Alaclair Ensemble

Alaclair Ensemble
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Alaclair Ensemble

Alaclair is a troupe of Post-rigodon from Bas Canada that zigzags between Quoibec City and Mourial. Formed by the graduates of Alaclair High, its aim is to dazzle the rabble. Alaclair Ensemble, is fo kidz.

Agent – Michaël Bardier

Upcoming tour dates

  • 06/16/2017 @ Limoilou en Vrac, Limoilou, QC
  • 06/16/2017 @ Limoilou en Vrac, Limoilou, QC
  • 06/30/2017 @ Festival de la Chanson de Tadoussac, Tadoussac, QC ‐ Tickets
alaclair.com

Bernardino Femminielli

Bernardino Femminielli
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Bernardino Femminielli

Bernardino Femminielli works in media including music, performance, poetry and film under the guise of a hyper-sexual, genderless provocateur. His work and character are a synthesis of mysticism, transgression, danger and pleasure– a detached crooner deep within a distopian discotheque. Narrating in French and Spanish, from classical arrangements to brutal Italo-disco, from heavy cosmic drone to mutant industrial: his sonic ventures reflect his adopted personas. His lyrics explore an imagined illicit paradise full of excess, drugs, bars, pleasure, darkness and companionship. Much of his poetry is arranged using the cut-up technique and is composed similarly to works of transgressive fiction. On stage, the confrontational yet intensely vulnerable performer explores the rich and dark energy of French and German cabaret– emphasizing the “total” performance where poetry, music, film, and dance coalesce.

Bernardino Femminielli performs as a solo act but is often joined on stage by musicians Pierre Guerineau and Asael Robataille from Montreal electronic projects Essaie Pas and Bataille Solaire, as well as with his side project Femminielli Noir (Jesse Osborne-Lanthier) and is a long time collaborator with Alex Zhang Hungtai (Dirty Beaches).

Agent – Michaël Bardier

Upcoming tour dates

  • 06/01/2017 @ Hirscheneck, Basel, CH
  • 06/03/2017 @ Les Trinitaires, Metz, FR ‐ Tickets
  • 06/16/2017 @ Festival Saturnalia, Milan, IT
femminielli.bandcamp.com

Alex Calder

Alex Calder
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Alex Calder

Following the success of his debut LP, Alex Calder returns with a cassette release of home recordings and a handful of select tour dates along the east coast. Featuring the single, “Shaking My Years Away,” the 15 tracks on the release were recorded between 2013 – 2015, when Calder was in the midst of gaining huge momentum as a solo artist. BEND will be officially released on June 8, 2016. After playing in Makeout Videotape with Mac DeMarco, Alex Calder packed away his drums to perfect his songwriting. Moving back to his mother’s house, he was able to write and record his first solo efforts in 2013. The Time EP was Calder’s first release on Captured Tracks, which he followed up with Strange Dreams – his full-length debut – in 2015. It brought the focus and ambition of Alex’s songwriting to all aspects of his music, delivering an incredibly personal and intimate album that feels mature while maintaining the youthful humor that has become his trademark.

Agent – Michaël Bardier

Upcoming tour dates

  • No tour dates.
alexcalder.bandcamp.com

Chocolat

Chocolat
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Chocolat

Chocolat was. Chocolat is.

First came a band bursting with unpredictable rock and roll violence, Chocolat released a straightforward and erotic self-titled EP in 2007, followed by Piano Élégant in 2008, a suavely romantic debut opus infused with rock and yéyé influences. More fierce and fiery than ever, they released Tss Tss in 2014, an album whose expansive psychedelic sound and kraut-inspired repetitions earned the band international recognition and many tours abroad. Chocolat is now well into its second incarnation. On Rencontrez Looloo, the group has parted with its sprawling explorations and moved towards a more modal hard-franco-prog with punk and folk accents.

Awakened minds already know it: Rencontrer Looloo is like seeing the future in the bottom of a bottle of Cherry Coke, or accessing the infinite through the twists of a pretzel.

