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Rich Aucoin presents his new video for Want To Believe

Rich Aucoin is very excited to present his new video for Want To Believe, from his album Ephemeral, available in stores, on bandcamp and iTunes via Bonsound. Rich and director Jason Eisener both grew up with movies like The Monster Squad, The Goonies, The Sandlot and The Explorers, and they wanted to create their own kids adventure. Starring the Halifax-born artist as Detective Wolfe, the video packs an epic storyline into three short minutes of reckless imagination.

It was incredibly fun to make, says Rich Aucoin. Shooting all night till dawn with a youthful excitement of creating something in the vein of so many of our favourite films. I hope people enjoy the hard work of so many people who put this labour of love together. Oh, I also hope that putting my real phone number in the video turns out to be a good idea!

In times like this/I wanna be a believer!, Aucoin shouts on the exuberant anthem mixed by Grammy Award winner Mick Guzauski (Daft Punk). It’s not surprising that he means all times. I want to believe, he says, and am on a quest to try to have as many experiences as I can to elicit belief.

Praise for Ephemeral

Ephemeral is an all killer, no filler affair - Exclaim!
this disc stands on its own as a platter of party anthems ready to serve - Pop Matters
the Halifax-based pop maestro creates massive chant-alongs capable of filling a room with kinetic energy - VUE Weekly
Ephemeral is a dose of bright light with wattage unmatched - Gray Owl Point
The 10 tracks are energetic, contagious and have an intense narrative arc - The Coast
Ephemeral rarely slows down to take a breath, bashing out the go-big-or-go-home jams one after the other - FFWD
Even-keel playing field for people who want to vibe out and high-five strangers - Noisey
The most upbeat record of 2014 - Uptown
His new record might be called Ephemeral, but Aucoin's towering presence in Canadian music is anything but - Postcity
Ephemeral should provide kindling for dance parties far into the future - Prairie Dog

Dead Obies announce the release of a Montréal $ud CD and book, and France tour dates

Dead Obies announce the release of a Montréal $ud CD and book, and France tour dates

Nominated for Album of the Year - Hip-hop and Album of the Year - Critics’ Choice at this year’s L’Autre Gala de L’ADISQ, Montréal $ud by Dead Obies is now available on CD in stores and on their bandcamp. First released on vinyl and in digital format in November of 2013, the post-rap band’s debut album also made it onto the 2014 Polaris Music Prize Long List.

To mark Montréal $ud’s first anniversary, Dead Obies will release on Wednesday, November 12th a book of the same title, designed to be a companion to the album. In addition to a glossary of terms used by the band, the book talks about the Dead Obies’ journey and the production of Montréal $ud, while dissecting the lyrics of the album’s 17 songs.

Having won a cash prize awarded by CKOI 96.9 for the best showcase at the 2014 Rendez-vous Pros des Francos, Dead Obies will be off to conquer France in December, where they will perform in seven cities, including Paris and Rennes (at the Trans Musicales). In the meantime, be sure to catch them on November 21st at the SAT during M for Montreal.

Upcoming shows
10/31 Saint-Casimir, QC // La Taverne
11/14 Joliette, QC // Cabaret Telus de la Salle Rolland-Brunelle
11/21 Montreal, QC // SAT (M for Montreal)
11/29 Sherbrooke, QC // Boquébière
12/02 Lille, FR // La Péniche
12/04 Rennes, FR // Ubu (Trans Musicales de Rennes)
12/06 Paris, FR // Flèche d'Or
12/09 Dijon, FR // La Péniche Cancale
12/10 Laval, FR // 6 Par 4
12/12 Nancy, FR // L'Autre Canal

Félix awards for Philippe B and Bonsound

Félix awards for Philippe B and Bonsound

Congrats to Philippe B who won the Félix for Songwriter of the Year at the Gala de l'ADISQ. Well-deserved!

Last week, at the industry gala, Bonsound won four trophies: Management Company of the Year, Concert Producer of the Year, Web Promo Team of the Year and Album Artwork of the Year (for Philippe B's Ornithologie, la nuit, designed by FEED). A big thanks to all of our artists and to everyone we work with!

