Music Archive

James Gordon and Jeff Bird: 40 Years Down In The Folk Mines

Sunday November 26, 2017

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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!

James Gordon has had a remarkably diverse 30-year career in the Canadian entertainment business. As a solo singer-songwriter and with the ground-breaking trio Tamarack, he has released over thirty-five albums, and has toured relentlessly around the world. Gordon has written for symphony orchestras, musical theatre and dance works, film scores, and for more than ten years was heard on CBC radio as songwriter-in-residence for the ‘Basic Black” and “Ontario Morning” programs.

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.

Since then, Shawna has toured throughout Canada and the United States, including performances at the Ottawa Grassroots Festival, the Shelter Valley Folk Festival, the Summerfolk Festival (ON), and the Deep Roots Music Festival (NS), and concert series including the Calgary Folk Club, the Nickelodeon, the Northern Lights Folk Club (AB), the Greenbank Folk Music Society (ON), the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse (MA), On Your Radar (NY), and Six String Concerts (OH).

Keenan Reimer-Watts (b. 1992) enjoys his life as a concert pianist, composer, improviser, teacher, chamber musician, concert curator, and as whatever else his career in music might require of him. A graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University, Keenan has experience playing from the concert halls on the East Coast, to the Cafés in Guelph, Ontario, and has collaborated and performed with musicians from a variety of genres. He has premiered more new music than he can remember, and is happy to give any genre of music a go.

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. Tickets are now on sale at the Eventbrite link below. There will only be 65 tickets available so don’t wait too long to order. Tickets $25.





Pipe Down Presents: Boyscout

Friday November 10, 2017

Boyscout with Peter Serrano & The West Winds, and Know

Peter Serrado & The West Winds:

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.

Ray’s previous music project, The Peace Leeches, earned her a Toronto Independent Music Award nomination and and led to opening the stage for Holy Fuck, The Arkells, Ill Scarlett, Gob, Thornley, The Trews, Sloan and Finger Eleven.
In late 2016 Ray was discovered online by an American rock band, GUAS, who flew her to North Carolina and invited her to write, record and tour as their front woman, playing festivals such as SXSW, Canadian Music Week and Indie Music Week Toronto.
After 5 months of collaboration with GUAS, fresh off of the tour bus with loads of professional music experience, Ray followed her heart back home to Canada to peruse her solo career as The Universe Featuring Ray and she couldn’t be happier to live her dream.

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.

The show will feature an installation of Ed Hanley’s documentary photography from India, with a focus on Bhopal, as well as the acclaimed series The Longest Train in India, a 4,273km journey across India in 85 hours. Ed will give a short presentation on the photos before the performance.

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.


Graham Steinman & His Cedar Symphony



Holodais is a an indie/psych band from St.Catharines, composed of Kyle McVicar (Vocals/Guitar), Stuart Smith (Drums/Misc), Jonathan Rahman (Guitar), Mason Vail (Bass).

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Silence Presents: Man Forever

