ABOUT

Bryce Jardine is an independent Canadian singer-songwriter, producer, and recording artist. Jardine's songs are lyrically dense with evocative, poetic imagery, driven by genre-bending, folk-rock arrangements that build to the emotional levels reminiscent of a cinematic musical score. Every song tells a story.

Jardine's upcoming 2023 release, This Much to Lose (EP), is co-produced: he worked alongside multi-talented producer, mixing engineer, drummer, Brad Kilpatrick (Skye Wallace, Hawksley Workman, Holy F*ck), a partnership that developed when Kilpatrick produced and mixed Jardine's previous studio EP release, Lean Years (2015).

This Much to Lose features stellar performances by longtime bandmate, lead guitarist and pedal steel player, Nathan Gray (The Bobby Tenderloin Universe). Alan Zemaitis (Whitehorse, Terra Lightfoot), a newcomer to Jardine's work, contributes piano and organ performances. 

Zemaitis provides the rare chops on keys that Jardine had been looking for since the departure of Michelle Willis from his sphere of collaborators. Willis moved to New York City to accompany the late David Crosby.

The bulk of This Much to Lose was recorded at Palace Sound Studios in Toronto and mastered by Gavin Gardiner early in 2023.

Bryce Jardine's debut 2012 LP, The Kids are Gone was produced by Derek Downham (Andy Kim, The Beauties) and featured performances from Serena Ryder, Members of The Beauties, The Mahones and City & Colour." 

Until 2018, Jardine toured live music venues and festivals throughout Canada and the United States, promoting his LP,  The Kids are Gone and the EP, Lean Years. Both releases received wide critical acclaim and airplay on CBC Radio One.  

"Bryce Jardine is a compelling songwriter with an engaging voice that invites you in with its subtleness and cool, dark delivery of highly crafted lyrics. I've heard some early results of his recent writings and recordings and I haven't been able to stop listening to it". -Hawksley Workman

In 2019, Jardine returned to school, stepping out of the spotlight as a performer, but continued his support for other musicians and live music by curating a weekly singer-songwriter spotlight matinee series at Toronto’s, The Painted Lady, until its successful run ended in 2020.

During what Jardine calls his “wilderness years”, he stopped touring and took time to focus more deeply on honing his craft.  He set his lens on writing, creating, songcraft refinement, musicianship, and learned the technical side of recording and engineering which he used on his new EP, This Much to Lose.

"I've always admired the musical autonomy of such artists as David Bowie, Prince, Steve Earle and Daniel Lanois, who wrote incredible songs, and recorded them as well. Self-sufficiency makes sense in today's Canadian music industry, where musicians must wear many hats."

"This release marks a lot of firsts in my musical output. I contributed bass on a couple of tracks, as well as 12-string parts, electric guitar, arranged backup vocals and even played a bit of synthesizer. It was gratifying to expand my horizons and create the sounds the way I hear them in my head as I worked with Brad."

"The ability to accurately demo, edit, and arrange music the way I imagine it, has completely changed the way I write songs, and I believe it’s for the better."

This Much to Lose is due for release on all major digital music stores and streaming platforms Apple Music, Spotify and many other streaming platforms worldwide on September 30th of 2023.

Past Reviews

Bryce Jardine is a compelling songwriter with an engaging voice that invites you in with its subtleness and cool, dark delivery of highly crafted lyrics. I've heard some early results of his recent writings and recordings and I haven't been able to stop listening to it.”

— Hawksley Workman

The new six-song offering is the result of a period of self-reflection and songwriting inspired by what it's like to be "young, struggling, broke, in love, while hanging on to hope-filled dreams." It's rich storytelling fodder, and the new album hears a more mature Jardine using his "haunting, emotive voice" to deliver the tales told in his lyrics. Keeping things fresh, though, the singer-songwriter also plays with the notion of contrast, twisting "strains of the muscular and stark" with more whimsical sounds.”

Exclaim!

London Ontario’s Bryce Jardine (and the Parlour Birds) has a beautiful singer-songwriter work with Lean Years.”

Canadian Music Blog

Jardine, as a solo artist, is one of the most exciting DIY artists to emerge from Canada this year. His songs are crisp, seductively melodic, superbly written and produced, memorable and polished off with his impressive vocal work, where on songs like the album’s title track, and “Death in Life,” Jardine really shines. “The Kids Are All Gone” is probably one of the best DIY singles we’ve heard in 2012.” - Max Hammer

indierockcafe

Bryce Jardine just wrapped up performing during TIFF, but it’s his album The Kids Are Gone that should be what catches your attention. The album opens with a track of the same name featuring the soulful alt-country vocals of indie darling Serena Ryder. Paired with Jardine who himself harnesses the likeable storytelling and singer-songwriter vibe of Jeremy Fisher, it is a stunning track. The album closes with another track featuring the pair, but between remains a collection of songs worthy of wine, subtle swaying and whispers. If you’re looking for something beautiful at Indie Week then Bryce Jardine is your man.” - Sheena Lyonnais

Toronto Music Scene

The Kids Are Gone, was a reflection on his move from London, Ontario to Toronto to leave the band he'd been playing in and forge his own path as a solo musician. The record was a heartfelt, twangy testament to the music he'd grown up with — Neil Young, Bob Dylan — and his softer side has been well-received. In the years since that release, Jardine has gone on to form a new band called The Parlour Birds, with a focus on simple songs, careful instrumentation and personal lyrics. They've been busy over the last while, recording an album at Hawksley Workman's "Hawksleytown Studios" in Toronto.”

cbc.ca

Far from the venomous rebellion you might expect from someone with previous punk rock aspirations, Jardine really did find his musical voice in a different direction; one that is more in tune with the music of his earlier childhood, which included legendary songwriters like Neil Young and Bob Dylan. The Kids Are Gone is more like a coming of age tale reflecting on the mistakes of a journey filled with youthful pride, love, loss and self-reflection. It is certainly inspired by that original attempt at making it in Toronto.” - Chris Montanini

The Londoner