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2014 ADISQ Nominations

Bonsound and our talented artists have garnered cool nominations at this year's Gala de l'ADISQ, L'Autre Gala and Gala de l'industrie.

Dead Obies
Album of the Year - Hip-Hop (for Montréal $ud)
Album of the Year - Critic's Choice (for Montréal $ud)

Groenland
Show of the Year - Other languages (for The Chase)

Lisa LeBlanc
Female Artist of the Year
Most Successful Quebec Artist Outside of Quebec

Philippe B
Songwriter of the Year
Album of the Year - Folk (for Ornithologie, la nuit)
Music Video of the Year (for Calorifère)

Radio Radio
Group of the Year
Album of the Year - Hip-Hop (for Ej feel zoo)

Bonsound
Record Label of the Year
Management Company of the Year
Publicity Team of the Year
Promo Web Team of the Year
Concert Producers of the Year
Album Artwork of the Year (for Philippe B's Ornithologie, la nuit)
Album Artwork of the Year (for Random Recipe's Kill the Hook)

Rich Aucoin's Ephemeral available now

Rich Aucoin's Ephemeral available now

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, out now via Bonsound in Canada. 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.

Purchase and listen to Ephemeral via Rich's bandcamp. The album is also available on iTunes and in stores.

Upcoming shows
09/09 Toronto, ON // The Drake (Album Launch Show)
11/09 Hamilton, ON // This Ain't Hollywood (Supercrawl)
13/09 Victoria, BC // Metro Theatre (Rifflandia Music Festival)
16/09 Vancouver, BC // Fortune Sound Club
17/09 Edmonton, AB // Starlite
18/09 Calgary, AB // Commonwealth Bar & Stage
23/09 Brooklyn, NY // Glasslands
24/09 Allston, MA // Great Scott
02/10 Ottawa, ON // House of Targ
03/10 Kingston, ON // The Underground (Q!POP Music Festival)
11/10 St. John's, NL // The Rock House
16/10 Moncton, NB // Tide and Boar Pub
17/10 Saint John, NB // Peppers Pub
18/10 Charlottetown, PE // PEI Brewing Co.

Mark Berube shares a new video before heading to Europe

Mark Berube is happy to present his new music video for Ethiopia, from his most recent album Russian Dolls. Directed by Robert D et ROS-B, the video features Mark in a retro-futuristic setting.

Before heading to Europe this fall, Mark will perform two more shows on this side of the Atlantic Ocean: Trois-Rivières on September 6th at Café Bar Le Zénob and Montreal on September 10th for Divan Orange's 10th anniversary.

Mark and his musicians won the 2014 Public Price at Les iNOUïs du Printemps de Bourges, which includes a tour in France in October: Lille, Nancy, Lyon, Marseille and Bordeaux. They'll also be visiting other European cities.

Upcoming Shows
06/09 Trois-Rivières, QC // Café-Bar Le Zénob
10/09 Montréal, QC // Divan Orange (Divan Orange's 10th Anniversary)
23/09 Berlin, DE // Privatclub (Opening for Mo Kenney)
30/09 Tourcoing, FR // Le Grand Mix (Opening for François and the Atlas Mountains)
01/10 Nancy, FR // L'Autre Canal (Opening for Chapelier Fou)
02/10 Villeurbanne, FR // Le Transbordeur (Opening for Karimouche)
03/10 Marseille, FR // Espace Julien (Opening for Set & Match)
04/10 Bordeaux, FR // Rock School Barbey (Opening for Concrete Knives)
06/10 Berlin, DE // Fluxbau (Opening for Anna Aaron)
09/10 Fréjus, FR // Public House
16/10 Lausanne, CH // Bleu Lézard
17/10 Paris, FR // Café Pigalle
22/10 Pau, FR // La Centrifugeuse
23/10 Angers, FR // T'es rock coco
24/10 Vannes, FR // Les Valseuses
25/10 Rochefort en Terre, FR // L'étang moderne
30/10 Massy, FR // Centre culturel Paul Bailliart (Les primeurs de Massy)
01/11 Zurich, CH // Helsinki Club
08/11 Basel, CH // Parterre

Secret Sun shares a new song and announces the release of their debut album Cold Coast

Secret Sun shares a new song and announces the release of their debut album Cold Coast

Secret Sun (formed by Anne-Marie Campbell and Simon Landry) takes advantage of these last summer weeks to present a new song from their upcoming debut album, Cold Coast, to be released on September 30th via Bonsound. Album opener Passing Cars captures the disorientation and nostalgia that can creep into a long-time couple's standstill life.

