Lineup 2013

@aaontour

A.A. Wallace’s recent Lil Wayne’s World mixtape mashes the best of Weezy and the genius of Mike Myers, serving as the perfect example of A.A.’s boundless electronic creativity and attention to detail. This local DJ re-creates and re-invents until he gets the money, then he doubles it.
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Home-recording enthusiast and performer Adam Mowery has been churning out his own brand of lo-fi jangle pop since 2000. Joined by his group, The Deadly Women of Ontario, the trio infuses punk-rock energy with bubblegum hooks and gives birth to the bastard child of Johnny Thunders and Davy Jones.
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Al of Green Gables. PEI denizen crosses the Confederation Bridge to sing his folk-rock almost twenty years running now. Who doesn’t love Al Tuck? He’s a great guy with a voice rich and deep like red sands.
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@alanayorke

In a climate of heavy processing and electronic trickery, Alana Yorke’s stripped down piano/vocal approach feels brave and refreshing. Her words are earnest and her playing is well-tempered and bittersweet. She is Halifax’s emotional wellspring.
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@AlmightyRhombus

A little shimmer-shimmer. A coupla whoop-whoops. Is that it? No way! The Almighty Rhombus is a well-oiled, high-energy pop machine from bubbly Sudbury. Five dudes whose pieces click together to create a friendly giant of adorable proportions.
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@thisisambeez

Homeboy is F.R.E.S.H and K.L.E.A.N. and rising like a phoenix. Deep thoughts and a matching voice combine to make some seriously true East Coast jams. Ambition has an irresistibly smooth stage presence and vocal delivery that’ll remind you how good ‘being good’ can be.
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I’m not saying this collaboration is the Haligonian, 90s alt-rock version of Watch The Throne, but then again, I just did. Expert axers Chuck Austin (Superfriendz/The Lodge) and Andy McDaniel (Leonard Conan/Alewives) combine to make six-string icing on the powerchord cake.
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@AquaAltamusica

A new, not-so-secret-anymore side project of Nova Scotia pride and joy songstress Jenn Grant. Along with a couple of seminal Halifax audio wizards, Charles Austin and Graeme Campbell, Aqua Alta displays a more exploratory side of Grant’s music, while retaining all the pristine charm.
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@BAJohnston

For every tour stop he makes (about a zillion a year), and every deep-fried item he consumes (likewise), BA Johnston edges ever closer to resembling the man whose face is on Canadian Tire money. Which really should be BA’s face, because we trust a mesh-back way more than a pom pom, right?
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Got a case of Olands and some studs on your leather jacket? You’ll fit right in with these no-nonsense Nova Scotia trash talkers giving New England punks something to rabble about.
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@badbadnotgood

It all started with a YouTube video. Three young men flipped Odd Future songs into a jazz medley in an abandoned apartment. The drummer wore a pig mask. They were christened the Odd Trio via cardboard sign.

Toronto residents Matthew A. Tavares, Chester Hansen and Alex Sowinski first met in Humber College’s Music Performance program, bonding over a common love for Odd Future, Gucci Mane and Lil B. They began jamming casually and the Odd Trio was assembled. Matthew A. Tavares on piano and synths, and bassist Chester Hansen and Alex Sowinski on skins. Tavares and Sowinski also do double duty on sampler for instrumental beat freakouts in their live shows.
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@BandedStilts

A gaggle of East Coasters whose songs pretend at nothing. Adorned with banjo, mandolin and harmonica, and steadied by guitar, bass and drums, the music leaves plenty of room for singer Steve Haley’s robust voice to catch a gust of wind and soar. It’s all about human/nature.
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@BesnardLakes

The Besnard Lakes’ Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO had its humble beginnings in mid-2011 and was completed over the course of a year. Ever mindful and attentive to the most subtle and nuanced details, founding band members Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas produced, recorded and mixed at the stalwart Breakglass Studios in Montreal. Eventually mastered by the renowned Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, this fourth album by The Besnard Lakes’ features heavyweight additions by Moonface’s Spencer Krug and Mike Bigelow, The Barr Brothers’ Sarah Page, the always-enchanting Monica Guenter and the return of Fifth String Liberation Singers’ Choir.
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@TheBicycles

What was once a pretty entertaining, high-energy twee band has evolved (over seven years) into one of Toronto’s most refined and sophisticated pop acts. Retaining playfulness through Nilsson-style melody and song craft, The Bicycles have aged gracefully and sound so damn effortless, à la Bill Murray.
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@billie_dre

