Valdy is a long time friend of The Aeolian and one of Canada’s most iconic folk musicians. Last fall, his show sold out two weeks in advance. We expect similar enthusiasm about this year’s concert. We caught up with Valdy this Summer and he was generous enough to perform a new song for us. Watch the video below.
This show is for the true country fan. “The Rizdales are what the Grand Ole Opry
should be playing, and indeed once did” (Exclaim Magazine). Opener Aaron Allen follows in the same tradition. Both artists hail from London are widely celebrated among the city’s top musical exports. Both have also played the hall several times before. Check out the video of the Tara and Tom Dunphy playing duo in the hall below.
With her new album “Metaphysics” getting rave reviews, Sarah Slean marks her return to The Aeolian on Friday, October 20. Sarah is a three-time Juno Award winner with artistic aspirations that extend to visual art, string quartets, poetry, and acting. Watch her perform a single off her new album live at the 2017 CBC Music Festival by clicking the video below.
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings are celebrated as one of Canada’s greatest supergroups. Musicians Colin Linden, Stephen Fearing and Tom Wilson front the band. Due to popular demand, a second early show has been added. Below you can watch them perform the song ‘If I Can’t Have You’ from their newest album ‘Kings and Queens’ for CBC Radio 2’s Drive.
Heather Bambrick is another artist who is no stranger to the hall, however, she usually comes with her popular jazz trio Broadsway. In 2016, Heather released a highly celebrated solo album which went on to earn her a Juno Nomination. Spend a lazy Sunday afternoon with The Aeolian listening to one of Canada’s greatest jazz vocalists. You can watch her version of Bruce Cockburn’s “Lovers in a Dangerous Time” below.
Great Lake Swimmers were one of the very first “indie” groups to play at The Aeolian. Over that past decade, the relationship has grown to include several sold out shows and the recording of TWO albums (Ongiara was recorded in the hall and the band’s upcoming album was recorded this spring at Bishop Cronyn Place). This fall, GLS is performing a benefit concert on behalf of El Sistema Aeolian. Watch the interview below to learn more about the band’s relationship with Aeolian and London.