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Les Louanges signs with Bonsound and unveils Pitou

Bonsound is proud to welcome Les Louanges to our management, label and booking rosters. Les Louanges consists of Vincent Roberge... and that is it! He is a multi-instrumentalist who plays a little bit of everything in the recording studio and who surrounds himself with other musicians on stage. Les Louanges launched his first EP, Le Mercure, on his Bandcamp page in 2016. He added an extra track, Encéphaline (which won a SOCAN Songwriting Prize), then formally released the EP the following year. Finalist at the 2017 Francouvertes and the 2015 Festival International de la Chanson de Granby, the Montreal-based Lévis-native made a splash thanks to his EP’s jazzy, slacker-rock vibe - soothing and rallying, according to VOIR’s Catherine Genest - and the unique timbre of his voice.

Today, Les Louanges unveils Pitou, a new, light funk-ish single halfway between Le Mercure and his debut album, to be released this autumn via Bonsound. He collaborated with Félix Petit (Bellflower), who co-produced the track, and William Côté on the drums. Vincent did all the rest, the instrumentation and the vocals. The young producer is ready to embark on a new path by exploring more chillwave, R&B and hip-hop sounds. Inspired by artists like Toro y Moi and Washed Out as well as the work of Steve Lacy and Frank Ocean, Les Louanges promises to fully explore this new direction in his upcoming songs.

The music video for Pitou was shot before the song was even recorded. Director Anthony Coveney created a Montreal version of a twisted Truman Show (the movie) by emphasizing the stalker and playful side of the lyrics.

Milk & Bone's new album Deception Bay is out now

Milk & Bone's new album Deception Bay is out now

On February 2nd, Milk & Bone released their sophomore effort, Deception Bay, via Bonsound. The title track sets the tone for the rest of the project, and opens the door for their brilliant third single, Nevermore, which is released today. The Montreal-based duo free themselves from toxic relationships in Nevermore, singing: You won’t catch me crying / On the kitchen floor / I won’t play along.

Just like their 2015 debut, Little Mourning, love and relationships - from every angle - are the cornerstones of these 14 new songs from Milk & Bone. Emotions ran very high on their Polaris Long-Listed debut album, and on Deception Bay, Laurence Lafond-Beaulne and Camille Poliquin present themselves in a new light. From innocent crushes (Daydream, KIDS) to impossible love (Faded, BBBLUE), they now exude confidence and inner strength.

Produced with longtime collaborator Gabriel Gagnon, Deception Bay was recorded partly at Studios Apollo and La Majeure, and was mixed by Gagnon and Howie Beck (Feist, Charlotte Day Wilson, River Tiber). This new collection of electro-pop songs features numerous collaborations with musicians and producers, including Grammy award-winning pianist Chilly Gonzales, CRi, Max-Antoine Gendron and Jonathan Dauphinais. By pushing Milk & Bone and Gagnon to explore new avenues, each of them helped enrich the group’s soundscape, while maintaining an overall coherence throughout the album.

Tour Dates
01/03/18 Toronto, ON // Mod Club Theatre
02/03/18 Ottawa, ON // The 27 Club SOLD-OUT
03/03/18 Quebec City, QC // Impérial Bell
04/03/18 Allston, MA // Great Scott
06/03/18 Brooklyn, NY // Baby's All Right
07/03/18 Philadelphia, PA // Kungfu Necktie
08/03/18 Pittsburgh, PA // Club Cafe
10/03/18 Chicago, IL // Constellation
11/03/18 Nashville, TN // The High Watt
12-16/03/18 Austin, TX // SXSW
20/03/18 Los Angeles, CA // Bootleg Theater
21-25/03/18 Downtown Boise, ID // Treefort Music Fest
22/03/18 San Francisco, CA // Swedish American Hall
25/03/18 Portland, OR // Doug Fir Lounge
26/03/18 Seattle, WA // Barboza
05/04/18 Montreal, QC // Théâtre Corona SOLD-OUT
08/04/18 Manchester, UK // Gorilla * SOLD-OUT
09/04/18 London, UK // Village Underground *
10/04/18 London, UK // Omeara * SOLD-OUT
13/04/18 Cologne, DE // Studio 672 * SOLD-OUT
14/04/18 Berlin, DE // Privatclub * SOLD-OUT
16/04/18 Hamburg, DE // Nochtspeicher *
18/04/18 Stockholm, SE // Debaser Strand *
19/04/18 Oslo, NO // Røverstaden *
21/04/18 Bergen, NO // Grieghall *
23/04/18 Zürich, CH // Bogen F *
25/04/18 Paris, FR // La Boule Noire
13/09/18 Vancouver, BC // Vogue Theatre (Westward Music Festival)
18/10/18 Lévis, QC // L'Anglicane
19/10/18 Trois-Rivières, QC // Salle Anaïs-Allard-Rousseau
20/10/18 Laval, QC // Salle André-Mathieu
25/10/18 Saint-Hyacinthe, QC // Le Zaricot
26/10/18 Saint-Jérôme, QC // Théâtre Gilles-Vigneault
27/10/18 Val-Morin, QC // Théâtre du Marais
* Opening for Lissie