Monday October 9, 2017

Percussionist, vocalist and composer Kid Millions will be joined by Noah Hecht (drums, vocal), Brandon Lopez (bass), Clara Warnaar (percussion, vocal) and Matt Evans (percussion, organ, vocal).
The music of drummer John Colpitts as Man Forever is explorative, innovative and fearless. A musician and composer equally versed in the disparate musical languages of DIY rock, improvisation, and contemporary classical, Colpitts (aka Kid Millions) has made an album that defies genre classification. Propulsive, elaborate drum arrangements (created with TIGUE Percussion) remain essential to Man Forever – on the songs of Play What They Want, they are augmented by voice and melody with contributions from Laurie Anderson, Yo La Tengo, and Mary Lattimore to name a few. Play What They Want represents the culmination of 25 years of musical engagement by one of New York’s most acclaimed percussionists.
The collaborative process, essential to Man Forever, requires the relinquishing of one’s ego for a greater purpose. In Play What They Want Colpitts leverages a vast and talented stable of diverse collaborators to create a work that transcends the sum of its parts.
“You Were Never Here” kicks off the album with a gorgeous vocal performance by all members of Yo La Tengo and, like the transition from the black and white to technicolor, the piece becomes a driving, wild marriage of Max Roach’s “Garvey’s Ghost,” McCoy Tyner, Alice Coltrane and Steve Reich. World-class harpists Brandee Younger and Mary Lattimore join bassist Brandon Lopez, pianist Sam Yulsman and the Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble to create an experimental jazz and classical “dream team.” “Ten Thousand Things” resonates with TIGUE’s tense, virtuosic compound meters, a Moondog-esque vocal by Colpitts and singer Nick Hallett, and another intuitive performance by harpist Mary Lattimore. Finishing the side, “Debt and Greed” is a surprisingly wry pop tune that combines Colpitts’ Jaki Liebezeit-esque drum groove with CSN-style harmonies, guitar by Trans Am’s Phil Manley, and horn playing by Ben Lanz (Beiruit, The National, Sufjan Stevens).
The second side leads with the evocative album centerpiece “Twin Torches.” Here Colpitts worked with the legendary multi-media artist and musician Laurie Anderson, who provided spoken vocals and violin on the nearly 10-minute tour de force. This composition also features arresting vocal atmospherics by Quince, which precede some of the most complex drumming Colpitts has ever recorded. The album closes with “Catenary Smile,” a prickly ballad featuring Nick Hallett’s cascading background vocals which buoy the lyrics: a contemplation of humanity’s problematic tendency to anthropomorphize inanimate things.
While Colpitts’ previous albums have expanded on the possibilities and limitations of drums and percussion, this new album redefines the project in myriad ways. Building on a complex rhythmic foundation, Man Forever created an album that is innovative, imaginative and joyous. Play What They Want is a rare record of untamed ambition that hits all its marks.

Light Industry

Friday October 6, 2017

Light Industry is an acoustic improvising trio led by drummer Chris Cawthray.

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.

“I am writing music specifically for these guys to play WITH me. I like to think that when I compose this music, I am writing TO them, and I hope our performances bear the proof that they are getting the messages.”

The compositions themselves are skeletal; short melodies underpinned by the bass. Interpretation and improvisation are essential to realizing these pieces; two musical skills these players deliver in droves.

The recording was done in one afternoon at Jean Martin’s The Farm studio in Toronto. Martin captures the trio in exquisite depth of timbre and breadth of tonal colour.

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. and

Freedom Singer

Thursday September 28, 2017

A Project: Humanity Production Embarks on a Fall 2017 National Tour

– Cross Canada Tour

featuring JUNO nominee Khari Wendell McClelland,

JUNO nominee Tanika Charles and acclaimed Vancouver guitarist Noah Walker –

– Performances in Vancouver, Whitehorse, Dawson City, Thousand Islands, Windsor and Edmonton –

“A moving musical journey along the Underground Railroad…

with a Hamilton-esque twist: [the songs] are reinvented

as hip-hop, funk and soul numbers…A Must-See”


(Wednesday, June 14, 2017 – Toronto ON) Following the acclaimed world premiere of Freedom Singer during Black History Month 2017, Project: Humanity is proud to bring this “must-see” theatre production to Vancouver, Whitehorse, Dawson City, Gananoque, Windsor and Edmonton.

Co-created by JUNO nominee Khari Wendell McClelland and Project: Humanity’s Andrew Kushnir, Freedom Sing

er is a rare musical journey through the history of the Underground Railroad and the songs that carried freedom seekers northward to Canada. Performed by McClelland along with JUNO nominee Toronto soul singer Tanika Charles and acclaimed Vancouver guitarist Noah Walker, the production will reach six more cities September through October 2017.

