Recently signed to Bonsound, today Loïc April releases his debut EP DIV/SION on all digital platforms. First launched independently on his Bandcamp page last January, the EP rapidly carved out a place for itself on Montreal’s alternative radio stations. DIV/SION is a strikingly well-composed work of shoegaze rock, blending dreamy pop melodies and introspective lyrics with reverb and guitar distortion. The three songs, written by Loïc, were recorded with several of his musician friends and mixed by Jean-Michel Coutu (Duchess Says, Pypy, Jesuslesfilles, I.D.A.L.G.).
Influenced as much by Slowdive and the Pixies as by Françoise Hardy, the self-taught multi-instrumentalist has a liking for unorthodox and melodious chord progressions. The result is a timeless and vivid French rock record.
Discover DIV/SION today on Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify and Apple Music.
06/01 Montreal, QC // Brasserie Beaubien (with Zuzu's Petals)
06/11 Montreal, QC // Foire des Francos
07/06 Montreal, QC // Perfecto
07/28 Châteauguay, QC // Salle Jean Pierre Houde - Centre culturel Vanier (Opening for Safia Nolin)
Congrats to Safia Nolin who is one of 10 finalistes for the 2016 Prix Félix-Leclerc de la chanson! The prize allows two winners, one from Quebec and another from France, to get known on the other side of the Atlantic. The Quebecois winner will be unveiled on June 15th as part of the 28th edition of the FrancoFolies de Montréal and will be invited to take part to the Francofolies de La Rochelle in 2017.
Safia will perform at this year's FrancoFolies de Montréal on June 16th at Club Soda. RSVP on the Facebook Event and purchase your tickets online.
Champion's Best Seller is available now online (Bandcamp/iTunes) and in stores!
Perfect for the summer time, this self-produced album is vibrant, festive, and sure to make you smile and dance. Like his previous projects, this latest oeuvre celebrates life. On Best Seller, Champion reconnects with his early musical tastes and pulls us into the wide universe of his music, where electric guitars, huge beats and amazing blues voices all merge together.
Champion will be performing during the Montreal International Jazz Festival, on June 30th and during the FEQ on July 15 in Quebec city.
30/06 Montréal, QC // Club Soda Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
09/07 Baie-Comeau, QC // Parc des Pionniers (Festival Eau Grand Air)
15/07 Québec, QC // Parc de la Francophonie (Festival d'été de Québec)
07/23 Baie-St-Paul, QC // Scène Desjardins (Le Festif!)
08/11 Gaspé, QC // Festival Musique du Bout du Monde
08/18 Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC // International de Montgolfières de Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
08/19 St-Albert, ON // Festival de la Curd
09/17 Fredericton, NB // Festival Harvest Jazz & Blues
Les Deuxluxes, comprised of Anna Frances Meyer (vocals, tenor guitar) and Étienne Barry (drums, guitar & vocals, simultaneously), unveil Springtime Devil, the first single and title track off their upcoming debut LP due out this September on Bonsound.
Springtime Devil delivers a visceral rush, showcasing the band’s many colours, with rapid-fire rhythms and sensual melodies. The song is a perfect introduction to and summary of this album.
Springtime Devil is available on Bandcamp and all other digital platforms.
05/06 Toronto, ON // The Great Hall (CMW - Bonsound showcase)
05/06 Toronto, ON // The Garrison (CMW)
06/04 Gatineau, QC // Le Petit Chicago
06/10 Waterloo, QC // Maison de la Culture Waterloo
06/17 Montreal, QC // Jardins Gamelin
06/18 Saint-Casimir, QC // La Commission Brassicole
07/02 Saint-Éphrem, QC // Woodstock en Beauce
07/08 Quebec City, QC // Impérial Bell (Festival d’été de Québec)
07/09 Métabetchouan, QC // Co-op O’Soleil
07/15 Ayer’s Cliff, QC // Shazam Fest
08/05 Montreal, QC // Esplanade of Olympic Park (First Fridays Montreal)
08/20 Gould (Lingwick), QC // La nuit du pont couvert Festival
08/27 Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, QC // Bivouak’ Alooza Festival
09/29 Trois-Rivières, QC // Le Satyre
Duchess Says has returned to Earth to soil your sweet dreams with Negative Thoughts, the first single from their forthcoming Sciences Nouvelles LP, out this fall on Bonsound (Canada) and Slovenly Recordings (rest of the world), with the ringing endorsement of the Church of Budgerigars. In this antagonistic coldwave workout, chanteuse maniaque Annie-Claude Deschênes hammers Negative Thoughts straight through the soul, besmirching your cherished optimism while her cocky cronies dismissively grind it into dust.
Negative Thoughts premiered yesterday on Brooklyn Vegan, and is available now on Bandcamp, Soundcloud and all other digital platforms.
05/03 Guelph, ON // E Bar ∞
05/04 Peterborough, ON // The Oxford ¬
05/05 Hamilton, ON // This Aint Hollywood ¬
05/07 Toronto, ON // Adelaide Hall, CMW - Brooklyn Vegan showcase
06/18 Saskatoon, SK // Moso Festival
06/21 Edmonton, AB // Buckingham
06/22 Calgary, AB // Sled Island Festival
06/23 Calgary, AB // Sled Island Festival
07/22 Baie St-Paul, QC // Le Festif
08/12 Sudbury, ON // Up Here Festival
∞ w/ Protomartyr
¬ w/ Soupcans
Champion unveils What a Life, off his new album Best Seller to be released on May 6th via Bonsound. After releasing a bold vintage music video for his first single Life is Good, the artist strikes again with a track that will no doubt make the crowd dance non-stop.
