• The Dream Café

    67 Front Street
    Penticton, British Columbia V2A1H2
Ticket Price (CAD) $25.00 This event is now over


Aerialists is a JUNO nominated neo-folk quintet from Toronto, Canada. With two albums under their belt, the band has already made a name for themselves with a distinctive hybrid approach to traditional music; their songs balance historical weight and thoughtful musicianship with restless experimentation. 

Aerialists was formed when Adam Iredale-Gray (guitar), Elise Boeur (fiddle) & Mairi Chaimbeul (harp) were studying at Berklee College of Music. Each player had a unique musical background - Boeur had completed an intensive study in folk music at a Norwegian college, Chaimbeul had established herself as an acclaimed Scottish harpist steeped in the Gaelic tradition, and Iredale-Gray had spent years touring North America with acclaimed folk band Fish & Bird. The project became their musical meeting point, where each was able to synthesize their influences into an entirely unique whole. The three are the core of Aerialists, and are joined live by a rhythm section that features some of Canada’s most talented instrumentalists. 

In 2017, Aerialists released Group Manoeuvre, an album that combined prog-trad compositions and re-imaginings of traditional material. This deft balancing act of new and old garnered the record a JUNO Award nomination for Best Instrumental Album. Folk Radio UK praised its “dazzling display of stellar musicianship” while Spill Magazine noted the music’s “gorgeous interludes, fierce harmonics, and biting rock riffs”. 2020 saw the release of the new album Dear Sienna - the album doubled down on the band’s established folk / prog hybrid with the addition of vocals sung in multiple languages, and received a Canadian Folk Music Award for Pushing The Boundaries. Following the music’s transatlantic roots, they toured both releases in Europe, including festival sets at Celtic Connections in Glasgow and Crossdorf Festival in Hamburg, and a performance at the renowned Muzieklub ‘t Ey in Belgium.

Aerialists are ethereal yet precise, technical yet visceral, and every song feels like a new beginning. With Dear Sienna, the band has created a love letter to those who have come before us, and those who will come after. At turns both melancholy and bright, Dear Sienna cements Aerialists reputation as one of contemporary music’s most innovative projects.

“Seriously accomplished musicians, brimming with energy” - CBC
"Entire worlds seem travelled... there is a sense of urgency, lightheartedness, menace, and stillness" - Spill Magazine


Venue Details

The Dream Café

67 Front Street
Penticton, British Columbia V2A1H2 The Dream Café
The Dream Café

Doors and Kitchen Open at 6pm - unless otherwise stated

Shows start at 8pm. 


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