The Sun Harmonic -



Living // Toronto, Canada
Born //  St. Thomas, Ontario
Active Since //  2009
Current Band Members //
Kaleb Hikele (piano, guitar + vocals)
Dave Skrtich (drums + moral support)
Ian McLennan (bass + vocals)
Genres // Folk/Rock (with soul, jazz and classical taste)
Sun Harmonic Discography //
A Dream I've Had (Single, 2020)
It's All Okay, Thanks To You (EP 2020)
A Heart So Heavy (7" vinyl, spring 2019)
In The Forest (single, Apr 2019)
Songs By Strangers:
   Duets & B-Sides (2017 covers 2xLP)
Winter (2017 double LP)
The Sun with Heart Strings (2017 live EP)
Into The Sky Above (2016 EP)
After We Fly (2015 LP)
The Eight of Hearts (2013 EP)
Songs by Strangers (2013 covers LP)
Season (2010 LP)
Chemistry (2010 LP)
The Sun Harmonic (self-titled, 2009 LP)
Past & Present Side Projects //
King Snake Crawl
The Other Birds
The Broadview Band
Low Hanging Lights
Kaleb Hikele (solo records)
The Capitol
Far From Freedom



London Free Press front page article, September 2015
London Free Press front page article, September 2015
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Big Takeover (Brooklyn, NY) "After We Fly" album review
Big Takeover (Brooklyn, NY) "After We Fly" album review
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SCENE Magazine (London, ON) Review
SCENE Magazine (London, ON) Review
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The Sun Harmonic is a Canadian folk-rock outfit led by small town songwriter Kaleb Hikele, an adventurous composer and prolific recording artist based in Toronto's east end. The band's newest EP 'It's All Okay, Thanks To You' was released on vinyl in partnership with Record Store Day Canada in April 2020, featuring an infectious single spinning for over 25 weeks in heavy rotation on satellite radio. Now, Kaleb has finished his truly Canadian folk album, Coast to Coast, recorded cross-country over the last 5 years; the first single, tracked in Ottawa and Montreal, is called 'To the Blue'.


With nothing to hide, Kaleb has released independent music from his home studio for 11 years, garnering rave reviews from Canadian music veterans and American music publications. On record, The Sun Harmonic debuted with three solo albums in 2009-10' before quietly writing and recording an ambitious concept album (created only in the winter season, written only on the piano). After eight years of creation and downfalls, he revealed the double album through a sold out crowdfunding campaign; it ranged from folk to jazz to classical, with a simple title, 'Winter'. He followed up this massive project with a simple 7" record; A Heart So Heavy was released to rave reviews in the spring of 2019 and Kaleb set off on a solo tour to celebrate ten years as The Sun Harmonic. 


In his first decade he toured from coast to coast in Canada as a solo artist, later accompanied by opera singers and a chamber string orchestra, and now he is backed by a rock and roll trio. The band's last gig was on the main stage in Winnipeg, showcased by Canada's Walk of Fame, at Festival Du Voyageur in 2020, just weeks before the pandemic hit. The trio is booked for studio time to record their first full-length record as a band in 2021, it will be Kaleb's sixth Sun Harmonic studio album.



The Sun Harmonic previews an ambitious 2021 album, Coast To Coast, with a hypnotic new single, "To The Blue." The album was recorded in various studios across the country on a musical road trip, with this one laid down in Ottawa. This track's a blissed-out folkie piece, with a gorgeous catchy melody and a Cat Stevens vibe. With mentions of rivers running to the sea, long driving afternoons and the sweet silences of couples, it feels just like, you know, Canada. The whole album should be quite a trip."

   – Bob Mersereau, Top 100 Canadian Albums author (December 2020)

“A Dream I’ve Had can be compared to similar sounds of 70’s folk artists like Art Garfunkel, and George and Paul. The single is distilled and refrained, easy listening"

   – Jenna Melanson, Canadian Beats (October 2020)

Keeping up with Toronto-based artist Kaleb Hikele is a challenge, thanks to his many musical shifts... Hikele always has a knack for fine tune, so this certainly isn't a stretch for him... The title cut is a brilliantly happy romp, the kind of cheerful pop song you just don't hear anymore, with a la-la-la wordless chorus of singalong fun from the whole group."

   – Bob Mersereau, Top 100 Canadian Albums author (June 2020)

“The Canadian-based group has been bring a bold and unique sound to the masses, not only in their homeland, but beyond. Their stunning musicality is a breath of fresh air in the ever-changing music scene, and The Sun Harmonic are right at the top of the game. “It’s All Okay Thanks to You,” is a marvelous masterpiece that will send you comfort during these times.”

   – Live in Limbo (Toronto, Canada) April 2020

"Sign on the Road is an uplifting piece that our ears surely do need right now. With brightly strummed guitars and brilliant vocals, the group recalls artists such as Sam Roberts, off the top of our heads. Bold piano is placed throughout which bring the instrumentation of the song to life... Forge ahead The Sun Harmonic; we need you now more than ever. ”   

   – The Indie Source (Hollywood, CA) March 2020

"Such grandiose ambition—such direct heart”
   – Big Takeover (Brooklyn, NY), Jack Rabid


“He introduces jazz moves, classical ideas, and lush pop, with cello, trumpet, and a grand chorus of voices among the guests. With a fine, soothing voice as well, Hikele has done wonders for the piano player.”
   – Bob Mersereau’s Top 100 Canadian Singles Blog (New Brunswick)

“After We Fly gratifyingly takes his body of work to a brilliant new plateau… exhilarating listen that creates a world of its own”
   – SCENE Magazine (London), Rod Nicholson


“This (After We Fly) is mellow folk-pop, based around his gentle vocal style and fluent work on a multitude of instruments. Sparse piano ballads predominate, and it’ll be fascinating to see how he builds on these songs.”
   – New Canadian Music (Toronto), Kerry Doole


“…And as the sparse, yet startlingly genuine, arrangements on his (second) full-length illustrate, Hikele is ready to bare his soul to anyone who will listen… Presumably free of any artistic constraints, Hikele explores a variety of musical and thematic undertones on Chemistry, usually with fortuitous grace.”
   – Exclaim! Magazine (Toronto), Joshua Kolke


“It takes an amazing amount of talent and skill to deliver a bare bones musical production such as this. Hats off to Hikele for taking all this on… Overall, Season by The Sun Harmonic is a striking & compelling musical production.”
   – The Muse’s Muse (US), Cyrus Rhodes

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