Alaclair Ensemble

Alaclair Ensemble
×

Alaclair Ensemble

Created in 2010 by Maybe Watson, Vlooper, KenLo Craqnuques, Claude Bégin, Robert Nelson, Eman and Mash, Alaclair Ensemble released their first album 4,99 in June 2010, followed by Les maigres blancs d’Amérique du noir (2013) and Toute est impossible (2014). The sextet’s last album, Les Frères Cueilleurs (2016), gave birth to the Ça que c’tait video, which now has one milion views ! In 2017, Alaclair had 5 nominations at GAMIQ and also 6 nominations at ADISQ, where they won 3 awards including Video of the year (Ça que c’tait) and Hip Hop Album of the year. After touring multiple festivals in Canada and France, Alaclair is ready to release their next album on both continents !

Agent – Michaël Bardier

Upcoming tour dates

  • 08/17/2018 @ Fête Éclectique Envahissante, Amos, QC
  • 08/22/2018 @ Cégep Sainte-Foy, Sainte-Foy, QC
  • 09/21/2018 @ Festival LV3, Lavaltrie, QC
  • 09/21/2018 @ La Ronde, Montréal, QC
  • 09/22/2018 @ [DJ set] El Campo, Domaine du Radar, Isle aux Coudres, QC
  • 09/29/2018 @ Espace Alcoa, Centre des Arts, Baie-Comeau, QC
  • 11/09/2018 @ Zaricot, Saint-Hyacinthe, QC
  • 11/10/2018 @ Pavillon de l'Île, Châteauguay, QC
  • 11/15/2018 @ Cabaret de la Salle Desjardins-Telus, Rimouski, QC
  • 11/16/2018 @ La P'tite Grenouille, Lévis, QC
  • 11/17/2018 @ Côté Cour, Chicoutimi, QC
  • 11/23/2018 @ Impérial Bell, Québec, QC ‐ Tickets
  • 11/24/2018 @ Minotaure, Gatineau, QC
  • 11/29/2018 @ Théâtre Granada, Sherbrooke, QC ‐ Tickets
  • 11/30/2018 @ Club Soda, Montréal, QC ‐ Tickets
  • 12/08/2018 @ La P'tite Grenouille, Saint-Georges, QC
  • 02/22/2019 @ Festival du Voyageur, Winnipeg, MB
  • 02/23/2019 @ Festival du Voyageur, Winnipeg, MB
alaclair.com

Alex Zhang Hungtai

Alex Zhang Hungtai
×

Alex Zhang Hungtai

After retiring his project Dirty Beaches, Zhang has been focusing on explorations of improvised music, Free Jazz, and his new role as a composer. His newer compositions predominantly works with saxophone, synthesizers, percussion and piano, furthering his research on ritualistic music of liminality. Besides his solo work, he is also a member of a Free Jazz/experimental trio with Portugese minimalist/architect David Maranha, and Free Jazz Drummer Gabriel Ferrandini in Lisbon. Zhang currently works as a composer for film soundtracks, along with acting in independent films.

Agent – Michaël Bardier

Upcoming tour dates

  • No tour dates.
alexzhanghungtai.bandcamp.com

Anemone

Anemone
×

Anemone

Chloé Soldevila and her musicians have built a psychedelic pop world with twangy guitar riffs & haunting synth lines. A bed on which the singer’s catchy vocals lay, an ode to love.

Coming from a family of artists, Montreal native yet, raised between Barcelona and Montreal. Chloé grew up in the arts which have led her to be in musical training from a very young age, graduating from high school with special mentions in classical piano and flute. After pursuing jazz piano studies in Cegep, she left musical training to pursue her own specific goals within different mediums, she engaged with Photography and Film study at Concordia University. It’s the photography that inspires her at first. Through the medium, Chloé had the chance to meet several Artists such as Allah-Las, La Femme or Broncho, who she traveled with – mostly in the United States (California) and France – to photograph. These travels had ignited for Chloé a desire to write and compose her own music. Spending hours with Miles Dupire-Gagnon, Zach Irving and the rest of the band was the inspiration she needed to move from flirting with music to actually engaging with it. Her strong classical and countermelody composition background came into play, but this time, influenced with words about her life during those years, directly inspired by the observations she would make on herself and on the life of the many people she met along the way.