Pierre Kwenders presents a music video for Makanda

In 2017, Pierre Kwenders won over the public with the release of his critically-acclaimed sophomore album MAKANDA at the End of Space, the Beginning of Time. Pierre Kwenders’ second album, produced by Shabazz Palaces’ Tendai Maraire, is a wildly inventive, globe-spanning triumph. (Pitchfork) The Afro-Canadian singer-songwriter now kicks off the year in full force. Premiering today via AFROPUNK, he shares the music video for his album’s title track, Makanda, featuring Palaceer Lazaro (Shabazz Palaces) and SassyBlack.

Directed by Patrice Laliberté (finalist for the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards’ Best Live Action Short Drama), the video has a black-and-white film aesthetic. It features Palaceer Lazaro and Luciana Marcos, a MMA fighter.

Last autumn, Pierre Kwenders headed off to Europe to perform his new songs across France and England. He ended 2017 in front of 100 000 people at Montreal’s Old-Port during the big New Year’s Eve celebration. The artist will be performing alongside Busty and The Bass on January 26th at the Corona Theatre. Tickets are on sale online. He will open for the band during their tour across Western Canada in March, right after playing the Apollo Theatre in New York alongside Tony Allen, Black Coffee and Jeff Mills. He has also been added to this year’s SXSW lineup in Austin, Texas, which runs from March 9th to 18th. For all his tour dates, visit pierrekwenders.com.

Upcoming shows
01/26/18 Montreal, QC // Théâtre Corona (Opening for Busty and the Bass)
02/06/18 New Orleans, LA // Krewe du Kanaval Mardi Gras Parade)
03/03/18 New York, NY // Apollo Theater (Africa Now!)
03/06/18 Victoria, BC // Capital Ballroom (Opening for Busty and the Bass)
03/07/18 Vancouver, BC // Imperial (Opening for Busty and the Bass)
03/09/18 Calgary, AB // The Gateway Bar (Opening for Busty and the Bass)
03/10/18 Edmonton, AB // The Rec Room (Opening for Busty and the Bass)

Groenland releases two b-sides and bids us farewell

Groenland releases two b-sides and bids us farewell

Earlier this year, Groenland announced via social media that they are taking an indefinite break at the end of 2017. We’re ready to take on new adventures! We’ll be in touch, wrote the Montreal-based band. The group recently performed their last shows, and its founding members, Sabrina Halde and Jean-Vivier Lévesque, will focus on new projects over the next few months.

To close this chapter, they now offer two previously unreleased tracks to their fans. The b-sides include a French version of Cabin, one of the tracks from their sophomore effort A Wider Space, and Propaganda, a song from the recording sessions of that same album. Both songs are available on all digital platforms.

Released in September 2016 via Bonsound, A Wider Space is a personal album that bears witness to the darker sides of adventure and the flip side of touring. Guided by Sabrina’s powerful vocals and punctuated by exuberant orchestral arrangements, these ten songs daringly mix electro and organic elements. Since releasing their debut album The Chase in 2013, Groenland has charmed audiences everywhere with its orchestral indie pop, touring in Germany, France, Netherlands, UK and across Canada.

