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"Sleep the Season’s soothing sounds delight listeners"

By PATRICIA RODRIGUEZ
Staff Writer
Band Review

A connection brought silence, and the silence complemented the mood. Craziness levels fell a few notches.
After I had already heard countless unoriginal bands lacking the “it” factor, it seemed almost impossible to want to sit through another unknown band trying to make it in the industry.
On Oct. 11 and again on Nov. 13, however, people were taken to another musical level. The originality and passion Sleep the Season has for music were successfully transmitted to the audience.
The incorporation of a powerful and unifying sound had a strong impact on the shows at the Mansion House in St. Catharines. The chemistry among the band, the music and the audience was compelling and almost palpable.
However, an amateurish aspect can still be detected. Almost invisible, it can be easily attributed to the lack of time the band has been in the industry. Within one year of forming, Sleep the Season is able to accomplish in one night what infinite numbers of musicians hope to achieve at least once in a lifetime.
By having strong lyrics and sounds, the band successfully hypnotized the audience. The dark, small room held no more than 40 people, making the concert even more intimate.
As the cello player started playing, many stood up and they stayed up during the 30-minute presentation. Of the two amazing performances of the night, only Sleep the Season was able to captivate the crowd.
During the entire performance, people stopped whatever they were doing and just listened.
The four-member band – Dave Fontaine, vocals, Justin Fortier, guitar, Greg Goertzen, cello and Ben Audet, percussion – was promoting its first CD, Sleep the Season’s Under Stars.
“Our music is kind of like life. It is something you can relax to, but at the same time it has ups and downs,” said Fontaine.
Kimberly Delaney, 19, said she felt “serene” from the relaxing music. “I personally loved the cello.”
Fontaine said the show was “very personal and relaxing. Everyone was pushed together and no one spoke. It was a good show.”
It seems as though the music comes naturally to the band. Even those reluctant to listen to this acoustic rock genre gave the band a chance and joined the mood of the room.
Now it will just be a matter of time before Sleep the Season is discovered. - News @ Niagara


"Re-Introducing Arkweld"

Mintz will not be joined onstage with an entourage of Toronto indie–rock legends, however he is bringing St. Catharines’ Sleep the Season who will play as his backing band for one song. “It’s a new song, I sent them an mp3, but they could probably back me up without even hearing the song. They are musical super heroes. They are uber cool guys with cool music that your parents would like as much as you will,” exclaims Mintz. “I’m not sure if everyone will think that’s a good thing, but listen to their music and you’ll get it.”

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Noah Mintz is a Mastering Engineer at Lacquer Channel Studios, one of Canada's very best mastering studios. If you'd like to read the whole article please visit:

http://www.pulseniagara.com/viewstory.php?storyid=2866 - Pulse Niagara


"SCENE and heard"

Nearly 150 bands will take to stages at 13 venues across downtown St. Catharines for the 12th annual SCENE Music Festival, an event that has grown from some humble routes to become one of the largest, all-ages independent music events in the country.

Jennifer Deschamps

Published on Jul 20, 2007

ST. CATHARINES -- What started as a locally-based festival to showcase talent in Niagara is now one of the largest one-day, all-ages independent music festivals in Canada.

"It's really been a word-of-mouth thing," said Jennifer Anderson, event manager of the St. Catharines Event for New music Entertainment (SCENE).

The 12th annual festival runs Sunday in downtown St. Catharines.

SCENE began in 1995 with three stages and 20 acts, and the number and diversity of bands and fans continues to grow. Last year, the festival brought about 6,000 people downtown and more are expected this year to see the nearly 150 bands scheduled to perform.

"Last year we had a much bigger turnout than anticipated," said Anderson.

"At that moment, I was like 'wow. This is exactly what we wanted,'" she said, of the satisfaction she felt looking out onto the sea of people at Market Square during the Alexisonfire set at last year's festival.

Breaking the barriers of age and genre, the all-ages festival features a variety of music including hip-hop, reggae, ska, celtic, folk, punk, metal and rock.

Bands from across Canada, as well as international acts and local artists, will perform on 16 stages -- including two outdoors -- at 13 venues. The organizers had a wide range of artists to consider when narrowing down the selection of bands from more than 300 to the 147 bands lined up to play SCENE. All bands, local and international, received equal consideration in the audition process.

With a bigger event planned for this year, SCENE also required a bigger staff -- more than 150 people.

A promotional compilation, featuring songs from 44 SCENE artists, is given away free to the first 2,500 people though the gate when the doors open at noon in Market Square on the day of the festival.

