In order to comply with all COVID regulations, the Winterfest team is moving all of our Signature Concerts up to the Winterfest Hub at Auchmar. Our bands will be playing inside a custom-designed geodesic dome so they are warm and safely distanced, but you can still see them through the crystal clear plexi.
Wander the grounds of the Winterfest Hub and engage in the full experience of Winterfest. We’ll have free hot chocolate, dance and theatre performances, massive inflatable sculptures, food and millions of twinkle lights to make it a stellar evening.
All concerts are 19+.
Sparse seating is provided to ensure safe social distancing.
Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Recently coming off his latest album “Partly Stabilized Partly Curious” (PSPC) and single “Chicken Little”, Paulo Leon is an artist, poet, musician, producer and rapper who is unwilling to fit the mold within the evolving musical landscape.
Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Paulo is known for his melodic innovative production and exceptional lyricism. His artistic roots began in the Hamilton spoken word scene, as he led his high school team to place first in the largest spoken word competition in Canada, “Louder than a Bomb Canada” (2017). During this time and after, he not only tightened his skills as a writer but also as a producer, and began crafting his post-hip-hop sound, which is rooted in soul, R&B and pop-jazz fusion.
Currently, Paulo’s focus is incorporating hardware and live instrumentation on his upcoming album to blend genres and push the mainstream forward. Through his music, he hopes to convey a sense of escapism for his audience by exposing his truest self and the world that surrounds him.
At only 21 years old, he writes, composes, arranges and produces all of his work. It is clear from listening to any of his records from his past three projects, singles and latest album PSPC, Paulo is a unique artist with a voice too talented to be unheard.
Raised on the cool precision of late-aughts guitar music and the melodrama of post-rock, they hold lean hooks and sweeping crescendos in perfect tension. Frontwoman Nabi Sue Bersche wields her arresting lyricism with clear-eyed lucidity, drawing deeply personal reflections from big themes like power, love, and loss. Citing influences that range from stadium limelight (U2, Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush) to the warm glow of indie haunts (Feist, Spoon, Death Cab For Cutie) Ellevator’s music hits with the impact of great pop songs and the fierce emotional resonance of their rock and roll heroes.
Following the release of their eponymous debut EP in 2018, Ellevator cut their teeth on the road, sharing stages with the likes of Amber Run, Banners, Our Lady Peace, Arkells, Bishop Briggs, Cold War Kids, and Dear Rouge. In Autumn 2021, the band released the first taste of their new music with the pulsing single ‘Easy’, followed by hypnotic ‘Charlie IO’. Their debut LP, produced by Chris Walla (Death Cab For Cutie, Foxing, Tegan & Sara), is set to be released in 2022.
Leftovers, the debut album from Montreal’s (/Tiohtia:ke’s) Le Ren, stitches together a patchwork of personal songs about different relationships: those we share with mothers, lovers, and friends. Lauren Spear, the artist behind Le Ren, created a physical quilt to mirror the assemblage of stories that comprise her album: a coming-of-age collage that collects over four years of past experiences and finds their present meaning.
Spear studied bluegrass as a teenager on Bowen Island/ Nex̱wlelexm, a small municipality on the Canadian west coast. In adulthood she dove headfirst into Montreal’s (/Tiohtia:ke’s) music scene, expanding her artistry into contemporary folk, rock, and country. With the release of her EP Morning & Melancholia in 2020, Le Ren earned comparison to the deft musicianship and sparse, eloquent lyrics of John Prine, Joni Mitchell and Neil Young.
Le Ren writes with a bold clarity that lends her songs the immediate, enduring quality of good stories well-told that, like their album title-namesake, only get better with age. Leftovers is equal parts melancholy, deep love, and levity to lift up the mournful. Le Ren here weaves a rich musical tapestry addressed to loved ones lost, found, and kept that reveals new meanings within a lifetime of relationships.