Place for Bands: Blessed & Eddyevvy
Thursday May 9, 2019
P4B’s favourite B.C buds are coming back to Guelph right in the middle of their gargantuan North American tour in support of their debut LP ‘Salt’
Blessed have been a long time favourite of the P4B gang and probably one of the most impressive rock outfits in the country right now. Definitely one you don’t wanna miss!
Listen to their brand new record here!
Local loveable favourites EddyEvvy will be joining Blessed to bring their signature brand of doom and gloom to the night.
Doors at 7:30
Music at 8pm
This show will be operating on time! It’s a school night y’all
Silence Presents: Jadea Kelly
Sunday May 5, 2019
Doors at 7:30
Show at 8:00
Tickets $15.00, available on Eventbrite
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 CA. 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. MWI is the official soundtrack for ‘Met While Incarcerated the Film’, airing on the Documentary Channel and CBC in March 2019.
Road to Riverfest Tour: Kalle Mattson and Jim Bryson
Friday May 3, 2019
Riverfest Elora is pleased to announce the Road To Riverfest Tour! #R2R2019
Joined for this show by Natalie Lynn!
JIM BRYSON | Ottawa, ON
“Jim Bryson is a Canadian singer-songwriter / producer / music maker from the Ottawa area. He has been making music and recordings since long before the internet became popular.”
KALLE MATTSON | Sault Ste Marie, ON
The Road to Riverfest 2019 will see Jim Bryson / Fixed Hinge Recording and Kalle Mattson perform in 9 cities across Southern Ontario! The two artists, both from Ottawa, ON, will be joined for 5 of the dates by Natalie Lynn (Toronto, ON)
Guelph @ Silence
This year’s edition of the tour will feature extended lineup of performers joining the Jim, Kalle and Natalie for a special Canadian Music Week showcase at the Rivoli on May 9th
April 25 • Kingston • SideDoor House show
April 26 – Uxbridge • Springtide Festival @ Tin Mill Restaurant
April 27 • Elora @ Elora Brewing Co.*
April 28 • Merrickville • SideDoor House Show
May 2 • Ottawa @ NAC (Just Kalle Mattson)
May 3 • Guelph @ Silence*
May 9 – Toronto • CMW @ The Rivoli*+
May 10 • Hamilton @ Mills Hardware*
May 11 • St. Catharine’s @ Warehouse*
With Natalie Lynn*
With Lee Watson and Royal Castles+
Tickets on sale: Friday, March 22
The tour kicks off another year of the Road to Riverfest Music Series, which will see past, present and future Riverfest Elora performers visit various venues throughout the summer as a part of the festival’s 11th annual celebrations and as a lead in to Riverfest Elora’s 11th edition, happening August 16-18 at Bissell Park in Elora, ON
Pipedown! Presents: Dream Seer wsg Brighter Green and Feather Weight
Friday April 26, 2019
Doors at 7:30 PM
Show at 8:00 PM
FEATHER WEIGHT – Toronto, ON
BRIGHTER GREEN – London, ON
DREAM SEER – Sarnia, ON
Silence Presents: Otterville
Saturday April 20, 2019
Doors: 7:30 PM
Show: 8:00 PM
Tickets $15, available on Eventbrite
Andrew Downing’s Otterville
“…superb arrangements that blur the instrumental tones into a dream-like luminescent whole.” All About Jazz
Otterville is Andrew Downing’s foray into the complex simplicity of his ancestral Tobacco Belt lineage. The music is nostalgic, evocative, peaceful and humourous, finding influence from Kurt Weill, Billy Strayhorn, Erik Satie and Bill Frisell. The magical layering of lap steel guitar, vibraphone, cello, saxophone, bass and drums creates the backdrop for the subtleness of the music to quietly squeeze the listener into emotional submission. The group’s debut double CD, simply called Otterville, was released in 2016 to critical acclaim including a JUNO nomination.
Andrew Downing – cello
Christine Bougie – lap steel
Michael Davidson – vibraphone
Tara Davidson – alto saxophone
Paul Mathew – bass
Nick Fraser – drums
Silence Presents: John Kameel Farah
Thursday April 18, 2019
Berlin-based composer, pianist and visual artist will be playing at the Guelph Jazz Festival later this year, and as a prelude to this he’ll be presenting a show at Silence in two parts. The first half will be his compositions for piano, synthesizers and electronics, which draw upon aspects of Early Music, Arabic Music, improvisation and beat-driven electronics. As John is also a visual artist, the show will also be a small exhibition of his intricate ink line drawings, and the second half of the concert will feature Farah improvising to projected animations of his artwork.
PipeDown! Presents: Teleportoise wsg HIVE/ Concavity
Saturday April 13, 2019
This one will be HEAVY!
Become part of the swarm, and pledge your allegiance to the Brood Mother.
Concavity – Concavity is a Canadian darkwave/post-punk duo formed in 2018 by Beth de Jong & Graham Bucci. On beds of dark rhythms lilt sad melodies with a grim outlook. They sing songs of pain and pessimism.
Teleportoise – A proggy doom band from Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
Silence Presents: TOC
Sunday April 7, 2019
Toc invited Dave Rempis to join the trio in February 2018 for the release concert of “Will Never Play These Songs Again” at the malterie, Lille France. The meeting is instantaneous, the agreement immediate. Could it be otherwise?
The saxophonist is today a Chicago free-jazz figure, after having studied ethnomusicology in Ghana, which is reflected in his Percussion Quartet where his stormy saxophones blow on the embers of untenable rhythms. But it was within the Vandermark 5 that he made his name, before embarking on his own projects such as The Engines, Ballister or the trio he is currently forming with Joshua Abrams and Avreeayl Ra.
Toc like not to define themselves… Tirelessly searching since their creation in 2008 where the practice of improvisation will lead them, the three musicians multiply forms and encounters, like to get lost in aesthetics and styles, disturb the landmarks. As their name seems to indicate, Toc’s members are quite obsessive and even compulsive. Their frenetic, ritualized but non-contagious behaviors bring the listener in a hectic space-time before bringing him back to the mainland in a more or less troubled state.
In addition to their taste for improvisation without barriers or eyes, Toc and Dave Rempis share a communicative energy and power, play the density and the organic and joyful trance.
Silence Presents: Canadian Women Composers Project
Sunday March 24, 2019
Tickets available here.
The Canadian Women Composers (CWC) Project is a non-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing greater awareness to vocal music by Canadian women founded in 2016 by Canadian soprano Clarisse Tonigussi. In the 2018/19 Toronto season, The CWC Project is continuing to support the music of Canadian women in a concert series spanning multiple genres: from folk to opera.
The CWC Project concert with Silence Presents features Toronto based jazz singer Laura Swankey and a band of Canadian female jazz musicians behind her. The music on the programme is written by local female/ female-identifying/ non-binary composers including Lieke van der Voort, Tova Kardonne, and Juliet Palmer, some of whom have been commissioned by The CWC Project to write works for the performance.
Canadian vocalist/ composer/ improviser Laura Swankey is known for her versatility, creativity and open mindedness. She has worked with artists such Juno award-winner Mike Murley, Mark Feldman, Poet Laureate Dennis Lee, Christine Duncan and Ralph Alessi, and premiered works by Juliet Palmer, Elio Villafranca and Mike McCormick. Recently Laura has been collaborating with and touring through Canada, parts of America and Scandinavia with Proxemics, Star Triptych, Jazz Bras Dot Com and her own ensemble.
2018 holds four album releases for Laura: EP Once More featuring music Laura has been developing for solo voice and electronics, Volume II with Toronto’s Collective Order (with support for Toronto Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts), Rivers (Barnyard Records) with music by Juliet Palmer, and Veryan Weston’s The Make Project (Barnyard Records).
This will also be an exciting year of performances including an extensive fall tour around Ontario and Quebec with the European-Canadian ensemble, Proxemics. Laura will spend most of June as a resident artist at Toronto’s Artscape Gibraltar Point continuing to develop new music for her solo project. This music is a continuation of the etherial sound world she has been developing in various collaborative projects over several years. Combining acoustic and processed voice to create soundscapes underneath simple, ernest melodies and stories, the sound that is minimalist at some moments, can be dense, raw and abrasive at others.
As she continues forward as an active member of the Toronto music scene, Laura continues to focus on fully exploring imagination within her voice; to exploit it’s full capacity in both live and studio settings, as a solo singer and collaborator.
To learn more about The CWC Project and its mission you can visit: www.canadianwomencomposersproject.com
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PipeDown! Presents: Favours wsg Dog Drive Mantis
March 1, 2019
Place For Bands Presents: Nicolette and the Nobodies wsg Matt Monoogian
February 16, 2019
Celebrating Nicolette & The Nobodies debut record release, “Devil’s Run”. Fronted by Nicolette Hoang, The Nobodies are a hand-picked assortment of Guelph locals who bring their surf, punk, and pop sensibilities to Nicolette’s appreciation of ’60s and ’70s country music. Devil’s Run, was recorded at Lincoln County Social Club in Toronto in the summer of 2018. It will be released independently on February 15, 2019. Listen to their single “Roses” on bandcamp now!
Matt Monoogian has been sitting in the shadows; honing his craft, searching for his voice and percolating disparate influences for his sophomore album, and it shows. The cinematic full-length from this unassuming sideman has the depth of singer-songwriter contemporaries such as Patrick Watson or Destroyer while harkening to the dark-folk of Timber Timbre and Okkervil River. His sweetly pining vocals reach deep into your soul while shrouding the extremely personal, affecting, subject matter. Monoogian has bared himself fully through these new songs.
Doors at 7:30 pm
Music begins at 8… ish!
Tickets $10 at the door
Silence Presents: Karen Ng & Scott Thomson
January 29, 2019
Doors at 7:30
Show at 8:00
Tickets available $15 at the door or on Eventbrite
Toronto based improviser Karen Ng can be found in many different projects across a wide range of music. She has appeared on stage with Andy Shauf, L CON, Happiness Project, Do Make Say Think, Fresh Snow, Bry Webb, Woodshed Orchestra and Broken Social Scene. Currently Karen is involved in several improvising ensembles in the city including Josh Cole Quintet, Craig Dunsmuir and the Dun Dun Band, DELVE, In Between, Rob Clutton Trio as well as various ad hoc duos, trio and quartets.
In 2015 she was awarded the Chalmers Professional Development Grant by the Ontario Arts Council to study with the saxophone section of the ICP Orchestra in Europe as well as the OAC National/International Residency grant in 2018 which took place in New York. In 2017 she was a finalist for the Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist award. Formerly a board member of the Somewhere There collective, she is the co-founder of TONE festival, Assistant Artistic/General Director of Guelph Jazz Festival and is on the Board of Directors for the Music Gallery.
Karen’s unique journey through post-secondary institutions have built a solid foundation for her passion in music education, having the privilege of studying with Canada’s top saxophonists including Sundar Viswanathan, Mike Murley, Kelly Jefferson, Don Palmer, and Pat Labarbara. She considers herself deeply involved in encouraging the younger generation to share her enthusiasm for music and performing. She held a long standing position as the woodwinds instructor at the Long and McQuade Music Lesson Centre and now teaches privately at her home in the downtown west-end and the Regent Park School of Music.
“Karen Ng has rapidly become a significant presence at the creative edges of Toronto jazz” Stuart Broomer – Whole Note Magazine
Scott Thomson is an improvising trombonist and composer based in Montreal. He writes songs based on published authors’ texts for singer and dance artist, Susanna Hood, to be played in many contexts, from duo to octet and sometimes including her choreography. Monicker (with Arthur Bull and Roger Turner) is a good example of Scott’s ongoing commitment to open improvisation. He co-founded the Association of Improvising Musicians Toronto (AIMToronto) in 2004 and served as a director until 2009, and co-directed the AIMToronto Orchestra, formed for a project with Anthony Braxton in 2007. In 2016, he convened the Montreal-Toronto Art Orchestra to play Roscoe Mitchell’s music. He founded Somewhere There, a Toronto creative music venue that hosted 850 concerts during his tenure, 2007-10. He has composed a series of site-specific works for mobile musicians and audiences in unconventional performance contexts including, notably, the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Scott programs the Guelph Jazz Festival with Karen Ng.
“Scott Thomson’s trombone at moments practically lifted me out of my body.”
–Carl Wilson, zoilus.com
PipeDown! Presents: Kitzl wsg CONDUCTOR / King Dice
January 26, 2019
Show @ 8:00pm
Admission – $10
PipeDown! Presents: The Thick wsg Greenhouse
January 19, 2019
Show at 8:00
Silence Presents: Pat Maloney w Ivan Rivers
December 21, 2018
“Soulful, honest, hilarious and smart” – Fingers on Blast
That’s Ottawa, Ontario’s Indie-Folk artist Pat Maloney. The happily independent singer-songwriter encapsulates the Canadian spirit of a humble, passionate storyteller, with an often self-defaming sense of humour. In a rich baritone, he sings heartfelt “story songs” based on his experiences on tour, his personal life and his place in the big blue world.
Three full-length albums deep since 2013, Pat’s catalogue is inclusive and free of pretention. However genre hopping, he draws cohesion from master storytelling at his live performances. It’s hard to pin down Pat’s musical influences. Although he considers himself akin to adult alternative songwriters like Father John Misty, Ryan Adams or Tom Waits, he refuses to betray the influence from his years as a drummer in punk & hip-hop outfits. Stepping away from full-length album efforts for now, he is poised to release two digital singles in 2018.
Twice the winner of the Canadian Organization of Campus Activities (COCA) Singer-Songwriter of the Year award, Pat Maloney is known in national folk music circles as a hard working road warrior on a never-ending tour. In a short four years since taking up music full-time, Pat has played a thousand shows all over Canada, The United Kingdom, Ireland and the United States. He has had several songs hit #1 on a number of Canadian campus folk charts.
“Considering an endless access to a century of popular music, and my love for a wide variety of styles, it would be unfulfilling to pigeon-hole my creativity into one genre of music. I write what comes out naturally without stuffing it into a box. I’m not really a folk singer, I just sound like one sometimes.” – Pat Maloney
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Silence Presents: Joe Bass wsg Anthony Damiao
December 14, 2018
Modern folk tales, rootsy genre-bending anthems, and just a dash of small-town nostalgia, Joe Bass offers an adventurous spin on alternative-folk music. Based out of Toronto and Waterloo, the trio combines mandolin, guitar, bass banjo, and a lonesome kick-drum with thoughtfully arranged harmonies, forging a sound that’s surprisingly rich for an instrumentation that’s stripped-down. Their lighthearted stage show and tight-knitted musicianship make their performances equal parts unhinged dance party, camaraderie-inducing group hug, and elaborate listening experience. Fresh off of their first tour to Canada’s east-coast, the 3-piece is currently getting set to release its sophomore EP.