Milk & Bone cover Santa Tell Me

For a fifth year in a row, Milk & Bone are excited to share their Christmas cover. After I’ll Be Home For Christmas, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Blue Christmas and Last Christmas, the duo offers their version of Ariana Grande’s Santa Tell Me. Check out the video for their cover - featuring the duo and two beautiful kigurumi - on YouTube.

At last night’s pop-up shop, the group (formed by Laurence Lafond-Beaulne and Camille Poliquin) launched a special edition vinyl with three never-physically-released songs. Available today on Bonsound’s online store and Milk & Bone’s Bandcamp, the record features Natalie (the theme song from Podz’ film King Dave, which has been streamed over 4 million times on Spotify), Trust (a previously unreleased track from King Dave) and Poison.

Milk & Bone unveil the title track of their new album and announce tour dates

Following the summer single Daydream, Milk & Bone now return with Deception Bay, the title track of their sophomore effort due out February 2nd, 2018 via Bonsound. Tackling the downsides of love, humiliation and revenge, Deception Bay is a moody, intoxicating song for broken souls. You never said why you went away / We’ll meet again in Deception Bay / You promised you would be here to stay / We’ll meet again in Deception Bay, sing Milk & Bone in a chorus that is sure to become a highlight on tour. Deception Bay is that place where you send all your failed relationships, explains the duo. It’s about that love you convinced yourself would work.

Milk & Bone also announce a North American tour in support of their new album. Kicking off in Toronto on March 1st, the tour includes dates in Ottawa, Quebec City, and stops across the US. The duo will present their new show in Montreal for the first time on April 5th at Théâtre Corona, before heading out to Europe for a few dates. Tour dates are listed below (more will be announced soon).

Stream and share Deception Bay via YouTube.
The song is out now on all digital platforms.

Tour Dates (more will be announced soon)
01/03/18 Toronto, ON // Mod Club
02/03/18 Ottawa, ON // Club 27
03/03/18 Quebec City, QC // Impérial Bell
06/03/18 Brooklyn, NY // Baby’s All Right
07/03/18 Philadelphia, PA // Kungfu Necktie
08/03/18 Pittsburgh, PA // Club Cafe
10/03/18 Chicago, IL // Constellation
11/03/18 Nashville, TN // The High Watt
12-16/03/18 Austin, TX // SXSW
20/03/18 Los Angeles, CA // Bootleg Theater
22/03/18 San Francisco, CA // Swedish American Hall
25/03/18 Portland, OR // Doug Fir Lounge
26/03/18 Seattle, WA // Barboza
05/04/18 Montreal, QC // Théâtre Corona
11/04/18 London, UK // ACE Hotel
25/04/18 Paris, FR // Boule Noire

Loïc April unveils Mes ruines sur tes décombres off his debut album

Today, Loïc April shares Mes ruines sur tes décombres, the lead single off his debut full-length album, due out in spring 2018 via Bonsound. Recorded at Reelroad Studio and mixed by Adrian Popovich (Solids, Duchess Says, We Are Wolves), the song brings together luminous power-pop soundscapes and dark, distorted guitar fuzz. Loïc puts forth confident riffs, a natural extension of the sounds he explored on DIV/SION, his first EP released in 2016. The track is structured like a good film, each bar a frame that builds towards a final, satisfying crescendo. The cover art, created by Hugo Jeanson, compliments the music, and is as beautiful as it is troubling.

Stream and share Mes ruines sur tes décombres via YouTube. Mes ruines sur tes décombres is available now on all digital platforms.

Loïc April has been performing music for a while, though he only started to write his solo project in 2015. He has performed at POP Montreal, the FrancoFolies de Montréal, Coup de coeur francophone and Saint-Roch Expérience, among others. He’s also opened for Safia Nolin, We Are Wolves and Gazoline. 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.

Christian Sean unveils his debut single: Black For You

It is with great excitement that Bonsound joins forces with Christian Sean for the release of his debut single, Black For You.

