"> River & Sky Music/Camping Festival - July 20-23, 2017


Punk-rockers PUP, made up of childhood friends from Toronto, released their second album, The Dream is Over, in 2016. The name comes from the exact words a doctor said to singer/guitarist Stefan Babcock after discovering one of his vocal cords had a small cyst and was beginning to hemorrhage. After playing 420 shows in support of their self-titled first album, perhaps it’s not surprising it happened. The good news, of course, is that Babcock did recover proving the doc wrong. Definitely not underdogs, both of the band’s albums have received Polaris and Juno nominations and even have drawn attention on the other side of the border with Rolling Stone magazine listing the Canadian Punkers as one of 2014’s “Breakout Rock Acts.” The band includes Babcock, bassist Nestor Chumak, drummer Zack Mykula, drums, and Steve Sladkowski, on guitar. That is if no one makes good on the promise of their first track of the latest album: "If this tour doesn't kill you, then I will."

9:00PM JUly 22 - MAINSTAGE

Lonely Parade

Awkward post-punk rockers, Lonely Parade are made up of three “stubborn best-friends” --Augusta Veno on guitar, Anwyn Climenhage on drums, and Charlotte Dempsey on bass-- who started jamming together at a Rock Camp for Girls. Back in 2014, they won best emerging band at the Peterborough Folk Festival, going on to play Sappyfest and Pop Montreal, as well support bands like Ought and Nap Eyes. The band’s second full length album, No Shade, came out last September. Sarah Murphy with Exclaim! (who camped out at last year’s R&S to review bands) wrote about the record's “themes of feeling uncomfortable and questioning one's place, as well as the shocking self-awareness and confusion that can come with finding oneself in an entirely new or different place.” For one track, “Duck Hunt,” they even swapped instruments to capture that feeling of strangeness that comes with trying something new. Weird is welcome at R&S.

8:00PM JUly 22 - MainStage


While the sun will be slowly slipping away, alt-rockers Heat will bring their sonic warmth to the mainstage.
The Montreal Gazette describes their latest, Overnight, released this January, as drawing on influences from 1980s British rock bands like Echo and the Bunnymen, the Chameleons, and Psychedelic Furs — “bands known for atmospheric, droning guitar-driven songs. And that’s just fine. It’s all about taking the work of those earlier artists and making it your own.”
Recorded at Montreal’s Breakglass Studio and Co-produced by Grammy Award-winner Alex Newport (Death Cab) the album was led by the band’s three founding members, Susil Sharma (Vocals, Guitar, Synth), Matthew Fiorentino (Guitar, Synth) and Raphael Bussieres (Bass). It follows on the heels of the band’s first, self titled EP released in 2014.
After playing R&S, Heat heads back to their home in Montreal to play Osheaga.

7:00PM  July 22 - Mainstage

Casper Skulls

Casper Skulls have officially finished recording their first full-length LP and are fresh from a North American tour with an impressive romp at SXSW. With Sudbury sweethearts Melanie St-Pierre and Neil Bednis colliding with the energetic Chris Anthony and Fraser McClean in Toronto, you get a smorgasbord of punk, garage, post-punk and even some grunge. Bandcamp Daily shares the audience experience “a contemporary punk band [that] could deliver so many promising variations on a theme within the confines of a thirty-minute EP is pretty impressive” Their EP, Lips & Skull, gives off a summer air of blinding sunsets, skipping stones across the closest lake and figuring out your adventures for the night. 

Midnight JUly 23 - Beach Stage


Self-defined “post-classic rock” duo Partner is coming to us from Sackville, NB. Lucy Niles and Josée Caron are best friends who created Partner in hopes of freely exploring topics like friendship, intimacy, and existential unease, which they do effortlessly. Their sound is best described as “what early 2000s pop punk would be like if it was mixed with a reverence for classic rock era guitar solos”. The pair was named “best new band in Canada” in the Globe and Mail despite having yet to release an album, but don’t worry, their highly anticipated debut album In Search of Lost Time will be released sometime in 2017!

1:00Am July 23 - Beach Stage
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New Swears

Hailing from Ottawa, the garage-punk four-piece group New Swears will be bringing their reckless and crazy fun energy to the R&S Beach Stage. Members Sammy J Scorpion, Scru Bar, Beej Eh, and Nick Nofun have released two full length albums, and have toured through Canada, the United States, and Europe. And The Magic Of Horses comes out on June 23, their follow-up album to 2014's Junkfood Forever, Bedtime Whatever which Vice: Noisey described as “ridiculously great.” The quartet’s fast paced sound is surfy with punk hooks and is packed with catchy riffs, charming harmonies, tambourine shaking, and summery vibes. This is going to be a fun one!

3:00PM JUly 22 - beach stage


"Germaphobes are not of the past and not from the future. They exist everywhere in time and are everything."   Jesse L. - Blonde Elvis.
Childhood friends Neil Rankin and Paul Erlichman started Germaphobes in 2014 as an outlet to explore their mutual interest in the more outer fringes of pop music.  Signed with Pleasence Records, the band released Fiji Whizz last fall. Chart Attack describes it as a “shimmering and sophisticated hi-fi pop ensemble, scoured and polished of new wave's early edges.”