Having grown up on a farm in Scotland, ON, Benjamin Dakota Rogers is a distinctive,emotive and gritty singer-songwriter whose sound challenges the definition of the folk genre, reaching far beyond to include influences of roots, blues and country music.Benjamin's music is genuine, emotionally-charged folk, that can only be delivered from the honesty, strength and grit of a farm boys hands. #bdr #betterbynow
Toronto songwriter Corin Raymond is a troubadour whose robust veracity appeals to older folks and children alike. Raymond’s songs are covered by Dustin Bentall, The Good Lovelies, The Strumbellas, The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer, and a far flung community of roots musicians and enthusiasts. Raymond's latest JUNO nominated album, Hobo Jungle Fever Dreams (released March 3rd, 2016) is "a hypnotic, literate collection of dark tall tales.... Romantic, immediate, and narcotic." (Acoustic Guitar). Aside from the hilarious triumph of funding his previous project, double-album Paper Nickels, with Canadian Tire money, Raymond enjoys a second career performing his non-musical, one-man shows Bookworm (2011) and The Great Canadian Tire Money Caper (2014), which he has toured extensively to over a dozen Fringe and literary festivals, and to theatres in three countries. "Raymond has impeccable timing, and his performance is at once intimate, openhearted, and evangelical." (The Georgia Straight on Bookworm) "Corin Raymond is a storyteller who by the end of the night you'll have known your whole life." (The Globe and Mail).
Annie Sumi is an Ontario-based ethereal folk artist with a sound shaped by diverse musical influences, from Joni to Feist to Rachel Sermanni. Her compositions linger on the line between reality and imagination, like a lyrical poet with a knack for capturing the magic of life through the eyes of a child.
Sumi’s music has been played all across Canada on CBC Radio, community radio, and Stingray Music, earning critical acclaim and numerous accolades, including a 2018 Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for Emerging Artist of the Year.
She’s also a member of the award-winning folk/jazz quartet, The Hidden Roots Collective, nominated for a 2017 Canadian Folk Music Award for their debut album, Come Up Honey.
Armed with a collection of youth-driven anthems, this kinetic quintet has amassed a cult following, spiraling out from their hometown of Kitchener,ON, where Safe As Houses’ band mates Elliot Anton (guitar, vocals) and Bensen Carter (cello, bass, vocals), along with brothers Andrew Laughton (guitar, vocals) and Thomas Laughton (drums, vocals), and Lauren Taylor (violin, vocals) laid the band's monumental foundation.
What most might call Americana, folk-rock or country music, Toronto-based Melanie Brulée colours her own, bringing a vintage respect to a modern sound by intertwining surf-style guitar tones and catchy melody hooks - all with the vibe of a speakeasy cabaret. Her music has been on regular rotation on CBC and Sirius XM and her third album Fires, Floods & Things We Leave Behind, exploring themes of family, loss and addiction, was released in October 2018.
Hot Lips is an electro-grunge trio comprising of Karli Forgèt (vocals/synth), Alex Black (bass/vocals) and Keith Heppler (drums). After drumming in a multitude of indie rock projects, Forgèt utilized her musicianship and song writing on vocals and synth to form Hot Lips in 2016 with Heppler and Black. Gaining a strong underground following from energetic and engaging live shows, the band has secured supporting slots for Rob Zombie, Michale Graves of the Misfits, 3Teeth, MONOWHALES, Econoline Crush, Rusty, Crown Lands and Swollen Members.
Hot Lips released their debut EP ‘American Hardcore’ in 2017 which resulted in radio play in Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom in addition to domestically. Their unique sound is the result of synthesizers, a bass guitar and drums exclusively.
For the better part of a decade, Lee wrote and performed as a founding member of Vancouver’s critically acclaimed The Breakmen. In this new solo project, he brings his influences in traditional music back home to his roots in rural Ontario, creating a collection of songs that evoke a sense of awe and reverence for the windswept pines and vast lakes of Ontario’s Hinterland.
Born in Owen Sound, Lee’s love for Canadian songwriters and the sound of music on vinyl was sparked by a childhood raised within arms reach of his father’s turntable.
An American-citizen born and raised in the heart of the Canadian prairies and maturing on the west coast of British Columbia, Noah Derksen writes with the groundedness of harsh Manitoba winters mixed with the optimism of British Columbia’s coastline. Ever seeking motion and progression, Noah has spent the past three years honing his live performance skills across Canada and in select regions of the United States, playing concerts from BC to Nova Scotia, and New York to California. In 2018 alone, Noah played at renowned venues and events such as the National Arts Centre (Ottawa, ON), Northwest Folklife Festival (Seattle, WA), Rockwood Music Hall (New York, NY), and the Winnipeg Folk Festival (Winnipeg, MB).
In 2019 Noah will be releasing a new full-length album entitled America, Dreaming in 3 distinct parts; Part One is out on March 1st, 2019. The album was recorded and produced by Murray Pulver (The Bros. Landreth, Joey Landreth, Doc Walker, etc.) in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
When your path in life isn't leading to your desired destination, you can stay on that same road or you can FIGURE IT OUT.
Choosing a fitting theme for their first single, The Lad Classic have chosen a road that leads with the heart and finishes in your hips. It describes an approach that mixes their blood, sweat and tears to provoke something in the listeners emotions and build that connection. You can't help but tap your foot, shake your head, rock out, and get down to the groove.
In under three minutes, "Figure It Out" takes you through a variety of influences from gospel to funk, R&B to the powerhouses of rock like Aerosmith and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Charging out of the gate like a slap to the face, you feel the unapologetic grooves from drummer Josiah Whitney, the urgent vocals of Paul Stevens, and the melodic and impactful guitar work from Derek Baldwin.
Just think, this is only the beginning.
Ottawa-based singer/songwriter Rory Taillon is a road warrior, touring across the country and back again. He has the soul of the East coast but the sound of the West in his songs. His latest album, ‘Only Whispers’ is the work of a one man Wintersleep, a one man Tea Party, a one man Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, with a voice to match the majesty of the Rockies.
Because Rory Taillon is not just an entertainer he is a performer. It’s just that simple, when Rory Taillon sings everything stops and when its starts again it’s all changed. It’s just that simple, like folk.
He has charted; earshot, community radio, hitting number three on the National Folk Charts - sitting next to Buffy St. Marie. But like Buffy, Rory Taillon is no coffeehouse kat seeking accolades over lattes. He is no beat-less poet. He is a classically trained singer, a multi-instrumentalist and vocally can turn his hand to a variety of genres. The acoustic is for touring, there’s only so much room in a civic for gear, merch after-all and that voice, that voice needs its own tour bus. Its a band onto itself.