Agent – Michaël Bardier

Upcoming tour dates

  • 05/29/2017 @ Monkey Bar, Burlington, VT w/ Bueno
  • 05/31/2017 @ Middle East Upstairs, Boston, MA w/ Bueno
  • 06/01/2017 @ Slash Run, Washington, DC w/ Bueno
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Co/ntry

Co/ntry
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Co/ntry

CO/NTRY is an adult-contemporary post-punk duo comprised ofNewfoundland-born/Montreal-based artists Beaver Sheppard and David Whitten. Though the bandlikes to think of themselves as genre-neutral, their music cycles through a wide variety of styles withmanic indifference. The name — originally “Country” — was chosen because it was confusing andimpossible to search for online, in the tradition of enigmatic acts like Boston and Chicago. Lifestyleproclivities led the band to become a major part of the city’s seedy after-hours scene, where theenthusiastic reception they received from intoxicated audiences gave them the inflated sense ofconfidence they needed to continue. Fans of their music included employees of Montreal label TurboRecordings, who helped enable the recording of their first album, Failure, the product of a singlethree-hour studio session. CO/NTRY entered negotiations to sign a contract with Bethlehem XXX —a restaurant/art collective/performance space where Sheppard served as head chef — which hasbeen described as Andy Warhol’s Factory if the point was to never produce anything at all. Afteragreeing to a record deal with the restaurant’s owner, the band decided to leak the album viaFacebook the very next day, figuring it would supply a better narrative for future band bios. The bandhas received a host of ostensibly favourable reactions from the press. Brooklyn Vegan describedthem as “clearly not giving a fuck” while Complex Magazine called them Montreal’s best band/artproject. The readers of these content platforms are entirely free to adopt these opinions as their own.CO/NTRY is on the cusp of releasing its second album, Cell Phone 1, through Montreal labelFantôme Records in April 2017. They plan to remain friends for the foreseeable future

Upcoming tour dates

  • 07/03/2017 @ One Caroline, Saratoga Spring, NY
  • 07/05/2017 @ BAR, New-Haven, CT
  • 07/06/2017 @ Baby's Alright, New-York, NY
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Duchess Says

Duchess Says
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Duchess Says

Duchess Says was created in late 2003 by four influent members of the Church of Budgerigars who decided to collaborate together in a common musical project. Their goal was to insure a faithful representation of the message of the Duchess (or spiritual budgie) through a precise artistic dialog. Composed of A-Claude (vox, keytar, guitar), Ismael (keyboard,guitar), Phil (guitar, bass,feedbacks) and Simon Says (lo-fi beats, drums and doubtful noises). Duchess Says is serving us a repertory of “moog rock” songs strong in images and enormoustly intense live performances!Their musical influences range from no wave, new wave, punk, to cinema and visual arts. If you pay attention, you could see them perform in the most unusual places such as golf courses, shop windows, vacant building sites etc.. Duchess Says has the mandate to decontextualise the rock and to promote simultaneously their Church on the way.

Agent – Michaël Bardier

Upcoming tour dates

  • 07/14/2017 @ Hillside Festival, Guelph, ON ‐ Tickets
  • 07/15/2017 @ Shazam Festival, Ayer's Cliff, QC ‐ Tickets
  • 07/21/2017 @ Dawson City Music Festival, Yukon ‐ Tickets
duchesssays.com

Freak Heat Waves

Freak Heat Waves
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Freak Heat Waves

Freak Heat Waves second full length beams through like a soundtrack to a dark and greasy tale of a futuristic post punk band that follows their adventures through sleazy discos, underground punk venues and gleaming white art galleries. The album explores this strange world. The first single, “Design of Success” is a strange and sexy look into an alien nightclub. “Dig A Hole”, features Steven Lind’s sharp guitar riff and monotone vocals riding the skeleton of a bass line into an incendiary proto-punk guitar solo. Thomas Di Ninno’s robotic drums and retro-futuristic production make “A Civil Servant Awakening” sound like a great lost UK post punk single. The propulsive bass of James Twiddy on “Comfortable Conversation” brings to mind the endless drives of a DIY touring band. The record follows their self-released and out-of-print debut LP and extensive touring of North America on their own and with friends Viet Cong (Jagjaguwar/ Flemish Eye) and Each Other (Lefse). Freak Heat Waves calls Victoria BC home but the album was recorded and mixed over the course of a year on islands and cities and small towns across Canada.

