Bend the River, a band with local roots, recently released a new EP.

The record, called Through the Long Night, was produced by Juno-award winning producer and musician Joel Plaskett. The new recording features four new songs and sees the band expanding their arrangements and sound under Plaskett’s production to create a distinct blend of pop, folk, soul, jazz, and rock and roll.

Bend the River formed in 2008 and over the years have become known for their live performances, provocative arrangements, and overall seventies vibe. Their 2014 album “So Long Joan Fontaine” yielded a Music Nova Scotia nomination for “Americana / Folk Recording of the Year”. An annual series of performances, “Harvest Jams” backing and performing with over 50 of Halifax’s top songwriters has established Bend the River as one of the East Coast’s most respected groups.

Band member Ronok Sarkar graduated from Unionville High School. Known for a cinematic, story-telling songwriting style, Sarkar currently serves in the role of storyboard editor for the band.

Currently based out of Halifax, Bend the River is planning some Toronto dates in 2019. For more, visit




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