In 2015 McClelland retraced the steps of his great-great-great grandmother Kizzy and discovered the songs that likely accompanied her and thousands of others as they escaped U.S. slavery (as documented by journalist JodieMartinson on CBC’s The National and Tapestry). In sharing this music – which are reinvented through contemporary styles like hip hop, funk and soul – Khari is brought face to face with his own “unrecorded” heritage, and the realities and myths of one of our quintessential historic narratives: the Underground Railroad. Freedom Singer premiered in Toronto in February 2017 and then toured to Regina, Calgary, Winnipeg, Halifax, Montreal and Ottawa.


Saturday September 23, 2017

KASHKA presents her new album, Relax. With special guests LCON.






Star Triptych

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 togethe

r their different musical backgrounds, the group features each of their unique styles and musical relationships. Thorn and Swankey met at the International Workshop for Jazz and Creative Music at the Banff Centre in 2015 and since performed together in Ontario, New York City, British Columbia, and Michigan for the Detroit Free Arts Festival. Riddel and Swankey met during their studies at the University of Toronto Jazz program and regularly perform together in Delusions of Grandeur and the VIA rail program. The three formed Star Triptych in 2016, creating a tapestry of sound drawing upon each of their own compositional and improvisational practices. The trio has performed in Vancouver, Victoria, Gabriola and Galiano islands, and Detroit. They are looking forward to an Ontario tour in fall 2017, with plans to record their debut album within the next year.

The Apprehension Engine in Performance:
A Fundraiser in Support of Silence

 Saturday September 16, 2017

The Apprehension Engine in Performance with Mark Korven, Matt Brubeck, Gary Diggins, Daniel Fischlin, Lewis Melville, and Joe Sobara

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 result of this collaboration is an unprecedented, fear-inducing instrument they call “The Apprehension Engine.” The project began last fall when composer Mark Korven called up his friend Tony Duggan-Smith and asked him to custom design an instrument that could generate dark, ambient sounds.“The mission was to make something that causes people to feel strange and uncomfortable,” Tony says. “With a guitar, I’m trying to make a beautiful instrument with the sweetest, most pleasing sound possible. With the Apprehension Engine, we’re trying to annoy people.”“It’s a matter of personal perspective,” Mark says. “Some people tell us the Apprehension Engine freaks them out, while others tell us the sounds are beautiful and relaxing.”

Mark, who would normally use digital samples for eerie effects, is best known for his unsettling score to Robert Eggers’s 2015 horror film The Witch. Tony is a well established Canadian luthier and one of seven artisans commissioned by the McMichael Gallery for its current Group of Seven Guitar Project.

Originally envisioned as a one-off commission, plans now call for the building of 10 new devices that will be based on the prototype, with refinements. Millions of individuals have tuned into a short film on the Apprehension Engine and now a growing number of musicians, mixed-media artists, and major composers are wanting to own the device.

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.

The Apprehension Engine Workshop

Saturday September 16, 2017

Apprehension Engine Workshop with Mark Korven and Tony Duggan-Smith, co-creators of  The Apprehension Engine

This workshop is free of charge and accessible to the public. Seating is limited and registration is recommended.

 When Canadian movie composer Mark Korven wanted to craft dark sounds for horror movie film scores, he realized the acoustic instrument he needed didn’t exist. Consequently, to conjure up breathtaking moments of suspension, Mark teamed up with Tony Duggan-Smith, a renowned guitar designer and builder. Through their conversations and collaborations, Tony Duggan-Smith fashioned a one-of-a-kind instrument dubbed the Apprehension Engine.As a sonic palate, this original instrument incorporates bowed, plucked, and struck devices to generate ambient interludes and effects.

As Mark Korven says, “With an instrument like this, the goal is to produce sounds that are disturbing.”The focus of this afternoon workshop is to showcase The Apprehension Engine live with Mark as composer and Tony as builder. Participants will get to hear, first hand, an unprecedented instrument that expresses evocative sounds that stir up the emotions. Mark will share the application of intense sonic textures in film composition. The session will be interactive with ample opportunity to ask questions.

