"Simon has managed to capture all that is haunting about feeling haunted."
In 2012, singer/songwriter Stan Simon began composing music that was largely influenced by the folk, country and western records he would listen to in his parent’s basement growing up in Toronto, Ontario.
In 2013, Simon recorded and released“Escaping The Madhouse”, engineered by Dennis Patterson (15 years at CBC, Big Smoke Audio, mastered Grammy nominated Guarneri Quartet). After the release of “Escaping The Madhouse”, Simon toured across the east coast of Canada, hitting every major city along the way. While in Halifax, he was chosen as The Scene Magazine’s “pick of the week” for his show at The Company House saying that his “folk stylings aren’t just cowboys and dust trails but with some relaxing melodies and quiet vocals to boot”. Upon his return to Toronto, NYC blog SYFFAL gave “Escaping The Madhouse” a positive review saying “Simon has managed to capture everything that is haunting about feeling haunted” and that his debut album was “heart breakingly gorgeous”.
In February of 2014, Simon was announced as a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition from over 20,000 applicants worldwide for “My Drunk Heart”. It was then that he decided that he needed to join forces with a band and broaden his live show. Simon recruited Zach Bines (Weaves) and Max Trefler (The Mohrs).
Simon began working on the first half of his sophomore album, "Ruins", with Josh Korody (Wish, Beliefs) at Candle Recording Studio, in early 2015. The album was completed in March of 2016 recorded and produced by Dennis Patterson. The albums single, "The Desert Line" received positive reviews from Noisey (Vice) calling it an, "era-appropriate sound with driving electric slide guitars and wailing harmonicas that could easily fit right in with any Western film' and Chart Attack saying the song has a, "fleshed-out twang of a great outlaw song".
Becoming a more familiar face at Toronto's legendary Horseshoe Tavern, they have opened for touring acts such as Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express, The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer, Ben Rogers, and Julia Jacklin. Stan Simon attempts to make his listeners feel like part of a scene in a film, adhering to a dark theatrical tone shaped from traditional genres. His sophomore album, "Ruins" was released on May 26th, 2016 at The Horseshoe Tavern.