Pre-order the album now via Bandcamp (CD/vinyl/digital) or iTunes, and immediately download the song.
On What a Life, Champion revels in powerful and rich sounds supported by a heavy guitar riff. Singers Lou Laurence and Marie-Christine Depestre lend their soulful voices to the song, giving the harmony a strong identity. The sound grows in an epic crescendo and explodes with a catchy chorus.
06/30 Montreal, QC // Club Soda (Montreal International Jazz Festival) (Tickets)
07/09 Baie Comeau, QC // Parc des Pionniers (Eau Grand Air Festival)
07/15 Quebec City, QC // Parc de la Francophonie (FEQ) (Tickets)
07/23 Baie-St-Paul, QC // Scène Desjardins (Le Festif!) (Tickets)
08/11 Gaspé, QC // Festival Musique du Bout du Monde (Tickets)
08/18 Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC // The International Balloon Festival
08/19 St-Albert, ON // Festival de la Curd
09/17 Fredericton, NB // Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival
Tour Dates (more will be announced soon)
04/21 Victoriaville, QC // Le Carré 150: Cabaret Guy Aubert (Double bill w/ Milk & Bone)
05/06 Toronto, ON // The Great Hall (Bonsound Showcase at CMW)
05/07 Toronto, ON // Adelaide Hall (CMW)
07/13 Quebec City, QC // Parc de la Francophonie (FEQ)
07/23 Baie-St-Paul, QC // Chapiteau de la fabrique culturelle (Le Festif!)
11/03 Brossard, QC // Le Club
11/04 Sherbrooke, QC // Théâtre Granada
Pianist Jérôme Beaulieu, bass player Philippe Leduc and drummer William Côté released their self-titled album on March 18 via Bonsound. Today the band is proud to share a sample of their performance from the album launch. Listen to La fin, the album’s first track, via YouTube.
Misc is pronounced as it is written, a reference to the English word miscellaneous, or the literary genre miscellanées, or even the latin word miscellanea. Misc is a musically diverse trio who embodies a modern univers, deadpan humour, audacity and musical explorations with no boundaries. (Ralph Boncy, Voir)
The jazz ensemble is wooing an audience of all ages and of different musical tastes. Show dates will be announced soon, stay tuned!
Le fantastique des astres, Yann Perreau‘s fifth album, is available now online (Bandcamp / iTunes) and in stores!
An artist continuously growing in boldness and maturity, Yann Perreau is back in fine form with this fresh new album full of heartfelt and well-crafted lyrics set to lively, groovy music. Le fantastique des astres was created in the heat of the moment as both a joyful celebration of life as well as a middle finger to modern world cynicism. With his head high in the sky, both feet on the ground, the showman has created a perfect playground for himself and his listeners.
This album was produced by Tante Blanche, an enigmatic personality and sound designer who loves mixing lots of old and new material, and includes collaborations with Laurence Nerbonne, Pierre Kwenders and Yves Desrosiers.
Yann Perreau will be playing at the Impérial Bell in Québec on April 29th and will be part of the FrancoFolies de Montreal’s 2016 indoor lineup at Club Soda on June 17th.
Montreal-based singer/DJ Pierre Kwenders returns in an explosion of electro and Congo rumba from with his remix EP for his single Popolipo, available today on Bandcamp, iTunes, Apple Music and Spotify.
The lead remix comes courtesy of Portuguese-Angolan collective Throes + The Shine, who’ve earned positive reviews from VICE, Les InRocks and SPIN. The quintet’s kuduro-infused take on Popolipo exemplifies both Kwenders’ and Throes + The Shine’s unique clash of cultures.
Critically acclaimed producer Jumping Back Slash follows with his insistent percussion-based spin on the track, showcasing his credentials as a frontrunner of the explosive South African house movement Gqom. Live African dance music project Afriquoi then offer up an irresistibly upbeat rework with a funk-inspired bass riff, before Sjamsoedin’s dark, intense take on the original track rounds off the collection with distorted vocals, schizophrenic percussion and deep synths reminiscent of Kavinsky.
Don’t miss the second edition of Wakanda Club featuring Kwenders (DJ set) and other artists this Saturday, April 16th at 129 Van Horne in Montreal! More details on the Facebook Event.
04/16 Montreal, QC // Wakanda Club (DJ set)
04/22 Lafayette, LA // Festival International de Louisiane
04/23 Lafayette, LA // Festival International de Louisiane
04/29 Lavaltrie, QC // Café culturel de la Chasse-galerie
07/08 Quebec City, QC // Festival d’été de Québec
07/13 Ottawa, ON // Ottawa Bluesfest
07/22 Dawson City, YT // Dawson City Music Festival
07/23 Dawson City, YT // Dawson City Music Festival
07/24 Dawson City, YT // Dawson City Music Festival