2014 Roots and Traditional Juno nominee and 2016 Polaris long lister Donovan Woods’ work is guided by a mantra that only sounds simple: Good songs win.
Raised in Sarnia to the sounds of country music with a healthy dose of folk and pop instilled in him a strong belief in the power of a good melody, the importance of everyday language and the potential of a carefully-crafted song. Those songs have been gaining him attention, accolades and proclamations: “Canada’s best-kept secret,” “piercingly honest” and “quietly anthemic.”
Stripped down, but never simple; direct and poetic; new and timeless; all delivered with a confidence and in a voice that you wouldn’t expect from someone as young, approachable, or humorous as Woods. The trials and tribulations of living in a rustbelt town, the legacy of a CFL champ, navigating Facebook – all and more are fair game and are probed with Woods’ unique combination of sharp eye and singular voice, ringing both familiar and true.
Joey Landreth is the lead singer, guitarist, and chief songwriter of JUNO Award winners The Bros. Landreth. Anchored by the bluesy wail of electric guitars and vocal prowess, Joey has recently found himself being featured in top music publications around the globe. In a rare appearance as a solo performer, Joey explores his deeper catalogue of songs and puts new interpretations into some of his favourites.