Similar to the festival itself, the SCENE sampler features a variety of genres and includes many local artists, offering listeners the chance to check out something they wouldn't normally get to hear.

As in previous years, Market Square will hold a market for independent music labels, merchandise from participating bands and local vendors.

"SCENE is one big party for everybody," said Steve Stumble, who feels other music festivals are all about the industry.

Stumble, founder of Stumble Records, took over as organizer in 2002 after playing the festival with his band Sick Boys for a number of years.

SCENE has acted as a catalyst for many musical careers including that of Billy Talent, Alexisonfire, Silverstein and Boys Night Out.

Sleep The Season, which just wrapped up an Ontario tour with Casey Baker, are looking forward to playing SCENE.

The Welland/St. Catharines-based band, consisting of vocalist Dave Fontaine, guitarist Justin Fortier, cellist Greg Goertzen and drummer Ben Audet, say it's always nice to see faces they recognize in the crowd.

"We don't really play (in St. Catharines) a lot anymore, so it's cool," said Audet as he stood on St. Paul Street, the location for many of the SCENE venues.

The band members said they have experienced a lot since playing SCENE for the first time last year. They have toured across the country, released Don't Make A Move, their first full-length CD, and have a music video in rotation on MuchMusic.

"It's good exposure for Niagara bands," said Goertzen.

The band has been performing in New Brunswick and will arrive home just in time for SCENE. Sleep the Season play at The Office on James Street at 3:25 p.m.

"It's our hometown festival. We've gotta be a part of that," said Brian Toye from the St. Catharines-based band FYI.

The first time FYI played SCENE they had only been together for about three months.

Three years later, bassist Trevor Dirstein, drummer Michael Vega, singer Kevin McGowan, guitarist Marc Charbonneau and guitarist Toye are about to embark on the adventure that is SCENE once more.

Toye said whether people are at SCENE to hear music or play it, everyone is there to support the local music scene.

"I would like to applaud the municipality and the downtown venues for putting this event on. A lot of people complain about downtown being rundown. I appreciate the fact that SCENE is bringing business downtown. I think it's one of the best things the city does," said Dirstein.

FYI plays downstairs at the Red Hot Chili Pepper on St. Paul Street at midnight.

Visit www.scenemusicfestival.com for ticket information, a list of bands and links to MySpace profiles. Tickets for SCENE are $30 at the Market Square doors and performances start at 2 p.m. - Niagara This Week


"Sleep the Season"

