Born in Kinshasa and settled in Montréal since 2001, Pierre Kwenders learned music and found his voice in a catholic choir in the city. With his two EPs and two full-length records, the singer-songwriter has earned multiple awards. Passionate about offering music without borders, he’s also one of the founders of Moonshine, a collective that throws some of the best parties around the world
Beau Nectar is a collaboration between two bilingual singer-songwriters separated by kilometers of forests, rivers, mountains and prairies. Marie-Clo, Franco-Ontarian, and éemi, Fransaskoise deliver intimate, vibrant and surreal synth pop with eco-feminist lyrics that spark their fans' empathy towards nature. They released Two Lips Part I on May 20th 2022 as Marie-Clo x éemi. With the support of MusicAction, CAC, OAC, OMIC and the Conseil culturel fransaskois, Beau Nectar personifies flora and fauna, draws inspiration from modern science, and showcases co-evolution; their friendship.
Joe & The Shitboys are bisexual vegan shitpunk band from the Faroe Islands. They formed with the intention of calling out shitty behaviour in their conservative home country, where the rock scene is filled with boneless homophobes and meat-eating misogynists - and continue to take their aim at general vibe killers everywhere.
The live shows are full of energy, with a barrage of songs often under a minute long, like "Life Is Great You Suck", “Manspredator” and “If You Believe in Eating Meat Start With Your Dog”, being broken up by the flamboyant frontman roasting the audience relentlessly. The band have played every local venue there is, from G! Festival and the FMAs - where they won Band of the Year in 2020 - to DIY gigs on roof tops, public toilets, underground tunnels, museums and skateparks.
The response to their show at Iceland Airwaves led to a slot in the converted NME 100 tips list as well as extensive bookings from major festivals and a long-awaited UK headline tours. With rave reviews coming in from Iggy Pop, BBC Radio 6 Music, NME, DIY, Brooklyn Vegan and more, the band are already tipped as one of the most exciting new live acts around.
Now with the second album 'The Reason For Hardcore Vibes (Again)' out now, expect more ferocious fun to come from this incredibly unique four-piece.
Sgt. Papers is a duo formed in 2017 by Ivan and Felipe García, two brothers from the Sonoran Desert in Mexico. That year they put out their first record making noise in the Mexican rock scene and USA, starting to play festivals in those two countries.
Lots of touring and 3 Albums after, in 2022 Sgt. Papers is one of the most notorious bands from the new Mexican Scene, embracing a new fresh wave of rock bands, were both members also get involved in other projects, as producers, promoters and musicians. Always supporting collaborations and DIY culture.
in May 2021 the band releases their first single of their last album, under the american/Mexican label Devil In The Woods, all the music is produced and recorded by the band.
After the pandemic, Sgt. Papers started to tour and be active again all over Mexico, and also getting booked by festivals in Mexico and The US, such as Festival Marvin, Tecate Sonoro, Ruido Fest in Chicago, HOCO Fest in Tucson AZ, Freakout Festival in Seattle and upcoming tours in Mexico, and in the US southwest, west-coast and East Coast. The duo has gotten reviews for their energetic and fast live show, with mosh pits, sweat and loud music as their signature.
While Canadian punk provocateurs Fucked Up play aggressive and incendiary music, that's hardly where their desire to stir up trouble begins and ends. The group stray far from the standard template of four-four punk stomp, incorporating extended instrumental workouts, unusual arrangements, and lengthy experimental passages along with the furious guitars and ranting vocals, while showing no reluctance to embrace other genres and influences along the way. Fucked Up have paid homage on record to pioneering anarchist movements and creative and political troublemakers of all stripes, incorporating startling historical photos in their artwork, embracing elements of obscure mysticism, and incorporating complex narrative lines to challenge and confront their audiences.
Created on the western edges of the infinite plains and prairies of coldest Canada, Edmonton, Alberta's HOME FRONT dance freely and madly along the edges of time and create their own moment amongst the revered and long frozen reserves of THE CURE, SUICIDE, ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN, "Second Empire Justice" era BLITZ, and NEW ORDER. A record bubbling over with analog synth, guitar loops, slammed 808 drums, and anthemic vocal pushes tugging at the great moment in-between the “death” of punk and the “birth” of new wave, pulling fresh sounds into their punk roots and shoving a studded leather jacket around a silk robe. Justice, violence, doubt and uncertainty a la Gary Numan narrating a Warren Miller Extreme Ski Special on the set of TO LIVE AND DIE IN LA: this is HOME FRONT. (Jonah Falco)
“An ill-mannered rock ‘n’ roll outfit with tweaked-out riffs for miles and swagger to burn. They have the elusive severity of classic hardcore, but with an evolved and bizarre approach to tapping into that sound.” - Skot Hamilton (KEN mode/Adolyne/Grey Light District)
Jasmyn is the new solo project created by Jasmyn Burke, former singer-songwriter and frontwoman of the critically acclaimed band Weaves. Having received two Polaris Music Prize shortlists, two JUNO nominations for Alternative Album of the Year and two SOCAN Songwriting Prize nominations, Burke has established herself as one of Canada’s most exciting and fresh voices.
