Plants and Animals are a rock-and-roll trio from Montreal comprised of Warren Spicer, Nicolas Basque, and Matthew 'the Woodman' Woodley. They first gained international recognition for their debut full-length for Secret City, Parc Avenue in 2008, and have been touring the world ever since. Their sophomore album, La La Land, was released in 2010, with a follow-up planned for early 2012.
Montreal's new rising dark stars.
Diamond Rings is Toronto-based recording artist John O'Regan. He writes songs you either already, or will one day, sing in the shower.
Patrick Watson is a Montreal-based singer, pianist, songwriter, band leader and composer. He fronts a four-piece band quartet composed of Mishka Stein (bass), Robbie Kuster (drums), and Simon Angell (guitar), who are often also accompanied by a string quartet. Together they craft dreamy soundscapes with the execution of jazz musicians, seamlessly blending organic and electronic elements into rocking cacophony and pared-down ballads alike, with Watson’s haunting voice always at the core.
Daniel was born in Montreal and has been writing songs and leading bands there all his life, from very early teenaged days in the Harry Rags, to his later endeavours with Shoot the Moon and Percy Farm. (He has since begun using an abbreviated version of his actual name, Daniel Isaiah Schachter, as his stage name). He signed to Secret City Records in 2010 to record his first solo album, High Twilight.
Montreal-based quartet composed of brothers Brad and Andrew Barr, harpist Sarah Pagé and multi-instrumentalist Andrés Vial. Hushed Americana lonesome and future-primitive delta blues clear the path for West African polyrhythms and classical motifs. The music, for the most part, is more refined than clobbering, but there's always room for some blood on the floor.
Brighton, England's reigning party-jam royalty.
Human Highway is the new collaboration from two of Canada’s most-loved troubadours: Jim Guthrie and Nick Thorburn. Both artists have been long-time fixtures of Canadian pop music. “I think this album works because Nick and I both share a love for oldies” Guthrie says, “it’s a new genre called ‘Golden Moldy Indie Oldies’. It’s AM radio rock for the babies of the future past.”
Canada's girl with a golden voice, and a million instruments.
MIRACLE FORTRESS is the cognomen for Montreal-based musician and producer Graham Van Pelt. Also a member of Think About Life, as Miracle Fortress Graham records and performs a wide array of musical soundscapes, hooks and beats. His 2007 debut, Five Roses, received widespread critical praise, including a Polaris Prize nomination. He's currently working on a long-awaited sophomore release.
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