The LoFi Mind
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The LoFi Mind

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | SELF

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2013
Band Folk Rock




"The LoFi Mind's CD Collaborative Effort"

In numerology, the number 12 symbolizes someone who is charismatic, self-reliant, a fun-loving, and a good singer. It also represents the number of completion, forming a whole, perfect, harmonious unit.

That's pretty much sums up the 12-member collective The LoFi Mind, with their self described psychedelic DIY pop. It's a savvy meld of music genres modern and vintage, acoustic and electric, digital and analog.

Ryan Brohman, and Jesse Webber, who double as guitarists and front-men for several local bands, say The LoFi Mind began as a recording project.

"Because it was just the two of us, we did overdub after overdub after overdub," notes Brohman. "When it came to do it live, we had to throw a band together. So the first thing you know there's a dozen people involved," he says with a laugh.

"Sometimes we lose track and we almost need to take attendance," Webber adds with his own laugh. The LoFi Mind is like a revolving door of musicians who are also good friends, he says.

Think Broken Social Scene of Kitchener-Waterloo.

Comprised from a mega-talented combination of local musicians, The LoFi Mind lineup features Jesse Webber on vocals/guitar/ banjo, Ryan Brohman vocals/guitar/ kazoo, Craig McNair vocals/guitar, Nick Barkley keyboard, Danica Guenette, Emily Barkley and Wendy Tozer back-up vocals, Jack Drysdale Pender slide guitar/mandolin, Matthew Lima bass, Jenna Bridgie Hanson drums, Patrick Duxbury woodwinds, and Ben Rollo occasional guest drummer.

McNair says he got involved with Brohman and Webber when they were looking for someone to do three-part harmony. The band has recorded a few of McNair's original songs, including the Beatles inspired Some Sunny Day, and Honey Harbour, a powerful choral anthem dedicated to one of Ontario's favorite vacation spots in Muskoka.

The LoFi Mind's wide-ranging vocal strength echoes the rich textured harmonies of '70s icons The Partridge Family, The Cowsills, Beach Boys, or Crosby Nash Stills and Young cleverly mixed with the dynamic dozen's own lyrical whimsy and musical panache.

Each song has its own character, from Webber's Iggy Pop-like, Wishful Thinkin' to Brohman's swirling melodic sentiment Smoke, or the cheeky kazoo-accented love ditty A Matter of Time.

McNair says the band's song-writing process began with members bringing their songs to the table, but now the song creation process is more "band focused." Webber adds that sometimes he, Brohman, and McNair will "toy around" with a song idea, then work it out musically and lyrically with the rest of the group.

"With 12 people in a band, there are 12 people that can have 12 different ideas, which adds diversity. So that's exciting." he says.

Brohman says that The LoFi Mind is also very "hands-on," which means writing, recording, mixing and producing everything for The Lo-Fi Mind Vol. 1 themselves.

"We have very good friends who we love." says Brohman. "And I play the keys in that band so we have a recording studio in Heidelberg. And that's where we get things done."

He says The LoFi Mind has three EPs in the works.

"The LoFi Mind Vo.l 2 will feature a tight West Coast studio '70s kind of sound."

"I want to do an '80s record." says McNair.

"Well, that will be number 4 then." says Brohman, as the three front-men laugh in harmony. - The Waterloo Region Record


The LoFi Mind, Vol.1 - 2014
Acoustic Sessions- Online Release in 2015
The LoFi Mind, Vol. 2 - Forthcoming in Spring 2016



The LoFi Mind is a big band with a uniquely inviting sound: intricate but intimate, we want our songs to hold up with your favourite records of the 70s whether you like Neil Young or Steely Dan.  The tunes range from warm country rock to spacey psychedelia, with no shortage of vocal harmonies and a wild range of instruments being played. Good vibes, infectious melodies, and wall-of-sound vocals combine in an eclectic, high-energy stage show. 

The LoFi Mind began as a recording project in 2013 initiated by Ryan Brohman. Since its inception, a rotating cast of some of the best and most active musicians in Waterloo Region have contributed to live performances and studio work. The first self-titled LoFi Mind album was release in March 2014.  A second EP “04/20/2014” was  released in April, 2016.  With a support from the Waterloo Regional Arts Fund, the band intends to release a full-length, professionally produced album in Summer 2017.  We intend to market this new album at the various festivals and venues in Ontario that we may be fortunate to perform at this summer and fall.


The LoFi Mind serves as an excellent representation of the vibrancy of the musical culture of Waterloo Region. Individually, the members of The LoFi Mind are among the busiest ‘gigging’ musicians in the region.  Frequent practice and performance in the local scene has honed the players' musical 'chops', but it is uniquely the vehicle of The LoFi Mind that has provided the opportunity for the band members to record and perform their own original music.

 The LoFi Mind's songs strongly reference the popular musical culture of the 1960's and 1970's.  The music is deliberately meant to be highly listenable and appealing to a wide audience.

 The LoFi Mind normally consists of the following:

•         Ryan Brohman – Vocals, guitar, song-writer

•         Craig McNair – Vocals, guitar, song-writer

•         Jesse Webber – Vocals, guitar, pedal steel guitar

•         Jack Pender – Guitar, mandolin

•         Nick Barkley – Keys

•         Matt Lima – Bass guitar

•         Danica Guenette – Vocals

•         Emily Barkley – Vocals

•         Wendy Carraro – Vocals

•         Jenna Peacock – Drums

•         Patrick Duxbury – Woodwinds

•         Ryan Cassidy - Woodwinds

Band Members