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The TekSavvy Tap Series with Skeleton Park Brewery

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Beer discovery is the most important part of Toronto’s Festival of Beer. We offer hundreds of brews to try: some you have heard of, and some maybe not. We have created the New Brews presented by TekSavvy programme to do two things: 1) Allow brewers who have never been to our event the chance to feature their product to the masses. 2) Allow beer lovers the chance to discover new brews.

As part of this programme, we will be rolling out information about each participating brewer throughout the month of June in a series we are calling the TekSavvy Tap Series, to help you get to know who our New Brews are! So, without further ado – here is Skeleton Park Brewery:

What made you want to become a brewer? Tell your story!

My story of becoming a brewer is an unusual one. While I was teaching overseas in Southern Asia, the city that I was living in had become a dry city. The mayor at the time had ordered for every bar and pub to be shut down. Me and a fried of mine, who both had a bit of brewing experience, decided to open up a little “hangout” for our friend and have fresh beer brewed available. We rented out a spot above a bustling night market and began brewing. Our little hangout got fairly popular and turned into somewhat of a speakeasy brewpub. For legal reasons we decided to move the business to Taipei where we could operate a little more legitimately. I then moved home to Canada to open my own brewery.

What kind of beers will you be bringing to TFOB 2018? If you have tasting notes that you could share with fans, it will paint a picture of what they can expect? 

We will be bringing our Amber 66 and our Proper English with us. I’ve attached two flyers below with a description of the beer and the tasting notes.

Amber 66

This well-balanced European-style amber ale is the flagship to our Heritage Series. Reminiscent of our time as an early nation, we have held true to the big bodied, high ABV ales that were very popular among the hard working men and women who helped Canada become what it is today.

It is full bodied with a complex malt profile. Velvety and subtle. Notes of rye bread, cherry, and toast, with a warm highland whiskey finish. A true old-world ale.

Proper English

Vintage a vintage gets. This 150-year-old Extra Special Bitter recipe uses ingredients brought over from England by the United Empire Loyalists and still grown locally today. The simple complexity of this brilliant, golden ale recaptures a time of shared purpose and honest reward.

Earthy and slightly floral on the nose with notes of Sauvignon blanc. A malty, biscuit and pie-crust body. Hints of hazelnut and caramel with a crisp, dry finish.

What are you most excited about participating at TFOB 2018?

Beer festivals are always fun. It’s great meeting new people in the industry along with other brewers and of course it’s always fun to meet some new fans of our products.

Where can people find more information about your brewery, other brews you are making, etc?

More information about what we are all about can be found on our website www.skeletonpark.ca and on our social media pages; Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Make sure you check out the New Brews presented by TekSavvy on-site at TFOB 2018. There will be 12 brewers showcasing the fruits of their labour, along with free WiFi for beer lovers to share their discoveries.  We will feature each brewer leading up to TFOB 2018. And yes, the New Brews presented by TekSavvy pavilion will be on-site for all four days of TFOB.

Get TFOB THURSDAY Tickets Now!

TFOB Friday: SOLD OUT!

TFOB Saturday: SOLD OUT!

Get Tickets to TFOB SUNDAY with I Mother Earth and Finger Eleven Now!

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The TekSavvy Tap Series with Midtown Brewing Company

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Beer discovery is the most important part of Toronto’s Festival of Beer. We offer hundreds of brews to try: some you have heard of, and some maybe not. We have created the New Brews presented by TekSavvy programme to do two things: 1) Allow brewers who have never been to our event the chance to feature their product to the masses. 2) Allow beer lovers the chance to discover new brews.

As part of this programme, we will be rolling out information about each participating brewer throughout the month of June in a series we are calling the TekSavvy Tap Series, to help you get to know who our New Brews are! So, without further ado – here is Midtown Brewing Company:

What made you want to become a brewer? Tell your story!

Midtown founded by Paul Spike Lees and Mark Andrewsky as a Craft Brewery, Restaurant, Public house and Market in the center of wellington is well known for its relaxed atmosphere, good times and traditional beer styles, One of the few breweries in the area with a focus on traditional cask conditioned ales.

PSL Head Brewer; I started brewing with kits bought from the local pharmacy as a school science experiment, in buckets, in the kitchen aged 14  and Ive just kept going.   The more I learn the more i realize how much i don’t know.

I’m always amazed when the wort runs clear and the ferment take off and beer actually comes out of a bright tank. The thing i love the most is that ultimately this is a natural process thats been around in one form or another for thousands of years.