Joe Bass is:
Eric Marcotte – Mandolin, vocals
Garrett Stratford – Acoustic guitar, lead vocals
Sandy James – Bass Banjo, Kickdrum/tambourine, vocals
Doris Folkens unfortunately has had to cancel. Instead, Anthony Damiao will be opening for Joe Bass.
Silence Presents: Jesse Matas
December 8, 2018
While drafting his debut solo album, Tamarock, Jesse Matas spent more time in a canoe than in a studio. He spent more time in silence in the bush. Over a week in December 2017, the album was recorded (mostly) live-off-the-floor in a small, warm studio in Winnipeg with some of the finest-natured humans in Canada. Tamarock is his first release since 2014, when his infamous band the Crooked Brothers’ released their third album Thank You, I’m Sorry. The album received nominations for CFMAs and WCMAs and was toured in 11 countries.
All the songs on Tamarock happen far from cities in woodlands and on lakes. Lyric and feeling come to the fore. Walking Human and Rock and Sand sound distant: a broadcast from a clearing far into the bush. They reveal some of the darkest elements of human to non-human interaction. Songs like Before, We and Footpath pulse with a rhythm and lightness of open kinship— that of regeneration and growth. Songs like Peace River Song and Hardline draw upon current issues like Site-C and raw milk production.
Another step further afield is Tamarock’s rock-poems. The Myth of Forests is something else entirely, like Serge Gainsbourg without the chauvinism, while Monarch is for the entomologist who has to dance. Both songs are for listeners seeking something very different. Jesse’s poems have been featured (or are forthcoming) in CV2, Event, The Fourth River and The New Quarterly, among others. A Few Stars in the River, his first collection of poetry, will be published in late 2019 alongside paintings by Kyle Scheurmann—responsible for Tamarock’s cover art.
The album’s range is vast. Many of a lot. But most of all— Tamarock sounds like where it came from… and that’s right where it takes the listener.
Silence Presents: Kathak Bandi – Mehfil
December 1, 2018
Tickets $15 at the door
The performances title, Mehfil, is an Arabic word which means a courtly entertainment of poetry, classical music, and dance.
Mushtari Afroz: (Choreographer & Dancer)
Mushtari was introduced to Bengali folk dance at a young age in Bangladesh as part of her school’s extracurricular activities. Unlike India where classical music and dance have a long-standing tradition, Bangladesh takes pride in her folk dance and music tradition. Mushtari’s training in North Indian Classical Dance form ‘Kathak’ began when she immigrated to Canada in the early 2000.
After studying with her first Guru Joanna De Souza for about two years she started advanced training in Lucknow gharana of Kathak under the tutelage of Ms. Saveeta Sharma at Upasana – The Spirit of Dance and recently in Jaipur gharana of Kathak under the tutelage of Mr. Hemant Panwar at Panwar Music and Dance School.
Grants from Canada Council for the Arts and UK’s Milapfest Foundation helped her pursue training with the living legend of Kathak -Pandit Birju Maharaj- and the leading contemporary Kathak artist -Ms. Aditi Mangaldas- in UK in workshop setting. Her interest in the recent development of contemporary aesthetic in dance has also motivated her to study with some of the leading Canadian and International choreographers. Mushtari has been performing primarily as a solo Kathak dancer for the past 3 years.
In 2016 Mushtari founded a dance collective called ‘Kathak Bandi’ that aims to celebrate human stories and experience through dance, rhythm, live music and the emotive quality of North Indian Classical Dance form ‘Kathak’. Since its inception the collective has created work inspired by visual art, poetry and contemporary events that speak to the ‘Now’. ‘Resist/Co-exist’ – a Kathak-Flamenco collaboration, ‘Sunset in Fall’ – a work inspired by Canadian Fall, ‘The Broken Dream of a Stream’ – a work inspired by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore and ‘Bold Expressions’ – a work inspired by contemporary ideas on ‘what defines boldness’– are some of Kathak Bandi’s recent creations. With Mushtari in the lead the collective has presented its recent work at Aga Khan Museum’s Pop-Up performance Series, The Canadian Foundation for Asian Heritage’s Concert at University of Toronto, In-Depth Conference at Munk Centre for the Global Affairs, Noor Cultural Centre, University of Toronto Festival of Dance, Emerging Young Artist Inc’s Contemporary Art Exhibition, Tagore Centre, Open Open Open Festival at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.
Shirshendu Mukherjee: (Hindustani Vocal and a collaborator of Kathak Bandi Collective)
Born in a family of music connoisseurs, Shirshendu Mukherjee was inducted into music at the tender age of 3 under the tutelage of Smt. Chandana Chakrabarty. Later on, he joined ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata as a Scholar and received extensive training under his Guru Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty, the doyen of Patiala Gharana. Shirshendu started performing at the age of 14 by rendering at the Annual Classical Music Programme organized by Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Kolkata when he shared the dais with the giants of Indian Classical Music viz. Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Pandit Birju Maharaj, Ustad Zakir Hussain.
He has been a regular performer in various major conferences in India as well as in Europe, wherein he has been highly appreciated by the connoisseurs of Indian Classical MusicShirshendu is a Gold Medalist in Master of Arts in Indian Classical Vocal Music from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. He has also taught in Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata as Personal Contact Programme Counsellor under the Directorate of Distance Education, in 2007-2008.
Since 2012, he is attached to Sir C V Raman Centre for Physics and Music, Jadavpur University, Kolkata as a Guest Researcher and has contributed into many papers published in various international symposiums and journals.Shirshendu has founded `Reyaaj School of Music’ with a vision to impart Indian Classical Vocal Music to students of varied ages in traditional Guru-shishya parampara system. He also teaches Indian Classical Vocal Music (Khayal) and Bhajan online in a traditional, systematic way. His aim is to inculcate love for and appreciation of Indian classical vocal music across the globe.
Ahilan Kathirgamathamby: (Tabla and Percussion and a collaborator of Kathak Bandi Collective)
Ahilan started to learn Tabla at a very young age and continues to learn today under Ravi Naimpalli. He has also learned Mirudangam under Umayalpuram Sivaraman in India. The majority of his training has been live classical performances with the likes of Pandit Vinayak Torvi – Indian classical vocal and Ravi Kumar – Sarod. Ravi and Ahilan have practiced and performed together for more than 15 years, an experience he values the most to his growth.
Ahilan has performed many dance projects in Bharathanatyam and Kuchipudi for over 20 years and expanding his play with Kathak, and Flamenco. He continues with his performances with numerous projects and other dance genres and Ahilan has also been teaching for more than 20 years, something he loves to do daily. Outside of percussion, Ahilan is a Life Coach, Filmmaker, and Photographer. The combination of these four elements truly personify who he is, and how his presentations of these can influence people to enjoy their lives. The love for these four passions created his company, Four Red Petals – “inspiring people to look within.”
Silence Presents: Grüvology
November 30, 2018
Admission $15 at the door
Grüvology was founded in 2006 by pianist Walter Kemp and guitarist Bernard Kunz.
Grüvology has published 3 cds, First Set (2008), Unbridled (2010) and Freeway (2015). All our music consists of original compositions. Our compositions are influenced by gospel, blues, folk, latin and middle eastern music. Our music is available on iTunes. Clips are also on our youtube channel, on our facebook page and our website gruvology.com Some clips are also on Sound cloud bernard kunz.
Grüvology has been named best Western New York Jazz Fusion group every year since 2012. Walter Kemp was best keyboard player for 2012 and 13. Our current bassist, James Benders, was named rising star in 2015. Our new drummer is Ravi Padmanabha, an extraordinary improviser not only on drums and percussion but also on sitar and sarangi. Guitarist Bernard Kunz was named one of the areas most adventurous guitarists by Buffalo News Music Critic Jeff Miers (Feb. 2012) and runner-up best jazz guitarist for 2016.
We have performed at most Western New York venues and Jazz Festivals, Queen City Jazz Festival, Lewiston Jazz Festival, Slyfest at the Huron as well as in Erie, PA, New York City and Toronto, Canada.
April 2015 saw our first European tour in Germany, Holland, Belgium and Switzerland with concerts at Dortmund’s famous Domicil Jazz Club, Splendor in Amsterdam, Centre Culturel Marius Staquet in Mouscron, Belgium, Haberhaus Kultur Klub, Schaffhausen, Switzerland and more.
After a hiatus of almost two years with family engagements and other projects, GRÜVOLOGY is back with a new drummer, Ravi Padmanabha and new music waiting to be performed and eventually recorded.
We hope to see you on Friday, November 30, 2018, at SIlence Sounds in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
Silence Presents: Tania Gill, Germaine Liu, and Victor Bateman
November 25, 2018
Silence Presents: Near East
November 23, 2018
Near East invents their own world-music convention, by bringing together several world music traditions. The Inception of Near East’s Music begins in, Maqam and Iqa’ of the Middle East and Greece, gives way to the raga and tala concepts of North and South India ultimately evolving into group improvisation. From those foundations, Near East harvests a fresh sound, familiar yet surprising. The roots simply cross – pollinate on their own, evolving without additives, without taking anything away.
Silence Presents: Storytelling w/ Maryem Tollar and Dawne McFarlane
November 18, 2018
Arabic songs transport us to the time and place of Anaeet, daughter of a shepherd. Music and story bring us to the shimmering heat of the moment when Anaeet gave a pitcher of water to a hot dusty traveller who fell in love with her. Her practical wisdom is needed to save her husband and their people more than once. With singer Maryem Tollar, playing the Riqq, and storyteller Dawne McFarlane.
My first childhood memory of storytelling is sitting around a lakeside campfire in Northern Ontario with my family, my Scottish Grandfather illuminated by firelight and silhouetted by stars as he told stories. An enchanting Gaelic brawl rolled through his powerful voice. With that gift in my heart, I have been travelling a storyteller’s journey interwoven with world music and dance, with 30 years of artistic collaboration with independent choreographers, dancers, Sign Language Interpreters, musicians, and clowns. As a parent and teacher, I have been telling and teaching around campfires, outdoor bread ovens, kitchen tables, and in classrooms for 25 years. I have performed as a guest artist at international storytelling festivals in Toronto, Vancouver, and Edinburgh. I teach the art and craft of storytelling through the grades to teachers in Canada and abroad. The power of storytelling to open hearts and minds and bring people together continues to inspire me.
Maryem Tollar is a renowned Egyptian-Canadian vocalist, known for her world music performances as well as original compositions. Her voice has been heard on the theme of CBC’s Little Mosque on the Prairie and A.R. Rahman’s Bollywood hit, Mayya Mayya. She is the featured vocalist in Tafelmusik’s production of “Tales of Two Cities: The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee Houses” and “Safe Haven”, and Christos Hatzis’ piece “Syn-Phonia” with Inuit throat singer Tiffany Ayalik and his multimedia piece “Constantinople” with The Gryphon Trio and Patricia O’Callaghan. In 2017, Maryem was nominated for a Juno Award for “Nazar” with quartet Turkwaz. She received a Juno Award in 2014 with the group Odessa Havana and in 2009 was nominated for her CD Maryem and Ernie Tollar “Cairo to Toronto”. Maryem will be performing with Toronto Storyteller Dawne McFarlane at the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in 2018. Maryem will be releasing a live CD with her group “Al Qahwa Ensemble” with Egyptian violinist, Alfred Gamil; and Syrian clarinet player, Majd Sukar in 2019.
Silence Presents: Citizen Jane
November 16, 2018
CITIZEN JANE is a Toronto-based folk-pop duo that evocatively weaves powerful vocal harmonies with innovative string textures to create an emotionally charged soundscape. Hailed a “delight” by Folk Radio UK, Reenie and Lea spark a uniquely intimate connection with all audiences.
Their debut album, “In the Storm”, is a reflection on the value of human connection, touching on themes of war (internal & literal), displacement/isolation, self-doubt.. and an urge to embrace differences, unite, and act with love to make the world a little brighter. From sweet, hopeful viola & guitar melodies, to darker mandolin & cello musings, each song takes on a new character in their sonic journey.
Though primarily a song-driven project, CJ is delving into the fiddle world with a couple of instrumental tunes as well. Brought to life by mixing engineers Adrian Dolan (The Bills, The Wailin’ Jennys) and Jon Kaspy (Emily Rockarts).
The duo consists of married couple Reenie Perkovic (vocals, guitar, mandolin) and Lea Kirstein (viola, fiddle, cello, vocals), who met while studying classical music on the west coast of Canada. The ladies have since made a home in Toronto’s vibrant music scene.
Reenie grew up in the Toronto area, after her family escaped the civil war in her birthplace, Sarajevo, Bosnia. She then moved out west to study percussion and composition at UVic, where she wrote contemporary classical works that were read by the Victoria Symphony, and ECM+. While studying, she continued to play guitar and lead pop bands, booking small tours and playing festivals. Reenie was a semi-finalist in the 2016 UK Songwriting Contest, and has released 3 solo albums. She has opened for Juno-nominated Alysha Brilla, and Annabelle Chvostek (Wailin’ Jennys).
Lea is an acclaimed violist and fiddler, who grew up in Victoria, BC, where she studied viola and music education at UVic. Classical musician by day and fiddler by night, Lea discovered new ways of melding the two styles into one. Her passion for these genres took her across Canada & the U.S. with the Folk Arts Quartet. She has recorded with Juno-nominated artists Oliver Schroer and Teresa Doyle.
The duo is passionate about building community & education, and frequently offers workshops at schools, camps, and festivals.
Silence Presents: Joe Policastro Trio
November 13, 2018
The Joe Policastro Trio is a Chicago-based alternative jazz trio led by bassist Joe Policastro featuring guitarist Dave Miller and drummer Mikel Avery. While firmly rooted in jazz, the band’s open-minded and inclusive nature also brings rock, soul, funk, Brazilian, and free jazz to the surface while keeping the aesthetic of an acoustic jazz trio intact. Their most recent release, Screen Sounds (JeruJazz Records), is a collection of the trio’s re-workings of movie/TV music. Other releases by the band include 2013’s West Side Story Suite for Jazz Trio, and 2016’s POPS! (jazz interpretations of pop tunes from the 60s-90s), also on JeruJazz Records. In early 2019 the band will be releasing an album focused on their original material entitled Nothing Here Belongs.
“The group’s terrific new album, Screen Sounds, applies a diversity of approaches to all kinds of source material, consistently retaining the essence of the original works while boldly imprinting the trio’s personality” (Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader).
“The trio have refined their layered blend of the familiar and faintly far out, playing three nights a week at Chicago’s Pops For Champagne and through extensive roadwork. Their deep understanding of each other and deft analysis of choice repertoire repays repeat and close listening” (Michael Jackson, Downbeat).
