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About Joel Carriere:
Joel Carriere is the president and owner of Bedlam Music Management, Dine Alone Records and D.A. Foods. Growing up in St. Catharines, Ontario, Carriere embraced the growing punk music scene and in 2001 harnessed his passion for music into his first successful industry endeavor, the cutting edge website Bedlam Society. The online music magazine and virtual community it created soon became a platform to release a series of compilation albums titled the Bedlam Society Mix Tapes, promoting hundreds of independent artists and concerts in St. Catharines, Hamilton, Toronto, Whistler, Vancouver and more. Carriere also started managing Canadian band Alexisonfire in 2001, a groundswell success story who have since earned several industry accolades including Platinum and JUNO awards.
After a stint with Sanctuary Records as their lifestyle marketing coordinator, Carriere finally ventured out on his own. In 2002, Carriere took over the S.C.E.N.E. Music Festival in St. Catharine’s with Steve Stumble. Held annually since 1995, the festival grew from three stages and 20 acts to 16 stages, 135 acts and 8,000+ fans under Carriere’s tenure as organizer.
With the success of Alexisonfire, Carriere was encouraged to expand his management roster under the Bedlam Music Management umbrella, which currently manages City and Colour, Monster Truck and The Sheepdogs. Bedlam Music Management is also responsible for breaking artists such as Bedouin Soundclash, Arkells and Attack in Black. Dine Alone Records is frequently lauded as one of Canada’s most important full-service independent records labels, due in a big part to the success of City and Colour. Currently the label boasts a roster that includes such notable artists such as The Lumineers, The Civil Wars, City and Colour, Tokyo Police Club, Fidlar, Kate Nash, Marilyn Manson and James Vincent McMorrow.
About Jordan Hastings:
Musician and owner of D.A. Foods, Jordan Hastings, gained notoriety both domestically and internationally as a drummer for the Canadian rock band, Alexisonfire. He helped craft the sound and development of the platinum-selling album Crisis and the band’s critically acclaimed final full-length album, Old Crows, Young Cardinals, and what would be their final release, Dog's Blood. Hastings spent his adolescence engrossed in music, from drumming in local punk rock bands, to promoting and putting on small local shows within his Southern Ontario community.
At the age of 19, he joined the ranks of Southern Ontario’s popular punk rock band, Jersey. The band was signed in 2002 by EMI/Virgin Records Canada and toured extensively across Canada and the United States, including four stints on The Vans Warped Tour. It was through hectic and often overlapping tour schedules that Jersey ended up befriending the boys of Alexisonfire. Jersey’s eventual breakup in 2004 was coincident with Alexisonfire’s need for a new drummer. Jordan was an obvious choice and was asked to fill in to complete a scheduled tour cycle, after which he was asked to join the band.
About Chef Deron Engbers:
Deron Engbers began cooking four days out of high school at the ripe young age of 17. As Deron will lament, truthfully, he didn’t grow up in a kitchen, as his mother was afraid he would blow the house sky high if he even attempted to use the stove. However, what began as a summer job, has blossomed into a 21-year love affair. Over the course of his career he has been afforded the opportunity to work in number of award-winning and renowned restaurants including The Carvery in Edmonton, Auberge du Pommier in Toronto, The Wickaninnish Inn in Tofino, and a stage at The French Laundry in Napa Valley at the age of 26. Deron now operates Timeless Foods, offering the pop-up experience all around the city, as well as acting as executive chef at The Curzon in the heart of Leslieville.
About Grey Kingdom:
Consider the tales of Spencer Burton, who writes, and sings under the moniker of Grey Kingdom. Born in Hamilton, raised miles away in Kelowna, with a hankering for travel, eating pie and hunting for edible mushrooms. Burton’s upbringings are as sincere as his demeanour.
Teenage years of strumming in the Welland, Ont. music scene would blossom his twentysomethings into constant road mileage as a member of the critically lauded Attack in Black. In 2008, Burton entered the studio with Dallas Green. He recorded backup vocals and bass on City and Colour's platinum selling album, Bring Me Your Love, and went on to tour the world with Green in support of that album.
Grey Kingdom is the culmination of it all. His debut album, Eulogy of Her and Her and Her, candidly reads as a memoir on its own. There’s brooding tales of romance, travel and loss – each texturally stripped down to a voice and a handful of instruments, while lyrically resonating with Burton’s affection for human interactions.
Burton’s sophomore album, Light I’ll Call Your Name Out “Darkness,” was released in the fall of 2012, leading to a cross-Canada tour alongside Old Man Luedecke, as well as an opening spot for City and Colour. Along with press nods from the likes of NME, Exclaim!, Alan Cross and more, the album would earn praise for Burton’s folk-inspired melodies and stripped down acoustic approach, enhanced by the addition of strings, steel guitar and haunting harmonies – the perfect backdrop to his touching tales of love and love lost.