Agent – Ouss Laghzaoui

Upcoming tour dates

  • 08/18/2018 @ Rainbow Trout Music Festival, Winnipeg, MB ‐ Tickets
  • 09/12/2018 @ Scène du Grand Salon, Université de Laval, Québec, QC
  • 10/18/2018 @ Halifax Pop Explosion, Seahorse Tavern, Halifax, NS
facebook.com

Anika

Anika
×

Anika

Annika Henderson is a musician, poet and artist who rose to fame as ANIKA with two highly acclaimed eponymous records (Recorded with Geoff Barrow of Portishead and his band Beak>, released on Stones Throw in the US), and was touring the world. She is well known as a DJ too, hosts a radio program on BCR – Berlin Community Radio, is seen and heard in experimental cinema and collaborates with a variety of Berlin, London, or Mexico City based artists and musicians among them Jandek, Shackleton, Michael Rother (Neu!), Dave Clarke (Skint BMG), Andreas Reihse of Kreidler, T.Raumschmiere (Sleeping Pills and Habits), Doireann O’Malley, Ricardo Domeneck, Stine Omar / Max Boss (EASTER), Phillip Geist (Live Video mapping project and soundtrack in Tehran, Iran) or Yann Tiersen. Last year, Anika released an album with her new Mexico City-based project, Exploded View on Sacred Bones (US).

In 2017, Anika released a string of new material, comprising of two releases with new partners and a follow-up record with her Mexico-City based band, Exploded View. In July was the release of her new collaboration projection with bass outsider, Shackleton, in the form of a full length LP released on Shackleton’s own Woe To The Septic Heart! label and accompanied by a string of exclusive live dates. Next came another new collab with Techno legend, Dave Clarke, on his long- awaited full-length LP The Desecration Of Desire, which came out in October (Skint BMG). The year was rounded off with a follow-up EP from Exploded View in November, released again on Sacred Bones (US).

Agent – Michael Bardier

Upcoming tour dates

  • No tour dates.
anikainvada.tumblr.com

Bernardino Femminielli

Bernardino Femminielli
×

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

  • No tour dates.
femminielli.bandcamp.com

Beverly Glenn Copeland

Beverly Glenn Copeland
×

Beverly Glenn Copeland

Beverly Glenn-Copeland is already known amongst collectors and music heads for two sought-after albums of folky jazz in the key of Joni. But it was this album, Keyboard Fantasies, originally self-released on cassette in 1986 that really caught our attention. The album, entirely recorded on DX-7 and TR-707, lies somewhere between digital new-age and (accidentally) early Detroit techno experiments. The inimitable style of BGC here is both peaceful and meditative while simultaneously rhythmic and bass heavy. The album was recorded in the northern Canadian town of Huntsville where BGC was living at the time and is a beautiful fusion of personal vision, technology and place.  It is not surprising that Red Bull Music Academy, Sappy Fest, Suoni Per Il Popolo, Kazoo Fest invited him to perform.

Beverly Glenn Copeland, born into a family all of whom were very musical, essentially studied the classical piano repertoire from ‘cradlehood,’ listening to his father playing the piano four to five hours a day. He went on to study classical music at McGill, and then after a few years of concertizing – singing the European song repertoire – he suddenly felt called to write music that would weave all the different musical cultures he had come to love.

During his lifetime thus far, Glenn has written a large body of music for adults, music for film, four musicals for children, recorded six albums of his songs, and been the recipient of composition awards from the Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, and Arts NB.  His songs have been performed by various Canadian artists including Rita MacNeil and Jackie Richardson, as well as by the Toronto Pops Orchestra under the direction of David Warrack.

Concurrent with writing compositions for adults, Glenn wrote music for children’s television programs in England, Canada, and the U.S.  He also had the wonderful opportunity to spend twenty-five years entertaining kids as a regular actor on the Mr. Dress-Up Show.

After many years of absence from the concert stage, Glenn has resumed performing with his new band, Indigo Rising, in Canada and Europe. He is also providing Artist Talks for audiences in his concert locations. With great joy and appreciation Glenn acknowledges his deep connection with the younger generations that are now so enthusiastically embracing his music!

Agent – Michaël Bardier

Upcoming tour dates

  • 09/06/2018 @ W.E.C.C., Winnipeg, MB
  • 09/08/2018 @ Swamp Fest, Regina, SK
  • 09/10/2018 @ King Eddy, Calgary, AB
  • 09/11/2018 @ The Rec Room, Edmonton, AB
  • 11/08/2018 @ Le Guess Who?, Utrecht, NL
  • 01/24/2019 @ In The Dead Of Winter Festival, St Matthews Church, Halifax, NS
  • 02/05/2019 @ The Grad Club, Kingston, ON
songcycles.com

Carla Dal Forno

Carla Dal Forno
×

Carla Dal Forno

Carla dal Forno is an Australian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, currently based in Berlin. She is a member of the groups F ingers and Tarcar, and formerly cult Melbourne outfit Mole House. Autumn 2016 sees the release of her debut solo album, You Know What It’s Like, on Blackest Ever Black.

