Adam Waito

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Adam and the Amethysts
Origin Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Genres Indie, psychedelic
Years active 2004 (2004)–present
Labels Pome, Kelp
Associated acts Miracle Fortress, The Luyas, Sunset Rubdown
Members Adam Waito
Rebecca Lessard[1]
Scott Johnson Gailey[2]
Jordan Robson Cramer[2]
Past members Keiko Devaux
Rory Seydel
Katherine Peacock[3]
Jessie Stein
Nathan Ward

Adam and the Amethysts are a Canadian indie rock band formed in Montreal in 2004. The band is fronted by Adam Waito, a former member of Miracle Fortress and illustrator.[4] The band have released two albums and have toured mostly around North America.


Waito was born in Manitouwadge, Ontario, raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario and moved to Montreal in the early 2000s.[4] He co-founded Telefauna in 2004, an indie-pop band whose that played the Pop Montreal festival three times. They released Their 1st EP in 2005 and a single "Under the Underground Water" b/w "Bamboo Shoot" in 2007 before going on hiatus.[5]

Waito's side project, Adam and the Amethysts was launched with the release of Amethyst Amulet 10 June 2008 on Pome Records.[6] The album was an ode to Waito's home town, referencing 60s pop, Neil Young[7] as well as contemporary indie rock. The album was championed by the National Post, Toronto Star and Now.[7] Adam and the Amethysts were also launched as a live band with a variety of members. Waito joined Miracle Fortress after the release of that band's first CD, Five Roses.

Waito also takes an interest in vintage Canadian Psychedelic rock.[8][9] He has also spoken on a panel on songwriters at Pop Montreal's Symposium along with Canadian psych-folk songwriter Elyse Weinberg.[10] Waito is also a visual artist who is primarily known for his Montreal gig poster art.[11]

After the release of Amethyst Amulet the band underwent some lineup changes while continuing to play shows and festivals in North America including Pop Montreal, Canadian Music Week, South by Southwest,[12] as well as opening slots for Land of Talk,[1] Mew, and Chad VanGaalen.

The band's second album, Flickering Flashlight, was released on 4 October 2011, on Kelp Records.[13][14] The song "Prophecy" from this album was featured on the soundtrack of Curfew (2012 film) which won the 2012 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.[15] In 2013 Lessard and Waito formed the duo Silverkeys.[16] In 2014 Waito joined Ohara Hale and Jeremy MacCuish to form the trio Nancy Pants.[17]


  • 2008: Amethyst Amulet (Pome)
  • 2011: Flickering Flashlight (Kelp)



  1. ^ a b Daniel Sylvester. "Land of Talk / Adam & the Amethysts Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC April 10". Exclaim!. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  2. ^ a b National Capital Rock. "Conference Content". Wayback Machine. Archived from the original on 27 October 2007. Retrieved 6 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Benjamin Boles (27 July 2008). "Think About Life with Adam and the Amethysts, Miracle Fortress and Ruby Coast at Sneaky Dee's Rating: NNNN". Now. 27 (48). Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Full Interview with Adam Waito". Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  5. ^ "Telefauna's Music Incorporates Every Member's Tastes | Chart Attack". Chart Attack. December 1, 2006. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  6. ^ "Adam & The Amethysts - Amethyst Amulet". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  7. ^ a b "Disc Review: Adam & the Amethysts - Amethyst Amulet (Pome)". Now. 27 (41). 12–19 June 2008. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "Adam & The Amethysts: Shine a light". Hour (magazine). Sep 15, 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  9. ^ Michaels, Sean. "Said the Gramophone: A Preliminary Guide to Vintage Canadian Psych Pop". Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  10. ^ Pop Montreal. "Conference Content". Wayback Machine. Archived from the original on 27 October 2007. Retrieved 27 October 2007. 
  11. ^ "Interview: Adam Waito". Drink and Draw Montreal. 13 February 2013. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  12. ^ "Cobertura especial SXSW 2012 « Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. 21 January 2013. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  13. ^ Kelp Records. "Conference Content". Wayback Machine. Archived from the original on 27 October 2007. Retrieved 6 September 2011. 
  14. ^ "Get To Know: Adam & the Amethysts | Chart Attack". Chart Attack. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  15. ^ "Music". Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  16. ^ "She Pop: Women to Watch at POP Montreal". Montreal Gazette. September 30, 2013. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  17. ^ "Nancy Pants 'Total Nancy Pants' (album stream)". Retrieved 2015-10-12. 

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