Upstream presents The Sam Wilson Band

The Sam Wilson Band

Upstream Music Association is pleased to present Halifax’s composer-guitarist Samantha Wilson

With a lyrical sensitivity to her instrumental compositions, her music draws listeners in with subtlety and introspective levity. Bringing a distinctive angle to her jazz-informed arranging, she creates nuanced space for improvisation and discovery, all framed by her compelling melodicism. 

WHEN: Sunday, October 18 at 8 PM

WHERE: The Music Room, 6181 Lady Hammond Road, Halifax

TICKETS: For in-person attendance or live stream - available at

In these COVID times, Upstream hopes to celebrate and support especially the emerging improvising composers our Halifax scene has been fostering, looking forward to a time when many more opportunities for live music will flourish in our community. 

Lukas Pearse
Artistic Director, Upstream Music Association


Sam Wilson introduces her band:

Guitarist and bandleader Sam Wilson will be performing music from her 2019 release ‘Groundless Apprehensions’ as well as new repertoire she worked on during a residency at the

Banff Centre For Arts and Creativity last fall. Painting pictures with sound, her compositions reflect her love of jazz, improvised and instrumental music. Joining her as a quartet for the first time are well regarded musicians Andrew Jackson, Pat Reid and Andrew Miller.


Andrew Jackson is an acclaimed Juno-nominated, ECMA award winning, trombonist and composer based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His versatility and unique sound have made him one of the Maritimes first-call players. He is an artist constantly exploring new sounds and not afraid to blend genres. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Music from Humber College, where he had the opportunity to study with some of the finest musicians in the country.


Pat Reid originally from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island is a double bassist and composer. He has been an active member of the Canadian and International creative music

community for the past two decades playing with a wide range of acclaimed musicians. After completing a degree in jazz performance at McGill University in 2005, Patrick was based in Montreal, Toronto, and finally Brooklyn, New York, he is presently based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


Andrew Miller originally from Calgary, Alberta, is an award winning drummer, composer and teacher based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Andrew graduated from The University of Toronto in 2016 and worked as one of the most in demand drummers in Toronto. He has performed and toured internationally with some of Canada’s most acclaimed musicians for the past 10 years.




The Music Room COVID-19 Prevention Plan

Public Health and Building Measures

The Music Room building is a multi-use building which serves as the primary office space for Scotia Festival of Music, as well as the publicly accessible Music Room. The following guidelines pertain to movement through the building for audience members, renters, and all other visitors.

  • All visitors are required to provide their full name and phone number in our contact tracing log book

  • Designated entrance and exit doors for larger events to promote fully distanced 1-way traffic

  • Audience seating reduced to 25-35 to allow increased social distancing between audience members. Spacing between chairs can vary depending on rental format and audience bubbling

  • Audience members are advised not to arrive early so as to avoid unnecessary lineups or gathering

  • Maximum capacity in the building including all staff, personnel, performers, and audience, cannot exceed 50 persons at any given time

  • Hand and spray bottle sanitizers available at main building entrance, upstairs Green Room areas, and designated exit (if applicable)

  • All staff and personnel associated with a rental event are required to wear masks at all times inside the building

  • Swipe payment system installed at box office for minimal contact between staff and guests

  • Audience members are required to wear masks at all times inside the building

  • 3 washrooms available on ground floor with 1-2 person occupancy each (or "bubbled" occupants if applicable)

  • Chairs, high-contact surfaces, box office, kitchens, and bathrooms disinfected after each rental

  • Piano disinfected after each rental in which it was used

  • Deep-clean of public areas performed in ~7 days increments

  • Two Plexiglass barriers now installed at box office

    Performers and Renters

    The following guidelines pertain to movement throughout the building for performers and renters.

  • All people entering the building are required to self-assess for Covid-19 symptoms prior to entering. Those displaying symptoms are advised to contact 811 and may be refused entry to the building by TMR or event staff. For a full list of symptoms, please visit

  • Hand and spray sanitizers available at main building entrance and upstairs Green Room areas

  • Private washroom available on 3rd floor, sanitized following each applicable rental

  • Green room fridge, chairs, high-contact surfaces, and tables disinfected after each rental

  • Piano disinfected after each rental in which it was used

  • Additional practice room and office spaces available for multi-performer events to help maintain social distancing. Disinfected following each applicable rental

  • Following audio-video setup and checks, Music Room tech staff will operate from the sealed control room with minimal entry and exit into the performance space

  • Performers are allowed early access into The Music Room building, and do not enter The Music Room until the audience is seated

  • Performers leave TMR before audience and return to Green Room areas, then exit through designated door following audience

  • Sculpture Court opened as designated exit for larger events and to promote social distancing post-event

  • Extra distance between audience and performers can be accommodated for certain instrumentations requiring more distancing (i.e. 4 metres for vocalists). Typically, this is achieved through a further reduction in audience seating

    COVID-19 Disclaimer:
    To maintain the health and safety of everyone who uses our building, The Music Room is only available for rentals which fully comply with currenty provincial health and safety guidelines including social distancing restrictions at the time of application. Visit and for more information.