The Raven & The Fox returns to the Valley

Canmore-based duo bringing along two musicians for a concert at Horsethief this Monday

Sean Isaac and Julie Chang have been making music together since 2014, sharing their love with audiences in their hometown of Canmore, Alberta, and surrounding areas. The sultry sounds of the duo are coming to Radium Hot Springs Monday, October 9th at 7 p.m.

The pair have performed in the Valley before but this time, The Raven & The Fox will be rounded out with the addition of two talented musicians, bassist Kyle Pullan and cellist Kitty Thompson.

“We still play lots as a duo. Playing with the band fills out our sound,” said Mr. Isaac.

Adding the cello also brings an interesting sound – “It has the same range as a human voice, so it flows really well with vocals,” Mr. Isaac described.

Mr. Pullan, an “incredible, finger-style instrumental guitarist,” described Mr. Isaac, is set to release his debut album, ‘The Wild’ October 7th. He will kick off the first set with an opening act that will “blow your mind,” Mr. Isaac assures.

The Raven & The Fox stands out in the Canadian music scene for their hauntingly emotional songs.

“A lot of our lyrics were inspired from courtships, adventures in the mountains, traveling. Julie can really project that emotion,” described Mr. Isaac. “It’s intimate. The audience really takes something from our songs.”

In the same way as a dance band wants to see audience members dance, Mr. Isaac and Ms. Chang find satisfaction in seeing an audience grapple with their songs, to draw an emotional response.

“If we can pull on some heart strings, we know our music has done its job,” remarked Mr. Isaac.

They draw on landscapes in their lyrics too.

“Our songs are inspired by two things it seems, love and landscapes,” Ms. Chang described. “Our hometown, Canmore, is situated in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. We live in a very engaged and inspired community of artists, musicians, extreme sport athletes and mountain enthusiasts. It is very easy to pull from the physical energy of the mountains that surround us as well from the motivated, life-loving community.”

Mr. Isaac was a professional rock climber for 10 years and a mountain guide for a further 10 to 12 years. While it is still a huge part of his life, Mr. Isaac remarks music is where more of his focus lies now. But, there are similarities between the life of a musician and the life of a rock climber / mountaineer.

“They’re both kind of a fringe, alternative lifestyles,” he reflects.

The Raven & The Fox recently released their self-titled, full-length debut album, following a 4-song EP release in 2015 that whet their appetites for an expanded repertoire.

The Raven & The Fox takes their album-release western Canadian tour to Horsethief Creek Pub & Eatery Monday, October 9th. For more information, visit

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