River & Sky

Simple good times
along the Sturgeon River.

  • kids bouncing on tire
  • musicians on stage
  • hanging out in front of stage
  • canoe on river

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Music

Owls and Indie Rockers, River & Sky hosts some amazing music in a remotely unique environment.

Friday

July 19, 2013

  • 08:00PM
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  • The Almighty Rhombus
    The Almighty Rhombus
    Sudbury, ON
    Everyone who sees The Almighty Rhombus play seems to have a different favourite song. Infectious pop that’s hard to get out of your head, the Sudbury band’s diverse sonic palette hits a different chord with all its fans. Made up of the three Drake brothers – Clayton, Cameron and Carter—and long-time friends Mike Kenny and Neil Bednis, there’s a bond of family and friendship that ties them together and lets them create music in a collaborative manner. The Almighty Rhombus has released a self-titled EP and will releasing their debut full-length, Lucid Living, this September on Cosmic Dave's Record Factory. Sound Vat describe them as having “the crazy indie-garage pop sound that everyone loves nailed. Simple as that.”
  • 09:00PM
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    Main
  • Miracle Fortress
    Miracle Fortress
    Montreal, QC
    Was I the Wave? is the long-awaited sophomore offering from Montreal musician and producer Miracle Fortress (Graham Van Pelt). Miracle Fortress gained international recognition in 2007 for his debut album Five Roses, a unique collection of psychedelic shoe-gazey-pop that garnered high praise from numerous outlets. The Guardian gave it five stars and called it “gorgeous from start to finish,” Spin proclaimed “Montreal’s latest revelation is a pure pop pick me up” with four stars; and the Montreal Gazette called it “an indie-rock / synth-pop masterpiece,” bestowing five stars. Indeed, it became a much-loved record with something of a cult-following.
  • 10:00PM
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    Main
  • Rich Aucoin
    Rich Aucoin
    Halifax, NS
    Rich Aucoin, an indie pop-rock musician from Halifax, writes music that taps into the happiness of youth and has been known to channe a type of communal euphoria at his shows. His energy, synthetic creations and multimedia effects drives audiences to their feet and bouncing. This past Spring Rich toured France and then on his return hit the road with K-Os for a series of Canadian shows. Rich’s We're All Dying To Live was nominated for the 2012 Polaris Prize and this year his Brian Wilson is ALiVE video won the inaugural Prism Prize. He has played at a number of the country’s more prominent festivals including: NXNE, Pop Montreal, CMW, TIFF, Halifax Pop Explosion, Evolve, Atlantic International Jazz Festival, and The Victoria International Jazz Festival.
  • 11:00PM
  • F
    Campfire
  • Supertoke
    Supertoke
    Sudbury, ON
    Supertoke is a three piece band made up of Mexican Lucha Libre fighters who solve crimes and play sizzling instrumental rockabilly, surf and punk. Why have they made their home in snowy Sudbury, far from the ocean and the Mexican wrestling scene? … It doesn't make sense but they play so fast and sweet, it doesn't matter.
  • 11:30PM
  • F
    Campfire
  • Minotaurs
    Minotaurs
    Guelph, ON
    Inspired heavily by legendary Nigerian musician Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and his Afro-beat music, MINOTAURS take the funky, slinky backbone of afrobeat and apply it to the indie-rock folk songs of Nathan Lawr. Its propulsive rhythms and syncopated horn arrangements are catchy, inspiring, and mind-boggling funky all at once.

