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Oakville, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Oakville, Ontario, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
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"Local Bands Climb To The Summit Together"

As a horde of eager students braved the biting winter winds to catch the second Sound Summit at the Blind Duck, the lights were dimmed and what was once an ordinary space transformed into a venue.

Advance tickets were half-price, but even the tickets that became available when the doors opened last Thursday at 9 p.m. were still an affordable $10—and the first 50 attendees got a free drink with their ticket. Some of the approximately 225 attendees were also given free T-shirts and miniature containers of Play-Doh as they were launched into the crowd. The $1,425 in proceeds went to support Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto.

Half an hour after the doors opened, indie pop electronic band Valley opened the show with a few crowd-pleasers and a few originals. Valley, whose five members hail from Oakville and Burlington, sound like they draw influences from the likes of the Arkells, Hans Zimmer, and Phil Collins. As the lights flashed on the stage and walls, the crowd really got into the groove.

River Groves, a four-member garage punk indie group with roots in Mississauga, was the second to hit the stage. The band reminded me of Billy Talent, the Hives, and DFA 1979. They performed a set of originals, including their most recent single, “Mexico”. Devoted fans and others in the audience sang along to their favourite songs.

Odd Ones (the band formerly known as J’nai) seized the energy and turned it up a notch. The Mississauga band comprised four members, with lead singer Jeanette Ricasio being a recent graduate of UTM. The progressive alternative pop rock style shows the influence of Paramore and the Pretty Reckless. They performed a few covers, including Billy Talent’s “Devil on my Shoulder”, as well as a few originals, and electrified the stage with a fun and loud presence, incredible guitar solos, and strong vocals.

Morakoza, formerly known as Go Diana, finished the night on a high note. The band accurately described their style as “true party rock… mixing atmospheric, textured guitars with hard club rhythms and electronics”. The four Mississauga-born musicians’ music mellowed down the night with a unique mixture of voice, keyboard, and beats.

By around 1 in the morning, the Sound Summit winner was picked through crowd response. An executive from CFRE announced the bands in playing order, with a listen for which band received the most enthusiastic applause.

Morakoza won the grand prize of a $200 Long & McQuade gift card, $140 worth of L&M rental vouchers, and a $100 gift card to Entripy. Runners-up Valley, River Groves, and Odd Ones each won $120 worth of L&M rental vouchers and a $50 gift card to Entripy.

This is Sound Summit’s second year, organized by ICCIT Council and CFRE with help from Residence Council and UTMAC, and drew students from our campus as well as from St. George, and even a few parents.

“I had always wondered why we didn’t have a concert, so I just decided to begin organizing it myself,” said Ray Khan, the president of ICCIT Council. He brought a “two-page proposal” to CFRE and “ever since then, CFRE and ICCIT Council [have] worked closely and the concept has evolved to so much more than originally intended.”

Marian Penetrante, the council’s public relations director, said the event would be one of their major events next year as well. - Natasha Hartono

"113X The Heartbeat FM"

The following is radio press - Ken Main

"You’ve GOT to Hear This: Valley – “WAL”"

As music enthusiasts we discover new musicians quite frequently, but I especially love discovering bands/artists that are fresh and local. A while back I came across a band on Twitter that peaked my curiosity and all I can say is that they sound fantastic! “Valley” consisting of Michael Brandolino, Karrah James, Rob Laska, Ben Lee and Alex Dimauro, grew up in Burlington and Oakville Ontario. These best friends started their music careers playing on “shoe box drum kits and elastic band guitars”. Before Valley, two separate bands named Cars & Guitars and National Parks were accidentally double booked at a local studio and from that point forward, with a combination of uniqueness and versatility between them comes the birth of Valley.

With influences such as The Arkells, The 1975, Bombay Bicycle Club, and Sam Roberts, Valley’s sound can be described as melodious, smoothing, and well textured. As soon as I began to listen to their music I fell in love with a song called “WAL”, why you ask? Well the song is very harmonized and poppy, and Valley’s lyrics are easily relatable and indelible. When I listen to “WAL” I picture myself vegging out on the coastal sands of the Caribbean. It’s always a treat to stumble upon great music and I promise that you will be adding Valley to your playlist very soon. - A Music Blog, Yea?

"Valley Interview"

The following is a video interview - Canada's Talent


WAL (single)
Man Outta You (single)
Sweet Helen
05: Lampshade
Soft Landing



VALLEY is a pop band from Toronto whose ambitions are even bigger than their sound. Forged from two bands who were accidentally double-booked for studio time, the born-and-raised Canadians seized the opportunity in disguise and began developing what would ultimately become known as one of the most refreshing, engaging, and promising new bands of the decade. The immediate Top 200 chart success of VALLEY’s debut EP “Car Test” catapulted the band to sold out shows, festival bookings, and a nomination in the Toronto Independent Music Awards, establishing them as a worthy compatriot of influences such as The 1975, St Lucia, and Walk The Moon. But “Car Test” is merely an introduction to the timeless, anthemic songcraft which has earned VALLEY the attention of several record labels and booking agents since the EP’s release in April 2015. With plenty more music to come, VALLEY is unequivocally the next great North American band to watch.

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