Jesse Rivest

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Jesse Rivest
Born 1977
Ontario, Canada
Origin Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Genres acoustic blues, alt-country, indie folk, roots
Occupation(s) singer-songwriter, guitarist
Instruments vocals, guitar
Labels (independent)

Jesse Rivest is a Canadian singer-songwriter currently residing in New Zealand (2008). His main instruments are voice and guitar. He has toured British Columbia, as well as Australia and New Zealand as a solo performer.


In 2005, Jesse Rivest was accepted as a "Best Newcomer Finalist" in the Calgary Folk Music Festival Songwriting Contest for his song Deadbeat Blues.[1] After independently releasing Seventeen Oh-Two Oh-Six in 2006, and after a late-summer tour of British Columbia, he moved to Wellington, New Zealand.

In 2007, after touring Australia, he made (unscheduled) appearances at the New Zealand Fringe Festival, and was the subject of a 40 minute live interview (with performance) on Radio New Zealand National (Jim Mora).[2] In the same year he returned to Kelowna (British Columbia) to perform at the Rockanagan festival. In early 2008, he performed a mini-tour of New Zealand with Tessa Rain.

He produces a lo-fi podcast, containing unreleased songs, live performances, and random audio clips that are often initiated from a hand-held micro-cassette recorder.

Performance style[edit]

His writing and performing style is a fusion of blues, rock, folk, and country.


  • 2010: Live at the Mussel Inn - Feb 19 2010 ( release)
  • 2006: Seventeen Oh-Two Oh-Six ( release)
  • 1999: The Way Things Were ( release)


  1. ^ "Calgary Folk Fest website". Retrieved 2008-06-30. 
  2. ^ "Radio New Zealand website". Retrieved 2008-06-30. 

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