"...A new band made up of Simone TB and Slim Twig of Tropics, plus Slim's wife/artistic partner Meg Remy of U.S. Girls and both Amanda Crist and Carlyn Bezic of Ice Cream. It's a good chunk of Toronto's east end music scene in one band...Where all of the members' main projects approach genre conventions - loosely art-punk, girl group pop and minimalist post-punk - from somewhat of an intellectual (and sometimes unsettling) distance, Darlene Shrugg is a place for straight ahead (but not too straight ahead) rock music. " -Chart Attack
Michael Rault is a Toronto-based singer, guitarist and songwriter fronting his own eponymously named band. A gifted multi- instrumentalist and arranger, his hooky blend of pop rock refracts an evolution of guitar based music through the ages. An era-defying mischievousness defines his synthesis of jukebox R’n’B, and acid psych as refracted through the experience of an adolescence spent idolizing the clever craftsmanship of the Beatles and the wiggy New Orleans textures of Dr. John in equal measure.
Saint Clare plays frantic, heartfelt rock n’ roll that is too poppy to be considered garage rock by purists, and too fuzzy to be considered just pop. They have drawn comparisons to the Pixies, Husker Du, and The Cure and draw on a wide range of genres from pop to rock to indie to garage and psychedelic. The band cites Reigning Sound, The Deadly Snakes, and The Jesus & Mary Chain as influences on their big, fuzzy, and catchy sound that is driven by the energy of front-man Matthew Saint Clare and the melodies of their horn section.
Idris Lawal is T Á D É, a Nigerian born poet and emcee who’s upbringing has seen him live in and immerse himself into the cultures of Doha, Qatar & Cape-Town, South Africa before finally moving to Ottawa to complete his university schooling. He recently graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Marketing & Entrepreneurship degree and is now at Algonquin College in the Music Industry Arts Program.
After having discovered a love for poetry at a young age, specifically lyrics and how words could be put together to convey images; T Á D É started honing his penmanship before deciding to expand on that and learn how music as a whole can be used to either create an experience or escape from one.
His love for music combined with his education and general interest in Marketing has now led to developing appreciation for Marketing and how a creative marketing and branding can not only enhance the experience but also drive home the message imbedded into the music. He is currently putting the finishing touches on his first official EP titled ‘risession’ a 4-song project that touches on life, love and the pursuit of one’s passion
Bridging the gap between Ottawa and Montreal, Trevor Pool and Ben Nesrallah offer up a unique blend of original and traditional stringband music that recalls the true spirit of an old-time kitchen party. Fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar, and their sibling-like harmonies unite to bring you that down-home, authentic sound you've been hankering after. // En faisant le pont entre Ottawa et Montréal, Trevor Pool et Ben Nesrallah présentent un mélange unique de compositions originales et de musique folklorique pour instruments à cordes. Le violon, la mandoline, le banjo, la guitare et un remarquable mélange d’harmonies vocales s’unissent pour vous faire voyager au cœur de vos racines, et c’est à cet endroit que vous reconnaitrez le son authentique que vous aimez tant.
Saxsyndrum is “Canada’s premiere electronic jazz deconstructionists” (Silent Shout).
Their music is at the crossroads of live-electronic and experimentalism, integrating processed drums, saxophone and vocals over sub-bass and deep beats. Known for emotionally powerful live performances, the Montreal-based duo contort meticulous grooves into funky romps, playfully bringing their musicianship to the dance floor.
Canadian singer-songwriter Kristine St-Pierre charms her audience with her clear angelic voice and beautifully crafted songs. From finger-picked folky ballads to rollicking, bluesy melodies, Kristine's style is fresh and raw. In 2015, Kristine was invited to sing the Canadian and U.S. national anthems to more than 20,000 people at the Canadian Tire Centre. She also performed as part of numerous festivals including Megaphono, Ottawa Grassroots Festival, Ottawa Bluesfest and CityFolk/Marvest and received a nomination during the 8th Gala des prix Trille Or in the best female singer category. In addition to numerous tours, which have taken her around the world, Kristine has released two bilingual albums: Stand Still for a
While (2010) and Call Me Crazy (2012). She is currently working on a new album to be released in 2016.
