Sidney York

Sidney York

 Calgary, Alberta, CAN

sparkly indie avant-pop by former band geeks, with bassoon and french horn.


Begun as a long-distance musical collaboration between opera singer Brandi Sidoryk and bassoonist Krista Wodelet, Sidney York is one of the sharpest, sweetest, most surprising musical duos around.

Known for their high-energy live shows featuring instruments seldom seen beyond the orchestra pit, Sidney York is captivating audiences with an unconventional and irresistible blend of catchy lyrics, masterful arrangements, and soaring vocal harmonies.

 Named Best Untapped Newcomer at the Calgary Folk Fest, Sidney York has also performed at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, SXSW, Canadian Music Fest, BIGSOUND (Australia), NXNE, and Vancouver Jazz Fest. Their 2011 album Apocalyptic Radio Cynic was called vivacious, fresh, fun and gorgeous a burst of fresh air (Tamara Stanners, The Peak 102.7FM) and celebrated for bringing sense of humility, a touch of class and most of all, fun (Andrew Elliot, The Caf Live 88.5FM) to the nouveau-pop genre.

Sidney York has recently shared the stage with notable artists Rich Aucoin and Carly Rae Jepsen, and will be featured in the forthcoming documentary Tracks on Tracks, which showcases ten Canadian acts on a cross-country musical adventure aboard a VIA Rail train.

Their brand-new album <3s (Hearts) infuses their trademark blend of layered vocals and eclectic influences in a set of tracks with an undeniable edge and depth (Kirk Hamilton, 3AM Revelations). <3s, an album in five volumes, is available in Canada and the US beginning January 2014, through a unique subscription model. Two tracks from the album are available every two months, delivered directly to subscribers along with other cool extras.

From the opera stage and the orchestra pit to the indie music scene, Sidney York is reinventing the meaning of the term band geek, one stage at a time.