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Main Street Revival
Doug Wallace – vocals, guitars
Alan Charlton – vocals, guitars
Erik Hertzberg – vocals, keys
Mark Sudiacal – bass
Matt Aston – drums
Main Street Revival is a Roots-Rock band with a rounded and diverse sound that relies on melodic hooks with instrumentation and brass. Their lyrical influences are deeply rooted in storytelling and weave in surrealistic imagery with specific messaging. Their music and art are reflective of the highways, back roads and working towns across the country. Formed in 2018, Main Street Revival is the culmination of three veteran songwriters: Alan Charlton, Doug Wallace & Erik Hertzberg. Longtime friends, they grew up with similar influences (The Band, Bruce Springsteen) and continue to share and experience new music (Dr. Dog, Arkells). “Night Rider” came out in February 2019 which kicked off a set of five singles that were released throughout the year culminating in their debut album release in November.
Outside I’m a Giant
Floating down the hills from Quebec’s upper Gatineau, the haunting ethereal sounds of Outside I’m a Giant carry poetic homage to Leonard Cohen along with the unconventional structure and “art first” honesty of Gordon Lightfoot’s music.
Jérémi Pierre Caron, the songwriter of this touring ambient folk band, drew inspiration from his family’s much-loved river hideaway for many of the songs released in their acclaimed 2017 debut album, Point Comfort. Combining acoustic guitar, pedal steel, violin, mandolin, clarinet and harmonica, this four-piece band creates atmospheric, richly layered songs from the heart and hearth that deliver you gently to a calm and peaceful place. Lingering contemplation of nature and human nature is in abundance here.
KIrwan Opthof- Guitar, Bass, Drums, Production
Marnie VanKheul – Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Synthesizers, percussion, Production
“Drop Me In”
Paragon Cause is an indie-electronica band based in the Canadian capital of Ottawa, with a penchant for making music that is enigmatic, darkly mysterious, but also wondrously compelling.
Bringing together a lush electronic, almost industrial sound with indie vocals and strong melodic compositional sensibilities, Paragon Cause has crafted a collection of songs that are infused with the lo-fi intensity and rawness of a garage band, embellished with superior vocal and musical hooks that pull the listener in to each one of the band’s compositions.
Daphnée Vandal – Vocals/Violin
Jono Townsend – Guitar
Tim Loten -Banjo
Samuel Neumann – Drums
Sam Robinson – Bass
What happens when a talented folk duo from Ontario invite a classically trained violinist/front woman, and a rock influenced rhythm section to play music together? RedFox is a five piece indie-folk band based in Montreal, Quebec. When the trio of Daphnee Vandal, Jono Townsend, and Tim Loten first met in September of 2017 they rehearsed as an acoustic folk and bluegrass band. After months of honing their sound, and the addition of hard rock drummer Sam Neumann as well as bassist Sam Robinson, their sound has been transformed into the epic high energy indie experience that it is. An ensemble lead by Daphnee Vandal’s dynamic voice backed by bass, drums, guitar, fiddle, and banjo, RedFox retains their acoustic roots origins, while exploring more electric sounds. The group can trace their influences back to bands such as Punch Brothers, Mumford & Sons and Paramore.
Slo’ Tom & the Handsome Devils
Slo’ Tom – acoustic guitar, lead vocals
Jon ‘Killer’ Kiely – drums, backing vocals
Rob ‘Chops’ Snazdell-Taylor – bass
JJ Higgs – electric guitar, lap steel, backing vocals
“One Way Street”
Slo’ Tom is a Canadian songwriter best known as one third of seminal punk/alt-rock band FURNACEFACE. He has spent the last decade perfecting his rollicking country outfit Slo’ Tom & the Handsome Devils. Tom’s second album “Musta been a Pretty Good Night” was released in October 2012 and his third album “I’m Sick” was released October 2013. The band’s their third album “Down in a Government Town” was release in October 2016. This new record features live favourites such as “One Way Street”, “Family in the Mansion on Parliament Hill”, “It’s a Condo Now!” and the title track “Down in a Government Town”.
Together, Slo’ Tom and the Handsome Devils are creating music that combines traditional country arrangements with a dash of Canadiana (think Stompin’ Tom and Gordon Lightfoot) and a endearing sense of humour.
Matty McKechnie – acoustic guitar, vocals
Gideon Yellin – atmospheric electric guitar
Landon Kotchapaw – bass
Rehuel Ernest – drums
Shawn Brown – pedal steel
Growing up, once-rapper Nepean kid Matty ‘Graven’ McKechnie was a massive teen listener of J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.), Stephen Malkmus (Pavement), Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell, Anne Murray and old school hip-hop. Having played in suburban garage bands since his mid-teens, he began to adapt and progress with the shifting musical terrain around him while still staying true to his idyllic influences. Graven’s songs are truly atmospheric, raw, passionate, personal and rare – and with a wild, rotating and circus-like band of hyper-talented individuals supporting and accenting him, his music generates interest and intensity. His 2017 album ‘Jaybird’ released three singles (All Roads, Big Lake Sky Summer, In The Woods Of Me) that all received repeated radioplay on CBC, CKCU, CHUO, CKDJ and Live 88.5 FM. His latest single ‘Hymnal’ was produced and engineered by Jim Bryson and has received play on CBC Radio One and made four different ‘Best Of 2018’ lists on CKCU FM.
Cee Lawerence – vocals and guitar
David Cutler – guitar
Vinny Langlois – bass
Jasen Colson – keys
Chris Buttera – drums
“All You Do is Trouble”
Big voice. Big smile. Funny country songs. Cee Lawrence is a singer-songwriter from Ottawa, Canada. A former rock ’n’ roll frontwoman, Cee returns to her country roots with her first solo project. Inspired by Loretta Lynn, Miranda Lambert, and Kathleen Edwards, Cee is a playful storyteller who writes funny songs about her life.
Gentlemen of the Woods
Mario Carlucci – drums
Geoff Cass – guitar, harmonica, lead and backing Vocals
Chris DaSilva – guitar, mandolin
Ryan Davies – bass, backing vocals
Doug Taylor – banjo, lead and backing vocals
“Please Don’t Erase Me”
Gentlemen of the Woods is a five-man band from Ottawa, Ontario. They bring music from the hinterlands, where Americana sounds cross with Canadian folk tales. They write catchy songs with an old-timey feel and play them with heart, wit, and a deep sense of history.