Silence Presents: Sonic Luz – A Live Performance of Noid and Klaus Filip
August 10, 2018
Doors at 7:30 PM
Performance at 8 PM
Tickets $10/PWYC at door
Most traditional synthesizers emphasize reproducibility and the stability of pitch. Therefore, they need big and complex mechanisms usually realized inside a black box. For Sonic Luz the priority is a maximum of flexibility and the possibility for haptic interaction on all the parts of the tone production.
By moving the lamps, tone wheels and light sensors on the table, or changing the discs,
the composition of the sounds are manipulated, quickly and intuitively.
The machine has no interior that could possibly be hidden – everything is laid open for the audience and generates a performative aspect of great beauty.
Optosonics is a forgotten technology that was widely in use to store, transmit or manipulate information in the beginning of the 20th century. In fact, most early synthesizers were based on optical generated sound.
Click here for a look into a brief history of optical synthesis.
Click here for information about this project.
Pipedown! Presents: Kill No Albatross, Jupiter Hollow & Mute Union
July 27, 2018
For Burlington-based rock band Kill No Albatross, their forthcoming EP “Speak True Evil” is a definitive statement. The record blends the accessibility of rock, the technicality of prog, and the energy of hardcore through intelligent songwriting, bold guitar work, and emotional intensity. KNA will be supporting the release with a Canadian summer tour run that includes a slot on the Vans Warped Tour.
With support from local rockers Mute Union and Barrie-based progressive metal powerhouse Jupiter Hollow, this will be a wild, energetic night that you don’t want to miss.
Pipedown! Presents: Eddyevvy wsg Bare Claws & Drunk at the Library
July 28, 2018
Silence Presents: The Sam Kirmayer Trio w/ Jonathan Chapman & Ben Zweig
July 26, 2018
Sam Kirmayer, jazz guitarist, composer and native Montrealer, is a young musician who plays with “a fearlessness and momentum that promise much, much more to come” – Katie Malloch (CBC Jazz Beat & Tonic). Drawing inspiration from masters like Wes Montgomery and Grant Green, Sam eschews effects in favour of a clear, direct tone and maintains firm roots in the blues and hard bop traditions. In 2017, CBC Music included Sam in their list of the “35 best Canadian jazz musicians under 35”. His trio, with bassist Jonathan Chapman and drummer Ben Zweig (NYC) will perform music from his 2017 debut “Opening Statement”, his upcoming sophomore album “High and Low” as well as compositions from the other members of the group and choice standards.
In April 2017, Sam released his debut album, Opening Statement, on Montreal label Chromatic Audio. A straight-ahead quartet date, the album features a mixed set of originals and standards, with a strong supporting cast of New York based pianist Sean Fyfe and Montreal stalwarts bassist Mike De Masi and drummer Dave Laing. In a 4 star review, All About Jazz called Opening Statement “strong-minded, well-spoken and worth relishing many more times than once.”
Sam’s sophomore album, High and Low is set for a 2018 release on Cellar Live, this time in an organ trio featuring New York based organist Ben Paterson, with Dave Laing returning on drums. Meanwhile, he maintains an active performance schedule with several weekly residencies in Montreal and frequent appearances elsewhere in Quebec and Ontario. Spring 2018 will also see Sam’s first tour of the west coast.
Sam completed an Undergraduate degree in Jazz Performance at McGill University in 2016 with Outstanding Achievement and Dean’s Honour List standings. He has also been the recipient of several awards and scholarships including the Oliver Jones Jazz Scholarship from Vanier College, the David Moyse Guitar Scholarship from McGill, an Artist Development Grant from FACTOR and the Julian Award of Excellence from CJSF 90.1FM.
Dru Jacey Presents: Baby Labour wsg Animatist & VERSA
July 21, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Free food with admission
(Vegan friendly options available)
(pssst…The tacos are all vegan…sshh…)
Capping off their newest album release tour, Baby Labour is playing their last show here, at Silence.
Progressive experimental Indie fans, heed the following…
“When I first heard Guelph native band ‘Baby Labour’, the experience I had could be described as such:
like being struck by a cargo train full of hawaiian print T-shirts propelled by a rupturing dam through a rip in the space-time continuum, where a hydra beast with the heads of a ranting Pythagoras, rambling Tesla and alternate reality zombie version of Flea from RHCP lectured me on the importance of critical thinking whilst treating me to a luncheon of Beethoven score sheets and mustard. “
Silence Presents: Sandro Manzon w/ Nick Zubeck & Friends
July 8, 2018
Sandro Manzon is a Canadian musician/composer (formerly The Tender Threads) founded in 2013. This lounge-rock four piece originated in Ontario, Canada and has since spent time living and working on developing his music and performance throughout Europe, Asia and North America.
Sandro Manzon engages with a variety of disparate musical genres such as lounge-rock, experimental, contemporary classical, traditional folk, country, among others.
Sandro is also an active composer of concert and film music, and has worked on a multitude of short films, animated shorts, documentaries etc. His concert music has been played throughout Canada, and at festivals in Europe and Asia.
Nick Zubeck is a songwriter, guitarist, singer, teacher and recording artist from Toronto, and is currently living and working in Guelph, Ontario. He has recorded and released five full length albums under his own name, and has been involved with many other artists and projects over the last 15+ years.
As a guitarist and sideman, Nick has contributed to many projects including Polmo Polpo, Barzin, Great Lake Swimmers, Old Maps, and Western Terrestrial. Nick was hired to play with Sun Kil Moon in 2014, and has since toured Europe, Asia and the U.S. multiple times, playing Pitchfork Festival, Newport Folk Festival, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, La Route De Rock, and many other festivals and concert halls.
Pipedown! Presents: Ostrich Bouquet w Oddsfische & Dru Jacey
July 6, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Tickets $10 at the door.
“Ostrich Bouquet is a psychedelic post-rock melange from Montreal.
Their debut EP, “On Time, as Usual”, was released in November 2017. The seven-track EP is as smooth a listen as you can get, mixing elements of jazz, ambient, and experimental music.
If you enjoy the worlds of Tame Impala, Radiohead, and The Beatles, dip into these tunes and space out for a little.
The first track and title track is a creative preface to the EP. Containing a speech given by former Mayor of Montreal Jean Drapeau in which he mentions the title of the album, it makes for a cool title-drop moment. From there, the grooves begin with the second song “Empty Streets.” With this song you get your first taste of vocals in the style of Kevin Parker (Tame Impala). With some warm tones and smooth jazz grooves, the track is a super comfortable and relaxing listen. It ends by melting away seamlessly into the next song.
These seamless transitions really help the album flow and carry you through.
If you are a fan of the prolific King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, a must-listen for any psychedelic trippers and a band that has really mastered this type of smooth transition (see their album I’m In Your Mind Fuzz as a wicked example), then Ostrich Bouquet will most likely be something you will like as well.
The Ostrich Bouquet trip continues ever so delicately throughout the entire EP with songs like “November 3” and “Could Never Do.”
The quality of this recording is crisp and well mixed, leaving you with an end product that has an effect similar to ASMR. These polished sounds are the work of Davide Ventulieri on bass and vocals, Jeremy Bozzo on guitars, Kyle Podwalski on synths and guitars, and Michael Tomizzi on drums.
The quartet delivers an impressive debut effort with this EP. With some ideas heavily rooted in their musical influences, it will be interesting to see the group branch out and develop their sound over time. If it is approached and executed with the finesse and vision of this first release, their next release is sure to be tasty and tight…”
In the summer of 2016, the inception of OddsFiche commenced with the release of “Ninth Eyelid Atelier”, followed by “Soundtracks for Cemeteries”-conceptual albums full of: Space Rock, Kosmische, Krautrock and Progressive elements.
The real beginning was back in 2007 with the release of “Chateau d’Hiver” under a different name, “Wulfila”, with an album that stretched musical composition and imagination to great lengths and influences from the German rock scene of the late sixties, early seventies.
The sound went silent for several years until the summer of 2016. In late 2016, OddsFiche released “Cut Myself Shaving” and two EPs of outtakes and remixes from previous records.
A series of ten shows in 2016 on the “Subtle Grenade Spiral Tour” saw OddsFiche as a solo artist debuting the offbeat stylings and sounds that have not been absorbed by an audience before and resulting in a mixed review of people liking it and people not sure of it because it went outside the box, against the grain and delved deep into unconventional use of recognizable instruments.
