54•40, The Sadies, Grand Analog, Joni NehRita, Madison Galloway, Safe As Houses
127 East Mill Street
Elora, ON, N0B 1S0
3:00 PM (event ends at 11:00 PM)
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
Now in it’s third year, Ice Jam’s all Canadian lineup will feature a full day of performances from celebrated acts with beloved alt-rockers 54∙40being joined by altcountry legends, The Sadies, hip hop heroes, Grand Analog, Waterloo folkrockers, The Royal Streets, the infectious, soulful stylings of Guelph’s Joni NehRitaand local songstress, Madison Galloway.
54∙40 is Neil Osborne, Brad Merritt, Matt Johnson & Dave Genn. Inspired by the punk/new music scene of Vancouver, BC, 54∙40 first performed at the dawn of 1981. After 30 years, 16 releases and more than 2000 performances, the secret to 54∙40′s longevity is their ability to redefine and reinvent themselves – taking
longtime 54∙40 fans on a thrill ride, and continually picking up new young fans along the way.
Internal Sounds, the anticipated new album from The Sadies, will be released September 17 on Yep Roc Records. In celebration of the album, The Sadies are currently in the midst of a Canadian tour. Recorded in Toronto, the 11-track album was produced by The Sadies' Dallas Good (guitars, organ, vocals) and mixed by Peter J. Moore. In addition to Good, the album features band members Travis Good (guitars, fiddle, vocals), Sean Dean (bass) and Mike Belitsky (drums). Of the experience, Dallas Good comments, "There was a conscious effort to deliver a finished product that wouldn't suffer from a deadline or budget. We recorded this record over a span of a year, in session for 20-plus days. By the end, we'd spent every dime we had and used up every favor. There is usually a sense of immediacy to our records, maybe because we make a lot of them. I didn't want that this time."
Formed in Toronto in 1994, the band has released 16 studio albums, including 2010's Darker Circles, which the A.V. Club describes as, "...full of strong melodies, beautiful guitars, and the ghosts of a unsettled past" and which Under The Radar praises as, "...twangingly irresistible guitar interplay." Additional recordings include Precious Moments (1998), Pure Diamond Gold (1999), Tremendous Efforts (2001), Stories Often Told (2002), Favourite Colours (2004), In Concert Volume One (2006), Tales of the Rat Fink (2006) and New Seasons (2007). They have also released two albums with Andre Williams (1999's Red Dirt and 2012's Night and Day), an album with Jon Langford (2003's Mayors of the Moon), an album with Neko Case (2004's The Tigers Have Spoken) and an album with John Doe (2009's Country Club). Country Club went on to chart on Billboard's U.S. Country and Indie charts and reached #10 on the U.S. Heatseekers chart.
Grand Analog is a raw collective of seasoned record collectors, musicians and self described beat junkies. You can easily find any of these characters DJing at various clubs around Toronto or Winnipeg. Band leader and creator, Odario Williams, describes the Grand Analog sound as a beautiful mess of rap'n'roll, dub and soul. The band's critically acclaimed albums, "Calligraffiti" and "Metropolis Is Burning", boasted an infectious array of soundscapes that was unbalanced and dirty; never clean.
Each personality in this collective brings something unique to the table. Odario and DJ Ofield blame their father, a reggae DJ from the 80s, for cursing them with the love of music, bass and trouble. DJ Catalist was also born into a musical family, inheriting a vintage collection of analog keyboards and an uncanny resemblance to Frank Zappa. Warren Bray is the secret sauce on bass and TJ Garcia trips the light fantastic behind his drum kit. Due in 2013, their new album, "Modern Thunder", features guest artists ranging from Saukrates and Shad and Maylee Todd.
Grand Analog's restless feet create an extensive touring schedule. The live show adds soul to the bloodline along with frequent stage jams and off the wall spontaneity. Over the last six years, Grand Analog has left its mark on prestigious showcases and festivals such as SXSW, CMJ, Pop Montreal, the Halifax Pop Explosion, JunoFest, Breakout West and CMW plus shows opening for the Herbaliser, K-OS, Big Boi and Kardinall Offishall.
Joni NehRita is a dynamic artist who is not easily forgotten after seeing or hearing her for the first time. A multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer, she has a gift for writing infectious songs that are also deeply personal. In her live show, she willingly gives herself over to the music & connects with the audience in a way that leave them feeling as though they know her. Much of her music hearkens back to a time when soul and funk music made you dance while also serving up social commentary and a call for change.
As a vocalist and performer, NehRita is a class act and has had varied experiences from professional musical theatre to singing with the KW Symphony Orchestra and Hamilton Philharmonic. As a solo act and/or backing keyboardist or vocalist she has performed on such stages/events as The Montreal Jazz Festival, Hillside Festival, Waterloo Jazz Festival, Massey Hall, The Centre in the Square and countless venues across North America, Germany, England and Australia. In 2011 her single, “Are You Ready” peaked at #6 on the UK Soul Chart and received airplay on Canadian, US, and British radio stations.
Hailing from Fergus, Ontario, Madison Galloway is a driven and talented multi-instrumentalist with a unique approach to her blend of pop, rock, and folk.
The 16-year-old songstress set out to translate her youthfulness and energy into fresh hooks and appealing melodies; inspired by artists as diverse as Taylor Swift, The Lumineers, and Joni Mitchell, to mention but a few. Her recent EP "Who Knows Where" features 5 original songs that flirt with country influences, while retaining Madison's signature style and direct attitude.
As a live performer, Madison is able to sustain up to 3 hours of live performance, not just because of her self-penned tracks, but also because of the cover songs she re-arranges and performs in her own unique way. Although usually strumming her guitar, Madison is also a trained pianist, as well as a proficient player on the harmonica, ukulele, banjo, violin, and drums, among others.