Agent – Michaël Bardier

Upcoming tour dates

  • No tour dates.
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Heat

Heat
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Heat

The Sound of Heat is the sound of confusion. Tuneful but tone-deaf; beat-down and blown out of porportion. It’s a neat scotch and a mess of a life. You can find it scrawled on bathroom walls, hastily jotted down on cocktail napkins, deleted from your browsing history, lacing your designer drugs. It’s a couple bedroom demos turned into a Montreal 5-piece rock band, Now here’s the sixty-four thousand dollar question: “Do you remember rock n roll radio?”

Let’s go behind door number two, Monty; last place with a Bulleit.

Heat is a young band from Montreal drawing influences from classic rock bands like Velvet Underground, Jesus and the Mary Chain and the Strokes.

Agent – Michaël Bardier

Upcoming tour dates

  • 07/09/2017 @ Festival d'été de Québec, Québec, QC ‐ Tickets
  • 07/22/2017 @ River & Sky Festival, Sudbury, ON ‐ Tickets
  • 08/05/2017 @ Osheaga, Montreal, QC ‐ Tickets

Helena Deland

Helena Deland
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Helena Deland

Montreal based Helena Deland’s song writing is strongly emotion driven. Catchy though
unpredictable, avoiding to land quite where you would expect it to, her sincere pop is feminine
and dreamily immersive. Originally a solo act, she now fronts a four-piece band: the intimate
impulse of composing intertwines with the concerted endeavor of deep soundscaping.
Helena Deland has been subtly collecting songs for a while now. Her ever growing interest for
words and literature and her constant journal keeping has made her songwriting increasingly
coherent and mature. Recent collaborations and friendships have given her the tools and the
will to share her music, which is deeply rooted in personal experience.
Originally from Québec city, it is in Montreal that her music is shaped. After having collaborated
with artists from different backgrounds such as Men I Trust, Ludovic Alarie and Cri, she teamed
up with Jesse Mac Cormack to record her first group of songs, a powerful EP called Drawing
Room.

Upcoming tour dates

  • 06/29/2017 @ Union Pool, Brooklyn, NY w/ Luke Temple
  • 07/08/2017 @ Théâtre Maisonneuve, Festival de Jazz, Montréal, QC ‐ Tickets
  • 07/21/2017 @ Dawson City Music Festival, Yukon ‐ Tickets
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Hoan

Hoan
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Hoan

Hoan formed  in 2015 with the intention of exploring sonic terrain without inhibition. Their work gives subtle nods to the darker side of new wave music adding an understated melodic intelligence that is reminiscent of bands such as Deerhunter or Broadcast. Their debut release, “Modern Phase”, will hit the shelves on April 28th via Fantôme Records.

Upcoming tour dates

  • 06/23/2017 @ Ottawa Jazz Festival, Ottawa, ON
  • 07/29/2017 @ Monarch Tavern, Toronto, ON w/ Co/ntry
Hoantheband.com

Jerusalem In My Heart

Jerusalem In My Heart
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Jerusalem In My Heart

Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, alongside fellow Montreal artist Charles-André Coderre, returns with If He Dies, If If If If If If, a second full-length album from his acclaimed Jerusalem In My Heart (JIMH) project, conceived and recorded in his dual homes of Montréal and Beirut.