A short mini tour in 2017, “The Toaster Cabbage Tour” saw OddsFiche venture in to the heart of Toronto to play to a more strict audience of listeners who again had not heard the style of OddsFiche before.
With the release of, “Cone of Shame”, “Seafood Bubblegum” and “Clothes Pins for Rich People” saw the sound grow more improvisational and conceptual along with some heavier pieces in the realm of progressive sound. Seems the psychedelic sounds of the London and Berlin underground of the late 60’s had been somewhat forgotten as the bands that revolutionized that sound had moved on to more commercial successes and people clung to those more popular records leaving behind what OddsFiche was bringing back to the foreground, those deep rooted sounds of psychedelia.
2017 also saw the growth of the band in to a trio and the furtherexpansion of sound with a drummer and bassist completing the lineup. A brief interlude with the attempt to acquire a keyboardist, the band abandoned the idea in favour for the trio of sound they had created
Working on developing the new sound and style the band focused on developing a strong design for the conceptual piece whilst remaining true to the psychedelic sound of the late 60’s. Sound expansion and theatre of the mind are two key components to the OddsFiche
signature. By late summer, new songs were emerging and older pieces were getting a new lease on life with a revamping of their sound and design- while maintaining identity.
Early March 2018 saw the release of “Can’t Autograph a Snowball”, the first full length album as the new OddsFiche band. The album contained only one song from the old guard that had been revamped and was more powerful than ever along with four
April saw the start of the “Points on a Circle Tour”with their debut live performance at the Amsterdam Bicycle Club in Toronto, Ontario. Currently, the band is working on new material again as well as improving some older pieces.
All of OddsFiche’s music can be found on their BandCamp site:
YouTube Channel: Progbeawr831
Silence Presents: Mapstone wsg/Jsun
July 5, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Tickets $15 at Eventbrite
Mapstone have quickly emerged onto the roots music scenes in Australia, Canada and Bali. Their positive blend of conscious roots music, reggae, folk and world tones has already seen them share the stage with Nahkoand medicine for the people, Dustin Thomas, the Beautiful Girls, Murray Kyle and old friends Buckman Coe.
The band’s dynamic repertoire and intriguing blend of voice, didgeridoo, percussion, guitars and harmonies gives them a unique ability to elevate and inspire any crowd. Big stage Festivals, busy pubs, yoga centres, theatres, and dance floors. Wherever and whenever it is, the spirit and the energy are strong.
Mapstone have recently played prestigious festivals such as Woodford folk festival, Bali spirit festival, Island vibe festival, Byron Bay Spirit Festival, Island Elements Festival, Blessed Coast Festival, Cranfest, Falls Festival, and Byron Bay Surf Festival. In support of their 2 albums, EP, and singles, Mapstone have toured Australia, Canada, Bali, England and Sri Lanka, and will be on the road again in 2018.
Their most recent releases “Spirit Songs” album and new singles “Change” and “Tribal Nation” have all been praised and acknowledged as heartfelt and uplifting works. Working with sought after producers OJ Newcomb, Paulie B and Murray Kyle, Mapstoneʼs music continues to grow and inspire. The early months of 2018 have seen Mapstone complete their “Honouring Our Elders” tour which travelled across Canada, Australia and Bali. The summer months of the Northern hemisphere will see the band on the road to promote their new “singles” as part of their “Protectors Of The Sacred” tour.
“Mapstoneʼs conscious rootʼs music is infectious to the soul, uplifting andleaves you calling for more. Full of joy, depth, inspiration and spirit, this isa band on a mission with enough heart to see it through. Do yourself afavour and experience this musical medicine.”
-Phat Magazine Byron Bay
With every shift comes the ripple, and when jSun’s Reggae-and-Folk-infused soulful vibe washes over you, you can feel a call for change in the musical tide. Now when you think of a Changemaker, you might not be expecting the gently-smiling soft-spoken J, you might be expecting a militant firebrand. However, he has found his own way of making waves.
Just as every shift causes ripples, with every ripple comes the shift, and J, also known as jSun has taken time to learn the turning of the world according to these tides. When he emerged from the Toronto scene, he was more of the militant firebrand you would have expected – he still has an appreciation and a place for his ‘Songs of Past’ that shaped his early shift away from the superficial glitz and glamour of a blossoming modeling and acting career. The songs focused on “real talk and raw honesty about social and cultural injustice,” says Jsun. “…..ultimately, they were messages of unity…..”
Through exploring nature within and around, like the mystics of old, realizations manifested through journeying with the shifts and ripples of nature’s rhythm. The collection of songs entitled ‘Outback’ chronicles travels through South Africa, Barbados, Indonesia, Australia, South America and Hawaii. Jsun became internationally influenced, and educated to the experiences of aboriginals the world over. The ripples of world travel causing another shift. This time towards a reconnection to nature through music and meditation “Our nature’s song is medicine for the mind” says J. “When I’m connecting with this energy, it feels like that’s what I’m here to do. It guides the flow of everything else“. The music became influenced by his encounters with the luminosity and divine beauty of the natural world.
The waves eventually brought him to the South-Western Ontario where he settled into a new rhythm and began connecting with community musically, socially, and spiritually. Having had the opportunity to perform with the likes of Sam Gilly from Burning Spear and the legendary Errol Blackwood, as well being a part of Xavier Rudd’s album ‘Spirit Bird’, jSun’s sense of himself as an artist and as a messenger of reconciliation with nature grew. Thus emerged the ‘J’ album; a mixture of both solo and collaborative flows that typify his intuitive approach to the art. He then connected with other local musicians as to create the five-song EP, ‘Irie’ that was released in 2013. Lately jSun has ventured into an analogue studio to record some solo/duo mellow vibes. The result of these sessions is a 10 song CD called ‘Mellow Moods’ available spring 2016.
The firebrand had transformed into the Changemaker – all of the ripples, all of the shifts are now a part of a natural frequency that J captures effortlessly and passionately in his music – his entire journey reflected in his rhythm and verse. We are invited to tune into nature’s channel collectively; synchronizing with the luminosity and beauty of the natural world. It is his hope that we will all rise up in harmony, as individuals and as a collective, in a way that promotes inner and outer peace, stability and balance. “As we nourish our nature, our nature nourishes us,” says jSun. “May we continue to inspire each other. May we rise each day simply knowing and being our purpose; each day is a gift, live it fully and feel it lift.”
PipeDown! Presents: RubēHill wsg Deanna Petcoff & Mount Mural
June 30, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Tickets $10 at the door
What Alex Stavropoulos-Laurie ultimately set out to attain when he embarked upon his upcoming project was to seize the freedom to write and produce music on terms dictated by no one but himself.
He’s calling this solo act of defiance RubēHill (pronounced Ru-bee-hill), a name taken from the main character of Flannery O’Connor’s short story “A Stroke of Good Fortune”. There was something in the internal and contemplative nature of O’Connor’s prose and the title character’s continuous fixation on anxieties that resonated deeply with him.
Explorations of human behaviour and the darker nature of the mind were concepts Alex sought to infuse into to his own songs.
Upon an initial listen of RubēHill’s second single, titled Apartment, you get the sense that he’s tapped into a special class of alternative music. By alternative I don’t mean the genre as a whole— more-so in the innovative divergence from the norm that he’s taken in the song’s unconventional structure and bold changes in tempo.
His lyrics carry a sense of entrapment with an unfulfilled need to break free:
“If I leave this room it means I’ve made it out of a tar pit / roll me up in a carpet / please, someone get me out of this apartment…”
Alex bellows out in the sinister and epic outro.
There’s an overtone of ambiguity in his words that leaves you longing for an album of songs just like it, or at the very least another verse of Apartment.
Among the luminaries for Alex’s desire to create something different are Frank Ocean’s “Blond”, A Tribe Called Quest’s “We Got It From Here… Thank You For Your Service” and the Gorillaz “Demon Days” , records he says are:
“all stunning examples of creative freedom in the world of contemporary music”.
The eclectic blend of genres within each of these records helped define the genesis of RubēHill, but it isn’t just the sonic eccentricities that have inspired the project; he also sees great value in the collaborative approach that these artists have adhered to-the process of a range of artists from different backgrounds working towards a greater common goal.
It’s a philosophy that Alex continues to implement in his inner circle of Toronto-based friends: a group of tightly-knit and exceedingly talented musicians seeking to nourish the collective approach.
