Upcoming Music Highlights

DJ Hacker-Wright B2B Möglichkeit

January 19, 8:00 PM- 11:00 PM

Join us for a 3-hour exposition of mind-expanding experimental electronic music.

Entry is pay-what-you-can ($10 would be perfect) / Capacity of 75 so come early!

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.

Möglichkeit means ‘possibility’ in German; a reflection of a musical project exploring different possibilities of expression and relations. Recently, probing into EBM, industrial, experimental and noise music have been a large influence.

Silence Presents: Larnell Lewis & Rich Brown with Jason Raso

January 20, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Doors at 7:30pm
Music at 8pm                                                                                                                            $15 at the door or here.


Jason Raso

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.

A Hartke Canadian Artist Search Winner (2010), Raso is a master of the four and six-string bass guitar whose music has been heard on public radio and jazz stations around the globe. And because seeing is believing, his virtuosity has also brought him in front of the camera to play for television viewers across Canada.

But the best way to experience what this talented performer has to offer is to see his one-man show in a festival setting. It’s here that concert goers will have the opportunity to understand why Exclaim Magazine describes Raso as a “…full-on orchestra of ground vibrating pleasure.”

No matter whether he’s deftly fretting through a well-loved standard, drawing in his audience with one of his melodic original compositions opening for a main stage mainstay or holding court as a featured artist, Raso is guaranteed to provide a performance music lovers will never forget.

Jason Raso’s latest album “Man of 40 Faces” features 11 new original compositions. Eight solo performances and three duets with legendary bassist Alain Caron, trombone phenom Wycliffe Gordon and brilliant vibraphonist Francesco Pinetti.

“Bass players will enjoy Raso’s strong command of the instrument, as he flawlessly demonstrates a cross-section of techniques, including chording, tapping and hammering. Man of 40 Faces is a truly melodic collection of originals, from start to finish.” – Jon Liebman (For Bass Players Only)

Rich Brown

RICHARD ‘RICH’ BROWN (bass, guitar, percussion) was born to Jamaican parents in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1970. He lived in Ft. Lauderdale throughout his teenage years, later returning to Toronto where he still resides. He taught himself to play bass at the age of 17 by listening to artists such as Jaco Pastorius, Victor Bailey, Jimmy Haslip, and Alain Caron. Since then, he has continuously expanded his vocabulary by drawing upon influences outside the bass realm.

He was featured as a member of the Kenny Kirkwood Quartet, and performed in concert with that ensemble in the “Sound of Toronto Jazz” Series on February 8, 1999.

Rich lead his own band, rinsethealgorithm, for a number of years. Their debut recording, Locutions, was released in 2008.

Rich has appeared on over fourty recordings in a broad range of musical styles including jazz, funk, latin, traditional Asian, and Arabic music. He has performed and recorded with Carol Welsman, Jane Siberry, Glenn Lewis, Andy Milne’s Dapp Theory, Steve Coleman & 5 Elements, James “Blood” Ulmer, Vernon Reid, Andy Narrell and Bruce Cockburn. More recently, he as performed internationally with numerous artists including with Rudresh Mahanthappa and Donny McCaslin.

In 2012 and 2014, Rich was part of the faculty for the International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music at the Banff Centre for the Arts.

Brown released a solo bass recording, Between Heaviness & Here, featuring performances on electric and acoustic bass. The album was released in 2014 on ADDO Records and features mostly original compositions as well as pieces by Ennio Morricone and Little Dragon.


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. The result is a deep formidable groove combined with sonic textures that go far beyond the expectations of the conventional bass & drum duo. Lewis.Brown is a captivating new project that is definitely not to be missed.

Lewis.Brown live.

Silence Presents: Il-Dong Bae and Dong-Won Kim

January 24, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Tickets $15/PWYC

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.

The Silence Collective travelled to South Korea last February to perform in the host city for the 2018 Winter Olympics. The group is composed of several improvising musicians and a dancer based in Guelph. Members include Jeff Bird, Adam Bowman, Gary Diggins, Daniel Fischlin, Lewis Melville, Tannis Slimmon, and Georgia Simms.

The evening will explore musical dialogue in larger and smaller configurations.

Silence Presents: Daniel Champagne

$15 in advance, $20 at the door
Tickets here.

One reviewer recently wrote – ‘Daniel Champagne exudes a natural ease on stage, as he sings poignant lyrics and beautifully crafted melodies that invariably whisk the heart up with grand romanticism. Coupled with an exhilarating guitar talent that transcends mere acoustic playing to replicate a whole band, Champagne is just magical’ (

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.

