Safia Nolin releases the video for Igloo, her very first original song. This new version of the previously released single will appear on her debut album, set to be released at the end of the summer via Bonsound.
To keep the never-ending winter chill at bay, the singer-songwriter builds a unique refuge in the middle of her apartment. The song is striking and emotionally-loaded, and her vocals manage to embody all of the world’s loneliness.
Upon first hearing the song, director Gabriel Poirier-Galarneau was reminded of an igloo-shaped art installation made of sixty or so speakers by Montreal interdisciplinary artist Alexis O’Hara. She agreed to re-create a version of her work for the purposes of this project, and the video’s construction whole heartedly embraces the song’s slow, waltz-like tempo. The result will leave you anything but cold.
Little Mourning, the debut album by electro-pop duo Milk & Bone, is now available in Canadian stores and online (bandcamp / iTunes) via Bonsound. The critics are unanimous: the album is a must!
every piece of this collection is as solid as the next […] strong debut with nary a fault in sight. 9/10
Scott Simpson, Exclaim!
hypnotic and engrossing yet also meditative
Ben Yung, The Revue
Their voices glide in unison the same way a lot of great harmonizing families have done before. The foreboding Celestine sonic universe recalls Woodkid minus the bombast, the organic digitized into icy cool fragments.
Erik Leijon, CultMTL
Avec des textes d'une sensualité décomplexée, Milk & Bone mérite amplement l'attention qui lui est portée depuis les derniers mois. 4/5
Charles D’Amboise, La Presse
Douceur et puissance, sensualité et fraternité, c’est un savant mélange qu’on retrouve là. 4/5
Myriam Daguzan Bernier, BRBR
Milk & Bone, c’est du bonbon, c’est un pur délice. C'est [Little Mourning] un incontournable. 9/10
Mathieu Paquet-Chabot, ecoutedonc.ca
huit pièces qui sont tout à fait sensuelles, tout à fait accrocheuses saupoudrées d’une bonne couche d’émotion à fleur de peau. On en veut plus! 8/10
Louis-Philippe Labrèche, Le canal auditif
18/03 Austin, TX // Lamberts (SXSW)
19/03 Austin, TX // Sledge Hammer (SXSW)
19/03 Austin, TX // Maggie Mae's (SXSW)
16/04 Ottawa, ON // Théâtre du CNA *
24/04 Sherbrooke, QC // Théâtre Granada *
30/04 Saguenay, QC // Théâtre Banque Nationale *
01/05 Québec, QC // L'Impérial *
07/05 L'Assomption, QC // Théâtre Hector Charland *
09/05 Shawinigan, QC // Salle Philippe Filion *
22/05 Montréal, QC // Métropolis *
* En première partie d'Ariane Moffatt
Dead Obies, brilliant defenders of post-rap, are bringing the Montréal $ud saga to another level with their new cartoon series 4:20 with Dead Obies. Following the publication of their eponymous book, which dissects the album’s music and lyrics, the band now veers towards self-mockery, offering fans a trippy behind-the-scenes window into the boys’ lives. Written by Martin C. Pariseau and animated by Vincent Bilodeau, each episode will star a member of the troop. One of the six episodes will be released each Monday, starting today. Watch Episode 1: Le meeting now at 420.deadobies.com.
Dead Obies are currently working on new material.
04/10 Val-d’Or, QC // Bar L’Entonnoir
04/11 Rouyn-Noranda, QC // Cabaret de la dernière chance
05/29 Carleton-sur-mer, QC // Microbrasserie Le Naufrageur
Charming audiences everywhere for over two years with their orchestral indie pop songs, Groenland will take on Europe once again this spring. The band, led by Sabrina Halde and Jean-Vivier Lévesque, has many shows scheduled in Germany and will also perform in Paris, at The Great Escape festival in Brighton, UK, as well as at the London Calling festival in Amsterdam, NL.
