Jack Walker

Jack Walker

Samara York, Jeremy Voltz

Thu, August 17, 2017

9:30 pm

C'est What?

Toronto, ON

This event is 19 and over

Jack Walker
Jack Walker
Jack Walker is an award winning singer/songwriter from Toronto, Ontario.
Samara York
Samara York
Samara York is a TIMA-nominated, award-winning Canadian singer/songwriter from Richmond Hill, ON, recently known for being a top 8 finalist at music festival Indie Week Canada 2016. Straddling the line between indie and mainstream, Samara's work creatively fuses genres to present your ears with a unique sound that you haven't heard before. Drawing influence from July Talk, Sia, Fall Out Boy, and Regina Spektor, it's safe to say that York's songwriting is always filled with interest and diversity.

At 16 years old, York's debut EP "Just Passing Through" (2010) was released -- A shy, thoughtful, and introspective work about teenage heartbreak and loss. JPT featured rainy day driving music; Entrancing ballads filled with sweeping melodies and simple instrumentation.

York is a self-taught vocalist and pianist, which suited JPT perfectly -- but as her songwriting began to evolve, it was evident that her work left much to be desired instrumentally. Enter Jaime Cazes (Guitar) and Tudor Gagea (Bass). Performing with York since 2011, their work has been featured on sophomore release "Insides," (2013) a 10-song LP with a flowery, weightless, quietly brooding indie sound. "Insides" is a reflection on living, growing, and dying; a fusion of organic noises, complete with cover art of a tree made of human body parts.
Between 2011 and 2015, Samara and her band (Including drummers Adam Thomas, then Ben Bachner) developed some serious live performance chops. The band played countless shows across Ontario including well-known Toronto concert venues The Opera House, The Rivoli, Lee's Palace, and more. They have also been featured at numerous municipal, festival, and charity events across the GTA. They have competed in battle-of-the-bands style competitions, coming first place in 2; Advancing to the finals in all of them. College radio began to pick up York's songs. It became clear that the music was getting better, the audiences were getting bigger...
Which brings us to "Borderlines" (2016). After the addition of Daniel Staples (Drums) and Brant Garratt (Guitar, Vocals) the Samara York band has now officially grown up. The polished, professional, and confident sound that you will hear on "Borderlines" has been honed and perfected by York for the past fifteen years of her songwriting life.

"Borderlines" does not care what an indie rock album should sound like. It just does its own thing, no holds barred. Featuring flavours of pop, electronic, and experimental rock, York tells us stories of love, sex, betrayal, and desperation. The record went on to win York a Toronto Independent Music Award (TIMA) Nomination in "Best Singer-Songwriter" (2016) and propel the band win multiple rounds at Indie Week Canada, making it all the way to the top 8 best of fest finals at the Mod Club on November 20th.
Watching York and the band on stage, they have a tight and loud sound. At every show, the audience hangs on every word. The band is full of energy. Her voice cuts through like a knife. At this point, we are all just waiting patiently for the next step...Watching York and the band on stage, they have a tight and loud sound. At every show, the audience hangs on every word. The band is full of energy. Her voice cuts through like a knife. At this point, we are all just waiting patiently for the next step...
Jeremy Voltz
Jeremy Voltz
Jeremy Voltz has been writing music, recording, and performing for 18 years throughout Canada, the U.S., and abroad. Known for his contemporary soul sound and huge voice, his songs bridge the gap between folk, rock, and soul. Growing up in Cleveland, Jeremy became a multi-instrumentalist and band-leader, first studying jazz drumming, then guitar, then piano, all the while honing the voice he is renowned for. Since moving to Toronto in 2007, Jeremy has immersed himself in the musical network of Toronto, from performing and collaborating with up and coming Canadian artists like Alysha Brilla, to sharing the bill with Canadian legends like April Wine.

Jeremy is a feature soloist for internationally-acclaimed vocal group “Countermeasure”, hot off a European tour, including a five-star sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe festival. With Countermeasure, he has performed numerous times at the Beaches Jazz Festival and the Sing! Toronto Vocal Arts Festival, and has shared the stage with Canadian superstars Corey Hart, Chantal Kreviazuk, Nikki Yanofsky, Glass Tiger, Matt Dusk, Kim Mitchell, and Blue Rodeo. He recently spent many hours in the studio working on Countermeasure's second album "Made to Measure", nominated for two Toronto Independent Music Awards.
Venue Information:
C'est What?
67 Front Street E.
Toronto, ON, M5E 1B5
http://www.cestwhat.ca