Known for its eclectic taste and approach, the Joe Policastro Trio “makes the case that such musical hybridity is worth celebrating.” “Policastro…is a melody-minded bassist who prioritizes group cohesion over individual displays of virtuosity”
(Brian Zimmerman, Downbeat).
“There are always new wrinkles to be found in the familiar. That’s a political stance that seems to serve the Joe Policastro Trio well…putting alternately gritty and focused touches on songs we’ve come to love….Policastro and company have found their niche tapping into different breeds of treasured songs” (Dan Billawsky, All About Jazz).
The Joe Policastro Trio is a band that can turn “pop tart into jazz art” (Travis Rogers, Jazz Owl) and one that “should have wide appeal among both jazz fans and listeners of other genres”
(Hrayr Attarian, Chicago Jazz Magazine).
PipeDown! Presents: Hyness wsg DATL, Sweet Toothe, Ten Boy Summer
November 9, 2018
Doors at 7:00 PM
Show at 8:00 PM
Cover – $10/pwyc
Silence Presents: Surefire Sweat
November 3, 2018
Surefire Sweat is made up of a diverse and multi-generational roster of Toronto-based artists. The music, composed by Juno-nominated drummer, Larry Graves, is original drawing on an amalgam of Funk, Jazz, Brass Band, Blues and Afrobeat. Inventive arrangements act as a vehicle for the all-star cast of musicians to engage listeners through improvisational explorations and danceable arrangements.
Silence Presents: Minor Empire
November 2, 2018
Doors at 7:30 PM
Concert at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15 available on Eventbrite
Variously described by reviewers as “trippy”, “dreamy”, “cinematic”, “stylishly hip” and “deeply exotic”, award winning Turkish Canadian world music group Minor Empire has racked up a lengthy list of plaudits for its seamless blend of traditional music and modern sounds. Its debut album, Second Nature, earned it a Canadian Folk Music Award for World Group of the Year, an Indie Music Award for Favorite World Artist of the Year, a nomination for the About.com World Music Readers Choice Award and number one spot on the Canadian World music radio charts.
Exclaim praised the band for its “slinky, duby, knotty rhythms”. Le Devoir called the sound “refined” and said “Ozman weaves a most beautiful music from her roots”. Songlines praised “Ozman’s pure and sinuous vocals” and the “percussion that simmers with delicious intensity”. CBC Radio said “the album marked an important way forward for world music”.
Minor Empire’s sound is defined by the dreamy vocals of Ozgu Ozman, which soar above an ambient bed of organic instrumentation to create the airy, atmospheric vibe. Lead by guitarist Ozan Boz, band features some of Canada’s finest musicians; Michael Occhipinti on guitar, Chris Gartner on bass, Ben Riley on drums and Patrick Graham on percussion.
The band has showcased its captivating blend of ethereal vocals and trance-y, trip hop inspired arrangements at prominent venues such as Yoshi’s in San Francisco, National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Banff Centre for the Arts, Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, Hillside Festival, Luminato Festival, Sunfest, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Calgary Folk Music Festival, JAZZ.FM91 World Music Festival and Musikfest. Minor Empire was also featured on Identities, award winning documentary series on Jazz FM.
“This group of talented musicians have a deep understanding of what is takes to create dreamy and cinematic textures that unfold with a seeming simplicity. You hear it in the pure and sinuous vocals of
Ozman, and in the percussion that simmers with delicious intensity “
“I love how their sound blurs the lines between electronic and traditional Turkish music. I like how textured and trippy it is, and I especially like the guitars on this album – ominous and psychedelic.”
CBC Radio One
“The ineffable quality of Ozgu’s voice at the center of each song is the jewel from which the band radiates. Her charisma at center stage is both becalming and insurrectionary as the stream of her breathy voice urges the band and audience into deep feelings of longing and tranquility. Inspiration galore will be provided by this young and innovative group of master players.”
Roots Music Canada
“The album is a perfect symbiosis between the Turkish traditional elements and the contemporary jazz and electronic sounds. What I like so much is the authentic atmosphere the music breaths, but it’s modern sound at the same time. It’s tradition from a new generation, perfectly arranged, highest quality and an exciting collaboration between professional musicians. ..the album is like a concept record, all compositions have their own atmosphere but are connected at the same time, they form a natural completeness. A dream debut!”
“Group addresses Turkish roots in entrancing musical project. Ozman’s exceptional emotional expression becomes a language unto itself.”
“East and West connect in Minor Empire’s sad songs. The result rocks. Minor Empire’s sound is simultaneously ancient and modern, happy and sad—and perfectly suited to the folk-festival stages.”
“Flashing a polished, sophisticated sound, this Toronto-based group coaxes both Western and Turkish music into a delicious dance that is both fresh and stylishly hip. Deeply exotic, Second Nature moves effortlessly through 14 evocative tracks fashioned out of ripe Turkish hues and moody Western atmospheric landscapes. Bold, expertly worked and voluptuous, Second Nature will surely have world music fans clamoring for the next installment from Minor Empire.”
World Music Central
“…careful combinations of Western pop sounds, jazz improvisations, and Turkish traditional music and superb arrangements. The result is a smart band creating intriguing sounds and melodies set to a backdrop of funky beats. Ozman’s sultry vocals weave effortlessly through a tapestry of musical influences. “
“De Toronto, la chanteuse Ozgu Ozman tisse l’une des plus belles musiques à partir de ses racines turques: tout en élégance, l’interprétation est raffinée dès le départ. Et Ozman marie sa voix aux splendides croisements de guitares électriques et atmosphériques. On reste souvent dans les maqâms turcs, on ajoute des climats planants et on invite un musicien de marque dans presque toutes les pièces. Il s’agit bien de cela: le disque propose un équilibre quasi parfait entre les climats d’intimité et les claques percussives, entre la nuit des temps et l’urbanité qui s’y fond.”
“A slinky, dub-y Turkish soup of knotty rhythms, largely unsweetened. Chris Gartner’s deft bass work nearly melts into the percuss
Silence Presents: Mike McCormick’s Proxemics wsg Hymns57
November 1, 2018
The Proxemics Studies are a collection of songs that emerged from Canadian guitarist and composer Mike McCormick’s exploration of intimate space in its various manifestations.
In the summer of 2016, McCormick decided to address his performative limitations by composing a set of personalized technical studies for the electric guitar. Exploring the physical and practical distance between him and his instrument encouraged him to examine other “distances” in various aspects of his life. This lead him to compile a collection of saved letters, emails, and electronic messages sent to him from partners with whom he had been previously intimately involved in order to examine the emotional “spaces” he had created in his past.
Spanning a lengthy period of time (the earliest letter is from 2009) and a variety of relationships, these correspondences reveal the complex nature of human intimacy – some messages show the unabashed beauty of unconditional love, others reveal the bitterness of heartbreak, and still others expose the volatility of passionate lust.
Setting these texts to musical ideas derived from electric guitar etudes has resulted in a collection of compositions that explores the space between the guitarist and his instrumental capabilities, between the individual and his past relationships, and between the composer and his artistic output.
Mike McCormick – electric guitar
Laura Swankey – voice, electronics
Knut Kvifte Nesheim – drum kit, vibraphone
Hymns57 is a soundscape venture project. Working with field recordings and samples. Tape loops, guitar and a multitude of effects create lush waves of static, rolling tones, and haunting textures that crest and wash over you. Decaying and dissolving in the mix like a glowing, faded memory. Formulated to immerse you, under a wall of sound that leads your ears astray.
Silence Presents: Buchbinder & Restivo: David²
October 20, 2018
Buchbinder & Restivo: David2
The duo format is in its nature flexible, free, and intimate. This grouping of two mature performers/composers at the top of their respective games also creates worlds of sound, as it brings together the sonorities of trumpet, flugelhorn and piano (brass & wood/metal). Award-winning genre-bending musicians David Buchbinder & Dave Restivo will create frames for improvisation with the jazz and classical repertoire and their own, uncategorizable compositions, as they spin sound out of nothingness right into your ears.
DAVID BUCHBINDER is a JUNO award-winning trumpeter, composer, and cultural innovator. He leads numerous music groups, composes for concert, theatre, film, and television, presents large-scale performance projects, and has toured extensively in North and South America and Europe. He creates “fiercely imaginative music that swaggers with volatile rhythms cushioning endlessly changing modes” that is “highly original and accessible”. His trumpet playing has been compared to Freddie Hubbard (Globe & Mail) and was called “sultry and diaphanous, weaving gloriously sinuous lines”. His jazz compositions express a unique voice equally influenced by the masters (Mingus, Monk, Ellington), Eastern European and Middle Eastern sounds, and the circus of his own imagination. Buchbinder leads the Flying Bulgars, his eponymous Jazz Ensemble, Nomadica and, most recently, his Odessa/Havana project. Buchbinder has brought his jazz compositions and ensembles to prestigious venues across North America including the Festival of New Drumpfet Music and (this past April) a week-long residency at John Zorn’s The Stone in NYC. His work as a trumpeter and composer has been profiled in major publications around the world including a 2014 profile in Down Beat magazine.
DAVE RESTIVO is one of Canada’s most respected and influential jazz artists. Restivo is a three-time winner of the National Jazz Awards’ Pianist of the Year Award, and is listed in the current edition of Canadian Who’s Who. He is well known for his work with Rob McConnell’s The Boss Brass and Tentet, the Mike Murley Quintet, and legendary songwriter Marc Jordan. He has also performed and recorded with Dave Holland, Kenny Wheeler, John Abercrombie, Jerry Bergonzi, Mel Torme, Pat LaBarbera, Ingrid Jensen, Christine Jensen, Molly Johnson, Moe Koffman, Joe LaBarbera, Mark Whitfield, Marcus Belgrave, Joey Baron, Curtis Fuller, Stacy Rowles, Jane Bunnett, Phil Dwyer, Tim Hagans, Steve Kirby, Jeff Hamilton, Alex Acuna, Gene Bertoncini, Phillip Harper, Don Thompson, Ed Bickert, Guido Basso, P.J. Perry, Trudy Desmond, Joe Lovano, Judi Silvano, Dave Pietro, Owen Howard, John Hollenbeck, Ratzo Harris, Sheila Jordan, Jay Clayton, Donny McCaslin, Metalwood, Charles McPherson, Dave Young, Norman Marshall Villeneuve, Memo Acevedo, Dave Valentin, Luis Conte, and many others. Restivo has served on the music faculty at the Banff Centre for the Arts and St. Francis Xavier University, and currently teaches at Humber College and the University of Toronto.
Silence Presents: TANDEM Trio
October 18, 2018
Taking inspiration from a mix of diverse influences TANDEM meshes contemporary experimental musical influences such as electroacoustic, minimalism and free improvisation. The trio deploys a large instrumental palette through the improvised gesture, playing music totally oriented towards the present.
Sound and the act of listening constitute the core of this music.
Silence Presents: Friendly Rich & The Woodshed Orchestra – The Leonard Cohen Sweet
(Shared Vinyl EP Release)
October 6th, 2018
Friendly Rich is a mad composer from Oakville, Canada. Mr. Rich composed background music for 3 seasons of MTV’s The Tom Green Show. Since 1994, he has recorded exclusively for his own eclectic record label, The Pumpkin P
ie Corporation. Rich is a PhD candidate from the University of Toronto under the supervision of Dr. Lee Bartel.
The Woodshed Orchestra mashes up classic dance styles from all over the world into a soulful celebration.
Legendary Toronto drummer Dave Clark (Rheostatics, Dinner is Ruined, The WoodChoppers Association, Gord Downie and Charles Spearin) pilots a five-piece horn section, four-piece rhythm section and full-ensemble vocals through New Orleans Funk, 2nd line and Jazz, R&B, Ska, Soul, Reggae, Punk, Rock n Roll, Blues, Country, Surf Rock, Neo-Greek, Ranchero, Polka, Disco, Samba, Afro-Pop, Waltz, New Wave, Cajun, Tex-Mex, Power Pop, Klezmer, Torch Ballads, Tango and Calypso, in an extraordinary celebration. This band is a funky, uplifting and joyful ride every time it plays.
Silence Presents: Ha!Man and Joke
September 22, 2018
South Africa’s “HA!Man” is joined by Belgian word artist and actress Joke Debaere bringing the “HA!Show” to local communities in three continents every year. They literally carry worlds within as it has grown and evolved over two decades. Each performance is unique, yet draws on a stable body of original electronic accompaniments, evoking concert halls, festive sounds, intimate acoustic textures and a broad range of feelings. This spontaneously enacted journey takes each audience through an intense and life-affirming experience and can open up to be interactive and participatory, depending on the group. Not much more can be said, as live creativity has to draw on the unknown from where each and everyone can be deeply surprised. Bring instruments along and open hearts. For many, a HA! experience is long remembered. Visit www.hamanworld.com
Guelph Jazz Festival Events @ Silence
SEPTEMBER 12-16, 2018
Wednesday 12 September
8PM, Wednesday, Silence
Morning Music in the Evening, PWYC
Friday 14 September
1:30pm, Friday, Silence, free Double-bill: Bernard Falaise solo & Konk Pack
Guitarist and composer Bernard Falaise is a vital presence in Montréal’s field of musique actuelle, improvisation, and avant-rock. His playing is beyond category, demonstrating a knack for sculpting forms out of the rich textures he coaxes from pedals and amplifier. Falaise’s latest solo record, lézardes et zébrures (Ambiances Magnétiques), is a delicate work where layers of material organized in various rhythmic cells, unfold in richly satisfying ways. His solo in Guelph, however, could reflect any of his radical approaches, and will be a wonderfully intimate introduction to one of Canada’s finest creative musicians.
For over twenty years, this international trio has played its energetic electroacoustic improvised music, documented on five recordings. Roger Turner’s quicksilver drumming generates enormous momentum while evading predictable patterns. Tim Hodgkinson, best known for his membership in Henry Cow, contributes a radical set of musical resources with the unconventional instrumentation of lapsteel guitar, clarinet, and electronics. German analogue synthesizer player Thomas Lehn has amazing command of an instrument capable of a bewildering range of sounds and timbres. Together, Konk Pack music is intensely focused, energetic, and totally singular.
5:30pm, Friday, Silence, free Amirtha Kidambi & Darius Jones
Amirtha Kidambi & Darius Jones
These musical friends and close colleagues are both in Guelph to lead their respective bands, which provides a golden opportunity for an intimate voice-saxophone duo concert. Singer Amirtha Kidambi contributed in extraordinary fashion to The Oversoul Manual (AUM Fidelity), saxophonist and composer Darius Jones’s all-vocal (but wordless) suite. Kidambi has clearly been inspired by working with Jones, and has incorporated and synthesized his approach to composing for voice in the context of her group, Elder Ones. This concert provides a superb chance to experience the close rapport of these special musicians.
