sue Bersche & Tyler Bersche.


Bringing together the talents of Chrisy Hurn (vocals, guitar), Jonathon Malström (guitar), Nimal Agalawatte (bass, synth) and Brandon Munro (drums), Hamilton, Ontario’s Basement Revolver‘s ascent to the spotlight has been a steady trajectory, from the breakout success of their debut single “Johnny”  through to their first full-length, Heavy Eyes. There’s an air of weariness pervading the album, with the sleepy title Heavy Eyes summing up a general exhaustion right down to the bone, as well as hinting at a heavier direction as they deftly merge ’90s infused indie rock with fuzzy dreamy pop and poignant, yearning lyrics. In a relatively short time, Basement Revolver have successfully encapsulated the yearning and hopefulness of their generation, whilst harnessing a unique, yet familiar soundscape.

Saukrates • Apr 5, 2019

Soul House Live Presents
Friday Apr 5, 2019
Doors 7:00PM, Show 8:00PM
Tickets: $18 (+SC) adv., $30 door • 19+

Saukrates arrived on the hip-hop scene of the early ’90s, a post-Native Tongues rapper and producer who pioneered the Canadian hip-hop scene. He has been awarded multiple JUNO nominations for Best Rap Recording and through his career has collaborated with the likes of Drake, Nelly Furtado, Nas, Common, Redman, and Xzibit. A fixture in the top-tiers of the Canadian hip-hop scene, he is present as a rapper or producer on almost every Canadian major label hip-hop release over the past 20 years. Providing the likes of K-os, Swollen Members, Jully Black, Rascalz, Kardinal Offishal, and Choclair with his unique style of rapping and production that has become synonymous with the Torontonian hip-hop sound. Recently he has maintained his prevalence working with the best of the new breed of Canadian rappers such as: Classified, Shad, Tre Mission, Son Real, and OB O’Brien. The co-founder of Capitol Hill Music, and lead singer of the hip-hop/R&B group Big Black Lincoln, he is also a member of Redman’s Gilla House collective.  With an ear for music (classically trained in the violin and cello) and a head for business, Saukrates was fed on the late-’80s and early-’90s rap styles of Special Ed, De La Soul, and the Native Tongues movement. 

Re.verse takes you on a vibrant instrumental journey through classic and current urban anthems — hip hop, R&B, future funk, breaks, neo-soul, trap, house, tropical – unforgettable gems that have paved our music’s past, blended with beats that are now shaping our present and future, all recreated in a way you’ve never quite heard by a live band before. Treating their one of a kind trio of drums, 6-string electric bass and guitar (or occasionally keys) as much like a seamless DJ set as they do a live concert, Re.verse is constantly refining and diversifying their signature sound. With years of practice blending and mashing up familiar hits and deeper cuts on the fly while lacing their sets with spontaneous freestyle beats they make up on the spot, re.verse weaves in and out of genres and eras with ease, using their deep knowledge of jazz and improvisation to help connect the dots and draw parallels between sounds both similar and diverse. With a comprehensive ever-growing catalogue of 120+ hand-picked covers, they always manage to capture the essence of timeless songs while reworking them as unique adaptations that carry their unmistakeable instrumental flavour. Re.verse delivers an extraordinary live music experience that will captivate any audience, but also let’s you zone in or out as you please, keeping the flow smooth and the vibe intriguing without skipping a beat. Re.verse is: Damian Matthew (six-string electric bass), Robb Cappelletto (electric guitar) and Chino De Villa (drums).