Agent – Michaël Bardier

Upcoming tour dates

  • No tour dates.
facebook.com

Chocolat

Chocolat
×

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

  • No tour dates.
chocolatmtl.com

Corridor

Corridor
×

Corridor

Montreal’s Corridor take familiar elements but assemble and scramble them in a way you may not have heard beforeThere’s a twin-guitar interplay that recalls the late-’70s mutant new wave of XTC, The dB’s and The Feelieswith a sense of melody that shows a love of ‘60s psychedelia and sunshine pop. Putting a hometown twist on things, Corridor sing entirely en français. Don’t let that put you off though: the creativity and abundance of killer tunes found on their acid-baked 2017 album Supermercado breaks through the language barrier. Corridor are even better live, with a real joie de rock that knows no borders — guitars slash, harmonies soar, bodies a constant blur. 
 
-Bill Pearis, Brooklyn Vegan 

Agent – Ouss Laghzaoui

Upcoming tour dates

  • 09/28/2018 @ Fuzztival, Somerville, MA
  • 09/30/2018 @ Strange Matter, Richmond, VA
  • 10/05/2018 @ Alphaville, Brooklyn, NY

Chad VanGaalen

Chad VanGaalen
×

Chad VanGaalen

Chad VanGaalen is a notorious homebody, a visual artist, an animator, and an incredibly prolific musician. Across the course of a diverse and unique career, VanGaalen has become one of Canada’s most celebrated and unpredictable artists. An accomplished animator and illustrator, VanGaalen’s hand-animated music videos and his own animated short sci-fi film have been featured in film festivals and galleries worldwide. Over the course of his six studio albums (Sub Pop / Flemish Eye) —and countless other releases— he has built up a devoted fanbase, self-producing and playing almost every instrument. He lives a quiet life and rarely leaves his rickety house in Calgary, Canada, and can often be found drawing anthills in the nearby schoolyard.

Agent – Ouss Lagzhaoui

Upcoming tour dates

  • 09/08/2018 @ Hopscotch Music Festival, Raleigh, NC
  • 09/14/2018 @ Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR ‐ Tickets
  • 09/15/2018 @ Barboza, Seattle, WA ‐ Tickets
  • 10/06/2018 @ Adult Swim Festival, ROW DTLA, Los Angeles, CA
  • 10/07/2018 @ Adult Swim Festival, ROW DTLA, Los Angeles, CA
chadvangaalen.bandcamp.com

Duchess Says

Duchess Says
×

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

  • 09/15/2018 @ Hamilton Supercrawl, Hamilton, ON
duchesssays.com

Efrim Manuel Menuck

Efrim Manuel Menuck
×

Efrim Manuel Menuck

Efrim Manuel Menuck returns with his second album Pissing Stars, the brilliantly intense follow-up to his 2011 solo debut Plays “High Gospel” and the first new material with Menuck as central songwriter and vocalist since 2014’s acclaimed Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything from his chamber-punk-rock band Thee Silver Mt. Zion.

The Montréal-based co-founder of Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Thee Silver Mt. Zion has much-deserved cult status among fans of political punk, post-rock and avant-noise songcraft. Menuck celebrates 25 years of unflinching and uncompromising sonic output with Pissing Stars, wherein he launches acerbic darts, impassioned salvos and fragile flowers into gusts of noise-battered song built around pulsing maximalist electronics and drone, composed on modular synthesizer and guitar, shot through with alternately plaintive, chilling, often processed vocals. Pissing Stars is Menuck at his most vulnerable and his most adventurous – with a timely narrative framework that only he could conjure.

