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Life in Winter is an independent folk-rock band (with alternative rock and pop influences) from Montréal. The project was started in the winter of 2007 by bassist/singer Sage Reynolds as a vehicle for his songwriting. The music is influenced by folk & rock from the 60’s & 70’s right through to what is happening in the indie scene today, as well as western music and bluegrass.

Members

Sage Reynolds – lead vocals, bass, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, percussion, piano, bandleader, songwriter, producer

with…

The Northern Window EP band:
Sheenah Ko – harmony vocals, keyboards
Rich White – electric guitar, baritone guitar, bass
Eric Couture-Telmosse – electric guitar, acoustic guitar, banjo
Liam Killen – drums

Discography

The first single of the new Northern Window EP, In the City, was released on November 25, 2022. Several singles will be released leading up to the EP launch in 2023.

In the City
Recored in 2016, this music showcases the complicity that the band had after several years of playing shows and doing recording sessions together. The song has a driving beat inspired by an 80s influence of Sage’s and its lyrics explore an urban character’s winter lifestyle.

Recorded & Mixed by Pierre Girard in 2016 at Planet Studios, Montréal, QC.
Mastered by Noah Mintz at Lacquer Channel Mastering, Toronto, ON.
Additional engineering by Sage Reynolds & Michael Feuerstack, including the vocal recording sessions at Skybarn Studio, Montréal, QC.

Written, composed, arranged, and produced by Sage Reynolds.
Vocals co-produced by Michael Feuerstack.

Musicians:

Sage Reynolds – lead vocals, harmony vocals, acoustic guitar
Sheenah Ko – harmony vocals, keyboards/organ
Eric Couture-Telmosse – electric guitar
Rich White – bass
Liam Killen – drums

Cover photo by Joseph Yarmush. Other photographs by Sage Reynolds, Linus Ouellet, and/or Joseph Yarmush. Graphic design by Sage Reynolds.

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Life in Winter’s self-titled debut album (Life in Winter) was released on Oct. 29, 2012.

The album has 9 songs and is just over 40 minutes long. The songs were written between 2007 and 2011 and address such subject matters as: artistic motivation, fame, rural/urban duality, domestic friction, heartbreak, dreams, and the search for love. The mostly guitar & drums oriented music is subtle & quiet at some points and driving & full at others. The abundant use of vocal harmonies on the album adds to the richness of it’s sonic texture. The lead vocals are sensitive at some points and urgent at others, but always accurately display the depth of timbre present in Sage’s voice.

Recording Credits:

Recorded by Marcus Paquin on July 9, 10, 11, 2011
and Dec. 8, 9, 10, 2011 at Mixart Studios and on Feb. 20, 2012 at The Bridge. Mixed by Marcus Paquin on Mar. 3-11, 2012 at Mixart Studios. Montreal, QC.

Mastered by Noah Mintz on Oct. 3, 2012 at Lacquer Channel Mastering, Toronto, ON.

Additional engineering by Sage Reynolds.

All songs written, composed, arranged, and produced by Sage Reynolds.
Co-production by Marcus Paquin.

Sage Reynolds- lead vocals, harmony vocals, bass, acoustic guitar (1, 4), electric guitar (3), percussion, piano, hand-claps.
Rich White- electric guitar, bass (3).

Session Musicians:
Brad Barr- electric guitar, acoustic guitar (2, 7, 9).
Andrew Barr- drums, percussion.
Laurel Sprengelmeyer- harmony vocals.
Marcus Paquin- harmony vocals, hand-claps.
Gabriel Lambert- banjo, electric guitar (5).

“Rural & Urban” interior portraits by Linus Ouellet. Graphic design and all other photographs by Sage Reynolds.

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We also have 4 demo recordings to date. The first demo was recorded in May 2008 by Vid Cousins at Monkey Puzzle Sound Studio (www.monkeypuzzle.ca), the second demo was recorded in November 2008 by Stephen Lilly at McGill Studio A, and the third was recorded in November 2009 at McGill Studio A by Brian Losch & Chris Johns. We also did a recording session with George Massenburg (www.massenburg.com) at McGill Studio A, focusing on the song Betty & Joyce (mixed by Stephen Lilly) and our latest demo was recorded by Benoit Morier at Olaf Gundel’s studio in 2013.

The creation projects that lead up to both the Life in Winter album and the Northern Window EP were supported by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. Sage’s family helped fund the production of both recordings.

Website banner photo by Linus Ouellet. Website background photo by Joseph Yarmush.

Life in Winter- 2022

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