SIVLE (Elvis spelt backwards and pronounced “civil”) is a versatile Soft-Rock band from Brantford Ontario Canada, belting an arsenal of legendary cover tunes from the 50s - today as well as Southern Rock and Pop originals. SIVLE is female-fronted by powerhouse Joan Minnery on lead vocals. On lead guitar and background vocals is Bill Minnery, her well-known son, who is a genuine jaw-dropping guitar virtuoso. Versatile musical genius Dan Taylor fills out the trio on guitar/vocals/drums. When the full band is out, legendary female musician Jamie Reinhart joins in on bass and vocals. Joan's brother Bob Minnery aka bigEZbob is also out periodically as a guest on rhythm acoustic. Bob has been instrumental in writing all of the first recordings of original tunes as well as their sister, Anne Minnery.
SIVLE has two distinct shows. The first is the full 4 piece band showcase with drums, bass, guitar and vocals, which is preferred for bars, taverns, bigger stages and outdoor festivals. The other is the more scaled-down three-piece acoustic, which goes over very well, in particular for smaller stages, matinees and legions. A SIVLE show features music from Elvis, the Beatles, CCR, Pink, Lady Gaga, and Janis Joplin and includes a wide variety of hits from Today and Yesteryear. There is something for everyone.
SIVLE was formed in 2017 and since that time has had the opportunity to be the opening act for the 2019 WTFest Rock Festival and be the featured entertainment at the 2019 Mayor's Levee at the Brantford Armouries. SIVLE headlined the 2018 'FIND YOUR SPIRIT FEST’ and the 2018 'Downtown Music Fest' both at Harmony Square in Brantford. They appeared at the 2022 Summer Street Festival in Woodstock.
SIVLE will be one of the headliners for the 2023 World Music Festival in Mississauga on June 24th, being held at Celebration Square.
The popular band have packed rooms at the Sanderson Centre, Corktown Pub, Delhi Harvest Fest, Jeffery’s Lounge, Manny’s Place, Branch 90 Legion, Tansley's, Upper Thames Brewery, the Norfolk County Fair, the Polish Hall, Paris Street Jams, Woodstock Navy Club, Ironworks Restaurant, Frankies Tavern, the St. George Legion, the Honest Lawyer, the Woodstock Cheese Fest, and the Norwich Museum. SIVLE appear at a variety of festivals, fairs and local establishments including a bi-monthly residency at the Duke on Park in Brantford.
"We are overwhelmingly gobsmacked with the release of our four singles - Whatever It Takes, What Would Walter Do, Throw Down Those Stones and Dancing With Tom Petty which we released in 2019 and 2020. We are currently in rotation in Germany, the U.K., Australia, the U.S., and Canada. Holy frijoles what a firestorm. Our original tunes have also been on both the 2022 and 2023 Brantford Trail Mix CD. We never saw this coming; we used to be just a 'cover' band. A full EP is due sometime in '23/24."
Joan has a very long-standing musical legacy in Brantford and the surrounding area. Her community music solo shows consist of Oldies, Country, Originals, Disney, Broadway and Rock and Roll. There is plenty of Elvis, the Beatles, Patsy Cline, Abba, Connie Francis, Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, CCR and many sing-a-long favourites. All performed to instrumental background tracks and acoustic guitar.
Joan also does a LOT of shows with her students from SiNG iT. She's a powerhouse of interactive motivation and will get everybody moving and feeling good in short order.
Sometimes there's just that ONE song ...
SIVLE - Recording studio jamming to their original song THROW DOWN THOSE STONES
• Echoes of the Ripple – Original Music Solo CD released on all music platforms, April 2021
• SiNG iT Brantford Student Compilation CD, released on all music platforms, December 2020
• SIVLE – Whatever IT Takes – Original Music Band EP released on all music platforms, July 2020