I feel that the process of making beer in traditional styles connects me directly with the social history of brewers, regions, people and cultures.

What kind of beers will you be bringing to TFOB 2018? If you have tasting notes that you could share with fans, it will paint a picture of what they can expect? 

Extra Special Bitter (ESB)

Based on the classic unfiltered Extra Special Bitter, this beer has a medium Body with a clean dry finish, Its flavour profile is a balanced malt sweetness against the hop bittering. The hop profile is low

On the palate it shows caramel notes with a nutty middle and has dark stone fruits and a jamminess on the finish. The finish is accented at cellar drinking temperature 10-12C, while still maintaining a clean caramel and nutty character at lower serving temperatures.

KOLSCH

This is a Canadian twist on the classic German Beer interplays lower levels of bittering hops accentuating the Pilsner malt and the earthy character from the wheat malt, creating a clean crisp easy drinking beer with a dry finish and a pleasant peach apricot aromas.

What are you most excited about participating at TFOB 2018?

Participating in TFOB its Midtown Brewing Company’s first venture out to a festival on this scale, Its always a pleasure to mingle with your pear group and try new brews and compare notes. you always learn something new as well as getting the opportunity to introduce our brews to new folks

Where can people find more information about your brewery, other brews you are making, etc?

We can be found at: www.midtownbrewingcompany.com or on Instagram: @midtownbrewingcompany

Make sure you check out the New Brews presented by TekSavvy on-site at TFOB 2018. There will be 12 brewers showcasing the fruits of their labour, along with free WiFi for beer lovers to share their discoveries.  We will feature each brewer leading up to TFOB 2018. And yes, the New Brews presented by TekSavvy pavilion will be on-site for all four days of TFOB.

Get TFOB THURSDAY Tickets Now!

TFOB Friday: SOLD OUT!

TFOB Saturday: SOLD OUT!

Get Tickets to TFOB SUNDAY with I Mother Earth and Finger Eleven Now!

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The TekSavvy Tap Series with Saulter Street Brewery

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Beer discovery is the most important part of Toronto’s Festival of Beer. We offer hundreds of brews to try: some you have heard of, and some maybe not. We have created the New Brews presented by TekSavvy programme to do two things: 1) Allow brewers who have never been to our event the chance to feature their product to the masses. 2) Allow beer lovers the chance to discover new brews.

As part of this programme, we will be rolling out information about each participating brewer throughout the month of June in a series we are calling the TekSavvy Tap Series, to help you get to know who our New Brews are! So, without further ado – here is Saulter Street Brewery:

What made you want to become a brewer? Tell your story!

Saulter Street Brewery was built for those whose lives move a little too fast. The brewery is a mini escape from the city within it. Our brewing process fuses traditional ingredients in unconventional combinations underlined by a great deal of patience, creating something that’s meaningful to us, and hopefully to you too. For us, this brewery was created with a lot of heart and passion for beer in the hopes to be a vehicle for meaningful moments, connections, and conversations.

What kind of beers will you be bringing to TFOB 2018? If you have tasting notes that you could share with fans, it will paint a picture of what they can expect? 

Riverside Pilsner: 4.7% and 25 IBU

  • Our flagship Czech-style Pilsner is made from locally sourced small batch malts and Saaz hops to give it a spicy bite. Smooth and crisp, this copper-coloured, medium-bodied beer has been aged for twenty-eight days

Golden Ale: 5.5% and 60 IBU

  • A traditional English Style Ale using a new English hop, Olicana, which is made to resemble tropical flavoured hops from Australia and the Pacific Northwest. This golden coloured ale is crisp with bitter & earthy notes. Aroma of citrus zest, dried mango and apricot.

What are you most excited about participating at TFOB 2018?

We cannot wait to pour our Pilsner and Golden Pale Ale at TFOB 2018! Other than the sunshine and live music, we are excited to introduce out beer and our brewery to all of Toronto! See you soon

Where can people find more information about your brewery, other brews you are making, etc?

Our website, www.saulterstreetbrewery.com or on social media channels- Instagram (@SaulterstreetBrewery) and Facebook (@SaulterstreetBrewery). Also, come by the tap room at #1, 31 Saulter Street in Riverside, TO. Open 12-9pm, 7 days a week!

