|3:30PM - 4:15PM||Saturday, July 12||Power 104 Main Stage|
Jon and Roy went searching for something intangible on their fourth recording, Let it Go. Suffice it to say, they found it. Freedom — from artistic constraints, from audience expectations — became a recurring theme for the duo during the creation of Let it Go. If there was one rule for longtime friends and collaborators Jon Middleton (guitar/vocals) and Roy Vizer (drums/percussion), it was to have no rules at all. Some artists wouldn’t dare touch a winning streak that resulted in gigs with Finley Quaye, Mother Mother, among others. Fewer still would risk a reputation that has warranted appearances at some of the most established and popular folk festivals in Canada. Jon and Roy are unique in that regard. Despite their considerable success as an independent act the music-making process - above all else - is what continues to drive them. For any band, big or small, the simplest of intentions — playing music for enjoyment’s sake, if not the pure joy of collaboration — are often the first things to get lost along the way. Jon and Roy rediscovered that feeling on Let it Go. They found what they were looking for.