Ugly Beauties

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!

Drone Forest

Saturday September 9, 2017

A deep listening experience.
Impressionistic music. World sounds.






Fareed Haque and Goran Ivanovic Guitar Duo

Thursday July 27, 2017
Goran-and-Fareed-at-SilenceA GUITAR DUO LIKE NO OTHER

Inspired by the rhythms and melodies of flamenco, jazz, classical, rock and the Balkan region, this performance features the unrivaled guitar artistry of two of the finest players of their respective generations. Their music is carefully balanced between blazing virtuosity and sheer beauty.

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.

“For These Musicians, There Is No Continental Divide.”

– Howard Reich, Los Angeles Times“

Although the music on this extraordinarily sensitive guitar-duo recording transcends genre, there’s no resisting its mix of American jazz, acoustic blues, flamenco rhythm and Macedonian melody. Only two guitarists on the planet would come up with such a concoction, but Ivanovic and Haque (whose roots run to Yugoslavia and South Asia, respectively) play as if they’re speaking the same musical language. Some listeners might be tempted to consign any recording as genteel as this to background music, but that would mean missing the puckish stop-start rhythms of “Kalajdzisko Oro,” the mystical ambience of “Gajdarsko Oro” and the free-form expressions of “Improv.” Those who have heard the duo in concert probably will conclude that no recording could capture fully the sparks that fly between these two virtuosos. But this disc at least documents the distinctly cross-continental flavor of their restlessly innovative work.”

-Downbeat Magazine, February 2005

“We Are Women” Cabaret Show
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

we are womenWe Are Women is coming to Silence on 46 Essex Street!


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.

A show for both women and men, don’t miss this thrilling and poignant cabaret show with soprano Suzanne Rigden, mezzo-soprano Kristin Hoff and pianist Sarah Russell.

All three artists live in Montreal, QC and have created this show to support local women’s charities and also to bring people together and heighten awareness through song and discussion.

A portion of proceeds will go to Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis.


Manatee, Thunderbird, Anamatist
July 7, 2017

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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.

For these performances the work will be a structured improvisation utilizing words, (spoken or sung), movements and tonal structures.  The structures for the dance and music will carry the form of the piece and communicate the essential theme.  The improvisation will elaborate on those structures so that the work can take advantage of and amplify what is happening in the moment.   The essential intellectual theme is that through art and a reverence for life and all that is creative, we can create a world where Peace becomes possible.

We make a point of giving equality to all of the arts utilized in each presentation.  This then becomes an example of how we can work together for mutual benefit.  Each artist is encouraged to utilize the full strength of their artistic discipline, bringing to audiences a powerful and unique presentation.

The goal of this tour is to create a dialogue between participating artists and audiences that opens the mind to envisioning our role in the world as creative beings that can make a difference.  By embracing creativity we find our strength and can reclaim hope in a difficult time.

Patricia Nicholson – dance, voice, words

William Parker – bass, donso nghoni, shakuhachi, reeds, percussion

Ensemble Atlantica
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.

The name Ensemble Atlantica originated from the artist’ roots to the Maritimes, calling Nova Scotia and New Brunswick their homes.

This concert of new classical music pieces will included a chamber clarinet concerto composed for and played by Dr. Jana Starling, Professor of Clarinet at the University of Western Ontario.

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

 Using a turntable and electronic instruments SlowPitchSound rearranges live sampled audio fragments and transform them into lush rhythmic landscapes. Libydo an accomplished dancer and long time collaborator from Toronto, narrates through mind altering body movements.

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.

“Definitely one of my favourite concerts of the whole season” – Kathryn Ladano (Artistic director at NUMUS Conserts)

SlowPitchSound is a trail blazer in the Toronto creative music scene. He is the resident experimental DJ for longtime new music organization SOUNDSTREAMS, one of the world’s leading contemporary music companies, and the largest global presenter of new Canadian music. Cheldon is an experimental turntablist or as he calls himself; scifi-turntablist. He has been developing his own style of music composition/performance art over nearly 20 years and has releases 7 studio recorded albums. His work has been featured at major establishments such as the AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario), Harbourfront Centre, Art Gallery of Hamilton, TIF Bell Lightbox, Roy Thompson Hall, Gardiner Museum, University of Guelph and Dundas Square to name some.

