The O’Pears and The Lifers are pairing up to play a Yuletide Concert in Guelph, complete with gingerbread harmonies and mistletoe melodies.
About the music:
The O’Pears and The Lifers met on a sunny Saturday morning last summer, at Summerfolk Music & Crafts Festival. After a quick ‘hello’, the five women began singing together for the first time – and that’s when the magic began, as tends to happen on festival workshop stages. As the two groups continue to grow, they are thrilled to finally share the stage again for a Yuletide Concert as part of the Silence Presents series. The Lifers will warm up the stage, followed by a set by The O’Pears, and they will finish off by going full-circle to sing a few wintery songs together.
~ The O’Pears ~
The O’Pears are a Toronto-based contemporary folk trio made up of Lydia Persaud, Jill Harris and Meg Contini, three songwriters who weave stories that stir the spirit and capture the timeless character of folk music. Like Those Nights, their debut album, features soaring harmonies and a seamless blend, evoking the profound intimacy of Nick Drake, the sister-like blend of The Staves and the dynamic harmony of Crosby, Stills, and Nash. Live performances turn the loudest bar into the warmest house concert, with their endearing, unabashed personalities balancing the intimate sincerity of the songs. They recently performed to high acclaim at festivals such as Summerfolk, Stewart Park Festival, Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival, garnered radio play across Canada, including CBC, and have been featured live with Royal Wood, Good Lovelies, Michelle Willis, and Coco Love Alcorn. A striking mix of tight a cappella and rootsy instrumentation, Like Those Nights explores lessons learned about love and loss through the eyes and hearts of young Canadian storytellers. The O’Pears continue to bring a strong, honest voice to the modern female perspective.
~ The Lifers ~
The Lifers, led by sisters Liv and Anita Cazzola, are an art-folk/rock collective from Guelph, Ontario. Their intertwined voices dynamically convey vulnerability and strength. Softly plucked strings, accordion swells, and lush cello and upright bass arrangements give way to rip-roaring drums, soaring melodies and overdriven frenetic strums. Their stories juxtapose tenderness and explosive energy, sometimes within a single breath. The Lifers explore notions of home, family and community, highlighting the beauty, vulnerability and power of nature, challenging both genre and audience.
With influences like Feist, Dan Mangan and The Staves, The Lifers have released LP “Out and In” (2016) and EP “Set the Sails” (2014). Whether in an intimate duo arrangement or with the thunderous six-piece band, The Lifers have been an unexpected gem at festivals such as Hillside and Summerfolk (2016), on Canada’s East (2015, 2017) and West (2015) Coasts, and in listening rooms and on radio waves around Southern Ontario. Sister, the single for their second LP (May 2018), will be released in Fall 2017.
About the evening:
Doors at 7pm
Music at 7:30pm
Tickets: $20 general admission / $10/PWYC for students
Tickets available in advance through Eventbrite.