Pierre Kwenders shares a new video for Mardi Gras

Pierre Kwenders is very excited to share is new music video for Mardi Gras, off his debut album Le Dernier Empereur Bantou that was recently released on October 14th. Directed by Epher Heilland and produce by Roméo et Fils, the video was filmed in Montreal. In the video, Pierre Kwenders and Jacobus (Radio Radio) find themselves in the spotlight amongst a joyous procession as they dance down an electro cajun Main street.

**** Alain Brunet, La Presse

Kwenders’ music has the melodic, rhythmic and sonic appeal that could easily fly beyond several linguistic, cultural and musical barriers […] Lorraine Carpenter, CultMTL

I was most impressed by intimidatingly stylish opener Pierre Kwenders […] Julia LeConte, NOW Magazine

Overall, Kwenders' debut full-length is ambitious in scope and hits most of, if not all the right notes. Ryan B. Patrick, Exclaim

Pierre Kwenders' Le Dernier Empereur Bantou out now!

Pierre Kwenders' Le Dernier Empereur Bantou out now!

Le Dernier Empereur Bantou, Pierre Kwenders' debut album, is now available in stores, on bandcamp and iTunes via Bonsound. With his progressive music coloured with Congolese rumba and Afro-electro beats, the singer explores an innovative path, adding a new flavour to his repertoire. The album includes collaborations with Jacobus (Radio Radio), Baloji and The Posterz. Nom de Plume and Poirier also participated in the making of this eagerly awaited full-length debut album.

Kwenders’ music has the melodic, rhythmic and sonic appeal that could easily fly beyond several linguistic, cultural and musical barriers […]
Lorraine Carpenter, CultMTL

I was most impressed by intimidatingly stylish opener Pierre Kwenders […]
Julia LeConte, NOW Magazine

Kwenders possède déjà une signature marquante, et Le dernier empereur bantou ne déçoit pas les attentes élevées.
Yves Bernard, Le Devoir

Transplantation réussie. Ce PK-là est le chaînon manquant!
Ralph Boncy, Voir

L'afrobeat rencontre la musique électronique et puise dans des rythmes de rumba congolaise pour créer un résultat concluant.
Marie-Hélène Chartrand, 24 Heures Montréal

Lisa LeBlanc's EP launch in Montreal

Lisa LeBlanc's EP launch in Montreal

We recently shared Lisa LeBlanc's new song, You Look Like Trouble (But I Guess I Do), and announced that her English EP, Highways, Heartaches and Time Well Wasted, will be released on November 4th via Bonsound. We're now very excited to invite you to the Montreal EP launch happening on November 4th, 6pm at the Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre.

The purchase of a ticket includes a CD of Highways, Heartaches and Time Well Wasted, which you can pick up the night of the launch at the merch table upon presentation of your ticket. For $12, it's a pretty sweet deal!

Upcoming shows
10/24 New York, NY // Arlene's Grocery (CMJ Music Marathon - M for Montreal Showcase)
11/04 Montreal, QC // Théâtre Corona Virgin Mobile (EP launch)
11/13 Ottawa, ON // Ritual Nightclub
11/14 Toronto, ON // The Drake Underground
11/15 Hamilton, ON // Mills Hardware
11/26 Winnipeg, MB // Pyramid Cabaret
11/27 Saskatoon, SK // The Basement
11/29 Calgary, AB // The Palomino
12/01 Kelowna, BC // Fernando’s Pub
12/03 Victoria, BC // Lucky Bar
12/04 Vancouver, BC // The Fox Cabaret
12/08 Edmonton, AB // The Artery
12/10 Regina, SK // Artesian

Monogrenade lauded by Les Inrocks

Monogrenade lauded by Les Inrocks

Monogrenade's latest album, Composite, is being praised by French magazine Les Inrockuptibles. Indeed, Thomas Burgel says that this second album confirms Monogrenade's greatness, and gives it 4 stars and a half (out of 5). Boooom! That means you should definitely purchase Composite (bandcamp / iTunes) if you haven't done so yet.

