We caught up with Toronto’s Wild Rivers in advance of their upcoming Toronto tour date on February 27 at The Opera House. The band started off 2019 with a brand new single, “Moving Target” which you can check out below, and also take a few moments to find out more about the band in our Five Questions With segment.
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
We’re Wild Rivers, a Folk ‘n Roll & Country Soul band based in Toronto. We enjoy long walks on the beach and singing songs about our feelings.
Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.
Our music is a mix of folk, rock, pop and all sorts of stuff. We have two lead singers, myself (Khalid) and Devan so we play a lot of the male/female harmonies. I write a lot of songs and bring them to the band to work a full version, and the rest of the band also writes – we all wrote our recent single “Howling” together. We all kind of bring different things to the table when writing and arranging which works out well.
Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?
We’re playing some dates in Ontario and Quebec at the end of February to wrap up our winter tour, which we’re very excited about. We also have a few festivals lined up for the summer.
WILD RIVERS 2019 TOUR DATES:
February 27 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
February 28 – Hamilton, ON – Mills Hardware
March 2 – Burnstown, ON – Neat Coffee Shop
March 4 – Montreal, QC – Quai des Brumes
March 5 – Quebec City, QC – L’Anti Bar & Spectacles
March 6 – Kingston, ON – The Ale House
March 7 – London, ON – Rum Runners
March 8 – Guelph, ON – University of Guelph
I would describe our live show as a bit of an emotional rollercoaster since we have a bunch of chill folk ballads and upbeat songs in our repertoire – so if you like being sad, and then happy, and then happy and sad at the same time, our show is for you!
If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?
Only one? We just released a song called “Moving Target,” so if you want the latest from us you should check it out. It’s kind of a slower ballad one with a live-off-the-floor feel, featuring a Wurlitzer piano. It’s kind of a different feel for us, so maybe not the best summary song, but we’re excited about putting it out and playing it live.
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?
So many! Bahamas, Weather Station, Daniel Romano, Andy Shauf, Charlotte Day Wilson. We’re so inspired and proud of the Canadian music scene.
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.