Saturday, 15 September
THE SILENCE COLLECTIVE – Tabula Rasa Saturday, September 15 8:00PM Silence – 46 Essex St. Donation to Silence or PWYC
Sunday 16 September
8pm, Sunday, Silence, $15/$10 Allison Cameron & Ben Grossman
Allison Cameron & Ben Grossman
While Toronto’s Allison Cameron is best known for her prolific composing, improvising has also been at the core of her practice for almost twenty years, where she applies an uncommon instrumentation filtered through a radical imagination: Electronic keyboards, banjo, piano, amplifiers, radios, crackle boxes, cassette tapes, objects, and toys. Allison is paired with Guelph’s own Ben Grossman, one of the finest players of the hurdy-gurdy. These masters of understatement, nuance timbres, and deep rapport through improvised form-making will be an apt finale for this year’s festival.
Alex Fournier’s Triio
September 7, 2018
Tickets $10 at the door
Alex Fournier is bringing his sextet to Guelph!
Bea Labikova – Woodwinds
Aidan Sibley – Trombone
Tom Fleming – Guitar
Ashley Urquhart – Piano
Alex Fournier – Bass/compositions
Mark Ballyk – Drums
September 6, 2018
$10/PWYC at the door.
The music of Guelph folk duo Tragedy Ann inspires chills, provokes smiles, and reminds you to breathe. With the occasional nod to alt. blues and handshake with contemporary folk-rock, Liv Cazzola and Braden Phelan intertwine the storytelling power of Tom Waits with the musical nuance of Mandolin Orange, crafting something simultaneously familiar and fresh.
Rooted in passionate vocal harmony, Tragedy Ann’s songs tackle topics from love-drunkenness to hospital visits with equal intimacy. Cazzola’s multi-instrumental menagerie and Phelan’s dynamic guitar flavours provide a lush backdrop to these powerful narratives, reminding you that you do indeed love the accordion—you just never heard it played this sweetly.
Silence Presents: Aidan Baker w/ Hymns57 & Modo Koagon
August 17, 2018
Tickets $15 at Eventbrite or at the door
Visiting all the way from Berlin, Germany, Aidan Baker is a classically-trained multi-instrumentalist using the electric guitar as his primary instrument. Using prepared and alternate methods of playing the guitar, along with various electronic effects, Baker creates music which generally falls within the ambient/experimental genre but draws on influences from rock, electronic, classical, and jazz.
A highly prolific artist, Baker has released numerous recorded works, both solo and with various group projects, like Nadja, B/B/S/, and Caudal, on such independent labels as Gizeh Records, Pleasence Records, Important Records, Alien8 Recordings, and his own imprint, Broken Spine Productions.
Baker is also the author of several books of poetry. A regular live performer, Baker has toured extensively around the world, including appearances at such international festivals as FIMAV, SXSW, Incubate, Unsound, and Mutek, among others. Baker is originally from Toronto, Canada.
Opening support performance duties will be in the hands of 2 of Guelph’s very own experimental sound sculptors.
Modo Koagon and Hymns57
The pair of musicians intend to perform separate sets that overlap in the middle at some point. Creating an extra layer to each of their already improvised styles.
Modo Koagon brings his eclectic trove of trinket-collage, field recordings, cling-clang, jazzy sax, synthery and percussive blips and rips that make the sound the land makes as you pass through it, insects in trees, blades on ice, the gutters melting, tapping typewriter, the beep of the life support machine, the clock on the wall. Offering nothing shy of a lucid dream-like experience.
Hymns57 is a soundscape venture project. Working with field recordings and samples. Tape loops, guitar and a multitude of effects create lush waves of static, rolling tones, and haunting textures that crest and wash over you. Decaying and dissolving in the mix like a glowing, faded memory. Formulated to immerse you, under a wall of sound that leads your ears astray.
This promises to be an unforgettable night of soundscapes. Don’t miss a rare opportunity to be sonically bathed by a line up this diverse and in such an intimate setting.
**capacity permitting cash at the door will be accepted (but don’t chance it)
Silence Presents: Sonic Luz – A Live Performance of Noid and Klaus Filip
August 10, 2018
Doors at 7:30 PM
Performance at 8 PM
Tickets $10/PWYC at door
Most traditional synthesizers emphasize reproducibility and the stability of pitch. Therefore, they need big and complex mechanisms usually realized inside a black box. For Sonic Luz the priority is a maximum of flexibility and the possibility for haptic interaction on all the parts of the tone production.
By moving the lamps, tone wheels and light sensors on the table, or changing the discs,
the composition of the sounds are manipulated, quickly and intuitively.
The machine has no interior that could possibly be hidden – everything is laid open for the audience and generates a performative aspect of great beauty.
Optosonics is a forgotten technology that was widely in use to store, transmit or manipulate information in the beginning of the 20th century. In fact, most early synthesizers were based on optical generated sound.
Click here for a look into a brief history of optical synthesis.
Click here for information about this project.
Pipedown! Presents: Kill No Albatross, Jupiter Hollow & Mute Union
July 27, 2018
For Burlington-based rock band Kill No Albatross, their forthcoming EP “Speak True Evil” is a definitive statement. The record blends the accessibility of rock, the technicality of prog, and the energy of hardcore through intelligent songwriting, bold guitar work, and emotional intensity. KNA will be supporting the release with a Canadian summer tour run that includes a slot on the Vans Warped Tour.
With support from local rockers Mute Union and Barrie-based progressive metal powerhouse Jupiter Hollow, this will be a wild, energetic night that you don’t want to miss.
Pipedown! Presents: Eddyevvy wsg Bare Claws & Drunk at the Library
July 28, 2018
Silence Presents: The Sam Kirmayer Trio w/ Jonathan Chapman & Ben Zweig
July 26, 2018
Sam Kirmayer, jazz guitarist, composer and native Montrealer, is a young musician who plays with “a fearlessness and momentum that promise much, much more to come” – Katie Malloch (CBC Jazz Beat & Tonic). Drawing inspiration from masters like Wes Montgomery and Grant Green, Sam eschews effects in favour of a clear, direct tone and maintains firm roots in the blues and hard bop traditions. In 2017, CBC Music included Sam in their list of the “35 best Canadian jazz musicians under 35”. His trio, with bassist Jonathan Chapman and drummer Ben Zweig (NYC) will perform music from his 2017 debut “Opening Statement”, his upcoming sophomore album “High and Low” as well as compositions from the other members of the group and choice standards.
In April 2017, Sam released his debut album, Opening Statement, on Montreal label Chromatic Audio. A straight-ahead quartet date, the album features a mixed set of originals and standards, with a strong supporting cast of New York based pianist Sean Fyfe and Montreal stalwarts bassist Mike De Masi and drummer Dave Laing. In a 4 star review, All About Jazz called Opening Statement “strong-minded, well-spoken and worth relishing many more times than once.”
Sam’s sophomore album, High and Low is set for a 2018 release on Cellar Live, this time in an organ trio featuring New York based organist Ben Paterson, with Dave Laing returning on drums. Meanwhile, he maintains an active performance schedule with several weekly residencies in Montreal and frequent appearances elsewhere in Quebec and Ontario. Spring 2018 will also see Sam’s first tour of the west coast.
Sam completed an Undergraduate degree in Jazz Performance at McGill University in 2016 with Outstanding Achievement and Dean’s Honour List standings. He has also been the recipient of several awards and scholarships including the Oliver Jones Jazz Scholarship from Vanier College, the David Moyse Guitar Scholarship from McGill, an Artist Development Grant from FACTOR and the Julian Award of Excellence from CJSF 90.1FM.
Dru Jacey Presents: Baby Labour wsg Animatist & VERSA
July 21, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Free food with admission
(Vegan friendly options available)
(pssst…The tacos are all vegan…sshh…)
Capping off their newest album release tour, Baby Labour is playing their last show here, at Silence.
Progressive experimental Indie fans, heed the following…
“When I first heard Guelph native band ‘Baby Labour’, the experience I had could be described as such:
like being struck by a cargo train full of hawaiian print T-shirts propelled by a rupturing dam through a rip in the space-time continuum, where a hydra beast with the heads of a ranting Pythagoras, rambling Tesla and alternate reality zombie version of Flea from RHCP lectured me on the importance of critical thinking whilst treating me to a luncheon of Beethoven score sheets and mustard. “
Silence Presents: Sandro Manzon w/ Nick Zubeck & Friends
July 8, 2018
Sandro Manzon is a Canadian musician/composer (formerly The Tender Threads) founded in 2013. This lounge-rock four piece originated in Ontario, Canada and has since spent time living and working on developing his music and performance throughout Europe, Asia and North America.
Sandro Manzon engages with a variety of disparate musical genres such as lounge-rock, experimental, contemporary classical, traditional folk, country, among others.
Sandro is also an active composer of concert and film music, and has worked on a multitude of short films, animated shorts, documentaries etc. His concert music has been played throughout Canada, and at festivals in Europe and Asia.
Nick Zubeck is a songwriter, guitarist, singer, teacher and recording artist from Toronto, and is currently living and working in Guelph, Ontario. He has recorded and released five full length albums under his own name, and has been involved with many other artists and projects over the last 15+ years.
As a guitarist and sideman, Nick has contributed to many projects including Polmo Polpo, Barzin, Great Lake Swimmers, Old Maps, and Western Terrestrial. Nick was hired to play with Sun Kil Moon in 2014, and has since toured Europe, Asia and the U.S. multiple times, playing Pitchfork Festival, Newport Folk Festival, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, La Route De Rock, and many other festivals and concert halls.
Pipedown! Presents: Ostrich Bouquet w Oddsfische & Dru Jacey
July 6, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Tickets $10 at the door.
“Ostrich Bouquet is a psychedelic post-rock melange from Montreal.
Their debut EP, “On Time, as Usual”, was released in November 2017. The seven-track EP is as smooth a listen as you can get, mixing elements of jazz, ambient, and experimental music.
If you enjoy the worlds of Tame Impala, Radiohead, and The Beatles, dip into these tunes and space out for a little.
The first track and title track is a creative preface to the EP. Containing a speech given by former Mayor of Montreal Jean Drapeau in which he mentions the title of the album, it makes for a cool title-drop moment. From there, the grooves begin with the second song “Empty Streets.” With this song you get your first taste of vocals in the style of Kevin Parker (Tame Impala). With some warm tones and smooth jazz grooves, the track is a super comfortable and relaxing listen. It ends by melting away seamlessly into the next song.
These seamless transitions really help the album flow and carry you through.
If you are a fan of the prolific King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, a must-listen for any psychedelic trippers and a band that has really mastered this type of smooth transition (see their album I’m In Your Mind Fuzz as a wicked example), then Ostrich Bouquet will most likely be something you will like as well.
The Ostrich Bouquet trip continues ever so delicately throughout the entire EP with songs like “November 3” and “Could Never Do.”
The quality of this recording is crisp and well mixed, leaving you with an end product that has an effect similar to ASMR. These polished sounds are the work of Davide Ventulieri on bass and vocals, Jeremy Bozzo on guitars, Kyle Podwalski on synths and guitars, and Michael Tomizzi on drums.
The quartet delivers an impressive debut effort with this EP. With some ideas heavily rooted in their musical influences, it will be interesting to see the group branch out and develop their sound over time. If it is approached and executed with the finesse and vision of this first release, their next release is sure to be tasty and tight…”
In the summer of 2016, the inception of OddsFiche commenced with the release of “Ninth Eyelid Atelier”, followed by “Soundtracks for Cemeteries”-conceptual albums full of: Space Rock, Kosmische, Krautrock and Progressive elements.
The real beginning was back in 2007 with the release of “Chateau d’Hiver” under a different name, “Wulfila”, with an album that stretched musical composition and imagination to great lengths and influences from the German rock scene of the late sixties, early seventies.
The sound went silent for several years until the summer of 2016. In late 2016, OddsFiche released “Cut Myself Shaving” and two EPs of outtakes and remixes from previous records.
A series of ten shows in 2016 on the “Subtle Grenade Spiral Tour” saw OddsFiche as a solo artist debuting the offbeat stylings and sounds that have not been absorbed by an audience before and resulting in a mixed review of people liking it and people not sure of it because it went outside the box, against the grain and delved deep into unconventional use of recognizable instruments.
A short mini tour in 2017, “The Toaster Cabbage Tour” saw OddsFiche venture in to the heart of Toronto to play to a more strict audience of listeners who again had not heard the style of OddsFiche before.
With the release of, “Cone of Shame”, “Seafood Bubblegum” and “Clothes Pins for Rich People” saw the sound grow more improvisational and conceptual along with some heavier pieces in the realm of progressive sound. Seems the psychedelic sounds of the London and Berlin underground of the late 60’s had been somewhat forgotten as the bands that revolutionized that sound had moved on to more commercial successes and people clung to those more popular records leaving behind what OddsFiche was bringing back to the foreground, those deep rooted sounds of psychedelia.
2017 also saw the growth of the band in to a trio and the furtherexpansion of sound with a drummer and bassist completing the lineup. A brief interlude with the attempt to acquire a keyboardist, the band abandoned the idea in favour for the trio of sound they had created
Working on developing the new sound and style the band focused on developing a strong design for the conceptual piece whilst remaining true to the psychedelic sound of the late 60’s. Sound expansion and theatre of the mind are two key components to the OddsFiche
signature. By late summer, new songs were emerging and older pieces were getting a new lease on life with a revamping of their sound and design- while maintaining identity.
Early March 2018 saw the release of “Can’t Autograph a Snowball”, the first full length album as the new OddsFiche band. The album contained only one song from the old guard that had been revamped and was more powerful than ever along with four
April saw the start of the “Points on a Circle Tour”with their debut live performance at the Amsterdam Bicycle Club in Toronto, Ontario. Currently, the band is working on new material again as well as improving some older pieces.
All of OddsFiche’s music can be found on their BandCamp site:
YouTube Channel: Progbeawr831
Silence Presents: Mapstone wsg/Jsun
July 5, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Tickets $15 at Eventbrite
Mapstone have quickly emerged onto the roots music scenes in Australia, Canada and Bali. Their positive blend of conscious roots music, reggae, folk and world tones has already seen them share the stage with Nahkoand medicine for the people, Dustin Thomas, the Beautiful Girls, Murray Kyle and old friends Buckman Coe.
The band’s dynamic repertoire and intriguing blend of voice, didgeridoo, percussion, guitars and harmonies gives them a unique ability to elevate and inspire any crowd. Big stage Festivals, busy pubs, yoga centres, theatres, and dance floors. Wherever and whenever it is, the spirit and the energy are strong.
Mapstone have recently played prestigious festivals such as Woodford folk festival, Bali spirit festival, Island vibe festival, Byron Bay Spirit Festival, Island Elements Festival, Blessed Coast Festival, Cranfest, Falls Festival, and Byron Bay Surf Festival. In support of their 2 albums, EP, and singles, Mapstone have toured Australia, Canada, Bali, England and Sri Lanka, and will be on the road again in 2018.
