Unique. Energetic. Toe-tapping goodness. Sly Violet is an indie pop folk rock husband-and-wife duo. From small towns in Ontario and Nova Scotia, they are now based in Salmo, BC. Featuring Sly Boston (drums) and Violet Clarke (guitar, harmonica, keyboard, vocals), the combination of their innovative instrumentation and Violet’s hauntingly beautiful voice, has created a sound that is refreshing to the ear. Their shows are lively and upbeat, driven by Violet’s guitar, woven with powerful vocals, speckled with harmonica, and completed with Sly’s pocket drum beats.
“This is some up beat folk ‘tunage’ best described as ‘modern folk.’ In Violet’s voice I hear the confidence of a seasoned performer such as Neco Case or Lily Frost.” — Colin Lock, Fernie Free Press
Sly Violet is gaining momentum in Canada after touring extensively over the past decade. After hundreds of shows their unique musical style has been road-tested and enjoyed by audiences from coast to coast, in all 10 provinces. From George Street in Newfoundland, to ski resorts throughout the Rocky Mountains, to festival stages in Ontario, Sly Violet is making waves in small towns and big cities across Canada with their engaging and entertaining live shows. Taking cues from artists like Neil Young, Alanis Morissette, Joni Mitchell and Jack Johnson, Sly Violet also draws inspiration from time spent in nature and the forests and mountains around them, often filming music videos in beautiful Canadian landscapes.
“Violet Clarke has the music inside… Her voice is as perfect for a hot summer day as it is for a cool fall night.” — Carolyn Nikodym, Fernie Fix Magazine, Fernie, BC
Multiple albums have garnered radio play and awards for their modern pop folk rock music. Sly Violet has independently released 3 studio albums: Feel Your Way Out (2009), King of the Mountain (2011), and Friends From Far Places (2015). Feel Your Way Out earned BEST FOLK at the Barrie New Music Awards and a nomination for BEST FOLK/ROOTS at the Toronto Independent Music Awards. Violet won the Kawartha Lakes Idol competition in 2007 and went on to be a Top 100 finalist on the Canadian Idol TV show. Their songs have been played on multiple radio stations throughout Ontario and British Columbia. They are currently preparing for a Western Canada tour this summer throughout British Columbia and Alberta, with the support of funding from the province of BC.
“Just blown away by, not just by your singing which is great; but your songwriting, guitar playing and everything.” — Dave Illman, 91.9 BOB FM, Lindsay ON
Feb 29 – Fernie, BC – The Griz Bar @ Fernie Alpine Resort
Mar 1 – Fernie, BC – The Griz Bar @ Fernie Alpine Resort
Mar 6 – Rossland, BC – Rossland Brewing Co
Mar 8 – Rossland, BC – Velvet Lounge @ The Josie
Mar 13 – Revelstoke, BC – Rockford Grill @ Revelstoke Mountain Resort
Mar 16 – Rossland, BC – Velvet Lounge @ The Josie
Mar 21 – Fernie, BC – Fernie Stoke Fest @ Fernie Community Centre
Mar 22 – Rossland, BC – Velvet Lounge @ The Josie
Mar 29 – Rossland, BC – Velvet Lounge @ The Josie