The Ollivanders are an original jam band from Six Nations of the Grand River and Caledonia, ON that formed during a contentious land claim dispute between their two communities. Band members include Martin Isaacs (Mohawk), lead guitar and vocals; Ryan Johnson (Oneida), bass; Ryan Mickeloff, percussion; and Roxanne Rendle, rhythm guitar and vocals. Choosing friendship, collaboration, and harmony over the discord, racism, and conflict that darkened their world they emerged as an authentic new generation voice in the Aboriginal and Canadian music scenes. With music that delivers a classic rock vibe featuring infectious hooks and melodies the band’s premier album Two Suns won the Native American Music Award for “Best Rock Recording.” Kenny Lee Lewis, virtuoso guitarist of the Steve Miller Band for 30 plus years, took notice, praising The Ollivanders’ debut, stating, “…the dry in your face vocals and honest delivery harkens back to the garage bands of the summer of love…and protest…and a new paradigm shift in social consciousness.”
The band’s music reflects an eclectic mix that ranges from rock, 55 Little Spiders (reached #1 on National Aboriginal Music Countdown) and Dear Mr. Murphy (licensed by DISNEY for ESPN|ABC for prime time television on Saturday Night Football), to funk, WMWB (licensed for the premiere episode of the breakout national TV series “Mohawk Girls” on Aboriginal Peoples Television Network), to rhythm and blues, Real World, (licensed for the upcoming reality television show of the same name), to jazz, Mr. PC, (an audience favourite performed live as a rocked-up cover of John Coltrane’s classic). Kenny Kirkwood, JUNO Award Winner and four-time JUNO Nominee, says of the band: “The Ollivanders deliver a sweet mix of hard rock ‘n jazz beats, original streetwise lyrics, and confident musicianship.”
Compelled by a firm grasp and understanding of their musical influences and yet driven by their own proclivities the band has been recognized for its confident originality. As such they’ve performed at the Royal Ontario Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, the Pan Am Games, and on national APTN music variety shows Arbor Live and Derek Miller’s Guilt Free Zone. Rob Lamothe, acclaimed singer, songwriter, and producer of The Ollivanders’ award-winning album Two Suns has high praise for the band: “While honoring the icons of 70’s rock heaviness, The Ollivanders have created their own way forward and will surely save the world with ragged brilliant music and honest words.”
The Ollivanders have been touring to enthusiastic receptions across Ontario and Quebec in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Hamilton, Burlington, Windsor, Brantford, and in the United States in New York and Washington, DC delivering their unique brand of music and premiering new material from their upcoming EP Forest Moon.