Music

Upcoming Music Highlights


Silence Presents: Mingjia / Pomes / Samson Wrote

Thursday August 1, 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM

Mingjia

Mingjia (pronounced MING-jee-yah) is a vocalist, improviser, composer, lyricist, multi-instrumentalist, & active contributor to the ever-growing Toronto arts scene.

Recognized for her technical & stylistic versatility as a vocalist & her fresh sound as a composer, Mingjia has performed with, composed for & recorded with a plethora of musical groups. These include her own group the Tortoise Orchestra, as well as James Fernando, the science of what ?, David Occhipinti, Juliet Palmer, GREX (led by Alex Samaras), Pleasurecraft, SonuSkapos Jazz Orchestra, Obsolete Vernacular, Makes Shapes, Celeste, Andi, & more. She has performed at various venues and festivals across Canada, China & the United States, & has produced 2 releases as a band leader. Feel Seen, her most recent EP, is described by the WholeNote as “beautiful, mature and exceptionally coherent”.

A graduate & the Oscar Peterson Prize recipient of Humber College’s Bachelor of Jazz and Contemporary Music program, Mingjia has had the incredible good fortune of studying with some of Canada’s most innovative artists, such as Christine Duncan, Geoff Young, Shannon Gunn, Alex Samaras, & David Occhipinti. She has been commissioned by Grammy-Award-Winning Ensemble Roomful of Teeth through the American Composer’s Forum.

Pomes

Pomes blends the naturalistic folk sounds of the east coast of canada with the progressive, industrial sounds of toronto, pomes’ sound is an infusion of country/folk, jazz, and math-rock.

Samson Wrote

Samson Wrote is Sam Boer, an unorthodox multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter from Guelph, Ontario. He performs acoustic-based experimental folk-rock that swings from quiet confidences to full-bodied roars. He shares stories of intimate moments, always rooted in the human voice, while incorporating such diverse instruments as the synthesizer, snare drum, glockenspiel, recorders, and the acoustic guitar. The Samson Wrote debut LP, “Pigeon,” is released on February 22nd, 2019.


Silence Open Mic ft. Jennifer Beehler

Wednesday August 7, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Doors and sign-up at 6:30 PM
Event at 7:00 PM

$5/PWYC

Calling beginning, intermediate and advanced artists, poets, musicians, magicians (and more!) to come out and perform on the first and third Wednesday of every month! Sign up at Silence begins at 6:30 pm, performance between 7-9 pm. Silence provides P.A., piano, drum kit, mics, bongos and atmosphere!

With featured guest: Jennifer Beehler
Jennifer Beehler is a Guelph singer-songwriter who characterizes her music as folk-country. Personal songs of reflection and tongue in cheek lyrics combine to give the audience a glimpse into Jennifer’s view of the world around her and perhaps a bit of themselves.


Silence Presents: Thomas Carbou

Thursday August 8, 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM

Doors at 7:30pm
Show at 8:00pm
$15 tickets at the door or Eventbrite

Silence Presents provides an accessible venue for touring and professional artists to perform for the Guelph community.

Prolific musician and master of the eight-string guitar, Thomas Carbou is a fan of sound. With the narrative theme of improvisation and the desire to surprise, the guitarist, composer, arranger, percussionist and sampler unveils a bold and pleasantly complex music where freedom is king. Flirting at times with the stigmata of traditional music, folk and song, his universe that describes itself as electro-jazz unfolds without resistance, out of time and barriers.

Having, over the years, taken part in several international projects (in France, Switzerland, Belgium, Spain, Vietnam, the United States, Canada, etc.) which have led to many successful artistic collaborations, he was awarded the Creation / Residence Award of the Ville de Québec, as part of the 2007 RIDEAU Fellowship, for his In Motion album. He also signed, in 2010, Denis Villeneuve’s documentary “Remembering the Ashes – Regards sur Incendies”, directed by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette (The Ring and The Little Giants), winner of a Gemini Award in the category “Best Documentary – Culture”. Evolving sometimes solo, sometimes collectively, Thomas Carbou inspires and creates, as he breathes.

https://thomascarbou.bandcamp.com/


PipeDown! Presents: Mauve Grove wsg Animatist & Still Sound

Saturday August 10, 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM

An eclectic evening at Silence with Toronto genre-benders Mauve Grove and Guelph heavyweights Animatist and Still Sound. These artists mix jazz, prog, hip-hop, and alternative rock into an explosive and curious musical palette that is sure to impress.

Show at 8pm, wrapped by 11, a great way to start a Saturday eve
$10/PWYC

Mauve Grove | Toronto, ON (avant-funk/hip-hop):
https://www.facebook.com/mauvegrove/
https://mauvegrove.bandcamp.com/

Animatist | Guelph, ON (alt-rock/math rock):
https://www.facebook.com/animatistmusic/
https://animatist.bandcamp.com

Still Sound | Guelph, ON (alternative/psych rock):
https://www.facebook.com/stillsoundmusic/
https://stillsound90.bandcamp.com


Silence Presents: JoJo Worthington WSG Samson Wrote

Friday August 16, 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM

Doors at 7:30pm
Show at 8:00pm
$15 tickets at the door or Eventbrite

Silence Presents provides an accessible venue for touring and professional artists to perform for the Guelph community.

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.

https://jojoworthington.bandcamp.com

With special guest: Samson Wrote
Samson Wrote creates experimental alt-folk. This work confronts the ways in which sexuality, community, family, and anxiety interrelate.

https://samsonwrote.bandcamp.com/


Silence Open Mic feat: John Brousseau

Wednesday August 21, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Doors and sign-up at 6:30 PM
Event at 7:00 PM

$5/PWYC.

Calling beginning, intermediate and advanced artists, poets, musicians, magicians (and more!) to come out and perform on the first and third Wednesday of every month! Sign up at Silence begins at 6:30 pm, performance between 7-9 pm. Silence provides P.A., piano, drum kit, mics, and atmosphere!

With special guest: John Brousseau
John Brousseau is a Young and upcoming artist from Guelph, Ontario. Brousseau’s earliest music originates from his two albums he released in high school under the name “The Coywolves”. Brousseau has recently been building his career through solo performance in Guelph, his hometown, as well as Hamilton and the surrounding Hamilton area while he currently studies at McMaster University.


Pipedown! SepticAbscessofPutrification wsg Planned Dilemma

Friday August 23, 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM

Doors at 7:30pm
Show at 8:00pm
$10 tickets at the door or Eventbrite

PipeDown! provides an accessible venue for emerging artists to perform indie and/or rock music to audiences with similar tastes.

SepticAbscessofPutrefaction is a two person brutal grindcore, noise, and black metal.
https://septicabscessofputrefaction.bandcamp.com/releases

Planned Dilemma is a post-hardcore band from Hamilton, Ontario.
https://planneddilemma.bandcamp.com/releases