Their most recent releases “Spirit Songs” album and new singles “Change” and “Tribal Nation” have all been praised and acknowledged as heartfelt and uplifting works. Working with sought after producers OJ Newcomb, Paulie B and Murray Kyle, Mapstoneʼs music continues to grow and inspire. The early months of 2018 have seen Mapstone complete their “Honouring Our Elders” tour which travelled across Canada, Australia and Bali. The summer months of the Northern hemisphere will see the band on the road to promote their new “singles” as part of their “Protectors Of The Sacred” tour.
“Mapstoneʼs conscious rootʼs music is infectious to the soul, uplifting andleaves you calling for more. Full of joy, depth, inspiration and spirit, this isa band on a mission with enough heart to see it through. Do yourself afavour and experience this musical medicine.”
-Phat Magazine Byron Bay
With every shift comes the ripple, and when jSun’s Reggae-and-Folk-infused soulful vibe washes over you, you can feel a call for change in the musical tide. Now when you think of a Changemaker, you might not be expecting the gently-smiling soft-spoken J, you might be expecting a militant firebrand. However, he has found his own way of making waves.
Just as every shift causes ripples, with every ripple comes the shift, and J, also known as jSun has taken time to learn the turning of the world according to these tides. When he emerged from the Toronto scene, he was more of the militant firebrand you would have expected – he still has an appreciation and a place for his ‘Songs of Past’ that shaped his early shift away from the superficial glitz and glamour of a blossoming modeling and acting career. The songs focused on “real talk and raw honesty about social and cultural injustice,” says Jsun. “…..ultimately, they were messages of unity…..”
Through exploring nature within and around, like the mystics of old, realizations manifested through journeying with the shifts and ripples of nature’s rhythm. The collection of songs entitled ‘Outback’ chronicles travels through South Africa, Barbados, Indonesia, Australia, South America and Hawaii. Jsun became internationally influenced, and educated to the experiences of aboriginals the world over. The ripples of world travel causing another shift. This time towards a reconnection to nature through music and meditation “Our nature’s song is medicine for the mind” says J. “When I’m connecting with this energy, it feels like that’s what I’m here to do. It guides the flow of everything else“. The music became influenced by his encounters with the luminosity and divine beauty of the natural world.
The waves eventually brought him to the South-Western Ontario where he settled into a new rhythm and began connecting with community musically, socially, and spiritually. Having had the opportunity to perform with the likes of Sam Gilly from Burning Spear and the legendary Errol Blackwood, as well being a part of Xavier Rudd’s album ‘Spirit Bird’, jSun’s sense of himself as an artist and as a messenger of reconciliation with nature grew. Thus emerged the ‘J’ album; a mixture of both solo and collaborative flows that typify his intuitive approach to the art. He then connected with other local musicians as to create the five-song EP, ‘Irie’ that was released in 2013. Lately jSun has ventured into an analogue studio to record some solo/duo mellow vibes. The result of these sessions is a 10 song CD called ‘Mellow Moods’ available spring 2016.
The firebrand had transformed into the Changemaker – all of the ripples, all of the shifts are now a part of a natural frequency that J captures effortlessly and passionately in his music – his entire journey reflected in his rhythm and verse. We are invited to tune into nature’s channel collectively; synchronizing with the luminosity and beauty of the natural world. It is his hope that we will all rise up in harmony, as individuals and as a collective, in a way that promotes inner and outer peace, stability and balance. “As we nourish our nature, our nature nourishes us,” says jSun. “May we continue to inspire each other. May we rise each day simply knowing and being our purpose; each day is a gift, live it fully and feel it lift.”
PipeDown! Presents: RubēHill wsg Deanna Petcoff & Mount Mural
June 30, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Tickets $10 at the door
What Alex Stavropoulos-Laurie ultimately set out to attain when he embarked upon his upcoming project was to seize the freedom to write and produce music on terms dictated by no one but himself.
He’s calling this solo act of defiance RubēHill (pronounced Ru-bee-hill), a name taken from the main character of Flannery O’Connor’s short story “A Stroke of Good Fortune”. There was something in the internal and contemplative nature of O’Connor’s prose and the title character’s continuous fixation on anxieties that resonated deeply with him.
Explorations of human behaviour and the darker nature of the mind were concepts Alex sought to infuse into to his own songs.
Upon an initial listen of RubēHill’s second single, titled Apartment, you get the sense that he’s tapped into a special class of alternative music. By alternative I don’t mean the genre as a whole— more-so in the innovative divergence from the norm that he’s taken in the song’s unconventional structure and bold changes in tempo.
His lyrics carry a sense of entrapment with an unfulfilled need to break free:
“If I leave this room it means I’ve made it out of a tar pit / roll me up in a carpet / please, someone get me out of this apartment…”
Alex bellows out in the sinister and epic outro.
There’s an overtone of ambiguity in his words that leaves you longing for an album of songs just like it, or at the very least another verse of Apartment.
Among the luminaries for Alex’s desire to create something different are Frank Ocean’s “Blond”, A Tribe Called Quest’s “We Got It From Here… Thank You For Your Service” and the Gorillaz “Demon Days” , records he says are:
“all stunning examples of creative freedom in the world of contemporary music”.
The eclectic blend of genres within each of these records helped define the genesis of RubēHill, but it isn’t just the sonic eccentricities that have inspired the project; he also sees great value in the collaborative approach that these artists have adhered to-the process of a range of artists from different backgrounds working towards a greater common goal.
It’s a philosophy that Alex continues to implement in his inner circle of Toronto-based friends: a group of tightly-knit and exceedingly talented musicians seeking to nourish the collective approach.
Alex speaks in earnest of the faith he has in the intelligence of his audience and rejects the notion that people will only be interested if the music adheres to certain set of rules and limitations.
If the versatility of “Apartment” is any indication of what lies ahead, Rubēhill has seemingly given birth to a rare form of being: a sound that’s singularly his own.
The word that jumps to mind when hearing Deanna Petcoff’s music for the first time is “yearning”.
Although yearning is a verb, not an adjective, it is the closest thing that can describe the hold her music takes on the listener.
The warmth and texture of her sweeping vocals intertwined with the almost playful blueness of her lyrics fills the listener with a sense of intense longing, and reveals to us a worldview that is full of pain at the loss of love, and full of hope for something more beautiful.
Petcoff grew up worshipping the music of David Bowie, Joan Jett, Lou Reed, and Patti Smith. These musicians, among many others, inspired her to first pick up a guitar and start to play.
This fire grew and was fostered by the women at Girl’s Rock Camp Toronto, which she first attended in 2011. It was there she began her musical career, being paired with many mentors and starting her first band, Pins & Needles, a four-piece based in Toronto.
She continued to play with them for 5 years across Canada, and co-wrote two albums with the group.
For Petcoff, this band spanned her high school years and was a chance to grow, play, and experiment, finding her voice among others in the city.
In January 2018, Pins & Needles disbanded, leading to the beginning of Petcoff’s solo career, and the creation of her first single.
The track, Terribly True, starts softly, almost as if Petcoff is telling us about her day, through a simple hook and sunny guitar. Right when we are pulled in by the story (a woman in love, puzzled by her own mind), the unexpected happens:
the heavy hit of the crash bursts into the melancholy cry of Petcoff’s melody.
Petcoff doesn’t shy away from the heartbreak that inspired this record. Her lyrics are about her own tumultuous relationships and those of the people closest to her. Petcoff’s lyrical prowess comes not from the stories she tells, but from the characters she creates.
Women who are “the manifestation of trust issues”, or are “hardwired to feel like [they’re] boring,” and men who want to be superstars, firefighters, but seem to not hold on long enough to love her.
While the sorrow of these people, caught in this endless yearning, can seem almost tragic, Petcoff manages to do it all with a sense of refreshing self-awareness:
a beachy guitar, a chugging tempo, and a sly smile.
Weaving these characters into the juxtaposing musical tones tells the stories of broken people frantically searching for hope again.
This is what makes Petcoff’s music, as well as her performances, so compelling.
With introspection and creative transmutation being the group’s modus operandi, Mount Mural takes the time to look within themselves to better evoke each individual member’s complex amalgam of idiosyncrasies- elements paramount to the manifesting of their inner workings and fantastic dreams into soundscapes.
Mount Mural’s musical space (first started in a small, northern Ontario cottage home) is created by far cries of distant acoustic guitar reverb with embellishing delays, tastefully laced together over intricate, nonpareil drumming styles.
The atmosphere created by Mount Mural subsumes the listener, drawing them out of physical reality for an entrancing ride through sound.
Within the small Ontario cottage walls, in it’s final stages of production- the band’s newest song, titled“There is a Better Place” will be wrapped up and released June 2018.
Silence Presents: Audio Book with Charles Spearin & Tamara Williamson
June 28, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Tickets $20 at Eventbrite
Charles Spearin is a multi-instrumentalist who has been an active and influential member of Canada’s independent music community since the mid 1990’s. He is primarily known as a founding member of the instrumental post-rock ensemble Do Make Say Think and an original member of the indie-rock collective Broken Social Scene. Spearin’s most recent work – his first solo album – innocently titled “The Happiness Project” centers around recorded conversations with his downtown neighbours and plays with the cadence of their voices as though they were songs.
The inspiration behind this new project comes partly from his love of music and fascination with sound and partly from his experience and education in Buddhism. Charles was raised with a blind, Buddhist father and, before the birth of his own two children and subsequent familial responsibilities, dedicated much of his time to studying Buddhist philosophy and practicing meditation (including annual retreats in meditation centers, monasteries and solitary cabin-retreats).
Buddhist practice puts emphasis on analyzing the nature of one’s own awareness and experience through study, contemplation and meditation, and often includes long periods of silence and reflection. Returning home to ordinary life and ordinary conversation after extended periods of quiet is what brought Spearin’s attention to what would be the focus of this new album: The natural, unselfconscious, music of speech. By replicating the rising and falling of the recorded voices on different instruments Spearin, in true Buddhist form, attempts to illuminate some of the beauty of ordinary life.
Spearin has performed snippets of his new project while on tour with Broken Social Scene and Do Make Say Think and is now preparing a live version the Happiness Project for a few select performances this spring.
Tamara Williamson has been a mainstay in the Toronto music scene since the early 90’s. She released 3 albums with her band Mrs. Torrance on the major label BMG. Mrs. Torrance toured extensively in Canada opening for such acts as Oasis, The Beautiful South, Talk Talk, and Jewel. They toured with bands such as The Crash Test Dummies, The Pursuit of Happiness, The Waltons, The Rheostatics, Hayden and King Cobb Steelie. Mrs. Torrance were pushed to radio with their single “Porn” and were on Much Music rotation.
In 2000 Mrs. Torrance disbanded and Tamara started a solo career. Her music is ethereal and sensitive. Using many effects and layers she was one of the first artists to start live looping and was known for her experimentation using both vocal effects and looping. Tamara was featured in The New Music Show in 2000 and her first independent single went into rotation on MUCH Music. Her first recording “Nightmare on Queen Street” was very well received and Tamara played at many folk festivals such as Hillside, The Regina Folk Festival, and NXNE. She also went down the West Coast touring with Bob Wiseman and Matt Nathensen.
In 2003 Tamara was voted fourth best concert of the year by NOW magazine ahead of Green Day, and behind Bjork.
Tamara is the only voice until this year to be recorded on a Do Make Say Think album. She also fronted the trip hop band Microbunny, which won the CBC new band search in 2002.
In 2006 Tamara signed to a French label and toured France extensively as part of “Le Femme S’en Mêlent” tour. She played alongside Feist and Shannon Wright. She was interviewed and recorded live to French National Radio. She also played shows in Spain and Italy.
From 2007 until 2016 Tamara has released four albums and toured in Canada and France. In 2015 Tamara started focusing on playing smaller more intimate festivals and venues such as house concerts.
Tamara was recently featured in the Globe and Mail Broadsheet, an end of year collection of songs written about 2014. Tamara’s song “The Next One” is about women coming forward to speak out about their experiences of sexual harassment and violence and was recorded with the band Absolutely Free. This song was released on a compilation put out by the label Arts and Crafts. Her latest album “Sister Mother Daughter Wife” pays homage to women survivors from around the world.
Tamara is a member of the Canadian Alternative Cover band AVRO, and recently started a ukelele duo project, CROW, with the amazing songwriter Patty Ewaschuk.
Tamara lives in Uxbridge with her son Angus where she has a business creating music for dressage horses. She also paints and has recently commissioned her paintings to The True North Records/Gallery.
“In Toronto in the late 1990’s there was an intelligent, unassuming, earnest musical force that cut right to my heart. Tamara Williamson was no small influence on me and I am thrilled and relieved that she’s making music again.”
– Charles Spearin, Broken Social Scene.
“Someone who can take a room and transpose it onto another plane, a voice without restrictions.”
– Martin Tielli (Rheostatics)
“I’ve admired Tamara for years; she cut a certain path of determination for me by having musical conviction long before I understood those stakes for myself.” – Feist Charles Spearin
Silence Presents: Sick Boss w/Lisen Rylander Löve
June 18, 2018
“SICK BOSS consistently delves deep beyondmusical boundaries, blurring borders between genres, and scenes.”– DiscorderMagazine
Drawing from creative improvisation, folk,and Hendrix, guitarist Cole Schmidt, bassist James Meger and drummerDan Gaucher, travel from Vancouver with an unafraid collage of big bold ideasthat’ll carry listeners to unexpected places. For this performance they will bemeeting again with Lisen Rylander Löve from Gothenburg, Sweden.
Cole Schmidt: guitar + fx
James Meger: bass + fx
Dan Gaucher: drums+ fx,
Peggy Lee: cello
JP Carter: trumpet + fx
Tyson Naylor: synthesizer, organ+ piano+ accordion+ fx
Jeremy Page: clarinet
In its sinuous melodies and complex rhythms, SICK BOSS immediately calls to mind composer Cole Schmidt’s work in Juno-award winning outfit Pugs and Crows. Yet, the frenetic swirl of creative improvisation, rock, folk and modern jazz hints at the many voices propelling the material.
The songbook grew from weekly residencies in a pair of Vancouver bars, where guest artists were invited to sit in with core members Schmidt, bassist James Meger and drummer Daniel Gaucher, who also contribute compositions to the project. Sometimes, this process was incredibly spontaneous, involving musicians who hadn’t played together before improvising for an entire evening. At other times, the trio collaborated with their guests to prepare entire programs of original music. The debut record features great playing by a sextet of key voices from the West Coast creative music scene, alongside aching vocal spots by Debra-Jean Creelman and Molly Guldemond, popularly known for their work with Mother Mother.