Make sure you check out the New Brews presented by TekSavvy on-site at TFOB 2018. There will be 12 brewers showcasing the fruits of their labour, along with free WiFi for beer lovers to share their discoveries.  We will feature each brewer leading up to TFOB 2018. And yes, the New Brews presented by TekSavvy pavilion will be on-site for all four days of TFOB.

Get TFOB THURSDAY Tickets Now!

TFOB Friday: SOLD OUT!

TFOB Saturday: SOLD OUT!

Get Tickets to TFOB SUNDAY with I Mother Earth and Finger Eleven Now!

 

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The TekSavvy Tap Series with William Street Beer Co.

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Beer discovery is the most important part of Toronto’s Festival of Beer. We offer hundreds of brews to try: some you have heard of, and some maybe not. We have created the New Brews presented by TekSavvy programme to do two things: 1) Allow brewers who have never been to our event the chance to feature their product to the masses. 2) Allow beer lovers the chance to discover new brews.

As part of this programme, we will be rolling out information about each participating brewer throughout the month of June in a series we are calling the TekSavvy Tap Series, to help you get to know who our New Brews are! So, without further ado – here is William Street Beer Co:

What made you want to become a brewer? Tell your story!

I started home brewing in the early 2000’s, probably for the same reason most people do… to save a few bucks. I could not have been more wrong. 20L batches quickly gave way to 50L batches. That trend has continued to this day as we brew on a 10HL system at William Street Beer Co. in Cobourg. Our brewery brews primarily traditional North American and German styles with a focus on securing the best possible ingredients and utilizing traditional, proven processes.

All of our core brands are brewed with 100% Northumberland County Hops, brewed by Valley Hops in Port Hope.

What kind of beer(s) will you be bringing to TFOB 2018? If you have tasting notes that you could share with fans, it will help paint a picture of what they can expect?

William Street Beer Co. is very excited to present one of our Core Brands and one of our Seasonal.

Cliff Top Pale Ale is a 5.5% ABV North American Pale Ale which is brewed with 100% Northumberland County grown Magnum, Chinook and Cascade Hops.

Orange CreamCycle is a traditional Cream Ale which is unfused with orange zest and real vanilla to create an amazingly sweet and delicious summer experience.

What are you most excited about participating at TFOB 2018?

As a small, regional brewery, we are excited to introduce the fruits of our labours to the Toronto market

Where can people find more information about your brewery, other brews you are making, etc?

www.williamstreetbeer.com

Facebook: @WilliamStreetBeer

Instagram: @WilliamStreetBeer

Twitter: @WilliamStBeer

Make sure you check out the New Brews presented by TekSavvy on-site at TFOB 2018. There will be 12 brewers showcasing the fruits of their labour, along with free WiFi for beer lovers to share their discoveries.  We will feature each brewer leading up to TFOB 2018. And yes, the New Brews presented by TekSavvy pavilion will be on-site for all four days of TFOB.

Get TFOB THURSDAY Tickets Now!

TFOB Friday: SOLD OUT!

TFOB Saturday: SOLD OUT!

Get Tickets to TFOB SUNDAY with I Mother Earth and Finger Eleven Now!

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New Brews presented by TekSavvy

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Beer discovery is the most important part of Toronto’s Festival of Beer. We offer hundreds of brews to try: some you have heard of, and some maybe not. We created the New Brews presented by TekSavvy programme to do two things: 1) Allow brewers who have never been to our event the chance to feature their product to the masses. 2) Allow beer lovers the chance to discover new brews.

Make sure you check out the New Brews presented by TekSavvy on-site at TFOB 2018. There will be 12 brewers showcasing the fruits of their labour, along with free WiFi for beer lovers to share their discoveries.  We will feature each brewer leading up to TFOB 2018. And yes, the New Brews presented by TekSavvy pavilion will be on-site for all four days of TFOB.

Get TFOB THURSDAY Tickets Now!

TFOB Friday: SOLD OUT!

TFOB Saturday: SOLD OUT!

Get Tickets to TFOB SUNDAY with I Mother Earth and Finger Eleven Now!

Here is this year’s New Brews presented by TekSavvy line-up:

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TFOB Spotlight: Victoria

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The TFOB Spotlight programme at this year’s Toronto’s Festival of Beer is designed to help beer lovers discover the latest and greatest. We are super excited to shine the spotlight on some of the things we love about beer and the beer industry. This will include regions that are making great beer – in the same spirit of how we featured Ireland, Sweden and Canada in previous years. This will also include showcasing great people, like our first TFOB Spotlight: Women in Beer.