The 23-year-old Montrealer is a versatile and devoted musician. Wrapped in a rich pop sound, Black For You offers a counter-melody that is brilliantly performed by a string trio. The song was first written and recorded on a laptop while Christian was living in São Paulo, Brazil. It passed through a total of six different versions and was recorded in five different studios around Quebec before being completed at Montreal's Planet Studios in 2017, explains the artist.

Black For You is a song about the messiness of conflicting egos in the aftermath of a breakup. When communication has failed and the fire has died, and when the hearts are all black and covered with ashes, sometimes the only thing left to do is walk away, confides Christian. In the end, it’s about realizing that some things just aren’t meant to be, and that it’s nobody's fault.

The song is out today on all digital platforms.

Born from a musical family where intricate harmonies, multi-instrumental virtuosity and late night jams were commonplace, Christian began playing drums, guitar, keyboard and bass, and developing a distinctive voice at a time when most other boys his age would have rather been playing video games or little league soccer. Following a trip to Brazil, he contributed to multiple projects on the Montreal indie music scene, including the band Mango Mango. Since 2016, he has joined Aliocha on stage and focused on his own solo project.

Tour Dates
30/11/17 Drummondville, QC // Maison des arts Desjardins $
16/02/18 Rivière-du-Loup, QC // Cabaret des Mauvaises Habitudes %
10/03/18 Quebec City, QC // Théâtre du Petit Champlain %

$ Opening for Aliocha
% Opening for BEYRIES

Dave Chose releases his debut single, Chez Françoise

Dave Chose, formerly part of the now-dissolved folk-punk trio Faudrait faire la vaisselle, has been working on his solo project over the past year, with the help of members from Galaxie and PONI. The Montrealer-via-Lac-St-Jean, and competitor in the 21st Francouvertes, is gearing up to release his debut album soon. He combines his folk-based music with sprawling, grimey guitar fuzz and his own crass, vibrant lyrics.

Today, Dave Chose releases the lead single off his debut album, due out in spring 2018 via Bonsound. Chez Françoise is a love song set in an asphalt-grey world full of beauty, hidden by urban wounds and scars. It’s a crude song that wants to be upbeat, explains Dave. It tries to glorify the spontaneity and candour of first encounters, those bits and pieces of normal life that can turn darkness into light, winter into summer, clouds into sunshine.

Watch and share the video for Chez Françoise (directed by Jean-Martin Gagnon) via YouTube. Chez Françoise is available now on all digital platforms.

A sucker for anything magnificently banal, like the taste of iced tea from the corner store, or the pleasure of rolling his own cigarettes, Dave Chose breathes life into his music with a generous vocabulary hailing from everywhere between his hometown of L’Ascension-De-Notre-Seigneur and the Montreal neighbourhood Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. His lyrics tell stories with a certain urban sensibility, examining common events and making them extraordinary. The songs are without any excess. They are passionate and immediate, a continuous ode to the poetry of all things lacking poetry.

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Thursday
22
Feb.

BEYRIES

AlmaQC
Boîte à Bleuets
8:00pm
Sold out
QuebecQC
Palais Montcalm - Salle D'Youville
8:00pm (doors at 12:00:am)
Friday
23
Feb.

Barry Paquin Roberge

Saint-CasimirQC
La Taverne de Saint-Casimir
9:30pm
Friday
23
Feb.

Christian Sean

Sold out
MontrealQC
Club Soda
8:00pm
Friday
23
Feb.

BEYRIES

Saint-PrimeQC
Vieux Couvent de Saint-Prime
8:00pm
Saturday
24
Feb.

Jason Bajada

LongueuilQC
Salle Jean-Louis Milette
8:00pm
Tuesday
27
Feb.

Loïc April

MontrealQC
Belmont
7:30pm
Thursday
01
Mar.

Les Deuxluxes

Rouyn-NorandaQC
Le Trèfle Noir Brasserie Artisanale
Thursday
01
Mar.

Milk & Bone

TorontoON
Mod Club Theatre
8:00pm
Thursday
01
Mar.

Ponctuation

MontrealQC
Sala Rossa
9:00pm

Lydia Képinski

Saint-LaurentQC
Cégep de Saint-Laurent - Salle Émile-Legault
7:30pm