Billie Dre & The Poor Boys have exhumed southern rock to dress the Blues in the jeweled suit Lynyrd Skynryd was buried in. A triple-patty Ace burger, these rockers hit up every Hooters on Route 66.
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Extreme symptoms of exposure can include nausea, vomiting, and bleeding in the lungs and nose.
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@bloodydiamonds_

Bloody Diamonds is a hard rock band from Halifax with dirty, heavy riffs and seductively powerful vocals. Their intense, sweaty live performances and raw sound are the result of guitarist Jake Seaward and vocalist Sara Elizabeth, combining Sara’s dark, eeire melodies with Jake’s crunchy blues riffs.
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@braidsmusic

Canadian indie rock/shoegaze ensemble Braids make noisy, somewhat experimental pop that owes a heavy debt to various shoegaze bands of the ’90s. Featuring the talents of keyboardist Raphaelle Standell-Preston, guitarist Katie Lee, guitarist Taylor Smith, and drummer Austin Tufts, Braids originally started out as the Calgary-based band the Neighborhood Council. The four-piece released an EP before relocating to Montreal and changing its name. Braids released their debut full-length album, Native Speaker, in early 2011.
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Imagine digging through a snowdrift. Down further, into the crusted clay and earth. For what? Imagine diving deep into a dark blue wellspring. Deeper, until your heart and head feel swelled. For what? See the ruby glowing red down there. Listen to the empty space around it.
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@ByDivineRight

With beautiful and gentle experimental flourishes, By Divine Right’s most recent incarnation embodies a bit of everything the band has become known for: juicy pop, freaky twinkles, heavy melody and luscious expressionism. In Canada and loving since 1989.
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@TheCaravanBand

At this stage in the game, it’s safe to say that The Caravan are Halifax’s premiere live hip-hop act. With a bonafide viral video, two LPs and a few years worth of street party and festivals appearances around Atlantic Canada under their belts, these guys are also quite likely Canada’s chillest political agitators.
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Serious heart palpitation. Blistering, blackened music from the pits of Halifax. No labels, please. Just turn the lights out. Please, dear lord, let the darkness fill the room. That I might be swallowed. That I might thrash along. Wolfenstein is one with the evil one.
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A notorious homebody, Chad VanGaalen is well known for rarely leaving his rickety house in Calgary, endlessly drawing, recording and making art. With Diaper Island, VanGaalen distills his approach, producing his most sonically cohesive album to date, and the closest thing he has done to a rock album.
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Chairs’ second full-length album, The Droning of an Insect Wing, was recorded and mixed entirely by Ian Jarvis in his Montreal home studio. It came together slowly over the past two years when he wasn’t busy traveling back and forth across the country, busying himself with several musical projects other than his own. A member of Calgary’s Ghostkeeper, he spent a large part of 2011 working on the bands third album as well as spending a month and a half on the road with band mate Jay Crocker’s solo project. At home in Montreal he is member of You, yourself, and I and the 60s rock/bossa nova outfit EXPWY.

Droning guides the listener through an intricately woven, low-fi patchwork of acoustic and electric guitars, drum machines, live drums, synths and samples while keeping a strong pop sensibility at the forefront.

Live, Jarvis is joined by Matt Legroulx (EXPWY) on guitar and keyboards, Daniel Gelinas (You,yourself and I) on drums, and Elliot Kerr on bass.
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@veverzay

Halifax’s Craig Currie aka Chief Thundercloud is like a million white feathers afloat in space, weighted by the sound of nothing and yet capturing the sound of everything. Seriously heart-wrenching stuff.
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@coldwarps

Lousy buncha soda suckin’ jerks. No good three-chord punks from a one-horse town.
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@cousinscousins

White van. Yellow wheels. Purple nurples.
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@wearecoyote

Expansive, energetic Charlottetown rock. With a handful of Music PEI nominations, Coyote (pronounced ‘uhp-n-kaum-’er) have left tracks through the wilds of the East Coast industry. The moon is low, move in for the kill, fellas.
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@crossstheband

Sometimes its better getting lost in the enshrouding veil rather than lifting it. God knows what you might reveal. Even as you grow curiouser and curiouser, Crosss pound out the billowing blackness. Thick as a sea swelling, deep down evil.
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