River North’s This Too Shall Pass Is A Family Affair

The Toronto duo's debut features a poem written by one member's parents.


River North keep it all in the family for their resilient new single This Too Shall Pass — showcasing today on Tinnitist.

“This song began as a poem written by my parents, who are both writers,” says Heather Christie, who leads the award-winning Toronto duo with Matt Zaddy. “They wrote it to express their emotions during the start of the lockdown when an entire generation was essentially isolated for fear of what the virus could do to older adults.”

Adds Zaddy: “Their words inspired us to express what we’ve been thinking and feeling during these strange times. We wrote This Too Shall Pass as a beacon of hope, and to remind us that many things have come before us — and passed … we will make it through this together.”

The inspirational track also features a performance by gifted cellist Wendy Simon. “She has performed with so many wonderful acts — Robert Plant, Barbara Streisand, Lights, Rod Stewart, Dionne Warwick, Yes, Brian Wilson — so to have someone of her calibre and creativity really made the song feel that much more special,” says Christie.

River North’s members are also accomplished musicians in their own rights. Christie won the Mississauga Music Award for Best New Artist in 2018, her debut solo album Love In Colour (2019) hit #1 in Spain, and she has played parts in countless major musical theatre productions, including the leading roles in Only Yesterday and Patsy Cline & the Queens of Country.

Zaddy is the former member of Starring Janet Leigh, From Far & Wide and The Infringements. He has released two solo albums — Be (2019) and Perfect Moments (2015) — shared the stage with the likes of Jim Cuddy, Tom Cochrane, The Cowboy Junkies, The Trews, 54-40, Whitehorse and more, and won numerous honours, including two Mississauga Music Awards.

Check out This Too Shall Pass above, listen to it on your favourite DSP and follow River North on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.