The initial material for the debut, self-titled album by SICK BOSS was recorded nearly two years ago in a whirlwind session at Vancouver’s Warehouse Studios. What followed was at least 50 hours of overdubs, creating a massive bank of composed and improvised material that was treated to a year of analogue and digital editing and experimentation before the finalized arrangements were passed to Toronto’s Sandro Perri for mixing. The big, bold music that emerged from this process never stops moving, creating a rugged collage of ideas and references that evokes Captain Beefheart’s relentless experimentalism. Yet, the unruly freak-outs and driving melodies frequently give way to moments of exquisite fragility, recalling both the complicated melancholy of Elliot Smith and the woven compositions of Radiohead. The record broadcasts conceptual urgency, decisively pulling the ear through lush chamber landscapes to unrepentant psych-rock. It’s in these frequent moments of radical juxtaposition that SICK BOSS reveals its true edge: though two years of refinement have given the work a lot of polish, this is a band that will always agitate for creative upheaval.
Lisen Rylander Löve
Lisen Rylander Löve is an internationally acclaimed Swedish musician and composer who inhabits a unique territory between jazz, electronic music, and improvisation. Her singular sound melds saxophone and voice with live electronics to create compelling soundscapes.
Silence Presents: Monicker
June 17, 2018
Doors at 2 PM
Concert at 2:30 PM
Tickets $15 at the door
Monicker (Arthur Bull, Scott Thomson, Roger Turner) to tour Eastern Canada, June 2018
The international, intergenerational, improvising trio, Monicker, will play seven concerts in four Canadian provinces, 16-23 June.
Drummer Roger Turner (London, UK) is a legend in the field of creative improvised music, having played far and wide since the early 1970s with incredible collaborators including, notably, Cecil Taylor, Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Annette Peacock, and Min Tanaka. He first played with guitarist Arthur Bull (Digby Neck, NS) in 2002 at a workshop at the Guelph Jazz Festival, and the two have reconvened to play duo concerts periodically ever since. In 2017, they invited trombonist Scott Thomson (Montreal), a key figure from a younger generation of Canadian creative musicians, to form a trio during a Halifax residency. From there Monicker’s fully improvised music forged its distinct artistic signature: Propulsive, dynamic, challenging, full of forward momentum, and obliquely tuneful as it artfully side-steps the pitfall clichés of generic free jazz. This Eastern Canadian tour will represent both a consolidation and the further development of this music, to the benefit of listeners in the locales along the way.
16 June, 8pm –– Hamilton ON, Something Else! Festival, https://zulapresents.org
17 June, 2:30pm –– Guelph ON, Silence, http://www.silencesounds.ca
18 June, 9pm –– Montreal QC, Suoni per il Popolo Festival, https://suoniperilpopolo.org
20 June, 8pm –– Ottawa ON, General Assembly (presented by IMOO) http://www.improvisedmoo.com
21 June, 8pm –– Québec QC, Librarie St-Jean-Baptiste (presented by Musique pas d’air)
22 June, 8pm –– Fredericton NB, Venue TBA
23 June, 8pm –– Halifax NS, 1313 Hollis, presented by suddenlyListen, http://www.suddenlylisten.com
Roger Turner, drums
Roger Turner has been working as an improvising percussionist since the early 1970s, collaborating in numerous established and ad hoc configurations. He has focused on solo work, work with electro-acoustic ensembles, open-form song, as well as extensive work with dance and visual artists. Specific jazz-based ensembles have led to collaborations with the most interesting European and international musicians and performers including Annette Peacock, Phil Minton, Cecil Taylor, Masahiko Satoh, Charles Gayle, Lol Coxhill, Derek Bailey, Otomo Yoshihide, Alan Silva, Keith Rowe, Josef Nadj, Min Tanaka, Toshinori Kondo, and Axel Dorner. He has toured and played concerts worldwide from Sydney to the Arctic, Tokyo to Belfast, New York to Beirut.
Arthur Bull, guitar
Arthur Bull is a veteran musician of the improvising music scene. Formerly the guitarist with The Bill Smith Ensemble, Bull has also played extensively with Paul Dutton, David Prentice, Michael Snow, John Oswald and John Heward, and he has performed in concert with Derek Bailey, Roscoe Mitchell and Roger Turner. He is also a poet, with three books published, and a translator from the Chinese. Originally from Ontario, Bull now lives in Sandy Cove, Nova Scotia, with his artist and musician wife, Ruth Bull.
Scott Thomson, trombone
Scott Thomson is an improvising trombonist and composer. He works extensively with singer and dance artist, Susanna Hood, and writes songs for her based on published authors’ texts to be played in many contexts, from duo to octet and sometimes including Susanna’s choreography. Scott co-founded the Association of Improvising Musicians Toronto (AIMToronto) in 2004 and served as a director until 2009, and co-directed the AIMToronto Orchestra, formed for a project with Anthony Braxton in 2007. In 2016, he convened the Montreal-Toronto Art Orchestra to play Roscoe Mitchell’s music. He founded Somewhere There, a Toronto creative music venue that hosted 850 concerts during his tenure, 2007-10. Scott has composed a series of site-specific works, ‘cartographic compositions’ for mobile musicians and audiences in unconventional performance contexts including, notably, the National Gallery of Canada; the Art Gallery of Ontario; and Montréal’s Vieux Port and Parc La Fontaine. He programs the Guelph Jazz Festival.
Silence Presents: The R&B Jazz Songbook ft. Carlos Morgan
June 9, 2018
Multi-award winning recording artist, Carlos Morgan, makes his debut performance inside “Silence” performing R&B and pop songs with Jazz interpretations and stylings.
Morgan, along with “The Soul Patrol Jazz Group”; Darryl Joseph Dennie (Piano, Arranger & Musical Director), Roger Williams (Upright Bass) and Chris Wallace (Drums) perform classic and timeless songs from artists including Prince, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder and Barbara Streisand.
Morgan will also perform some of his favorite Jazz standards and his award winning original songs.
Silence Presents: Amos Hoffman & Noam Lemish Quartet
June 7, 2018
The Amos Hoffman & Noam Lemish Quartet offers an inspired blend of jazz and Jewish folk melodies. Amos Hoffman is an internationally renowned oud virtuoso and innovator; Noam Lemish is a multi-faceted, world-class pianist and composer. For years, Amos and Noam have been collecting Jewish melodies from different parts of the world including Kurdish, Yemenite, Moroccan, Ladino, Russian and Israeli songs. The quartet’s lyrical and vibrant reimaginings of beloved Jewish melodies have been captivating audiences all across North America. This concert is part of a tour celebrating the release of their new album Pardes.
Amos Hoffman is an Israeli jazz Oudist and Guitarist known worldwide as a pioneer in fusing the rhythms and melodic themes of the Middle East with Modern Jazz. Hoffman started playing guitar at the age of 6, and oud a few years later. He studied guitar privately, and later attended the prestigious Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem. His search for new musical experiences led him first to Amsterdam, and then to New York City, where he played jazz with both established musicians and up and coming talents like Jason Lindner, bassist Avishai Cohen, and Claudia Acuna. To date, Hoffman has recorded 5 solo albums, The Dreamer (1999), Na’ama (2006), Evolution (2008) Carving (2010) and Back to the City (2015). He has also contributed on dozens more for artists in Israel and worldwide including Avishai Cohen, Kiko Berenguer (Spain), and Jan Mlynarski (Poland). In 2013 Amos was awarded one of Israel’s most prestigious prizes – The Landau Prize for Arts and Sciences for outstanding achievement in the field of Jazz. Now based in the U.S., Hoffman looks forward to creating new musical adventures and reaching an even larger audience.
Noam Lemish is an Israeli-American jazz pianist and composer currently based out of Toronto, Canada. He has appeared in numerous performances across the US, Canada, Europe, Israel, and in Bhutan having played and performed with such musicians as: Sheila Jordan, John Handy, Julian Lage, James Newton, Dayna Stephens, Cameron Brown, George Marsh, Frances-Marie Uitti, Babatunde Lea and many others. He has several recordings to his credit, including The Turning (2016), The Magic Clavier Book I (2015), Nightfall (2013), The People’s King (2010) and Yes And (2008). His compositions include chamber, choral, piano, numerous jazz works and “The People’s King”: a commissioned multi-cultural suite in celebration the King of Bhutan’s 30th birthday composed while teaching music in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan in 2010. http://www.noamlemish.com/
Brock Holborn, Dan Pharaoh and Don Sawchuk
June 2, 2018
Advanced tickets $15 at: danpharoah.com
Come see Don Sawchuk, Dan Pharoah and Brock Holborn each playing their own tunes and covers as well! 3 acts for $15! Come on by and let music fill the silence of the night!
The Young Novelists
May 31, 2018
The Young Novelists are a Toronto-based band fronted by husband and wife Graydon James and Laura Spink. Since the band’s inception in 2009, they have played stages across the U.S. and Canada, released three full-length albums, won numerous awards and continuous praise for their unmatched, effortless harmonies. Their last record “made us strangers” landed them a Canadian Folk Music Award for New/Emerging Artist, a nomination for Vocal Group of the Year, and reached top 20 on both !earshot and Stingray Music (formerly Galaxie) folk charts. With a sound that has been compared to everyone from The Band to ‘pre-weirdness’ Wilco, the band’s personal mission is to create sad songs for happy people — whether that means a nostalgic ballad or an upbeat anthem, The Young Novelists’ ability to tell familiar stories with a modern folk edge make them, and their songs, instant classics.
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May 27, 2018
On February 13, 2017 Jordan Heaney wrote and recorded, “Cuz You’re My Girl” for his girlfriend as a Valentine’s Day gift.
Not thinking much, it was uploaded to Soundcloud under the moniker Yung Heazy. The track went on to amass over four million streams in a few months with international interest following.
Read more here!
Silence Presents: B’s Bees
May 27, 2018
B’s Bees is excited to announce the release of not one, but two albums in early 2018. Their first 2018 release, a tribute to the great Charlie Haden, and aptly titled “Dear Charlie”, has been selling strongly since it’s Jan. 2018 release, and reached #4 on iTunes Canada’s Jazz Charts. The album contains compositions from the various eras of Charlie Haden’s illustrious career, and includes several selections from his Liberation Music Orchestra repertoire, arranged in a new and exciting way.
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Silence Presents: Adam Wendler wsg/ Ivan Rivers
May 20, 2018
Canadian singer-songwriter Adam Wendler released his most recent solo album, ‘Never Go Unknown’, in July of 2017. The album is packed with catchy melodies, soul felt lyrics and soaring vocal harmonies and showcases Adam’s unique guitar playing style that is reminiscent of the 1960’s, yet has a distinctive modern feel.
Celebrated Folk Icon Ivan Rivers is a Canadiana singer-songwriter from Huron County, Ontario and who know resides in the Royal City of Guelph, Ontario. His songs blend hard-earned realism, poetic mysticism, and tender romanticism into tender bits of lyrical beauty. Read more here!
Silence Presents: Gilliam / Milmine / Pottie Trio
May 17, 2018
Improvisors Orchestra Workshop performance with Bill Gilliam leading and conducting all workshop participants including Kayla Milmine (soprano sax) & Ambrose Pottie (drums). The Improvisor Orchestra workshop is for musicians, vocalists and other players to improvise together using conducted hand signals developed by Butch Morris.
Bill Gilliam (piano), Kayla Milmine (soprano sax) and Ambrose Pottie (drums) will perform music from their latest CD “Entangled Pathways” combining composed themes with free-floating melodies, jazz idioms and modal-chromatic tonalities as well as freely improvised creations.
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Silence Presents: Georgian Bay w/ Anna Wiebe
May 11, 2018
Georgian Bay fearlessly fuses elements of electronic, jazz and chamber music with their folk roots. This bilingual duo found critical acclaim with their 2016 Polaris Prize nominated sophomore album, Patience, extensively touring Central and Eastern Canada with appearances on such stages as the Mariposa Folk Festival and Le Palace de Granby Theatre. Georgian Bay’s third studio album, Courage, explores the themes evoked by the title in two volumes: Soleil (May 2018) and Moon (October 2018).
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Silence Presents Foonyap wsg/ Alder & Ash
May 10, 2018
FOONYAP is a classically-trained violinist and vocalist with an incomparable sound. Drawing comparisons to Björk, Braids, and Lhasa, her latest release ‘Palimpsest’ is a therapeutic reconciliation with her sheltered Chinese-Catholic heritage and the intense classical music training of her childhood.
Alder & Ash is cello taken to its absolute extremes of calm and violence. Montreal-based instrumentalist Adrian Copeland brings together elements of modern classical, noise, and doom, exploring the dichotomies of minimalism and maximalism, stillness and cacophony, terror and chaos. Read more here!
Silence Presents: So Long Seven
May 5, 2018
So Long Seven returns to Silence with copies of their brand new album Kala Kalo in CD and vinyl format!
So Long Seven performs richly textured acoustic music that brings their diverse influences into a distinctly Canadian voice. Influenced by bands such as Punch Brothers, Shakti, Oregon and many others the band is breaking new ground. At once spirited and meditative, So Long Seven creates a seamless tapestry of sound through their original music. Blending composition and improvisation, So Long Seven has been dazzling audiences all across Canada.
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Pipedown! Presents: Aestrid wsg / Future Peers and Paper Ladies
April 26, 2018
A two-piece from Kingston, ON, PAPER LADIES offer indie rock built on droning bass, dripping reverb, and lo-fi grit. Wrought with dance grooves and hearty pop sensibilities, PAPER LADIES hope get the crowd swayin’ hips, tappin’ toes, and cuttin’ rugs, if only for a night.”
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Silence Presents: Kitchen Orkestra
April 20, 2018
Silence welcomes Kitchen Orkestra back to Guelph! Influenced by tastes of Balkan, Celtic, Bluegrass, and Latin music, Toronto-based Kitchen Orkestra engages, entertains, and entices audiences with surprising Folk arrangements and lively original music. Proud of their unique mix of fiddle, mandolin, vocals, upright bass, cajon, and percussion, these four inspired musicians enjoy testing the creative possibilities of their instruments and combining them artfully, cooking thoughtful blends of grooves, textures, instrumental melodies, and vocals.
Silence Presents: The LYNNeS
April 19, 2018
The LYNNeS are Juno award winning songwriter Lynn Miles and award-winning songwriter Lynne Hanson. The two Canadian heartbreak poets are multi-instrumentalists (piano, acoustic, electric guitar, mandolin), fusing tight vocal harmonies with hauntingly gritty lyrics. Individually they have toured North America and Europe, and their debut album Heartbreak Song For The Radio will be released February 2018.
