Julian Taylor is a Toronto-based, award-winning singer-songwriter, radio host, and label owner. Over the course of his esteemed career, which spans 20-plus years as the leader of Staggered Crossing, Julian Taylor Band, and his solo work,
Julian has established himself as one of Canada’s greatest troubadours. His 2020 LP, The Ridge, earned two Juno Award nominations, along with a pair of Canadian Folk Music Awards for Solo Artist and English Songwriter of the Year, five Native American Music Award nominations, plus a nomination for Canada’s most prestigious music accolade, the Polaris Music Prize.
Julian's new album, Beyond the Reservoir, released October 14, 2022 includes the singles “Seeds” , “Wide Awake” and “Opening the Sky”” that builds on the soul-folk sound and autobiographical themes first explored on The Ridge. Julian received a 2023 Juno nomination for Contemporary Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year and most recently he has been nominated by CMA Ontario for Roots Artist of the Year.
Reviews to date of Beyond The Ridge have been outstanding “With Beyond The Reservoir the Americana music melodist looks to build on the breakout success of his 2020 acoustic album “The Ridge” In August he released “Wide Awake” a bittersweet song about embracing one’s ingrained familial experiences. While the single suggests a countrified Jim Croce or a twangier Cat Stevens, Taylor is a unique and important voice on the Canadian Roots and Folk Scene.” Brad Wheeler, The Globe and Mail.
“Raw, vulnerable and powerful” - Wide Open Country
“Veteran Canadian singer-songwriter Julian Taylor’s latest musical incarnation as a country/folk artist fits his wise, incisive, emotionally powerful song writing like a glove. We reviewed his incredible new album, “Beyond the Reservoir,” which comes out tomorrow.” Adventures in Americana
In 2018, veracious Mohawk singer-songwriter Logan Staats was chosen from 10,000 hopeful contestants vying for a spot on musical competition show The Launch. Before an audience of 1.4 million viewers, Staats won, officiating the breakthrough that would lead him to Nashville and Los Angeles, and to his single “The Lucky Ones” winning the Indigenous Music Award for Best Radio Single. “The Lucky Ones” also occupied #1 in Canada.
In the years between now and then, Staats has come home, making the intentional decision to re-root at Six Nations of the Grand River. “I wanted to bring my songwriting back to the medicine inside of music, to the medicine inside of reclamation,” he says following a phase of constant travel and intensity.
To Staats, music is a healing salve, contemplatively composed and offered to listeners in need of comfort. Since returning home, Staats has been able to create music authentically again, reclaiming his sound through honest storytelling and unvarnished, sometimes painful reflection.
An evocative testament to rock’s cathartic spirit, the album was recorded with borrowed microphones at Staats’ apartment, at Six Nations recording studio Jukasa, and at downtown Brantford’s Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts.
“My nation and my community are in every chord I play and every note I sing,” says Staats. “They’ve saved me.”
The Dream Café
67 Front Street Penticton, British Columbia V2A1H2
There's no need to print your tickets, we will greet you at the door with our guest list for the show.
Doors open 6pm unless otherwise stated.
Kitchen is open from 6-9pm.
Show starts at 8pm, please arrive by 7:30pm to have time to get settled.