Alex speaks in earnest of the faith he has in the intelligence of his audience and rejects the notion that people will only be interested if the music adheres to certain set of rules and limitations.
If the versatility of “Apartment” is any indication of what lies ahead, Rubēhill has seemingly given birth to a rare form of being: a sound that’s singularly his own.
The word that jumps to mind when hearing Deanna Petcoff’s music for the first time is “yearning”.
Although yearning is a verb, not an adjective, it is the closest thing that can describe the hold her music takes on the listener.
The warmth and texture of her sweeping vocals intertwined with the almost playful blueness of her lyrics fills the listener with a sense of intense longing, and reveals to us a worldview that is full of pain at the loss of love, and full of hope for something more beautiful.
Petcoff grew up worshipping the music of David Bowie, Joan Jett, Lou Reed, and Patti Smith. These musicians, among many others, inspired her to first pick up a guitar and start to play.
This fire grew and was fostered by the women at Girl’s Rock Camp Toronto, which she first attended in 2011. It was there she began her musical career, being paired with many mentors and starting her first band, Pins & Needles, a four-piece based in Toronto.
She continued to play with them for 5 years across Canada, and co-wrote two albums with the group.
For Petcoff, this band spanned her high school years and was a chance to grow, play, and experiment, finding her voice among others in the city.
In January 2018, Pins & Needles disbanded, leading to the beginning of Petcoff’s solo career, and the creation of her first single.
The track, Terribly True, starts softly, almost as if Petcoff is telling us about her day, through a simple hook and sunny guitar. Right when we are pulled in by the story (a woman in love, puzzled by her own mind), the unexpected happens:
the heavy hit of the crash bursts into the melancholy cry of Petcoff’s melody.
Petcoff doesn’t shy away from the heartbreak that inspired this record. Her lyrics are about her own tumultuous relationships and those of the people closest to her. Petcoff’s lyrical prowess comes not from the stories she tells, but from the characters she creates.
Women who are “the manifestation of trust issues”, or are “hardwired to feel like [they’re] boring,” and men who want to be superstars, firefighters, but seem to not hold on long enough to love her.
While the sorrow of these people, caught in this endless yearning, can seem almost tragic, Petcoff manages to do it all with a sense of refreshing self-awareness:
a beachy guitar, a chugging tempo, and a sly smile.
Weaving these characters into the juxtaposing musical tones tells the stories of broken people frantically searching for hope again.
This is what makes Petcoff’s music, as well as her performances, so compelling.
With introspection and creative transmutation being the group’s modus operandi, Mount Mural takes the time to look within themselves to better evoke each individual member’s complex amalgam of idiosyncrasies- elements paramount to the manifesting of their inner workings and fantastic dreams into soundscapes.
Mount Mural’s musical space (first started in a small, northern Ontario cottage home) is created by far cries of distant acoustic guitar reverb with embellishing delays, tastefully laced together over intricate, nonpareil drumming styles.
The atmosphere created by Mount Mural subsumes the listener, drawing them out of physical reality for an entrancing ride through sound.
Within the small Ontario cottage walls, in it’s final stages of production- the band’s newest song, titled“There is a Better Place” will be wrapped up and released June 2018.
Silence Presents: Audio Book with Charles Spearin & Tamara Williamson
June 28, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Tickets $20 at Eventbrite
Charles Spearin is a multi-instrumentalist who has been an active and influential member of Canada’s independent music community since the mid 1990’s. He is primarily known as a founding member of the instrumental post-rock ensemble Do Make Say Think and an original member of the indie-rock collective Broken Social Scene. Spearin’s most recent work – his first solo album – innocently titled “The Happiness Project” centers around recorded conversations with his downtown neighbours and plays with the cadence of their voices as though they were songs.
The inspiration behind this new project comes partly from his love of music and fascination with sound and partly from his experience and education in Buddhism. Charles was raised with a blind, Buddhist father and, before the birth of his own two children and subsequent familial responsibilities, dedicated much of his time to studying Buddhist philosophy and practicing meditation (including annual retreats in meditation centers, monasteries and solitary cabin-retreats).
Buddhist practice puts emphasis on analyzing the nature of one’s own awareness and experience through study, contemplation and meditation, and often includes long periods of silence and reflection. Returning home to ordinary life and ordinary conversation after extended periods of quiet is what brought Spearin’s attention to what would be the focus of this new album: The natural, unselfconscious, music of speech. By replicating the rising and falling of the recorded voices on different instruments Spearin, in true Buddhist form, attempts to illuminate some of the beauty of ordinary life.
Spearin has performed snippets of his new project while on tour with Broken Social Scene and Do Make Say Think and is now preparing a live version the Happiness Project for a few select performances this spring.
Tamara Williamson has been a mainstay in the Toronto music scene since the early 90’s. She released 3 albums with her band Mrs. Torrance on the major label BMG. Mrs. Torrance toured extensively in Canada opening for such acts as Oasis, The Beautiful South, Talk Talk, and Jewel. They toured with bands such as The Crash Test Dummies, The Pursuit of Happiness, The Waltons, The Rheostatics, Hayden and King Cobb Steelie. Mrs. Torrance were pushed to radio with their single “Porn” and were on Much Music rotation.
In 2000 Mrs. Torrance disbanded and Tamara started a solo career. Her music is ethereal and sensitive. Using many effects and layers she was one of the first artists to start live looping and was known for her experimentation using both vocal effects and looping. Tamara was featured in The New Music Show in 2000 and her first independent single went into rotation on MUCH Music. Her first recording “Nightmare on Queen Street” was very well received and Tamara played at many folk festivals such as Hillside, The Regina Folk Festival, and NXNE. She also went down the West Coast touring with Bob Wiseman and Matt Nathensen.
In 2003 Tamara was voted fourth best concert of the year by NOW magazine ahead of Green Day, and behind Bjork.
Tamara is the only voice until this year to be recorded on a Do Make Say Think album. She also fronted the trip hop band Microbunny, which won the CBC new band search in 2002.
In 2006 Tamara signed to a French label and toured France extensively as part of “Le Femme S’en Mêlent” tour. She played alongside Feist and Shannon Wright. She was interviewed and recorded live to French National Radio. She also played shows in Spain and Italy.
From 2007 until 2016 Tamara has released four albums and toured in Canada and France. In 2015 Tamara started focusing on playing smaller more intimate festivals and venues such as house concerts.
Tamara was recently featured in the Globe and Mail Broadsheet, an end of year collection of songs written about 2014. Tamara’s song “The Next One” is about women coming forward to speak out about their experiences of sexual harassment and violence and was recorded with the band Absolutely Free. This song was released on a compilation put out by the label Arts and Crafts. Her latest album “Sister Mother Daughter Wife” pays homage to women survivors from around the world.
Tamara is a member of the Canadian Alternative Cover band AVRO, and recently started a ukelele duo project, CROW, with the amazing songwriter Patty Ewaschuk.
Tamara lives in Uxbridge with her son Angus where she has a business creating music for dressage horses. She also paints and has recently commissioned her paintings to The True North Records/Gallery.
“In Toronto in the late 1990’s there was an intelligent, unassuming, earnest musical force that cut right to my heart. Tamara Williamson was no small influence on me and I am thrilled and relieved that she’s making music again.”
– Charles Spearin, Broken Social Scene.
“Someone who can take a room and transpose it onto another plane, a voice without restrictions.”
– Martin Tielli (Rheostatics)
“I’ve admired Tamara for years; she cut a certain path of determination for me by having musical conviction long before I understood those stakes for myself.” – Feist Charles Spearin
Silence Presents: Sick Boss w/Lisen Rylander Löve
June 18, 2018
“SICK BOSS consistently delves deep beyondmusical boundaries, blurring borders between genres, and scenes.”– DiscorderMagazine
Drawing from creative improvisation, folk,and Hendrix, guitarist Cole Schmidt, bassist James Meger and drummerDan Gaucher, travel from Vancouver with an unafraid collage of big bold ideasthat’ll carry listeners to unexpected places. For this performance they will bemeeting again with Lisen Rylander Löve from Gothenburg, Sweden.
Cole Schmidt: guitar + fx
James Meger: bass + fx
Dan Gaucher: drums+ fx,
Peggy Lee: cello
JP Carter: trumpet + fx
Tyson Naylor: synthesizer, organ+ piano+ accordion+ fx
Jeremy Page: clarinet
In its sinuous melodies and complex rhythms, SICK BOSS immediately calls to mind composer Cole Schmidt’s work in Juno-award winning outfit Pugs and Crows. Yet, the frenetic swirl of creative improvisation, rock, folk and modern jazz hints at the many voices propelling the material.