Agent – Michaël Bardier

Upcoming tour dates

  • 08/19/2018 @ The Townehouse Tavern, Sudbury, ON
  • 08/21/2018 @ Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
  • 08/22/2018 @ Rozz Tox, Rock Island, IL
  • 08/23/2018 @ El Club, Detroit, MI ‐ Tickets
  • 08/24/2018 @ Now That's Class, Cleveland, OH ‐ Tickets
  • 08/26/2018 @ Club Café, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 09/14/2018 @ Basilica Hudson, Hudson, NY
  • 01/24/2019 @ Big Winter Classic, Calgary, AB
  • 01/26/2019 @ Amigos Cantina, Winterruption Festival, Saskatoon, SK
  • 01/29/2019 @ The Biltmore, Vancouver, BC
  • 02/01/2019 @ Polaris Hall, Portland, OR
  • 02/03/2019 @ Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco, CA
  • 02/05/2019 @ Zebulon, Los Angeles, CA
efrimmanuelmenuck.bandcamp.com

Elle Barbara’s Black Space

Elle Barbara’s Black Space
×

Elle Barbara’s Black Space

Elle Barbara is a Montreal-based artist and singer. Rising from artist-run spaces at the turn of the current decade, their recent efforts are centered around transgender community organizing. With a group called Black Space and a lineup made of musicians of Sub-Saharan descent, Elle Barbara aims to recenter contemporary blackness via the rejection of racialized tropes. The Black Space consists of Markus Lake, Hans Jean-Charles, and Mitch Holtby.

Agent – Ouss Laghzaoui

Upcoming tour dates

  • 09/07/2018 @ Concordia University, Loyola Campus, Montreal, QC
  • 09/20/2018 @ Venus Fest, Mod Club Theatre, Toronto, ON

Essaie Pas

Essaie Pas
×

Essaie Pas

Montreal-based electronic duo Essaie pas is comprised of Marie Davidson and Pierre Guerineau. Both are respected musicians in their own right – Marie having released two acclaimed solo records, with Pierre being best known for production work on underground Canadian musicians such as Dirty Beaches and Femminielli. Essaie pas was born on a hot summer night in 2010, releasing some ultra-limited singles which culminated in their debut LP, Nuit de noce (Teenage Menopause Records) in 2013. The mix of drawling guitars, français mumbles, and minimal electronics caught the ear of DFA Records, who booked the pair to open for Factory Floor on their first North American tour.

Agent – Michaël Bardier

Upcoming tour dates

  • No tour dates.
facebook.com

Exploded View

Exploded View
×

Exploded View

Exploded View, the international music project of Annika Henderson, Hugo Quezada, and Martin Thulin has returned and taken flight with their second full length, Obey. The album was recorded at Hugo’s and Martin’s studios in Mexico City with Annika visiting from Berlin. Leaving behind their raw, live recording process, and embracing overdubs and multi-instrumentalism, the band has crafted their most ambitious work to date. The four-piece that recorded the band’s self-titled debut album and Summer Came Early EP became three to create a more concise collection of songs. Their motivation for creating together remains purely passionate and the improvisational spark the band is known for has morphed into the emotional flames of being close friends with a deep desire to make music with each other.

This passion serves as the main conceptual thread throughout the album and the result is an almost hypnotic dream sequence that lulls the listener into a lucid state. Once in this state you become free to experience all of the classic dream motifs that the band has in store: intrigue, danger, ecstasy, visions that are hard to place but feel primordial, and a constant sense of movement. From the aptly titled opener “Lullaby” the record weaves you through 10 apocalyptic yet soothing songs. By the time you reach the song “Obey,” you are firmly in the band’s palm. And the titular track delivers, bringing you on a hypnotic voyage with a shuffle 3/4 rhythm, where singer Annika Henderson’s voice is caught in a rotating, inescapable rabbit hole tale, accompanied by the high-pitched modular bleeping sounds of the Moog and eerie landscape of the Solina.

When asked about the title of the record, singer Annika said “this is in reference to so many things. We live in a society where we must obey or risk punishment. This can be social punishment, legal punishment, emotional punishment – if you dare to step outside, you will reap the reward. We live in a time when we are self-certifying a lot. Whether it’s how we present ourselves on social media or our diet or our job – we obey the social norms. Our fears are used against us by advertisers. Our fears of growing old or being excluded – we must conform or pay the high price – buy this and you will be accepted. We must obey.” She adds musingly at the end “It’s also funny because in the band we often feel like we are all compromising, so we must all obey each other’s wishes to some extent too.” The meta nature of this sentiment, wanting to break free and also recognizing necessary emotional compromises, is just one of many juxtapositions in this record. The band recognizes that some of the freedoms they advocate for are only attainable in sleep and have thus created this dream state record to help release us all.

Striking the balance between precise and wild, between unshackled and grounded, grooving and unhinged, has always been Exploded View’s specialty. They have a special knack for making the esoteric feel accessible and crafting pop music out of seemingly raw consciousness. This unique ability to make beautiful music that feels written beyond the veil is at the heart of what makes the band so captivating and powerful, and it’s on full display all over Obey.

