As the Poets Affirm

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As The Poets Affirm
Origin Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Genres Post-rock
Years active 2001 (2001)–2007 (2007)
Labels Zunior
Website[dead link]
Members Gary Udle
Nathan Gara
Ryan Patterson
Adam Saikaley
Alex Cairncross
Cindy Olberg
Past members Kina De Grasse
Ben Belanger
Ryan Griffin
Renee Leduc

As The Poets Affirm was a Canadian independent rock band formed in 2001 in Ottawa, Ontario. The band began as a three-piece acoustic project, and later evolved into a seven-member line-up experimenting with jazz, classical and electronica. Its name is taken from a line in Dante's Inferno.[citation needed]


The band's 2004 album The Jaws that Bite, The Claws that Catch, reached the top five in !earshot, Canada's national campus radio chart, in February 2005. [1][2] The band has also received airplay on CBC Radio 3 and Brave New Waves.

The group played alongside many notable Canadian acts such as The Dears, Destroyer, Apostle of Hustle, Sunset Rubdown, Elliott Brood, P:ano, and Rock Plaza Central. Other acts they played alongside include The Dirty Projectors, City and Colour and Grizzly Bear (band).[citation needed]

As The Poets Affirm disbanded in 2007 after a summer of playing Ottawa's Bluesfest, and recording a final album at Little Bullhorn Studios, which is yet to be officially released. Half of the band's final line-up are now in Videotape.[citation needed]

The band's full catalog is available through Zunior, an online record label run by Dave Ullrich of The Inbreds.


  • I Want to Tell My Heart to You, But I Cannot Say English (January 2004)
  • The Jaws that Bite, The Claws that Catch (November 2004)
  • Awake (November 2006)


  • Gary Udle - acoustic and electric guitar, vocals
  • Nathan Gara - Drums
  • Ryan Patterson - electric guitar, pocket trumpet, vocals
  • Adam Saikaley - Moog, organ, vocals
  • Alex Cairncross - bass guitar, vocals
  • Cindy Olberg - cello

Former members[edit]

  • Kina De Grasse Forney - cello, Rhodes, vocals
  • Ben Belanger - electric guitar, Rhodes, synthesizer, trumpet, vocals
  • Ryan Griffin - bass guitar
  • Renee Leduc - violin


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