Sultans of String Take Home World Group Trophy at 14th Annual SiriusXM Indie Awards

May 11, 2014

[Toronto, ON]  Canada’s high octane string slingers, Sultans of String, took home the trophy for World Group of the Year at the 14th Annual SiriusXM Indie Awards (“The Indies”), for their revved up roots-worldbeat-symphonic mash-up, Symphony! 

Sultans of StringPast recipients of this illustrious Award include such luminaries as Johnny Reid, Adele, Alex Cuba, Tom Waits, The Sheepdogs, and Arcade Fire (for the complete list of this year’s nominees and recipients, pls visit

“Receiving this Award is such a wonderful honour. We love telling Canadian stories through our music, and there is no greater inspiration for our songs than the amazing people and places that touch our lives. We feel very fortunate to be able to share these stories with others”, says bandleader/violinist Chris McKhool.

Known for dizzying music jams, poly-rhythms and raucous riffs, the Sultans of String sound can’t be pinned down — it’s Sable Island meets the Silk Road, with detours through the Gypsy-Jazz coffeehouses of Eastern Europe, next an East Coast Kitchen Party, then over to the bustling markets of Lebanon and Cuba!

Acclaimed promoter and former A&R man David Wilkes (Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez, Jerry Jeff Walker) states, “Over the decades, I’ve worked with numerous top ten and #1 Billboard artists. In all that time, I have not worked with composers more talented than Chris McKhool and Kevin Laliberté from Sultans of String. Not only are they a superb writing team, they are also amazing arrangers & musicians. Symphony! is a gigantic leap forward.”

Since forming (lucky) 7 years ago, Sultans of String have been on a meteoric rise with an astonishing number of awards and accolades in tow, including a JUNO nomination, 2 Canadian Folk Music Awards, 1st place in the ISC (out of 15,000entries), plus invitations to play with such legendary artists as The Chieftains, David Bromberg, and Livingston Taylor. The Chieftains’ very own Paddy Moloney guests on Symphony.

The band is performing non-stop on both sides of the border in support of the new offering.

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Dec 1 – Koerner Hall – CD Release, Toronto ON
Dec 4 – Sculler’s Jazz Club, Boston MA
Dec 5 – Mansion at Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD
Dec 6 – Joe’s Pub, New York NY
Dec 7 — Building 24 Live, Reading PA
Dec 8 – Bridge Street Live, Collinsville CT


Jan 11 – Hamilton Place, Molson Canadian Studio, Hamilton ON
Jan 18 — Mary Webb Centre, Highgate, ON
Jan 19 — Private Concert, Mississauga, ON
Jan 29 — Capitol Theatre, Nelson BC
Jan 30 — Creston Concert Society, Creston, BC
Feb 1 — Performing with Symphony of the Kootenays, Cranbrook, BC
Feb 2 — Performing with Symphony of the Kootenays, Cranbrook, BC
Feb 3 – Langham Theatre, Kaslo BC
Feb 4 — Creekside Theatre, Lake Country BC
Feb 5 — Roundhouse Theatre, McBride, BC
Feb 7-8 — Performing with Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, Kamloops, BC
Feb 22 — Performing with Sudbury Symphony Orchestra, Glad Tidings Auditorium Sudbury ON
Mar 22 — Performing with Northumberland Symphony Orchestra, Cobourg ON
Apr 2 — House About Tonight, Spotsylvania VA
Apr 3 – Strand Theater, Waynesville NC
Apr 4 — Carrboro Arts Center, Carrboro NC
Apr 5 — The White Horse, Black Mountain NC
Apr 6 – BK House Concerts, Asheville NC
Apr 11 — Ten Pound Fiddle Concert Series, East Lansing, MI
Apr 16 – acting as Official Cultural Ambassadors for City of Toronto at the Intelligent Community Forum Summit in Toronto
Apr 26 — 2:00-3:00pm, Listen live on AM740 Zoomer Radio- Live from the ZoomerPlex, Radio Hall Concert Series
Apr 26 — Performing with Niagara Symphony Orchestra, ON, Family show
Apr 27 — Performing with Niagara Symphony Orchestra POPS concert
May 4 — Kingston Road Village Concerts w/ Anwar Khurshid (Oscar-winning Life of Pi), Toronto ON
May 7 — Flato Markham Theatre MEDIA Event launching the 14/15 concert season
May 11 — Minnesota Orchestra, Young People’s Concert – matinee
May 13 — Prologue to the Performing Arts Showcase, Meadowvale Theatre, Mississauga ON
May 16-18 — Trails Tales Tunes Festival, Norris Point Gros Morne National Park, NL
May 30 — La Petite Boite Noire, Sherbrooke, QC
May 3–  L’Agitée, Quebec City, QC
June 4 – Poisson Rouge, New York NY
June 5 —  acting as Official Cultural Ambassadors for City of Toronto at the Intelligent Community Forum Summit in New York City!
June 6 – Le Divan Orange, Montreal, QC
June 13 – Aurora Cultural Centre, Aurora ON
June 14 — Heartland Concerts at Greece Baptist Church, 1230 Long Pond Road, Greece, NY
June 22 — Nova Scotia Multicultural Festival- Multifest, Halifax NS
June 28 — Toronto Ribfest, Centennial Park, Etobicoke
July 1 – Canada Day Concert at Niagara Falls ON
July 2 — Skye Theatre, Maine
July 3 — Bower’s Barn Concert Series, Damariscotta, Maine
Juy 4 – Maine venue tba
July 6 – Taste of Lawrence Festival, Toronto ON
July 12 – Globus Theatre – young audience/morning performance, Bobcaygeon ON
July 17 — Norwood Village Green Concert Series, Norwood NY
July 18 & 19  – Stewart Park Festival, Perth ON
July 19 – The Branch, Kemptville ON
July 21 — Parc Pine Beach, Dorval QC
July 25 — Ottawa Chamberfest, Young Audience show, Ottawa ON
July 26 — National Gallery Amphitheatre, Ottawa Chamberfest, Ottawa ON
Aug 2-3 – Blue Skies Folk Festival, Clarendon ON
Aug 4 – Newmarket Jazz Festival, Newmarket ON
Aug 8 — South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, FL
Aug 9 — Arts Garage- Delray Beach FL
Sept 19 – Aeolian Hall, London ON
Sept 20 — Victoria Jubilee Hall, Walkerton ON
Sept 21 – Tiffin Bay Folk Club – Midland ON
Sept 27 – Sleeping Giant Folk Society, Thunder Bay ON
Oct 1 – Sarnia Concert Society, Sarnia ON
Oct 2 —  The Ark, Ann Arbor MI
Oct 4 — FullScore Chamber Orchestra – Gala Concert – Lake County IL
Oct 6 — FullScore Chamber Orchestra – Kids Koncerts – Lake County, Chicago IL
Oct 8 – Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago IL
Oct 24-26 – Performing with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver BC
Nov 21 — Our Times Coffeehouse, Long Island, NY
Nov 22 — Mauch Chunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe, PA
Nov 23 — Caffe Lena – matinee young audience show – Saratoga Springs NY
Nov 23 – Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs NY
Nov 28 — Performing with Ontario Philharmonic, Regent Theatre, Oshawa ON
Nov 29 — Performing with Ontario Philharmonic at Flato Markham Theatre, Markham ON
Dec 4 — performing as part of the Canadian Arab Institute fundraiser