The next several years saw him traversing North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, New Zealand and of course, his homeland Australia playing such festivals as California WorldFest, Winnipeg Folk Fest, Vancouver and Mariposa Folk (Canada), Belgium’s Labadoux Festival and Australia’s Woodford, Falls Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival and the legendary Byron Bay Bluesfest. He has toured and shared stages with Jake Shimabukuro, Jesse Cook, Roderigo Y Gabriela, Richard Shindell, The Ragbirds, The Waifs, Lucinda Williams, Judy Collins, INXS, John Butler, KT Tunstall and Ani DiFranco.

As one reviewer recently wrote, “still in his early twenties, the distances he has been would be more frequently associated with veterans of the Folk scene” (The Dwarf).

Daniel has accomplished all of this while writing, producing and independently releasing two Eps, Gypsy Moon Volumes 1 and 2, his first long player ‘Pint of Mystery’ (2011) ‘My Own Design’ (2009), ‘Wide Eyed and Open’ (2010), ‘Real Live’ (2012), and ‘The Heartland Hurricanes’ (2014). His latest release “Fault Lines” is available now, and is receiving airplay and accolades globally.

A review of his two Gypsy Moon releases said the following: ‘Champagne has gone a step further this time, it’s like he’s realized his own potential, his confidence is sky-high and he’s truly ready to explore’ – Australia’s roots music bible Rhythms Magazine

Now regarded as a leading light in acoustic music, with a firm reputation for making festivals buzz, holding crowds in his palm, dropping jaws and breaking guitars wherever he goes. Daniel Champagne has relocated to North America where he continues his exciting career as an international touring and recording artist.

Willie P Bennett Tribute

February 3, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Doors at 7:30pm
Concert at 8pm                                                                                                                            $25 Adv, $30 Door

Jenny Whiteley
Linda McRae
Scott Merritt
Tannis Slimmon

Rick Taylor
Barry James Payne

Willie P Bennett Tribute

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.

As many will remember, Willie lived in Hamilton in the ’70s playing and recording. Bennett joined Fred Eaglesmith’s band in the early 90s and toured the world as Eaglesmith’s sideman on mandolin, harmonica and background vocals.

In 2007, Bennett suffered a heart attack on stage, finished the show, but had to leaving touring for several months. As he was preparing to head back on the road for solo tour around Ontario, Bennett suffered a fatal heart attack on Feb. 15th, 2008.

While commonly regarded as a major talent, Bennett did not become as famous as his contemporaries until 1996, when Stephen Fearing, Colin Linden and Tom Wilson formed Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, a supergroup named for Bennett’s 1978 album, and recorded a tribute album featuring Bennett’s songs. On 10 September 2010 in Edmonton, Alberta, Bennett was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame during the Canadian Country Music Awards.

Willie’s guitar player and blues man extraordinaire, Rick Taylor, teamed up with Barry James Payne from String Bone and Rant Maggie Rant to create a show celebrating the legendary folk hero. As well as performing some Willie P Bennett songs themselves, they are bringing in Juno Award winning singer-songwriter Jenny Whiteley, Linda McRae from Nashville and from Guelph, Tannis Slimmon and Scott Merritt.

This show marks ten years since Willie’s passing and Payne and Taylor felt that it was important to keep Willie’s legacy alive in a celebration of his life and songs. “It’s been said that Willie probably wouldn’t want any of this fanfare, but his legacy is too important to ignore. He was one of the most respected songwriters to ever come out of Canada. A songwriter’s songwriter. One of the all time best. We can’t let his memory fade.” Rick Taylor

Silence Presents: The Rob Gellner Tentet

February 11, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Doors at 1:30pm
Concert at 2pm

Rob Gellner Tentet featuring 15 Brand New charts arranged by Rob Gellner including 9 originals and 6 standards.  Joining Rob on Stage will be:

Rob Gellner  Composer / Arranger   Trumpet and Flugelhorn
Paul Federau  Trumpet and Flugelhorn
Tim Moher  Alto Sax, Soprano Sax and Clarinet
Robin Habermehl  Tenor Sax and Flute
Brent Rowan  Bari Sax
Robin Jessome  Trombone
Jim Edwards  Bass Trombone
Jeff Daniels Piano
Andy Macpherson  Drums
Greg Prior Bass

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. Rob will  record these songs for a future album.
You can check his website out at

Silence Presents: David Essig                                                         

February 15, 2018

Doors at 7:30pm
Show at 8:00pm
Tickets $15 in advance or $20 at the door, available here.

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.
David is highly respected as a thoughtful and intelligent songwriter, with Canadian folk standards like “Albert’s Cove” and “High Ground” to his credit. His work moves from pieces as contemporary as today’s news, to songs that sound as if they were rediscovered from old country blues 78’s. These are songs that tell stories that will start you laughing and leave you crying.
Equally renowned as an instrumentalist and traditional performer, David is a master of the blues and slide guitar. Whether on the 12-string or the electric slide guitar, his spontaneous style crosses all the borders between country, blues and the avant-garde. With his 5/8” socket and a sound that could peel the petunias off your mother’s porcelain, he is considered one of Canada’s finest slide guitarists.
David’s masterful songwriting is the theme of A Stone in My Pocket, the milestone double CD project released in 2004 by WEA in Canada and by IRD in Europe. For this project, David recorded fresh new versions of 30 of the most popular and moving songs from his 35 years of writing. He was joined by renowned musicians Oliver Schroer on violin and Tobin Frank on bass. A Stone in My Pocket has received critical acclaim as a landmark recording in Canadian roots music.

