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Based in Burlington, Ontario, Wooly Mantis is a powerful progressive rock outfit led by two driven musicians.

Taking influence from legendary rock groups of the 60’s and 70’s, adding textures of jazz harmony to craft a delicate but heavy hitting, unique sound, Wooly Mantis is able to create a sonic landscape where the stories told by singer and guitarist Daniel Walton come to life. Joined by Walton is drummer and vocalist Matthew Woodcroft, whose playing and arranging take the songs to new heights.

Wooly Mantis’ debut project, The Cosmic Venture (due out this May), is a collection of songs written by Walton and Woodcroft that are designed to not only challenge the listener, but also create a space for imagination and emotion to flow effortlessly through them. With help from Nik Hirst on electric piano, organ and synthesizer, along with the ambient, effected guitar playing of David Joyner, the EP has an ethereal sound that will surely take the listener to far away places.

Today Glide is excited to premiere “Move Through Me”, the first single from the EP. Written by frontman Daniel Walton, the song focuses in on dealing with loss in a healthy, and constructive way. Walton sings about a safe place far beyond reality that he has constructed with his imagination; a place where the listener can find beauty all around them and connect with those who have transcended into the unknown. The song is a percolating soundscape of lush instrumental textures that shows off the band’s penchant for writing sprawling, psychedelic compositions. One of the coolest parts of the songs is that during the first two minutes it feels like a slow ballad, but then suddenly switches gears and drops into a funky, trippy bridge that brings to mind acts like Umphrey’s McGee and the Bright Light Social Hour. It’s the band’s ability to mix sweeping, poignant vocals and proggy instrumentation with a jammier, looser sound. 

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October 25 - 27, 2019

The Rock brings you the Toronto International Snowmobile, ATV & Powersports Show, October 25th to 27th at the Toronto International Centre!

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

On October 17th, cannabis edibles will be legal in Canada! To celebrate, Craig Venn & Lucky are getting high again with the help of Chris Lantaigne at GR8 Lift!

Public Player Day

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

94.9 The Rock and Golf Ontario present Public Player Day.  Get a foursome for a smoking deal of $375 with carts to play Wooden Sticks.  Cost includes a membership to Golf Ontario and Golf Canada, breakfast & lunch, and your chance to watch Craigie go into a full hissy fit sometime around the third hole!

Indie Week

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94.9 The Rock brings you Indie Week – the premiere emerging artist festival in Canada with five days and nights of music, showcases, the Indie 101 conference, Indie Week Awards show and more!

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Saturday, November 9, 2019

The Rock brings you Rock The Rink featuring Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir, Patrick Chan, Kaetlyn Osmond, Elvis Stojko, Carolina Kostner, Jeremy Abbott and special musical guest Birds of Bellwoods to the Tribute Communities Centre on November 9, 2019.

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