Agent – Michaël Bardier

Upcoming tour dates

  • 10/19/2018 @ Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas TX
  • 10/20/2018 @ The Parish, Austin, TX ‐ Tickets
  • 10/22/2018 @ Club Congress, Tucson, AZ ‐ Tickets
  • 10/24/2018 @ The Whistle Shop, San Diego, CA ‐ Tickets
  • 10/25/2018 @ The Glass House, Pomona, CA ‐ Tickets
  • 10/26/2018 @ The Echo, Los Angeles, CA ‐ Tickets
  • 10/28/2018 @ Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco, CA ‐ Tickets
  • 10/29/2018 @ Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR ‐ Tickets
  • 10/30/2018 @ The Vera Project, Seattle, WA ‐ Tickets
  • 10/31/2018 @ The Fox Cabaret, Vancouver, BC ‐ Tickets
  • 11/01/2018 @ The Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL ‐ Tickets
  • 11/02/2018 @ Deluxxx Fluxxx, Detroit, MI ‐ Tickets
  • 11/03/2018 @ The Garrison, Toronto, ON ‐ Tickets
  • 11/05/2018 @ La Sala Rossa, Montreal, QC ‐ Tickets
  • 11/06/2018 @ The Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge, MA ‐ Tickets
  • 11/08/2018 @ Rough Trade, Brooklyn, NY ‐ Tickets
  • 11/09/2018 @ PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia, PA ‐ Tickets
  • 11/10/2018 @ Charlie's American Dream, Norfolk, VA ‐ Tickets
  • 11/11/2018 @ DC9, Washington, DC ‐ Tickets
  • 11/12/2018 @ The Cathedral Room, Harrisburgh, PA
explodedviewband.tumblr.com

Faith Healer

Faith Healer
×

Faith Healer

When Edmonton’s Jessica Jalbert first began performing solo under the name Faith Healer, the alias was her way of avoiding being pigeonholed as a singer-songwriter. Now, however, times have changed: Faith Healer has turned into a band, with singer-guitarist Jalbert joined by drummer/multi-instrumentalist Renny Wilson. Their first LP as a duo is called Try ;-).

Balancing melancholic lyrics with playful moods, lush melodies with straightforward arrangements, Try ;-) is the sound of an introspective loner leaving her bedroom to make a rock record with her best bud. It’s what happens when you stop taking life as it comes and instead, throw all of your efforts into making timeless pop songs. Forget what the bullies told you in middle school—there’s nothing cooler than trying hard.

The intensive creative process inspired the title of Try ;-) and serves as a reminder that sometimes you need to grab life by the horns rather than waiting for inspiration to strike. As for that winky face: “I always use that winking emoticon,” Jalbert says with a laugh. “I think it’s hilarious. I think it’s cheeky and fun, which is something I was trying to access a little more with this record.”

Agent – Ouss Laghzaoui

 

Upcoming tour dates

  • No tour dates.

Freak Heat Waves

Freak Heat Waves
×

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

  • 08/23/2018 @ Club Balattou, Montreal, QC
  • 08/24/2018 @ O'Briens, Boston, MA
  • 08/25/2018 @ Trans Pecos, New York, NY
  • 08/27/2018 @ Easy Greasy, Harrisburg, PA
  • 08/28/2018 @ 529, Atlanta, GA
  • 08/30/2018 @ Northside Yacht Club, Cincinnati, OH
  • 08/31/2018 @ Blockhouse Bar, Bloomington, IN
  • 09/03/2018 @ Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
  • 09/04/2018 @ Third Man Records, Detroit, MI
  • 09/05/2018 @ Anaf, Guelph, ON
  • 09/06/2018 @ This Ain't Hollywood, Hamilton, ON
  • 09/07/2018 @ The Baby G, Toronto, ON w/ Kristian North
  • 09/20/2018 @ Chasse-Galerie, Lavaltrie, QC w/ SUUNS
  • 09/29/2018 @ Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON
  • 09/30/2018 @ POP Montreal, Sala Rossa, Montréal, QC
facebook.com

Helena Deland

Helena Deland
×

Helena Deland

Montréal’s Helena Deland writes songs that are a testimony of a given time or place, converting her memories to something that sounds, in a word, unforgettable. A myriad of influences filter in and out of her writing, from ’60’s Parisian pop to indie folk to fuzz rock. She describes her songwriting as a collection of ‘unsent letters,’ perhaps fuelling her self coined genre, ‘sincere pop.’