Needless to say, these days the sextet is drawing attention from everyone: Apple has chosen their song Our Hearts Like Gold for an iPad ad narrated by none other than Martin Scorsese. The spot was first broadcast during the Academy Awards last Sunday. Represented by the music licensing and publishing company Third Side Music, the band’s music has also been placed in TV shows The Good Wife (CBS) and Les beaux malaises (TVA), as well as a Canadian iPhone/Bell ad.
02/27 Sherbrooke, QC // Théâtre Granada (Spectacle-bénéfice pour La Petite Boîte Noire)
03/20 Rivière-du-Loup, QC // Maison de la culture de Rivière-du-Loup - Salle Bon-Pasteur
04/04 Cowansville, QC // Église Emmanuel
04/27 Bourges, FR // Printemps de Bourges - Les iNOUïS
04/28 Frankfurt, DE // Nachtleben
04/29 Hamburg, DE // Volt
04/30 Berlin, DE // Auster Club
05/02 Münster, DE // Schnabulenz
05/04 Adelsdorf, DE // Kuckucksheim
05/06 Halle, DE // Objekt 5
05/08 Erfurt, DE // Franz Melhose
05/09 Cologne, DE // Wohngemeinschaft
05/12 Paris, FR // Les Trois Baudets
05/14-16 Brighton, UK // The Great Escape - venue TBA
05/17 Amsterdam, NL // London Calling - venue TBA
Fresh off their first concert in Paris, Secret Sun announces a show in Montreal at Bar Le Ritz P.D.B. on Saturday, April 18th. Presented by Bonsound Concerts, this is the perfect opportunity to discover the Montreal band’s spellbinding universe. Tickets are on sale now via TicketFly.
Over the next few weeks, the band will release a series of remixes of Cold Coast songs. Toronto producer Deebs recently unveiled via THUMP his reworking of the song Feather. The simple, bass driven remix also made it onto Ryan Hemsworth’s BBC Diplo & Friends - Secret Songs V Day Mix.
Stream and share Feather (Deebs Remix) via Soundcloud.
To hear the upcoming remixes by artists including The Posterz, CRi and Foxtrott, be sure to follow Secret Sun on Twitter and Facebook!
Two years following the release of their solid debut album, 27 Club, brothers Guillaume and Maxime Chiasson are set to release their second album, La réalité nous suffit, due out April 28th via Bonsound.
While we wait for spring to come, Ponctuation now releases Poésie automatique, a red-hot slacker-punk single that recalls 27 Club’s feel-good vibe and marks a shift towards a more psychedelic sonic universe.
Ponctuation will be performing on February 14th at Scanner in Quebec City. More dates, and further details about the album, will be announced in upcoming weeks.
Rich Aucoin has long been recognized for ambitious records and the video elements that accompany his music. Announced this week, his video for Yelling in Sleep is again shortlisted for the Prism Prize. The video for Brian Wilson is A.L.I.V.E. won the inaugural Prism Prize in 2013. The Yelling in Sleep video has also won Best Music Video at Animation Block Party 2014 in Brooklyn and was recently nominated for an East Coast Music Award for Fans’ Choice Video Of The Year, just one of six nominations for Rich Aucoin at this year’s ECMAs. Which is all to say that the debut of Ephemeral Prince, a sync between Aucoin’s critically acclaimed album Ephemeral and the visuals of Will Vinton based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s brilliant novella The Little Prince is nothing short of spectacular. Think of it as Aucoin’s take on the Darkside of The Rainbow.
The Halifax-born artist is preparing for the Ephemeral Prince Tour, starting on the Canadian east coast in February before heading to France and Belgium in March. Tour dates include a stop at Montréal en Lumière at Metropolis on February 28th, as part of the Nuit Blanche.