L’auteure-compositrice-interprète Kristine St-Pierre charme le public avec sa musique acoustique et sa voix mémorable. Avec son style folk-roots-pop qui lui est propre à elle, cette artiste bilingue sait comment captiver son auditoire et lui faire vivre une panoplie d’émotions. En 2015, elle interprète, devant plus de 20 000 personnes, les hymnes nationaux américain et canadien au Centre Canadien Tire et participe à de nombreux festivals de renoms dont Megaphono, le Ottawa Grassroots Festival, Ottawa Bluesfest and CityFolk/Marvest. Cette chansonnière canadienne obtient une nomination lors du 8e Gala des prix Trille Or dans la catégorie Meilleure interprète féminine. En plus de plusieurs tournées solo qui l’ont emmenée à travers le monde, elle a sorti deux albums bilingues : Stand Still for a While (2010) et Call Me Crazy (2012). Présentement, Kristine se prépare pour le lancement d’un troisième album prévu en 2016.
Pony Girl have been lauded for their “evocative soundscapes” (CBC Radio), “ability to push the boundaries that define ‘ pop-rock’” (Mixtape Magazine), and “musical depth quite astonishing to experience” (Exclaim!) since the release of their debut album, Show Me Your Fears, in 2013. Cascading guitars, pulsing beats, and electronic hums colour the Ottawa collective’ s music and live shows with incredible kaleidoscopic twists and turns. Audiences have been mesmerized by their sets at festivals including Arboretum, Ottawa Bluesfest, CityFolk, Ottawa Jazz Festival, and “have been quietly making a name for themselves in the capital and on the East Coast”(Silent Shout). Pony Girl released their sophomore album Foreign Life through So Sorry Records on November 7, 2015. “So beautiful” (Ride the Tempo); “Cinematic and intense” (Ottawa Magazine); “Otherworldly” (Quick Before it Melts); “Generously rewards multiple spins” (CBC Music); “Top 3 Best Ontario Releases of 2015” (CBC Radio 1: In The Key of C).
Cherie is a musical outlet for Aylmer Quebec's Magalie Rondeau, John Pinck and Jeff Gleeson. Inspired by the likes of Daughter, Vance Joy and Sylvan Esso, they gravitate towards a laid-back soulful indie-folk style. Cherie started playing together in 2015 and has attracted a following through their online videos and spontaneous outdoor performances. They are currently writing material for their debut record.
Chris Page is a folk-punk troubadour known for fronting garage punk bands Camp Radio and The Stand GT. He has also released four solo records under his own name which run the dial from wistful folk to explosive, stripped-down pop. From Germany to the U.S. to Australia, Chris has released records on labels the world over.
Building on the critical success of his band's debut full length, the Jack Pine and The Fire front man struck out alone in 2015 with his first solo release. The Lone Wolf ep sees Jack's unique brand of outsider folk stripped of it's production, performed passionately, live and raw. The new music features empathy for the underdog, deep-seated respect for nature, wry sense of humour, and a mandolin...playing very furiously, then very softly. Lone Wolf will soon serve as a perfect companion to the 2016 release of a full-band sophomore album from Jack Pine and The Fire.
Artiste pluridisciplinaire, poète, YAO est comparable à un troubadour des temps modernes. Bien que sa musique se caractérise à la base par un doux mélange de poésie Slam, Jazz, Funk et Blues, son approche éclectique et ses escapades dans divers univers musicaux lui confèrent une sonorité riche, unique et particulièrement agréable. L’essence de son style se retrouve dans ses textes, qu’il considère comme étant tout d’abord des poèmes et histoires courtes, destinés à être mis en musique et chantés.
Valois is a four piece of mostly complicated people from Ottawa, ON that blends dark synthpop with pleasing harmonies and squelchy guitars. Inspired by glam greats and indie influencers, they endeavor to create a stage show that blends the musical with the visual and just generally want you to have a good time.
Isaac Vallentin is a self-taught musician and an unskilled writer of his own biography.
What can I say about myself? I make songs with varying degrees of success. Some songs are for dancing. Some songs are for walking around at night. Some songs are for playing frisbee. One time, a couple told me that they enjoy making love to my songs, which was sort of flattering.
