Without doubt or qualification, The Sadies are one of this continent’s greatest extant rock ’n’ roll bands — just as they have been for the last quarter-century. Versatile and imaginative, they skip from astral psychedelia to shuffling bucolics and leap from puckish pop to righteous garage-rock without losing momentum or mastery. Their albums deliver masterclasses on pointed songwriting, lockstep harmonies, and a devil-may-care attitude to expectations and past successes.
Elliott Brood is never more at home than in the wash of distorted, evocative strings and stomps that make their signature alt country sound. Their live show, a maelstrom of frenetic energy and fuzz, has brought them back and forth across continents countless times as early ambassadors of a roots, folk rock and alt country wave that flourished in Toronto’s early aughts.
Fantasy prom king, master crafter of cult-pop gems and multi-threat instrumentalist Jon Cohen Experimental is a Montreal troubadour, ex guitarist for The Dears and Social Register, who creates sweet but potent stories that spring from a natural, and infectious sense of curiosity. This dynamic one-man band's beguiling art rock on-the-spot inventions and melodic hooks promise a sultry escape from those pesky workaday hang-ups. At times dance, electro, folksy, indie and grungy, the E.L.O vs. 90’s vibe is raw and unapologetic.
An evening for those who like it loud.
Always entertaining and definitely unique, The Mudmen are a blast of Celtic energy whose members are known to be characters both on and off the stage.
Newfoundland has a storied history of stunning songwriters, poets, and players. Over the course of the last decade The Once have writ and knit themselves into that story. They craft a sonically understated, but emotionally fulsome sound that accomplishes what they've always done so well: stun listeners with what Amelia Curran calls "perfect vocal harmonies, thick enough to stand on."