54•40 (Vancouver, BC) 7:50pm

54•40 (Vancouver, BC) 7:50pm

54·40 is Neil Osborne, Brad Merritt, Matt Johnson & Dave Genn. Inspired by the punk/new music scene of Vancouver, BC, 54·40 first performed at the dawn of 1981. After 30 years, 16 releases and more than 2000 performances, the secret to 54·40′s longevity is their ability to redefine and reinvent themselves – taking long-time 54·40 fans on a thrill ride, and continually picking up new young fans along the way. 54·40 has an unbelievable catalogue of hit songs that they can pull from to include in their live performances. Songs such as Baby Ran, She La, Casual Viewin’, One Gun, Ocean Pearl, Love You All, Music Man, I Go Blind, One Day In Your Life, Assoholic, Radio Luv Song, Baby Have Some Faith, Miss You, Blame Your Parents, Easy to Love, Crossing a Canyon, Since When, Nice to Luv You, and Lies to Me....
THE SADIES (Toronto, ON)

THE SADIES (Toronto, ON)

THE SADIES Since their formation in 1994, Toronto’s Sadies have developed, even perfected, a style of music that is uniquely their own. Possessing a deep fondness and reverence for the best of country, bluegrass and blues (CBGB!), they are equally informed and influenced by everything from 60s garage and psychedelic rock (Pebbles, Nuggets, et al) to surf instrumentals and punk rock. You’re as likely to find an enthusiastic fan of Negative Approach or Crime as one of Santo & Johnny or Merle Travis within their ranks. It’s all relevant and it all fits and that sort of depth goes a long way in helping to understand how they came to develop such a broad platform from which to launch their own musical explorations.  ...
GRAND ANALOG (Winnipeg, MB)

GRAND ANALOG (Winnipeg, MB)

GRAND ANALOG Grand Analog is a raw collective of seasoned record collectors, musicians and self described beat junkies. Creator and lead vocalist, Odario Williams, describes the Grand Analog sound as “a beautiful mess of Rap’n’Roll, Dub & Soul”. Band members include bassist & producer Warren Bray, producer Alister Johnson, drummer & singer TJ Garcia, DJ & producer Ofield Williams. Grand Analog’s latest offering, Modern Thunder†, was produced collectively with each band member bringing unique flavour and raw talent to the soundscape. Modern†Thunder†keeps GA’s amalgamated genre traditions alive by fine-tuning what is now the Grand Analog sound. Modern†Thunder†is HipHop’s new folklore; skillfully and subtly blending anything from AfroBeat to Rock (and even a little sunshine itself) into the mix. Odario and DJ Ofield blame their father, a reggae DJ from the 80s, for cursing them with the love of music, bass and trouble. Grand Analog stays true to their name by using vintage analog gear during the creation of their infectious groove....
SAFE AS HOUSES (Kitchener-Waterloo, ON)

SAFE AS HOUSES (Kitchener-Waterloo, ON)

Safe As Houses is an alt-folk band from Kitchener-Waterloo recognized for their poetic lyrics and haunting five-part harmonies. Elliot Anton, Bensen Carter, and brothers Andrew and Thomas Laughton have been writing songs together since early 2011, with Lauren Taylor joining the band during the summer of 2014. Their first full length album, The Fall of the Sparrow, was released in December of 2014 at a sold out show in Waterloo. Their single We’ll Be Dancin’ placed in the top 24 nationally in the 2014 CBC Searchlight competition, and their song The Sun and the Storm was #13 on CBC Sonica’s most played tracks of 2015. Safe As Houses spent this past summer playing venues and festivals across Ontario, with the highlight being four performances at Summerfolk Music Festival. The band is currently in the studio working on new material due out this...
JONI NEHRITA (Guelph, ON)

JONI NEHRITA (Guelph, ON)

JONI NEHRITA Joni NehRita is a dynamic artist who is not easily forgotten after seeing or hearing her for the first time. A multiinstrumentalist, songwriter and producer, she has a gift for writing infectious songs that are also deeply personal. In her live show, she willingly gives herself over to the music & connects with the audience in a way that leave them feeling as though they know her. Much of her music hearkens back to a time when soul and funk music made you dance while also serving up social commentary and a call for change. As a vocalist and performer, NehRita is a class act and has had varied experiences from professional musical theatre to singing with the KW Symphony Orchestra and Hamilton Philharmonic. As a solo act and/or backing keyboardist or vocalist she has performed on such stages/events as The Montreal Jazz Festival, Hillside Festival, Waterloo Jazz Festival, Massey Hall, The Centre in the Square and countless venues across North America, Germany, England and Australia. In 2011 her single, “Are You Ready” peaked at #6 on the UK Soul Chart and received airplay on Canadian, US, and British radio...