Alpen Glow / Boyhood
Alpen Glow with Boyhood (solo)
Hotel Wolfe Island
April 6th 2023
$12 adv./$15 at door
Doors 7pm show 8 pm
ALPEN GLOW (Montreal, QC)
Alpen Glow is the loner pop project of Montreal based visual artist and musician Amery Sandford (BBQT, Born at Midnite). With an off the cuff approach to writing, recording, and producing music, her debut EP Amertape 2020 delved into ideas of the constructed persona and escapism into digital realities. Her hook-padded songs are reminiscent of commercial melodies that dissolve over tiny pop instrumentals. The playful lyrics knowingly confront aspiration for oneself, all the while casually reflecting her own desires of longing for parties with friends, dream connecting at a club in the clouds, or just being excited to hug again. In 2022 she spent her time assembling seasoned Montreal musicians Jack Bielli (BBQT, Big Friends), Sarah Harris (Property, knitting), and Frank Climenhage (Lonely Parade, Private Lives) to join her as the live band. Together they are currently working on her first LP and playing shows around Canada.
Boyhood (Port William Sound, ON)
Caylie Runciman lives at the end of a long dirt road in Central Frontenac, Ontario. She has released music under the name Boyhood since 2011, when her lo-fi cassette releases earned her slots at festivals and showcases across Canada and the United States. Her songs are a signature combination of opposing elements: catchy and heartbreaking; relatable and alien.
Runciman’s 2018 album Bad Mantras saw her surveying the fallout of a rough few years by way of sharp songcraft and bold arrangements. Gorilla vs. Bear debuted the record for streaming, hailing it as “subtly brilliant” and “raw and beautiful.” The song “Drivin” – praised as a “gentle rock ‘n’ roller” by Exclaim – was featured in the Netflix series Northern Rescue.
Boyhood’s latest record, My Dread, was written, performed, produced and engineered by Runciman. It marks her most painstaking musical creation to date – one that mirrors her introduction to motherhood. It was mixed by Kenny Gilmore (Julia Holter, Weyes Blood) and mastered by Heather Kirby (Austra, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Le Ren). In addition to her work as Boyhood, Runciman assists in running Port William Sound, an artists’ retreat and studio space north of Kingston.