Known for his production and engineering work with artists as diverse as Matana Roberts (all three chapters of her Coin Coin recordings to date), Mashrou’ Leila, Ought, Eric Chenaux (with whom he also released a collaborative album for the Grapefruit Records Club) and Suuns (with whom he also released a collaborative album on Secretly Canadian in spring 2015), Moumneh has been firing on all cylinders over the past few years. He has brought JIMH to mesmerized live audiences in Canada, Europe and the Middle East since the release of his first album in 2013, following many years during which the project was a strictly Montréal-based live/theatrical happening. While JIMH continues to expand to include a larger cast of players for select engagements and commissions, the group is currently an immersive and performative audio-visual duo at its core, with Moumneh responsible for all sound/composition and Coderre creating 16mm visuals and live projections/installations.

Moumneh expands his compositional palette on If He Dies, If If If If If If, exploring new deconstructions and juxtapositions of both traditional and popular Arab musical currents, with an album that oscillates between powerfully emotive vocal tunes and instrumental works that primarily make use of Radwan’s expressive acoustic playing on buzuk as a point of departure. One of Moumneh’s finest melismatic a cappella vocal performances opens the album, followed by the uncharacteristically literal-titled “A Granular Buzuk”, where said instrument is processed, re-sampled and otherwise disrupted through Radwan’s real-time custom signal patches. “7ebr El 3oyoun” follows with languidly plaintive vocals set against a gradually accelerating riff underpinned by hand percussion, and Side One closes with a scabrous white noise intervention wherein the entire audio mix is fed through a contact mic placed in Radwan’s mouth. Moumneh continues to channel his love for Arabic pop and Casio/cassette culture on the silky lo-fi dance of “Lau Ridyou Bil Hijaz?” which opens Side Two, then pays homage to the until-recently-exiled Kurdish poet and singer Sivan Perwer on the traditional-minded, unadorned folk tune “Ta3mani; Ta3meitu”. The album closes with a tour-de-force drone piece built from Bansuri flute (performed by guest player Dave Gossage), and a delicate acoustic number set against the sound of waves recorded on a beach in Lebanon. (Song titles employ the transliterative characters used in Arabic phone texting).

Coderre’s creation of the album artwork involved re-photographing images on 16mm film and then developing that film with bespoke chemical treatments of his own discovery and invention; the cover images result from this entirely hand- made and analog process. The album art is also an extension of the JIMH raison d’etre: the pursuit of innovative reciprocal relationships between celluloid film and live music performance, and the preservation of and experimentation with manual photographic methods and materials amidst a culture/tech industry that encourages the obsolescence of celluloid.

If He Dies, If If If If If If is an adventurous, scrupulous, impassioned and highly original work of modern contemporary Arabic music and a gratifying sign that Jerusalem In My Heart is situating itself in recorded works with the same thoughtful and dynamic intensity previously accessible only in live performances. (Needless to say, JIMH continues to be a must-see live act as well).

Agent – Michaël Bardier

Upcoming tour dates

  • 09/16/2017 @ Zaricot, Saint-Hyacinthe, QC
  • 09/23/2017 @ Pantoum, Québec, QC
  • 09/27/2017 @ General Assembly, Ottawa, ON
jerusaleminmyheart.com

KNLO

KNLO
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KNLO

Akena Lohamba Okoko aka KNLO is a producer from Sainte-Foy, member of Alaclair Ensemble. Apart from is instrumental color series intitled Craqnuques circulating through the web since 2007, KenLo as produced for many vocalists between Montréal and Québec (K6A, Karma Atchykah, Sarah Linhares) and published ten EPs, worked solo or in duo (VLooper, Caro Dupont). In a dj set, KenLo navigates the night with selections of joyful music (rare funk, afrobeat, reggae, hip hop and other traditional music) and exclusive home music, fruit of the Tout’Nou Laboratoires Incorporés.