When Sleep The Season emerged from Niagara a few years
ago, their ability to convey a whole slew of emotions using only
acoustic instruments was underestimated. Always in favour of the
slow, mellowing brood of acoustic instruments to the loud,
dominating fervour of their electric cousins, Sleep The Season
focused on building melodies within melodies and moods within
moods, utilizing patience, a stifling attention to detail and
musical cooperation within the band. “I think that sometimes
when people see that we are made up of such simple instruments
and that we don’t have bass or big amps, that they start off with a
bit of doubt. They think that we won’t be able to pull off
something worth listening to,” explains drummer Ben Audet.
“When we play a show or let someone listen to the recordings a
lot of the time they are caught off guard, surprised at what we can
bring to them.”
As a result, the foursome has grown considerably since
recording a five-song EP in college to become one of the most
interesting and thought-provoking outfits dotting the Niagara
Peninsula. The instruments, drums (Audet), guitar (Justin Fortier),
cello (Greg Goertzen) and vocals (Dave Fontaine), have not
changed since the bands inception minus the departure of a
violinist, and has such stretched the band’s melodic imagination
outward and upward in the search for emotive, melancholic nodes
to toy with. Their search, especially on their debut long play
Don’t Make a Move, has been wholly successful thus far. “We
have come such a long way since our first five-song EP,” explains
Audet from a tour stop in Sault St. Marie. “We were just
beginning to write songs and at the time they were a lot more
mellow and long. I think our earlier stuff sort of drones on, where
our new songs are more to the point. The new album is a
representation of how we have all matured as songwriters and
musicians. We’re a lot more experienced now.”
Released on St. Catharines based Faint and Hearted Records
last year, Don’t Make a Move is a culmination of ideas, sounds
and struggles culled from those arduous college years, complete
with songs pining over love, self-worth, first impressions and the
future. A vastly mature work for a bunch of early 20-
something’s, Don’t Make a Move is rich in melodic textures
scratched off the barrels of the cello and accompanying droned
guitar parts, inserted to make-up for not having a bassist in the
band. “As for the my cello lines, I would record a couple layers
where we thought it needed a fuller sound. Since we do not have
a bass in the band, it is up to Ben, Justin, and myself to make sure
we incorporate dynamics and wide spectrum of sound,” explains
Goertzen.
“I tried not to do to many guitar layers either, as we tried to
keep things simple enough so that our live show wasn’t lacking
compared to our album,” Fontaine continues. “I think we did a
good job of making the album sound nice and full, without going
too far off from our live show.”
Recorded at Andy Magoffin’s legendary House of Miracles in
London, Don’t Make a Move is a ragged, brooding pop
masterpiece, one that engenders both the desire to hibernate
through the winter and stay up all night in the summer. There
are joyful sections, but slow, somewhat sad music takes
precedent, creating songs that make you laugh just as much as
they make you cry. In addition, each song is impressively
accessible, as if this band was born to write pop songs.
Atmospheric, moody and incisive but never forceful, Don’t Make a
Move is like catching an old friend off guard with a big hug,
almost squeezing the fear out of them that the encounter began
with. “There is a definite sense of self reflection on the record,”
affirms Fontaine. “I do try to write lyrics that people will be able to
relate to, and I think that in order to accomplish that, you need to
be able to be honest about how you feel when writing a song.”
Yet Audet has a much simpler answer for the introspective theme
embattling each song: “Most of our songs are basically a direct
manifestation of Dave being screwed around by girls in the past,
or by him screwing them around. Either way.”
Last week saw the release of the band’s first video, set to
one of the strongest mood pieces on the record, “The Waltz.” An
odd premise, the video shows Fontaine entering a dreamlike
variety show, one showcasing freaks and circus performers. One
performer, a gorgeous girl with tentacles for arms, refuses to
perform, prompting denouncement from ringleader and crowd
alike. Fontaine, ever the hero, rescues the girl from the shackles
of circus life and brings her back home, where she ends up in his
bed. Full of melodrama and senseless imagery like any good
music video, “The Waltz” showcases the band at a different level,
that is, one in where each song is a story, however odd it may be.
“I think that watching the video is like taking a voyeuristic look
into our lives as songwriters and the things we write about. I think
that is what videos are about,” explains Fontaine. “They almost
taunt you to watch, look inside. Regardless, it was a fun video to
make, and a big step for the band.” Now armed with visual
promotion in addition to musical, Sleep The Season have landed
on Much Music as of late, once again showcasing the impressive
growth of these local lads.
While the album is a gem in its own right, Sleep The Season
has burgeoned considerably because of their live show, in which
they construct each mood, flaw and theme meticulously to try to
mirror the message on the album as much as possible. “I think
coming to our show is a great thing, obviously,” asserts Fontaine.
“It allows you to hear the songs in their true state, with all the
little flaws included. Plus, you get to stare at some boys, ladies.”
“Jokes aside, I agree,” adds Goertzen. “We never think of
what kind of song we want to write beforehand, and the live show
exhibits that. That is why while some songs have a poppy
melody, the lyrics might be the opposite or vice-versa. This
comes out in its purest form live, because the songs speak for
themselves just as much as we speak for them.”
Sleep The Season will be heading out east this summer,
before returning home for a small break, buttressed by some
local shows in August including Faint and Hearted’s three-year
anniversary. Until then, this week will be the only chance to see
them play at home before the heat sets in come August. Maybe a
good nap in between is in order. P [SHAIN SHAPIRO]

Sleep the Season
@ The Crystal Chandelier
3878 Erie Rd., Crystal Beach
905.894.9996
Saturday, July 7 - Pulse Niagara


"Best of Music 2006"

You voted. We tallied. Here, according to you, is the best of 2006.
Enjoy!

Local Single of ‘06
Sleep the Season “The Waltz”
Casey Baker “Firearm”
Alexisonfire “Boiled Frogs”

Local Album Artwork
Ragni “Ragni”
Sleep the Season “Don’t Make a Move”
Oliver Black “Live in Texas”

To see the entire list, please visit:
http://www.pulseniagara.com/viewstory.php?storyid=3283&page=1 - Pulse Niagara


"Sleep the Season Survives the Road"

Sleep the Season Survive the Road

For a band that turns two years old in November, Niagara’s Sleep
the Season have accomplished a great deal. This Sunday, the band
is celebrating the release of their newest album, Don’t Make A
Move. Not only is it the band’s first full–length album, but it’s also
Faint and Hearted Records’ first official full–length release.
September 3rd also marks the first anniversary of the band’s
previous release, Under Stars. They played at this year’s NXNE in
Toronto, St. Catharines’ SCENE Festival and performed nearly 20
shows all over Ontario during the month of July.
The band’s newest creation, a 13–song album was recorded
over a three month period at Andy Magoffin’s House of Miracles.
STS join an elite list of indie acts that have employed the help
from Magoffin including The Constantines, Royal City and The
Hidden Cameras.