Emerging from a uniquely spare, lithe use of the autoharp and a powerful evocative voice, Montreal born singer-songwriter Gabrielle Giguere builds songs which are unsparingly intimate, expressing themes nostalgic and dark, surrounded by sweeping rhythms and reverberant silence.
NB: Her Harbour will play four very short performances during the Zibi Mill tour as part of The Secret Mill Tour Sound Experience.
TICKETS $10 adv / $15 at the door
Ottawa born boys, New Swears have been playing music together since 2012 and have created a bit of a reputation for putting on exciting live performances. Exclaim! describes them to have "..some of the wildest stage moves one could imagine". This 4 piece Rock n Roll band prides themselves on a strong work ethic and always pushing the limits of what live performances are meant to be. New Swears is currently working on their 3rd full length album at the coveted Bova Sound Studio in Ottawa.
Scattered Clouds is a dark, experimental, post apocalyptic rock group, from Hull, QC. Scattered Clouds is led by bassist, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Philippe Charbonneau (Hilotrons, Evening Hymns, Jim Bryson). Since Scattered Clouds' inception in 2010 and the release of a self-titled EP on Charbonneau’s and frequent collaborator Olivier Fairfield’s (FET.NAT, H. de Heutz, Last Ex) E-Tron Records (www.etronrecords.com), Scattered Clouds has evolved from a solo home studio project to a performance act that creates a trance-inducing, orchestral and intense cinematic experience. Blending harsh yet controlled sounds, brooding rhythms, slap-back baritone vocals, and unsettling analog synthesizer sounds with a strong sense of form and dynamics, Scattered Clouds’ music resonates somewhere between pop and the spirit of experimental noise. The First Empire is the group’s first full-length release and was released on E-Tron Records April 21, 2015. Scattered Clouds is a three-piece band consisting of Philippe Charbonneau (bass/vocals), drummer Jamie Kronick (Ben Caplan) and keyboardist Mike Dubue (HILOTRONS).
One of Canada's best kept secrets, SILKKEN broke out in 2014 with "Not Forever Enough", a master work of contemporary dance-punk. With a penchant for springing unexpected warehouse parties in Ottawa, the last of which drew over 1,000 revellers, SILKKEN has earned a reputation as one of the city's most insane live acts.
TICKETS $10 adv / $12 at the door
As Cabaal, producer and musician Ben Globerman coaxes the breath out of the mechanical into a world of rhythmic techno clamour and quiet post-industrial ambience. Cabaal’s sounds emerge out of various natural and constructed processes, from altered acoustic field recordings to purely digital renderings. He’s worked in sound design for film, theatre, and installations. Live, Cabaal operates various drum machines and synthesizers to improvise and construct imagined landscapes.
Hard Science (aka. Arturo Brisindi) is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Ottawa, ON who focusses on video experimentation. His tools of choice include an LZX modular video synthesizer, Fairlight CVI and a small arsenal of old video mixers and cameras. No laptops or software for him - Hard Science chooses to stay in the analogue domain, like they did in the early days of video art. His visuals bring the stage to life with hazy, psychedelic video that’s reminiscent of an 80’s dream. Processing live footage and generating synthesized patterns, Hard Science creates a sense of nostalgia, transporting viewers to a simpler time.
Gabe Roberge (born May 14,1998), better known by his stage name FRAYD, is a Canadian electronic music producer and DJ. He grew up in Ottawa, Ontario, where he still resides. Gabe started producing electronic music when he was 14 under the name Chil Pollins and released a full album entitled "Are We Insane Yet” under this name. Chil Pollins became FRAYD in early 2014 and a few months later released a self-titled EP. Throughout the year he has released a torrent of new sounds and in early December (2015) he released his debut album 'Mountain' to great reviews. Gabe is a constantly growing talent who is widening the parameters of electronic music.
Pith have been playing in Ottawa, Gatineau and Montreal for 3 years, and released their debut LP “Song of the Neverending Ugly Lizard” in 2014. Following a drastic change in lineup and sound last winter, Pith are now set to release their follow-up, “Sweet Sweet Morning”. This album finds a new sound in the crystallization of bedroom freak folk and the timbres of electronica. It is evil pop.