Silence Presents: Lydia Persaud
April 14, 2018
Raised on a healthy dose of the country music narrative and the spiritual motivation of gospel hymns, Lydia Persaud is reconnecting with her roots with her debut EP “Low Light”. Winner of the 2013 Oscar Peterson Award, Lydia has had an active involvement in the Toronto music scene since her graduation from Humber College’s Jazz program.
April 13, 2018
You may have seen Toronto’s Brandon Valdivia with artists like Not the Wind, Not the Flag, Above Top Secret or Lido Pimienta. MAS AYA may, however, be where Brandon shines brightest. Exploring elements of percussion and meditation, MAS AYA evokes free jazz, afrobeat and tropicalia, spinning it in its own distinct way. With 2017’s Nikan blowing our minds, we can’t wait for MAS AYA to step on stage at Kazoo! Fest.
Castle If feels like an intergalactic ride through the cosmos. Self-described as “retro-futuristic, cosmic exotica,” the pulsing yet mellow analog synths will lead you into a trance. With a nod to Cocteau Twins and This Mortal Coil, Castle If is an infectious trip. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to experience space disco at its finest.
Voices Together – Rise Up Singing
April 12, 2018
Annie Patterson & Peter Blood, the creators of Rise Up Singing and their 2015 sequel Rise Again are coming to Guelph! This will be a singalong concert with Annie & Peter and special guests Sam Turton, James Gordon and Katherine Wheatley (all Guelphites who have songs in the book) performing and leading songs out of Rise Again.
Edge of Dylan
March 31, 2018
Please join us as Chris Shook performs the music of Bob Dylan.
March 30, 2018
‘Electric Gas’ is a Kitchener / Guelph based songwriting duo consisting of Jay Carraro and Chris Dallan.
Silence Presents: Zero Point
Zero Point’s music is entirely improvised, sometimes giving the impression of a known melody or a sound mass, similar to what the spectral music can evoke. Just like Ornette Coleman, Albert Ayler and Eric Dolphy the musicians of this band can also be deeply anchored in the tradition of blues and bebop, which resurfaces in a pictorial and contrapuntal way.
Silence Presents: Ben Rosenblum Trio Featuring Sam Kirmayer: “Instead” Tour
March 18, 2018
Ben Rosenblum Trio featuring Sam Kirmayer: “Instead” Tour
Award-winning New York City jazz pianist Ben Rosenblum and his trio team up with Montreal native guitarist Sam Kirmayer for a concert that is part collaboration and part celebration of Ben’s most recent album, Instead.
Silence Presents: Avi Granite: 6
March 17, 2018
Avi Granite: 6 is an energetic group that focuses on improvisation and stylistic variety as their guiding principles. Their last album garnered critical acclaim including 4 stars in Downbeat Magazine, and they were also featured as part of the risings stars at the Montreal Jazz Festival.
Silence Presents: Hymns57 w/ The Odessa & Poly Trap Super Six
March 15, 2018
Guelph’s own Hymns57 is a soundscape venture project. Working with field recordings and samples. Manipulating live tape loops all while using guitar and a multitude of effects to create lush, blissed out sonic tapestry. Beginning with a single loop and building on top, each layer weaves a new dynamic and aural tether to these soundscapes. Formulated to immerse you, under a blanket of sound that leads your ears astray
Poly Trap Super Six is a collective of psychedelic musicians, video artists, and visual artists from Toronto, Canada. An exploratory concoction of ambient psychedelia, often times weaving itself into improv territory and reaching the outer limits of cosmic soundscapes before returning back to it’s roots and nestling you into the warmth of their enormous palette.
The Odessa is a duo comprised of Erik Culp (Ambisonic, Mind Of A Squid, Hollowphonic, The Atomic Cosmonaut) and Brandon Munro (The Basement Revolver, The Burning Hell, Nick Ferrio, Ptarmigan, Candle Cave Ensemble, Tin Vespers and various jazz configurations) Together the duo of the Odessa create cinematic post-rock passages that include exhilarating combination of written and improvised music.
Silence Presents: Yes Deer, with special guest Dan Loughrin
March 14, 2018
Yes Deer makes music through physical and intellectual rituals. As a band, they are engaged in the friction between intellect and libido, pre and post, and collectivism and individualism. The sound can be described as a massive cacophony of writhing textures, manic hammering and distorted screeching, or as the sound of enthusiastic despair.
It’s hard to describe what Dan does with the guitar. Mechanically it’s pretty easy: fingers on frets, a loose grasp of harmony and rhythm and some funny effects. But emotionally it’s a bit obtuse. It might be accurate to say that half of the time Dan’s playing comes from a celebratory space.
Silence Presents: Two Hours Early, Ten Minutes Late + Mars People: A celebration of the music of Ken Aldcroft
March 9, 2018
March 2018 will see a van load of adventurous musicians from both sides of the 49th parallel travel from Montréal through Southern Ontario in celebration of the late guitarist Ken Aldcroft, a long time leading figure in Canada’s creative music community.
Silence Presents: Corey Gulkin with Missy Bauman and JoJo Worthington
February 24, 2018
Multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Corey Gulkin,(formerly Corinna Rose), was named for the Bob Dylan version of an old folksong. However, upon first listen to her upcoming release, All the Things I’ll Forget, you will hear more of the influence of Owen Pallett or Joanna Newsom.
Missy Bauman blends the traditional values of folk with an alternative edge to create “dreamy drug folk” – a free spirited trouble maker fighting for peace and change.
JoJo Worthington is [A soft tour-de-force, the grand echo from the small sound, a burst of light from the centre of the room]
“Three In the Round” was born out of a series of Folk/Trad concerts held at Cambridge’s McDougall Cottage. Bob MacLean, former Musician In Residence at McDougall, assembled a series of evening programs at McDougall with his Folk/Traditional friends.
Silence Presents: David Essig
February 15, 2018
DAVID ESSIG was introduced to Canadian audiences in 1971 as a “talented newcomer” at the legendary Mariposa Folk Festival. Now, 40 years later, he enjoys an international career as one of Canada’s finest interpreters of original, contemporary folk music. Always paying homage to his roots in Bluegrass and Country Blues, David uses these traditions to create timeless new songs. He has released 20 albums over the course of his career.
Silence Presents: The Rob Gellner Tentet
February 11, 2018
Rob studied Composition at Wilfrid Laurier and has a B Mus in Composition. He has studied arranging privately with Rob McConnell as well as Mike Malone and Dave McMurdo for a number of years. Rob arranges for other groups in the area including a recent Jazz Room release of Jason Raso’s Funktet arranging 6 of the 8 songs on Jason’s album. Rob plays with and has arranged a number of songs for Big Band Theory on their album Evidence. Rob also released an album of his own of his Sextet called What If. This will be his 4th time at the Jazz Room as a leader and each time writes new music specifically for the show. There will be a variety of styles featured from Blues , Latin, Funk, and of course Jazz.
Willie P Bennett Tribute
February 3, 2018
Born in Toronto, Bennett was part of the 1970s folk music scene in Canada, alongside such figures as Bruce Cockburn, Stan Rogers and David Wiffen. He released his first single (“White Line”) in 1969 and his final solo album (the Juno Award–winning Heartstrings) in 1998, which subsequently won a 1999 Juno Award for Best Roots and Traditional Album – Solo.
Silence Presents: Daniel Champagne
February 1, 2018
The story goes that the young Australian singer, songwriter and one-of-a-kind guitar virtuoso first picked up his instrument of choice as a five-year-old following in the footsteps of a musical father. He began writing songs at 12, training classically throughout his teens and performing solo wherever he could, honing his craft and developing what would become the dynamite live show that he is renowned for today. At 18 he left school, turned professional and hit the road.
Silence Presents: Il-Dong Bae and Dong-Won Kim
January 24, 2018
Il-Dong Bae is highly regarded as one of Korea’s finest p’ansori singers. He has performed numerous concerts both internationally and within Korea. His extraordinary life story is featured in the documentary, Intangible Asset Number 82.
Dong-Won Kim is a Korean percussionist, vocalist, composer, and improviser. He has played in Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble and has studied Korean traditional music since 1984. Dong-Won Kim has performed at the Guelph JazzFest and was artists in residence at the University of Guelph.
Silence Presents: Larnell Lewis & Rich Brown with Jason Raso
January 20, 2018
Over the past two decades, eight albums and countless live performances, Jason Raso has shown that he not only has the skills to pay the bills, but more often than not, enough musical currency left over at the end of the month to make good on the debts other musicians have welched on.
Lewis.Brown is the new dynamic duo of drummer Larnell Lewis (Snarky Puppy, Fred Hammond, Lalah Hathaway), and electric bassist Rich Brown (Dapp Theory, Steve Coleman, Donny McCaslin). The 2 have formed an intense musical bond spanning well over a decade, and have developed a near psychic level of communication during that time. Both have expanded their traditional respective roles of drummer and bassist to include various types of electronics for this project.
DJ Hacker-Wright B2B Möglichkeit
January 19, 2018
Join us for a 3-hour exposition of mind-expanding experimental electronic music. DJ Hacker-Wright is a philosopher with an interest in sonic exploration through electronic music. His musical imagination is filled with a mix of techno, rap, and avant-garde classical music. He particularly delights in hypnotic dance music of techno artists like Vladislav Delay and Porter Ricks.
James Gordon and Jeff Bird: 40 Years Down In The Folk Mines
Sunday November 26, 2017
Yes, it was 40 years ago that two young U of G students met in the Carden Street Cafe, (which James happened to own )- and they started a musical friendship that has endured. They played as a duo for a year, then with Randy Sutherland formed Tamarack. Jeff left that band to join Cowboy Junkies, which is still going strong, and he’s played on many of James’ solo projects over the years. This anniversary concert will feature music that spans their entire musical journey together, along with road stories, surprises, and a stage-full of instruments. This promises to be a memorable evening!
Onion Honey and Shawna Caspi with Special Guest Keenan Reimer-Watts
Sunday November 19, 2017
Onion Honey makes folk music, sharp and sweet and mixed in are banjo and mandolin, washboard and double bass, fiddle and warm three-part harmonies. It’s a recipe for a great time and good for what ails, home-cooked comfort food for the ears. Dave Pike, Esther Wheaton, Keenan Reimer-Watts, Leanne Swantko and Stuart Cybulskie play new-time traditional and old-time originals and all-time favourites: mountain music as heard from the Grand River Valley. They have performed in dingy pubs and sunny cafés, folk festivals and country weddings, small-town castles and downtown galleries, and once a hot air balloon festival.
Toronto-based singer-songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist Shawna Caspi hadn’t done much travelling before tapering off a series of administrative jobs to start touring full-time. She had never even rented a car. She had never been camping before performing at the Blue Skies Music Festival in 2014.
Banjofest: The Slocan Ramblers
Friday November 17, 2018
Banjofest is presenting their first stand alone concert and it’s with one of Canada’s finest bluegrass bands- The Slocan Ramblers. These guys regularly tour Canada and the US and have even opened for Steve Martin! The date is Friday November 17th. at Silence. The Banjo Mechanics will be the opening act.
Pipe Down Presents: Boyscout
Friday November 10, 2017
A Toronto native, Peter Serrado blends notes of blues, soul, and twang. You can expect a subtle rasp and a powerful emotional range from this local up-and-comer. The band features Toronto musicians Tim Wilson (guitars), Jordan Quinn (bass), Greg Anzelc (percussion) and occasional special guest Christian Antonacci (trumpet). Expect a soulful blend of romance, and bare-bones rock n’roll from this upstart mosaic of musicians.
MiniFest with Ian Reid, David Lum and Outside The Box
Saturday November 4, 2017
Ian Reid’s unique songwriting style, warmth and humour continues to delight audiences everywhere. Living in small town Ontario with all it’s foibles infects his delightful tunes and can’t help but put a smile on your face.
Multi-instrumentalist David Lum found his way to Ontario from Vancouver via Winnipeg. Along with his exceptional guitar skills, magical songwriting and smooth vocal stylings, it’s impossible not to fall in love with his music.
Outside The Box consists of singer songwriter Peter Light, violist/vocalist Gwen Potter and bassist/guitarist David Lum (yes, the same David). Peter’s latest CD has been getting airplay on CBC as well as local radio. Be prepared, you never know what to expect from this eclectic trio. One minute a wee celtic tune, jazzy pop or perhaps an indie folk number. They’ll keep you on your musical toes.
The Universe Featuring Ray
Friday November 3, 2017
The Universe Featuring Ray is the soul creation of Ray Stern, who combines her art and music to produce a one-girl, one-of-a-kind live theatrical performance. The stage set up is equipped with multimedia art and stage props and Ray performs using a wireless head mic allowing her to move across the stage and bring life to each part of the dynamic music experience. Rays songs are clever and edgy but still have an underlying message of positivity and love. The wild energy and utter freedom Ray expresses is mesmerizing and will make you laugh, possibly cry and you will definitely have her tunes in your head on repeat, days after you catch the show.
Silence Presents: Kitchen Orkestra and CROW
Friday October 27, 2017
Influenced by tastes of Balkan, Celtic, Bluegrass, and Latin music,Toronto-based Kitchen Orkestra engages, entertains, and entices audiences with surprising Folk arrangements and lively original music. Proud of their unique mix of fiddle, mandolin, vocals, upright bass, cajon, and percussion, these four inspired musicians enjoy testing the creative possibilities of their instruments and combining them artfully, cooking thoughtful blends of grooves, textures, instrumental melodies, and vocals. By casting strong flavours and vivid stories into musical moods – ranging from danceable, to contemplative, to cinematic – Kitchen Orkestra delivers an engaging experience that will whet any musical appetite. This quirky Canadian folk quartet released their first album, Entree, as a heartfelt snapshot of the music the band has been creating and performing in the past year. While their repertoire is diverse, their performance ultimately offers a quality of raw danceability, musical expression, and sincere storytelling. A Kitchen Orkestra show is an entertaining and satisfying experience that often teeters on the interactive… a kitchen party is for all to sing and dance, after all!
Silence Presents: Christopher Dicran Hale & Ed Hanley
Thursday October 26, 2017
Chris Hale and Ed Hanley perform the classical and popular music of India, featuring sitar, voice, guitar and tabla. From the slow sensuous, improvisational development of authentic traditional north Indian raga music, to vintage Bollywood love songs sung in Hindi and Urdu, join us for a trip across India, and the ages.
Chris Hale grew up in Nepal and India, speaks fluent Hindi, and has studied classical sitar for over 30 years. Ed Hanley has played tabla for 27 years, and has studied with master drummers in Canada, California and across India.
Pipedown Presents: HIGHPARK
Friday October 20, 2017
HIGHPARK has been creating music in basements and living rooms around Guelph, Ontario. Mixing complex rhythms with compelling arrangements and distinct progressions, HIGHPARK aims to feed your head and confuse your feet. Driven by a need to challenge convention, there is a blend of darkness, depth and power which lend energy to a captivating live performance. Carefully crafted tones and thick layers contribute to a well rounded and textured sound. With a unique take on 4 piece alt-rock, HIGHPARK is Thomas Nagy-Zambo, Peter Spring, Andy Miller and Sean Warren.
