"Songs have a timeless quality to them, as if they’ve always been there in your life, bringing comfort to difficult chapters." - She Does The City

"A high level of musicianship prevails throughout the record."

"A passionate and striking performance." - Dusty Organ

"Rich storytelling and moments of sonic tension and release."
Addicted Magazine

"Serene and soothing." - Ottawa Life Magazine


TORONTO, ON – August 29, 2022 – Toronto-based singer-songwriter, Sarah Hiltz, is taking on the country in an extensive Canadian tour run this fall. Following the release of her beautifully produced, poignant and timely album Calm Fury (released March 4, 2022), Sarah and her pal, Rebekah Hawker, will celebrate the project through intentional live performances. Calm Fury grew out of a three year research project learning about the ways we experience, express and repress anger in modern society. Their combined show features two distinct and contrasting sets, full of engaging songs, humour, storytelling, and well-arranged moments of harmony and musical collaboration. 

Everything kicks off Thursday, September 8 at the Cameron House in Toronto, where Sarah and Rebekah will be joined by Connor Walsh and Charlotte Cornfield, who played bass and drums on the album. Shows will follow in Winnipeg, Calgary, across British Columbia and Ontario into October. See all dates below. 

Key album tracks, Calm Fury and Retching In The Wings, and May I Rage, May I Love are a sample of this powerful, cathartic collection of songs that reflect a sonic study. Select inspiration and references include Wisdom For Cooling The Flames by the late, great Thich Nhat Hanh, and footage of Sinead O’Connor getting booed at Madison Square Garden for ripping up a photo of the pope in protest of the Catholic Church’s history and perpetuation of child abuse.

Through interviewing experts, friends, family, and fellow artists to absorbing literature, articles and other sources of media, Sarah is pairing the music with The Fury Pod, her ancillary podcast series, that dives deeper into the topic. Season 2 launches in October - stay tuned for the Season 1 wrap-up episode launching September 12 here.

Calm Fury is a collection of songs inspired by Sarah’s research into the ways that Canadians experience, express and repress anger, along with Sarah’s own, and how others relate to anger. Sarah has dedicated a period of deep research around anger and its various origins and connections. Part of the research project involved attending a residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in March 2019. The tracks on the album go deep, looking at: how anger is processed in the body, communication with others, women’s anger and men’s response to it, how it can be used as energy, self-directed anger, justified anger, creativity & anger, and spirituality & anger. 

September 8 - Toronto, ON - The Cameron House - Tickets
September 19 - Winnipeg, MB - FortWhyte Alive
September 21 - Nelson, BC - The Royal
September 22 - Kelowna, BC - Rustic Reel Taproom
September 23 - Vancouver, BC - House Concert (Cliff’s)
September 24 - Cobble Hill, BC - Merridale Cidery
September 28 - Invermere, BC - Arrowhead Brewing
September 29 - Calgary, AB - Venue TBA
September 30 - Red Deer, AB - The Velvet Olive
October 2 - Edmonton, AB - House Concert (Malcolm’s)
October 4 - Moose Jaw, SK - The Hive
October 6 - Morden, MB - Rendezvous Brewing
October 7 - Thunder Bay, ON - Algoma House
October 8 - Haileybury, ON - Live On Georgina

More on Calm Fury:
Calm Fury brings a variety of sounds, arrangements and awesome collaborators into the fold. Sarah was less fixated on capturing a particular sound or arrangement for each song and instead focused on working with people who she felt would honestly engage with the subject and reflect it in their own performance. The album was recorded in Montreal by Howard Bilerman (Leonard Cohen, Arcade Fire) and includes guests, Charlotte Cornfield (drums/percussion), Colleen Brown (keys/vocals – of Major Love), Tara Kannangara (trumpet/vocals), Connor Walsh (bass), Rachael Cardiello (vocals – of Zinnia). Shae Brossard also assisted in the studio, while Sarah Thawer sat in as drummer on a couple of songs. Bruce Cawdron (Godspeed You! Black Emperor) added vibraphone, marimba and tenor glockenspiel across the album, with a feature by Fats Kaplin, performing pedal steel on another track. 

Retching In The Wings features: Sarah Hiltz (Vocals, electric, acoustic), Connor Walsh (electric bass), Charlotte Cornfield (drums, percussion), Fats Kaplin (pedal steel), Colleen Brown (piano, background vocals), Tara Kannangara (background vocals), Bruce Cawdron (Vibraphone, marimba). 

Calm Fury features: Sarah Hiltz (vocals, acoustic guitar), Charlotte Cornfield (drums, percussion), Connor Walsh (bass), Colleen Brown (background vocals, organ).

Earlier this year, Sarah shared May I Rage, May I Love, waxing poetic on how anger connects with spirituality, and the concept of justified anger, and safe spaces. The video, directed by Sandi Barrett, captures stunning, monochromatic scenes of people in deep reflection, coming to terms with their anger and fears, meeting them in spaces with love and catharsis. Listen here and watch the visualizer here.

In 2021, Sarah kicked things off with Love & Retreat and Swim. On Love & Retreat, Sarah draws from the experience of fraught communication, using the setting of heated arguments and discussions, making this catalytic track the apex of the album as a whole. Listen here and watch the visualizer here. On Swim, Sarah looks at the experience of a lane swim as a method for diffusing anger in the body via a body of water. Listen to Swim and watch the lyric video here

DOWNLOAD - Tour Graphics 

DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Press Photos (by Nick Wong)

DOWNLOAD - Calm Fury Album Artwork

About Sarah Hiltz
Sarah Hiltz is a contemporary folk artist based in Toronto. Her current project has her researching the ways Canadians experience, express and suppress anger in modern society, especially women, and creating a song cycle in response. 

Sarah’s last album, Beauty In The Blue, compiled songs and stories culled from her multiple journeys across Canada as a travelling musician on VIA Rail’s passenger train, “The Canadian." Beauty in the Blue features lush, nuanced vocals and jazz-influenced songwriting.

Sarah has independently released three full-length albums and two EPs since 2009. Her work over the last decade as a talented singer-songwriter has landed her Folk Music Ontario’s Songs From The Heart Award (Political Category), opening slots for Canadian icons Gordon Lightfoot and Ron Hynes, Top 3 placement in a nation-wide music competition (She’s The One), a Best Folk Album nomination (Toronto Independent Music Awards) and earned her an invitation to give a TEDx talk in 2014.