Sly Violet

Canadian Indie Folk Rock Music

This is some up beat folk ‘tunage’ best described as ‘modern folk.’ In Violet’s voice I hear the confidence of a seasoned performer such as Neco Case or Lily Frost.
— Colin Lock, Fernie Free Press


Unique. Energetic.  Down-to-earth lyrics and Toe-tapping goodness.  Sly Violet is a Canadian folk rock husband-and-wife duo from Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, Canada.  The band consists of Violet Clarke (vocals, guitar, harmonica, keyboard, bass) and Sly Boston (drums, percussion).  Their original songs combine influences of artists such as Jack Johnson, Neil Young, Alanis Morissette and Hayden into a melting pot of modern alternative folk rock.  

Sly Violet has independently released 2 studio albums and 1 EP:  Feel Your Way Out (2009), King of the Mountain EP (2011), and their latest Friends From Far Places (2015).  They spent the month of January 2015 in a snow covered cabin near Parry Sound, ON writing and recording Friends From Far Places  which was released March 7, 2015 followed by their largest tour yet in spring 2015, with 24 shows throughout Canada's east coast. 

A track record of live performances over the past decade has seen Sly Violet performing on hundreds of stages across Canada, they've played shows in every province in the country.  Some of the highlights have been playing The Mod Club in Toronto, Duncan's Garage Showroom on Vancouver Island,  George Street in Newfoundland, ski resorts throughout the Rocky Mountains, as well as festival stages at the Blue Bridge Festival, Windfall Ecology Festival and Music in the Streets.  

Violet started early in music, beginning piano lessons at the age of 3, studying classical piano for a decade before she began learning the guitar and branching out to other instruments through her teenage years.  She starting writing and performing independently in 2001, sneaking into bars underage just to play at open mic nights.  A few years later she met Sly in college, where they both studied Outdoor Adventure Leadership and their passion for music and outdoor recreation brought them together.  Sly and Violet were married in 2005 and began playing shows together not long after, creating their band name by joining together their names.  

Multiple albums have garnered radio play and music awards for the band.  Their 2009 album "Feel Your Way Out" earned them BEST FOLK at the Barrie New Music Awards, and a nomination for BEST FOLK/ROOTS at the Toronto Independent Music Awards. Sly Violet’s live performance at the 2010 Honey Jam Showcase with past performers Nelly Furtado and Julie Black led to a surge in popularity for the band in Ontario, Canada.  Violet was also the winner of the Kawartha Lakes Idol competition in 2007 and went on to be a Top 100 finalist on Canadian Idol later that year.