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.
Monogrenade is very pleased to announce the release of their sophomore effort, Composite, on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean on September 1st, 2014 via French label Atmosphériques. Released in Canada in February via Bonsound, Composite utilizes vintage synthesizers that coast through planetary atmospheres (Exclaim), and lyrically explores our human essence.
To add to this great news, Exclaim.ca premiered the video for Métropolis, directed by Christophe Collette, the man behind the much talked-about stop-motion video for Ce soir. A complex beat-driven song, Métropolis' lyrics are inspired by the 1927 German expressionist sci-fi film of the same name, which relates to the story of a man living in a futuristic, overpopulated, divided and polluted city.
The band will be playing at Gesù this Friday, June 13th, as part of the FrancoFolies de Montréal, where they will present their new show for the first time in Montreal since the release of Composite. On the menu: celestial lighting and projections, Pietro Amato on French Horn and Safia Nolin's participation on one song. Monogrenade will also play in Sherbrooke on July 10th, Quebec City on July 11th and L'Assomption on August 7th.
06/13 Montreal, QC // Gesù (FrancoFolies de Montréal) // Tickets
07/10 Sherbrooke, QC // La Petite Boîte Noire (Sherblues & Folk) // Tickets
07/11 Quebec City, QC // Le Cercle (Festival d'été de Québec) // Tickets
07/07 L'Assomption, QC // Ange Cornu // Tickets
As La Presse revealed earlier today, Bonsound has joined forces with L'Autre Saint-Jean to bring back the event after a one-year break. Once again, L'Autre Saint-Jean's line-up reflects Quebec's current cultural landscape: Lisa LeBlanc, Random Recipe, Gros Mené, Alex Nevsky and Bloodshot Bill & the Hick-Ups (Bloodshot Bill's new project). The event will be hosted by MC Gilles, who is also official spokesperson this year.
Here's to seeing you at the parc du Pélican on June 23rd at 5pm. Don't forget to mark your calendars and to like L'Autre Saint-Jean's Facebook page to stay up to date!
The Montreal International Jazz Festival is a major event for anyone who loves music. Again this year, we have some very talented artists who will be playing in various venues. Tickets for all indoor concerts are on sale now.
Emma Frank @ Savoy du Métropolis
59 Ste-Catherine Est
Thursday, June 26th | 7pm
Boogat @ Bell Stage
Corner Clark & Montigny
Friday, June 27th | 10pm
Random Recipe @ TD Stage
Corner Maisonneuve / Jeanne-Mance
Saturday, June 28th | 9pm & 11pm
Trio Jérôme Beaulieu @ L'Astral
305 Ste-Catherine Ouest
Thursday, July 3rd | 6pm
Coral Egan @ Rio Tinto Alcan Stage
Corner Sainte-Catherine / Jeanne-Mance
Thursday, July 3rd | 8pm & 10pm
Moriarty @ Théâtre Maisonneuve
Opening act: Kandle
175 Ste-Catherine Ouest
Friday, July 4th | 8pm
Esmerine @ Musée d'art contemporain
185 Ste-Catherine Ouest
Saturday, July 5th | 8pm
Groenland @ Métropolis
Double bill St. Vincent
59 Ste-Catherine Est
Saturday, July 5th | 8:30pm
Esmerine @ Musée d'art contemporain
185 Ste-Catherine Ouest
Sunday, July 6th | 8pm
The FrancoFolies de Montréal have revealed their 26th edition's indoor line-up and, as usual, we have great suggestions for you. Check them out below.
Save for some exceptions, tickets go on sale this Thursday, April 17th at noon.
Congrats to Pierre Kwenders who's been chosen as one of Radio-Canada's 2014-2015 Révélations in the world music category! This means Radio-Canada will support the artist throughout the year. Pierre will benefit from a greater visibility on all of Radio-Canada's musical platforms to introduce him to a larger audience, and can also be heard and seen on the stages of Radio-Canada's festival partners across the country.
Pierre will be doing shows this summer and will release his debut full-length in the fall via Bonsound. In the meantime, head over to icimusique.ca/revelations for an exclusive video performance of Mobembo.
05/31 Montreal, QC // Place de la Gare-Jean-Talon (POP au printemps)
06/13 Montreal, QC // Métropolis (FrancoFolies - Opening for Radio Radio)
07/11 Quebec City, QC // Théâtre Impérial (FEQ - Opening for Radio Radio, Random Recipe)
07/17 Montreal, QC // La Sala Rossa (Festival international Nuits d'Afrique)
08/09 Béthanie, QC // La Grosse Lanterne
Bonsound is thrilled to announce the signing of Rich Aucoin for his upcoming album, titled Ephemeral, due in September. This second album, the follow-up to 2012 Polaris Longlisted We’re All Dying To Live, is a poppy, hook-driven, and relentless singalong. More details on the new album will follow soon.
In the meantime, Rich Aucoin shares the crowdsourced video for Are You Experiencing?, an album track from his upcoming new release. Pieced together seamlessly by Ian MacMillan, the video footage was provided by Rich’s fans who captured a moment under his colourful parachute over the last four years. Some of the locations from the fan videos were festivals and shows including Osheaga, Hangout Fest, Rifflandia, The Drake Hotel, Pop Montreal, Ottawa Bluesfest, Pianos in NYC and SXSW.
Rich is performing in Montreal tonight at 11:30pm at La Sala Rossa as part of the One Man Band Festival. He’ll be doing a few more shows ahead of the release of Ephemeral in September.
05/16 Montreal, QC // La Sala Rossa (One Man Band Festival)
05/17 Halifax, NS // The Marquee Ballroom (Two4 Fest)
05/24 Saint-Pierre de la Réunion, FR // Sakifo Musik Festival
06/26 Waterloo, ON // Starlight Social Club
07/18 Pemberton, BC // Pemberton Valley (Pemberton Music Festival)
During Canadian Music Week last week, Ponctuation took to the Kool Haus stage in Toronto not only to perform one of their songs, but also to accept an award. Indeed, the Quebec City duo won the Emerging Artist of the Year (Franco) prize at the SiriusXM Indies! Congrats!
Don't miss their show at the FrancoFolies de Montréal on June 21st at Les Katacombes! Purchase your tickets online.
06/21 Montreal, QC // Les Katacombes (FrancoFolies de Montréal) // Tickets
07/27 Baie-Saint-Paul, QC // Le Mouton Noir (Le Festif! de Baie-Saint-Paul) // Tickets
It’s with great pleasure that we’re announcing the release of a fresh 7” vinyl by Safia Nolin. It includes La Laideur and Igloo, two songs she recorded with Philippe Brault, Rick Haworth, José Major, Audrey-Michèle Simard and Guido Del Fabbro following her participation to the Festival de la chanson de Granby.
You can purchase the young singer-songwriter’s 7” via safianolin.com and at her shows.
14/05 Montreal, QC // Bar Les Pas Sages
15/05 Montreal, QC // Café Coop TOUSKI (w/ Mehdi Hamdad)
17/05 St-Césaire, QC // Café-Disquaire de St-Césaire
22/05 Montreal, QC // Café-Bistro Bobby McGee
31/05 Joliette, QC // La Mitaine (opening for Groenland)
19/06 Montreal, QC // Gesù (FrancoFolies de Montréal - opening for Philippe B)
03/07 Quebec City, QC // Théâtre Impérial (Festival d'été de Québec - Opening for Pierre Lapointe & Philémon Cimon)