Helena captures the unapologetic aspects of womanhood the world needs today, highlighting powerful femininity in her vocals and refined writing in her unique lyrical choices. Helena will be touring the world over the next year, promoting the release of her upcoming EP’s, ‘From the Series Of Songs Altogether Unaccompanied’.

Helena Deland has been subtly collecting songs for a while now. After having collaborated with artists from different backgrounds such as Men I Trust, Ludovic Alarie and Cri, she teamed up with Jesse Mac Cormack in the Fall of 2015 to record her first group of songs, a powerful EP called Drawing Room. Her ever growing interest for words and literature and her constant journal keeping has made her songwriting increasingly coherent and mature. As such, recent collaborations and friendships have given her the tools and the will to share her music.

Helena Deland’s latest two couplets from Vol. I and II , ‘There Are a Thousand’, ‘Perfect Weather For A Crime’, ‘Take It All’,  and ‘Body Language’, are poetic, catchy, and undeniably magnetic. Helena’s voice runs shivers down spines and guides her self-described “sincere pop” to a completely irresistible state. Her songwriting sounds like a more melodically driven Courtney Barnett, equipped with clever word play and lush rock instrumentation.

Agent – Michaël Bardier

Upcoming tour dates

  • 08/17/2018 @ Festival Saint-Jérôme Folk, Saint-Jérôme, QC
  • 08/18/2018 @ Camp Wavelength, Toronto, ON
  • 08/19/2018 @ Festival des Montgolfières, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC
  • 09/02/2018 @ Mile Ex End, Montréal, QC ‐ Tickets
  • 09/21/2018 @ Le Zaricot, Saint-Hyacinthe, QC
  • 09/22/2018 @ L'oeil de la Tempête, Trois-Pistoles, QC
  • 09/24/2018 @ La Méduse, Québec, QC
  • 10/05/2018 @ La Petite Boite Noire, Sherbrooke, QC
  • 10/11/2018 @ Chasse-Galerie, Lavaltrie, QC ‐ Tickets
  • 10/13/2018 @ Petit Chicago, Gatineau, QC
  • 10/17/2018 @ The Capital Complex, Fredericton, NB
  • 10/18/2018 @ Seahorse Tavern, Halifax Pop Explosion, NS
  • 10/20/2018 @ Simple Things, Bristol, UK
  • 10/22/2018 @ Poetry Club, Glasgow, UK
  • 10/23/2018 @ The Castle, Manchester, UK
  • 10/24/2018 @ Sebright Arms, London, UK
  • 10/25/2018 @ DDW, Wilhelmina, Eindhoven, NL
  • 10/26/2018 @ London Calling, Paradiso, Amsterdam, NL
  • 10/28/2018 @ Maze, Berlin, DE
  • 10/29/2018 @ Acephale, Cologne, DE
  • 10/30/2018 @ Pitchfork Avant Garde, Paris, FR
  • 11/16/2018 @ Théâtre Fairmount, Montréal, QC
  • 11/17/2018 @ Annexe 3, Laval, QC
  • 11/23/2018 @ Église St. James, Trois-Rivières, QC ‐ Tickets
  • 11/29/2018 @ Monarch Tavern, Toronto, ON
  • 12/01/2018 @ Schubas Tavern, Chicago, IL
  • 12/02/2018 @ Beachland Tavern, Cleveland, OH
  • 12/04/2018 @ Club Cafe, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 12/05/2018 @ Johnny Brenda's, Philadelphia, PA
  • 12/06/2018 @ DC9, Washington, DC
  • 12/07/2018 @ Zone One, Brooklyn, NY
  • 12/13/2018 @ Swedish American Hall, San Francisco, CA
  • 12/15/2018 @ The Echo, Los Angeles, CA
facebook.com

Hoan

Hoan
×

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.

Agent – Ouss Laghzaoui

Upcoming tour dates

  • No tour dates.
Hoantheband.com

Jerusalem In My Heart

Jerusalem In My Heart
×

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

  • 10/03/2018 @ Burdock, Toronto, ON
  • 10/04/2018 @ General Assembly, Ottawa, ON
  • 10/05/2018 @ Phi Centre, Montréal, QC
  • 10/19/2018 @ Zemlika Festival, Durbe, Latvia
  • 11/08/2018 @ Le Guess Who?, Utrecht, NL
  • 11/14/2018 @ Petit Bain, Paris, FR
  • 11/15/2018 @ Cafe Oto, London, UK
jerusaleminmyheart.com