Ephemeral Prince Tour Dates
02/12 Halifax, NS // Hockey Day Scotiabank “Stolen From A Hockey Card” Concert
02/13 Baie-St-Paul, QC // Contemporary Art Museum
02/26 Moncton, NB // Tide and Boar
02/27 Fredericton, NB // The Capitol
02/28 Montreal, QC // Metropolis (Nuit Blanche / Montréal en Lumière)
03/04 Kingston, ON // The Grad Club
03/05 Peterborough, ON // Red Dog Tavern
03/06 Ottawa, ON // Ritual Nightclub
03/07 Elora, ON // Elora Mill Inn
03/11 London, ON // Call The Office (Riverfest Elora’s ICE JAM)
03/12 St. Catherines, ON // Detour Lounge
03/13 Oshawa, ON // Mustache Club
03/19 Niort, FR // Festival Nouvelles Scenes
03/20 Lille, FR // L’Aeronef
03/21 Romans, FR // La Cordonnerie
03/27 Savigny Le Temple, FR // L’Empreinte
03/28 Charleville-Mezieres, FR // Centre Social & Culturel Andre Dhotel
04/02 Le mans, FR // L’Oasis
04/03 Villeurbanne, FR // Le Temps Machine
04/04 La Defense, FR // Fest. Chorus de Hauts de Seine
04/04 Bordeaux, FR // I-Boat
04/05 Lyon, FR // Fest Reperkusound
04/10 Saint Lo, FR // Le Normandy
04/11 Sannois, FR // Espace Michel Berger (EMB)
04/17 Liege, BE // Casene Fonck
Lisa LeBlanc releases a music video for You Look Like Trouble (But I Guess I Do Too). The video is for the first single off her Highways, Heartaches and Time Well Wasted EP which was released in fall 2014 via Bonsound. Gritty and purposeful, the video was directed by Didier Charette. What looks to be the first scenes of a ragged ultimate fighting story takes a sharp twist into the high stakes world of underground chess. The intense video is shot with glimpses of Lisa and her band's electric live performance throughout.
During her 2014 fall cross-Canada tour, Lisa performed sold-out shows in Ottawa, Toronto and Hamilton, and charmed everyone she met all the way to Vancouver. She will return to Ontario for a few encore performances in Ottawa (April 1st), Kingston (April 2nd) and Guelph (April 3rd).
03/14 Terrebonne, QC // Théâtre du Vieux Terrebonne (Salle du Moulinet)
04/01 Ottawa, ON // Ritual Nightclub
04/02 Kingston, ON // The Mansion
04/03 Guelph, ON // eBar
2015 begins on a great note for Pierre Kwenders, named Révélation Radio-Canada 2014-2015. After receiving significant praise from both francophone and anglophone media for his debut album, Le Dernier Empereur Bantou, released in October 2014, the Montrealer of Congolese origin has recently been nominated for World Music Album of the Year at the JUNO Awards. To mark this accomplishment, Pierre is happy to share a remix of his song Sorry by Poirier via OkayAfrica.
Pierre will soon set out to win over new audiences, starting with a show in Toronto this Friday, February 6th as part of the event KUUMBA. He’ll also be performing outdoors at Montréal en Lumière on February 25th.
02/06 Toronto, ON // Harbourfront Centre - Salle Brigantine (KUUMBA)
02/12 Ottawa, ON // Quatrième salle du CNA
02/20 Winnipeg, MB // Tente Rivière Rouge MTS (Festival du Voyageur)
02/21 Winnipeg, MB // Tente La Prairie Université de Saint-Boniface (Festival du Voyageur)
02/25 Montreal, QC // RBC Stage - Outdoor concert (Montréal en Lumière)
03/05 Quebec City, QC // Le Cercle (opening for Radio Radio)
03/06 Saint-André, QC // La Tête d'Allumette
04/10 Montreal, QC // Maison de la culture Ahuntsic-Cartierville
04/18 Sherbrooke, QC // Boquébière
07/18 Hamilton, ON // Hamilton World Music Festival