Silence Presents: Man Forever
Monday October 9, 2017
Friday October 6, 2017
The trio features two of Chris’ favourite musicians: the infamously telepathic and in-demand Toronto double-bassist Jim Sexton and the most definitely Google-worthy Glen Hall on saxophone.
Kazoo! Presents: Jerusalem in My Heart & Scattered Clouds
Saturday September 30, 2017
Jerusalem In My Heart (JIMH) is a live audio-visual performance project, with Montréal-based producer and musician Radwan Ghazi Moumneh and Montréal-based filmmaker Charles-André Coderre at its core. Jerusalem In My Heart release their music on Montreal label Constellation Records. JIMH have released three studio albums, Mo7it Al-Mo7it (2013), If He Dies, If If If If If If (2015) and a self-titled album with Suuns, released on Secretly Canadian.
Thursday September 28, 2017
A Project: Humanity Production Embarks on a Fall 2017 National Tour featuring JUNO nominee Khari Wendell McClelland, JUNO nominee Tanika Charles and acclaimed Vancouver guitarist Noah Walker
Saturday September 23, 2017
KASHKA presents her new album, Relax. With special guests LCON.
Thursday September 21, 2017
Star Triptych is Elisa Thorn (harp), David Riddel (guitar) and Laura Swankey (voice). The trio explores lyrical melody, soundscape, and gesture through composition, improvisation, extended techniques and electronic effects. Bringing together their different musical backgrounds, the group features each of their unique styles and musical relationships.
The Apprehension Engine in Performance:
A Fundraiser in Support of Silence
What happens when you combine a Canadian composer (who specializes in horror film soundtracks) with a guitar maker who is respected around the world for his innovative approach to acoustic instruments?
The two performances will showcase the sonic possibilities of The Apprehension Engine within an ensemble of musicians adept at generating cinematic textures and timbres. In this Canadian premiere, Mark Korven will enter into a sonic dialogue with the Silence Collective and demonstrate his skills as a composer and improvisor through The Apprehension Engine. This evening will be of special appeal to film composers, recording engineers, music students, and concert-goers with an ear for the edgy.
Wednesday September 13, 2017
The Ugly Beauties Trio is a configuration of some of Canada’s top improvisers- Marilyn Lerner – piano, Matt Brubeck – cello and Nick Fraser drums. Named for Thelonius Monk’s composition Ugly Beauty, the trio’s music encompasses worlds of improvised music and modern jazz, with strong elements of contemporary classical music. With a repertoire consisting of an organic mixture of both written and improvised material the Ugly Beauties’ sound can best be described as abstract lyricism, with swing and groove as part of the mix!
Saturday September 9, 2017
A deep listening experience.
Impressionistic music. World sounds.
Fareed Haque and Goran Ivanovic Guitar Duo
Thursday July 27, 2017
Goran Ivanovic and Fareed Haque recorded two CDs together, Macedonian Blues and 7 Boats, to great critical acclaim, even getting the nod as top best acoustic guitar albums 2004 from acoustic guitar magazine. Both have both been so busy that they have not been able to play again together for years.
“We Are Women” Cabaret Show
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
WE ARE WOMEN
A Cabaret Show celebrating women!
We Are Women’s mission is to give back to local women’s charities as well as connect, empower and support women through song.
Three women bring us on a musical journey of the female experience through excerpts from the musical theatre repertoire of the past century. Their relationships as sisters, parents, children, friends and lovers carry us through questions and stories about love, marriage, envy, loss, passion for life, and womens’ desire for independence and recognition.
Manatee, Thunderbird, Anamatist
July 7, 2017
Thunderbird is a psychedelic/contemporary jazz quartet that coalesced out of Guelph ON’s vibrant music community in late 2012.
Anamatist is a 4-piece Post-Rock Sovereign Nation/Cult ready to destroy faces with supersonic vibrations and math homework.
Manatee is an 11-piece improvising ensemble that mixes wild sounds, danceable beats, massive horn lines, and audiences asclosely together as possible. The group uses hand signals to negotiate their way through improvised pieces of music, and invites audiences to control their music by learning and making those same signals.
William Parker & Patricia Nicholson Parker
June 30, 2017
William Parker and Patricia Nicholson make music, dance, poetry, as it comes through them, in order to uplift encourage and inspire the listener to enter the realm of their higher self. So they in turn may, in their own lives and work, act as a force for good. The ultimate goal of the art is for all who listen to it be filled with compassion.
June 29, 2017
Ensemble Atlantica presents Impressions: Ontario Tour 2017. Meet us at Silence Sounds in Guelph for our fourth performance of our tour. Join us for an evening of new sounds by young Canadian and international composers, along with a special piece featuring guest artist, clarinetist Jana Starling!
Our program, conducted by Baptiste Boiron, will consist of six new works of colourful variety by the following composers: Myles Skinner, James Lowrie, Jossée MacInnis, Pascal Bard, Abigail De Niverville and Baptiste Boiron. Expand your horizons and open your mind to an evening of contemporary music!
Ensemble Atlantica is an eclectic group of young aspiring musicians with goals of pursuing careers in the performing arts. Clarinetist and composer, Jossée MacInnis and, saxophonist and composer, Pascal Bard founded the ensemble in 2015 in hopes of fulfilling a creative calling as well as giving young composers an outlet to experiment.
Sean Hales Showcase
Friday June 16, 2017
Sean Hales is a Canadian musician from Guelph ON who is surfing the beautiful waves of music towards an acoustic-pop, alt-rock, hip-hop, mystery genre. This Sean Hales Showcase will include an acoustic hip hop focused performance and some other great local artists! Come out to enjoy good vibes, great music, wine & beer, and great friends. All artists, musicians, listeners, and friends are welcome to come out for a pint and some great music!
SlowPitchSound with Lybido and Gary Diggins
June 15, 2017
Together they combine music, dance and projected visuals to create a very unique experience. With clever visuals tricks, SlowPitchSound’s own style of turntable compositions and Libydo’s unique approach to dance, they take their passengers to new dimensions.
Joni NehRita with Lilly Mason
June 8, 2017
Toronto-born Jamaican-Canadian singer/songwriter Joni NehRita is not easily forgotten after seeing her live. Since re-locating to Guelph, this soul/jazz artist has become a staple on the local scene, known for steadily releasing great music, being fiercely loyal to her community and having a heck of a live show. It’s no surprise that she has become one of the Guelph/Waterloo Region’s best known and loved independent artists.
June 2, 2017
Saturday, June 3rd: Rankin/Robertson of “The Outside Track”, featuring Mairi Rankin, Cape Breton Fiddler Extraordinaire, and Ailie Robertson, Scottish Harp Wiz!Pulled together by the magnetic, globe-trotting compositions of Brian Pickell, the group combines the talents of Shane Cook, multiple winner of the Canadian and Grand Masters Fiddle Contests and the American Grand National; revered Ottawa multi-instrumentalist James Stephens on fiddle, mandolin, bass and viola; and Pat O’Gorman, an admired mainstay of the Canadian music scene, on flute, whistles and pipes. Julie Schryer is widely considered to be one of the finest piano accompanists in Canada, and Brian is an accomplished composer, guitarist, and banjo and mandolin player. Together, they are a musical force of nature.
Silence Presents: Moonfruits and Georgian Bay
May 31, 2017
Escorted by a variety of stringed instruments and soaring harmonies, bilingual duos Moonfruits and Georgian Bay tour New-Brunswick, Québec and Ontario this summer in support of Moonfruits’ May 2017 release Ste-Quequepart and Georgian Bay’s 2016 Polaris Prize nominated album Patience. Spinning tales of Canadian mysticism where ideals and imagination intertwine, these longtime friends and collaborators invite you into their world to discover the wilderness of Georgian Bay’s shores and the stories of imaginary maritime village Ste-Quequepart. Moonfruits Escorted by a banjo and a parlour guitar, Moonfruits’ soaring harmonies captivate listeners and celebrate common ground. Partners on and off stage, they summon music from a place where ideals and imagination intertwine.
Artists as Activists: Turkwaz and Nauroz Tanya
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Nauroz Tanya is a Kurdish-Canadian composer who began music lessons at the age of six. His father was one of the pioneers in the theater and early television revolution, and through him, Nauroz developed a great interest in music and art.After completing a degree in music, Nauroz composed music for chamber ensembles, performed in piano solos, orchestras, and short and full-length movies showcased in Europe, Australia, US, and Canada. He wrote music for media and television in France, Germany, and Sweden where he lived for several years and attended the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg.
May 20, 2017
MINOTAURS frontman Nathan Lawr made the transition from singer-songwriter to bandleader with 2010’s The Thing. Now, as the band readies the release of their fourth album, AUM, the journey of its sister-album, 2016’s apocalyptic-psychedelic afro-folk epic Weird Waves continues. Thanks to their collaboration with Stuart Bogie, whose work with Brooklyn-based afrobeat/jazz ensemble Antibalas has been inspirational for MINOTAURS and who was essential in the process of bringing the band closer together, the resulting album shows a band at their full melodic and funky potential: raging, kaleidoscopic, real, and joyous. MINOTAURS are your new musical boyfriend.
Drone Forest: Jeff Bird and Gary Diggins
May 19, 2017
Dance or dream. Get lost in sound.
Silence Presents: Eamon McGrath and Wilderness of Manitoba
May 18, 2017
Eamon McGrath is on an extended Canadian / European tour to promote the upcoming release of his book Berlin – Warszaw Express!(ECW Press) The book fictionalizes experiences from his life and the lives of his peers to seek out meaning and significance in the tumultuous and emotional experience of living on the road. McGrath will be accompanying readings from the novel with a few tunes from his brilliant, extensive catalog.
Since its inception The Wilderness Of Manitoba has continued to grow and evolve with every new release. Throughout it all founding member Will Whitwham has left his imprint on each and every sound the band has produced. Wilderness of Manitoba are on tour to promote their new release, The Tin Shop EP, Whitwham is joined by vocalist/guitarist Raven Shields on this tour for a more stripped down, anthemic folk rock feel to reveal the true heart of Whitwham’s songwriting.
Silence Presents: Pierre Bensusan
May 13, 2017
“Bensusan is very much his own animal. It’s like listening to a butterfly, to dappled sunshine coming through quaking aspens. His music flits and darts around like fish in a pool. And his compositions manage to encompass both the calmness of the pool and the flashing of the fish. It’s an entrancing, almost hypnotic thing to watch and hear, as he seems eager to share his journey, his light. I was struck by how the aim of each song was to be beautiful. Not witty, not avant-garde, not new, necessarily, but beautiful. A great craftsman plying his trade. A shepherd with his flock. As I left I felt all of a sudden that I’d been to temple after all. My own sort of temple, and by the end of the service I felt purified, cleansed, and ready for the new year.”
May 12, 2017
John William Bauld, Shonna Annapurna Brown and friends will take you on a journey of love and discovery through devotional sounds of kirtan and meditation. Teachers of Yoga – Acharyas (M.Y.) John William Bauld & Shonna Annapurna Brown travel abroad teaching classical yoga and spreading the love that they hold in their heart for Bhakti music. The debut solo album produced in California by acclaimed Grammy-nominated Ben Leinbach mixes sacred Sanskrit mantra with modern adult contemporary music in English, with the single Nataraja, featured on Kripalu’s latest Seva CD ‘Sounds of Bhakti – Vol 7’. They are the founders of Anandafest which continues their commitment to promoting unity and oneness among all people.
When you Were Gone
May 5, 2017
Silence is pleased to announce an exciting and unique event: When You Were Gone: A Journey Through Sound and Word featuring previously unpublished poems and lyrics by award winning Aboriginal author Thomas King in musical dialogue with composer Rebecca Hennessy, joined by the amazing Silence Collective of improvising performers Jeff Bird, Matt Brubeck, Colin Couch, Gary Diggins, Daniel Fischlin, Lewis Melville and Joe Sorbara. There will be two performances: Thursday, May 4 with an opening ceremony by Inuit artist, musician, filmmaker Ame Papatsie at 8:00 pm, and performance at 8:30 pm, and on Friday, May 5 with a pre-show reception at 8:00 pm and performance at 9 pm. Tickets are available at Eventbrite, adults $25, students $20. Signed prints of Thomas King’s unpublished poems will be available at the events. This show is funded by Canada Council for the Arts and sponsored by the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation.
Silence Presents: My Misshapen Ear with Special Guests
April 29, 2017
My Misshapen Ear is a collective trio featuring Anthony Argatoff on alto saxophone, Andrew Furlong on bass, and Joe Sorbara on drums and percussion. Their music ranges from minimalism to free jazz to chamber music through swinging, blues-inflected, nose-crinkling-neck-rocking grooves as often as prick-up-your-ears noise experiments. The band plays music composed by its three members whose strength as both composers and improvisers is on full display here.
Russell Scott Concert
April 28, 2017
“Russell’s thought-provoking lyrics, skillful acoustic guitar work, and well
crafted arrangements blend smoothly to provide deeply satisfying listening
pleasure. If you like the song writing and technical brilliance of musicians
like Bruce Cockburn and Don Ross, you will certainly enjoy Russell Scott!
-Bob Froese, Organizer, Newmarket Main Street Folk and Blues Festival.
April 26, 2017
The Foreign Resort are Denmark’s finest musical export of post-punk and dark new wave. TFR combine the shadowy mysticism of The Cure’s Pornography era with a driving production aesthetic akin to LCD Soundsystem. Intricate reverb-enveloped guitar lines glide over Steffan Petersen’s motorik bass and Morten Hansen’s powerful drumming, all while Mikkel’s taut and sincere vocal delivery demand your attention.
The Silence Collective: A Fundraiser
April 23, 2017
Seven Guelph performers. Featuring Jeff Bird, Adam Bowman, Gary Diggins, Daniel Fischlin, Lewis Melville, Georgia Simms and Tannis Slimmon.
On February 3, 2017, the Silence Collective was invited to represent the Canadian music scene at the GANGNEUNG Folk Art Festival, in the region of South Korea – the location that is hosting the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Music, poetry, sound rituals, and more.
The Long Dark Road Album Release Party
April 14, 2017
The Long Dark Road is an audio experiment composed by Jeremy Cavan. It looks to combine the ethos and melody of punk and hardcore with black metal.
Silence Presents: Nomad
April 1, 2017
Nomad is a Montreal-based band of six imaginative and talented musicians hailing from all over North America. The group’s music telepathically weaves in-and-out of crisp structure, improvisational jungles and lyrical melody in a sublime mixture of jazz, rock and free improvisation.