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.

The release of her 3rd album, Bloom showcases her best writing and production yet. The songs are infectious, poignant and groove hard. It is noticeably more “pop/funk” than her previous releases yet the themes of social consciousness and inner reflection that has connected her to her listeners remain. NehRita has a gift for writing well-crafted songs that are deeply personal.

Much of her music hearkens back to a time when soul and funk music made you dance while also serving up social commentary and a call for change.She shines brightly during her live show & demonstrates her strength in be able to reach and connect with an audience. You know she feels the music and she leads you into feeling it too.Raji Sohal from CBC 3 Montreal may have put it best, “I can attest that in live performance her voice and stage presence are stellar and come off as endearingly natural. Joni had me hollering and cheering like I haven’t at an R&B show in a while.”

Heart Beach, Devin & the Dark Light, Ten Boy Summer, Eddy Evvy
June 7, 2017
HEARTBEACHJune7ABOUT HEART BEACHSelf-described as “an ocean-pop band that plays sad, minimal, Hobartian, skuzz pop”; Heart Beach dazzled critics in 2015 with the release of their self-titled debut, following a feature on triple j’s Unearthed and a position in Rolling Stone’s Top 10 Australian Albums Of The Year.Band members Claire McCarthy (bass/vocals), Jonathon McCarthy (guitar/vocals) and Christopher Wessing (drums/guitar) interweaving girl-boy harmonies, insistent guitars and steady rhythms create uniquely crisp yet subtle sounds of simplicity and grandeur. Attracting comparisons to old-school greats such as The Pixies, Echo and The Bunnymen and Joy Division; the Tasmanian indie-pop trio’s musicianship is of the highest calibre.Heart Beach have shared stages with Harts, Andy Bull, Teeth and Tongue, Dick Diver, Day Ravies and The Ocean Party, Tam Vantage, Kitchen’s Floor, Bent, Popoliceand Jealous Husband, as well as hometown heroes The Native Cats and Naked and Treehouse. In 2014 the band toured New Zealand for Camp A Low Hum music festival, followed by performances at Falls Festival, A Festival Called Panama and Rose Quartz Festival at Lake Pedder last summer.In May 2016 a repressing of the trio’s self-titled debut was released in North America and Canada with Vancouver based label Kingfisher Bluez, and Heart Beach toured Australia nationally. Heart Beach return in 2016 with a brand new sophomore album ‘Kiss Your Face‘, set for release November 11 on Spunk Records.PRAISE FOR HEART BEACH“Like The Smiths, like Joy Division, this music is oddly and often wonderfully uplifting. Almost every song starts with a drawn-out chord poignant enough to break Rupert Murdoch’s stony heart. It takes a brave, thoughtful band to sound this vulnerable. Heart Beach are beautiful, beautiful, melancholy babies. Treasure them.”– The Guardian ★★★★“There’s something very satisfying about a band that limits itself to a simple aesthetic and builds a world with what they have.” – Rolling Stone“The Hobart band are keen observers of the tides, harnessing their power to create affecting and effective guitar pop. Listen carefully and you can hear sonar blasts from the past, the plaintive melodies and moods of ’80s post punk and scuzzy ’90s garage new wave reach the surface, but Heart Beach follow their own currents into new oceans of feeling.” – STACK Magazine“Bringing together the best elements of contemporary Australian music – laconic guy/girl harmonies, jangling guitar and bass lines and just the right amount of fuzz.”The Music“You know that feeling you get floating in the ocean? Weightless, worry-less drifting? If you could combine that with the sting of hot sand between your toes, it would feel a lot like Heart Beach. Their music is chill enough to take you to a place of pure calm, but edgy enough to tingle your ears into an all-sense inclusive frenzy.” – Happy“Tassie trio Heart Beach have really come out strong off the back of their debut self-titled album.” – AU Review“Heart Beach brings out the droning guitar, simple drum beats and fuzzy leads that is undeniably charming, melancholic and just god damn perfect.” – The Wandering Lamb