Three in the Round
February 16, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
7:00 PM Doors

7:30 PM Start

$15 General Admission

Students/Seniors $12.

“Three In the Round” was born out of a series of Folk/Trad concerts held at Cambridge’s McDougallCottage.  Bob MacLean, former Musician In Residence at McDougall, assembled a series of evening programs at McDougall with his Folk/Traditional friends. These were all sold-out successes and Boband company decided to take the Three-In-The-Round concept to other centres around Ontario.

Silence in Guelph is thefirst to host this new series with Bob and two of his Folk/Trad friends:

Gwen Potter (viola d’amor and vocals) is from England and well versed in the folktrad stylings the British Isles and France. She plays a baroque-style violad’amor, sings with multiple folk bands and is a magical performer andsought-after session musician.

John Harris (guitar, mandolin, vocals) is a gifted guitarist and singer from NovaScotia.  Well known as a composer,producer, author and teacher, through the Ottawa Folklore Centre, Johncontinues his work teaching Audio Production at Mohawk College.

Bob MacLean (guitar, octave mandolin, vocals), is also an East Coaster, best knownas a celtic/event-guitarist, composer, arranger, teacher and East Coast Songinterpreter.

Together they will bring their very best “Single-Malt” song and tune selections for a specialThree-In-The-Round program at Silence.

Silence Presents: Corey Gulkin with Missy Bauman and JoJo Worthington

February 24, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Doors at 7:30pm
Show at 8:00pm
Tickets $10, Available here.

About Corey Gulkin

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 ThingsI’ll Forget, you will hear more of the influence of Owen Pallett or JoannaNewsom.

Gulkin is among the new cohort of talent emerging fromthe burgeoning Montreal music scene. She is best known for her experimental,dark, and intricate songwriting, as well as an off-kilter sense of rhythm andunconventional song structure. Feminism is sewn into the seams of her lyrics,and is showcased front and centre in the subject matter of All the ThingsI’ll Forget.

With help from bandmates and co-producers Leah Dolgoy andSam Gleason, Gulkin’s music is grounded in folk music yet boundary pushing,performing as an inventive trio centred around harp, electric guitar andGulkin’s pure but powerful voice.

Raw and open-ended” “NNNN” – Sarah Greene,NOW Toronto

“Mixing up jazz, folk and chamber pop, Rose takes atraditional template and then doodles all over it, adding her own signaturecurlicues to create something familiar and refreshing”  – QuickBefore It Melts

“Hypnotizing” – Jenna Melanson, CanadianBeats

“Ms. Rose delivers something unexpectedlyheartbreaking in the kind of way I had thought only Sufjan Stevens could dowith a soft whisper.” – Pamela Fillion, ForgetTheBox

“L’univers de Corinna Rose oscille entre lesrythmiques folk des Sœurs Boulay et les intonations feutrées de Norah Jones ouIngrid St-Pierre…Le tableau d’ensemble résulte de ballades fortes qui nousforcent à apprécier chaque petite subtilité qui grouille à travers ses tendresmélodies.” – La Bible Urbaine


About Missy Bauman

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.

Missy’s lyrics reflect her demeanour: a small town sweetheart full of life and hungry for adventure. With two Hamilton Music Awards under her belt, Missy studied Music Production as well as Songwriting and Performance at Seneca College. Her debut album, released May 2017, delves into her mood disorder, the after-affects of a miscarriage, and an abusive relationship, making the title “Don’t Fear the Dark” feel like a misnomer — but with her bright and bold voice, she ties it effortlessly into the joys of being alive. Rrampt magazine describes the album as “…an exploration of the etheral. This is the work of a truly talented artist. [Missy is] a smart songwriter, and an interesting one.”


About JoJo Worthington

[A soft tour-de-force, the grand echo from the small sound, a burst of light from the centre of the room]

Kitchener-Waterloo artist, JoJo Worthington, has won numerous awards + accolades, yet hasn’t stopped pushing her work to uncomfortable boundaries. Forging ahead with Epoch producer Connory Ballantyne + engineer William Crann, Worthington’s latest work ’\\’ or ‘Two Lines’ is a surge into new territory.

Her vocalizations reminisce of Kate Bush, her ingenuity with looping techniques remind one of the omnipresent Canadian force of Owen Pallet, and her completely refreshing take on the [often blasé] ukulele is pushing the experimental-folk musician to create some of the most forward-thinking music of her generation.