Agent – Michaël Bardier

Upcoming tour dates

  • 07/22/2017 @ Le Festif, Baie St-Paul, QC ‐ Tickets
  • 07/29/2017 @ Parc Leroux, Lasalle, QC
  • 07/29/2017 @ Grosse Lanterne, Béthanie, QC ‐ Tickets

Marie Davidson

Marie Davidson
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Marie Davidson

From the prolific cultural epicenter of Montreal, Marie Davidson has emerged as one of the foremost electronic artists working in contemporary pop today. As a long-time member of Essaie pas (DFA Records, Teenage Menopause) and DKMD (Giallo Disco Records, Fur Trade Recordings), Davidson has had the opportunity to hone her many talents. She has been participating in the city’s vibrant experimental community for much of her adult life. However, in 2012 she began to unveil compositions under her own name, revealing a solo artist who possessed the combined confidence and vulnerability required to write, produce and perform unaccompanied. Davidson’s intimate solo work is embodied through a host of synthesizers, sequencers and drum machines which coalesce in synchronized harmony, punctuated by vocals, half sung, half spoken in both French and English. She masterfully shapes the overall mood, themes, emotion, expression and intensity of her work, which gives the final result a distinctive, cinematic quality. Her live sets are energetic, built for dancing, as audiences become immersed in hypnotic rhythms, absorbed by the tightly sequenced bass lines and engaged by her vocal delivery. Not only will she will spin you a tale, her music will immerse your soul in haunting images of sweet anxiety and glamorous sensuality.

In the last two years Marie Davidson has caught the attention of the press by releasing “Perte d’identité” (Weyrd Son Records 2014) followed by “Un autre voyage” (Holodeck Records 2015). Both albums have been acknowledged for their unique blend of upbeat and ambient material. She is now about to release her first fully dance floor oriented piece of work on the distinguished label Cititrax (the division of Minimal Wave records which focuses on new contemporary music). As a solo performer Davidson has played internationally renowned festivals such as SXSW (Austin), MUTEK (Montreal), OUTLINE (Moscow), OBEY Convention (Halifax), City Of A Thousand Suns (Fort Gorgast, Germany), Phénomena (Montreal) and Pop Montreal. She has also toured Europe four times and twice in the U.S. Demain est une autre nuit, the latest release of her duo Essaie pas was on the long list for the Polaris Music Prize of 2016.

Marie’s latest solo album, “Adieux Au Dancefloor” came out on Cititrax in October 2016 and received critical acclaims from Pitchfork, The Quietus, Resident Advisor and many more.

Agent – Ouss Laghzaoui

Upcoming tour dates

  • 06/02/2017 @ Primavera Sound, Barcelona, ES ‐ Tickets
  • 06/16/2017 @ Sonar Festival, Barcelona, ES ‐ Tickets
  • 06/17/2017 @ IBOAT, Bordeaux, FR
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Moon King

Moon King
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Moon King

Toronto native Daniel Benjamin and collaborator/co-conspirator Maddy Wilde have been making music together for most of their lives. As Moon King, they weave dreamlike harmonies over buzz-saw guitars and electronic percussion, with their live performances capturing a raw-nerve intensity that verges on ecstatic. Many of their songs appeal to our darker subconscious desires, reveling in the embrace of fear and ego as a means of escape. Moon King’s first EPs, Obsession I and II, were released on Fucked Up guitarist Mike Haliechuk’s label One Big Silence. They have since signed to indie powerhouse Last Gang for their debut LP ‘Secret Life’, and their extensive international touring history includes tours with Doldrums (Daniel’s brother Airick), Austra, Majical Cloudz, and (Mr) Twin Sister, among others.

Agent – Michaël Bardier

Upcoming tour dates

  • No tour dates.
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Morthouse

Morthouse
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Morthouse

Upcoming tour dates

  • No tour dates.

Partner

Partner
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Partner

Partner is the “mature” effort of small town lesbians Josée Caron and Lucy Niles. Borne of their bizarre and fortuitous friendship, Partner boldly goes where few have even desired to go, moving effortlessly from topics like sex objects and gross secrets to more serious themes like intimacy, friendship, and existential unease.

