2019 River & Sky Artists

Matt Thibeault

Friday, July 19th, 12:30pm

Matt Thibeault continues pushing boundaries since the release of his NOMFA award-winning debut album, Cycles, in 2015. Thibeault’s newest project, I Own a Bittersweet Flashlight, recounts the distra

Hot Garbage

Saturday, July 20th, 12:30pm

Toronto based four-piece Hot Garbage have quickly made an impression with their dynamic sound and captivating live performances alongside artists such as Ty Segall, Wand, Kikagaku Moyo, L.A. Witch, De
    Falcon Jane

    Falcon Jane

    Friday, July 19th at 2:30pm

    Falcon Jane is the musical project of Sara May, a singer-songwriter from rural Ontario. Her songs exist somewhere between heaven and earth: honest and grounded, yet ethereal and transportive. Falcon J
    Fast Romantics band profile picture for R&S 2019

    Fast Romantics

    Sunday, July 21st at 1:30 P.M.

    Fast Romantics have been blurring the lines between indie-rock and classic pop for some time, but with American Love (2017), people around the world began paying more attention to this Toronto-based b
    Band bio pic of Blaze Velluto Collection

    Blaze Velluto Collection

    Sunday, July 21st at 12:30 P.M.

    Blaze Velluto is a troubadour of the stormy hearts, draped in navy and burgundy velvet. During his time in the bands Ponctuation, Call me Poupée, and Érotique PQ, he composed many love songs, all re
    Band bio pic of Annie Sumi for River & Sky.

    Annie Sumi

    Sunday, July 21st at 11:30 A.M.

    Since playing R&S back in 2016 Annie Sumi has gone on many adventures including touring across Canada, the U.S., Europe, as well as releasing two critically-acclaimed albums. In 2018, she was even rec
    Band bio pic for Kristine Schmitt at River & Schmitt

    Kristine Schmitt & Jesse Corrigan

    Sunday, July 21st at 10:00 A.M.

    Kristine Schmitt’s big voice and joyous presence are simply transformative. Sometimes referred to as the “bluegrass Billie Holiday”, she writes bracing original songs infused with a deep love o
    Band bio pic of Paul Jacobs for River & Sky

    Paul Jacobs Band

    Saturday, July 20th at 11:59 P.M.

    Paul Jacobs is a Montreal based musician and artist who taught himself how to play guitar at a young age and performed as a one-man band for many years. Despite now having an explosive live set that i
    Band bio pic of Bad Waitress for River & Sky

    Bad Waitress

    Saturday, July 20th at 11:45 P.M.

    Bad Waitress is a rowdy four-piece punk rock outfit from Toronto who strive to create empowering and inclusive environments for everyone around them, just like we do here at R&S. Their heavy licks and
    Band bio pic of Mother Tongues for River & Sky.

    Mother Tongues

    Saturday, July 20th at 11:30 P.M.

    Mother Tongues are not a band of human musicians, but wizards surfing in outer space. They descended upon Toronto one sunny morning and began to shred. The shredding melted everyone's mind.
    Band bio pic of Fucked Up for River & Sky.

    Fucked Up

    Saturday, July 20th at 10:00 P.M.

    Fucked Up is at the forefront of a revolution that kicks off in the heart, travels to the brain like a viral infection and sends signals to the feet to jump, kick and thrash, all the while burning dow
    Bio pic of Dirty Princes for River & Sky.

    Dirty Princes

    Saturday, July 20th at 11:30 P.M.

    Dirty Princes are more of a rock and roll performance-art-piece than an actual band. The 5-piece Sudbury act is regarded for their bombastic and almost dangerous live shows. They are releasing their n
    Band bio pic for YAMANTAKA//SONIC TITAN at River & Sky


    Saturday, July 20th at 8:00 P.M.

    Yamantaka // Sonic Titan is a Noh-Wave prog collective, a black-and-white (and sometimes red) theatre company, an operatic psych cult, and the speculative prophets of humanity’s impending doom.
    Band bio pic of DOOMSQUAD for River & Sky.


    Saturday, July 20th at 7:00 P.M.

    Sibling trio DOOMSQUAD will release their album, Let Yourself Be Seen, on May 10 on Royal Mountain Records/Bella Union. The record is steeped in the influences of acid house, West African disco, spiri
    Band bio pic of Gladys Lazer for River & Sky.

    Gladys Lazer

    Saturday, July 20th at 2:30 P.M.

    Back in 2016, Gal Lazer played our campfire stage with his former band Yonatan Gat; two virtuosos duelling it out alongside the Sturgeon River, one with a guitar and the other a drum kit. This year t
    Band bio pic of Mdou Moctar for River & Sky.

    Mdou Moctar

    Saturday, July 20th at 3:30 P.M.

    Hailing all the way from Africa, Mdou Moctor is a songwriter and musician based in Agadez, Niger. Secular music was prohibited in the village he grew up in, so Mdou taught himself to play on a homemad
    Band bio pic for Tommy and the Commies at River & Sky.

    Tommy & the Commies

    Saturday, July 20th at 1:30 P.M.

    Tommy and his band of commies (Jeff and Mitch Houle) have been exploring well beyond the crater they call home in Sudbury thanks to support from their label, Slovenly Records.


    Saturday, July 20th, 10:30am

    Cots is a new project from Steph Yates (Esther Grey, Cupcake Ductape). Borrowing elements of bossa nova, folk, jazz, and classical, Yates’s subtly unconventional composition style and poetics are at
      Band bio pick for Tush at River & Sky


      Friday, July 19th at 11:59 P.M.

