April 26th Mappe Of
In the Summer of 2017, Mappe Of marked his debut with the highly acclaimed A Northern Star, A Perfect Stone (Paper Bag Records). The album immediately captivated listeners with its sonic landscape, an ethereal avant-folk tour de force
that belonged to no time or place. From classically-inspired, masterfully performed intricate guitar arrangements to hauntingly beautiful melodies and vocal textures, to lush epic soundscapes, this debut album introduced the world
to a new artist unafraid to annihilate any musical boundaries and chart his own course. A Northern Star, A Perfect Stone quickly garnered wide praise from NPR, Consequence of Sound, Stereogum, and CBC among others, and amassed over 3 million streams on Spotify. Since the release, Mappe Of has toured with Martha Wainwright, Bahamas, Matt Hulobowski, and SYML, and
performed at a number of noteworthy festivals, including Festival D’Été de Québec, Winnipeg Folk, Hillside, and Calgary Folk Festival AND Wolfe Island Music Festival! The live
performances, much like the album, are a sonic world unto themselves, an aural landscape steeped in experience and imagination.
The Deep Dark Woods May 16th
Floods and plagues, ghosts and slaughter: woe to those who populate the songs of “Yarrow”, The Deep Dark Woods latest release (Six Shooter Records, 2017). A gentle summer breeze swings the gallows ropes, flowers bloom callously on lovers’ graves. These anthems are definitely not from Eden.
Fresh off a Juno nomination for Contemporary Roots Album Of The Year, the band has been crafting their brand of prairie psychedelics and a “loose grungy folk sound” (Paste) for over ten years. Having released 6 critically acclaimed records, the band has developed a fervent international following on both sides of the Atlantic, with particular success in the Americana realm. Having performed with members of The Grateful Dead and received a nomination for Emerging Artist of the Year at the Americana Music Awards, the Deep Dark Woods have toured North America, the UK and Europe to rave review.
“Yarrow” is The Deep Dark Woods reimagined by songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ryan Boldt. There’s a juicy unease and quiet intensity to frontman Boldt’s presence, as if a new door has opened to let loose the weirdness. In place of the freewheelin’ jammy vibe there’s a darker, stranger tenor that sides with those modern mystics whose music exists in the creepier, freakier corners of existence. The sound is rooted in (but not restricted to) tradition, drawing inspiration from sounds out of the U.K. and Appalachia and employing rich storytelling; these heart-rending works have caught the attention of legends such as Peter Eden and Shirley Collins. The haunting and cinematic lyrical style and chord changes that pillow the flowing delivery and harmony and lines are cloaked in dreams of summer through a snowstorm.
With “Yarrow”, it’s clear that Boldt’s well of inspiration runs as deep as it does dark.
The Great Lake Swimmers June 15th
2018 marks the 15th anniversary of Great Lake Swimmers. Over seven albums, multiple EPs, live broadcasts, and reissues, the Toronto-based project led by singer-songwriter Tony Dekker has established itself as a beloved indie folk act in their native Canada and beyond. The CBC has called them “a national treasure” while their music has taken them around the world, sharing a sound that is at once familiar and distinct, using the tools of folk music as the starting point to delve deeper.
May 29th The Rural Alberta Advantage SOLD OUT
Over four acclaimed albums, The Rural Alberta Advantage has explored themes ranging from hometowns lost and found to tragic Alberta disasters. Some won awards, some were critics’ darlings but all of them showed a frank and forthright style of songwriting that has continued to leave its mark and grab fans around the world. Years of touring have filled rooms with a sound far beyond what any music fan would initially expect from a trio, until they witness Paul’s incomparable drumming style live and the number of parts Amy can play at any one time alongside Nils’ cathartic vocals.
As they’ve done on previous albums, the band will play a series of intimate shows in some of their favourite clubs and towns across North America this spring to perform and re-form the new songs they’ve been working on (in addition to catalogue classics). Expect new music shortly.
DOORS 9PM 19+