Jack Walker's 7th Annual Festivus Miracle

Jack Walker's 7th Annual Festivus Miracle

Vinitha, Augusta Ray, Eric Parr, Josh Smart, Samara York

Sat, December 22, 2018

9:00 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.
Vinitha
Vinitha
Vinitha is a Toronto based Pop/R&B Singer, Songwriter and Performer. Follow her as she puts together her live show and gets ready for the stage!
Augusta Ray
Augusta Ray
Her name is Augusta, but you can call her “Gus." Growing up in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on a solid diet of eclectic music acts such as Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and Shania Twain, shaped her unique country-rock sound. This sound, accompanying her incredible vocal talent, honest/soulful/handc-arafted songs mixed with an energetic, engaging stage presence, has made her the darling of the stage everywhere she goes.

Her hard work is paying off, as this up-and-coming star has already left her mark on the country scene, winning the North American Country Music Association International's (NACMAI) “New Country Female Vocalist of the Year” award (2016), the NACMAI “New Country CD of the Year” award (2016), “New Country Songwriter of the Year” award (2016/2017), “Traditional Country Songwriter of the Year" award (2016/2017), "Female Entertainer of the Year" and was one of the Top-7 featured artists in ole Majorly Indie's “On The Spot” Canadian Country Music competition in 2015, held in Halifax, Nova Scotia during CCMA week.

The last year has been a busy year for Augusta. Splitting her time between her home in Nashville and her home in Canada, she works hard in the studio, spending her time songwriting and recording new music. She is constantly building relationships with publishers and promoters, allowing her to expand her knowledge of the business side of the music industry. When not working in the studio, she spends much of her time travelling and performing for Canadian and American country/rock music fans, sharing stages with notable country acts such as Trace Adkins, Montgomery Gentry, Big & Rich, Cam, and Michael Ray, among others. ​

In the summer of 2017, Augusta was invited to perform at Summerfest; The World's Largest Music Festival, for the second year in a row. She performed among acts such as The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kool and The Gang, Elle King, Def Leppard, and Paul McCartney. ​
In early 2016, Augusta alongside award-winning Canadian producer Matt Rovey, and former member of the hit-making country group 'The Lost Trailers,' Jason Wyatt, released a six song EP, that has since been gaining airplay throughout Canada, the U.S. and Europe. The final track on the EP entitled "I'm Done," which was written by Ms. Ray, was ranked #30 on the European Charts as reported by HotDisc.

Between rehearsing and touring, Augusta has been writing and recording new music for an upcoming project. Augusta says that she has loved giving country music fans the first taste of her new material LIVE on the road this past summer. The new project is set for release in the new year.
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...
Venue Information:
C'est What?
67 Front Street E.
Toronto, ON, M5E 1B5
http://www.cestwhat.ca