Havens is the moniker of Toronto indie/alternative singer, songwriter and guitarist, Andrew Beg. Inspired by nostalgic ‘80s and ’90s alt bands such as The Smiths, The Cure and Ride mixed with the modern era of Arcade Fire, Franz Ferdinand and The Killers, Havens is infused with elements of dreampop, post-punk, new wave, jangle-pop and shoegaze.
Havens’ pursuit for music initially transpired after viewing Michael Jackson’s music video for Thriller at the age of 6. Shortly after, a performance on MUCH of Jack White and the White Stripes led Havens to discover his talent at the guitar and begin forming a band. To further develop his musical talent, Havens went on to attend the Metalworks Institute, Canada’s premier entertainment arts school, for Music Performance and Technology.
Havens released his 2017 debut EP, Daybreak, which received positive reviews and has been featured in a number of different blogs including Indie-Bandcamp and Narrows Media. 2018 led to collaborations with producer Ian Madden and Juno award-winning drummer Tim Oxford on his two released singles, Peace In Darkness and Fall. Both Peace In Darkness and Fall have each garnered over 53,000 streams on Spotify and earned over 1 million media impressions.
Havens has appeared on notable media outlets including Global News' The Morning Show, CHCH Morning Live, SiriusXM Canada, 102.1 The Edge, Humble and Fred Radio, What She Said Radio, Spill Magazine, and Canadian Beats. He performed at the 2018 Radical Road Show, a Toronto festival headlined by iconic Canadian band, Skydiggers. He has also played at some of Toronto’s best known music venues including Lee’s Palace, The Rivoli, Sneaky Dee’s, Dakota Tavern, The Painted Lady, Supermarket, Hard Luck Bar and a sold out release show at the Gladstone Hotel.