Kirkland Lake Festivals Committee presents
Sam Roberts Band
55 Allen Ave
Kirkland Lake, ON, P2N 3S1
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 19 and over
Watch & Listen
Sam Roberts Band
In March of 2016, Sam Roberts Band holed themselves up at the Bathouse, The Tragically Hip's studio near Kingston, Ontario to record their sixth full-length album, TerraForm. They went in with the lake still covered by ice and emerged 4 weeks later, in the first days of spring, bearing with them new music…
In co-producer Graham Walsh of H*ly F*ck, the band found not just a kindred spirit, but someone willing to lead them away from well-trodden paths and into new, uncertain terrain: "Graham always pushed the sonic elements of the songs to the limit…tweaking sounds until they contributed more than just the sum of their parts…using sound to create emotion in the same way that words and melody can," says SRB frontman and songwriter, Sam Roberts. "Not to mention that he was forced to live under the same roof as us and lived to tell the tale!"
The album takes flight with the title track TerraForm, a story of escape from the ashes of a dying world. “Terraforming is the idea of going to another planet and making it viable for humans. For this record, I saw it as planting the seeds for that same sort of renewal in your own life – that regardless of how much you have broken the parts of your life along the way, there is always a chance to start over… for yourself and the people you care about” says Roberts. "Most of these songs are love songs, but love songs that grapple with it's many faces - beautiful and ugly, healing and destructive."
FIEND looks back through the years, identifying LOVE as the one constant that binds us, while Black Spark shine's light on the cryptic, shadowy web that love can weave in both heart and mind. Tourist Trap takes on a cosmic love triangle between constellations, just as the House Inside holds up an unclouded mirror to the daily reality of making a family work. "It's about never giving up on your family, no matter what life throws at you or whatever paths, destructive or not, you choose to walk as an individual - you have to recognize that it all comes back to the people you’re sharing your life with,” Roberts says.
If the TerraForm story begins in the dust and ashes and the quest for a new home, the lead single If You Want It speaks to the self-destructive forces that helped drive us towards calamity. "The protagonist of the song, compelled by greed and driven to crime, embarks on a trip to hell…and hopefully back again," says Roberts. In Roll With The Spirits, we are duped by the soothing promises of a Snake-Oil peddler, selling happiness by the pound…Things break down, then they crack. The album closes with Spring Fever and the sounds of life bubbling back to the surface. We've come full-circle, we have a chance to do it all over again. In the chorus Roberts sings "We're on our way… Don't know where we're going but we're here today." An acknowledgement that the future is a web of unknown possibilities but that we have the gift of being alive right now!
Canadian rock icon Kim Mitchell sings those lines on his personal mission statement, “Rock N Roll Duty” and he’s still doing exactly that, energy and enthusiasm intact. For Mitchell, that’s what it’s all about, not the money, the fame or the trophy case.
Singer-songwriter and guitarist, Kim Mitchell, has achieved gold and multiplatinum sales status over a long and storied career, starting early on as leader of the musically eclectic Max Webster, a band who in the late 70’s defined “alternative” and “independent” long before the words became clichés. Mitchell has sold over 1.5 million recordings and toured regularly over a lengthy solo career that remains creatively vibrant to this day. Of note, 2014 marks the 30th anniversary of “Akimbo Alogo” (Alert Records), Kim’s first full length solo recording post Max Webster, a record which introduced us to Kim’s big, bold and endemic guitar driven sounds in songs like “Go For Soda” and the anthemic “All We Are”.
Along the way he won three Juno Awards for “Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year”, “Album of the Year” and “Male Vocalist of the Year”. In the late 70’s and through all of the 80’s Kim toured the largest arenas in the country and today continues to perform at festivals, casinos and Performing Arts Theatres nationally. He is a gifted and peer-respected guitar player as well as an acclaimed songwriter, having penned (in partnership with Pye Dubois) and recorded classic hits like “Go For Soda”, “Rock N Roll Duty”, “Patio Lanterns”, “I am a Wild Party”, “Easy To Tame” and “All We Are”, to name just a few – all songs that have become part of the Canadian musical landscape.
Add several new songs from his most recent solo recording “Ain’t Life Amazing” (including the national rock radio hit of the title track), and audiences are thrilled to find that participating in a Kim Mitchell concert is like being at the live recording of a greatest hits box set which includes his solo hits and often Max Webster gems like “Diamonds Diamonds”, “Oh War”, and “Battlescar”, a hard rock anthem as poignant today as it was three decades ago when it was recorded with his friends Alex, Geddy and Neil of RUSH.
In 2004, while maintaining a busy touring schedule, Mitchell was invited to join the on-air staff at the CORUS flagship station Q107 in Toronto, giving Kim his first ever day-job and one that he has excelled at. During his tenure as host of their afternoon drive show, quickly becoming one of the most popular DJs in the GTA, and the country. July 31, 2015 marks the end of an 11 year journey hosting The Kim Mitchell Show.
Mitchell has the respect of peers, fans, and industry types alike. Just what does he consider his greatest achievement? “Shoot, that’s easy,” says Kim, “it’s in the couple of hours the band is onstage, being able to take people to a special place through our performance and music. When that happens, I’ve accomplished what I set out to do.” Legions of Canadian fans agree!