WINTER WARMER  2023
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ABOUT WINTER WARMER

Winter Warmer is a small intimate festival meant to help participants feel cozy in the midst of winter. It combines great music from both established and promising new artists in intimate settings often with  the option of sampling a taste of something warm and delicious and washing it down with a beverage or two!

Get A Festival Pass
$90 + $3 in fees

There are limited Festival Passes available.  Passholders have access to every ticketed event as long as they arrive before the show starts .... otherwise they are subject to available seating. This is especially true in smaller venues.

Purchase Festival Pass Here

THE PERFORMERS
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HOT TODDY
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Saturday January 28th  8pm

Huntsman Dunn Theatre   $35

HOT TODDY, the original Salty Session recording artists, are no stranger to St Andrews, let alone the Canadian music scene! Always ahead of their time, this multi award winning trio helped to create, what Dave Gunning has said was  a unique New Brunswick sound … organic, folky, funky and full of groove!! This iconic Maritime based trio has won fans worldwide. They are known for their alternative acoustic blues, roots and jazz stylings, heart-stopping instrumentals, mischievous lyrics and a live show that is full of improvisation and impromptu musical journeys.

 

Logging 100’s of thousands of tour miles in Canada, the USA and Europe the trio has shared the stage with such icons as jazz great Bill Frisell, the incomparable Dolly Parton, Irish legend Van Morrison and flamenco master Juan Martin among a raft of others.

The band moved into Salty Towers to record in June of 2003, with a “let’s see what happens” attitude. What emerged were two full length, critically acclaimed, award winning albums that have stood the test of time.

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OLYMPIC SYMPHONIUM
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Saturday January 28th  8pm

Huntsman Dunn Theatre   $35

THE OLYMPIC SYMPHONIUM  was formed in 2005 after Grand Theft Bus’,  Graeme Walker started writing songs that didn't fit the style of his primary band.  He invited Kyle Cunjak and Nick Cobham, two friends who had also been writing different material to create a new side project. Dennis Goodwin, Walker’s Grand Theft Bus bandmate, was added shortly there after.  

 

Not only did this new music, which features emotional sonic flourishes, soaring harmonies and dramatic lyrical content, not fit their respective bands it didn’t fit the vibe or the venues they traditionally played! So, they began to load their performance palette with listening rooms, festivals and house concerts throughout North America and the UK.  One of those new venues was Salty Towers.  With the knowledge that others had recorded there and with there love of the place they decided to take up residence in 2013 to record their 4th album, the award winning “A Chance To Fate” .

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OWEN STEEL
 
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MAX KEENLYSIDE
 

Saturday January 28th  8pm

Huntsman Dunn Theatre   $35

OWEN STEEL recorded his debut album “Owen Steel et al” at Salty Towers in the spring of 2010. Having been raised, in part, within its walls, the touring musicians who he met over the years instilled an interest of songwriting and performing within him. 

 

Grid City Magazine reflects that, “Steel’s work has always carried with it a definitive experimental element that’s helped keep it ever so unclassifiable, yet familiar and undeniably something all his own. A fan of low-fi sounds, Steel's music has always maintained a certain degree of quirk...”

 

In January of 2020, Steel was invited to be the Dawson City Music Festival songwriter-in-residence, an opportunity which is offered to a singular Canadian artist once a year. In 2017 he was one of a handful of songwriters chosen from a list of hundreds to take part in the Banff Centre’s inaugural songwriter’s residency. His last live performance was at Winter Warmer in 2020!

MAX KEENLYSIDE returns to St Andrews after having his 2020 sold out  show at Winter Warmer cancelled  due to bad weather.  .A dazzling pianist  he has written and performed music in ragtime, stride & classical form gaining a reputation as a top young artist in his field.

A favourite at jazz and ragtime events around the world, he has headlined at major festivals across North America including the Scott Joplin, West Coast Ragtime, and Blind Boone festivals.  While equally at home in ragtime and classical styles, he is especially lauded for his stride and traditional jazz chops.  

These demanding, two-handed rich piano styles were crafted by the likes of Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller, and James P. Johnson; Max plays them all with stylistic flair and an ear for detail.

In addition to festivals, Max regularly concertizes and has given a program for a live audience on CBC Radio.  His debut release, KeenlyStride,  was issued in 2010. This was followed by Mostly Max in 2012, featuring a plethora of Max's original tunes along side old classics.  

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The Schedule & Tickets
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