River & Sky Music/Camping Festival launched its full line-up on Friday, releasing the names of an additional 26 bands playing its 14th festival, set to take place July 21 to 24 at Fisher’s Paradise, on the banks of the Sturgeon River.
Thursday night headliner Pink Mountaintops will kick off R&S 2022 with brand new music, their new album Peacock Pools will bring fans their first taste of new tunes in 8 years. With a “voice like a beacon” (Pitchfork) headliner Austra will bring electric pop to the mainstage Friday evening. Finally, Saturday will be all about Toronto grunge band Dilly Dally, fresh from tour and ready to rock festival attendees.
Local Northern Ontario additions to the line-up include Maxwell José Band, Teleporters, Barry & the Bananas, Casper Skulls, Summersets, Julie Katrinette, Brooke Bruce, Eric Clancy, Ox, Rose Erin Stokes and reuniting for the first time since 2018, Sudbury locals Murder Murder.
Southern Ontario additions include punk rockers Only God Forgives, Hamilton’s Jasmyn fresh off the release of their new album “In the Wild”, Tush who returns with their fresh electronic dance beats, Tafari Anthony brings their sleek vocal tones to the beach stage, psychedelic folk-rockers Beams, bright jangle-pop duo Ducks Ltd. and hyper-strange post-grunge and glamp-pop group The Effens.
R&S is excited to be bringing back their festival at full capacity this year, welcoming attendees new and old to the lush grounds of Fishers’ Paradise along the Sturgeon River. Being the first festival to run post-pandemic in Ontario in 2021, R&S is stoked to bring back what was missing from last year’s fest. Saunas, increased capacity and their late night dance stage to name a few. Keeping attendees dancing into the night at the late night stage are DJs Coy Haste, Legs Florentine, Oreku, Spookyfish and True Connection.
Executive Director, Abigail Cassio, says, “Things are really ramping up for us here at R&S, and I’m grateful for the amazing team that is putting in so much work to make this festival happen. It wouldn’t be possible without the funding from NOHFC, OTF, OMIF and CSJ, that has allowed me to hire two full time interns and a whole lot of part-time positions. As a not-for-profit, this support is integral to the success of the fest!”
“I’m looking forward to seeing everyone back at Fishers’ Paradise, enjoying the music, checking out all the local vendors and crafters we’ll be welcoming and essentially just reconnecting with nature.”
Even more bands hitting the R&S stage include indie-rockers PACKS, ROSINA bringing their global dance music to the campfire stage, Montreal’s experimental rock trio Yoo Doo Right, and BC’s Rare-Earth Magnet.
Previously announced acts include Anishnaabe artists OMBIIGIZI, a collaboration between Zoon (Daniel Monkman) and Status/Non-Status (Adam Sturgeon) who together explore their cultural histories through psychedelic post-rock music. Dream pop duo Bodywash, the rebellious and groovy Choses Sauvages, and DJ and multi-instrumentalist Ouri. Garage punk psych rockers Wine Lips, Frankie & the Witch Fingers who are known for their prog-infected psych epics, Ami Dang; a South Asian-American, Sikh composer, music producer, vocalist and sitarist from Baltimore and Young Guv who brings a new, crisp, power-pop sound to the R&S stage.
Wednesday night, before the official start of the festival, volunteers will be treated to a performance with surprise artists. The night will be a celebration of the members and volunteers who help make R&S happen! People can sign up to volunteer by purchasing membership tickets through R&S’s website, and will be able to sign up for volunteer positions through the link provided to them on our volunteer site.
Tickets, Passes and Memberships can be purchased through R&S’s website.