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
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
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!
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'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.
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, 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.
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
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.
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)
Songwriter of the Year
Song of the Year (for Calorifère) - Public vote
Folk Album of the Year (for Ornithologie, la nuit)
Pop Album of the Year (for Composite)
Pop Album of the Year (for Russian Dolls)
Ep of the Year (for Whisky & Tea)
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.
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
Ottawa-born Myriam Gendron released her debut album, Not So Deep as a Well, in March 2014 on two american labels: Feeding Tube Records (Northampton, Massachusetts), in a limited vinyl edition, and Mama Bird Recording Co. (Portland, Oregon), in a digital edition. The nine-track album of love and hate, all at once brutal, mischievous, humorous and blue, was recorded and mixed in her bedroom.
We are very happy to welcome Myriam to our booking roster!
Montreal duo Secret Sun is very excited to share their new music video for Passing Cars. Directed by Hervé Baillargeon, the black and white video was shot in a wave pool in Saint-Sauveur (QC) and also features a miniature fire tornado. Baillargeon was inspired by the beat of the song, which reminded him of the mechanism behind the waves of a wave pool. The result is both epic and sensitive, which accurately reflects the band's music.
Passing Cars opens Secret Sun's debut album, Cold Coast, due September 30th via Bonsound. The song captures the disorientation and nostalgia that can creep into a long-time couple's standstill life. Produced by Sébastien Blais-Montpetit (Radio Radio's Belmundo Regal) and François Lafontaine (Karkwa), the album creates a universe of its own in which melancholy meets sensuality. It is the perfect life soundtrack as we bid adieu to hot summer days.
Cold Coast is available for pre-order on bandcamp and iTunes.
09/19 Montreal, QC // Divan Orange (POP Montreal) // Facebook Event
09/30 Montreal, QC // Le Belmont (Launch show) // Facebook Event
10/02 Toronto, ON // Rivoli (opening for Groenland) // Facebook Event
Pierre Kwenders will present songs from Le Dernier Empereur Bantou on October 14 at Centre PHI. He will be playing with musicians Julien Sagot and Daniel Leznoff and the event is free.
Watch the album teaser and listen to the new song Mardi Gras. You can also pre-order the album on bandcamp and on iTunes.
The singer explores an innovative path using progressive music flavoured with Congolese rumba and Afro-electro beats. Chosen as one of Radio-Canada's 2014-2015 Révélations in the world music category, the Montrealer of Congolese origin puts together all kinds of sounds and rhythms. Le Dernier Empereur Bantou was recorded over two years in Washington D.C, Nova Scotia and Montreal, and 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.