CALICO'S GAMBIT is an evolving fusion studio band based in Toronto (ON), blending pop/rock, blues, jazz and a variety of world music styles. Influences include The Black Keys, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Spirit, The Alan Parsons Project, Jack White, Amy Winehouse and Fleetwood Mac. Since inception (2017), the deep-rooted foundation of CALICO'S GAMBIT has been centered around 'honest music from the soul,’ combining poetic lyricism, a vintage pop/rock sound over a rich blues-jazz backbone, raw performance-based studio recording and detailed layering with a variety of instruments and soundscapes. Chris Helmeste (primary singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist & producer) works at the core with a variety of studio musicians and creative collaborators, constantly experimenting and reinventing the band’s sound. The first CALICO'S GAMBIT studio EP Smiling Faces is planned for release in 2019.