Like with anything in life, the more time you invest into something, the better you become at it and the more you are able to master your craft. Such is the case with Amos the Transparent, the brainchild of Jonathan Chandler and one of Ottawa’s most beloved bands.

In the eight years since the band was formed, Amos the Transparent has constantly changed and evolved – from the composition of the band to the music they write, much like Canadian indie legends Broken Social Scene. The addition of new members and guest appearances – such as by Stars co-bandleader and former BSS member Amy Millan – have helped keep Amos the Transparent’s sound fresh and rewarding for fans. Their last album, Goodnight, My Dear… I’m Falling Apart, is atmospheric indie folk-rock at its finest – think Brooklyn-based Woods meets The Great Lake Swimmers.

When they take the stage at Bluesfest, it will mark another new chapter for the band, as they are expected to be armed with new material. And much like a young person leaving home, Chandler, drummer and his close friend and collaborator Chris Wilson, Olenka Reshitnyk, Dan Hay, James Nicol, and Mike Yates have decided to independently produce their fifth album overall and third long player. Over the past few months, they have been raising funds through PledgeMusic to help them produce their next album. And while the band has raised all the funds necessary, and then some, for the record, fans can continue to donate and receive the entire Amos the Transparent discography with a $15 donation. That’s an extremely worthwhile investment!

Their new album will be released this fall. They will christen The Blacksheep Inn Stage on opening night, performing at 7:00 on Thursday, July 3 (time and stage subject to change).

If you cannot wait that long to hear what’s in store, they will be performing on this Friday night (tomorrow) during Ottawa Race Weekend, one of the acts performing at the Dragon Boat Festival on June 21, and then again at Walter Baker Park in Kanata on Canada Day. Catch this dynamic band this summer and simply be awed.

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