Congrats to our artists Milk & Bone, Pierre Kwenders and Ponctuation for winning prizes at the GAMIQ last night! Milk & Bone won 3 trophies including Pop Album of the Year, Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Song of the Year. Pierre Kwenders and Ponctuation respectively won the Electro Album of the Year and the Album Artwork of the Year awards.
Milk & Bone
Pop Album of the Year (for Little Mourning)
Breakthrough Artist of the Year
Song of the Year (for Coconut Water)
Electro Album of the Year (for Le Dernier Empereur Bantou)
Album Artwork of the Year (Louis-Alexandre Beauregard for La réalité nous suffit)
Safia Nolin, possibly the world’s biggest fan of Christmas, is pleased to share a DAVAI-directed video for her song Noël partout (i.e. Christmas everywhere). Wistful and picturesque, the song is off her debut album, Limoilou, released September 11th via Bonsound.
Watch and share the video for Noël partout via YouTube.
Recently called a young, fragile and deeply moving songwriter by French magazine Les Inrocks, Safia will actually fly for her first time to play shows in Europe, nine of which are to open for Lou Doillon. Tonight she will perform in Ste-Thérèse at Bar Le Cha Cha, and will be in Ottawa this Saturday, November 28th, at NAC Fourth Stage.
The year 2016 looks just as promising for Safia Nolin. She will open for Louis-Jean Cormier, with whom she shared the stage at this year’s FME, for over 15 shows in Quebec.
For the complete show listing, visit Safia Nolin's website.
Dead Obies’ sophomore effort, Gesamtkunstwerk (out March 4th, 2016 via Bonsound), was recorded in part in studio and in part in front of a live audience last month during a series of three sold-out concerts at Phi Centre. 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.
The band offers up Aweille! as their first single; an abrasive hybrid (harkening back to 2013’s Tony Hawk) of many musical influences. Available as a video, directed by Gabriel Poirier-Galarneau and shot during the band’s concert series, the song is, without a doubt, Dead Obies through and through.
For this new album, Dead Obies wanted to tailor their songs for the live performance. Where Montréal $ud was rough, dense and introspective, Gesamtkunstwerk’s universe is rallying and inclusive.
Dead Obies will kick off a new tour in Montreal on Thursday, March 10th at Le National.
03/10/16 Montreal, QC // Le National (Tickets)
03/12/16 Gatineau, QC // Petit Chicago
03/17/16 Saguenay, QC // Côté Cour
03/18/16 Quebec City, QC // Le Cercle
03/19/16 Sherbrooke, QC // Boquébière
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
03/31/16 Trois-Rivières, QC // L’Embuscade Café Galerie
04/21/16 Victoriaville, QC // Le Carré 150: Cabaret Guy Aubert (Double bill w/ Milk & Bone) (Tickets)
11/17 Montreal, QC // Casa del Popolo (EP launch show)
11/20 Montreal, QC // RIDM Headquarters (M for Montreal)
12/03 Quebec City, QC // Petit Impérial (EP launch show, presented by Festival d’été de Québec)
Groenland unveils today their cover of James Blake's song Retrograde, via Chart Attack! It has been recorded in what used to be Arcade Fire’s studio, at the Grand Lodge No. 24 studio in Farnham.
Retrograde has this mesmerizing, almost esoteric kind of vibe, and we were in love with it from the moment we heard the first notes. We felt it would be nice to see how Groenland could try and reinterpret the song with the strings, says lead-singer Sabrina Halde.
They’re currently in the studio recording their sophomore album.
Ponctuation shares the Thomas B. Martin-directed video for Mon corps est une planète, premiering today on Les Inrocks.
The band is currently touring across Europe, performing shows in Bordeaux, Marseille, Genève, Paris and more! The tour kicked off on October 23rd in Gigors (France) and will end on November 14th in Paris.
28/10 Toulouse, FR // Le Forbidden Zone
30/10 San Sebastian, ES // Le Bukowski
31/10 Bordeaux, FR // iBoat
01/11 Montaigu-de-Quercy, FR // L'enclos
04/11 Lyon, FR // Trokson
05/11 Marseille, FR // Le Poste à Galène
06/11 L'Éculaz, FR // Le Poulpe
07/11 Genève, CH // Le Cabinet
08/11 Mâcon, FR // Bar Saint-Antoine
10/11 Angers, FR // Jockers Pub
11/11 La Roche-sur-Yon, FR // Roll'in
12/11 Paris, FR // L'International
13/11 Rennes, FR // Marquis de Sade
14/11 Paris, FR // Maroquinerie
Congratulations to Pierre Kwenders who just won the Felix Award for Music Video of the Year for Mardi Gras at ADISQ’s First Gala. The music video was directed by Epher Heilland and produced by Roméo et Fils.
Pierre Kwenders is also nominated at the GAMIQ Awards in the following categories: Electro Album of the Year (for Le Dernier Empereur Bantou, released in 2014) and Artist of the Year. He will be performing on November 13th at Theatre Fairmount and on November 21st at Café Campus during the M For Montreal festival.