To read the whole article please visit:
http://www.pulseniagara.com/viewstory.php?storyid=2625

Article by: Jordan Yack - Jordan Yack - Pulse Niagara


"Sleep The Season | Interview"

In October 2004, Dave Fontaine and Justin Fortier asked Greg Goertzen and Ben Audet to join them in a jam session. Fontaine and Fortier wanted to explore the effects of cello and drums, respectively, on songs they had a written a couple of years before. Audet insists that they were just experimenting and that “no one thought it would turn into anything more than a few dudes getting together to jam.” Who knew that this Welland foursome would soon transform this experiment into recorded albums and nation wide live performances?

Instrumentation for Sleep the Season includes vocals (Fontaine/Audet), guitar (Fortier), drums (Audet) and …cello (Goertzen). Having a cello as a prominent instrument is unusual for a rock band and is definitely something that sets Sleep the Season’s sound apart from their competitors. As Audet points out, Goertzen and his cello are directed to the area of melody rather than filling in an ambient background. Though string instruments are becoming more common in pop/acoustic rock, Sleep the Season is doing so in a progressive way.

Sleep the Season’s sound is described by the quartet as poppy, emotional, harmonic, and “cellorific.” When Sleep the Season first got together, Fontaine and Fortier had already written a few songs that they taught to Audet and Goertzen. However, these songs quickly took a back seat to the music written together by the group. Writing as a band has been a beneficial experience for Sleep the Season. Each member has a slightly different taste in music than the other, which is translated into the music they compose. They are able to challenge each other as musicians and allow more ideas to come to the table during the writing of a song. Audet admits that it is probably harder to write in this manner, but it definitely attributes to their original, exceptional sound.

Fontaine, Fortier, Audet and Goertzen were not virgins when it came to recording. Before coming together as Sleep the Season, they all had some sort of recording experience with other groups. Their first EP was recorded in 2005 and did not differ too much from what they had already done before. It wasn’t until they collaborated with Andy Magoffin to record their LP that they were able to refine their sound and come together as a band. They are forever grateful to Magoffin for his ass kicking hard work in making them what they are today.

As a band, these four men are constantly growing and maturing. Their main goal in writing is to make it better than the one that come before. As far as they are concerned, their first EP never existed. Sleep the Season constantly plunge head first into new material and have never looked back.

Years of rejection and hard work can take a toll on a band’s moral, but Audet finds ways to stay positive. Live performances provide an incredible high and certainly keep things interesting. A favourite performance of Sleep the Season was an unscheduled stop in Edmundston, New Brunswick. After their original show was cancelled, Fontaine, Fortier, Audet, and Goertzen somehow found themselves playing for drunken bikers in leather scorpion shirts and leather vests. Audet jokes, “No clothes came off, but I will say that washroom etiquette and sexual orientation seem to be much different in French territory.”

Sleep the Season released an EP early 2008 and plan on recording more in the near future. Fans wait with baited breath for more of their “cellorific” melodies.

Heather Holditch
Senior Editor
Aralie.com

link: http://www.aralie.com/news/SleepSeason.cfm?startRow=11 - Aralie.com


Discography

"Four Songs" - EP - Released - February 10th, 2008
"Don't Make A Move" - LP - Released Sept 5th 2006
"Under Stars" - EP - Released Sept 6th, 2005

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Bio

Sleep the Season is an acoustic based Rock/Pop band from the Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada. During their three years as a band, Sleep the Season have released two EP’s (Under Stars - 2005, Four Songs - 2008) and one LP (Don’t Make a Move - 2006). During this time they have also toured Central and Eastern Canada multiple times, creating a national fan base. With over 200 shows under their belt, including performances at NXNE, SCENE Festival and 102.1 The Edge’s Nu Music Nite, Sleep the Season have been lucky enough to share the stage with such bands as Winter Sleep, Two Hours Traffic, The Stills, and In-Flight Safety. Cellist, Greg Goertzen has also made appearances on the recordings of Noah’s Arkweld as well as Cain and Abel and Everything Was Perfect amongst others. With their latest release, Four Songs, Sleep the Season explore a new side to their music with songs that have a more exciting and powerful sound to them and hope to reach a wider audience.
Sleep the Season’s music has been described as ‘melodic’ and ‘catchy as hell’ and appeals to listeners of all ages. It is not uncommon to find teenagers at the same show as their mothers or even grandmothers to listen to the band perform their songs.

February 2008