BEN KUNDER | His voice fills your heart and keeps you warm. Ben Kunder writes songs for everyone. Trained as an actor and musical theatre performer, Ben has a way of breaking down the fourth wall and connecting with people. His powerful voice is a driving force in his music, guiding his songs by creating impressive and tactful melodies and dynamics. Ben has been writing and producing his music independently for over 8 years, and to make records, has had many opportunities to work, get his hands dirty and appreciate the beautiful struggle. A handyman and carpenter, Ben has lived all across this beautiful country, and is now back to where he started his journey in his hometown of Toronto. His new album ‘Golden’, coproduced with John Dinsmore of Lincoln County Social Club and NQ Arbuckle was released in May 2015. Ben Kunder is full of spirit and his songs embody love and the struggle of the human condition.
SARAH MACDOUGALL | Described by the magazine Rootstime in Belgium as ‘One of the greatest talents of our era”, and listed as the “2nd best gig” by the major UK newspaper The Independent, becoming the #1 most played artist on Canadian Galaxie Folk/Roots radio, Western Canadian Music Award winning artist Sarah MacDougall is getting known for her honest and poetic songs, passionate performances, and unique voice. Born in Sweden, Swedish magazine Nöjesguiden declared her “One of Sweden’s best singer/songwriters”.
Since the release of award-winning The Greatest Ones Alive in 2011, Sarah has been touring Canada and Europe endlessly, taking time to work on songs and record between tours. Last winter, she hunkered down under the Northern Lights in Whitehorse and put the final touches on the sonically rich album which was to become Grand Canyon.
The songs are about identity, love, fear, hope, growing up, rootlessness, forgiveness. They are written from the point of view of the hopeful outsider, trying to figure out their place and make sense of the world. Grand Canyon sees Sarah challenging herself and pushing new boundaries musically and sonically, and it is an album that will surely see Sarah reach new levels in her career. Sarah has played festivals such as Iceland Airwaves, Winnipeg Folk Festival, The Great Escape, and she will continue to tour and write music throughout 2015.