Partner marries feminism and stadium rock riffage to produce a sound as queer as they are, and their arrival on the scene couldn’t be more timely: “Partner’s music is like what early 00s pop punk would be like if it was mixed with a reverence for classic rock era guitar solos. But unlike that generation’s insistence of straight white dude figureheads that traded a sense of humour for self-righteousness, Partner’s songs are funny as hell.”

After a freakishly productive year of writing, recording and touring, Partner are releasing a first single “Comfort Zone” to kick off 2017. Their enthusiastic and action-packed live set has led to them being named the “best new band in Canada” in the Globe and Mail, and although “Partner hasn’t even released an album yet, [watching] one of their sets, it’s clear right away that they’ve arrived fully formed.” Influenced by acts as varied as WeenWeezerNeil Young, and Sum 41, Partner promises to make you question everything you thought you knew about rock ‘n’ roll.    

They formed in Sackville NB in 2015 and relocated to Windsor ON in 2016.

 

Agent – Michaël Bardier

Upcoming tour dates

  • 06/14/2017 @ Palais des Congrès, Mondial de la bière, Montréal QC
  • 06/15/2017 @ Saw Gallery, Ottawa Explosion, Ottawa ON
  • 06/23/2017 @ Pride Toronto, Toronto, ON
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Solids

Solids
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Solids

Montreal band Solids went to school with bands from the 90s, like Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr and Superchunk. Formed by Xavier Germain-Poitras (guitar) and Louis Guillemette (drums), the duo has understood that melody never shines as much as when it is forced to fight its way through many layers of distortion and feedback effects. A first EP released in 2010, Generic Dogs, already united fans of chaotic choruses under the banner of their intense rock. A 7” (Fog Friends b / w Blown Out) and a split 7” created with Toronto band Animal Faces have confirmed Solid’s reputation: a rare duo able to reconcile punks, rockers and metalheads. Blame Confusion, recorded by Adrian Popovich at Mountain City Studio (Priestess, Duchess Says, The Dears, etc.), is the band’s first full-length album and will be available on Feb 18th through Fat Possum Records.

Whether playing on stages of majors events such as South by Southwest, Osheaga, POP Montreal and The Fest (in Gainesville, Florida) or in some packed and humid decrepit basements, Xavier and Louis sweat blood because they don’t know any other way of making music. Solids is somehow a gift for all those who never feel as alive as when they’re submerged in decibels!

Agent – Michaël Bardier

Upcoming tour dates

  • 09/16/2017 @ Sandbanks Music Festival, ON
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Wake Island

Wake Island
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Wake Island

Wake Island is an electronic duo formed by Lebanese musicians Philippe Manasseh and NadimMaghzal and based in Montreal and New York City. The band fearlessly blends electronic dance music with indie rock songwriting to create a positive, uplifting experience. Their new album, OUT, was mostly self-recorded in isolated cabins across the Quebec Eastern Townships and mixed at Montreal’s Breakglass Studios with Jace Lasek (Suuns, Wolf Parade). Through this beautiful and eclectic collection of songs, the band encourage us to stay positive and to open up to the world around us. OUT is now available through Oh Hi, an artist collective they co-founded in Montreal. Their live show echoes bands like Caribou, Moderat and Beach House and is sure to elevate your spirit and make you dance.

