Doors at 8:30 p.m., Show at 9 p.m.
$12 at the door
Moxam recruited a who's who in Toronto's music scene for Soft Summer: former bandmates, Adrian Cook (guitar) and Tony McKnight (bass) of Great Bloomers, Joshua Van Tassel (drums) of Great Lake Swimmers, and Lemon Bucket Orkestra's Christopher Weatherstone (saxophone.) The songstresses Ivy Mairi (The Weather Station, Bruce Peninsula) and Raffa Weyman (RALPH and formerly Queen of the Fleet) provided accompanying vocals on several tracks. The album was recorded, mixed and produced by Chris Stringer, who has worked with Timber Timbre, Ohbijou, The Wooden Sky and Gentlemen Reg, among countless others. In 2016 Tim shared the stage with The Strumbellas, Donovan Woods, Coeur de Pirate, to name a few.
Rachel Ries, hailing from the prairies of middle America, crafts sly and compassionate songs for the crooked-hearted. With an electric guitar and piano; a clear voice and steady hand; she deftly pulls listeners in with disarming candor and holds them there with smart and tender poetry. This Spring Ries released Cardinal; a handcrafted EP of songs written while on residency in Rouen, France. For Rachel, each of the songs is a direction; a key; a red-blooded essential for living – be it bravery, belief in one’s path or the bonds of family and blood. Each Cardinal includes a limited edition linoleum block art print, handmade by Rachel herself. Recorded by the inimitable Jeremy Messersmith in Minneapolis, Cardinal is Rachel’s 2nd handcrafted EP and follows in the wake of Ghost of a Gardener (2014). If you need comparisons, think Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Jeff Buckley. If you don’t – just listen.
Suzy Wilde is a versatile singer, songwriter and musician who was born in Toronto and grew up in a very musical family. Her experience writing and arranging for pop, country, folk, jazz and musical theatre has led her to discover her own, personalized brand of songwriting, driven by powerful melodies, catchy guitar riffs and striking, honest lyrics. Influences include Jennifer Castle, Laura Marling, Sarah Harmer and Kathleen Edwards.