Saturday

July 20, 2013

  • 11:00AM
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    Main
  • Eat’n Holler
    Eat’n Holler
    Montreal, QC
    Eat'n Holler is Garrett, Amy and Ben. After touring North America in various bands and combinations of people, they are now a trio and have embarked on a tour across Canada, through wind, snow and abject silliness. With banjo, guitar and fiddle, they are two parts East Coast and one parts Montreal; they make beautiful street-grass? Flavour your morning coffee with this some rural squeegee blend. If you miss them at coffee you can see them Sunday on the Main Stage.
  • 01:00PM
  • B
    Beach
  • Marie Claire et les Hula Hoops
    Marie Claire et les Hula Hoops
    Sudbury, ON
    Imagine 1960s French ye-ye rock colliding with psychedelic space rock with a splash of surf guitar and you’ll find Marie Clarie et les Hula-Hoops. This new band from Sudbury is made up of Marie-Claire Cronier, winner of Ontario Pop (2012), backed up by Strange Attractor band members brothers Mitch and Jeff Houle, and Eric Hoop.
  • 02:00PM
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    Beach
  • Static and Snow
    Static and Snow
    Toronto, ON
    This Toronto-based power-trio combines frontman Will Gillespie's full-spectrum Canadian rock & roll songs with the undeniable talents of drummer-producer Josh Turnbull and bassist David Gluck's infectious energy. Three distinct voices making a unified statement: Real Songs played really well.
  • 03:00PM
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    Beach
  • Love Banshee
    Love Banshee
    Waterloo, ON
    Love Banshee is a well dressed seven-piece band – with a fiddle, banjo, trumpet, guitars, and other fun instruments among their ranks-- from Waterloo, Ontario. In the fall of 2012 they released their debut album, So Long Stone which went on to hit number seven on !earshot’s National Folk/Roots/Blues chart in December of that year.
  • 07:00PM
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  • Hilotrons
    Hilotrons
    Ottawa, ON
    Hilotrons will be breezing into R&S with some pop-new-wave-dance scented airwave freshener. The band’s latest album, At Least There’s Commotion, with Kelp Records, was released this May. Past albums including their self-titled debut EP, Happymatic , and Bella Simone have earned them a devoted following from across the country. Chartattack has described them as having “jerky syncopated beats that will get under your skin.”
  • 08:00PM
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  • JAILL
    JAILL
    Milwaukee, WI, USA
    Their home may be in Wisconsin but these four Milwaukee dudes like to travel, having logged many US and UK tours since releasing That’s How We Burn with Subpop in 2010. Spin has described it as “the beaming choruses of ‘80s new wave with the lovable shrug of ‘90s guitar-based indie.” But our favourite review comes from The Onion’s AV Club: “On JAILL’s sub pop debut, That’s How We Burn, Milwaukee’s preeminent slacker-rock band combs its hair, puts on a clean shirt and remakes itself as a sleek savvy engineer of guitar-pop should-be hits.”
  • 09:00PM
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  • The Bicycles
    The Bicycles
    Toronto, ON
    Their 1960s bubble-gum pop is not Hipster ironic. Toronto quintet, The Bicycles, are really devoted to this type of sun-shiny sound. After taking a short break to pursue individual projects, the band members “organically reunited” about a year ago to the ecstasy of many fans and began sending songs back and forth. The result is their latest album, Stop Thinking So Much, released in April of this year.
  • 10:00PM
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  • The Rural Alberta Advantage
    The Rural Alberta Advantage
    Toronto, ON
    The Rural Alberta Advantage didn’t form on the windswept prairies but in Toronto, in 2005. However, their indie-rock folk songs about winters on the farm, the Rockies, hometowns, heartbreak, and miners are born from experiences from growing up in Central and Northern Alberta. Released in March 2011, Departing is the band's follow up release and companion piece to their critically-acclaimed and well-loved debut album, Hometowns. It was nominated for the Polaris Prize that year. The band is made up of Nils Edenloff on lead vocals and guitar, Amy Cole on backing vocals and keyboard, and Paul Banwatt on drums.
  • 11:00PM
  • F
    Campfire
  • Strange Attractor
    Strange Attractor
    Sudbury, ON
    Strange Attractor is Jeff Houle’s basement recording project. Leaving the basement and hitting the stage,its members swell to include members of Sudbury punk legends Statues and Ultra Violence Ray . A mix of 60s garage, ‘70s & ’80s punk with a chaotic twist. The Seeds vs. Angry Samoans aesthetics. These mutant punks/garage goons have toured 10 countries, released albums on Ptrash, Red Lounge and FDH Records and have received favourable reviews in Terminal Boredom, MRR, Mongrel zine...
  • 11:30PM
  • F
    Campfire
  • Hooded Fang
    Hooded Fang
    Toronto, ON
    River & Sky folks met Hooded Fang’s psychedelic-pop sounds at our third festival - out in Kearney. With more garage punk sound they will fit right in with Strange Attractor. This is not going to be a "shush" "shush" set. The band’s been together since the winter of 2008, when the friends/roommates decided to start playing music together. Inspired by Mordecai Richler, and united by their conviction that “Barney’s Version” is a bad name for a band, they settled on his children’s story, Hooded Fang.

