Oliver Forest is a Montreal-based indie band founded in 2016 by Josh Cunningham, guitar and vocals, Megan Griffin, keyboards and vocals, Jon D’Ambrosio, guitar and vocals, Kyle Comitini, bass and Tim Hammond, drums and vocals.
Blending influences from several genres, the band’s sound features infectious melodies with smooth harmonies and synth-based undertones. The result is an original mix of alternative, indie, folk and rock. Oliver Forest released its self-titled debut album in September 2017, which featured the single “Shadows.”
Josh and Megan met at college and played casual shows as a duo, performing covers and developing their distinctive vocal harmonies. Seamlessly adding Josh’s original songs to the repertoire inspired their innovative sound and attracted producer William Gaboury, who offered to record with them.
Oliver Forest was born with the addition of friends Tim Hammond on drums, Andrew Leduc on bass – recently replaced by Kyle Comitini – plus Josh’s and Tim’s former high school teacher Jon D’Ambrosio on guitar. The band and producer set up shop for three weeks in Tim’s studio and recorded their original material for a debut album. The release of Oliver Forest’s first album has led to performances in and around Montreal and Toronto at venues such as O Patro Vys, Petit Campus, Bootleggers, Maison 2109, Chateau Du Lac, Balattou and the Horseshoe Tavern. The band has also played festivals around Montreal, including the Imagine Monkland Festival, the Beaconsfield Summer Concert Series, the Hudson Music Festival and Montreal Ribfest.
Oliver Forest is currently working on their next project with a tentative release planned for September 2019.