29/10/15 Sorel-Tracy, QC // Marine Cabaret
07/11/15 Quebec city, QC // Le Cercle
12/11/15 St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC // Cabaret Théâtre du Vieux St-Jean
13/11/15 Montreal, QC // Théâtre Fairmount
14/11/15 Châteauguay, QC // Salle Jean Pierre Houde - Centre culturel Vanier
21/11/15 Montreal, QC // Café Campus (M for Montreal - showcase)
29/01/16 Trois-Rivières, QC // Centre Culturel Pauline-Julien
13/02/16 Disraeli, QC // Cabaret des Arts
30/04/16 Baie-Saint-Paul, QC // Salle Multi
Less than three months after the release of her debut album, Limoilou, Safia Nolin will set out to conquer Europe from December. The thirteen exquisite songs of Limoilou (William Robin, Bandcamp Blog) and her gut-wrenching voice have already charmed media and public alike in Quebec. Her first tour overseas includes 13 shows.
Not only will she open for Lou Doillon on nine dates, she will also headline a show in Paris at Les Trois Baudets and perform two showcases at Bars en Trans in Rennes.
Nominated at the 2015 GAMIQ (Quebec Independent Music Scene Awards) in the Breakthrough Artist of the Year category, Safia will first headline a show at Montreal’s Lion d’Or on November 10th, as part of Coup de coeur francophone, and will perform at M for Montreal on November 21st, as part of the Franco showcase. She will also play shows in Trois-Rivières on November 19th, in Ste-Thérèse on November 26th and in Ottawa on November 28th.
11/10/15 Montreal, QC // Lion d’Or (Coup de coeur francophone) £
11/19/15 Trois-Rivières, QC // Maison de la Culture de Trois-Rivières
11/21/15 Montreal, QC // Petit Campus (M for Montreal - showcase)
11/26/15 Ste-Thérèse-de-Blainville, QC // Bar Le Cha Cha ~
11/28/15 Ottawa, ON // Quatrième Salle du CNA
12/02/15 Nîmes, FR // La Paloma ^
12/03/15 Lausanne, CH // Docks ^
12/04/15 Grenoble, FR // La Belle électrique ^
12/05/15 Rennes, FR // La Place (Bars en Trans - 2 showcases - 6pm & 9pm)
12/07/15 Bruxelles, BE // La Madeleine (Soirée Grand Nord) *
12/10/15 Paris, FR // Les Trois Baudets
12/12/15 Six-Fours, FR // Espace Malraux ^
12/14/15 Bruxelles, BE // L'Ancienne Belgique ^
12/15/15 Alençon, FR // Luciole ^
12/16/15 La Rochelle, FR // La Sirène ^
12/17/15 Cesson-Sévigné (Rennes), FR // Carré Sévigné ^
12/18/15 Blois, FR // Chato’do ^
02/05/16 Ste-Geneviève, QC // Amphithéâtre de la Salle Pauline-Julien &
02/25/16 Laval, QC // Maison des Arts de Laval %
02/26/16 St-Félicien, QC // Cégep St-Félicien - Salle Azimut
02/27/16 La Baie, QC // Bistro-café Summum
03/04/16 Lévis, QC // L’Anglicane ¬
03/05/16 Magog, QC // Vieux Clocher de Magog ¬
04/07/16 Rivière-du-Loup, QC // Centre culturel de Rivière-du-Loup - Salle Alphonse Desjardins ¬
£ Support: Rosie Valland
~ Support: Laura Sauvage
^ Opening for Lou Doillon
* With Ariane Moffatt and Salomé Leclerc
& Double bill with David Portelance
% Double bill with Philippe Brach
¬ Opening for Louis-Jean Cormier
M For Montreal's lineup is finally out! Artists Milk & Bone, Dead Obies, Geoffroy, Pierre Kwenders and Safia Nolin are part of the festival's 10th edition, taking place in Montreal from November 18th to 21st.
Milk & Bone @ Théâtre Rialto
Wednesday, November 18th | 8:30pm
Other artists: The Franklin Electric and Elliot Maginot
Dead Obies @ Cléôpatre
Thursday, November 19th | 9pm
Other artists: Jazz Cartier, Wasiu, Sean Leon and Queen City Stoopkids
Geoffroy @ Quartier général RIDM
Friday, November 20th | 9pm
Other artists: Kroy and Kai
Pierre Kwenders and Safia Nolin @ Café Campus
Saturday, Novembre 21st | 2:15pm
Other artists: Paupière, Laurence Nerbonne, Philippe Brach and Bronswick
Bonsound is thrilled to welcome Geoffroy to our label and booking rosters! The Montreal-based singer-songwriter brings an intoxicating ease and elegance to the artform, and the tranquility of his melodies is sure to turn heads.
Geoffroy will release his debut EP, Soaked in Gold, on November 13th, 2015.
Not only will he open for Milk & Bone’s sold-out show at Théâtre Corona Virgin Mobile in Montreal this Wednesday, October 7th, he will also open for Alex Nevsky on October 23rd at Église Sainte-Rose in Laval. More dates will be announced soon.
In the meantime, (re-)watch the beautiful video for You Say, his very catchy debut single that draws us into the artist’s organic electro-pop universe.