Rosina Kazi and Nicholas Murray, the Toronto-based duo better known as LAL, have deep roots within the Canadian music scene with 18 years of performing and an expansive catalogue of innovative records to their credit. Their latest album, Find Safety, is the result of three years of studio work, offering a compellingly danceable and provocative political statement all at once.
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From Canada's parliamentary hub and capital city comes Loon Choir -- an urgent pulse of fresh sonic air featuring textured guitar, synth, and violin hooks backed by a sometimes groovy, sometimes four-to-the-floor backline that lays the foundation for powerful choral-esque male and female vocals whose lyrics allude to injustice and the destruction of nature.
It's said that one can't be truly creative without it. Surprising how many bands fall short when putting that equation together. In the fickle world of music, there is something to be said about a group that doesn't kow-tow to cookie-cutter trends or cigar-chomping suits looking for the next pop flavour of the month. So if fate chooses to smile the gleaming white grin of prosperity on Edmonton, Canada's One Soul Thrust then let the justice be done. Their style -- modern yet classic rock-influenced -- lends itself to success without compromise. From pure rock to soulful blues, it's all rock and it's all executed with precision, experience and creativity… but it starts with passion.
Vancouver-based artist and performer, Kimmortal (a.k.a. Kim Villagante), first discovered her passion for hip-hop and R&B music during her early adolescent years, and ever since then has been on her grind, evolving and developing her own original material and unique sound to add to the Westcoast music roster.
Betty Malaise and the mushroom-souper, experimental artists from the land of the living skies, consist of Joel Carignan, as the alchemist of sound production and Brandie Carignan, the poet-the-voice. Betty Malaise and the mushroom-souper believes that the highest forms of human expression can be found in music and feel this should be shared democratically in order to inspire others and keep the evolution of creation ever-revolving. Therefore, the artists stream their music and offer free downloads to all fans.
The group was originally formed in the mid 1980s as a street-busking operation in downtown Toronto. The line-up consisted of guitarist/ song-writer Charlie Angus, vocalist Michelle Rumball and fiddler/accordionist Peter Jellard.
In 1987, stand-up bassist Tim Hadley joined the band, followed by drummer Peter Duffin. This marked the move of the Angels to Toronto bars like the Cabana Room and the Horseshoe. In 1988, a series of demos were put together as the independent release Toute la Gang.
The Willing are a four-piece indie pop band formed in Montreal in 2012. Their main mission is to make some seriously stellar pop rock you don't have to feel guilty listening to. Consisting of Paul Col (bass), Justin Wiley (drums), Schuyler Dun Flannegan (guitars) and Will Riley (vocals), the group of young men spend most of their time together hashing together their first forth coming demo Splendid Gifts; a soup of a reccord containing various influence from '70s funk to modern day top 40 radio jams. When they're not doing that, the four are your typical mid-20s bachelors, playing video games, drinking beer and working your run of the mill lame restaurant jobs. With lots on the way, they keep fingers crossed and chins up, gearing up for a big year to come!
Esmerine was co-founded in early 2000s by percussionist Bruce Cawdron (Godpseed You! Black Emperor) and cellist Rebecca Foon (Thee Silver Mt. Zion, Saltland) soon after the two met while recording the first Set Fire To Flames record Signs Reign Rebuilder (2001) at the old brothel at 10 rue Ontario Est in Montreal. Esmerine released two critically-acclaimed albums of modern chamber music in the first half of that decade: If Only a Sweet Surrender to the Nights to Come Be True (2003) and Aurora (2005). These albums have have one foot in the new music/experimental terrain of contemporaries like Rachel's or Town And Country and the other in a more visceral and lyrical landscape populated by the likes of Dirty Three (and GY!BE themselves).