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Lisa LeBlanc's EP is out now!

Lisa LeBlanc's EP is out now!

Highways, Heartaches and Time Well Wasted, Lisa LeBlanc's EP in English, is now available in stores, on bandcamp and on iTunes via Bonsound. You can also purchase a deluxe version on iTunes which includes a filmed performance.

Simple et maîtrisé, ce nouvel EP fouette et relève du voyage, et de la solitude qui l’accompagne. 4/5 - Julie Ledoux, VOIR

Une Lisa mature qui n’a rien perdu de son mordant. 4/5 - Jessica Émond-Ferrat, Journal Métro

Elle nous rentre […] Wow, quelle belle manière de laisser une carte de visite! 8/10 - Olivier Robillard-Laveaux, Haut-parleurs

[…] artiste pleine de richesse et de talent […] 4/5 - Justine Lalande-Church, Bible urbaine

her English debut, which mixes Americana and Maritimes music with painfully poignant lyrics, should ensure the rest of the country knows about her as well. - Jesse Kinos-Goodin, CBC Music

A ton of shows at M for Montreal

We have a great selection of shows and showcases being presented during M for Montreal this year. And some of those are free.

November 19
10:30pm: Pierre Kwenders @ Petit Campus (Mundial Montreal showcase) - Tickets

November 20
1:00pm: Secret Sun @ Petit Campus (Official selection) - Free
11:00pm: Lisa LeBlanc @ Club Soda (Official selection) - Tickets

November 21
4:00pm: Milk & Bone @ Café Campus (Official selection) - Free
9:30pm: Katie Moore @ O Patro Vys - Tickets
12:00am: Dead Obies @ SAT - Tickets

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

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)

Shows

This week

28February | Saturday

Radio Radio

La Baie, QC|
Bistro-café Summum

28February | SaturdayCanceled

Secret Sun

Gatineau, QC|
Le Bistro

Sodec Musicaction Factor Canada

Saturday
28
Feb.

Pierre Kwenders

MontréalQC
Club Soda
Part of Nuit Blanche / Karnival
10:00pm (doors at 9:00pm) - All Ages
With Poirier, Face-T
Saturday
28
Feb.

Radio Radio

La BaieQC
Bistro-café Summum
Summum 5th anniversary
9:30pm - All Ages
Saturday
28
Feb.

Secret Sun

Canceled
GatineauQC
Le Bistro
9:30pm (doors at 9:00pm) - 18+
Saturday
28
Feb.

Boogat

MontréalQC
Piano Nobile de la salle Wilfrid Pelletier
Nuit blanche à Montréal
- All Ages

Free

Saturday
28
Feb.

Rich Aucoin

MontréalQC
Métropolis
Montréal en Lumière
10:45pm (doors at 8:00pm) - All Ages
Double Canailles, Claude Bégin, Karim Ouellet (DJ set), King Abid (DJ set)
01
Mar.

Myriam Gendron

HullQC
Petit Chicago
8:30pm (doors at 8:00pm) - 18+
Opening act: Bitterly Healed
Wednesday
04
Mar.

Myriam Gendron

MontréalQC
Casa del Popolo
CD launch
9:00pm (doors at 8:30pm) - 18+
Opening act: Travelling Headcase
Thursday
05
Mar.

Radio Radio

QuébecQC
Le Cercle
10:00pm - All Ages
Thursday
05
Mar.

Pierre Kwenders

QuébecQC
Le Cercle
9:00pm (doors at 8:00pm) - 18+
Opening act of Radio Radio
Friday
06
Mar.

Radio Radio

RimouskiQC
Coop Paradis
10:00pm - All Ages
Friday
06
Mar.

Pierre Kwenders

Saint-AndréQC
La Tête d'Allumette
9:00pm - 18+
Friday
06
Mar.

Trio Jérôme Beaulieu

WaterlooQC
Maison de la Culture Waterloo
8:00pm - All Ages
Double FLQ
Saturday
07
Mar.

Radio Radio

Rivière-du-LoupQC
Centre Culturel de Rivière-du-Loup - Salle Alphonse Desjardins
8:00pm - All Ages
Opening act: Bleue, Tapis Bleu

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