Proud to introduce to you our second in a three part TFOB Spotlight series. This is the TFOB Spotlight: Victoria. We will feature the beer from Victoria’s landmark brewery Phillips Brewing & Malting Company, paired with delicious eats that hail from Victoria’s surf regions.

You can expect to try Phillips Brewing & Malting Company’s impressive lineup of tasty brews which include: Blue Buck Ale, Bottle Rocket Session Ale, Electric Unicorn White IPA, Short Wave West Cost Pale Ale, Solaris White Peach Ale. The culinary portion of TFOB Spotlight: Victoria will be curated by a local Chef from Toronto, which will be confirmed closer to the event.

TFOB Spotlight: Victoria will happen all four days of TFOB 2018. Come and have a taste from July 26 to 29 at Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place. Phillips Brewery

Get TFOB THURSDAY Tickets Now!

TFOB Friday: SOLD OUT!

TFOB Saturday: SOLD OUT!

Get Tickets to TFOB SUNDAY with I Mother Earth and Finger Eleven Now!

Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store is a 4 day celebration of the golden beverage! This year, we’re celebrating 22 glorious years. Join us in July for hundreds of brews, an amazing selection of food and live entertainment each and every day. If you have any questions about ticket types THIS BLOG POST should help you out. Make this your Summer tradition!

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TFOB Spotlight: Women In Beer

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This year at Toronto’s Festival of Beer we are very excited to shine the spotlight on some of the things we love about beer and the beer industry. This will include regions that are making great beer – in the spirit of how we featured Ireland, Sweden and Canada in previous years. This will also include showcasing great people. Proud to introduce to you our first in a three part series we are calling TFOB Spotlight. We begin with the TFOB Spotlight:  Women In Beer. We will feature about 14 varieties of beer, brewed by women, inspired by women and poured by women. This spotlight is in partnership with the Society of Beer Drinking Ladies.

TFOB Spotlight: Women In Beer will be available all four days of TFOB 2018 and feature beer brewed by women from a ton of incredible breweries. On top of this, expect to try some awesome collaborations with SOBDL. See the complete list of breweries participating and their brews below:

BreweryBeer
The Granite BreweryHazy Daze German Wheat
Beaus All Natural Brewing Co.De Berry's Treasure - Black Raspberry & Rhubarb Gose
555 Brewing Co.Drewmy Bruffet Margaritaville: Margarita Kettle Sour
Wellington Brewery3 Weeks Notice - Pomegranate Wit
Sweetgrass Brewing Co. Shagbark - Stout
Amsterdam Brewing Co.Sassy Beach: Fruit Pale Ale with peach, pink guava and mango
Muddy York Brewing Co.Cervisia Saison w/ Soursop
Forked River Brewing Co.Brat Pit: Sour black cherry wheat
OverhopDarkforest: Black Sour Ale w Mixed berries
Society of Beer Drinking Ladies (SOBDL) Collaborations
Cowbell Brewing Co. Abbey Braggot - Honey IPA
Henderson Brewing Co.Picnic Point Pale Ale
Little Beasts Brewing Co. Mango Pineapple Papaya Sour
People's Pint Brewing CompanyTropic Like It's Hot: Pineapple Sour
London Brewing Co-OperativeKumquat Raspberry Saison

Get TFOB THURSDAY Tickets Now!

TFOB Friday: SOLD OUT!

TFOB Saturday: SOLD OUT!

Get Tickets to TFOB SUNDAY with I Mother Earth and Finger Eleven Now!

Make sure you follow the Society of Beer Drinking Ladies on their website, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store is a 4 day celebration of the golden beverage! This year, we’re celebrating 22 glorious years. Join us in July for hundreds of brews, an amazing selection of food and live entertainment each and every day. If you have any questions about ticket types THIS BLOG POST should help you out. Make this your Summer tradition!

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Stay The Night with Hilton Toronto x TFOB

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We’ve teamed up with Hilton Toronto to make sure you have a place to stay on TFOB Friday and TFOB Saturday. Pick your package and we’ll see you in July! Any package you choose comes with a Hoptimized Tickets, a special surprise from Les Murray (Festival President) and features some #FreshGLB from Great Lakes Brewery. Just a heads up… You must buy two tickets to receive the hotel package. Total Hilton Toronto Hotel Overnight Package price is $470 + HST. 

TFOB Friday: SOLD OUT!

TFOB Saturday: SOLD OUT!