Upcoming tour dates

  • 06/13/2017 @ RITZ P.D.B , Montreal, QC w/ !!! (chk chk chk)
  • 06/23/2017 @ Pride Toronto, Toronto, ON
  • 07/20/2017 @ Slut Island Music Festival, Montreal, QC
wakeislandmusic.com

Whitney K

Whitney K
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Whitney K

Time is not a friend when trouble comes rolling in. Except this time you’re driving around Vancouver, Canada with Whitney K and everything is becoming intoxicating by the second, he wants to waste your minutes, get comfortable and help you find a new illusion sometimes called romance. Whitney K is Konnor Whitney a young man from Vancouver, who has spent time in Whitehorse, Yukon, Montreal, Burnaby and Los Angeles. Recorded completely at home on a 4 track machine empathetically named “moth insurance” His Last Album, Goodnight has all the qualities of a timeless recording, a warm ball of charm hurling down a freeway filled with late night Harry Nilsson stories (Goodnight), the raw fierce spirit of Karen Dalton, the chu-chu train thunder of John Cale’s Velvet Underground (Swans, Sympathy) and the ragged primitive noise punk blues of Royal Trux and early Beck a là One Foot In The Grave era (Running Up That Hill). Once they would have simply called it outsider folk, tying Whitney K, to a generation of ramblin’ troubadours living life on the freakier side of American folk and walking in Michael Hurley’s shoes.  What sets Whitney apart is his straightforward, introspective lyrical style that combines folklore and realism to instantly transform the mundane into extraordinary, creating seven stories that draw you in from the get-go.

Agent – Ouss Laghzaoui

Upcoming tour dates

  • No tour dates.
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We Are Wolves

We Are Wolves
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We Are Wolves

We Are Wolves… Around since the tidal wave of electro/art/dance/punk broke at the beginning of the year 2000s, they’re the only ones left standing. The wolves are still on the prowl.

This is a band that have cut their teeth and have nothing left to prove. WRONG – the new album, soon to be released on fledgling Montreal label Fantôme Records – sees We Are Wolves wiping the slate clean, on the hunt for new musical prey. But between their raw beginnings reminiscent of Suicide and this, their more pop-oriented fifth album, there has been no lack of sweat, passion and aggression, lots of noise and, above all else, a whole load of fun.

Flashback: Non Stop Je te Plie en Deux, a kind of savage letter of introduction that knocked listeners off their feet, seduced hordes of punk fans addicted to the dustbin blues of Fat Possum. It was back in 2005 that WAW’s first album appeared on this most legendary of American record labels. The trio, made up of bassist and vocalist Alexander Ortiz, keyboardist Vincent Levesque – both visual arts students at the time – and percussionist Antonin Marquis, then went on to take North America and Europe by storm. The wolfpack toured non-stop, terrorizing small venues and artist lofts as well as huge international festivals such as Osheaga (Montreal), the Virgin Festival (Toronto), SXSW (Austin), the L.A. Weekly Detour Festival (L.A.), CMJ (New York), The Great Escape (UK), Dour Fest (Belgium), Eurockéennes and Le rock dans tous ses états (France). Sharing the stage with acts such as And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, The (International) Noise Conspiracy, The Gossip, Gorillaz, Muse, Indochine and Bloc Party, the band grabbed the attention of the rock press, from Rolling Stone to Pitchfork via Spin and pretty much all the cool media publications. The wolves’ mixture of electro-punk left no one indifferent.

Then it was back to the studio. After the hit single Fight and Kiss, We Are Wolves were at it again in 2007 with Total Magique, having switched to Montreal label Dare To Care, which also put out the follow-up Invisible Violence in 2009. Same story as before, WAW were lauded by the local and international press and their albums garnered a number of awards and widespread acclaim, confirming the trio’s notoriety on the international music scene. Once again they toured Canada, the USA and Europe.

In 2012 the pack of wolves divided: Antonin Marquis being replaced by ex-Polipe member Pierre-Luc Bégin. With touring over, the band headed back to the studio to record La Mort Pop Club, which was released in February 2013, also on Dare To Care. More tortured and disturbing than its predecessors – dark, shadowy post-punk mixed with an almost brutal minimalism, their fourth release yet again got the attention of the press both here and abroad and saw the band hit the road for another series of concerts.

A rumour began to spread that La Mort Pop Club would be the final We Are Wolves album. WRONG, which is due for release in the fall of 2016 on the enigmatic Montreal label Fantôme Records, proves those rumours to be exactly that… wrong.

