Edmonton-based husband and wife duo Peter Stone and Denise MacKay, plus multi-instrumentalist Scott Zubot, have shared their unique brand of original transatlantic folk at shows and festivals near and far. Their beautiful harmonies, rich arrangements and captivating lyrics make their sound truly distinctive.
The new 100 mile house release, Wait With Me, is their third full-length album, packed with the lyrically driven roots tunes that gained this band a devoted following in the Canadian music scene and beyond. Debuting at No.1 on CKUA across Alberta, the album is nominated for a WCMA for ‘Roots Duo/Group Recording of the Year’ and the song ‘London’ just won the coveted Calgary Folk Festival Songwriting Contest, the second time the band has walked away with the prize. This haunting and highly personal song collection is the follow-up to hollow ponds, their award-winning 2011 release.
Hollow ponds won the Edmonton Music Award for Folk/Roots Album of the Year in 2012 and was nominated for a 2012 WCMA for Roots Duo/Group Recording of the Year. It was featured in CBC's Key of A - Best of 2011 and the track "Better, Still" won the Calgary Folk Festival songwriting contest Grand Prize in 2011.
Career highlights include performances at the 2010 Winter Olympics, the Calgary Folk Festival, Canmore Folk Festival, Vancouver Island Musicfest and Calgary Folk Club as well as showcasing at the 2012 and 2013 Folk Alliance International conferences. A live recording of their 2013 Calgary CD release at The Ironwood is available on CBC Radio 2's Concerts On Demand.
"Wait With Me ... features the smart lyrics, harmonies, and storytelling that are making 100 Mile House well-known on the Canadian folk music scene." CBC Music
“...lyrical and haunting, with a depth of feeling – sometimes raw and palpably authentic – you don’t find so often.” Penguin Eggs
"...extremely well produced and performed...This band is poised to move the folk rock needle outside of Canada." The Alternate Root
“Unlike some roots music that lifts its spirit from dusty ol’ saloon floors or gravel roads found only in books and movies, Jeff Stuart and The Hearts’ music is bona fide, resting in its natural habitat. They’re not putting on some hillbilly act; they’re using the heart-on-sleeve framework of roots and indie-pop music to construct an expansive sonic world built out of the music they love. Stuart writes songs that wouldn’t sound out of place in 1971, at the birth of Big Star and the New York Dolls among the wreckage of the Beatles and Gram Parsons–era Byrds, striving for glory and redemption on the AM dial. Melodies, harmonies, and hooks, hooks, hooks abound. All the Hearts (Gavin Dunn, Dwayne Martineau, Christopher Quesnel, Michelle Sabourin, Tim Resaul) are accomplished multi-instrumentalists, bringing strong musicianship and a healthy dollop of sonic experimentation to their performances, where they trade, layer, interpret and cohere […]
Sophie Heppell and Melissa Walker have spent the last six years perfecting the formula that was to create Two Bears North. Heppell’s melodic sense and Walker’s incomparable groove, brought forth by their partnership, has made Two Bears North unstoppable. With six years of performing, touring, and recording together in other projects, Heppell and Walker have finally settled on a sound that is unmistakably their own. Their nine song debut album shows the pair in fine form. Comeocean is a unification of a yearning for the ocean and the commotion of an obsessive and neurotic mind. These two West Coast women finding each other in the prairies and bearing the North together- on a journey to figure out the complexities of the human psyche. With upright and electric bass, vocal harmonies, electric guitar, synth, glockenspiel, violin, trumpet, drums, and various percussion, Comeocean is bound to sound refreshing to music listeners everywhere. […]
With a musical tea steeped in nostalgia, sweetened with a songbird voice, roughed up with a squeeze of country twang and bolstered by a jigger of Canadian whiskey, the AwesomeHots serve up a hot toddy of irreverent parlour folk. It’s tent meeting gospel hymns meets a boozy campfire singalong MC’d by Dean Martin and Phylis Diller.