Bywater Call

  • June 30
  • 8:30 pm
  • TD Stage - Festival Village
  • Free


Toronto-based, 2021 Independent Blues Award nominees and 2020 Maple Blues Awards nominees for Best New Artist, Bywater Call saw the release of their debut album on Nov 22, 2019 in Canada, USA, Europe and Australia.

The album received rave reviews across all territories and placed #1 on the Roots Music Report Canada Top 50 for 11 straight weeks. It was featured as album of the month on the International Blues Broadcasters Awards chart, gained repeated top 5 placement on the International/US Rock Blues, and top 20 placement on the International/US Blues RMR charts. They have been featured on Sting Ray, Earshot and the top 30 USA Blues on NACC charts, just to name a few.

“Canadian band Bywater Call are armed and dangerous… The whole band lock in tight, but with the sparkling gems of Meghan’s vocals and Dave’s guitar contributions on show, this album is so damned self assured and pretty special.” ~ Simon Redley, Music Republic Magazine UK

Born out of a love for southern soul, blues and roots music and a passion to create a powerful and moving experience for listeners, Bywater Call was formed by singer Meghan Parnell and guitar player Dave Barnes in 2017. The 7-piece outfit is completed by Bruce McCarthy on drums, Mike Meusel on Bass, Alan Zemaitis on Keys, Stephen Dyte on Trumpet and Julian Nalli on Tenor Sax.

In early 2020, Bywater Call engaged in their first tour through Europe early 2020 and are looking forward to their return in spring of 2022, including a performance at the Netherlands largest Blues & Roots Festival, MOULIN BLUES.

Having already played Main Stages at festivals such as Tremblant International Blues, Donnacona Blues, TD Toronto Jazz, Toronto Beaches Jazz and the Orangeville Blues, Bywater is planning to make their way across Canada now that festivals and venues are back in motion.

“There may be quite a number of bands these days trying to mine this particular rock-blues-soul furrow, but Bywater Call are one of the best.” ~ Steve Pilkington, Velvet Thunder

“Bywater Call will be among the best new bands of the decade.” – Nathalie Leblond, Blues Quebec