News

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.

Safia Nolin wins Female Artist of the Year at this year's Gala de l'ADISQ!

Safia Nolin wins Female Artist of the Year at this year's Gala de l'ADISQ!

Congratulations to Safia Nolin for wining Female Artist of the Year, one of the most prestigious trophies at this year's Gala de l'ADISQ!

The singer-songwriter also won Album of the Year - Reinterpretation for Reprises Vol.1 last Thursday.

Reprises Vol.1 was released on November 18th last year. It's available everywhere in stores, at the Bonsound store and online.

Catch her on the road with the New Constellations: Nation(s)wide Tour of Music & Arts! She will tour across Canada to perform alongside other artists. For all her tour dates, visit safianolin.com.

Bonsound artists at M for Montreal

Bonsound artists at M for Montreal

M for Montreal is back and the lineup has finally been unveiled! From November 15th to 18th, don't miss acts by BEYRIES, Geoffroy, Pierre Kwenders, Lydia Képinski and Jean-Michel Blais.

Geoffroy @ Sala Rossa
Wednesday, November 15th | 8:30pm
Other artists: Aliocha and Men I Trust
Tickets

BEYRIES @ Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur
Thursday, November 16th | 3:30pm
Other artists: Eden Sela and Sophia Bel
Free

Pierre Kwenders @ Club Soda
Thursday, November 16th | 8:30pm
Other artists: Koriass and Lary Kidd
Tickets

Lydia Képinski @ Quai des Brumes
Saturday, November 18th | 2:15pm
Other artists: Les Hôtesses d'Hilaire and Bad Nylon
Free

Jean-Michel Blais @ Théâtre Rialto
Saturday, November 18th | 9pm
Tickets

BEYRIES unveils the song Au-delà des mots

Singer-songwriter and self-taught musician BEYRIES shares Au-delà des mots, the soundtrack of a new TV show called La vraie nature. Co-written with longtime friend Maxime Le Flaguais, the song is delicate and emotionally charged. The music takes us back to the essential, beyond words. After their song J'aurai cent ans, Au-delà des mots is their second collaboration.

Producer and host Jean-Philippe Dion sought out music that is both touching and powerful that stirs up a certain nostalgia within. His recent discovery (and adoration) of BEYRIES compelled him to engage her for this project. La vraie nature is an adaptation of a French series called La Parenthèse inattendue. Says the host about the musician, I’m so happy she accepted my invitation! It’s a huge privilege that she’s participating, to have a song custom-made by my summer kick. All boat take-offs will always be accompanied by the sound of her music now.

Au-delà des mots is available now on all digital platforms. For all her tour dates, visit beyriesmusic.com.

Geoffroy unveils the video for Raised by Wolves

Montreal's Geoffroy is back with another poignant video for his song, Raised by Wolves. Directed by Didier Charette, the documentary-style video was shot in May 2017 in Quaqtaq, Nunavik (Canada) and follows the life of a one-legged dog-sledding legend, Harry Okpik. The footage explores stunning snow-covered landscapes and the raw, natural interactions between the sled dogs and their master. Geoffroy's music is the perfect depiction of the dog musher’s sparse lifestyle, highlighting themes like nature’s savageness and brutal isolation. Raised by wolves, independent, born to kill, won't feel your pain.

Geoffroy kicked off his fall tour in Belgium and France last week, where he opened for Møme. He will perform in Paris on October 19th as part of the MaMA festival before flying to Los Angeles for a concert presented by Live Nation Ones To Watch on October 25th. He’ll then return to Canada, with shows scheduled in Quebec City (already sold-out), Toronto, Gatineau and more. He will be playing in Montreal at Club Soda on February 23rd as part of Montréal en Lumière. He will perform with his full band, alongside the saxophonist Charles Papasoff and more. All tour dates are listed below.

Tour Dates
18/10/17 Grenoble, FR // La Belle Électrique (Opening for Møme // SOLD-OUT)
19/10/17 Paris, FR // MaMA
21/10/17 Lavaltrie, QC // Café culturel de la Chasse-galerie (Festival LV3)
25/10/17 Los Angeles, CA // Mama Lion (Live Nation Ones To Watch)
03/11/17 Quebec City, QC // Impérial Bell (Nuits FEQ // SOLD-OUT)
18/11/17 Saint-Casimir, QC // La Taverne de Saint-Casimir
24/11/17 Bécancour, QC // Moulin Michel de Gentilly
07/12/17 Toronto, ON // The Drake Hotel
15/12/17 Gatineau, QC // Salle Jean-Despréz
03/02/18 Trois-Rivières, QC // Salle Anaïs-Allard-Rousseau
10/02/18 Saint-Hyacinthe, QC // Le Zaricot
17/02/18 Lavaltrie, QC // Café culturel de la Chasse-galerie
23/02/18 Montreal, QC // Club Soda (Montréal en Lumière)
24/02/18 Cowansville, QC // Église Emmanuel (Double bill w/ KROY)
03/03/18 Sherbrooke, QC // Boquébière

Philippe B presents a video for Je t’aime, je t’aime

Philippe B, recently nominated for Francophone Songwriter of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, now shares a video for his song Je t’aime, je t’aime. Directed by Dan & PAG from DTO Films, the video takes us into the soft and languid vibe of the song. Je t’aime, je t’aime is from his fifth album, La grande nuit vidéo, described by Le Devoir newspaper as a great musical success.

Watch and share the video for Je t’aime, je t’aime via YouTube.
La grande nuit vidéo is available in stores and on all music services.

One of our best songwriters (La Presse), Philippe B kicks off his new tour on October 13th in Lavaltrie with stops in Montreal on October 17th and in Quebec City on October 21st. See complete tour listing below. In addition to songs from his latest album, the singer-songwriter, accompanied by two musicians, will also perform tunes from his previous records.

