POLARIS PRIZE THE BAND (Guelph, ON / Toronto, ON)

POLARIS PRIZE THE BAND (Guelph, ON / Toronto, ON)

What do you get when you add one dash of the Juno Award-winning Sisters Euclid with the explosive Heavyweights Brass Band, topped off by soul singer deluxe, Christopher Rouse? The answer is the heart-stopping, unrelenting, 10-piece Polaris Prize The Band. And now, some selected wise words: “File under improvised non-jazz instrumental music for weddings, parties, interstellar conflicts,” Don Breithaupt, The National Post “It’s imaginative, expansive, sometimes bizzare but unfailingly stimulating,” Geoff Chapman, the Toronto Star “Very exciting and inspiring. Not at all predictable, and great musicianship happening here!,” Alex...
THE KRAMDENS (Guelph, ON)

THE KRAMDENS (Guelph, ON)

<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/41Vt58BhbgI” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe> The Kramdens are a 5 piece band from Guelph. Formed in 1990, the band has released six critically-acclaimed studio albums, been broadcast internationally, performed extensively, including performances on national television. Now in their 27th year, The Kramdens continue writing, recording and performing, and are working on an EP that will be released this summer. The Kramdens are fronted by CBC Radio Host, Craig Norris, who has deep roots in...
LEE WATSON (Elora, ON)

LEE WATSON (Elora, ON)

PRESENTED BY DEAD RADIO, LOVE LIKE A BRUSHSTROKE ACROSS A CANVAS, LEE WATSON’S SONGWRITING SWEEPS THROUGH MUSICAL LANDSCAPES, WARM AND KNOWING. For the better part of a decade, Lee wrote and performed as a founding member of Vancouver’s critically acclaimed The Breakmen. In this new solo project, he brings his influences in traditional music back home to his roots in rural Ontario, creating a collection of songs that evoke a sense of awe and reverence for the windswept pines and vast lakes of Ontario’s Hinterland. Born in Owen Sound, Lee’s love for Canadian songwriters and the sound of music on vinyl was sparked by a childhood raised within arms reach of his father’s...
THE BOO RADLEY PROJECT (Elora, ON / Guelph, ON)

THE BOO RADLEY PROJECT (Elora, ON / Guelph, ON)

Hailing from Elora/Guelph ON, the Boo Radley Project is an eight piece (and sometimes larger depending on who is in town) genre-bending collective that fuses funk, indie and jazz. They’ve been likened to everyone from Tower of Power and Mr. Bungle to Primus and Wilco. But really, they’re just Boo, a ragtag group of brothers serving up a quirky, fresh approach to music. Their live shows are high energy featuring an eclectic mix of instrumentation from electric mandolin to a three piece brass section. In addition to the music, the band uses projections to compliment the live performance, creating an immersive, sensory experience. 2017 marks their fifth performance in some capacity at Riverfest Elora and we couldn’t be happier to have the boys back. Their long-awaited debut LP Bred To Be Loyal will be released Spring 2017. They also want you to know they had a baby dolphin named after them. It’s called Boo and is swimming somewhere off the shores of...
LOWLANDS (Guelph, ON)

LOWLANDS (Guelph, ON)

Based in Guelph, Ontario Lowlands’ draw inspiration from dreamscapes, folklore and the stark, harshness of Canadian landscape. The Instrumentation of the group is perfectly supported the co-songwriting of Gordon Auld and Abe Del Bel Belluz. With the support of local musicians and songwriters Matt Monoogian and Joseph Gallo Jr. the band brings their dark and unique blend of country, delta blues and bluegrass into venues across Canada. With their first full-length release of “Huron” the group plan to release a record dedicated to each great lake and are following through with the upcoming release of “Erie” in fall...