The band will be playing in Chicoutimi on October 10th, and will fly to France in November for a mini tour.

Upcoming shows
10/10 Chicoutimi, QC // Le Sous-Bois
11/03 Dijon, FR // Atheneum (Centre Culturel de l'Université de Bourgogne)
11/04 Paris, FR // Flèche d'Or
11/05 Lille, FR // La Péniche
11/06 Villeurbanne, FR // Le Transbordeur (w/ Alb)
11/08 Rennes, FR // L'Antipode (w/ Au Revoir Simone et Furie)
11/15 Massy, FR // Espace Paul B (opening for Cascadeur)

Cold Coast by Secret Sun is out now!

Cold Coast by Secret Sun is out now!

Cold Coast, Montreal duo Secret Sun's debut album, aka the perfect fall soundtrack, is now available in stores, on bandcamp and iTunes via Bonsound! The band will be opening for Groenland in Toronto @ Rivoli on October 2nd (tickets) and for Kandle in Quebec City @ Le Cercle on December 4th (tickets).

an eclectic mix of songs that ranges from gloomy shoegaze to dancefloor-ready pop.
Sarah Murphy, Exclaim.ca

Cold Coast has created the comforting chill of its title: inviting, simplistically powerful and filled with longing as we retreat into winter.
Grayowl Point

Un très bon début, sans moments plats.
Valérie Thérien, Voir

L'ambiance musicale de Cold Coast est résolument tournée vers le rock vaporeux, où les guitares et les claviers combattent la mélancolie du quotidien.
Philippe Beauchemin, La Presse

la trame sonore de votre automne.
Marie-Pier Robillard, Scène 1425

C’est atmosphérique, planant et envoûtant. Ceux qui ont aimé le film Drive et sa bande-son ou qui aiment Beach House vont être conquis par sa délicatesse et son extravagance.
Alexandre Courteau, IciMusique.ca

2014 GAMIQ Nominations

2014 GAMIQ Nominations

The GAMIQ has revealed the artists nominated at the event's 9th edition. You can vote in five categories before October 31st! All the winners will be announced at the gala happening on November 30th at Théâtre Plaza.

Dead Obies
Artist of the Year - Public vote
Show of the Year - Public vote
Song of the Year (for Montréal $ud) - Public vote
Breakthrough Artist of the Year - Public vote
Music Video of the Year (for Tony Hawk) - Public vote
Rap Album of the Year (for Montréal $ud)

Philippe B
Songwriter of the Year
Song of the Year (for Calorifère) - Public vote
Folk Album of the Year (for Ornithologie, la nuit)

Monogrenade
Pop Album of the Year (for Composite)

Mark Berube
Pop Album of the Year (for Russian Dolls)

Pierre Kwenders
Ep of the Year (for Whisky & Tea)

Groenland shares a new single and heads back on tour!

Groenland shares a new single and heads back on tour!

After selling 25 000 copies of their debut album, The Chase, winner of the 2013 GAMIQ Pop Album of the Year award and nominated at the 2013 ADISQ for Album of the Year - Anglophone, Groenland presents a new song, one you may have already danced to during one of their shows. Don’t Fix Me Yet is streaming on Soundcloud, and is on sale on iTunes and bandcamp.

Back from a tour in Germany, during which they performed at Hamburg’s Reeperbahn Festival, the orchestral indie pop band will present their show in numerous cities this fall, kicking things off in Toronto at The Rivoli this Thursday, October 2nd. Nominated at this year’s ADISQ for Show of the Year - Other Languages, Groenland took part in many festivals in the past year (Osheaga, Montreal Jazz Festival, Festival d’été de Québec, CMQ, M For Montreal, Festival Off-Courts in France, etc.), and has played alongside reknown artists such as St. Vincent, Local Natives, Mac DeMarco and Half Moon Run.