Jessica Moss

Jessica Moss
×

Jessica Moss

Montreal violinist Jessica Moss has performed and recorded with a wide spectrum of ensembles over the last two decades. Best known as a permanent member of Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, she was also a founding member of avant-klezmer group Black Ox Orkestar, recorded and toured with the Vic Chesnutt band for the two albums released on Constellation, and worked extensively with Carla Bozulich’s Evangelista. She has also performed and recorded as a guest with many of Montreal’s best known artists, most recently with Big|Brave on their acclaimed 2016 record for Southern Lord. She was featured in Jem Cohen’s Empires of Tin project, and joined members of Godspeed, Fugazi, White Magic and Dirty Three to perform the live score to Cohen’s film We Have An Anchor in various locations at Europe and the USA. Most recently she’s been collaborating and performing with the band Laniakea, featuring Daniel O’Sullivan (Ulver, Grumbling Fur, Æthenor, This Is Not This Heat) and Massimo Pupillo (Zu).

May 2017 heralds Jessica Moss’ first official full-length solo release. Comprised of two side-length multi-movement compositions, Pools Of Light is a stunning work that unfolds at a stately, inexorable pace, combining sound-art and signal-processed timbres, extended melodic and contrapuntal lines, and the periodic deployment of stark, minimalist vocals. Recorded with kindred spirit Radwan Ghazi Moumneh and released on the only label home she knows, Jessica says she “is feeling fucking grateful to be doing what I’m doing right now” and hopes to see you on the road.

Agent – Michaël Bardier

Upcoming tour dates

  • 09/02/2018 @ FME, Rouyn-Noranda, QC
  • 09/28/2018 @ Centre Henri-Lemieux, Lasalle, QC
  • 09/29/2018 @ Sadleir House, Peterborough, ON
  • 10/05/2018 @ Phi Centre, Montréal, QC
  • 12/10/2018 @ General Assembly, Ottawa, ON
  • 12/13/2018 @ Rozz-Tox, Rock Island, IL
  • 12/14/2018 @ Burdock, Toronto, ON
jessicamoss.bandcamp.com

Jimmy Hunt

Jimmy Hunt
×

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.
jimmyhunt.ca

KNLO

KNLO
×

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

  • 08/31/2018 @ Église Hochma, Festival SOIR, Montréal, QC

Marie Davidson

Marie Davidson
×

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

  • 09/21/2018 @ Red Bull Music, Montréal, QC
facebook.com

Moon King

Moon King
×

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

  • 08/17/2018 @ Station F-MR, Montréal, QC
  • 10/18/2018 @ Seahorse Tavern, Halifax Pop Explosion, Halifax, NS
moon-king.bandcamp.com

Morthouse

Morthouse
×

Morthouse

The project revolves around bringing a new approach to sound and arrangements. Comporised of brothers Thomas and Philippe l’Allier, the duo brandishes a unique strain of melodic anti-pop that draws its roots in industrial music and 80’s synthwave.  While Philippe’s repetitive grooves and contrasted use of sequencers, synths & drum machines quickly immerses you in the duo’s take on reality – one that seems to come out of a Dark, Dystopian and Deranged world – Thomas grasps the opportunity to bring nuances to the music with his noisy guitar parts and his confident crooning.  Their live show is visceral and heavy, it brings you places. Dark ones. Then for a split second, It leads you to believe that after all, everything is going to be okay. These are only love songs.

 

Upcoming tour dates

  • No tour dates.

Negative Gemini

Negative Gemini
×

Negative Gemini

Negative Gemini (Lindsey French) is an American songwriter, singer, and producer.

After moving to Brooklyn in 2014, the Virginia-native released her self-produced debut album Body Work, for her own record label (100% Electronica) earning early comparisons to the likes of Hope Sandoval and Gwen Stefani. With its unique blend of underground dance beats and pop hooks, Body Work quickly found itself the darling of many music publications, garnering critical acclaim from prominent media publications like MTVnew, Resident Advisor, and The Fader. Already established as a strong female presence in the New York electronic music scene, Negative Gemini’s new EP Bad Baby seeks to write timeless and memorable music on the fringe of pop. Written over the course of the last two years, Bad Baby chronicles the ups, and downs in French’s recent life.

Her 2017 single “You Weren’t There Anymore” topped the charts of music blog aggregator Hype Machine and was praised by Pitchfork and SPIN among other major publications and was quickly followed by her second single ‘Bad Baby’ which won a spot on Spotify’s Undercurrents playlist.