WRONG. One word: short, sharp and cuts right to the chase – that even arouses a certain perplexed curiosity. With this, their first album to have an English title, the band unashamedly shows off its pop side, that until now we’ve had little more than a whiff of. Rock solid thanks to a flawless career spanning fifteen years, the band are more confident than ever and have been rewarded by a success that mocks their critics. WRONG is a fundamentally positive album that sees the Wolves explore new hunting grounds, revealing a more mature band very much at the height of its powers.

Agent – Michaël Bardier

Upcoming tour dates

  • 06/02/2017 @ Café O Soleil, Métabetchouan, QC
  • 06/03/2017 @ Bistro de l'Anse, Anse St-Jean, QC
  • 06/17/2017 @ Limoilou en Vrac, Limoilou, QC
wearewolves.net

Jimmy Hunt

Jimmy Hunt
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Jimmy Hunt

It’s through an eponymous album released in October 2010 on Grosse Boîte that the general public got better acquainted with Jimmy Hunt as a solo artist. Critical acclaim followed as the singer-songwriter was awarded numerous accolades in Quebec, and was selected as one of the Révélations Radio-Canada in 2011-2012, a program that highlights the excellence of upcoming francophone artists.

Seasons passed and Jimmy Hunt returns in October 2013 with Maladie d’amour, a new album with a sound reminiscent of the graceful folk of his debut. But of course, Jimmy was not going to stop there – Maladie d’amour also blends dense electro with minimalist lyrics. We wouldn’t want to go overboard, but here goes: there’s definitely some Gainsbourg in the innovation and the unusual texture of this album. Plus… have you seen that cover?

These sonic explorations also owe their unique directions to two of Jimmy’s close collaborators, who have previously joined him for shows. Keyboardist and sound programmer Christophe Lamarche-Ledoux (Organ Mood) handled recording and arrangements on selected tracks, and multi-instrumentalist Emmanuel Éthier (Passwords) directed the sessions. Both also play on the album.

Agent – Michaël Bardier

Upcoming tour dates

  • No tour dates.
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Organ Mood

Organ Mood
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Organ Mood

Organ mood is a sound and visual artist collective from Montreal, composed of Christophe Lamarche and Mathieu Jacques. Since 2008 we try to change what the notion of what audience means by favoring a more involving relationship with our public. Our tools are analog synthesizers, overhead projectors and custom made instruments we share with our spectators, interconnected through software.

We have toured Quebec as an opening act for pop artists. We played in several festivals in Montreal such as mutek, meg montreal and escales improbables. We turned the atrium of the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art into a psychedelic venue. We played in a church in Saint-Jean-Port-Joli. We transformed the backyard of the artist-run center l’Écart in Rouyn-Noranda into an impromptu DIY rave. We performed at the totally rococo teatro Fru-fru in mexico city as part of mutek mx.

We try to make our performances a ritual, where the public can join and discover the inner stregths they have to pursue large scale projects.

Upcoming tour dates

  • No tour dates.
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PyPy

PyPy
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PyPy

Prepare yourselves for a superdope psych-punk thrashing from the lunatic minds behind Montreal’s CPC Gangbangs, Red Mass and Duchess Says. This new amalgamated group is called PYPY (π π), and this debut LP “Pagan Day” is a mind searing concoction of sinister wah-wah freakouts littered with fuzz, distortion and the necromantic scree of co-lead singer Annie-Claude Deschênes. Super disco-breaks reminiscent of the dance punk of NYC’s legendary 99 Records (ESG / Liquid Liquid) slither in on “Daffodils,” and the blistering pop of “She’s Gone” rivals Thee Oh Sees most burning tracks. Add all of this to one of the finest recording sessions we’ve ever heard here at Black Gladiator / Slovenly HQ, and you got yourself a prime moving platter for your heaviest rock’n’roll club soirees and claw-your-eyes-out solo home listening sessions.

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