Each Stay The Night package comes with a glorious room for the night, Hoptimized tickets and a President’s Welcome Basket featuring some #FreshGLB from Great Lakes Brewery. Here’s a breakdown of exactly what you get…

One night double occupancy room for two

  • Hotel Package Includes: One double occupancy room for either Friday July 27th, 2018 or Saturday, July 28th, 2018, booked under your name at Hilton Toronto.  Hotel includes Free Wifi. (DOES NOT INCLUDE INCIDENTALS INCURRED BY GUESTS). Guest must provide a valid credit card for incidentals upon check in to the hotel.

Two Hoptimized Tickets for Toronto’s Festival of Beer

  • Hoptimized Tickets include: 10 sample tokens. Access through Express Entrance. Exclusive access to Festival for an additional 1.5 hours. Commemorative Festival Sampling Cup
  • MUST BUY TWO TO RECEIVE HOTEL PACKAGE. Total Hilton Hotel Overnight Package price is $470 + HST. 

One President’s Welcome Basket

  • Gift Basket will be available at check-in. Gift Basket includes official branded TFOB merchandise and an assortment of beverages from Great Lakes Brewery – all hand selected by TFOB President Les Murray. 

These packages won’t last. Hope to see you in July, ya bunch of beauties.  #BeerLove

Stay The Night FAQ:

How does this all work?

Purchase your package through Ticketfly via our website. You will receive a ticket confirmation email from Ticketfly right away with your Hoptimized tickets attached. You will receive a second email from Hilton Toronto with your confirmation code no later than July 15.

Can I buy this with a Single Ticket?

No. This Package is only available for two tickets and double occupancy.

What is a double occupancy room?

Double occupancy means two adults in a room. It can have one king or two queens….subject to availability. All rooms are 2 queen beds to begin and you can try changing that to one king once the booking is made. Subject to availability. 

Where is Hilton Toronto?

145 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON M5H 2L2. Here’s a Google Map.

When can I check in/ check out?

Check in at 3pm. Check out at Noon.

How do I get from Hilton Toronto to Toronto’s Festival of Beer and back?

We highly reco that you leave your car at home or parked at the hotel. Call a cab or hail an Ubes. Here’s a Google Map of where TFOB takes place.

 

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TFOB Sunday with I Mother Earth and Finger Eleven

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The dial will be turned to 11 on Sunday, July 29. I Mother Earth and Finger Eleven are bringing their brands of Canadian rock to the OLG Bandshell Stage, Exhibition Place for TFOB Sunday. What a way to wrap up TFOB 2018!! See you this summer!

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Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store is a 4 day celebration of the golden beverage! This year, we’re celebrating 22 glorious years. Join us in July for hundreds of brews, an amazing selection of food and live entertainment each and every day. We will announce the headline entertainment for TFOB Thursday soon. If you have any questions about ticket types THIS BLOG POST should help you out. Make this your Summer tradition! Below are the links to the other days available…

Get TFOB THURSDAY Tickets Now!

TFOB Friday: SOLD OUT!

TFOB Saturday: SOLD OUT!

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I Mother Earth & Finger Eleven To Headline TFOB Sunday

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Toronto, ON (March 20, 2018) – Canadian Rock troupes I Mother Earth and Finger Eleven are bringing their electrifying stage shows to Toronto’s Festival of Beer (TFOB 2018), on Sunday July 29. Their performances will take place on OLG Bandshell Stage, Exhibition Place to close out the 2018 weekend celebration of beer, brewers and #BeerLove, presented by 102.1 The Edge.

“Legendary Canadian rock meets our legendary beer festival,” said Les Murray, president of Toronto’s Festival of Beer. “The combo of I Mother Earth and Finger Eleven are the perfect pairing to close out TFOB 2018.”

Building off the momentum of their recently announced cross-Canada tour, TFOB 2018 will be I Mother Earth and Finger Eleven’s first stop in Toronto for 2018. Fans should expect to hear some of their favourite hits as the highly-anticipated weekend comes to a close that evening.

Tickets for TFOB 2018 are on sale now and are selling fast. Fans are encouraged to buy early to secure their tickets. To purchase tickets, please visit the link below…

Get TFOB SUNDAY Tickets Now!

About Finger Eleven:

The members of alternative metal outfit Finger Eleven grew up in Burlington, Ontario, and came together in high school as a funk-styled band named Rainbow Butt Monkeys. Originally comprising vocalist Scott Anderson, bassist Sean Anderson, drummer Rob Gommerman, and James Black and Rick Jackett on guitars, they won a rock band search contest on local radio and used the prize money to record their first album, 1995’s Letters from Chutney. Gommerman left the band soon after, making way for drummer Rich Beddoe.