Agent – Ouss Laghzaoui

Upcoming tour dates

  • 09/01/2018 @ HOCO FEST, Hotel Congress, Tucson, AZ
  • 09/06/2018 @ Hopscotch Music Festival, Raleigh, NC
negativegemini.com

Organ Mood

Organ Mood
×

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

  • 09/28/2018 @ Centre Henri-Lemieux, Lasalle, QC
  • 10/12/2018 @ Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, ON w/ Timber Timbre
  • 11/10/2018 @ Coup de Coeur Francophone, Théâtre des Écuries, Montréal, QC
organmood.net

Solids

Solids
×

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 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

  • No tour dates.
sssolidsss.com

Suuns

Suuns
×

Suuns

You can hear freedom flowing through the 11 tracks on Felt. Self-produced then mixed to audiophile perfection by St Vincent producer John Congleton, it maintains a pleasing economy, the informality of self-production has enabled Suuns to explore bright new vistas – the hypnotic future-pop percolations of X-ALT or Watch You, Watch Me’s organic/synthetic rush of elevatory rhythms and the ecstatic, Harmonia-meets-Game Boy patterns. Never mere fusionists, it’s now pointless trying to decode their sonic signature as ‘dance music that rocks’ or vice versa. Ben Shemie has a newfound vocal range and a penchant for buoyant melodies, showcased in such wholly unexpected delights as the yearning lilt of Make It Real and sax-smoothed Peace And Love, which sincerely comes on like a post-punk Sade. The suitably outré image for Felt – a hand reaching out to touch a giant latex black inflated ball – breaks with Suuns’ earlier darkness for a more optimistic ambience. The record’s playful atmosphere is echoed by its double meaning title.

Upcoming tour dates

  • 08/17/2018 @ The Beer Exchange, Windsor, ON
  • 08/18/2018 @ Camp Wavelength, Toronto, ON
  • 09/14/2018 @ Supercrawl, Hamilton, ON
  • 09/15/2018 @ Le P'tit Fest du Nord, St-Jérôme, QC
  • 09/20/2018 @ Festival LV3, Lavaltrie, QC
  • 09/26/2018 @ Impérial Bell, Québec, QC
  • 10/02/2018 @ The Fox Cabaret, Vancouver, BC ‐ Tickets
  • 10/04/2018 @ Commonwealth Bar & Stage, Calgary, AB ‐ Tickets
  • 10/05/2018 @ Up+Downtown Music and Arts Festival, Edmonton, AB ‐ Tickets
  • 10/06/2018 @ Amigos Cantina, Saskatoon, SK ‐ Tickets
  • 10/07/2018 @ T+A Vinyl and Fashion, Regina, SK
  • 10/09/2018 @ The Good Will Social Club, Winnipeg, MB ‐ Tickets
suuns.net

Tess Roby

Tess Roby
×

Tess Roby

Tess Roby is an artist born in Toronto, and currently working in Montreal. Accompanied by her brother, Eliot Roby on guitar, her music rides the melancholic line between classic 80s new-wave and lyric-driven pop. The listener simultaneously feels the intimacy of Roby’s bedroom, cut with a romantic urgency akin to Hounds Of Love era Kate Bush. The arrangements are strictly minimal and hauntingly sparse, giving way to the richness of Roby’s voice and the hypnotic pulses of her analogue synthesizer.

Her debut LP is out now on Italians Do It Better (Chromatics, Desire, Johnny Jewel).

Upcoming tour dates

  • 08/17/2018 @ Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX
  • 09/20/2018 @ Kukuun, Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg, DE
  • 09/22/2018 @ Acephale, Cologne, Germany
  • 09/24/2018 @ Milla, Munich, Germany
  • 09/26/2018 @ ACUD, Berlin, DE
  • 09/28/2018 @ Badehaus, Berlin, DE
  • 09/30/2018 @ Melkweg (Upstairs), Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 10/01/2018 @ Shacklewell Arms, London, UK ‐ Tickets
  • 10/02/2018 @ The Louisiana, Bristol, UK
  • 10/03/2018 @ The Soup Kitchen, Manchester, UK
  • 10/04/2018 @ Oslo, London, UK
  • 10/05/2018 @ Bodega, Nottingham, UK
  • 10/07/2018 @ The Hope and Ruin, Brighton, UK
  • 10/09/2018 @ New Morning, Paris, France
  • 10/10/2018 @ Le Groom, Lyon, France
  • 10/11/2018 @ Pont Rouge, Monthey, Switzerland
  • 11/16/2018 @ Théâtre Fairmount, Montréal, QC w/ Helena Deland ‐ Tickets
tessroby.com