Rosie & the riveters
Rosie & the Riveters are fiercely talented and sassy dames from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, who perform uplifting folk music with a vintage 1940s flair! Ask these spirited femmes to spin a slinky melody, roll out glinting harmonies, or hammer down a swinging beat, and you can bet what the answer is going to be: “We can do it!”. Their original songs feature sophisticated harmonies, body percussion, scintillating dance moves, humour, and just enough ooh-la-la to keep your toes tapping long after the show is over.
The band’s reinvention of vintage folk garnered much national attention for their debut album, Good Clean Fun!, released in 2015. It peaked at #9 on Earshot Magazine’s national folk/roots chart, and their single, Ain’t Gonna Bother, reached the #5 spot on the CBC Radio 2’s national Top 20 countdown. In 2016 they won a Saskatchewan Arts Award (Emerging Artist Category) and they also picked up nominations for a Canadian Folk Music Award (Vocal Group of the Year) and a Western Canadian Music Award (Roots Duo/Group of the Year).
Inspired by Rosie the Riveter, the feminist icon who symbolized the women’s movement into the workforce during WWII, the Riveters seek to empower women to be ambassadors for change within their own communities. In support of this vision they invest 20% of their merchandise profits in women’s projects around the world though KIVA.org.
Since the band’s formation in 2011, the Riveters have quickly taken the folk scene by storm sharing the stage with the likes of Arlo Guthrie, Serena Ryder and Fred Penner. They have become media darlings along the way and have been featured in numerous media outlets including CTV’s ETalk Daily’s and were most recently called “one of the best live [acts] you’ll ever see” by CBC Radio 2 host, Rich Terfry. It’s easy to see why these hilarious and charming women are a force to be reckoned with!
Allyson Reigh, Alexis Normand and Farideh Olsen are the charming women who make up Rosie & the Riveters.
ROSIE & THE RIVETERS ARE:
Sweet and soft, Allyson Reigh has been composing melodies since before she could walk. Her ear for a great tune keeps the Riveter’s melodic ideas fresh. When she isn’t chatting up a storm with the local media outlets, the band’s socialite keeps fans updated on social media platforms. Her eye for style goes a long way in making the Riveter’s look polished and stage ready. A self-proclaimed thriftaholic, Allyson finds the cutest outfits to wear for Riveter shows in vintage shops and Value Village where she is a card-carrying member.
Francophone singer-songwriter, Alexis Normand, brings an impressive musical education and uncanny arrangement abilities. Her expertise and flare in composition are what make those Riveter harmonies intelligent and fun! In addition to playing a mean rhythm guitar, Alexis is a grant-writing machine! When she’s on the road, she becomes a backseat business woman and yoga-practicing prankster. When she’s at home, she takes up swing dancing, spends time with her family at the lake and occasionally indulges in a fire-roasted hot dog.
Farideh Olsen is a singer-songwriter whose longstanding obsession with African American spirituals is what founded the idea of Rosie & the Riveters and continues to inspire the music they sing today. Farideh comes from a family of eccentric storytellers and artists and keeps the Riveters laughing on and off stage. When she's not out on the road making music, she's busy taking care of her little girl, running an online marketing company and desperately trying to learn how to cook tofu.