The songbook grew from weekly residencies in a pair of Vancouver bars, where guest artists were invited to sit in with core members Schmidt, bassist James Meger and drummer Daniel Gaucher, who also contribute compositions to the project. Sometimes, this process was incredibly spontaneous, involving musicians who hadn’t played together before improvising for an entire evening. At other times, the trio collaborated with their guests to prepare entire programs of original music. The debut record features great playing by a sextet of key voices from the West Coast creative music scene, alongside aching vocal spots by Debra-Jean Creelman and Molly Guldemond, popularly known for their work with Mother Mother.
The initial material for the debut, self-titled album by SICK BOSS was recorded nearly two years ago in a whirlwind session at Vancouver’s Warehouse Studios. What followed was at least 50 hours of overdubs, creating a massive bank of composed and improvised material that was treated to a year of analogue and digital editing and experimentation before the finalized arrangements were passed to Toronto’s Sandro Perri for mixing. The big, bold music that emerged from this process never stops moving, creating a rugged collage of ideas and references that evokes Captain Beefheart’s relentless experimentalism. Yet, the unruly freak-outs and driving melodies frequently give way to moments of exquisite fragility, recalling both the complicated melancholy of Elliot Smith and the woven compositions of Radiohead. The record broadcasts conceptual urgency, decisively pulling the ear through lush chamber landscapes to unrepentant psych-rock. It’s in these frequent moments of radical juxtaposition that SICK BOSS reveals its true edge: though two years of refinement have given the work a lot of polish, this is a band that will always agitate for creative upheaval.
Lisen Rylander Löve
Lisen Rylander Löve is an internationally acclaimed Swedish musician and composer who inhabits a unique territory between jazz, electronic music, and improvisation. Her singular sound melds saxophone and voice with live electronics to create compelling soundscapes.
Silence Presents: Monicker
June 17, 2018
Doors at 2 PM
Concert at 2:30 PM
Tickets $15 at the door
Monicker (Arthur Bull, Scott Thomson, Roger Turner) to tour Eastern Canada, June 2018
The international, intergenerational, improvising trio, Monicker, will play seven concerts in four Canadian provinces, 16-23 June.
Drummer Roger Turner (London, UK) is a legend in the field of creative improvised music, having played far and wide since the early 1970s with incredible collaborators including, notably, Cecil Taylor, Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Annette Peacock, and Min Tanaka. He first played with guitarist Arthur Bull (Digby Neck, NS) in 2002 at a workshop at the Guelph Jazz Festival, and the two have reconvened to play duo concerts periodically ever since. In 2017, they invited trombonist Scott Thomson (Montreal), a key figure from a younger generation of Canadian creative musicians, to form a trio during a Halifax residency. From there Monicker’s fully improvised music forged its distinct artistic signature: Propulsive, dynamic, challenging, full of forward momentum, and obliquely tuneful as it artfully side-steps the pitfall clichés of generic free jazz. This Eastern Canadian tour will represent both a consolidation and the further development of this music, to the benefit of listeners in the locales along the way.
16 June, 8pm –– Hamilton ON, Something Else! Festival, https://zulapresents.org
17 June, 2:30pm –– Guelph ON, Silence, http://www.silencesounds.ca
18 June, 9pm –– Montreal QC, Suoni per il Popolo Festival, https://suoniperilpopolo.org
20 June, 8pm –– Ottawa ON, General Assembly (presented by IMOO) http://www.improvisedmoo.com
21 June, 8pm –– Québec QC, Librarie St-Jean-Baptiste (presented by Musique pas d’air)
22 June, 8pm –– Fredericton NB, Venue TBA
23 June, 8pm –– Halifax NS, 1313 Hollis, presented by suddenlyListen, http://www.suddenlylisten.com
Roger Turner, drums
Roger Turner has been working as an improvising percussionist since the early 1970s, collaborating in numerous established and ad hoc configurations. He has focused on solo work, work with electro-acoustic ensembles, open-form song, as well as extensive work with dance and visual artists. Specific jazz-based ensembles have led to collaborations with the most interesting European and international musicians and performers including Annette Peacock, Phil Minton, Cecil Taylor, Masahiko Satoh, Charles Gayle, Lol Coxhill, Derek Bailey, Otomo Yoshihide, Alan Silva, Keith Rowe, Josef Nadj, Min Tanaka, Toshinori Kondo, and Axel Dorner. He has toured and played concerts worldwide from Sydney to the Arctic, Tokyo to Belfast, New York to Beirut.
Arthur Bull, guitar
Arthur Bull is a veteran musician of the improvising music scene. Formerly the guitarist with The Bill Smith Ensemble, Bull has also played extensively with Paul Dutton, David Prentice, Michael Snow, John Oswald and John Heward, and he has performed in concert with Derek Bailey, Roscoe Mitchell and Roger Turner. He is also a poet, with three books published, and a translator from the Chinese. Originally from Ontario, Bull now lives in Sandy Cove, Nova Scotia, with his artist and musician wife, Ruth Bull.
Scott Thomson, trombone
Scott Thomson is an improvising trombonist and composer. He works extensively with singer and dance artist, Susanna Hood, and writes songs for her based on published authors’ texts to be played in many contexts, from duo to octet and sometimes including Susanna’s choreography. Scott co-founded the Association of Improvising Musicians Toronto (AIMToronto) in 2004 and served as a director until 2009, and co-directed the AIMToronto Orchestra, formed for a project with Anthony Braxton in 2007. In 2016, he convened the Montreal-Toronto Art Orchestra to play Roscoe Mitchell’s music. He founded Somewhere There, a Toronto creative music venue that hosted 850 concerts during his tenure, 2007-10. Scott has composed a series of site-specific works, ‘cartographic compositions’ for mobile musicians and audiences in unconventional performance contexts including, notably, the National Gallery of Canada; the Art Gallery of Ontario; and Montréal’s Vieux Port and Parc La Fontaine. He programs the Guelph Jazz Festival.
Silence Presents: The R&B Jazz Songbook ft. Carlos Morgan
June 9, 2018
Multi-award winning recording artist, Carlos Morgan, makes his debut performance inside “Silence” performing R&B and pop songs with Jazz interpretations and stylings.
Morgan, along with “The Soul Patrol Jazz Group”; Darryl Joseph Dennie (Piano, Arranger & Musical Director), Roger Williams (Upright Bass) and Chris Wallace (Drums) perform classic and timeless songs from artists including Prince, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder and Barbara Streisand.
Morgan will also perform some of his favorite Jazz standards and his award winning original songs.
Silence Presents: Amos Hoffman & Noam Lemish Quartet
June 7, 2018
The Amos Hoffman & Noam Lemish Quartet offers an inspired blend of jazz and Jewish folk melodies. Amos Hoffman is an internationally renowned oud virtuoso and innovator; Noam Lemish is a multi-faceted, world-class pianist and composer. For years, Amos and Noam have been collecting Jewish melodies from different parts of the world including Kurdish, Yemenite, Moroccan, Ladino, Russian and Israeli songs. The quartet’s lyrical and vibrant reimaginings of beloved Jewish melodies have been captivating audiences all across North America. This concert is part of a tour celebrating the release of their new album Pardes.
Amos Hoffman is an Israeli jazz Oudist and Guitarist known worldwide as a pioneer in fusing the rhythms and melodic themes of the Middle East with Modern Jazz. Hoffman started playing guitar at the age of 6, and oud a few years later. He studied guitar privately, and later attended the prestigious Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem. His search for new musical experiences led him first to Amsterdam, and then to New York City, where he played jazz with both established musicians and up and coming talents like Jason Lindner, bassist Avishai Cohen, and Claudia Acuna. To date, Hoffman has recorded 5 solo albums, The Dreamer (1999), Na’ama (2006), Evolution (2008) Carving (2010) and Back to the City (2015). He has also contributed on dozens more for artists in Israel and worldwide including Avishai Cohen, Kiko Berenguer (Spain), and Jan Mlynarski (Poland). In 2013 Amos was awarded one of Israel’s most prestigious prizes – The Landau Prize for Arts and Sciences for outstanding achievement in the field of Jazz. Now based in the U.S., Hoffman looks forward to creating new musical adventures and reaching an even larger audience.