Jan 15 — Performing with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Lighter Classics Series, Edmonton AB
Jan 17 — Performing with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Symphony for Kids, Edmonton AB
Jan 18 – West End Cultural Centre, Winnipeg MB
Mar 7 — Welland Port-Colborne Concert Association performing with Niagara Symphony Orchestra
Mar 8 – Claude Parlour Concerts, Caledon ON
Mar 28 – Cornwall Concerts, Cornwall ON
Apr 11 – Kirkland Arts, Kirkland ON
May 9 — Performing with Stratford Symphony Orchestra, Stratford ON
July 1 – City of Owen Sound


•  2014 SiriusXM Indie Awards- Winner — World Group of the Year
•  2014 IMA Independent Music Award Finalist – Instrumental Song —winners tba
•  2014 IMA Independent Music Award Finalist Chris McKhool – Music Producer – “Symphony!” – winners tba
•  2013 Festivals & Events- Performer of The Year
•  2014 ISC International Songwriting Competition- Honorable Mention (out of 19,000 entries)– Instrumental
•  2013 SiriusXM Indie Awards – World Group of the Year
•  2013 Folk Music Ontario-Songs of the Heart Award Winner – Instrumental
•  2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards winners– World Music Group of the Year
•  2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards nominees – Instrumental Group of the Year
•  2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards nominees – Pushing The Boundaries
•  2012 Festivals & Events-Entertainer of The Year
•  2011 Ontario Contact – Artist of the Year
•  2011 International Acoustic Music Awards Finalist – Instrumental
•  2011 Independent Music Award Finalist – Instrumental Album
•  2011 Independent Music Award Finalist –  World Beat Album
•  2011 2x ISC International Songwriting Competition Finalist  – Instrumental, World Music
•  2010 JUNO Nominees – “Instrumental Album of the Year”
•  2010 International Songwriting Contest 1st Place Winners – Instrumental
•  2010 Indie Awards Nominees – Favourite World Artist/Group
•  2009 Canadian Folk Music Award winner – Instrumental Group of the Year
•  2009 International Songwriting Competition winner – Instrumental

“The blending expands the potential reach of the group…while offering a wonderful experience for this travelling band of merry music-making men to cross their music with yet another genre.” Toronto Star

“Since they started out working as an instrumental duo, violinist Chris McKhool and guitarist Kevin Laliberte have kept adding players and guests, even occasional singers. Now there’s a whole orchestra backing the global fusion project on their new fourth album Symphony! But whether it’s four or 40, the band taps an irrepressible enthusiasm.” Calgary Herald

[“There’s chemistry] in the violinist’s classical touch and Lebanese ancestry and the guitarist’s feel for rumba-flamenco grooves and jazz or rock jams. Today touches of Celtic, Gypsy jazz, Klezmer music and other influences fill out the mix… Symphony! manages to swing very nicely and the orchestra doesn’t sound like aural wallpaper for the band.” Edmonton Journal

“A new fusion of roots and classical…the results are mind blowing.  Even though the instrumentation is different, you get the feeling this is Strunz & Farah or Willie & Lobo or Gypsy Kings taken to the next level of the game, sometimes all at once… any fan of world beat or contemporary instrumental music is sure to absolutely flip for this gem.  Hot stuff throughout and a sure bet to notch a Juno and any other award winning hardware to come its way.” Midwest Record, Chicago

“Sultans of String seem to be hoovering up Canadian awards and nominations like a Dyson on speed — a joyful melting pot of jazz, flamenco, folk, and indeed anything else that takes their fancy.. this is the sort of band and music that would rip up any festival.” Maverick Magazine

“What this band does is not only good fun, it’s stocked wall-to-wall with irresistible international musics – gypsy jazz, flamenco music, Inuit melody, ukulele raveups, visiting musicians from the Chieftains…Lebanese music, you name it. If it’s got strings and fingerboards, count them in. What they never forget to provide, though, is enough melodic charm to beguile almost anyone. The large orchestra certainly does give them gravitas but, on their own, they’ve got as much charm as they need.” Buffalo News



Lisa Weitz
LW Communications

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