In the City

In the City

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
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In the City is a songwriting duo from Toronto, Canada. Their music is a collection of dreamy sounds, catchy melodies and haunting harmonies. Their music has been played on radio and showcased on television programs and award winning independent films.

Biography

Sometimes, bad times help us remember better times.

It's a circuitous path to happiness, to be sure. But it's the one taken by Toronto pop-folk duo In the City on their new single and video Best Time.

Although it was inspired by the untimely and unexpected death of singer Ashley Jane's mother last year, the song — a preview of the pair's forthcoming concept EP MaryAnn — chooses to celebrate life rather than mourn loss.

"It's really a song that she's singing to my dad," explains Jane, who splits musical duties with multi-instrumentalist and studio whiz Timon Wientzek. "I was really grappling with the idea of grieving for someone you've lost and how you can get really swept up in the tragedy of it. It's really easy for that to become how you remember someone. But the storyteller in me was saying, 'No, if your mom was still here, I think she'd tell all her friends and loved ones that she had the best time while she was here.' "

The song's rich musical landscape mirrors the uplifting grace of the lyrics. Opening with a lone acoustic guitar, it seamlessly builds and expands to a rousing, widescreen two-step with fluttering mandolin, lush keyboards, handclaps and even trumpet flourishes — all topped by an endearing chorus buoyed by Jane's warm, sweetly trilling tones. Bold and ambitious, mature and dynamic, Best Time heralds the next stage in the autonomous young duo's rapid evolution as songwriters with exceptional chemistry and a unique approach.

They found that groove when they found each other some four years ago. Singer-songwriter and documentary story producer Jane was with a non-profit that empowered kids through music. Composer Wientzek worked in the studio where they were recording. Their backgrounds were diverse — she grew up twirling in a backyard skating rink as Joni Mitchell, the Rankin Family, Fleetwood Mac and Shania Twain blasted from outdoor speakers housed in Tupperware to thwart squirrels; he absorbed the sounds of everyone from Bon Jovi and Limp Bizkit to Radiohead and even Backstreet Boys ("I really enjoyed the production and the harmonies," he swears). Ultimately, their differences proved to be great strengths.

"Musically speaking, I come from more of a rock background," Wientzek says. "Ashley is more from a singer-songwriter background. But somehow they mesh well together into something that works. We have the sensibility to write sensitive material, but not make it overly cheesy, overly pop."

They made that apparent on their 2016 EP Changing Tides. Assembled in Wientzek's home studio, its beautiful melodies, emotionally resonant narratives and soft cinematic sonics won over the Canadian film and TV industry. Their music has been showcased on CBC's Heartland, Kim’s Convenience and Workin’ Moms, along with CTV’s Saving Hope, commercials and award-winning independent films. This summer, they undertook a songwriting residency with the Slaight Family Music Lab at the Canadian Film Centre. The determinedly DIY duo are right where they want to be.

"It's been a weird thing," Jane says. "But I think it's just such an exciting time to be an artist, because you can kind of make your own rules ... We do everything ourselves. We record ourselves, we produce the songs ourselves. It's the two of us in a room. There's so much autonomy we have with our sound and with the choices we make. And we're charting a course that feels unconventional — finding an online audience and doing things our way. Whatever road embraces us, we're going to run with it."

Better times are on the way.

Lyrics

Best Time

Written By: In the City

I'm staring out at an ocean of love
And I'm so proud of all that we've done together
I know we might not have forever
But I still couldn't ask for better

And don’t I know time moves too fast
As I’m looking at my hourglass
I’ve learned the only thing I need
Is you standing next to me

Babe I know curtains closing soon
But that doesn't mean it's over for me and you
Before it's my time go I just have to say

Our love will never fade, our love will never fade
Darling thanks for the wild ride
Oh what a beautiful life
I had the best time with you

I just wanna sing your praises
When I'm with you our love’s contagious
Radiates like a holy light
Brightening the darkest nights

Babe I know curtains closing soon
But that doesn't mean it's over for me and you
Before it's my time go I just have to say
Our love will never fade, our love will never fade

Darling thanks for the wild ride
Oh what a beautiful life
I had the best time with you

Don't worry darling, our story's just beginning
I'll be here waiting, patiently
Every road you walk down I'm standing tall beside you
Our love won't change, our love won't ever change

Darling thanks for the wild ride
Oh what a beautiful life
I had the best time with you

Changing Tides

Written By: In the City

Two hearts, one lights we both had the same starting line
Hard turn, no signs, look for a path you can’t seem to find


And I’ll be your flashlight in the dark
Wherever you go I won’t be far
Cause we both came from the same heart, nothing will ever keep us apart

We’ll be alright, we’ll be alright
In the changing tides, in hard times
The earth caves, our world shakes
We’ll be okay, we’ll be

Two years, left scars, there’s no maps when you’re this far
Rough edge, steep climb, we won’t know if we don’t try
And I’ll be your backbone in the fight
In this war I’m on your side
Cause we both came from the same heart
Nothing will ever keep us apart

We’ll be alright, we’ll be alright
In the changing tides, in hard times
The earth caves, our world shakes
We’ll be okay, we’ll be

Two hearts, one light, I’ll never leave your side
We’ll be alright, we’ll be alright
In the changing tides, in hard times
The earth caves, our world shakes

We’ll be okay, we’ll be ok

When I Look Back

Written By: In the City

Meet me in the sunset golden days I won’t forget
Lights will hold you as you rest
Meet me where the road ends
Lost out here without my friend
A heart that only you can mend

All we are and all we know are little pieces of the whole someday we’ll know
When I wake up and I’m all alone, I can feel it, I can feel it
When I look back and the moments gone, I can see it, I can see
Me and my empty heart

Meet me in the starlight illuminate my path tonight
You can make the dark feel bright
Meet me in the unknown familiar face to guide me home
With you I never felt alone

All we are and all we know are little pieces of the whole someday we’ll know
Now you’re somewhere out there all I feel is cold air
I just want my friend, it’s not enough
Hear your voice when I’m alone, I see your face and then it’s gone

I just want you back, it’s not enough
When I wake up and I’m all alone, I can feel it, I can feel it
When I look back and the moments gone, I can see it, I can see
Me and my empty heart

Discography

Changing Tides EP - released November 2017
MaryAnn EP - release date set for March 2019

Set List

We can play as an acoustic duo or full band consisting of lead vocals, backing vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass and drums.

Set List:

Come On
Changing Tides
Little Things
Save Me Some
Every Single Day 
When I Look Back
Love Me 
Don't Look
Turning Pages
Best Time
1985