Jesse Mac Cormack is a Montreal born and raised musician. Radiating warmth and soul, Mac Cormack’s music exposes tension and resolution’s shared core, undressing the complexities of conflict. Guided by increasingly complex arrangements, rhythmic progressions within both the acoustic and electric realm, Mac Cormack’s impassioned vocals belie their owner’s youth. Recording all of his music in his home studio, Mac Cormack has achieved a sound that is intimate and raw, both smooth and coarse.
Good Advice is the fourth album by songwriter Basia Bulat. With an electrifying voice, lyrics like silver arrowheads, she has become one of Canada's most conspicuous talents. Since releasing her debut in 2007, Bulat has shared a stage with artists including Arcade Fire, The National, Nick Cave, Daniel Lanois, St Vincent, Sufjan Stevens, Beirut, Destroyer, Tune-Yards, Sondre Lerche, The Tallest Man On Earth, The Head and the Heart, Owen Pallett, Andrew Bird and Devotchka. She often appears solo in gigantic halls, winning over crowds with an autoharp or charango, stomping feet, two mighty lungs.
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, followed by a third full-length album called The End Of That in early 2012. Their new LP is called Waltzed in from the Rumbling. This is Plants and Animals' most soulful and inventive collection of music yet. Eleven soundtracks for leaps taken, ships sailed, dark water and pink skies. Waltzed in from the Rumbling comes out on Secret City Records on April 29, 2016.
Hold/Still, the third studio album from Suuns, is an enigmatic thing: an eerily beautiful, meticulously played suite of music that embraces opposites and makes a virtue of cognitive dissonance. It is a record that does not give up its secrets easily. The 11 songs within are simultaneously psychedelic, but austere; sensual, but cold; organic, but electronic; tense sometimes to the brink of mania, but always retaining perfect poise and control.
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. Before long, they were married and the collaboration that is Thus Owls was born.
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 Joe Grass (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.
Emilie & Ogden is Emilie Kahn with her harp, Ogden. Emilie discovered the harp when The Barr Brothers harpist, Sarah Pagé, played along with her high school chorus, driving her to find an instructor on Craigslist the next day. Emilie explains, “I had never felt this way toward an instrument.” She found a teacher on Craigslist the next day. A few months later, Ogden entered her world in all its 38-stringed majesty. Together, they became Emilie & Ogden.
The Barr Brothers are Montreal-based band built around brothers Brad (guitar and vocals) and Andrew Barr (drums), with harpist Sarah Pagé. Hushed Americana lonesome and future-primitive delta blues clear the path for West African polyrhythms and classical motifs. They're currently playing many shows in North America and Europe to promote their extremely well received second album, Sleeping Operator, released in last october. This "more immersive" album (Globe and mail) is nominated at the 2014 Juno Awards in the Adult Alternative Album of the Year category alongside Leonard Cohen.
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.
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). His second solo album, Come Into Gone, will be released by Secret City Records on March 31st 2015.
En novembre 2012, Suuns et un ami de longue date, Radwan Ghazi Moumneh de Jerusalem In My Heart, ont loué un studio à Montréal pour sept jours. L’idée était de collaborer sur des ébauches d’idées de chansons et de compléter autant d’enregistrement que possible, sans discrimination. La session a été un succès, résultant en beaucoup de chansons vibrantes où l’on retrouve d’imposants synthétiseurs analogiques, des influences arabes et une sensibilité électronique.
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.
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.”
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