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The Casuals 2015

September 18, 2015
The casuals

The Casuals

Band: The Casuals
Formed: Aug. 2015.
Genre: Popular rock/pop covers.
Home: Chatham Ontario Canada.

Jesse V. – Vocals
Shawn B. – Acoustic Guitar, Backing vocals
Joe C. – Percussion (Cajon)

Bio: The Casuals are a new acoustic cover band from Chatham-Kent who perform popular music from modern rock to motown.
Members Jesse Verleye & Shawn Beaulieu have performed together off & on for the past 25 years, in several popular original & cover band line ups. Most notable works include Saint Ends (currently), Foster Child , The Janet Theory, Demo Kid & Face4Radio. The guys have toured around Canada & The U.S.A. a few times and have released several albums through the years. They have been united with Joe Carson on percussion, a young man who shares the same passion for music, and is also the drummer for Face4radio.

The Casuals are just that, casual. They prefer patio settings and a good summer time vibe where the interaction between the listeners and the band is relaxed & fun.

Specs: The band is equipped with its own sound system for the patio environment or small venue, and will roughly perform three 40 minute sets within a four hour time frame. No additional services, such as a sound engineer are required.

Song Selection Sample
Kenny Chesney, Steely Dan, Violent Femmes, Green Day , James, Black Keys, Tom Petty , Matchbox 20 , Alan Jackson, Lumineers, Nirvana, Otis Redding, Semi-Sonic, White Stripes, Kid Rock, Magic, Temptations, George Michael, The Eagles, Jimmy Buffet, Gin Blossoms, Oasis, Rixton, Hank Williams Jr., etc……

2015 Dates:
Oct. 24th (Sat) @ Elephant’s Nest in Chatham. 11-2am.
Sept. 12th (Sat) @ Tonic in Chatham. 5-9pm.
Aug. 29th (Sat) @ Ultimate Sports Bar (USB). 10-2am.



Eric Welton 2011

November 13, 2011

Artist: Eric Welton
Release: Kill Them with Kindness”
Genre: Indie Rock/Folk
Year: 2011
Resides: Windsor
From: Chatham Ontario

Live band:
Eric Welton – Vox, guitar
Luke Pelotte – Drums
Josh Zalev – Bass
Erik Myskow – Guitar

Eric grew up in Chatham, where his step Father (at the time) owned Sound Trax as well as the fleamarket inspired store below it. After high school,   Eric went to Toronto to study Media Arts. He moved to Windsor between 2002-2004.
Eric hosts the Open Stage at a local pub named “Villains” every Tuesday night, along with members of his band.
Eric is also the newest member of Square Root Of Margaret, The Chatham band just released a record in 2010 entitled “WYSiWYG”.

Tracks: 1. Kooler, 2. Kill Them with Kindness, 3. Gone, 4. the Evil in Your Violence, 5. Hazel Eyes, 6. Every Day, 7. Spherikal, 8. I Know I’m Dying,  9. LC/DC, 10. unOther.

Preview & download the CD online @

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All Against I 2011

April 29, 2011

Band: All Against I
Home: Chatham, Ontario
Genre: Rock/Metal
Year: 2011

Jason Summerfield – Vocals, Guitar
Jason Andersen – Bass
Ki Larsen – Drums

Notes: All Against I is a newly formed Rock/Metal band. Ki & Jason were previously in the band ‘Nerve’ for many years.

Contact them through their facebook group All Against I.



Elephants Nest Pub 2010

April 12, 2010


Venue: Elephants Nest (A.K.A. The Nest)
Location: Chatham Ontario
Address: 149 King Street West

The Elephant’s Nest is a cool little music bar located right down town on King Street.  Tuesday night is the highlight for musicians and music lovers as Julie Ross hosts ‘Open Mic Night’. Instruments are supplied and many performers play throughout the evening acoustically.
 The Nest also has live duos/ bands on the weekends. The key to this club is that you never know what to expect. The club has a cool underground vibe to it on occasions, yet it also plays to the mainstream expectations of your favourite cover songs ringing out into the pub style atmosphere.
   The Nest is another choice stop downtown for club crawling.  The Nest, Spankys , The River Rock, The JAZZBAH, and the Smoke House are all located on the same block. Add a 5 minute stroll and you will also make it to ‘Big Shots’.



Sarah Hiltz – How Many Fires (2009)

July 10, 2009

Artist: Sarah Hiltz
Release: How Many Fires
Year: 2009
Home: Chatham Kent Ontario Canada
Style: Acoustic, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary and Folk.

Song List:
01. Strong As Death
02. Thank You Mr. Yorke
03. Homesick
04. You’ll Fall In Love
05. Amnesia
06. Wind And Iron Collide
07. Ultimate Inadequecy
08. You Don’t Know
09. Rosita
10. Maker of Desire

Sarah Hiltz: Vocals, guitar & percussion, Kalimba, Keys.
Andy Tattersall – Guitar
Bob Hiltz – Bass, Organ
Byron Harrett – Sax, flute
Dan Stronks – Banjo
Franklin Fitz – Choir
Graham Kivell – Piano. Keyboards, Organ
Jeff Johnson – Drums
Jordan Michaelis – Percussion, Drums, Choir. Bowis
Leanne Hessel – Cello
Linz Ross – Choir
Tim Tanner – Drums

Chatham Music Archive Review:
   It is not surprising that this is a very rich release from Sarah considering her passion and educated musical background. This release is fresh in that it blends the modern styles with retro vibes. It is experimental, but never crosses the line of becoming strange or lost. Simply put, it is a beautiful and complete work of art. I don’t want to use the words mature when describing music, but Sarah has grown as a musician quickly and is becoming an innovator of our scene.
    The best part of the CD is that her vocal styling and voice is original. When you hit play, you know it is Sarah singing. I am really curious and excited to hear what is next for her music. Keep your ear out.
   Sarah is very active in the live music scene and is always out there playing. Go see her live and look for the CD.

All Music by Sarah.
Produced by: Sarah Hiltz
Engineered by: Bob Hiltz, Ass. with Sarah.
Mixed and mastered by: Bob Hiltz
Photography by: Tim Cooper.

Official Bio:
   Drawing comparisons to both Billie Holiday and Feist, musician Sarah Hiltz is a paradoxical blend of old world and modernity. She’s been praised for her ability to tell a story through song, but isn’t afraid to take risks when she performs.

   While her tasteful and sometimes unexpected note choices have made Sarah an in demand session vocalist, she is now turning her focus onto her own collection of originals and is in pre-production for her first full-length release. In the meantime, Sarah continues to write and study piano, as well as perform regularly as one half of an acoustic duo.

   Sarah has been performing since childhood and composing for almost as long. At the age of thirteen, she won the Chatham-Kent Song Contest to write the official song of Chatham-Kent. Following the competition, she recorded her first independent record of all original tunes and released it in the fall of 2001. In 2004, Sarah’s writing was again recognized when she placed first at the Kiwanis Music festival in the original composition category.

   Later that year, Sarah moved to Toronto to study voice at the world-renowned Humber College Jazz Program. At the same time, Sarah was the vocalist for the Jef Kearns Four, a jazz quartet that performed in her hometown, Chatham. She went on to host a weekly jazz evening at the William Street Café in the fall of 2006, leading a quartet under her own name. In no time the evening grew into success, drawing people every Monday night to brave the Canadian cold in favour of warm vocals and hot coffee.

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