2022
LINEUP

The Bros. Landreth
(Winnipeg, MB)

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Before they were The Bros. Landreth, Joey and Dave were only looking for a good excuse to spend a little more time together. They had spent their respective early years backing up other artists and touring the world as hired musicians until one particularly long and challenging tour prompted Joey to call his older brother with a simple proposal. “When I get home, let’s sit down and make some noise together” would be the call that would be the turning point – seeing them focus on their own roots rock sound that went on to be celebrated on their acclaimed debut album, Let It Lie.

 

Originally released in their hometown of Winnipeg in 2013, Let It Lie was re-released in 2015 after signing a record deal with Nashville-based Slate Creek Records. The album received widespread acclaim, won multiple awards including a JUNO, and propelled the band to play over 400 tour dates around the world. A Rolling Stone review praised the band’s “quiet storm of slide guitar solos, blue notes, three part harmonies”. Lifelong musical hero, Bonnie Raitt, was equally impressed after catching the band’s set, saying "I haven't liked a band as much as The Bros. Landreth in a long time. To hear this kind of funky, southern style rock played with such originality and soul will knock you out."

 

Then, the band went on a hiatus. A break afforded Joey Landreth the opportunity release and extensively tour his debut solo album Whiskey in 2017, furthering his reputation for being a first-rate guitar slinger, songwriter, and performer in his own right. Joey’s booming solo career might have delayed the timeline for the brothers, yet they never stopped writing songs that would eventually be recorded for their long awaited, follow-up release. “The time off that we took between touring Let It Lie and coming back together to make this next album was really difficult.” Dave says. “It was tough, but we needed to do it. Being away from each other gave us some really valuable perspective. It let us realize just how important and deeply satisfying it is for us to make music together and that’s something that we won’t soon forget.”

The Pack A.D.
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Vancouver, BC)

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Destruction and melody, acid wit and bruising vocals-this is the Pack A.D. Singer/guitarist Becky Black and drummer Maya Miller have made a sound so gigantic, so fierce and raw and empowering, that it's easy to forget there are just two people behind this brilliant, carefully constructed havoc.

 

Shredding and pounding their way through every song, the Pack A.D. swallows you whole inside their fearless Franken-blend of heavy psychpop/garage-rock.

 

Their lyrics are wild nests, human and complex: darkly funny disclosures about depression; indictments of digital excess; grief-stricken fire bombs; sly crusades against stupidity. 

DJ Shub

(Fort Eerie, Ontario)

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Considered to be the Godfather of PowWowStep, DJ-producer Shub, whose real name is Dan General, continues to forge ahead as a pioneer of a growing genre of music.

At the forefront of many other producers he has inspired, Shub has stood on his own since winning a Juno Award with A Tribe Called Red in 2014 – performing all over North America and sharing stages with some of the biggest recording artists in today’s industry.

Shub, who is a Mohawk of the Six Nations reserve located in Ontario, Canada is also a husband and father. Since the creation of PowWowStep, he has grown more aware of the Indigenous way of life through his music and merged his heritage with his craft, something most musicians aren’t able to say they’ve done.

TOPS

(Montreal, Quebec)

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TOPS were formed in Montreal when song-writing duo David Carriere and Jane Penny decided to join forces with drummer Riley Fleck. Since then they have become one of the most influential underground bands of the past decade, creating a space for sophisticated pop music in the indie world.

 

Their tendency to opt towards making straight-forward, stripped down and honest recordings lets their pop songwriting shine out in the open. With a heart firmly attached to their sleeves, their songcraft delves into the emotional intricacy of personal relationships, asking questions about power and desire. Riley Fleck’s measured drumming and David Carriere’s trademark guitar licks mesh with Marta Cikojevic’s lush keyboards. All these elements work in tandem and in service of Jane Penny’s unmistakable, wistful voice.

 

The result of this mixture is a collection of four self-produced records and a handful of singles that cover a range of moods and a complex emotional realm while maintaining a groove and musicality. Soft rock infused pop hits flow easily, surrounded by their signature moody ballads.

Apollo Suns
(Winnipeg, MB)
 

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Born from the fusing of nine Winnipeg, Canada based musicians, Apollo Suns have created a refreshing and innovative sound combining instrumental, jazz, rock and psychedelic music. They were awarded “Instrumental Artist of the Year” at the 2018 and 2020 Western Canadian Music Awards.

Built on the strength of two sold out release shows in Winnipeg and several Canadian tours supporting their 2019 sophomore EP, Dawn Offerings, the album spent eleven weeks on Earshot! National Top 50 charts with its top spot at #7.

 

Some of their most notable shows include support slots for The Comet is Coming, The Brooks, Five Alarm Funk, Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer, Kobo Town and Anomalie; as well as showcases at Canadian Music Week, Winnipeg International Jazz Festival, Festival Du Voyageur, Calgary Stampede, Folly Fest, Big Fun Music Festival, Ness Creek Music Festival, and Golden Sound Music Festival.

Belvedere
(Calgary, AB)

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Canadian skate-punk legends Belvedere barely need an introduction. They are heroes of fast, furious, melodic punk, who’ve never lost sight of their roots.

 

2020 marked the 25th year of the band’s history, but since all of their tours were moved to 2021; the band felt the need to write and record their 6th full-length instalment, Hindsight Is The Sixth Sense. The album features a furious mix of old and new. The new direction in song writing is attributed to new members Dan Wollach on guitar and Ryan Mumby on bass. The all-familiar speed, the riffs, the insightful lyrics and singalong harmonies are all still there thanks to drummer, Casey Lewis and lead singer & founder, Steve Rawles. 