The Brian Pickell Band, 8pm
June 2, 2017
Brian Pickell-1The Guelph Celtic Orchestra is proud to bring you a weekend of World-Class-Multi-Award-Winning Celtic Music!
Friday, June 2nd: The Brian Pickell Band, featuring Shane Cook, Fiddle Champ!
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.Brian’s compositions are now being played and recorded widely: Deaf Shepherd (Scotland), Tony McManus, arguably the greatest guitarist in Celtic music (Scotland), Liz Doherty (Ireland), The Halali Fiddle Band (USA), Oliver Schroer (Canada), Nicholas Williams (Canada), Pierre Schryer (Canada) and numerous others.“Brian Pickell and his band are at the vanguard of a new living tradition of Celtic music. Brian’s original melodies have been instantly embraced by musicians both on the concert stage and in the kitchen. These tunes now rest easily with the traditional favourites on both sides of the ocean.”
Ian Bell, Director Marine Heritage Festival“Your CD is beautiful! Great musicians, of course, and the most wonderful tunes. Congrats! This CD should be in the home of every Canadian.”
Lillian Wauthier – Presenter / Promoter – Acoustic Harvest.“I’m telling you folks, this is serious firepower and they don’t disappoint…among this reviewer’s leading contenders for Canadian album of the year.”
Pat Simmonds, The Green Man Review

Silence Presents: Moonfruits and Georgian Bay
May 31, 2017 
MF + GB Ste-Quequepart Tour Poster - GuelphEscorted 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.MoonfruitsEscorted 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.Moonfruits’ sophomore album, Ste-Quequepart · “Saint-Somewhere” is a folk concept album that plays like a short film soundtrack, each of Ste-Quequepart’s tracks give voice to the inhabitants of this imaginary maritime village. Moonfruits soaring harmonies enchant listeners, weaving together arrangements that dance a varied landscape between intimate and cinematographic. The duo transports listeners elsewhere, inviting them to walk in another’s shoes and rediscover everyday people power.Georgian BayBilingual folk duo Georgian Bay entices audiences with scintillating harmonies and dreamlike melodies. Nominated for a 2016 Polaris Music Prize, their sophomore album, Patience, is inspired by the mysterious beauty of natural spaces. Spinning tales of modern Canadiana, the voices of Kelly Lefaive and Joëlle Westman intertwine with the soul of the violin and the heartbeat of the guitar to create an enchanting musical voyage to the shores of Spirit Lake, Georgian Bay.Links

Artists as Activists: Turkwaz and Nauroz Tanya

Saturday, May 27, 2017
Turkwaz is a unique combination of four musician/singers, immersed in diverse traditions from mysterious Sufi devotional love songs, to rousing Thracian dance music. Each performer brings a special flavour to the group. Maryem Hassan Tollar draws on her Arabic language heritage, Jayne Brown and Sophia Grigoriadis bring their experience with Greek music to the mix and Brenna MacCrimmon adds her Turkish fascination.They have a long-standing collective interest in Balkan traditions and add Albanian, Bulgarian and Macedonian and whatever else strikes their fancy to their repertoire. The love and respect they have for the traditions they draw from are clear but they are not afraid to arrange the tunes in new and unexpected ways to give them a fresh spin.Maryem Tollar

