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
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.[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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