Sunday

July 21, 2013

  • 10:00AM
  • C
    Coffeehouse
  • Ben Hermann
    Ben Hermann
    North Bay, ON
    Ben Hermann is a singer songwriter from North Bay who currently resides in Toronto where he continues to create, collaborate and perform. He released a five-track album last fall called Red Sky in Morning.
  • 11:00AM
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    Main
  • Eat’n Holler
    Eat’n Holler
    Montreal, QC
    Eat'n Holler is Garrett, Amy and Ben. After touring North America in various bands and combinations of people, they are now a trio and have embarked on a tour across Canada, through wind, snow and abject silliness. With banjo, guitar and fiddle, they are two parts East Coast and one parts Montreal; they make beautiful street-grass? Flavour your morning coffee with this some rural squeegee blend. If you miss them at coffee you can see them Sunday on the Main Stage.
  • 12:00PM
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    Main
  • Devin Cuddy
    Devin Cuddy
    Toronto, ON
    Well, it says here on the bio that he's Jim Cuddy's son, but from the opening notes, you can throw your preconceptions away. This is no junior singer-songwriter trying to find his way around the acoustic guitar with heartfelt tunes. He's on the piano for one thing, and no, he's no Elton balladeer either. Instead, it sounds like he's from some other generation entirely, some made-up one that has touches of country in the 50's, New Orleans in the 20's, and Cab Calloway in the 40's. Jazzy-bluesy numbers are swapped with rollicking proto-rockabilly, everything swinging.
  • 01:00PM
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  • Old Man Luedecke
    Old Man Luedecke
    Chester, NS
    Juno award winner Old Man Luedecke hasn't been home to Chester, Nova Scotia much of late, what with tours of Eastern Europe and the UK leading up to this year’s summer festival season. Chris Luedecke is well-known for his storytelling through song, using a mix of folk, bluegrass and pop hooks. His most recent album, Tender is the Night, was recorded in Nashville and has earned some rave reviews and has garnered Chris a Juno nomination. His album, Proof of Love, won the 2009 Juno Award for traditional folk album of the year.
  • 02:00PM
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    Main
  • Lindi Ortega
    Lindi Ortega
    Toronto, ON
    Singer-songwriter Lindi Ortega, originally from Toronto and now living in Nashville has been described as a blend of Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, and Emmy Lou Harris. Ortega is currently signed to Last Gang Records where she has released two albums, most recently Cigarettes & Truckstops in October 2012. Lindi has toured extensively as a backup singer for Brandon Flowers, the lead singer of The Killers, in support of his solo album, Flamingo including dates in the United States, UK, Europe and Mexico, as well as televised live performances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Later... with Jools Holland and at Abbey Road Studios. Last year she was nominated for the 2012 Polaris Prize and two Juno Awards for New Artist of the Year and Roots & Traditional Album.

Camping

Great Music in the Great Outdoors.

What to Bring

  • smudge me!

  • dancing shoes

  • Reusable cup, plate, bowl, spork & knife

  • bison burgers

  • toothbrush

  • croquet

  • bug spray, sunscreen

  • toilet paper in a ziplock bag

  • you’re party

  • beers

Vendors

Fromagerie Elgin

Gourmet Grilled Cheeses +

The kitchen awaits you Jake!

Fromagerie on Facebook

The Golden Wrench

Coffeehouse

Barista bike mechanic will caffeinate & grease your wheels.

Eat Local Sudbury

Ice Cream!

"2 scoops please Peggy Gene!"

ELS on Facebook

more to come

BYOB

No glass. Be responsible. Stay hydrated and take good care of yourself and others please.

Garbage

We recycle and we want to compost too. Look to sort your stash before you trash. Your empties go toward keeping R&S rolling.

Natural Building

Cob Ovens were built in 2012 from local clay, sand and straw. Yurt building in 2013.

Food & Beverages

Vendors will be on hand with delectable foods inspired by local ingredients. Cleaning stations for camp cooking coming in 2013.

Water

There is free drinking water available via a fill station near the Main Stage. Bring containers.

Washrooms

Portable washrooms near the main stage. More outhouses for the campers, including one at the beach. No showers - river!

