Married duo Ryan and Sara Fontaine are a musical force to be reckoned with. Sara and Ryan met while pursuing musical careers, Sara in theatre and vocal performance and Ryan as a bassist. Flash forward 11 years and they are married with two young daughters, Ava & Juliet.
Born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, Ryan is best known for his work as a versatile and multi-genre upright and electric bassist. In the early 90s he toured Canada with the Juno nominated Johnny Favourite Swing Orchestra before settling down and quickly becoming one of the area's most sought after live and session musicians.
Sara grew up in Tecumseh, Ontario and was compelled to sing from a very early age. Born into a large musical family she quickly learned to play flute, guitar and piano and went on to pursue music theatre and obtain her vocal degree from The University of Windsor. Sara is a well known vocalist in the Windsor area and still maintains her classical chops as well as singing theatre, pop and jazz.
Despite their eclectic musical careers Ryan and Sara waited almost 10 years to start making music as a duo. Their sound has been described as "folk with a modern twist" and they affectionately call every gig "date night". Sara's poignant and thoughtful lyrics and their masterful blend of vocal harmony and instrumentation make every performance truly unique.
Who knows where the next ten years might take them? They hope you'll still be listening!
Their self-titled album The Fontaines is a beautiful collection of 10 folk/acoustic tracks.
THE WAIT IS OVER: AFTER SIX YEARS, CRISSI RETURNS WITH THE LONG-AWAITED ALBUM HEIRLOOM.
Released February 29, 2020, Heirloom is Crissi’s largest production to date, with the talents of 14 musicians, supporting her silky vocals with a solid rhythm section and a small orchestra. Mixed by Juno-nominated engineer Brandon Unis (Karl Wolf, Nuela Charles), this lush oeuvre feels almost like a throwback album, relying on very little digital instruments in favour of a more Motown feel - yet Crissi's bold, fearless lyrics are unapologetically modern: from dissecting unfulfilling relationships in "Hungry Love", to demanding respect in "Like A Lady", to banishing toxic influences in "Get Out".
Produced by husband Michael Hargreaves (The Walkervilles, Michou, The Family Soul), Heirloom combines Crissi's polished and nuanced songwriting with Michael's pop sensibility - a harmonious marriage of mood, music, and meaning.
Ten-song album released January 27, 2014. Recorded in Windsor, Ontario, featuring performances from Mike Hargreaves, Stefan Cvetkovic, Adam Rideout-Arkell, Pat Robitaille, Drew Jurecka, Bryden Baird, and Katie Moore.
All songs written by Crissi Cochrane except "The Man I Love", by George & Ira Gershwin, licensed with permission.
Jazz and R&B to Indie and Folk - love, heartbreak, and carefree summer vibes.
The Bishop Boys are a singer/songwriter duo from Windsor, Ontario. Their thoughtful, introspective lyrics create narratives on themes of love, heartbreak, and carefree summer nights. Like their lyrics, their distinctive sound exudes a feeling of warmth, reminiscent of groups like Chicago and The Band.