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“May my body and heart remain wild, for I’m a wandering child.”
Toronto-based indie folk band Wild Rivers have cemented themselves as one of Canada’s most exciting young acts. By blending classic folk vibes with sentimental lyrics and alluring pop melodies, Wild Rivers create a sound that is truly unique to them. Their music transcends genres and leaves an unforgettable impression on the listener.
It all started in 2012, when vocalists Devan Glover and Khalid Yassein met in their university town of Kingston, Ontario. The moment they sang their first note together, the two realized a special musical chemistry. Their sound was raw and organic, featuring two naturally coexisting voices; Devan’s soaring soprano and Khalid’s soft baritone, accompanied by an acoustic guitar. “Devan & Khalid” took the community by storm, with late night jam sessions quickly evolving into local coffeehouses. Upon graduation, the duo was amongst the biggest local acts in Kingston. Their cover sets evolved into original songs, and their music struck a chord with their newfound fans, who fell in love with their genuine songs performed with precocious musicality.
Upon graduation, Devan and Khalid continued the pursuit of their passion, and began work on their debut album. At the same time, they recruited two additional members to enrich and expand their songs. Friends and musical collaborators Ben Labenski (drums) and Andrew Oliver (guitar, bass) were the missing pieces to that destiny, each perfectly finding their place in the group while adding their own unique contributions to the overall sound. The duo instantly became the quartet known as Wild Rivers. It was only fitting that the group returned to Kingston for a jam-packed backyard show to announce their new beginning: paying homage to where it all began.
Fast forward to 2017. The group has matured personally and musically; having found their stride as a cohesive band – particularly highlighted by both their debut album release in April 2016, and the standalone single ‘Do Right’ – released March 2017. After a year of touring, they boast a dynamic and polished live show that leave audiences thrilled in every city they visit. They’ve shared the stage with their heroes and have scaled Canada and beyond to spread their music.
Wild Rivers are plunging into the unknown, following their instinct to wander with the curiosity and courage that embodies the spirit of their youth. Their passion is magnetic, their resolve is unwavering, and it’s a journey that makes you want to stop and listen.