The Rivers are a 3-piece Hard Rock Band from North Bay Ontario. The 3 boys are driven and work full time on their music with the goal of becoming Canada’s next biggest rock band.
Josh Berry (Vocals/Guitar), Jared Dorcas (Bass), Kyle Poulin (Drums) are three highly skilled musicians who have grown up dedicating many hours to performing arts and their music. Each member has been writing and performing music since childhood. Josh Berry (Vocals/Guitar) is known for performing with his Hand-Made Guitars and he often favours his Hand-Made Telecaster. Josh Grew Up on Eagle Lake just west of South River (A small town in Ontario) where he got his start performing for cottagers, campers, and local music enthusiasts. He is often compared to Gord Downie (The Tragically Hip), Dallas Green (City & Colour), and Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) with his powerful voice, and Slash (Guns & Roses), Jimi Hendrix (Solo Artist) for his outstanding guitar playing.
Jared Dorcas (Bass) started playing the guitar at age nine. Jared later started playing Bass Guitar. Jared’s love for the Bass Guitar is evident in his energetic live performances and stage presence. He is inspired by many Classic Rock Bands from the 1960s and 1970s and takes inspiration from musicians such as John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), Geddy Lee (Rush). He is often compared to all three. When Jared is not Performing in The Rivers, he teaches music, and enjoys passing on his knowledge to others.
Kyle Poulin (Drums) is a Self-taught musician who has been drumming since he was two years old. Starting out on pots and pans, he was given his first drum kit when he was 5-6 years old and logged as many hours as he could in a day, playing along to his favourite songs. Kyle finds loads of inspiration in his hero’s, Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Ray Luzier (Korn) and Joey Jordison (Slipknot), however, Kyle often looks for inspiration in Local Music around North Bay. He often takes notes from Cory Marquardt, Alex Lajambe, and Mike Foisy, but he is often compared to Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters.
Since The Rivers were formed in 2015 the boys have not stopped writing, performing and recording. Their music has been heard all over the world, being played in China, Japan, England, Scotland, Russia, Italy, Greece, the USA, and across Canada.
The Band has also gone international with their Live Shows performing in Nashville TN, New Orleans LA, and Varadero Cuba. The boys have also played many places throughout Ontario including, Timmins, Windsor, Montreal, London, Hamilton, Peterborough, Sudbury, Vaughan, Huntsville, and many more. However, they are commonly recognized in the Toronto music scene, playing multiple shows at The Horseshoe Tavern, Lee’s Palace, and Sneaky Dee’s, The Rockpile, and The Hideout. They have also played many shows on their home stage in North Bay, including North Bays Summer In The Park.
In fact, The Rivers first show, ever, show was broadcasted live on CTV in December of 2015, when the band was only few months old. The band then saw recognition, when their song “Weather Man” hit the airwaves on ROCK 101.9FM on Bryan Floyd’s “INDIE HOUR” in early 2016 and their home crowd has sung along to the tune ever since.
In March 2017 The Rivers released their debut EP called “Driven” featuring three of their original songs; “Good”, “Woman Ways”, and their most successful song “The System”. The EP is available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, iHeart Radio, and many more music distribution outlets. They have also released an Official Music Video for “The System” in May of 2017. During the summer of 2017 they played multiple shows and festivals, The Rivers made themselves known and recognized at The Canada 150 edition of North Bay's Summer Festival "Summer In The Park" when they opened the entire festival on the main stage. They opened for MAGIC! and Marianas Trench.
After a recent poll from the North Bay and Area News team, The Rivers were hailed to be one of most favourited bands of the entire festival. The Rivers are very thankful for each and every fan, family and friend they’ve made along the way.
In spring of 2018, The Rivers went on tour from Windsor, London, Hamilton, Toronto, Peterborough, and Montreal as a part of the “RiseUpTV” tour. They drew crowds in each city. In summer of 2018, they continued to play many festivals throughout Northern and Southern Ontario.
In the following months, they changed their band name from “GROOOVE” to “The Rivers” due to the quickly changing music industry of today making web presence hard to capture.
Shortly after changing the name, The Rivers started the recording of their new album “What Are You Hiding From?” with Juno Nominee Ben Leggett. While the album was being mixed the band went on a road trip to Nashville TN to write with Murray Foster of Great Big Sea and to record a music video in New Orleans LA.
The new album "What Are You Hiding From?" was released on April 5th 2019 and has gone to sell many copies online, physical copies at shows, and on shelves in Sunrise Records. The new album has also gotten notable radio play online and on ROCK 101.9FM (Rogers Radio), Radio in southern Ontario, as well as other local FM radio stations throughout Muskoka. The New Orleans music video has reached over 20,000 people online all over the world in less than one month, most notably in Canada, USA, Greece, and Russia.
The Rivers are humbled by the response their new album has gotten and will continue to work hard at their passion for the band, their fans, and their music. The greatest feeling, they get from their music is seeing the joy in the faces of people who listen.