Hailing from a dairy farm in the heart of Saskatchewan, folk singer Ellen Froese has swiftly made her presence known in the Canadian music scene. As a folk artist performing solo (sometimes with her rockin’ back-up band, the Hot Toddies), as well as a founding member of successful bluegrass/folk group In With The Old, Froese has balanced multiple projects for the last few years. Terry Pugh of Clark's Crossing Gazette says of Ellen, “[she has] superb songwriting skills, versatile musicianship, and an unforgettably sweet voice”. Whether performing a folk traditional, a rock 'n' roll classic, or her own compositions, Froese handles it with an air of authenticity – all tempered with a healthy dose of humour and self-deprecation.
Emily Kohlert and Jared Beattie live, work and practice their art on Treaty 6 lands. Formed in June 2020, Actor Director strikes boldly in a new direction, weaving many musical influences, design perspectives, and artistic practices and experiences into a lush and distinct new electronic sound, crafting sonic compositions that strike a stark contrast compared to their previous musical outlets in genres of acoustic folk and brat-punk.
The music encompasses a mix of programming, looping, improvisational composition, layering and editing vocals, non-standard structures and arrangements, conceptual lyricism, and experimental production that dabbles in sampling and found sound, in creating focused, Prairie-based electro-pop.
Canadian quartet Holy F*ck have always been happy to plow a distinctly lone furrow. Never ones to chase the limelight or hop on any genre-wagon that happens to be passing by, they’ve played by their own rules for the past part of 15 years and five albums.
It’s for that reason that they’ve become one of the country’s finest, and most influential, exports, with their widescreen, technicolour, crescendo-heavy and highly danceable sound often finding itself imitated, but never bettered.
Even after attracting mainstream attention thanks to appearing on the soundtracks to both Breaking Bad and Mr Robot, the band has continued to go against the grain in a cultural landscape that that prioritizes and lionizes the safe and predictable over the marginal and single-minded.
3 Moonjask look as surreal on stage as they sound through headphones. The masked trio craft micro universes that fuse lo-fi house, vaporwave, and ambient music. Their sound is a worship of the rich and fruity sounds of the Korg M1 and related synthesizers of the late 80s and early 90s. The group creates and performs their music using Nintendo 3DS handheld consoles. Hailing from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in Treaty 6 Territory, they have created music together since 2015 - releasing 3 albums with Toronto-based label Adhesive Sounds and touring extensively across Canada and Japan.
The Garrys are a trio of sisters from the coldest part of the landlocked Canadian prairies. Formed in the spring of 2015, The Garrys use layered 3-part blood harmonies, hazy sun-bleached melodies, classic lo-fi guitar tones, and syncopated surf beats to create a unique “doom-wop” sound, dripping with dark nostalgia and touched by psychedelic dread. Their music is likely to leave you with an urge to do the Watusi, bittersweet thoughts about slow-dancing with your middle school crush, or a nagging feeling that it’s not quite safe to go back into the water.
Dump Babes combines catchy, disco-pop hooks that straddle the sexiness of the ‘60s with folksy melodies reminiscent of the carefree culture of the ‘70s. The debut studio album niýa kîminîcâkan is still fresh from the press following its April release, and marks an evolution for the band. Still channeling psych and folk-rock, the disco factor has been turned up for a set of irresistibly danceable tunes.
Wolfe’s lyrics have always centered around themes of colonialism, Indigenous displacement, and identity. In niýa kîminîcâkan album, she further explores these concepts through a contemporary lens, rejecting commodified stereotypes of Indigeneity, and embracing her status as a full-time dirtbag.
Grimelda (formerly known as The Faps) has re-birthed as a really really really good band with unhinged rock songs that take art-punk to weird levels of amazing awesomeness. The "New Daft Punk" EP highlights the start of an era of collaborations and genre-blending like the world has never seen! Wow. Just wow. Catch this ineffable monster of sound in every single town on Earth for the rest of eternity.