 

Formed in 1995 and originally never even meant to play a live show, the trailblazing band from Calgary, Alberta quickly grew a reputation on the underground punk scene for their blazing fast speed and melodic vocals. 

 

Taking their name from the ‘80s sitcom and influenced by the likes of Bad Religion and NOFX, they released their debut album Because No One Stopped Us in 1998, following up with three more full length records over the course of their career and leading to tours with Bad Religion, Strung Out, Pulley, Mad Caddies, Death by Stereo, Bigwig and several appearances at Warped Tour and Groezrock Festival. The band broke up in late 2005 however, after seven years apart, Belvedere finally came back together for a reunion tour in 2012.

 

“Hindsight Is The Sixth Sense” comprises of 13 new tracks and will be released on the 14th May with Thousand Islands Records in North America and Lockjaw Records in Europe and the UK. Keep an eye out for rescheduled tour dates in 2021! 

Choke
(Edmonton, AB)

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Eamon McGrath
(Edmonton, AB)

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With original members Jack Jaggard, Clay Shea, Shawn Moncrieff and Stefan Levasseur, Choke has toured in  Canada and the USA.

 

Choke released their first two albums independently, Lotion in 1995 and Give'er in 1996, which was later  released through Smallman Records, who signed the band in 1997. Choke released Needless To Say the  following year, an album that was chosen by Exclaim! magazine as one of the top ten punk albums of the  year.

 

1999 saw the release of Foreword. A departure from the skate-punk sound that defined "Needless to  Say", "Foreword" was described jokingly by Shea as the "career killer".] Despite this, Exclaim! magazine called  the album "a tremendous accomplishment by punk standards" Foreword cemented the band's reputation as  one of Canada's top punk acts, alongside Propagandhi, Painted Thin, and I Spy. 

In 2002, There's A Story To This Moral was released, followed by 2005's Slow Fade Or How I Learned To  Question Infinity. The latter was recorded in Vancouver, with Blair Calibaba (Gob, Propagandhi) and Paul  Forgues (Slayer, Nine Inch Nails, Treble Charger), and became the fifth release through Smallman Records.  The band was heralded by Exclaim! as "...one of the finest technically progressive bands on the planet."

Frequently described as the hardest-working independent musician in Canada, 2020 and 2021 didn’t even come close to slowing McGrath down: aside from recording eight albums’ worth of new material, releasing three singles, remotely collaborating with countless Canadian artists, and releasing his last novel Here Goes Nothing on ECW Press, McGrath has now also finally returned to the road. 

 

This fall will see McGrath continue his trail across Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland in British Columbia, with various other tour dates featuring his Electric Band at select festivals and clubs in Ontario and Quebec. “Sarajevo” also lands with an accompanying hallucinogenic video by Edmonton-based experimental filmmaker Parker James Thiessen. 

Lucette
(Edmonton, AB)

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Luca Fogale
(Rossland, BC)

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Lucette’s first album, Black is the Color, was produced by Dave Cobb and led to her opening for Sturgill Simpson on his Metamodern Sounds of Country Music tour. Her song “Bobby Reid” was featured as the title track on the critically acclaimed Netflix special “Nanette” and the single “Black is the Color” was featured on “South of Hell” and “The Vampire Diaries”. Her second album, Deluxe Hotel Room, was produced by Simpson, whose no-nonsense instruction to her was, “Sing it like you mean it.” The two connected with the intent of making art, timeless yet fresh.
 
Lucette has toured the United States, Canada, and the UK with artists such as Joe Ely, David Ramirez, The Secret Sisters, and Netflix documentary star Rodriguez. Following the release of Deluxe Hotel Room she performed her own headlining tour in the summer of  2019.  Lauren is currently finishing writing for her new album and is scheduled to record with producer Matt Pence (Jason Isbell, Elle King, Shakey Graves) in January of 2022."

Luca Fogale’s 2016 debut, Safety, introduced a songwriter with a fine-tuned ear for warm, wool-sweater melodies, richly rendered narratives, and intimate autumnal ambiance, like Jeff Buckley timewarped into Bon Iver’s wood cabin.

 

That album pegged Luca as an indie-folk phenom on the rise, with streaming stats well into the seven figures. But with his 2020 follow-up, Nothing Is Lost, Luca graduated from the proverbial coffeehouse to the concert hall, recasting his private conversations as cinematic set piece

Giant Water Bug
(Rossland, BC)

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Giant Water Bug have been creating dance floor rock n roll for over 6 years.

 

Over that time they have crafted their own sound that is hypnotic and compelling. Combining elements of multiple genre to create something truly unique.

 

Their live shows will take you on a roller coaster ride of riffs and rhythm, leaving you hungry for more.


They are primed and ready to get back on stage and in front of a crowd. Armed with a stack of new songs ready to be unleashed.

Under The Rocks
(Kelowna,  BC)

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Under the Rocks is an energetic young string band based out of British Columbia, Canada. The band has been together since 2016, but started as a duo years earlier. Comprised of Chris Baxter (Banjo/Mandolin), Jordan Klassen (Guitar), Drew Schulz (Bass) and Chloe Davidson, a 3-time Provincial Fiddle champion and Canadian Masters Competitor.


Inspired by traditional and contemporary American Bluegrass, UTR applies the modern sensibilities of its collective members to stand on the shoulders of tradition and make music that is creative, reflective, relevant and entertaining. Under the Rocks pride themselves on the energetic and dynamic nature of their live shows which feature an eclectic mix of musical styles and stories they hope make you want to dance and sing, or sit and listen. Whether it is exciting instrumentals, melodic harmonies or thoughtful lyrics Under the Rocks offers something captivating for most everyone.