Children

People aged 16 and under, with their families, get in for free. Self-directed activities available for kids/families ++

Getting Around

Bikes are a great way to get around. When walking protect/cover your toes. Flashlight - check. No driving permitted.

Swimming

At your own risk and never under the influence! No soap in the river. Great beach. Take care of yourself and each other.

Mosquitos

Welcome to North Ontario! The witching hour comes just as darkness falls. Bring some bug dope, long sleeves & pants. Smudge?

Campfires

Fires need to be contained to fire pits. MNR fire bans apply to R&S. If you’re planning on cooking bring a stove.

Camping

Open fields. Wooded sites. Family Camping. Arrive at R&S, pick your spot & set up your gear.

Getting There

Relax. Rewind. Reset.

From Sudbury

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  • Find your way onto ON-17/Trans-Canada Hwy - total 58.5 km
  • Turn left onto Dyke St/ON-539 N (signs for Warren) go 190 m total 58.7 km
  • Take the 2nd right onto Stanhope Ave/ON-539 N go 85 m total 58.8 km
  • Take the 1st left onto ON-539 N -  go 22.9 km total 81.7 km
  • Turn right onto ON-539 S - go 7.7 km total 89.3 km
  • Turn right go 100 m total 89.4 km
  • Fishers’ Paradise 3636B Hwy 539, Field, ON P0H 1M0

From Toronto

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  • Find your way to the 400 N to Barrie - total 101 km
  • Continue onto ON-11 N - total 129 km
  • Continue onto ON-11 N/Trans-Canada Hwy - total 130 km
  • Continue onto ON-11 N - total 341 km
  • Continue onto Trans-Canada Hwy - total 383 km
  • Turn right onto Ottawa St/ON-64 S- total 384 km
  • Turn right onto Cache Bay Rd/ON-64 S (signs for Field) go 56 m - total 384 km
  • Take the 1st left onto Rue Toronto/ON-64 (signs for Field) Continue to follow ON-64 - total 405 km
  • Turn right onto ON-64 S - total 405 km
  • Turn left onto ON-539 N (signs for River Valley) - total 406 km
  • Turn left go 100 m - total 411 km
  • Slow down - you made it.
  • Fishers' Paradise 3636B Hwy 539, Field, ON P0H 1M0

From Ottawa

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  • Get onto ON-17/Trans-Canada Hwy
  • Keep right at the fork, follow signs for ON-17 N/ON-11 N/Twin Lakes Road and merge onto ON-11 N/ON-17/Trans-Canada Hwy Continue to follow ON-17/Trans-Canada Hwy
  • Turn right onto Ottawa St/ON-64 S (signs for Field) Continue to follow ON-64 S go 650 m
  • Turn right onto Cache Bay Rd/ON-64 S (signs for Field) go 56 m
  • Take the 1st left onto Rue Toronto/ON-64 (signs for Field) Continue to follow ON-64
  • Turn right onto ON-64 S
  • Turn left onto ON-539 N (signs for River Valley) go 6.0 km
  • Turn left go 100 m total 427 km

By Bike or Boat

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  • bike along a decommissioned rail line
  • 100km’s with 3 river crossings over old railway trestle bridges
  • begins just past Sudbury Aiport where the old line crosses Skead Rd.
  • not sanctioned by R&S
  • canoe the Sturgeon River - families welcome to join in a 4 day trip to R&S
  • canoe the Temagami River - no kids! faster water - 5 day trip to R&S
  • contact Friends of Temagami (FoT) for info/resources
  • not sanctioned by R&S or FoT


Sustainability / Partners

Good People doing Good Work

Friends of Temagami

A Northern Ontario-based, all-volunteer conservation organization. Our mission is to conserve wilderness and promote ecotourism across the Temagami region. Hike the world's largest old-growth red pine forest at Wolf Lake. Climb Ontario's highest point at Ishpatina Ridge. Explore Lake Temagami's 1200 islands. Paddle 4700 km of Anishnabe canoe routes. Rock on the shores of the Sturgeon River.

Eat Local Sudbury

Eat Local Sudbury Co-operative is a grocery store and distributor that connects eaters with producers. R&S tries to source as much of our food product and our vendors' food product through ELS. When it comes to R&S trip planning ELS is bringing the ice cream.