Noam Lemish is an Israeli-American jazz pianist and composer currently based out of Toronto, Canada. He has appeared in numerous performances across the US, Canada, Europe, Israel, and in Bhutan having played and performed with such musicians as: Sheila Jordan, John Handy, Julian Lage, James Newton, Dayna Stephens, Cameron Brown, George Marsh, Frances-Marie Uitti, Babatunde Lea and many others. He has several recordings to his credit, including The Turning (2016), The Magic Clavier Book I (2015), Nightfall (2013), The People’s King (2010) and Yes And (2008). His compositions include chamber, choral, piano, numerous jazz works and “The People’s King”: a commissioned multi-cultural suite in celebration the King of Bhutan’s 30th birthday composed while teaching music in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan in 2010. http://www.noamlemish.com/
Brock Holborn, Dan Pharaoh and Don Sawchuk
June 2, 2018
Advanced tickets $15 at: danpharoah.com
Come see Don Sawchuk, Dan Pharoah and Brock Holborn each playing their own tunes and covers as well! 3 acts for $15! Come on by and let music fill the silence of the night!
The Young Novelists
May 31, 2018
The Young Novelists are a Toronto-based band fronted by husband and wife Graydon James and Laura Spink. Since the band’s inception in 2009, they have played stages across the U.S. and Canada, released three full-length albums, won numerous awards and continuous praise for their unmatched, effortless harmonies. Their last record “made us strangers” landed them a Canadian Folk Music Award for New/Emerging Artist, a nomination for Vocal Group of the Year, and reached top 20 on both !earshot and Stingray Music (formerly Galaxie) folk charts. With a sound that has been compared to everyone from The Band to ‘pre-weirdness’ Wilco, the band’s personal mission is to create sad songs for happy people — whether that means a nostalgic ballad or an upbeat anthem, The Young Novelists’ ability to tell familiar stories with a modern folk edge make them, and their songs, instant classics.
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May 27, 2018
On February 13, 2017 Jordan Heaney wrote and recorded, “Cuz You’re My Girl” for his girlfriend as a Valentine’s Day gift.
Not thinking much, it was uploaded to Soundcloud under the moniker Yung Heazy. The track went on to amass over four million streams in a few months with international interest following.
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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
A two-piece from Kingston, ON, PAPER LADIES offer indie rock built on droning bass, dripping reverb, and lo-fi grit. Wrought with dance grooves and hearty pop sensibilities, PAPER LADIES hope get the crowd swayin’ hips, tappin’ toes, and cuttin’ rugs, if only for a night.”
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Silence Presents: Kitchen Orkestra
April 20, 2018
Silence welcomes Kitchen Orkestra back to Guelph! Influenced by tastes of Balkan, Celtic, Bluegrass, and Latin music, Toronto-based Kitchen Orkestra engages, entertains, and entices audiences with surprising Folk arrangements and lively original music. Proud of their unique mix of fiddle, mandolin, vocals, upright bass, cajon, and percussion, these four inspired musicians enjoy testing the creative possibilities of their instruments and combining them artfully, cooking thoughtful blends of grooves, textures, instrumental melodies, and vocals.
Silence Presents: The LYNNeS
April 19, 2018
The LYNNeS are Juno award winning songwriter Lynn Miles and award-winning songwriter Lynne Hanson. The two Canadian heartbreak poets are multi-instrumentalists (piano, acoustic, electric guitar, mandolin), fusing tight vocal harmonies with hauntingly gritty lyrics. Individually they have toured North America and Europe, and their debut album Heartbreak Song For The Radio will be released February 2018.
Silence Presents: Lydia Persaud
April 14, 2018
Raised on a healthy dose of the country music narrative and the spiritual motivation of gospel hymns, Lydia Persaud is reconnecting with her roots with her debut EP “Low Light”. Winner of the 2013 Oscar Peterson Award, Lydia has had an active involvement in the Toronto music scene since her graduation from Humber College’s Jazz program.
April 13, 2018
You may have seen Toronto’s Brandon Valdivia with artists like Not the Wind, Not the Flag, Above Top Secret or Lido Pimienta. MAS AYA may, however, be where Brandon shines brightest. Exploring elements of percussion and meditation, MAS AYA evokes free jazz, afrobeat and tropicalia, spinning it in its own distinct way. With 2017’s Nikan blowing our minds, we can’t wait for MAS AYA to step on stage at Kazoo! Fest.
Castle If feels like an intergalactic ride through the cosmos. Self-described as “retro-futuristic, cosmic exotica,” the pulsing yet mellow analog synths will lead you into a trance. With a nod to Cocteau Twins and This Mortal Coil, Castle If is an infectious trip. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to experience space disco at its finest.
Voices Together – Rise Up Singing
April 12, 2018
Annie Patterson & Peter Blood, the creators of Rise Up Singing and their 2015 sequel Rise Again are coming to Guelph! This will be a singalong concert with Annie & Peter and special guests Sam Turton, James Gordon and Katherine Wheatley (all Guelphites who have songs in the book) performing and leading songs out of Rise Again.
Edge of Dylan
March 31, 2018
Please join us as Chris Shook performs the music of Bob Dylan.
March 30, 2018
‘Electric Gas’ is a Kitchener / Guelph based songwriting duo consisting of Jay Carraro and Chris Dallan.
Silence Presents: Zero Point
Zero Point’s music is entirely improvised, sometimes giving the impression of a known melody or a sound mass, similar to what the spectral music can evoke. Just like Ornette Coleman, Albert Ayler and Eric Dolphy the musicians of this band can also be deeply anchored in the tradition of blues and bebop, which resurfaces in a pictorial and contrapuntal way.
Silence Presents: Ben Rosenblum Trio Featuring Sam Kirmayer: “Instead” Tour
March 18, 2018
Ben Rosenblum Trio featuring Sam Kirmayer: “Instead” Tour
Award-winning New York City jazz pianist Ben Rosenblum and his trio team up with Montreal native guitarist Sam Kirmayer for a concert that is part collaboration and part celebration of Ben’s most recent album, Instead.
Silence Presents: Avi Granite: 6
March 17, 2018
Avi Granite: 6 is an energetic group that focuses on improvisation and stylistic variety as their guiding principles. Their last album garnered critical acclaim including 4 stars in Downbeat Magazine, and they were also featured as part of the risings stars at the Montreal Jazz Festival.
Silence Presents: Hymns57 w/ The Odessa & Poly Trap Super Six
March 15, 2018
Guelph’s own Hymns57 is a soundscape venture project. Working with field recordings and samples. Manipulating live tape loops all while using guitar and a multitude of effects to create lush, blissed out sonic tapestry. Beginning with a single loop and building on top, each layer weaves a new dynamic and aural tether to these soundscapes. Formulated to immerse you, under a blanket of sound that leads your ears astray
Poly Trap Super Six is a collective of psychedelic musicians, video artists, and visual artists from Toronto, Canada. An exploratory concoction of ambient psychedelia, often times weaving itself into improv territory and reaching the outer limits of cosmic soundscapes before returning back to it’s roots and nestling you into the warmth of their enormous palette.
The Odessa is a duo comprised of Erik Culp (Ambisonic, Mind Of A Squid, Hollowphonic, The Atomic Cosmonaut) and Brandon Munro (The Basement Revolver, The Burning Hell, Nick Ferrio, Ptarmigan, Candle Cave Ensemble, Tin Vespers and various jazz configurations) Together the duo of the Odessa create cinematic post-rock passages that include exhilarating combination of written and improvised music.
Silence Presents: Yes Deer, with special guest Dan Loughrin
March 14, 2018
Yes Deer makes music through physical and intellectual rituals. As a band, they are engaged in the friction between intellect and libido, pre and post, and collectivism and individualism. The sound can be described as a massive cacophony of writhing textures, manic hammering and distorted screeching, or as the sound of enthusiastic despair.
It’s hard to describe what Dan does with the guitar. Mechanically it’s pretty easy: fingers on frets, a loose grasp of harmony and rhythm and some funny effects. But emotionally it’s a bit obtuse. It might be accurate to say that half of the time Dan’s playing comes from a celebratory space.
Silence Presents: Two Hours Early, Ten Minutes Late + Mars People: A celebration of the music of Ken Aldcroft
March 9, 2018
March 2018 will see a van load of adventurous musicians from both sides of the 49th parallel travel from Montréal through Southern Ontario in celebration of the late guitarist Ken Aldcroft, a long time leading figure in Canada’s creative music community.