Mehdi Cayenne c’est du couscous punk bilingue. Un Pa-klow intergalactique à fleur de peau, sérieux et souriant. Des tounes de gars sensible avec un je-ne-sais-quoi de bizarre, de risqué, de cru. Ça groove funk, ça hurle pop puis ça chuchote folk. En gang c’est un trio, en solo c’est juste Mehdi et ses multiples personnalités. Ayant lancé les albums “Luminata” en 2011 et “NA NA BOO BOO” en 2013, le revoici en 2016 avec “AUBE”.
Mehdi Cayenne is bilingual couscous punk. Kaleidoscopic songwriter fare with a strange, raw edge. Generally it’s a trio, otherwise it’s just Mehdi’s multiple personalities. Intensity, contrast and enthusiasm have become hallmarks. Having released the albums “Luminata” in 2011 and “NA NA BOO BOO” in 2013, he’s back in 2016 with “AUBE”.
Fire Antlers is the jittery, pulsating beat of a half-functioning robot sent to Canada’s Capital to warn us about events that will probably never happen, backed by the sparkling chug of a muted surf guitar and the existential crooning of a thirty year old office worker... Travis Kinnear, supported by his archaic drum machine, crafts a unique blend of lo-fi pop and sci-folk that is danceable and layered with internal reflections: like some classic car cruising through the cosmos where the passing scenery causes you to ponder past relationships and inevitable futures.
The Heavy Medicine Band is a dreamy, psychedelic, electric-rock band, from Ottawa Ontario, Canada.
Vocalist, guitar player and primary songwriter Keturah Johnson has been performing solo around Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, since 2010, as well as some brief trips to perform in Halifax NS., and New Orleans Louisiana. Sean Cooke and Rob Cooke have been performing in Ottawa, Toronto, and Montreal, since 2011 with various psych-rock and noise groups. Keturah began collaborating with Rob Cooke, Chris DiLauro and Sean Cooke in December 2013, and in July 2014 they began performing as The Heavy Medicine Band. The Heavy Medicine Band has released two singles, each with b-side tracks, December 2014 and January 2015 (respectively), as well as an EP, titled Conduit EP, in September 2015. Currently, the group is preparing a vinyl release of their 'Conduit EP' for January 2016, and in the pre-production phases of a follow-up LP.
Lost to the River is an award winning indie rock band from the nation’s capital. The Ottawa quintet emerges from the ruins of Miss Polygamy. Though their members remain the same, LTTR has taken a more controlled and provoking approach to their music. The band is already playing big festivals, esteemed music joints and scoring nods for notable awards on the big stage.
Roots music, rough-around-the-edges folk. Canadian songwriter Lynne Hanson prefers “porch music with a little red dirt.” Lynne's songs are like a favourite pair of jeans. They're faded and worn through in spots, with a bit of honestly-acquired grit ground into the seams. Lynne is a winner of the Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award, has been been nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award, and has toured Canada, the US, Europe and the UK.
Claude Munson is an indie rock singer songwriter from the ottawa / gatineau region with a rock and roll spirit and soulful approach to writing and performing music. What is unique to Claude's music are his vocal sensibilities and introspective lyrics. He is acompanied by a group of talented musicians from the area who include Philippe Charbonneau (Scattered Clouds, Hilotrons), Pascal Delaquis (Hilotrons), Thean Slabbert (Bosveld) and Pierre-Luc Clement (D-track, Fet-Nat). In 2012, Munson and his band recorded and released their self-titled debut “Claude Munson & The Storm Outside” with the help of local musician and producer Philippe Lafreniere (The Souljazz Orchestra). For the last three years Munson and the band have been compiling and preparing material for their upcoming sophomore album set to be recorded this winter entitled "The Silence Came After".
On his off time, Claude likes to cook for his friends and kitchen party.
This folk-rock duo is composed of James Walters (vocals, guitar, percussion) and Randelle Ashley (bass, keys, mandolin). Nicknamed “Jimmy Tri-Tone” by Randelle for the three colours found in his beard, James swept his soon-to-be-wife of her feet and started a band. The two have spent the last couple years writing and spending as much time on the road as possible. When they’re not on stage, James and Randelle can be found in the bush cutting wood, collecting maple sap, or just out for a tractor ride.