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Sep
16
Sunbear @ Horseshoe Tavern

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Jul
29
Sunbear @ The Concert Hall of Victoria Hall

Cobourg, Ontario, Canada

Cobourg, Ontario, Canada

Jul
27
Sunbear @ Horseshoe Tavern

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Sunbear
Sun Streaming In
By Kerry Doole

Toronto, ON country folk singer-songwriter Kate Boothman briefly traded under the name Horse, and is now reincarnated as Sunbear. Slightly dodgy moniker aside, this is a potential-packed project, judging from the formidable strength of this debut album. The tempo throughout verges on Cowboy Junkies-/Mazzy Star-like slow and sombre terrain, but the eloquent songs and performances ensure that tedium is kept at bay. Boothman has a pleasingly understated vocal style, one fully showcased on the gorgeous "City Escape," on which she is solely accompanied by the haunting pedal steel of Dale Murray (Cuff the Duke). Elsewhere, the extensive use of female harmony vocals (from Julie Fader and Melissa Boraski) complements her voice most effectively. The impeccable instrumental work is provided by such notable players as Travis Good (the Sadies), Murray, veterans Michelle Josef and Clive MacNutt, and Greg Keelor, who recorded and mixed the album at his farm. The interplay between Keelor's resonant guitar twang and Murray's steel on "Diamonds and Gold," in particular, is a real highlight. The colourful cover art by indie rock hero Rick White (Eric's Trip) is a bonus on this charming disc. (Independent)

- Exclaim! Magazine


EDITORIAL RATING: 4 STARS
Sunbear play Graffiti’s (170 Baldwin) July 7.
Sunbear are the latest group led by singer-songwriter Kate Boothman, formerly known as Horse. The name is different, but the acoustic twang is intact. Recorded by Blue Rodeo’s Greg Keelor, Sun Streaming In is soaked with standard country themes including loves wanted (the title track), loves lost (“In The Country”), and loves who didn’t really love at all (“Ghost of Myself,” whose wrenching lines include “I made you happy, you made me hurt / I gave you honey, you gave me dirt.” Ow.)

It’s a slow-burning, hazy, poetry book of an album. Don’t bother waiting for the token upbeat tracks — there aren’t any. What you’ll find instead are simply presented, heart-searing folk songs that are gorgeously sorrowful and perfectly easy to relate to. That last aspect might be Sun Streaming In’s greatest comfort: the pain may hurt like hell, but, as with any good, swift kick to the heart, knowing someone else has stood in the same crappy place takes away a bit of the sting. Well, that and a few shots of whisky. - Eye Weekly


Discography

2010- Sunbear's Moonbath was recorded by Greg Keelor at his farm over six days in December 2009, features the band and guest musical collaborators, including Keelor, Mike Boguski (Blue Rodeo), Ian Blurton (C'mon, Change of Heart), Kathleen Edwards, Julie Fader, Erik Arneson (Great Lake Swimmers), Graham Walsh (Holy Fuck), and Sean Dean (The Sadies), among others.

2009- Sunbear's Sun Streaming In was recorded at Greg Keelor's farm. Guests on the record include Melissa Boraski, Greg Keelor, Dale Murray, Travis Good and Julie Fader

Sun Streaming In received 4 stars and a glowing review in Eye Weekly.

Sun Streaming In was highly reviewed by Kerri Doole for Exclaim! Magazine.

Track#10 entitled Canada Song was chosen by Amanda Putz as Track of the Day on CBC Radio3 for Canada Day.

Track#1 entitled In the Country was played on CIUT's show Rabidears Radio.

Track#2 entitled It Doesn't Matter appeared on VICE Magazines CD Volume 15/ Number 12 disc

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Bio

Sunbear — an eclectic, trippy-country and folk-infused rock band fronted by singer-songwriter Kate Boothman with Ian Russell (One Hundred Dollars) on bass and masterful Canadian music veteran Michelle Josef on drums — celebrates the release of their second album, Moonbath, with a show at the historic Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto on September 16, 2010.

Kate Boothman has been recording beautiful, hand-made records with her friends for years, first with the short-lived but well-loved all-girl retro outfit The Real Priscillas; then as Horse, a solo recording project that featured turns by members of Blue Rodeo and The Sadies; and then 2009 with Sunbear’s debut, Sun Streaming In. Meanwhile, Boothman has also been gaining a reputation as a solo performer, playing stripped-down acoustic sets as the invited opener for established songwriting talents like Joe Pernice (Pernice Brothers), Hope Sandoval (Mazzy Star), and Robyn Hitchcock. With Moonbath, Sunbear pushes Boothman’s natural talent for musical storytelling to a new level.