Silence Presents: Corey Gulkin with Missy Bauman and JoJo Worthington
February 24, 2018
Multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Corey Gulkin,(formerly Corinna Rose), was named for the Bob Dylan version of an old folksong. However, upon first listen to her upcoming release, All the Things I’ll Forget, you will hear more of the influence of Owen Pallett or Joanna Newsom.
Missy Bauman blends the traditional values of folk with an alternative edge to create “dreamy drug folk” – a free spirited trouble maker fighting for peace and change.
JoJo Worthington is [A soft tour-de-force, the grand echo from the small sound, a burst of light from the centre of the room]
“Three In the Round” was born out of a series of Folk/Trad concerts held at Cambridge’s McDougall Cottage. Bob MacLean, former Musician In Residence at McDougall, assembled a series of evening programs at McDougall with his Folk/Traditional friends.
Silence Presents: David Essig
February 15, 2018
DAVID ESSIG was introduced to Canadian audiences in 1971 as a “talented newcomer” at the legendary Mariposa Folk Festival. Now, 40 years later, he enjoys an international career as one of Canada’s finest interpreters of original, contemporary folk music. Always paying homage to his roots in Bluegrass and Country Blues, David uses these traditions to create timeless new songs. He has released 20 albums over the course of his career.
Silence Presents: The Rob Gellner Tentet
February 11, 2018
Rob studied Composition at Wilfrid Laurier and has a B Mus in Composition. He has studied arranging privately with Rob McConnell as well as Mike Malone and Dave McMurdo for a number of years. Rob arranges for other groups in the area including a recent Jazz Room release of Jason Raso’s Funktet arranging 6 of the 8 songs on Jason’s album. Rob plays with and has arranged a number of songs for Big Band Theory on their album Evidence. Rob also released an album of his own of his Sextet called What If. This will be his 4th time at the Jazz Room as a leader and each time writes new music specifically for the show. There will be a variety of styles featured from Blues , Latin, Funk, and of course Jazz.
Willie P Bennett Tribute
February 3, 2018
Born in Toronto, Bennett was part of the 1970s folk music scene in Canada, alongside such figures as Bruce Cockburn, Stan Rogers and David Wiffen. He released his first single (“White Line”) in 1969 and his final solo album (the Juno Award–winning Heartstrings) in 1998, which subsequently won a 1999 Juno Award for Best Roots and Traditional Album – Solo.
Silence Presents: Daniel Champagne
February 1, 2018
The story goes that the young Australian singer, songwriter and one-of-a-kind guitar virtuoso first picked up his instrument of choice as a five-year-old following in the footsteps of a musical father. He began writing songs at 12, training classically throughout his teens and performing solo wherever he could, honing his craft and developing what would become the dynamite live show that he is renowned for today. At 18 he left school, turned professional and hit the road.
Silence Presents: Il-Dong Bae and Dong-Won Kim
January 24, 2018
Il-Dong Bae is highly regarded as one of Korea’s finest p’ansori singers. He has performed numerous concerts both internationally and within Korea. His extraordinary life story is featured in the documentary, Intangible Asset Number 82.
Dong-Won Kim is a Korean percussionist, vocalist, composer, and improviser. He has played in Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble and has studied Korean traditional music since 1984. Dong-Won Kim has performed at the Guelph JazzFest and was artists in residence at the University of Guelph.
Silence Presents: Larnell Lewis & Rich Brown with Jason Raso
January 20, 2018
Over the past two decades, eight albums and countless live performances, Jason Raso has shown that he not only has the skills to pay the bills, but more often than not, enough musical currency left over at the end of the month to make good on the debts other musicians have welched on.
Lewis.Brown is the new dynamic duo of drummer Larnell Lewis (Snarky Puppy, Fred Hammond, Lalah Hathaway), and electric bassist Rich Brown (Dapp Theory, Steve Coleman, Donny McCaslin). The 2 have formed an intense musical bond spanning well over a decade, and have developed a near psychic level of communication during that time. Both have expanded their traditional respective roles of drummer and bassist to include various types of electronics for this project.
DJ Hacker-Wright B2B Möglichkeit
January 19, 2018
Join us for a 3-hour exposition of mind-expanding experimental electronic music. DJ Hacker-Wright is a philosopher with an interest in sonic exploration through electronic music. His musical imagination is filled with a mix of techno, rap, and avant-garde classical music. He particularly delights in hypnotic dance music of techno artists like Vladislav Delay and Porter Ricks.
James Gordon and Jeff Bird: 40 Years Down In The Folk Mines
Sunday November 26, 2017
Yes, it was 40 years ago that two young U of G students met in the Carden Street Cafe, (which James happened to own )- and they started a musical friendship that has endured. They played as a duo for a year, then with Randy Sutherland formed Tamarack. Jeff left that band to join Cowboy Junkies, which is still going strong, and he’s played on many of James’ solo projects over the years. This anniversary concert will feature music that spans their entire musical journey together, along with road stories, surprises, and a stage-full of instruments. This promises to be a memorable evening!
Onion Honey and Shawna Caspi with Special Guest Keenan Reimer-Watts
Sunday November 19, 2017
Onion Honey makes folk music, sharp and sweet and mixed in are banjo and mandolin, washboard and double bass, fiddle and warm three-part harmonies. It’s a recipe for a great time and good for what ails, home-cooked comfort food for the ears. Dave Pike, Esther Wheaton, Keenan Reimer-Watts, Leanne Swantko and Stuart Cybulskie play new-time traditional and old-time originals and all-time favourites: mountain music as heard from the Grand River Valley. They have performed in dingy pubs and sunny cafés, folk festivals and country weddings, small-town castles and downtown galleries, and once a hot air balloon festival.
Toronto-based singer-songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist Shawna Caspi hadn’t done much travelling before tapering off a series of administrative jobs to start touring full-time. She had never even rented a car. She had never been camping before performing at the Blue Skies Music Festival in 2014.
Banjofest: The Slocan Ramblers
Friday November 17, 2018
Banjofest is presenting their first stand alone concert and it’s with one of Canada’s finest bluegrass bands- The Slocan Ramblers. These guys regularly tour Canada and the US and have even opened for Steve Martin! The date is Friday November 17th. at Silence. The Banjo Mechanics will be the opening act.
Pipe Down Presents: Boyscout
Friday November 10, 2017
A Toronto native, Peter Serrado blends notes of blues, soul, and twang. You can expect a subtle rasp and a powerful emotional range from this local up-and-comer. The band features Toronto musicians Tim Wilson (guitars), Jordan Quinn (bass), Greg Anzelc (percussion) and occasional special guest Christian Antonacci (trumpet). Expect a soulful blend of romance, and bare-bones rock n’roll from this upstart mosaic of musicians.
MiniFest with Ian Reid, David Lum and Outside The Box
Saturday November 4, 2017
Ian Reid’s unique songwriting style, warmth and humour continues to delight audiences everywhere. Living in small town Ontario with all it’s foibles infects his delightful tunes and can’t help but put a smile on your face.
Multi-instrumentalist David Lum found his way to Ontario from Vancouver via Winnipeg. Along with his exceptional guitar skills, magical songwriting and smooth vocal stylings, it’s impossible not to fall in love with his music.
Outside The Box consists of singer songwriter Peter Light, violist/vocalist Gwen Potter and bassist/guitarist David Lum (yes, the same David). Peter’s latest CD has been getting airplay on CBC as well as local radio. Be prepared, you never know what to expect from this eclectic trio. One minute a wee celtic tune, jazzy pop or perhaps an indie folk number. They’ll keep you on your musical toes.
The Universe Featuring Ray
Friday November 3, 2017
The Universe Featuring Ray is the soul creation of Ray Stern, who combines her art and music to produce a one-girl, one-of-a-kind live theatrical performance. The stage set up is equipped with multimedia art and stage props and Ray performs using a wireless head mic allowing her to move across the stage and bring life to each part of the dynamic music experience. Rays songs are clever and edgy but still have an underlying message of positivity and love. The wild energy and utter freedom Ray expresses is mesmerizing and will make you laugh, possibly cry and you will definitely have her tunes in your head on repeat, days after you catch the show.
