Music Archive

Silence Presents: The R&B Jazz Songbook ft. Carlos Morgan
June 9, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

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.

Brock Holborn, Dan Pharaoh and Don Sawchuk
June 2, 2018

Advanced tickets $15 at:

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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Yung Heazy
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.

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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

Aestrid is a three-piece band from Utrecht, the Netherlands. Their sound balances between post-punk and ambient electronic music meeting the wideness of shoegaze in the middle.

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.







Electric Gas
March 30, 2018

‘Electric Gas’ is a Kitchener / Guelph based songwriting duo consisting of Jay Carraro and Chris Dallan.






Silence Presents: Zero Point
March 25

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

Two Hours Early, Ten Minutes Late  +  Mars People
a celebration of the music of Ken Aldcroft

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
February 16, 2018

“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 Gellner Tentet featuring 15 Brand New charts arranged by Rob Gellner including 9 originals and 6 standards.

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

Boyscout with Peter Serrano & The West Winds, and Know

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

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).



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.

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.



Freedom Singer
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.







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 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

 Saturday September 16, 2017

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.

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-SilenceInspired 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.


“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.

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.



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.

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.

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.


Heart Beach, Devin & the Dark Light, Ten Boy Summer, Eddy Evvy
June 7, 2017
HEARTBEACHJune7Self-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 caliber.

The Brian Pickell Band
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.

Silence Presents: Moonfruits and Georgian Bay
May 31, 2017 

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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

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.

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-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


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

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.”

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.


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.


Foreign Resort
April 26, 2017

17199209_10154507540310735_1597217395_nThe 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

South Korea 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.


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.