A quiet and modest artist, Innes writes and creates music prolifically in his Guelph, Ontario home. Most often, the tenor guitar and harmonica provide the foundation for his music, which is layered with his rich, dynamic vocals. Innes approaches his songwriting as an exploration of sound, preferring not to be confined by any particular genre or mould. His songs and performance take the audience through a landscape of emotions using descriptive lyrics that he has so carefully crafted. Not content with a single medium, Innes also works in block printing, water colour painting, and photography – all of which are inspired by his avid exploration of backcountry wilderness and a love of ornithology.
Originally from Vancouver, BC Innes Wilson is based in Guelph, Ontario and has been writing and performing music since 1999. His band, Innes Wilson & his Opposition were DIY pioneers in the turbulent music scene of the early 2000’s, forging touring routes, new publicity methods, and handmade silkscreen merchandise for their label Out of Sound Records. They released two critically acclaimed records between 2007 and 2011, earning regular airplay on CBC Radio 3 and a CBC Bucky Award nomination.
Innes then took a 6 year hiatus and returned in 2017 with the subsequent release of several new records: Bedford Hills (produced by Adam Warren), Northumberland Slums (self-produced), and Seaview EP, which featured the talented members of WHOOP-Szo as his backing band. With each release, Innes Wilson has received praise and radio airplay across the country. His albums have charted locally and nationally at college & community stations, with Northumberland Slums reaching #1 on !earshot’s National Folk Chart in 2018.
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