Silence Presents: Kitchen Orkestra and CROW
Friday October 27, 2017
Influenced by tastes of Balkan, Celtic, Bluegrass, and Latin music,Toronto-based Kitchen Orkestra engages, entertains, and entices audiences with surprising Folk arrangements and lively original music. Proud of their unique mix of fiddle, mandolin, vocals, upright bass, cajon, and percussion, these four inspired musicians enjoy testing the creative possibilities of their instruments and combining them artfully, cooking thoughtful blends of grooves, textures, instrumental melodies, and vocals. By casting strong flavours and vivid stories into musical moods – ranging from danceable, to contemplative, to cinematic – Kitchen Orkestra delivers an engaging experience that will whet any musical appetite. This quirky Canadian folk quartet released their first album, Entree, as a heartfelt snapshot of the music the band has been creating and performing in the past year. While their repertoire is diverse, their performance ultimately offers a quality of raw danceability, musical expression, and sincere storytelling. A Kitchen Orkestra show is an entertaining and satisfying experience that often teeters on the interactive… a kitchen party is for all to sing and dance, after all!
Silence Presents: Christopher Dicran Hale & Ed Hanley
Thursday October 26, 2017
Chris Hale and Ed Hanley perform the classical and popular music of India, featuring sitar, voice, guitar and tabla. From the slow sensuous, improvisational development of authentic traditional north Indian raga music, to vintage Bollywood love songs sung in Hindi and Urdu, join us for a trip across India, and the ages.
Chris Hale grew up in Nepal and India, speaks fluent Hindi, and has studied classical sitar for over 30 years. Ed Hanley has played tabla for 27 years, and has studied with master drummers in Canada, California and across India.
Pipedown Presents: HIGHPARK
Friday October 20, 2017
HIGHPARK has been creating music in basements and living rooms around Guelph, Ontario. Mixing complex rhythms with compelling arrangements and distinct progressions, HIGHPARK aims to feed your head and confuse your feet. Driven by a need to challenge convention, there is a blend of darkness, depth and power which lend energy to a captivating live performance. Carefully crafted tones and thick layers contribute to a well rounded and textured sound. With a unique take on 4 piece alt-rock, HIGHPARK is Thomas Nagy-Zambo, Peter Spring, Andy Miller and Sean Warren.
Silence Presents: Man Forever
Monday October 9, 2017
Friday October 6, 2017
The trio features two of Chris’ favourite musicians: the infamously telepathic and in-demand Toronto double-bassist Jim Sexton and the most definitely Google-worthy Glen Hall on saxophone.
Kazoo! Presents: Jerusalem in My Heart & Scattered Clouds
Saturday September 30, 2017
Jerusalem In My Heart (JIMH) is a live audio-visual performance project, with Montréal-based producer and musician Radwan Ghazi Moumneh and Montréal-based filmmaker Charles-André Coderre at its core. Jerusalem In My Heart release their music on Montreal label Constellation Records. JIMH have released three studio albums, Mo7it Al-Mo7it (2013), If He Dies, If If If If If If (2015) and a self-titled album with Suuns, released on Secretly Canadian.
Thursday September 28, 2017
A Project: Humanity Production Embarks on a Fall 2017 National Tour featuring JUNO nominee Khari Wendell McClelland, JUNO nominee Tanika Charles and acclaimed Vancouver guitarist Noah Walker
Saturday September 23, 2017
KASHKA presents her new album, Relax. With special guests LCON.
Thursday September 21, 2017
Star Triptych is Elisa Thorn (harp), David Riddel (guitar) and Laura Swankey (voice). The trio explores lyrical melody, soundscape, and gesture through composition, improvisation, extended techniques and electronic effects. Bringing together their different musical backgrounds, the group features each of their unique styles and musical relationships.
The Apprehension Engine in Performance:
A Fundraiser in Support of Silence
What happens when you combine a Canadian composer (who specializes in horror film soundtracks) with a guitar maker who is respected around the world for his innovative approach to acoustic instruments?
The two performances will showcase the sonic possibilities of The Apprehension Engine within an ensemble of musicians adept at generating cinematic textures and timbres. In this Canadian premiere, Mark Korven will enter into a sonic dialogue with the Silence Collective and demonstrate his skills as a composer and improvisor through The Apprehension Engine. This evening will be of special appeal to film composers, recording engineers, music students, and concert-goers with an ear for the edgy.
Wednesday September 13, 2017
The Ugly Beauties Trio is a configuration of some of Canada’s top improvisers- Marilyn Lerner – piano, Matt Brubeck – cello and Nick Fraser drums. Named for Thelonius Monk’s composition Ugly Beauty, the trio’s music encompasses worlds of improvised music and modern jazz, with strong elements of contemporary classical music. With a repertoire consisting of an organic mixture of both written and improvised material the Ugly Beauties’ sound can best be described as abstract lyricism, with swing and groove as part of the mix!
Saturday September 9, 2017
A deep listening experience.
Impressionistic music. World sounds.
Fareed Haque and Goran Ivanovic Guitar Duo
Thursday July 27, 2017
Goran Ivanovic and Fareed Haque recorded two CDs together, Macedonian Blues and 7 Boats, to great critical acclaim, even getting the nod as top best acoustic guitar albums 2004 from acoustic guitar magazine. Both have both been so busy that they have not been able to play again together for years.
“We Are Women” Cabaret Show
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
WE ARE WOMEN
A Cabaret Show celebrating women!
We Are Women’s mission is to give back to local women’s charities as well as connect, empower and support women through song.
Three women bring us on a musical journey of the female experience through excerpts from the musical theatre repertoire of the past century. Their relationships as sisters, parents, children, friends and lovers carry us through questions and stories about love, marriage, envy, loss, passion for life, and womens’ desire for independence and recognition.
Manatee, Thunderbird, Anamatist
July 7, 2017
Thunderbird is a psychedelic/contemporary jazz quartet that coalesced out of Guelph ON’s vibrant music community in late 2012.
Anamatist is a 4-piece Post-Rock Sovereign Nation/Cult ready to destroy faces with supersonic vibrations and math homework.
Manatee is an 11-piece improvising ensemble that mixes wild sounds, danceable beats, massive horn lines, and audiences asclosely together as possible. The group uses hand signals to negotiate their way through improvised pieces of music, and invites audiences to control their music by learning and making those same signals.
William Parker & Patricia Nicholson Parker
June 30, 2017
William Parker and Patricia Nicholson make music, dance, poetry, as it comes through them, in order to uplift encourage and inspire the listener to enter the realm of their higher self. So they in turn may, in their own lives and work, act as a force for good. The ultimate goal of the art is for all who listen to it be filled with compassion.
June 29, 2017
Ensemble Atlantica presents Impressions: Ontario Tour 2017. Meet us at Silence Sounds in Guelph for our fourth performance of our tour. Join us for an evening of new sounds by young Canadian and international composers, along with a special piece featuring guest artist, clarinetist Jana Starling!
Our program, conducted by Baptiste Boiron, will consist of six new works of colourful variety by the following composers: Myles Skinner, James Lowrie, Jossée MacInnis, Pascal Bard, Abigail De Niverville and Baptiste Boiron. Expand your horizons and open your mind to an evening of contemporary music!
Ensemble Atlantica is an eclectic group of young aspiring musicians with goals of pursuing careers in the performing arts. Clarinetist and composer, Jossée MacInnis and, saxophonist and composer, Pascal Bard founded the ensemble in 2015 in hopes of fulfilling a creative calling as well as giving young composers an outlet to experiment.
Sean Hales Showcase
Friday June 16, 2017
Sean Hales is a Canadian musician from Guelph ON who is surfing the beautiful waves of music towards an acoustic-pop, alt-rock, hip-hop, mystery genre. This Sean Hales Showcase will include an acoustic hip hop focused performance and some other great local artists! Come out to enjoy good vibes, great music, wine & beer, and great friends. All artists, musicians, listeners, and friends are welcome to come out for a pint and some great music!
SlowPitchSound with Lybido and Gary Diggins
June 15, 2017
Together they combine music, dance and projected visuals to create a very unique experience. With clever visuals tricks, SlowPitchSound’s own style of turntable compositions and Libydo’s unique approach to dance, they take their passengers to new dimensions.
Joni NehRita with Lilly Mason
June 8, 2017
Toronto-born Jamaican-Canadian singer/songwriter Joni NehRita is not easily forgotten after seeing her live. Since re-locating to Guelph, this soul/jazz artist has become a staple on the local scene, known for steadily releasing great music, being fiercely loyal to her community and having a heck of a live show. It’s no surprise that she has become one of the Guelph/Waterloo Region’s best known and loved independent artists.
