Wild Rivers is an indie-folk band based in Toronto, Ontario.
Devan Glover and Khalid Yassein began performing as ‘Devan & Khalid’ at Queen’s University in 2012. We started playing acoustic covers of songs and soon progressed to writing and performing our own music.
We became established in the Queen’s music community, and absolutely loved playing at all the student bars and events. We recorded a 3-track EP, ‘This Town’, which was released in February of 2014. It was this EP which pushed us out of our comfort zone and opened our minds to a full-time pursuit of music after graduation. It was always something that we had dreamed of, but the positive reception that we received from releasing ‘This Town’ showed us that it wasn’t out of the realm of possibility, which was very exciting to realize.
After graduating in May 2015, we moved back home and have been establishing ourselves in the Toronto music scene (while still playing lots in Kingston and surrounding areas!). We were voted ‘Toronto’s Best New Artist’ in this year’s CBC Searchlight contest back in May, which gave us access to local and national radio play, and lots of the exposure that we needed. Since then, we have been playing shows in major cities in Ontario and Quebec, and have been recording our new material for our upcoming debut album!
This summer, we teamed up with fellow Queen’s graduate, Ben Labenski, who is an exceptional drummer, and multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Andrew Oliver, and became ‘Wild Rivers’. We recently released our debut single as Wild Rivers, called ‘Wandering Child’, which has already gained over 40,000 hits and national radio play! We are feeling very inspired and motivated to pave and tackle the road ahead in 2016.
What inspires our music?
Both Khalid and Devan share a love for some of the classic folk artists, such as James Taylor, Simon & Garfunkel, and Fleetwood Mac. Our music is definitely inspired by lots of singer-songwriters from that era, as well as lots of newer artists (lots of Canadians!) such as Bahamas and City and Colour. Our lyrics are inspired by the classic theme of love, as well as anything that resonates with us on a day-to-day basis. Khalid wrote the lyrics of the songs on ‘This Town’, and one of the tracks ‘Paul Simon’, was an ode to Kingston, a city we love(d) so much!
To listen to Wild Rivers and stay up to date on what we are doing, check out our website and social media feeds:
- Website: www.wildriversmusic.com
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/WildRiversBand
- Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/wildriversband/
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/wildriversmusic
- Twitter/Instagram: @wildriversmusic