Tour Dates
13/10/17 Lavaltrie, QC // Café culturel de la Chasse-galerie
17/10/17 Montreal, QC // Cinquième salle de la Place des Arts
20/10/17 Saint-Jérôme, QC // Salle Antony-Lessard
21/10/17 Quebec City, QC // Impérial Bell
27/10/17 Trois-Rivières, QC // Église Saint-James
02/11/17 Sorel-Tracy, QC // Salle Georges-Codling
03/11/17 Saint-Hyacinthe, QC // Le Zaricot
04/11/17 Ottawa, ON // Quatrième Salle du CNA
24/02/18 Val-Morin, QC // Théâtre du Marais
24/03/18 Maskinongé, QC // Magasin Général Le Brun
16/05/18 Val-d’Or, QC // Salle Félix Leclerc

Duchess Says announces an Ontario and US tour

Duchess Says announces an Ontario and US tour

Once again Duchess Says will hit the road to play three venues on American soil this fall. The band, having already shared the stage with renowned bands all over the world, including Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, Ariel Pink, The Black Lips and The Buzzcocks, tour with none other than landmark rockers Hot Snakes. Duchess Says will be opening for the Californian band in Washington, DC on November 15th and in Philadelphia on November 18th. The consistently innovative musicians will be joined by Guerilla Toss and Future Punx in Brooklyn on November 16th.

Duchess Says will also play with Yamantaka // Sonic Titan (their first album made the 2012 Polaris prize short list) in Ontario for six dates. In addition to songs from their latest album, Duchess Says will perform tracks from their previous records.

Tour dates
15/11/17 Washington DC // Rock & Roll Hotel %
16/11/17 Brooklyn // Baby’s All Right =
18/11/17 Philadelphia // Underground Arts %
20/11/17 Windsor, ON // Walkerville Theatre @
21/11/17 Hamilton, ON // Casbah @
22/11/17 Guelph, ON // Brass Taps, University of Guelph @
23/11/17 Toronto, ON // The Garrison @
24/11/17 Kingston, ON // Grad Club @
25/11/17 Ottawa, ON // St Albans Church @

% w/ Hot Snakes
= w/ Guerilla Toss & Future Punx
@ w/ Yamantaka // Sonic Titan

2017 GAMIQ Nominations

Congrats to all the artists nominated at this year's GAMIQ Awards! Here are the nominations garnered by Bonsound's roster of artists:

Beyries
Song of the Year for Wondering
Breakthrough artist of the year

Groenland
Pop Album for A wider space

Dead Obies
Public's Choice
Rap EP for Air Max
Video of the Year for Waiting

Duchess says
Post-Rock/Post-Punk Album or EP for Sciences Nouvelles

Les Deuxluxes
Rock Album for Springtime Devil

Geoffroy
Video of the Year for Sleeping on my own

Lydia Képinski
Pop EP for EP
Song of the year for Apprendre à mentir
Breakthrough artist of the year

Shows

This week

20November | Monday

Duchess Says

Windsor, ON|
Walkerville Theatre

25November | Saturday

Duchess Says

Ottawa, ON|
St.Alban's Church
Monday
20
Nov.

Duchess Says

WindsorON
Walkerville Theatre
8:00pm - All Ages
Double Yamantaka Sonic Titans

Duchess Says

HamiltonON
Casbah
9:00pm - All Ages
Double Yamantaka Sonic Titans
Wednesday
22
Nov.

Duchess Says

GuelphON
Brass Taps
8:00pm - All Ages
Double Yamantaka Sonic Titans
Thursday
23
Nov.

Duchess Says

TorontoON
The Garrison
8:00pm - 19+
Double Yamantaka Sonic Titans

Safia Nolin

SaskatoonSK
The Broadway Theatre
New Constellations tour
8:00pm - All Ages
SaskatoonSK
The Broadway Theatre
New Constellations tour
8:00pm - All Ages

Karen Young et Coral Egan

GatineauQC
Maison de la Culture de Gatineau / Salle Odyssée
8:00pm - All Ages

Duchess Says

KingstonON
Grad Club
9:00pm - 19+
Double Yamantaka Sonic Titans

Geoffroy

BécancourQC
Moulin Michel de Gentilly
8:00pm - All Ages

Safia Nolin

Sold out
CalgaryAB
The Gateway Bar
New Constellations tour
8:00pm - All Ages

Elisapie

Sold out
CalgaryAB
The Gateway Bar
New Constellations tour
8:00pm - All Ages
SherbrookeQC
La Petite Boîte Noire
9:00pm - All Ages
Saturday
25
Nov.

Duchess Says

OttawaON
St.Alban's Church
8:00pm - All Ages
Double Yamantaka Sonic Titans

Safia Nolin

EdmontonAB
Starlite Room
New Constellations tour
- All Ages
EdmontonAB
Starlite Room
New Constellations tour
8:00pm - All Ages
Saint-JérômeQC
Salle Antony-Lessard
8:00pm - All Ages
Saturday
25
Nov.

Jason Bajada

Val DavidQC
Mouton Noir
9:00pm - All Ages

Safia Nolin

Prince AlbertSK
The E.A. Rawlinson Centre
New Constellations tour
8:00pm - All Ages

Elisapie

Prince AlbertSK
The E.A. Rawlinson Centre
New Constellations tour
8:00pm - All Ages

Safia Nolin

WinnipegMB
West End Cultural Center
New Constellations tour
8:00pm - All Ages

Elisapie

WinnipegMB
West End Cultural Center
New Constellations tour
8:00pm - All Ages