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. Tollar was the featured vocalist in Tafelmusik’s 2016 production of “Tales of Two Cities: The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee Houses” and more recently she performed the world premiere of Christos Hatzis’ piece “Syn-Phonia – Migration Patterns” with The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Inuit throat singer Tiffany Ayalik.Brenna MacCrimmonBrenna MacCrimmon is a Toronto-based interpreter of Turkish and Balkan songs – an adventure that began with a trip to a local public library’s vinyl collection in 1983. She has studied and performed with many notable masters of the traditions in both Turkey and the USA. She works in a diverse range of musical projects, travels frequently to perform and teach and thinks you can never stop learning.Sophia GrigoriadisSophia Grigoriadis, is a musician and teacher. Over the past 30 years her study of Greek, Balkan and Middle Eastern singing and percussion has led her to compose, perform and tour with many Toronto world and fusion ensembles.Her love of teaching and sharing her musical passion extends to all ages: as Church Choir Director of All Saints Greek Orthodox Church, as Music teacher from Preschool to Grade 8 at Metamorphosis Greek Orthodox School, and to young children through her Clapping Land music studio, where her compilation world music CD Sound Adventures — Global Music for Children garnered the Parent’s Choice Foundation Silver Award.Jayne BrownSince making the switch from classical to folkloric singing, Jayne Brown has been learning, performing, travelling and recording with several ensembles, including Latin American ensembles, Nazka and Ilédé, Macedonian band Staro Selo, and Mediterranean mash-up bands Maza Mezé and the Maryem Tollar ensemble. For the past couple decades, Jayne has been concentrating her efforts on Greek folkloric song, studying in both Greece and Toronto. Jayne balances her time between music and her psychotherapy practice.Visit for more information.Nauroz TanyaNaurozNauroz 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. He worked as an assistant administrator for the Guelph Symphony and administrator for the Guelph Youth Symphony Orchestra. He studied piano with Dr Joseph Ferretti, and composition with Dr. Glenn Buhr. He currently studies with Linda Catlin Smith.Along with his medical studies, Nauroz continues composing for various orchestras around the world, most recently focusing on the issues of immigration and diaspora.

May 20, 2017MINOTAURS-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
Drone Forest May 19

Dance or dream. Get lost in sound.








Silence Presents: Eamon McGrath and Wilderness of Manitoba
May 18, 2017


Show & Book Launch

Eamon McGrath (Edmonton/Toronto)

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.

Wilderness Of Manitoba (Toronto)

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

Pierre-Final“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.”
For more about Pierre, visit:

May 12, 2017

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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.

Widely read and greatly admired in Canada and around the world, Thomas King is considered one of the finest Aboriginal writers in North America. His many novels, collections of short stories and essays include his latest The Back of the Turtle winner of the Governor General’s Award, The Inconvenient Indian winner of the RBC Taylor Prize, Truth and Bright Water, his children’s book A Coyote Columbus Story and his novel Green Grass, Running Water were both finalists for the Governor General’s Award. King was selected in 2003 to give The Massey Lectures: The Truth about Stories, wrote and acted in the CBC Radio show The Dead Dog Café, and has been a part of the Silence and Morning Music community since its early days.

Rebecca Hennessy is a highly sought-after Toronto-based trumpeter, composer and bandleader. She has released seven albums and has performed and recorded with internationally recognized artists including Adele, Ron Sexsmith, Andy Kim, Owen Pallett, Broken Social Scene, Feist, Ab Baars and Ken Vandermark. In 2016 Hennessy’s FOG Brass Band (Two Calls) was nominated for both the Montreal Jazz Festival’s Grand Prix de Jazz and the Galaxie Rising Star Award at the Halifax Jazz Festival. FOG performs Hennessy’s original music, which merges several traditions including those of New Orleans, Balkan folk music, and country blues. She co-leads Way North, and Toronto’s chamber-jazz quartet, Hobson’s Choice, which has released three EPs and the full length album Of the Waves rated 4/4 by Toronto’s Now Magazine.