June 2, 2017
Saturday, June 3rd: Rankin/Robertson of “The Outside Track”, featuring Mairi Rankin, Cape Breton Fiddler Extraordinaire, and Ailie Robertson, Scottish Harp Wiz!Pulled together by the magnetic, globe-trotting compositions of Brian Pickell, the group combines the talents of Shane Cook, multiple winner of the Canadian and Grand Masters Fiddle Contests and the American Grand National; revered Ottawa multi-instrumentalist James Stephens on fiddle, mandolin, bass and viola; and Pat O’Gorman, an admired mainstay of the Canadian music scene, on flute, whistles and pipes. Julie Schryer is widely considered to be one of the finest piano accompanists in Canada, and Brian is an accomplished composer, guitarist, and banjo and mandolin player. Together, they are a musical force of nature.
Silence Presents: Moonfruits and Georgian Bay
May 31, 2017
Escorted by a variety of stringed instruments and soaring harmonies, bilingual duos Moonfruits and Georgian Bay tour New-Brunswick, Québec and Ontario this summer in support of Moonfruits’ May 2017 release Ste-Quequepart and Georgian Bay’s 2016 Polaris Prize nominated album Patience. Spinning tales of Canadian mysticism where ideals and imagination intertwine, these longtime friends and collaborators invite you into their world to discover the wilderness of Georgian Bay’s shores and the stories of imaginary maritime village Ste-Quequepart. Moonfruits Escorted by a banjo and a parlour guitar, Moonfruits’ soaring harmonies captivate listeners and celebrate common ground. Partners on and off stage, they summon music from a place where ideals and imagination intertwine.
Artists as Activists: Turkwaz and Nauroz Tanya
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Nauroz Tanya is a Kurdish-Canadian composer who began music lessons at the age of six. His father was one of the pioneers in the theater and early television revolution, and through him, Nauroz developed a great interest in music and art.After completing a degree in music, Nauroz composed music for chamber ensembles, performed in piano solos, orchestras, and short and full-length movies showcased in Europe, Australia, US, and Canada. He wrote music for media and television in France, Germany, and Sweden where he lived for several years and attended the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg.
May 20, 2017
MINOTAURS frontman Nathan Lawr made the transition from singer-songwriter to bandleader with 2010’s The Thing. Now, as the band readies the release of their fourth album, AUM, the journey of its sister-album, 2016’s apocalyptic-psychedelic afro-folk epic Weird Waves continues. Thanks to their collaboration with Stuart Bogie, whose work with Brooklyn-based afrobeat/jazz ensemble Antibalas has been inspirational for MINOTAURS and who was essential in the process of bringing the band closer together, the resulting album shows a band at their full melodic and funky potential: raging, kaleidoscopic, real, and joyous. MINOTAURS are your new musical boyfriend.
Drone Forest: Jeff Bird and Gary Diggins
May 19, 2017
Dance or dream. Get lost in sound.
Silence Presents: Eamon McGrath and Wilderness of Manitoba
May 18, 2017
Eamon McGrath is on an extended Canadian / European tour to promote the upcoming release of his book Berlin – Warszaw Express!(ECW Press) The book fictionalizes experiences from his life and the lives of his peers to seek out meaning and significance in the tumultuous and emotional experience of living on the road. McGrath will be accompanying readings from the novel with a few tunes from his brilliant, extensive catalog.
Since its inception The Wilderness Of Manitoba has continued to grow and evolve with every new release. Throughout it all founding member Will Whitwham has left his imprint on each and every sound the band has produced. Wilderness of Manitoba are on tour to promote their new release, The Tin Shop EP, Whitwham is joined by vocalist/guitarist Raven Shields on this tour for a more stripped down, anthemic folk rock feel to reveal the true heart of Whitwham’s songwriting.
Silence Presents: Pierre Bensusan
May 13, 2017
“Bensusan is very much his own animal. It’s like listening to a butterfly, to dappled sunshine coming through quaking aspens. His music flits and darts around like fish in a pool. And his compositions manage to encompass both the calmness of the pool and the flashing of the fish. It’s an entrancing, almost hypnotic thing to watch and hear, as he seems eager to share his journey, his light. I was struck by how the aim of each song was to be beautiful. Not witty, not avant-garde, not new, necessarily, but beautiful. A great craftsman plying his trade. A shepherd with his flock. As I left I felt all of a sudden that I’d been to temple after all. My own sort of temple, and by the end of the service I felt purified, cleansed, and ready for the new year.”
May 12, 2017
John William Bauld, Shonna Annapurna Brown and friends will take you on a journey of love and discovery through devotional sounds of kirtan and meditation. Teachers of Yoga – Acharyas (M.Y.) John William Bauld & Shonna Annapurna Brown travel abroad teaching classical yoga and spreading the love that they hold in their heart for Bhakti music. The debut solo album produced in California by acclaimed Grammy-nominated Ben Leinbach mixes sacred Sanskrit mantra with modern adult contemporary music in English, with the single Nataraja, featured on Kripalu’s latest Seva CD ‘Sounds of Bhakti – Vol 7’. They are the founders of Anandafest which continues their commitment to promoting unity and oneness among all people.
When you Were Gone
May 5, 2017
Silence is pleased to announce an exciting and unique event: When You Were Gone: A Journey Through Sound and Word featuring previously unpublished poems and lyrics by award winning Aboriginal author Thomas King in musical dialogue with composer Rebecca Hennessy, joined by the amazing Silence Collective of improvising performers Jeff Bird, Matt Brubeck, Colin Couch, Gary Diggins, Daniel Fischlin, Lewis Melville and Joe Sorbara. There will be two performances: Thursday, May 4 with an opening ceremony by Inuit artist, musician, filmmaker Ame Papatsie at 8:00 pm, and performance at 8:30 pm, and on Friday, May 5 with a pre-show reception at 8:00 pm and performance at 9 pm. Tickets are available at Eventbrite, adults $25, students $20. Signed prints of Thomas King’s unpublished poems will be available at the events. This show is funded by Canada Council for the Arts and sponsored by the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation.
Silence Presents: My Misshapen Ear with Special Guests
April 29, 2017
My Misshapen Ear is a collective trio featuring Anthony Argatoff on alto saxophone, Andrew Furlong on bass, and Joe Sorbara on drums and percussion. Their music ranges from minimalism to free jazz to chamber music through swinging, blues-inflected, nose-crinkling-neck-rocking grooves as often as prick-up-your-ears noise experiments. The band plays music composed by its three members whose strength as both composers and improvisers is on full display here.
Russell Scott Concert
April 28, 2017
“Russell’s thought-provoking lyrics, skillful acoustic guitar work, and well
crafted arrangements blend smoothly to provide deeply satisfying listening
pleasure. If you like the song writing and technical brilliance of musicians
like Bruce Cockburn and Don Ross, you will certainly enjoy Russell Scott!
-Bob Froese, Organizer, Newmarket Main Street Folk and Blues Festival.
April 26, 2017
The Foreign Resort are Denmark’s finest musical export of post-punk and dark new wave. TFR combine the shadowy mysticism of The Cure’s Pornography era with a driving production aesthetic akin to LCD Soundsystem. Intricate reverb-enveloped guitar lines glide over Steffan Petersen’s motorik bass and Morten Hansen’s powerful drumming, all while Mikkel’s taut and sincere vocal delivery demand your attention.
The Silence Collective: A Fundraiser
April 23, 2017
Seven Guelph performers. Featuring Jeff Bird, Adam Bowman, Gary Diggins, Daniel Fischlin, Lewis Melville, Georgia Simms and Tannis Slimmon.
On February 3, 2017, the Silence Collective was invited to represent the Canadian music scene at the GANGNEUNG Folk Art Festival, in the region of South Korea – the location that is hosting the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Music, poetry, sound rituals, and more.
The Long Dark Road Album Release Party
April 14, 2017
The Long Dark Road is an audio experiment composed by Jeremy Cavan. It looks to combine the ethos and melody of punk and hardcore with black metal.
Silence Presents: Nomad
April 1, 2017
Nomad is a Montreal-based band of six imaginative and talented musicians hailing from all over North America. The group’s music telepathically weaves in-and-out of crisp structure, improvisational jungles and lyrical melody in a sublime mixture of jazz, rock and free improvisation.