Join us this May for amazing music from across Western Canada
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Dirty Rain was produced and recorded by Jeff Kynoch at Sound Extractor studios and reached #1 on the CKUA Radio Top 30 Charts. Songs such as ‘Queen of the Street’, ‘Dirty Rain’ and ‘Borrowed Suit, Secondhand Dress’ speak to bar-room revellers, country travellers, and lovelorn troubadours.
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).
DGS Samurai Champs (SK)
Within the past year alone, DGS Samurai Champs have proven themselves to be one of Saskatchewan’s fastest rising hip-hop/R&B artists. They have performed across Canada, playing in music festivals such as Canadian Music Week, MoSo Fest, and BreakOut West. They have also performed internationally in Hamburg, Germany for Reeperbahn Festival 2016. Having shared the stage with international hip-hop heavyweights such as T.I., Flatbush Zombies, and k-os, DGS Samurai Champs continue to captivate audiences with their dynamic and dramatic live shows.
Harrison Brome (BC)
Harrison Brome, the 20-year old brooding crooner released his debut EP Fill Your Brains in July 2016. The EP featured Spotify & blog favorites “Sex Calls,” “Boy,” “Pools,” “Midnight Island,” “Gambling Hearts” and title track “Fill Your Brain”. With the recent release of "Body High," Brome's music is a powerful composition of work showcasing sophistication beyond his years. It’s evident that the young Brome has been honing his craft; it’s poignant melodies work together with his harmonized howls for a hauntingly somber listening, evocative of the notoriously dark and gloomy weather of his hometown of Vancouver. This is just the beginning of the emotional roller coaster that is Harrison Brome.
HELLO MOTH (AB)
John K Samson (MB)
Inspired by the search for connection and community, his hometown of Winnipeg, and our individual and collective struggles with addictions to drugs, screens, and fossil fuels, John K. Samson’s new full-length album, Winter Wheat, available now, is a sprawling, masterful and timely work by a writer at the peak of his powers.
Poor Nameless Boy (SK)
Poor Nameless Boy leaves a piece of himself on stage every time he performs. His mellow sound is personal, singing honestly about love, life, and our changing hearts in a busy world. His third album “Bravery” has turned industry and music lovers’ heads, debuting nationally at #2 on Canadian folk charts.
ROYAL TUSK (AB)
The Avulsions (SK)
Youngblood is a case study in the power of contrasts. The creative brainchild of Vancouver’s Alexis Young, the music of Youngblood is dreamy but insistent, a feather-soft pillow of lush sound sustained by propulsive electronic grooves. The siren-like voice at the centre of it all is fierce and sultry in equal measure—a bit Grace Jones, perhaps a trace of Nancy Sinatra, but always Youngblood.
To bring these songs to life on-stage, Young has recruited a killer band, featuring members of Vancouver indie darlings Gay Nineties and Fake Shark. In a live setting, the material takes on a powerful new dynamic, with the fiery frontwoman a crackling live wire commanding the audience. This world-class wrecking crew, which has shared bills with Chromeo, Timber Timbre, and Black Mountain, was named a must-see band at Toronto’s Canadian Music Week 2016.
William Prince (MB)
2016 saw Prince opening for the likes of Amelia Curran, Susan Aglukark, Marty Stuart, and Buffy Sainte-Marie while holding his own on folk festival stages across Canada. Rounding out a year of travel with two Canadian Folk Music Award nominations (Contemporary Singer of the Year and Aboriginal Artist of the Year) and a Western Canadian Music Award win for Aboriginal Artist of the Year, Prince has his sights set on touring in 2017.