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Short bio

It must be humble and sincere if it’s a song by Toronto-based Alt-Folk artist Don River. As a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, Don River strives to connect with thoughtful audiences through songs that celebrate the pathetic and awkward facets of life. 

LONG bio

It must be humble and sincere if it’s a song by Toronto-based Alt-Folk artist Don River. As a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, Don River strives to connect with thoughtful audiences through songs that celebrate the pathetic and awkward facets of life. 

Don River released his debut EP Good Friends under the name Jimmy Pearson in November of 2015. Working with producer John Switzer, Good Friends was able to become an honest and whimsical musical soundscape, defiant of any one genre. 

 

In June 2019, he released his first single as Don River, Big Happy. It is accompanied by a stop-motion music video.

 

Single: Wasting

Released November 5, 2020
 

 

All songs written, performed and composed by Don River. Engineered and mixed by Jordan Moore. Mastered by Kristan Montano at Montano Mastering. Album artwork and design by Layah Fern.
 

Single: big happy

 

All songs written, performed and composed by Don River. Engineered and mixed by Jordan Moore. Mastered by Sage Kim at Laquer Channel. Album artwork and design by Layah Fern.
 

Released June 13, 2019
 

Good friends ep

Jimmy Pearson: Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica, Suitcase/Tambourine 
Nick Obal: Bass 
Jeff Luciani: Drums 
Sharon Nutzati: Backing Vocals 
Denis Keldie: Organ, Accordian, Mandolin 
John Switzer: Baritone Guitar 
Braden Sauder: High Hat 

 

All songs written and composed by Jimmy Pearson. Produced and mixed by John Switzer. Engineered and mastered by Bernardo Francisco Cisternas at Number 9 Audio Group in Toronto. Additional recording by Braden Sauder at Marquee Sound. Album artwork and design by Layah Fern.
 

Released November 5, 2015
 

Bruised - Jimmy Pearson
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One by One - Jimmy Pearson
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Watching Jimmy play is kind of like watching open heart surgery; it's personal, complex, he keeps the rhythm going no matter what, and you can't look away. With his voice, carefully crafted songs, guitar, and two kick pedals under his feet he left the audience with the feeling that there's more going on than meets the eye.

INDIE SPOONFUL

About Fern, track on Good Friends

When you hear the words there is a sense  that you are hearing something very new that hasn't been written before. "It's clear to see, her dreams, reminiscing horrors of the silver screen, Drops the robe, and she shows, me how to turn these lips into a throne, Tongue tied little maestro."  The chorus to "Fern" is one that you will never tire of; it is catchy, but subtle enough to warrant many listens. The presentation is gripping - raw and honest.

SUMMERFOLK MUSIC AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL