2018 River & Sky Artists

Land Of Talk

Sunday, July 22nd at 2:30 P.M.

“Life After Youth" is the 2017 album that witnessed the re-emergence of Liz Powell, after a seven-year hiatus. The songs have a haunting presence of awareness about them. Powell's voice is at ease,
A depiction of shotgun jimmy, dressed in red, standing in front of a brick wall.

Shotgun Jimmie

Sunday, July 22nd at 1:30 P.M.

A true River & Sky alum, Shotgun Jimmie performed at the festival several times: in 2009, 2012 and again in 2015. His breezy energy wins over any crowd he plays and encourages a lot of sing-a-longs an

Walrus

Sunday, July 22nd at 12:30 P.M.

Walrus started out as the apartment-based recording project of two brothers from Halifax, and in less than a year, the band became a four-piece psych outfit. The band’s sound is a mix of “gentle,

Georgian Bay

Sunday, July 22nd at 11:30 A.M.

Like freshwater sirens Kelly Lefaive and Joëlle Westman beckon, unraveling a Canadian fairytale of sorts -- a musical voyage to find the peace of wild things. Georgian Bay has played la Nuit émerge

Eric Landry

Sunday, July 22nd at 10:30 A.M.

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Eric Landry, performed last August in Toronto’s Trinity-St Paul Centre at the Native North America Gathering, a concert featuring over a dozen Indigenous musicians an

    DJ New Chance

    Saturday/Sunday, July 22nd at 1:30 A.M.

    On a ”quest for the communal exuberance of the dancefloor” in Toronto, Victoria Cheong created New Chance to produce experimental electronic house music. Cheong mixes the organic and the mechanica

    Operators

    Saturday, July 21st at 11:59 P.M.

    Operators will be arriving at Fishers’ Paradise via Barcelona and Belgrade – part of their June European tour. Formed in 2013, the band features Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fi

    Nuisance

    Saturday, July 21th at 11:00 P.M.

    Mixing up analogue magic noise sounds Nuisance will win over your night-time listening ears and unlock answers to many -but not all - of your existential quandaries.

      Chad VanGaalen

      Saturday, July 21st at 10:00 P.M.

      Chad VanGaalen carried us away on a sunny Sunday of R&S in 2012 with his hauntingly-voiced, story-songs filled with electric imagery and sound. We can’t wait to see him take over the Saturday night

      Twist

      Saturday, July 21st at 9:00 P.M.

      Twist is multi-instrumentalist, producer, and front-woman Laura Hermiston. She began Twist while working closely with Brian Borcherdt (Holy Fuck) as lead producer. In 2016, Twist signed with Buzz Reco

      Michael Rault

      Saturday, July 21st at 8:00 P.M.

      Michael Rault is a singer-songwriter and guitarist fronting his own eponymously named band. His hooky blends of pop rock refracts an evolution of guitar-based music through the ages. Rault has built a

      Bernice

      Saturday, July 21st at 7:00 P.M.

      Hailing from Toronto, ON, Bernice is the project of vocalist and songwriter Robin Dann. Joined by pals Thom Gill, Dan Fortin, Felicity Williams, and Phil Melanson, Bernice’s sound is unique and unli

      Anemone

      Saturday, July 21st at 4:30 P.M.

      Montreal based 4-piece Anemone is made up of frontwoman and songwriter Chloe Soldevila and partners in crime Renny, Miles, Samuel, and Gabriel. The group aims to capture “the feeling of dancing and

      Tallies

      Saturday, July 21st at 3:30 P.M.

      “Crafting the kind of woozy, surf-pop nodding gold that wouldn’t sound out of place blaring out of a busted Cadillac cruising past Venice Beach. – DIY ​​ Combining up-beat drum beats, melo

      Skin Condition

      Saturday, July 21st at 2:30 P.M.

      Made up of a grab bag of Sudbury's most talented punk rockers (members of Strange Attractor, Vicious Cycle, Bad Policy, and Rad Habits), this band is tight with hooks that bring back UK punk-rockers

      Magic Pelvis

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

      This experimental instrumental band blew us away on the Beach in 2015 - the same year that they released, Shit Faced and Pig Headed. Remember to always support the Pelvis! video:

      Ansley Simpson

      Saturday, July 21st at 10:30 A.M.

      Anishinaabe singer-songwriter Ansley Simpson was the winner of the inaugural Bull’sEye competition at imagineNATIVE’s 2016 Festival. Simpson then teamed up with award-winning Métis filmmaker Shan

      Coy Haste

      Friday/Saturday, July 21st at 1:30 A.M.

