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JJ & The Pillars
August 1, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pmFree
In 2013, the 4-piece folk-rock outfit JJ and The Pillars were formed in none other than the home of Ptbo Musicfest, Peterborough, Ontario. They have been making their presence known in the Toronto music scene, most recently winning The Edge’s Next Big Thing contest out of nearly 700 Canadian Bands, and playing Koi Fest, Indie Week, CMW, and The 2014 CASBY Awards with Arkells, Tokyo Police Club, Dear Rouge and more.
JJ Thompson, a musical theatre grad, reunited with an old high school friend Brett Wright after a 5-year hiatus, Thompson asking Wright to fill in for one show on Bass, an instrument the latter had never touched. Stefan, a friend-of-a-friend, ended up answering a last-minute Craigslist Ad “Need a drummer… yesterday” that Thompson had posted. They’ve been bandmates and close friends ever since. Donald “Donny Boy” Richard (added in late 2014) was a friend of Thompson’s from PEI, who was a last minute add before The Yates Cup Halftime Show to 6,500 people, he’s been with the band ever since.
The band’s debut album Wolves was recorded in Toronto with producer and friend of the band Ross Hayes Citrullo and was mastered by the legendary João Carvalho. Their first single “The Wolves” has been on the rise on 102.1 The Edge’s Top 30, Canada’s Biggest Rock Station, by popular demand.
Plying their trade and making their name on Toronto music scene they have played with bands such as: Milky Chance, Elle King, Arkells, Dear Rouge, Tokyo Police Club, I Mother Earth, USS, Billy Talent, Mounties, and Current Swell.