Toronto Folk Band Wild Rivers to Play Union Stage

By Abbie Ginis / August 6, 2018
Wild Rivers

Toronto’s Wild Rivers are hitting the road and making a pit stop at DC’s Union Stage this upcoming Thursday, August 9 with Karen Jonas as support. 

Wild Rivers (Photo Credit: Laura E. Partain)

Wild Rivers (Photo Credit: Laura E. Partain)

The folksy quartet features the exquisite vocals and harmonies of Khalid Yassein and Devan Glover, as well as the cohesive and soothing instrumentals of Andrew Oliver (bass, guitar) and Ben Labenski (drums).

Yassein and Glover have a romantic back and forth that allows them both to flourish and showcase their rich and mournful vocals. As Glover said in an interview with The Bluegrass Situation, coming from Toronto they experience “the extremes of each season.” As a result, the distinctiveness allows the band to draw inspiration from the changing world around them.

Glover added: “I think this definitely informs my songwriting, as it creates a sort of nostalgia associated with each season. I know I definitely write more sad songs in the winter when I’m longing for a little sun.”

Wild Rivers isn’t just a lovely band name, but also a call to be in nature. And with the folksy strums of the guitar, the harmonies, and the occasional twinge of the violin, it’s easy to lose yourself in the music and be transported to the woods.

Wild Rivers is gearing up to release a sophomore album this summer as a follow-up to their highly successful self-titled debut album, which was released in 2016. 

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Doors: 7:00 PM

Show: 8:00 PM

Union Stage (

740 Water Street SW

Washington DC 20024 (Google Maps Link)

$10  - In Advance

$12  - Day of Performance

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Abbie Ginis

Abbie Ginis has been a music junkie for as long as she can remember. Hailing from Michigan (Go Blue!), she is eager to continue to explore and be immersed in the DMV music scene. When she's not at concerts, Abbie can be found at the movies or longingly ogling at puppies.