This Week on the Grimross Stage

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Caribou Stew, Greg Webber, Justin Ralph, Michelle Morrison and others will take to the Grimross Brewing Co. stage this week. 

Grimross Brewing Company will host performances from a slew of Canadian folk acts this week with artists from Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick all performing at the popular uptown venue. 

Performances start Wednesday August 1 with Montreal alt-folk outfit Caribou Stew headlining an evening that also includes sets by Kill Chicago’s Greg Webber and Fredericton folk revivalists, Liam and Pat. 

Caribou Stew grew from the musical partnership of longtime friends Jared Otter and Benjamin Vallée, two Montreal-based musicians who have been performing together since the eighth grade. Now a six-piece band, Caribou Stew mix country, folk and alt-rock into something they call ‘suburban alternative country and folk music’. 

Icing on the cake? Greg Webber was their music teacher at Lindsay Place High School 2011-2012. Boy meets world at Grimross August 1. 

Caribou Stew + Greg Webber + Liam and Pat | August 1 | View Event 

Ontario musicians Tyler Kealey and Justin Ralph will play Friday August 3. Both based in Ottawa, these guys are wrapping up a quick jaunt through the Maritimes after playing gigs in Moncton and Charlottetown. 

Kealey is an energetic piano-man whose list of past performances include a six-date tour of China and opening for Metric at the Ottawa Bluesfest. An in-demand session musician and sideman, Kealey has performed with Roxanne Potvin, the Cooper Brothers, Charlie Major and many more throughout the Ottawa region. 

Also based in Ottawa, banjo player Justin Ralph’s music is heavily shaped by his background in opera and a love for country music (yes, you read that correctly).  It’s certainly not everyday we hear banjo and opera in the same sentence. According to his bio, Justin is  “a recovering opera singer who pursued a successful career as a tenor before setting aside his tuxedo for a banjo and a plaid shirt in order to write and perform the music closest to his heart.”

You should probably add this show to your list of Friday night activities.

Tyler Kealey + Justin Ralph | August 3 | View Event 

The week is rounded out with a three act show on Saturday featuring Neil Morash, Awolk and Michelle Morrison. 

Neil Morash’s music provides his audience with a roller coaster of emotions from the beginning to the end of a set. He uses his powerful vocals with a series of effects pedals and an acoustic guitar to attain a dynamic scope of sound, which he incorporates into a string of catchy originals and personalized covers for an attention grabbing experience great for any type of listener.

Awolk is an alternative folk rock singer songwriter from Nova Scotia, Canada. Awolk’s debut self titled record was released in June 2018. Wounds, the first single, was released in late 2017. 

Michelle Morrison’s style can be described as soul-folk, but her music incorporates influences from many genres including traditional folk, jazz, rock & roll, blues and bluegrass. Her raspy vocal can sound like she has been drinking whisky and smoking cigarettes for decades. 

Sounds fun right? Hear for yourself this Saturday. 

Neil Morash + Awolk + Michelle Morrison | August 4 | View Event 

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