Jon-Rae Fletcher

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Jon-Rae Fletcher
Jon-Rae Fletcher performing in Kelowna.jpg
Background information
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Rock, soul, Gospel, alt-country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Labels Permafrost, Weewerk
Associated acts Jon-Rae and the River, One Hundred Dollars

Jon-Rae Fletcher is a Canadian singer-songwriter. He has recorded both as a solo artist and with a back-up band, The River.


Fletcher grew up in Kelowna, British Columbia, where as the son of a minister, he sang in his church's choir. Eventual musical developments included his discovery of Kurt Cobain and the formation of his own garage band.[1] Jon-Rae later moved and founded the original River band with a collective of Vancouver friends, but disbanded the group when he moved east.

The River was reformed with like-minded Toronto musicians in 2003, and they grew into a popular cult band with an ever-expanding audience. Combining country, gospel, rock, and soul, Jon-Rae & The River created a unique blend of music, sometimes complemented by an on-stage choir.[2] In 2006, Exclaim! labeled Fletcher "one of Toronto’s most captivating front-men, thanks to his impassioned performances and his glorious alt-gospel songs. Fuelled by alcohol and a fervent belief in the songs they're playing."[3] Their critically acclaimed album Knows What You Need was released in 2006, but the band broke up soon afterward.

Fletcher moved back out west, settling in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia.[4] He released the full length Oh, Maria on (weewerk) in 2009 and toured to promote the album with a new band lineup.[4] Several of his former backing musicians in The River later re-emerged with the alternative country band One Hundred Dollars.[5]


  • Now Then
  • Then Again
  • Jon-Rae Fletcher & The River
  • The Road – 2003
  • Old Songs for the New Town – 2005
  • Knows What You Need – 2006
  • Oh, Maria – 2009


  1. ^ Stuart Berman, "Cover Story: Jon-Rae and the River". Eye Weekly, October 27, 2005.
  2. ^ Love, Noah (2005-05-06). "Jon-Rae And The River Preach The Gospel". Chart. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  3. ^ "Smells Like Holy Spirit". Exclaim!, October 2006.
  4. ^ a b Kate Carraway, "Jon-Rae Fletcher"[permanent dead link]. Eye Weekly, March 11, 2009.
  5. ^ Rayner, Ben, "One Hundred Dollars: Show us the money". Toronto Star, December 11, 2008.