Stream Passing Cars here, and pre-order the album on bandcamp to immediately get two tracks. The album will also be available for pre-order on iTunes, starting this Thursday.

Both rich and ethereal, Cold Coast was produced by Sébastien Blais-Montpetit (Radio Radio) and François Lafontaine (Karkwa), with whom the band sought to create a unique, vibrant mood. The result is ten melodious and interconnected songs; pop music that is comforting but not predictable.

Accompanied on stage by two musicians, the Montreal duo will first present their new collection of songs on August 30th in Rouyn-Noranda, as part of the Emerging Music Festival. The Montreal launch show will take place on September 30th at Le Belmont.

Upcoming Shows
08/30 Rouyn-Noranda, QC // Le Cachottier (FMEAT)
09/19 Montreal, QC // Divan Orange
09/30 Montreal, QC // Le Belmont (launch show)

Rich Aucoin on the cover of Exclaim!

Rich Aucoin on the cover of Exclaim!

Rich Aucoin and his awesome cat tie are on the cover of the latest issue of Exclaim!, which you can find in a café/restaurant/store/etc. near you! You can also read the article online.

The Halifax-born's sophomore effort, Ephemeral, will be released on September 9th via Bonsound. You can pre-order it now on iTunes or bandcamp (digital/cd/b&w marbled vinyl), and instantly download two songs.

Upcoming shows
28/08 Rouyn-Noranda, QC // 7e Rue (FMEAT - opening concert)
04/09 Toronto, ON // Festival Street (TIFF)
05/09 Quebec City, QC // Complexe Méduse - Salle Multi (Envol et Macadam)
06/09 Montreal, QC // Festival OUMF
13/09 Victoria, BC // Metro Theatre (Rifflandia Music Festival)
16/09 Vancouver, BC // Fortune Sound Club
17/09 Edmonton, AB // Starlite
18/09 Calgary, AB // Commonwealth Bar & Stage
23/09 Brooklyn, NY // Glasslands
24/09 Allston, MA // Great Scott
02/10 Ottawa, ON // House of Targ
03/10 Kingston, ON // tba
16/10 Moncton, NB // Tide and Boar Pub
17/10 Saint John, NB // Peppers Pub
18/10 Charlottetown, PE // PEI Brewing Co.
23/10 Halifax, NS // Halifax Pop Explosion

Lisa LeBlanc announces the last show of her tour

Lisa LeBlanc announces the last show of her tour

To end the tour that followed the release of her self-titled debut album, Lisa LeBlanc has decided to go back to where it all started. Don't miss the last show of her tour on September 30th at Cabaret Lion d'Or, in Montreal. Tickets are on sale now!

She'll also be performing in Quebec City on September 27th at Théâtre Petit Champlain / Maison de la Chanson.

Lisa LeBlanc @ Quebec City
Théâtre Petit Champlain / Maison de la Chanson
Saturday, September 27th | 9pm
Tickets

Lisa LeBlanc @ Montreal
Cabaret Lion d'Or
Tuesday, September 30th | 8pm
Tickets

Shows to see at FMEAT

Shows to see at FMEAT

As is tradition, multiple artists and a large portion of the music industry will descend upon Rouyn-Noranda at the end of August. We feel we must bring your attention to a few shows programmed at the Emerging Music Festival in Abitibi-Témiscamingue (FMEAT). Have fun, folks!

Rich Aucoin
Thursday, August 28 | 8pm
Desjardins Outdoor Stage | Opening concert
Other artists: Koriass, Midnight Romeo

Philippe B
Thursday, August 28 | 8pm
Agora des Arts
Other artists: Jimmy Hunt, David Giguère

Secret Sun
Saturday, August 30 | 5pm
Le Cachottier | 5à7

Pierre Kwenders announces the release of his debut album and unveils a new video

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.

Rich Aucoin announces first wave of Canadian tour dates and premieres a new video

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 in France this fall

Monogrenade in France this fall

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!

French Tour
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)

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Milk & Bone

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DJ Champion

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Bar Le Ritz P.D.B.
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Artscape Gibraltar Point
Camp Wavelength Festival
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