Venue: The Merchant Ale House Time: Saturday 12am Category: Music City of Origin: Toronto Price: $10 or Festival Pass
Existential questions framed in lush, beat-driven, folk-tinged soundscapes.
Beams is a psych-folk band formed in Toronto in 2011. The band has worked with notable producers Peter J. Moore (Cowboy Junkies, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan), John McEntire (Broken Social Scene, Yo La Tengo) and released their sophomore album “Teach Me to Love” in winter 2018.
Beams has played hundreds of shows across Canada/USA and have made appearances at SXSW, CMW, NXNE. The band will be driving straight from the Asbury Park Music and Film Fest for their In the Soil Arts Festival performance. For this special performance they will play material from “Teach Me to Love” to a St. Catherine’s audience for the first time.
“Sometimes when the sun makes an appearance in the middle of winter, a kind of slow heat swallows you whole. You’re still cold, but the warmth washes over your body, and you feel the glow all the way down to your toes. This is the sensation of listening to Toronto psych-folk-pop band Beams’ new album.” – CBC Music
“glorious harmonies and twang-filled acoustics perfectly combine the hustle and bustle of the city with the laid-back atmosphere of the countryside. ” – Exclaim! Magazine
“Beams’ strength is their restraint, employing just enough singing saw, just enough plucking, just enough mystery in whimsical lyrics.” – Now Magazine (NNNN)
“offers such a dizzying array of bouncy arrangements that you’d be hard-pressed to classify it as folk in any strict sense, but it’s a giddy, attention-worthy winner no matter what label you stamp on it.” – No Depression (USA)
Anna Mernieks – Banjo, vocals
Heather Mazhar- vocals
Mike Duffield- drums
Craig Moffatt- bass
Martin Crawford- guitar/lapsteel
David Hamilton- Mandolin
Keith Hamilton- Vibraphone/saw/vocals