Samantha Martin and the Haggard are rising stars of Toronto’s roots-rock scene.

Ms. Martin’s vocals bring to mind the style of Mavis Staples, Bessie Smith and Bobbie Gentry. She has been compared to Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard and
as possessing a vibe similar to Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings.  Serena Ryder is a fan and says “You might not know it yet, but Samantha Martin is a rock star, she’ll tear your heart out one note at a time” .
The band released their self titled debut album in spring of 2012 followed by extensive touring, festival performances and great reviews. The sound, pinned by Samantha’s remarkable vocals has elements of gospel blues, soul and rockabilly.