Tickets are available at Eventbrite, adults $25, students $20. Silence is located at 46 Essex Street in Guelph, west of the Farmer’s Market, 1 street south of Waterloo. Street parking available. Silence is a physically accessible location. For more information, please visit or email

Silence Presents: My Misshapen Ear with Special Guests
April 29, 2017

Untitled-13My 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

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“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.

“The power with which one’s heart and spirit are called forth by Russell’s music belies any stylistic label, which might be applied to it. If this can be called performing, then it is performing of a very special sort. It is as if he is in each moment singing and playing from somewhere deep within the words and the tunes of the songs he so generously shares. And the resonances thus created flow out and equally enliven those who have joined with him as an audience. He’s no folk singer; he’s someone who lives deep within his spirit – deep within life — and brings that out through this particular idiom.”
Michael Vesselago.
-The Gathering.

Foreign Resort
April 26, 2017

17199209_10154507540310735_1597217395_nThe Foreign Resort

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.

Glass Apple Bonzai

“Glass Apple Bonzai” is the retro synth pop solo project of Canadian songwriter and producer Daniel X. Belasco (member of Defence Mechanism, MDM (Modern Digital Militia), Necromancers Union, and Everything is Totally Fucked). Bonzai’s sound is a grand departure from the industrial/EBM style of his other projects, focusing on more melodic, romantic, and personal content both lyrically and sonically, and wears its 80’s electronic influences on its sleeve without shame.


SLUTMOTHER is a Guelph/Toronto-based dark operatic/electronic project consisting of Alia Synesthesia (lead vocals/keys), Lady J.C. (backing vocals/keys), and Ashley Neuf-Onze (drums/bass). The band is committed to critiquing the discourses that frame and shame women through music and theatrical performance.

The Silence Collective: A Fundraiser
April 23, 2017

South Korea Show

Re-mounting the Gangneung show.

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.

The Collective played original music and interpreted music of Canadian artists such as Joni Mitchell and Greg Hoskins.Georgia Simms choreographed and performed several of the pieces.

“The Silence Collective: A Fundraiser” features performances based on the South Korean show.

Suggested donation: $20 and up

Earth Day Celebration with Gary Diggins and Barry Livingston
April 22, 2017


Earth Day Celebrations with Gary Diggins and Barry Livingston
Be prepared to be engaged.

Music, poetry, sound rituals, and more.






The Long Dark Road Album Release Party
April 14, 2017
TLDR Release show posterThe 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 PosterNomad 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.

Since forming in 2012 while attending McGill University, Nomad has become a fixture in the Montreal jazz and contemporary music scene . With frequent shows at Résonance Café and Casa Del Popolo, they have developed a steady following of open-eared music connoisseurs. Outside of the city, Nomad has performed at the Toronto International Jazz Festival (2015) and toured the Maritimes and Ontario.

Their second album “As We Are” was recorded at Breakglass Studios and was released this October at the L’Off Jazz Festival. The album captures the energy and spontaneity of the group’s live shows as well as showcasing the compositional and improvisational voices of each member.

The group also performed recently with renowned German pianist Pablo Held during his North American tour. Next up for the group is a tour to Ontario and the United States in April 2017.

“Rhythmic and visceral, Nomad’s music is the result of a meticulous search, an authentic collaborative spirit and a great sense of freedom.”

L’Off Festival de Montreal

“Nomad’s ambient approach, with its unrushed, relaxing sustained tones, and their flowing exchange of creative ideas highlights how these gifted musicians listen so intently to one another.”

Kerilie McDowall, CHLY

“Last night’s set at Silence – only just over an hour – was sublime and adventurous. These young musicians are not just improvising notes … they are improvising new forms and styles of music. There’s no category that I’m aware of that fits this music, and that is precisely what makes it so edgy and exciting.”

Alan Armstrong, Guelph resident

“Ce sont des musiciens aux horizons différents qui se réunissent, motivés à improviser et à aller au-delà de ce qui est prévu lorsqu’ils jouent, touchant l’essence même du style jazz”

Luca Max, Blogue Montreal Campus