Event type: Ages 19+
UPSIDE OF MAYBE is an award-winning, roots-based pop/rock group from Stratford, ON. They have toured throughout Canada and are known for their tight harmonies, infectious storytelling, crafty songwriting and engaging live shows.
From small pubs and intimate house concerts to rowdy festivals and concert halls - when Upside of Maybe takes the stage it's all about creating a memory and capturing a moment.
The band's style has evolved greatly throughout its career and its music, which began as exclusively acoustic, quickly grew to encompass a mixture of a wide array of styles including pop, rock, folk, and roots. They are most often billed as an "alt-rock" band.
Upside of Maybe has released a number of EP's and full-length projects. They are currently in the studio working hard on a new recording and are excited to share some of the new material when they hit the road this summer. Be sure to catch them live when they come to a city near you!
Americana to the bone, Canadiana in the heart & soul
String Bone is the vehicle for singer-songwriter Barry James Payne. Born in London, Ontario, he
moved to Vancouver at the age of 21, where he immersed himself in the music business, before
moving to Toronto, Montreal, and finally Stratford, Ontario where he is currently based.
The new lineup is comprised of Barry (guitar & vocals), Eric Lundgren (Electric guitar) from
Wisconsin, USA, Andy Allen (Electric guitar), Geoff Jarvis (bass) and Craig Sharp (drums).
His writing incorporates Folk, Alt. Country, Blues and Rock, maybe better categorized as
Americana or Canadiana. With a rock-blues stomp or a two-step Alt. country shuffle String
Bone's music is infectious for tapping feet. A passionate vocalist, Payne’s songs reflect on social
issues railing about racism, gun control, the equity gap, global warming, the refugee crisis, those
that slip through the cracks of society or a bleak future for a down and outer.
Along with these very pertinent messages, Payne also writes compelling story vignettes of love's
regrets and sweet memories of past relationships, and then will tell you a story when he attended
several smokey bar-room shows by the likes of Muddy Waters, James Cotton, Luther Allison,
Long John Baldry, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee and others between the ages of 16 -19.
Payne was a core member of the popular Canadian Celtic-Roots supergroup Rant Maggie Rant for
over 12 years, during which time he performed with several orchestras and in many theatres and
festivals across Canada and the US. His songs have been featured on three of their recordings
and he produced their last two albums.
He has shared the stage with Juno (Canada's Grammy) nominees and winners and some among
them include the late Bill Bourne, Danny Michel, Rick Taylor, Emm Gryner, Luke Doucet,
Loreena McKennitt, Linda McRae, Jenny Whitely and he has collaborated with the likes of
Ginger St. James, Sarah Jane Scouten, Shannon Lyon, Larry Treadwell (Cindi Lauper), Bob Egan (ex-Blue Rodeo, ex-Wilco), Allison Brown and many more.
Cutoff is Friday, November 24, 2023 5:59 pm EST unless it sells out earlier.