Upcoming Music Highlights
Pipedown Presents: Aestrid wsg / Future Peers and Paper Ladies
April 26, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Aestrid is a three-piece band from Utrecht, the Netherlands. Their sound balances between post-punk and ambient electronic music meeting the wideness of shoegaze in the middle.
This Spring, Aestrid will return to Canada for the sixth time, playing throughout Ontario.
Over the last couple of years the band has played a bunch of shows and has even recorded 2 of their albums in Canada. Every show is known to be an intense experience for both audience and band. No
holding back and delivering everything until the last note.
“When I was a teenager, I used to stand in front of my guitar amps turning them up so loud I could literally feel every chord, every note, through my body. Back then I drew from sounds I heard in post-hardcore and post-rock. I’d sing into this wall of sound coming at me from the speakers. I never felt something that powerful, overwhelming. This would be my escape. Like a blanket of sound I could wrap myself in while lying down, looking up at the stars. And it’s still how it feels when we play”.
Bo – vocals/guitars for Aestrid
Bo Menning – vocals/guitars
Jurriaan Sielcken – bass/keys
Ray Kornet – drums
Paper Ladies Bio
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.”
Silence Presents: So Long Seven
May 5, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Tickets at the door
$15 general admission
$10 for children and arts workers
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.
“What could be more Canadian than the multicultural mashup music of the Toronto quartet called So Long Seven? The band consists of expert players on banjo, tabla, violin and guitar fusing the inspirations of India, West Africa, Spain and Brazil to make dynamic and intriguing original music that draws on folk, chamber music and jazz…”
— PETER HUM, OTTAWA CITIZEN
For more information about So Long Seven visit their website: http://www.solongseven.com
Silence Presents Foonyap wsg/ Alder & Ash
May 10, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Ticket $10 at the door
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.
Local dancers Dianne Chapitis and Peter Skoggard will be joining Foonyap for a collaborative dance piece.
“A tense and bespoke mixture of swampy electronics, strings, and vocals that flash with a bold volcanic brilliance”
– THE FADER
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.
Silence Presents: Georgian Bay w/ Anna Wiebe
May 11, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Tickets at door $10/PWYC
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).
Silence Presents: Gilliam / Milmine / Pottie Trio
May 17, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Improvisors Orchestra Workshop
Doors at 7:00 PM
Workshop at 7:30 PM
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. The hand signals are easy to learn in 10 minutes and the conductor’s role is to help shape the improvisations in interesting ways. All types of performers are welcome (instrumentalists, vocal artists, laptop sound artists, keyboards, found / hand made instruments, melodicas, synths, iPhones and anything else that inspires you) and invited to explore this style of improvisation with us!
“Entangled Pathways” CD Release – Gilliam, Milmine and Pottie Trio
Concert at 9:00 PM
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.
“Pick of the week” – Avant Music News (AMN), Nov 17, 2017
Gilliam, Milmine, Pottie Group Bio
The Gilliam (piano), Milmine (soprano sax), Pottie (drums) trio was formed in 2015 after meeting in the Toronto Improvisors Orchestra. Playing acoustic instruments combining compositions of free floating melodies, the group explores experimental jazz idioms, modal-chromatic tonalities as well as free improvisation.
Bill Gilliam is a Toronto based composer / pianist who creates and improvises jazz and new music compositions blending contemporary harmony and jazz idioms with his unique style of piano and prepared piano playing. Bill is from London, England and after studying jazz and film composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston moved to Toronto where he studied composition. He has composed for film (Bruce Elder), dance and theatre and recorded and performed with musicians such as Ernie Dollar, Kevin Turcotte, Duncan Hopkins, Ben Riley, Lina Allemano, Dave Young, Howard Gaul, Lori Freedman, Brian Katz, Martin van der Ven, Rick Sacks, Charlie Ringas and many others. His compositions have been performed by Canadian new music ensembles with assistance from the Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council. Bill’s performances include the 416 Toronto Creative Improvisors Festival, Gallery 345, Array Space, Tranzac, Musideum, The Rex, Nuit Blanche, The Drake, Music Gallery, Distillery Jazz Festival, The Montreal Bistro, All That Jazz series at the AGO as well as Silence & Manhattans in Guelph, Aeolian Hall in London, Montpelier Vermont and other venues in Ontario. Bill’s ongoing music projects include collaborations and performances with Kayla Milmine and Ambrose Pottie, the Toronto Improvisors Orchestra, Glen Hall, Joe Sorbara, Bill McBirnie, Cheryl O, David Story, Eugene Martynec, Rick Sacks, Penn Kemp (sound poet), Kiva Simova (overtone singer) and other artists.(www.bill gilliam.com).