Upcoming shows
10/02 Toronto, ON // Rivoli (Presented by Massey Hall) ^
10/03 Vankleek Hill, ON // Vankleek Hill Fairground (Beau's Oktoberfest)
10/04 Beaupré, QC // Mont-Sainte-Anne (L'Oktoberfest du Mont-Sainte-Anne)
10/07 Rimouski, QC // Coudée
10/08 New Richmond, QC // Salle de spectacles régionale de New Richmond
10/09 Gaspé, QC // Salle de spectacle de Gaspé
10/10 Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, QC // Maison de la Culture de Ste-Anne-des-Monts
10/17 Sept-Îles, QC // Salle de spectacle Jean-Marc Dion
10/18 Baie-Comeau, QC // Centre des Arts de Baie-Comeau
10/19 Pohénégamook, QC // Centre culturel Léopold-Plante
10/24 Lévis, QC // Anglicane
10/25 Sainte-Marie, QC // Centre Caztel
11/07 Waterloo, QC // Maison de la Culture Waterloo
11/13 Sorel-Tracy, QC // Marine Cabaret
11/14 Lavaltrie, QC // Café culturel de la Chasse-galerie
11/21 Longueuil, QC // Théâtre de la ville - Salle Jean-Louis-Millette *
11/23 Boisbriand, QC // Centre Communautaire de Boisbriand
12/04 Beloeil, QC // Centre culturel de Beloeil
12/05 Sainte-Geneviève, QC // Centre des Arts de la Scène Pauline-Julien *
12/06 Bécancour, QC // Moulin Michel de Gentilly
12/11 Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC // Cabaret Théâtre du Vieux St-Jean
12/13 Joliette, QC // La Mitaine *
01/22 Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC // Cabaret d’Albert
01/23 Victoriaville, QC // Cactus Resto-Bar
01/27 Shawinigan, QC // Maison de la culture Francis-Brisson

^ w/ Secret Sun
* w/ Safia Nolin

Shows

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Sodec Musicaction Factor Canada

Friday
31
Oct.

Dead Obies

Saint-CasimirQC
La Taverne
9:00pm - 18+
Double Alaclair Ensemble
Friday
31
Oct.

Trio Jérôme Beaulieu

OrfordQC
Centre d’Arts Orford
Soupers-Jazz
7:00pm - All Ages
Saturday
01
Nov.

Mark Berube

ZurichCH
Helsinki Klub
- All Ages
Monday
03
Nov.

Monogrenade

DijonFR
Atheneum (Centre Culturel de l'Universite de Bourgogne)
8:00pm - All Ages
Opening act: Eyedress
Tuesday
04
Nov.

Lisa LeBlanc

MontréalQC
Théâtre Corona Virgin Mobile
7:00pm (doors at 6:00pm) - All Ages

Highways, Heartaches and Time Well Wasted EP Launch

Tuesday
04
Nov.

Monogrenade

ParisFR
Flèche d'Or
7:30pm - All Ages
Wednesday
05
Nov.

Dead Obies

JonquièreQC
Cégep de Jonquière
8:00pm (doors at 7:30pm) - All Ages
Double Alaclair Ensemble
Wednesday
05
Nov.

Monogrenade

LilleFR
La Péniche
- All Ages
Thursday
06
Nov.

Mark Berube

Faches ThumesnilFR
Centre musical Les Arcades
8:00pm - All Ages
Opening act: Blitzen Benz
Thursday
06
Nov.

Monogrenade

VilleurbanneFR
Le Transbordeur
- All Ages
Double Alb
Friday
07
Nov.

Ponctuation

Canceled
ChicoutimiQC
Le Sous-Bois
9:00pm - All Ages
Double Les Indiens
Friday
07
Nov.

Trio Jérôme Beaulieu

JolietteQC
Centre culturel de Joliette - Salle Roland Brunelle
8:00pm - All Ages
Friday
07
Nov.

Groenland

WaterlooQC
Maison de la Culture Waterloo
8:00pm - All Ages

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