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
Champion presents the music video for Life is Good off his new album, Best Seller, to be released on May 6th via Bonsound. Pre-order the album now via Bandcamp (CD/vinyl/digital) or iTunes, and immediately get a download of the first single.
Watch and share the video forLife is Good via YouTube.
After Betty Bonifassi and Pilou, it’s now singer Lou Laurence’s turn to bring life to Champion’s music. Marie-Christine Depestre also collaborated on this new album, along with Anna Frances Meyer (Les Deuxluxes) who sings on Boy Toy. The title Best Seller is a cheeky nod to the music industry’s continuously declining record sales, and it symbolizes Champion’s motto in 2016; to do it for the hell of it and not take himself too seriously.
06/30/16 Montreal, QC // Club Soda (Montreal International Jazz Festival) (Tickets)
07/09/16 Baie Comeau, QC // Parc des Pionniers (Eau Grand Air Festival)
07/15/16 Quebec City, QC // Parc de la Francophonie (Festival d’été de Québec) (Tickets)
08/18/16 Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC // The International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
08/19/16 St-Albert, ON // Festival de la Curd
09/17/16 Fredericton, NB // Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival
Bonsound is very excited to announce our partnership with Apple Music as the first Quebec music company to act as Curator on the platform, alongside the ranks of renowned labels such as XL Recordings, Last Gang Records, 4AD, Young Turks and more.
Apple music users will now have access to curated content, selected by the Bonsound team. Our Apple music profile includes playlists from our artists’ catalogues, several thematic playlists and a curated playlist we update weekly.
Check out our profile on Apple Music to discover our playlists.
Bonsound and SiriusXM, in partnership with Exclaim!, are happy to present a showcase on May 6th in Toronto, as part of Canadian Music Week. Safia Nolin, Les Deuxluxes, Lisa LeBlanc, Dead Obies and Radio Radio will all hit the Great Hall stage starting at 9pm. Tickets are on sale now online; all wristbands-passes are accepted. Invite your friends on the Facebook event!
Bonsound joins forces with FME for a 7@9 cocktail party open to CMW badge holders / by invitation only. On the menu: beers and smoked meat sandwiches courtesy of Jody's Montreal Deli (veggie option also available).
Misc's self-titled album is available now online (Bandcamp / iTunes) and in stores!
The new album is the result of a true collaboration between the three musicians geniuses Jérôme Beaulieu, William Côté and Philippe Leduc. Misc’s album combines 3 compositions and 3 covers, including Respirer dans l’eau by Daniel Bélanger who was quite impressed by their adaptation.
Don't miss the launch show at the Sala Rossa on March 22nd!
03/22/16 Montreal, QC // La Sala Rossa (Album launch)
04/12/16 Quebec city, QC // Le Cercle
The Festival d'été de Québec's lineup is officially out! Don't miss Champion and his G-Strings, Radio Radio, Dead Obies, Safia Nolin, Pierre Kwenders and Les Deuxluxes from July 7th to 17th this year in Quebec city.
Tickets are on sale via the festival's website.
Pierre Kwenders @ Scène Hydro-Québec (Place D'Youville)
Friday, July 8th | 10pm
Free - Pass recommended
Safia Nolin @ Impérial Bell
Saturday, July 9th | 7:45pm
Safia Nolin @ Scène Fibe (Place de l'Assemblée-Nationale)
Sunday, July 8th | 6:30pm
Dead Obies @ Scène Loto-Québec (Parc de la Francophonie)
Wednesday, July 13th | 8pm
Radio Radio @ Scène Loto-Québec (Parc de la Francophonie)
Friday, July 15th | 8pm
Champion et ses G-Strings @ Scène Loto-Québec (Parc de la Francophonie)
Friday, July 15th | 9:20pm
Gesamtkunstwerk, Dead Obies' sophomore album, is available now online (Bandcamp / iTunes) and in stores! And make sure to get your tickets for the band’s upcoming tour!
The band's new album was recorded in part in studio and in part in front of a live audience during a series of three sold-out concerts at Phi Centre. It’s their follow-up to Montréal $ud (November 2013), whose critical success and popularity helped propel the band to the forefront of Quebec’s rap scene, as well as earn them a tour in France.
With Gesamtkunstwerk, Dead Obies explores new avenues of powerful, melodic choruses and concise raps, juxtaposed with laid-back rhythms, ethereal synths and organic, groovy bass.
03/10/16 Montreal, QC // Le National (Tickets) // SOLD-OUT
03/12/16 Gatineau, QC // Petit Chicago (Tickets)
03/17/16 Saguenay, QC // Côté Cour (Tickets)
03/18/16 Quebec City, QC // Le Cercle (Tickets)
03/19/16 Sherbrooke, QC // Boquébière (Tickets)
03/24/16 Saint-Hyacinthe, QC // Le Zaricot (Tickets)
03/25/16 Terrebonne, QC // Théâtre du Vieux Terrebonne - Salle du Moulinet (Tickets)
03/26/16 Joliette, QC // La Mitaine (Tickets)
03/31/16 Trois-Rivières, QC // L’Embuscade Café Galerie (Tickets)
04/21/16 Victoriaville, QC // Le Carré 150: Cabaret Guy Aubert (Double bill w/ Milk & Bone) (Tickets)
Almost three years after the release of his third album °1, Champion returns in full force with Life is Good, the first single off his new album Best Seller to be released this spring via Bonsound. The song is available via Bandcamp, iTunes and all the other digital platforms.
The song, a hymn to life and love, reminds us of Champion during his early years. The upbeat music is textured and catchy, and is elevated by the sultry blues voice of singer Lou Laurence, who also co-wrote the lyrics.
This first single is one of three other songs initially composed for his second album Resistance, released in 2009. With this new album, Champion will reconnect with his early musical tastes. Listen and share Life is Good via YouTube.