Kayla Milmine‘s musical journey with the soprano saxophone is a familiar one amongst fellow straight-hornists: Having started out on the clarinet then the tenor saxophone, soon finding herself falling in love with the new and under-explored sonic possibilities that only the soprano saxophone can offer. Since beginning her soprano centric journey, she has developed a unique approach to the instrument that at times has the edginess and brashness of Anthony Braxton and Roscoe Mitchell, yet the warmth and thoughtfulness that’s reminiscent of Steve Lacy. Studying under the mentorship of New York based soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome, she is now working on and developing music for solo soprano saxophone. She can also be seen playing with the Toronto based Rhinoceros Saxophone Quartet, and with her duo FASTER featuring guitarist/composer Brian Abbott.
Ambrose Pottie is a musician, phonographer and electroacoustic performer/composer, with recordings featured on Quiet American.com and Webbed Hand Records. He is a founding member of the Toronto Improvisor’s Orchestra, and has recorded and/or performed with: Fred Frith workshop orchestra, Andrew Cyrille, Eugene Chadbourne, The Polka Dogs, Bill Grove, Blue Rodeo, Flaming Dono Drum and Dance Ensemble, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Thin Men and Bill Bissett. Ambrose was a founding member of Toronto band Crash Vegas, recording three albums and touring Canada and U.S. extensively.
Silence Presents: Adam Wendler wsg/ Ivan Winters
May 20, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Tickets available at Eventbrite.ca: www.eventbrite.ca/e/silence-presents-adam-wendler-wsg-ivan-rivers-tickets-44164428996
This event is physically accessible to all.
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.
In 2017 Adam toured ‘Never Go Unknown’ extensively throughout Germany and Canada, playing at a variety of venues ranging from intimate private concerts to festivals including ‘Open Flair’. He was also announced the winner of various contests, including radioeins’ ‘The Next Big Thing’, the Neuköln ‘Songslam’ and Something for the People’s ‘Shure Newcomer Contest’.
His extensive travels and experiences provide inspiration for his music compilations. On ‘Never Go Unknown’ Adam has improved by leaps and bounds, showcasing his ability to write great songs. The album is packed with virtuoso acoustic picking and strumming and a line of sway-along balladry and upbeat foot-tapping that inspires not just murmurs of appreciation but full-blooded response.
Adam’s dedication is second to none and he is currently working on new releases for 2018 as well as gearing up for a Germany tour in April and a Canadian tour in May.
Website (with music): www.adamwendlermusic.com
Music videos: ‘Into the Night’ // ‘It Feels Right’ //’The Flame’ //’Canadian Country Man’ //’Born a Travelling Man’
Live videos:’Deep Water’ //’Never Go Unknown’
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.
His records Mystic Keg and Confidante are available to stream on all major platforms via Eternal Bummer Records.
Silence Presents: B’s Bees
May 27, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Doors at 2:30 PM
Concert at 3:00 PM
Tickets $10 at the door
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.
Their second 2018 release, titled “Kanata” is set to be released on April 20. The album contains a suite written by bandleader Brandon Goodwin titled Kanata Suite, and is an ode to his home country of Canada. This U.S. tour will be their second foray into the country, the first taking them from Montreal, to New Orleans, to work with producer Delfeayo Marsalis, before heading back to Montreal to record their two new records. For their performances on this tour the group will be performing a mixture of music from both of their new albums.