The charismatic Montreal-based, Congolese-born Pierre Kwenders shares a video today for his song Irène from his debut album out October 14th via Bonsound. The album is titled Le Dernier Empereur Bantou (The Last Bantu Emperor), and the artist has already been chosen as Révélation Radio-Canada 2014-2015 for world music. More details will follow over the next few weeks.
The song Irène is a reference to the 2011 hurricane of the same name. The lyrics draw parallels between the hurricane's devastation and the effect a woman can have in a man's life. Director Matthew Oppenheimer depicts people from all walks of life meeting at twilight in the forest. The video celebrates mysticism and tribalism as hope rises under a fiery sunset.
Following the release of the Are You Experiencing? video and the single Want To Believe, Rich Aucoin is sharing the video for Yelling In Sleep. Premiering this morning via Noisey/Vice and Much.ca, the animated video was directed by Canadian Joel MacKenzie and was recently awarded Best Music Video at Animation Block Party 2014, in Brooklyn. This song is about the failures in all types of our relationships, explains Rich. "Yelling in our sleep" is a phrase to elicit the frustration we have when we lose these relationships and the nightmare that haunts us afterwards.
Yelling In Sleep, Want To Believe and Are You Experiencing? are from Rich’s sophomore effort, Ephemeral, due in Canada on September 9th via Bonsound. Pre-order the album now via bandcamp or iTunes, and immediately get two tracks. Ephemeral will also be available in the USA on September 9th via Young Enthusiastic Americans and in France on October 14th via Platinum Records.
Tour Dates (more dates being added very soon - check richaucoin.ca for more details)
08/28 Rouyn-Noranda, QC // Emerging Music Festival in Abitibi-Témiscamingue
09/05 Quebec City, QC // Envol et Macadam
09/06 Montreal, QC // OUMF Festival
09/11-14 Victoria, BC // Rifflandia
09/16 Vancouver, BC // Fortune Sound Club
09/17 Edmonton, AB // The Starlite
09/18 Calgary, AB // Commonwealth Stage
09/23 Brooklyn, NY // Glasslands
10/03 Kingston, ON // TBA
Monogrenade's sophomore effort Composite will be released in France on September 1st via Atmosphériques. The band will then fly across the Atlantic in November to present their new songs to our French cousins! Share the love!
11/04 Paris, FR // Flèche d'Or
11/05 Lille, FR // La Péniche
11/06 Villeurbane, FR // Le Transbordeur (co-headline with Alb)
11/08 Rennes, FR // L'Antipode (co-headline with Au Revoir Simone)
11/15 Massy, FR // Espace Paul B (opening for Cascadeur)
In need of some good old rock'n'roll this summer? The good news is that Les Breastfeeders will be doing some shows in the next few days, including a date in Quebec City. Don't miss it!
07/26 Baie-Saint-Paul, QC // Sous-sol de l'Église de Baie-Saint-Paul (Le Festif!)
07/31 Quebec City, QC // Le Cercle^
08/01 St-Gédéon, QC // Parc Saint-Antoine (St-Gédéon s'amuse)^
08/02 Chicoutimi, QC // Le Sous-Bois^
^ with The Muscadettes
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It's with great excitement that Groenland will hit the road this summer to play at various festivals. What's really cool is that they'll share the stage with artists like St. Vincent, Mac DeMarco, Local Natives and Half Moon Run. Their run begins next week and includes a stop at Montreal's Métropolis on July 5th, as part of the Jazz Festival. Purchase your tickets online.
Summer Tour Dates
07/03 Quebec City, QC // Festival d'été de Québec - w/ Local Natives, Royal Canoe
07/04 Trois-Rivières, QC // FestiVoix de Trois-Rivières - w/ Half Moon Run, Mac DeMarco, The Franklin Electric
07/05 Montreal, QC // Métropolis (Jazz Fest) - co-headlining w/ St. Vincent
07/09 Greenfield Park, QC // Parc Pierre-Laporte
07/13 Ottawa, ON // Ottawa Bluesfest
07/16 L’Assomption, QC // L’Ange cornu
08/02 Saint-Gédéon, QC // Saint-Gédéon s’amuse!
