Join us at Canada House on Thursday, March 16 For a Full Day of Great Music From Western Canada!
BAD POP (BC)
The targets are wide for Canadian band BAD POP’s furious but refreshing upcoming release, a deluge of raw punk rock energy, warm analog psychedelia, and cheeky nihilistic musings on music festivals, fast food and the loneliness of adulthood.
The live show is two-hundred percent fun and fury. Previous incarnation of the band, Hot Panda, drove five tour vans into the ground with over a dozen tours and festival runs of North America and Europe (SXSW, Primavera, CMJ and Reeperbahn).
Live, frontman Chris Connelly is alternatively heartwarming and menacing, like a pissed-off Weird Al. Superstar multi-instrumentalist Catherine Hiltz weaves melodic bass lines like a punk-rock bar-brawling PJ Harvey. Drummer Aaron Klassen was raised on a steady diet of Bonham and Grohl, and plays as if the snare just said something about his mother. In the band’s own words ‘we are serious about not taking ourselves too seriously.
CLOSE TALKER (SK)
Close Talker is an exciting indie rock trio from the prairies of Canada who are turning heads and gaining global attention. Their new record ‘Lens’ will be released April 21st and showcases maturity and poise while still maintaining the raw energy and vulnerability of the band’s acclaimed live show. Loaded with heavy drums, thick keys, and always-special guitars, rivalled only by sincere vocals, the band has now entered a state that forges an earnest expression from every vantage point.
Local Natives, Tame Impala, Bombay Bicycle Club, Mute Math
COLTER WALL (SK)
Thursday, March 16 at 3:30PM: BreakOut West – Swan Dive Patio (Canada House)
Thursday, March 16 at 12:00AM: Halifax Pop Explosion Showcase – Swan Dive Patio (Official)
Friday, March 17 at 1:30PM: Amigos Internationales Show - Guerro’s Taco Bar
JJ SHIPLETT (AB)
JJ Shiplett on Spotify
LIVING HOUR (MB)
Living Hour contributed two songs to Family Portrait II, a vinyl compilation put out by Art is Hard Records (Bristol/London) in April 2015, and released a super limited edition cassette of its debut self-titled album with Tree Machine Records (Bloomington) that same month. The band released its debut album worldwide with Lefse Records (Portland) on February 2016.
Since then, Pomo hit his stride in the electronic dance music market, garnering millions of listens online with his multifaceted productions on handful of original songs and a battery of remixes for some of dance music's biggest players. With that hype has come recognition from renowned music outlets like BBC Radio 1, the Fader, Complex, Vice's THUMP and Noisey publications, Triple J, Earmilk, Majestic Casual and many more.
Most recently, his debut EP, The Other Day was nominated for a Juno Award, Canada's largest Music Award Show. New music and new album on the way.
PORT JUVEE (AB)
ROYAL TUSK (AB)
SLOW LEAVES (MB)
THE VELVETEINS (AB)
The Velveteins are a rock n' roll band from Edmonton, Canada. Their style of heavy guitar pop has translated into energetic live shows across Canada, America, and the UK opening for acts like July Talk, Elephant Stone, Michael Rault, and Milo Greene. Their last release “A Hot Second With The Velveteins” has been described as “rollicking garage, moody surf [...and] pop classicism with a rough edge” (EXCLAIM!) Signed to Fierce Panda Canada, the group is set to release new music produced by Colin Stewart (Dan Mangan, Black Mountain).
YES WE MYSTIC (MB
Yes We Mystic on Spotify