Now named Finger Eleven, the quintet released Tip on Mercury Records in Canada, which marked the band’s turn to a heavier sound. It was re-released by the New York City-based label Wind-Up Records in September 1998. The album made minor waves on MuchMusic, videos for “Above” and “Tip” increasing their profile at home, but it would still be several years before U.S. audiences really paid attention to the band.

The Greyest of Blue Skies appeared in the summer of 2000, followed three years later by Finger Eleven’s self-titled third album. The latter record eventually went gold, driven by the success of their brooding Top 40 hit “One Thing.”

After various rounds of touring, the guys got to work collectively writing their next album for Wind-Up. March 2007’s Them vs. You vs. Me featured much more varied instrumentation and influences — including dance, funk, and country — than just the chugging metallic guitars of Finger Eleven’s past efforts. The band subsequently hit the road in support with U.S. shows alongside Evanescence and Chevelle.

Back home in Canada, Them vs. You vs. Me wound up winning the Juno for Rock Album of the Year in 2008, raising expectations for the band’s next album, the Juno Award-nominated Life Turns Electric, which appeared in the fall of 2010.

Five Crooked Lines, the band’s seventh studio long-player, was released in 2015 and preceded by the single “Wolves and Doors.”

About I Mother Earth:

Talk of Canadian rock bands may conjure up images of the Guess Who or Bachman-Turner Overdrive, but Toronto quartet I Mother Earth is a modern update combining a wide range of influences, including jazz fusion, funk, and progressive rock. Add a pinch of Canadian counterparts Rush and dashes of artists as disparate as Santana and King Crimson, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Primus, and Jane’s Addiction and Smashing Pumpkins, and you’re bordering on I Mother Earth’s expansive collage of styles. The group formed in Toronto in 1990 with vocalist Edwin, bassist Bruce Gordon, and brothers Jagori Tanna (guitar/vocals) and Christian Tanna (drums).

Signed to Capitol, I Mother Earth’s agressive 1993 debut CD Dig nonetheless caused as much head-scratching as adulation.

Edwin’s heady lyrics hinted at progressive rock acts like Rush and Yes while his vocals were completely different; the rhythm section played crisp funk patterns like an updated James Brown, and the group’s penchant for percussion neared Santana territory.

Making things more complicated was guitarist Tanna, who ranged from Chili Peppers-style rhythm patterns (“Rain Will Fall”) to bluesy Stevie Ray Vaughan licks (“So Gently We Go”) to the Woodstock-era Latin fire of Carlos Santana (“No One”).

The fact that another Toronto band with a similar name (Our Lady Peace) was starting to gain notoriety didn’t help I Mother Earth’s cause, either.

Nonplussed, the quartet set out to go further on its sophomore effort, even if it wasn’t considered commercially wise for bands (especially Canadian bands) to be this versatile.

Recruiting percussionists Luis Conte and Daniel Mansilla, keyboardist Ken Pearson, and even Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson for 1996’s Scenery and Fish, I Mother Earth concocted another epic of genre-defiance.

Even an otherwise radio-friendly track like “One More Astronaut” was filled with stops, starts, and odd rhythmic meters, with more detours through blues (“Three Days Old”), percussion-heavy numbers (the opening “Hello Dave!”), uptempo funk (“Used to Be Alright”), acoustic pieces (“Shortcut to Monelon”), and updated metal à la King Crimson (“Pisser”).

The band would release no more CDs on Capitol, but again took three years to release the successive Blue Green Orange.

Distributed by Mercury throughout Canada, but harder to find in the U.S., the 1999 release expanded on I Mother Earth’s already expansive musical pallette, as did an import CD of acoustic remixes and live tracks (Earth Sky and Everything in Between).

About Toronto’s Festival of Beer:

Toronto’s Festival of Beer, presented by the Beer Store features hundreds of brews, seriously good eats, live entertainment, and plenty of #BeerLove from July 26 to 29 at Bandshell Park, in Exhibition Place. It’s Canada’s premier celebration of the golden beverage.

For more information, please contact:

Davide De Laurentiis

Marketing & Communications Manager

dav@beerlicious.ca

Jon Sinden

Vice President of Marketing

jon@beerlicious.ca

 

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