      Coy Haste is the alter-ego of Brad Weber, the percussive wunderkind sometimes seen driving the rhythms of Caribou and Pick a Piper, who played an unforgettable Dance Party set at last year’s R&S. Th

      Daniel Romano

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

      Daniel Romano played the first R&S with a young punk band called Attack in Back, then came back the next year for the sweetest campfire set, a duo with Misha. Back again in 2014, he headlined the Sund

      Julie Doiron

      Friday, July 20th at 12:30 A.M.

      Juno award-winning songwriter Julie Doiron began her musical journey as a founding member of ’90s East Coast indie-rock icons Eric’s Trip, the first Canadian band signed to Seattle’s famed Sub P

      The Pack A.D.

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

      Reviewers have compared them to White Stripes, the Kills, and the Black Keys. Made up of singer/guitarist Becky Black and drummer Maya Miller, they have a sound so gigantic, so fierce and raw and empo

      Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs

      Friday, July 20th at 9:00 P.M.

      Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs recently crossed an item off their bucket list – playing Massey Hall -- as openers for The Sheepdogs. The power pop rock band, formed by Coffey, a former mechanic’s app

      Laura Sauvage

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

      Vivianne Roy (aka Laura Sauvage) moved to Moncton at the age of 19 and started the folk-country trio, Les Hay Babies, with her two best friends Katrine Noël and Julie Aubé. Together, they released t

      WHOOP-Szo

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

      Exclaim! describes WHOOP-Szo’s sound as having an “inescapable quality … a heavy, fuzz-laden hodgepodge of grunge, psych, folk and post-rock.” Started in 2009 by Adam Sturgeon and Kirsten Kurv

      The Ape-ettes

      Friday, July 20th at 4:30 P.M.

      The Ape-ettes, made up of Julie Katherine Houle (guitar), Melanie McDonald (drums) and Andrée St-Onge (bass), are a scrappy rock-garage-psych-pop trio who sing in French and English. Their self-title

      Dany Laj & the Looks

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

      Songwriter and band frontman Dany Laj (Lajeunesse) and bassist Jeannette Dowling, who recently moved to Sudbury from Montreal, are two members of the band Dany Laj & the Looks. They played as a duo at

      Main Street Echo

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

      Main Street Echo are Jonny Parolin, Andrew Sowka, Caley Campbell and Vince Aquilina. Formed two years ago, the band provides a skillful blend of cinematic arrangements that pulse with the faded charms

      Léona

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

      Yéyé-psychédélique rocker Marie-Claire (Cronier) grew up in Sudbury but now calls Montreal home. She played the festival as Marie-Claire et les Hula-Hoops back in 2013 (imagine 1960s French ye-ye

      Rose-Erin Stokes

      Friday, July 20th at 10:30 A.M.

      Those who made our first winter edition, Shiver & Sky, this year will remember Rose-Erin as the first musician to brave the elements and warm the winter landscape with her liquid voice. She’s also p

      Possum

      Thursday, July 19th at 12:30 A.M.

      A possum is a nocturnal creature that clings to its mother’s fur with its brethren until they become too heavy to hang on. For Possum, experimental psychedelic garage rockers, their “mother” is

      Kommissars

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

      The raucous drums and driving basslines are the backbones to Kommissars noisy garage post-punk. No strangers to the Sudbury music scene-- Dawson Quail (guitar/vocals), Kyle Ormsby (bass), and Dylan Ke

      Cindy Lee

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

      Cindy Lee mixes lo-fi pop and experimental guitar to create heart-wrenching pleas and somber ballads. Spearheaded by Women guitarist Patrick Flegel, they explore tragedy and beauty through melodies an

      Born Ruffians

      Thursday, July 19th at 10 P.M.

      Anchoring our Thursday night … are 2010 R&S Alumni Born Ruffians. Recently reunited, the trio, made up of singer/guitarist Luke Lalonde, bassist Mitch DeRosier and drummer Steve Hamelin, has just re

      Shred Kelly

      Thursday, July 19th at 9 P.M.

      Soaked in electric crescendos and folk-tinged sing-along anthems, Shred Kelly is known for their high energy live show that ignites dance floors. At R&S they’ll kick our Thursday night in high gear.

      Helena Deland

      Thursday, July 19th at 8 P.M.

      Helena Deland’s two latest singles, “There Are A Thousand” and “Perfect Weather For A Crime” from her upcoming album, Altogether Unaccompanied, are poetic, catchy, and undeniably magnetic. S

      The Almighty Rhombus

      Thursday, July 19th at 7 P.M.

      Kicking off the festival is the infectious, sunshine pop of Almighty Rhombus. The band’s new album, SWISH, released in April, was produced by Ian Blurton (Change of Heart and C'Mon), at his Pro Gold