MUSICIANS & ARTISTS
Nick Ferrio is a musician and songwriter. Since 2009, he has written and performed under his own name, releasing the albums Introducing His Feelings (2012 Shuffling Feet Records), Half the Time (2013 7th Fire Records), and Amongst the Coyotes and Birdsongs (2015 Headless Owl Records). He has performed at concerts and festivals across Canada and Europe, including appearances at POP Montreal, Halifax Pop Explosion, CMW, NXNE, Sappyfest (Sackville, NB), Dawson City Music Festival, (Dawson City, YK), Lawnya Vawnya (St. John’s, NL), In The Dead of Winter (Halifax, NS), and Hillside Music Festival (Guelph, ON). Nick Ferrio is a member of The Burning Hell and has performed and contributed to the albums Happy Birthday (2008 weework Records), Baby (2009 weework Records), People (2013 BB Island Records), and Public Library (2016 BB Island Records). Nick Ferrio performs with Leanne Simpson and contributed to her album Islands of Decolonial Love (2013 ARP Books).
2016 Instrumental Album Juno Nominee Cris Derksen is an Aboriginal cellist/composer known for building layers of sound into captivating performances. Her music braids the traditional and contemporary in multiple dimensions, weaving her traditional classical training and her Aboriginal ancestry with new school electronics, creating genre defying music. Derksen’s 2010 debut album “The Cusp” was nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award, and won the 2011 Canadian Aboriginal Music Award for Instrumental Album of the Year. Cris released her sophomore solo album in May 2013. On “The Collapse” she delves further into electronic cello pieces while staying true to her cinematic flair. Cris released her third album “Orchestral Powwow Project” in 2015. Cris has toured nationally and internationally and is originally from Northern Alberta. There is a line of chiefs from North Tail Cree reserve on her father’s side and a line of strong Mennonite homesteaders on her mother’s side.
Tara Williamson is a poet and provocateur – from Manitoba by way of Peterborough, she is a First Nations singer/songwriter whose music is an unflinching document of self. She has released 2 EPs – Lie Low (produced by James McKenty) and ndn summer (produced by Kinnie Starr). Tracks from both have been featured on the National Aboriginal Music Countdown and other national and international music blogs and radio shows. Her first full length album, Songs to Keep Us Warm, is produced by Jim Bryson and will be released in the fall of 2016. In addition to recording and performing, Tara is also currently writing a musical/cabaret under the mentorship of Tomson Highway.
Ansley Simpson is an emerging Anishinaabe singer-songwriter from Toronto. A weaver of haunting vocals and poetics, her songs unfold as stories, immersing the listener in vibrant imagery and journeying us through themes of vulnerably, love, and the raw emotion of heartbreak. Ansley is a natural performer, holding audiences with stunning vocals matched by her warm, refined and intricate guitar playing. She also performs in her sister Leanne Betasamosake Simpson's band and was a composer and performer on her new album f(l)ight. Ansley's own much anticipated debut album titled “Breakwall” produced by James Bunton is set to be released in the fall of 2016.
Evening Hymns is the ever-evolving musical project of Jonas Bonnetta, a musician/artist/sawyer who lives in rural Eastern Ontario. Evening Hymns is a musical reflecting pool. The currents of his emotional poetry evoke collective memories and experiences we somehow all share. The band’s last record, Spectral Dusk (2012), covered deeply personal issues and took Evening Hymns to the next level, musically and lyrically, from their debut record‚ Spirit Guides (2009). A study of loss, pain, hope and a pathway drawn out of the dark into the light, Spectral Dusk found Jonas dealing with the loss of his father three years previous. The record spilled its guts out on the floor, and yet so softly allowed the listener to reflect on their own mortality. Their new album, Quiet Energies, is less personal in nature. It’s a record made for listening with the windows rolled down like the classic road records of the 1970’s. It’s due out the summer of 2015. The album was made in his home studio, Port William Sound, a cabin outside his rustic home. Heated by an antique wood stove, and with a panoramic view of the fields surrounding, its peaceful environment inspired and bolstered the recording experience. Jonas assembled a familiar group of friends to make the album, including longtime band mates Sylvie Smith and Jon Hynes, as well as friends from Timber Timbre and The Wooden Sky.
James Bunton is an independent producer / composer / Dora winning sound designer who has performed across North America, The UK, Europe and Asia in projects including Ohbijou, Evening Hymns, Light Fires, and Forest City Lovers. Works include sound design and composition for Quote Unquote Collective, Susie Burpee, Sylvie Bouchard, Anandam Dancetheatre, Forcier Stage Works, Philip McKee, Tina Fushell, Departures Entertainment Inc. (Outdoor Life Network), Stuart McIntyre & Paul Mathew (Consul Media), and Richie Mehta (Rickshaw Productions). Recent credits include audio production and mixing on works by Donovan Woods, Evening Hymns, For Esmé, Leanne Simpson, Ansley Simpson, Blimp Rock, Shawn William Clarke, Light Fires, Jon Hynes, KASHKA, Vivek Shraya, and on the Friends In Bellwoods and SLOW Volumes compilations.
sab meynert is an artist & writer of jaffna-tamil & burgher descent. Based in toronto, their work has been recognized as a melodic counterpoint to the independent arts publishing sector. Spinning poetic imagery & text to weave maps of visceral emotions and life's infinitely unfolding nature. Between independently published artist multiples, national & international gallery shows, grant-funded bodies of work, collaborative initiatives with high profile musicians & artists, and their september world-distributed publishing debut, SPRAWLING HEART, meynert is an embodiment of the artist working in dynamic multiplicity.