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The Sadies

The Sadies are commonly referred to as a country band, but these Canadiana icons are anything but tied to a genre. In their decade plus of performing, the band have utilized indie, pop, psych, bluegrass, surf, gospel, and blues elements, all with the consistent country-tinge and tight structures that denote their music. Their albums are driving and propulsive, but it is the aurally blistering live shows that The Sadies are truly known for. The legendary concerts are known to grow from versatile whispers to blindingly fever-pitched energy in a heartbeat.

SATURDAY JULY 16 - 12:00AM

BEACH STAGE

Beach Fossils

Sinuous, reverb drenched and dew speckled, New York’s Beach Fossils earn their apt name through a viscous motecloud of shoegaze, surf rock and dream pop. The project began as the solo lo-fi ponderings of Dustin Payseur, slowly evolving into a four-piece affair that is as clear and punchy as it is unearthly and elusive. Immaculately textured guitars provide jangly melodies atop bouncy, nonstop drumming, sounding like the score to a lazy day spent underwater, watching the summer sunlight refract and scatter above. In 2016, the band will star in supporting roles in the HBO television series, Vinyl.

SATURDAY JULY 16 - 10:00PM

MAINSTAGE

TOPS

Affectionately referred to as “a bunch of weirdos” by Grimes, TOPS takes ideas last heard in 80s teen movie soundtracks and twists them into something both surreal and ethereal. Crystal clear guitars, floating synths, and breezy vocals ebb in a wave over listeners, but it’s not all relaxing cleanliness here. The band’s playful, jazzy instrumentation and frequent turns to funky oddness keep things warped and wonderful in the best of ways.

SATURDAY JULY 16 - 9:00PM

MAINSTAGE

Nap Eyes

Nap Eyes walk a dusty path between rooted earth and star swept sky, delivering gnarled, hyper-literate refrains for planet and space. Chemist-by-day Nigel Chapman leads the group, considering heady topics like insomnia, magnetic fields and the earth’s core with the bravado of an academic ramblin’ man. You’ll hear no overdubs or studio magic here, just tight-knit yet unkempt rock that slinks along underneath the singer’s reflective odes.

SATURDAY JULY 16 - 8:00PM

MAINSTAGE

The Courtneys

Take the sun-drenched ocean breeze of the west coast and lay some sweet slacker rock licks on top and you’ve got The Courtneys. The trio (only one of whom is named Courtney) bring a contagious attitude wherever they go, complete with washed out numbers about Keanu Reeves, hunky delivery boys, cult 90s movies, and empty bank accounts. Their logo-branded air fresheners may be sold out, but this unabashed sense of fun isn’t going anywhere.

SATURDAY JULY 16 - 7:00PM

MAINSTAGE

Hurt Protecter

Saturday night kicks off with Hurt Protector, the new side project of husband/wife duo Kate Maki and Fred Squire. Maki’s voice is dusty and conversational, Squire’s deep and poetic; both tools to deliver moving and deeply honest rock missives. Under this collaborative umbrella, their love of ramshackle ’70s and ’80s music and equipment is used to create sentimental and expansive sounds.

SATURDAY JULY 16 - 6:00PM

MAINSTAGE

Annie Sumi

Old soul Annie Sumi is a force of nature, using a sweet, beyond her years voice to deliver surreal and yearning folk with lilting melodies and powerful lyrics. The young North Bay native has spent the last couple years winning over a dedicated audience with intimate and inspired sets that pull listeners into her world; a realm of cool grass, shady trees, positivity and hope.

Twitter-length: With lilting, surreal folk, Annie Sumi pulls listeners into her realm of cool grass and shady trees.

SATURDAY JULY 16 - 1:00PM

BEACH STAGE

Eric Clancy

Full-length: Eric Clancy has been telling tales of the natural world through song for over five years, growing into a formidable singer/songwriter. His melodies seem laid back, breezy, and effortless, but belie a great passion and melancholy. Fun fact: the title track from his first album, “Over Time,” was based on an early morning conversation with a fellow R&S attendee back in 2009.

FRIDAY JULY 15 - 2:00PM

BEACH STAGE

The Ape-ettes

Within one song, the Ape-ettes jump from English to French, from garage rock to psych, from punk to pop, from hyper-catchy to kind of heartbreaking. The trio of butt-kicking Sudbury ladies holds such distinguished achievements as reaching #1 on Montreal’s CSIM 89.3 radio station and getting to hang out with kids/play with laundry for a music video shoot.

FRIDAY JULY 15 - 3:00PM

BEACH STAGE

Sik Rik

SIK RIK is the newest mutated rotation of Sudbury punks, led by Eric Hoop and featuring the usual gallery of characters from Strange Attractor and Mick Futures. Ever eaten so much fast food that you end up with a pizza face or a hamburger head? This is the band for you.

FRIDAY JULY 15 - 4:00PM

BEACH STAGE

Steve Lambke

R&S loves You’ve Changed Records. R&S also loves the Constantines. Having the label’s co-founder/band’s guitarist Steven Lambke show off his cosmic earworms at our coffeehouse is just too good. Lambke’s music is lush and clean, wandering off, down overgrown paths in a garden abundant with shiver inducing vocals and brilliantly roomy instrumentals.

FRIDAY JULY 15 - 10:30AM

COFFEEHOUSE STAGE

Fishers' Paradise

info@riverandsky.ca

Music submissions: music@riverandsky.ca
Director: peter@riverandsky.ca
Media inquiries: media@riverandsky.ca
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Phone: 855 561 4484


Thanks to:
Liz, Heather, David, Scott and Terri for use of photos.

Liz Lott Photography

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