08/15 St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC // L'international de montgolfières - w/ Half Moon Run
08/17 Magog, QC // Vieux Clocher de Magog
08/21 Châteauguay, QC // Salle Jean-Pierre-Houde
Dead Obies' Montréal $ud and Philippe B's Ornithologie, la nuit are both long-listed for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize! The Polaris awards $30,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year, as chosen by an independent jury of nearly 190 music journalists, broadcasters and music bloggers from across the country. The short list of 10 albums will be revealed on July 15th.
Here it is, finally! Throughout the spring, Dead Obies worked hard on Collation Vol. 2 – Limon Verde: La Experiencia, and are proud to premiere the mixtape via Noisey/Vice! Download these 11 new songs for free via bandcamp. Catch them live in Quebec this summer while they quest for Limon Verde. It all starts this Friday, June 20th at Club Soda as part of the FrancoFolies de Montréal. They will also perform a few of these new songs at Club Soda – purchase your tickets online.
Upcoming Tour Dates
06/20 Montreal, QC // Club Soda (FrancoFolies de Montréal)
06/20 Montreal, QC // Savoy (DJ set - FrancoFolies de Montréal)
07/10 Quebec City, QC // Parc de la Francophonie (Festival d'été de Québec)
07/12 Sorel-Tracy, QC // Scène TVA (Festival de la Gibelotte)
07/25 Baie-Saint-Paul, QC // Le Festif!
08/09 Béthanie, QC // La Grosse Lanterne
08/21 Drummondville, QC // Centre Marcel Dionne (Festival de la Poutine de Drummondville)
09/05 St-Jérôme, QC // Salle Michel-Clément (J-Fest)
After three years of relentless worldwide touring (cross-Canadian shows, European festivals, even a beach party in Madagascar – he’s done it and you were there up front), Rich Aucoin returns with his second album, Ephemeral. With this album, the ever-ruminating philosopher distills all his big ideas into 10 sharp dance-pop songs, creating one central message. We must gather all things that cause fear and division, and use them to bring us together.
Ephemeral will be released in Canada on September 9th via Bonsound. Watch the album trailer, and stream the new single Want To Believe, as well as the previously released Are You Experiencing?.
In times like this/I wanna be a believer!, Aucoin shouts on the driving, dynamic Want to Believe, an 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.
Tour Dates (more will be announced soon)
06/26 Waterloo, ON // Starlight
06/27 London, ON // Call the Office
06/28 St. Catherine's, ON // SCENEfest
06/29 Toronto, ON // World Pride
06/30 Saint John, NB // Market Square (Canada Day Countdown)
07/01 Fredericton, NB // Officer's Square
07/18 Pemberton, BC // Pemberton Music Festival
07/31 Edmonton, AB // Bermuda Festival
08/02 Halifax, NS (TBD)
Montreal band Secret Sun, formed by Anne-Marie Campbell and Simon Landry, shares their first music video for Feather, a new song from their upcoming album Cold Coast, set to be released on September 30th via Bonsound.
Directed by Miami-based visual artists Michael-John Hancock and Jonathan David Kane, the video was filmed at the historic Shadow Point, the heavenly estate located in Key Largo, Florida. The sunny shots pay homage to the soap operas of days gone by, as well as the novel Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion. A tribute to the therapeutic power of music, Feather’s lyrics were inspired by this 1970 book about a retired actress struggling with her own disillusionment. Hopefully, the song will give you a splash of relief from the summer heat!
Until the release of Cold Coast, you can download the irresistible title track, according to Émilie Côté (La Presse), via secretsun.bandcamp.com. The band will be opening for Kopecky Family Band at Quai des Brumes, in Montreal, on August 8th.