Basia Bulat is a singer-songwriter and multi‐instrumentalist from Toronto who has found acclaim for her exuberant live show, soulful voice and well-crafted songs. Her critically acclaimed third album, co-produced with Grammy-winning engineer Mark Lawson and Arcade Fire’s Tim Kingsbury, was released worldwide in 2013 by Secret City Records. She's currently touring Europe and North America.
The Barr Brothers are Montreal-based band built around brothers Brad (guitar and vocals) and Andrew Barr (drums), with 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. Their 2011 self-titled debut received critical acclaim, garnered a Juno nomination, and landed the band a performance on The Late Show with David Letterman. They're currently putting the finishing touches on a long-awaited sophomore album, set for late 2014.
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.
Thus Owls are a five-piece Montreal/Stockholm band based around husband and wife duo Erika and Simon Angell. The band originated in Sweden as an outlet for Erika’s songs and unique vocal-style. She met Simon by chance while the two were touring in Europe as part of different bands paired on the same bill. It wasn’t long before they were married, and making music together as Thus Owls.
While Pallett has served as a versatile collaborator to many projects in both pop and art establishments— the list is far too long to recite here, but you know where to look— he is equally beloved for his accessibility; for the way his art reflects & resonates with Mainstream Pop Culture; for the emotionally cathartic outlet his music provides. Pallett was recently nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score, alongside Arcade Fire, for their work on Spike Jonze’s Her.
Montreal's new rising dark stars. Images du Futur was release in early 2013. The band is currently touring the world in support of it.
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, Parc Avenue, in 2008, and have been touring the world ever since. Their sophomore album, La La Land, was released in 2010. They released a third full-length album called The End of That in early 2012, and are currently in the studio recording their fourth.
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 his first solo album, High Twilight, was released by Secret City in 2011. He's currently working on its follow-up.
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.
Diamond Rings is Toronto-based recording artist John O'Regan. He writes songs you either already, or will one day, sing in the shower.
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.”
Join the Secret City mailing list