“Five Minutes With” Jesse Aaron Shire from I Am The Mountain

I Am The Mountain is everywhere, from bars and cafes to caught-in-your-brain as you try and fall asleep. Beginning as a folk project of singer-songwriter Colton O’Reilly, the late-night campfire soul songs that once whispered between the pines in Kananaskis have echoed through almost every music-friendly space in Calgary.

The indie-rockers kicked off 2022 with a brand new single ‘Overthinking Conversations’ released on January 21st. ‘Overthinking Conversations’ depicts the story of two young hearts and the growth that follows a breakup. The video, directed by Finn Westbury, was filmed in Calgary at various locations and local businesses, with the desire to feature “the beautiful city we live in”.

I Am The Mountain


Jesse Aaron Shire from I Am The Mountain




I joined the band in 2015 when Colton met me late one night on the streets while I was wearing nothing but my underwear. He asked if I play Bass, and the rest was history.

# of Albums:

2 EPs, multiple singles and a full-length on the way.

Latest Album:

We’re Here For Each Other

Latest Single:

‘Overthinking Conversations’

Latest Video:

Favourite musician growing up:

Jaco Pastorius

Favourite musician now:


Guilty pleasure song:

Karma Chameleon by Culture Club

Favourite local musician:

Kate Stevens

EP or LP?


Early bird or night owl?

Night Owl

Road or studio?


Any shows or albums coming up?

Single/Video Release Show on January 22 at the Globe Cinema.

Where can we follow you?

Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


Rapid Fire Calgary Qs

Favourite local restaurant:

Vegan Street

Favourite street in your city: 

17th Ave SW because despite the chaos it feels the most alive. I wish more of the city were like it.

Favourite park in your city:

Prince’s Island because it hosts a lot of festivals and is a great inner-city escape that acts as a conduit to a lot of great neighbourhoods

Favourite music venue in your city:

Palace Theater because it’s where all the mid-sized acts play and is the only real venue of its type in the city,

Favourite music store in your city:

Recordland. Absolute GOAT.



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