      Tush is a Toronto based disco and boogie troupe who will be bringing their high-energy live set to our campfire stage on Friday night. Powered by Kamilah Apong and Jamie Kidd, the duo like to explore
      Band bio pic for Lover's Touch at River & Sky

      Lover’s Touch

      Friday, July 19th at 11:30 P.M.

      Lovers Touch is a band with one hand in the past and one reaching to the future. Making music that feels like warm summer nights and cold beer, the band goes for broke in every way possible, trotting
      Band bio pic for U.S. Girls at River & Sky.

      U.S. Girls

      Friday, July 19th at 10:00 P.M.

      Over the pulsating reverberations of disco-era beats and smarmy synthesizers, the voice of U.S. Girls’ Meghan Remy is at once familiar and strikingly fresh, skillfully playing with kitsch and Debbie
      Band bio pic for Jaunt at River & Sky.


      Friday, July 19th at 9:00 P.M.

      Jaunt has been dubbed “Ontario’s Rising Pop Renegades” by Exclaim! for their anti-establishment vibe (they don’t like to tour) and the seamless way they slip back and forth between pop, jazz,
      Band bio pic for MUNYA for River & Sky.


      Friday, July 19th at 8:00 P.M.

      MUNYA is Josie Boivin, a French Canadian singer, songwriter, and producer from Montreal. Boivin has played keyboards and done backing vocals for numerous local artists in Montreal, perfectly honing he
      Band bio pic of Pottery for River & Sky.


      Friday, July 19th at 7:00 P.M.

      Hailing from Montreal, Pottery is 4 piece outfit with a nervy and experimental sound that’s best described as a psychedelic garage-punk new wave hybrid. The band is relatively new to the music scene
      Band profile pic for Little Junior at River & Sky

      Little Junior

      Friday, July 19th at 3:30 P.M.

      Little Junior is an unapologetically upbeat alternative power-pop foursome who call Toronto home. Pop music has had a profound effect on Little Junior, who absolutely love Carly Rae Jepsen, and have b
      River & Sky band bio pic for Rapport.


      Friday, July 19th at 2:30 P.M.

      Formed in 2017, Rapport is the new project of vocalist Maddy Wilde (formally of Moon King), glam grunger Kurt Marble and Mike Pereira (of Most People). The trio infuses harmonic stylings of the 50's w
      Band profile pic for Lisa Marie Naponse at River & Sky.

      Lisa Marie Naponse

      Friday, July 19th at 10:00 A.M.

      Singer-songwriter Lisa Marie Naponse’s Anishinaabe name is Odemin Kwe, meaning “Strawberry Woman.” Strawberries are known in her culture as the “heart berry,” nourishing the body, mind and s
      Band bio pic for Little Mazarn.

      Little Mazarn

      Thursday, July 18th at 11:59 P.M.

      Little Mazarn, the stage name for Lindsey Verrill, is named after what she calls “an unromantic river” in Arkansas. On her self-titled debut album, she plays a dreamy slowly plucked banjo and in
      River & Sky band profile pic for Orville Peck

      Orville Peck

      Thursday, July 18th at 11:30 P.M.

      Who is that masked man with the face tassels? Orville Peck’s true identity is not widely known -- although he appears to be a cowboy, sometimes living in Toronto, and his brand new debut album, Pony
      River 7 Sky Band profile image for Hollerado


      Thursday, July 18th at 10:00 P.M.

      We fell in love with Hollerado at R&S 2012 and are more than excited to welcome them back this year! This is the band’s final tour and their upcoming album, Retaliation Vacation, is the last to be p
      River & Sky band profile picture for Altin Gun

      Altin Gün

      Thursday, July 18th at 9:00 P.M.

      Fall into the groove of the psychedelic, funk sounds of 1970’s Turkey with Altin Gün -- an Amsterdam based band. The band melds Turkish folk songs with a blend of funk rhythms, wah-wah guitars, and
      Band profile picture of Luna Li

      Luna Li

      Thursday, July 18th at 8:00 P.M.

      Luna Li has been called the “garage rock princess of Toronto”, performing with her 4-piece femme-centric band at shows and festivals across North America. Luna brings a unique sound; playing both
      Oli Palkovits - band photo

      Oli Palkovits

      Thursday, July 18th at 7:00 P.M.

      Oli’s been stretching his songwriting chops and lovely low voice with the backing of some great Sudbury musicians -- the result is a mesmerizing sound that takes you by the hand and leads you on a j
      2019 River & Sky DJ's

      Spark Sea

      Saturday afternoon

      SparkSea takes you on a journey through a wave of global rhythms and grooves for this moving meditation. Exercise, energize a

        Rubber Muffin

        Saturday afternoon

        You might want to put on a swim cap so it doesn't make a mess when he blows your mind.


        Saturday afternoon

        Originally from the East Coast, now rooted in the Toronto music scene, Win weaves together a unique mix of deep world, downte


        Saturday, July 20th at 3:30am

        Oreku is a Producer / DJ originally from Melbourne, Austrailia, now based in Toronto, Canada. He runs two monthly residenci


        Saturday, July 20th at 3:00am

        Spookyfish has been on the scene for quite some time, pushing boundaries within the experimental/downtempo world. Her product

        Legs Florentine

        Saturday, July 20th at 2:30am

        As one half of Toronto based electronic duo Snowday, Legs has cemented himself within the Toronto music scene as a versatile

        Coy Haste

        Saturday, July 20th, at 2:00am

        Coy Haste is the alter-ego of Brad Weber, the percussive wunderkind sometimes seen driving the rhythms of Caribou and Pick a