In July 1994, there was a noteworthy collision. A comet, roughly 1.5 to 2 kilometres wide dubbed Shoemaker Levy-9 burst into fragments and smashed into the planet Jupiter. The force of the impact would have completely annihilated the planet earth.
Intrigued by the significance of the event, and given that it was the first celestial collision of its kind to be recorded by humans, a slight variation of the name was used for a musical project that songwriter Kevin Rogers Cobus was starting up at the time.
Shoemaker Levee was born, and exists today as an original alternative/indie band with a unique style of anthemic, introspective rock that draws musical inspiration from sources vast and diverse; classical, progressive, alternative, folk, and others.
Shoemaker Levee has played numerous downtown Toronto venues ranging from the El Mocambo, The Reverb, The Opera House, The Horseshoe Tavern, Lee’s Palace and the Rivoli, which was the home of their first full studio release “Whynd” (2001). More recently they have performed at York Pridefest in Newmarket, ON, and the 38th Annual Terry Fox Run in Toronto, ON to unveil new material.
They have won the Steam Whistle Indie Music Series and worked with producers such as Bryan Moncarz (Circa Survive) and Sean Abbott (Piledriver) on various follow up studio projects.
Their most recent release Phase of the Days has received some critical praise, including a review in Spill Magazine.