Dine Alone Records Wax on Wheels Stage, 7:00-7:45 p.m.
Described by Exclaim! as a band “that seem destined to go places quickly,” Toronto’s HIGHS have been rapidly building momentum with their unique approach to pop music.
Fast-becoming the darlings of Toronto’s vibrant music scene, alt-pop creators HIGHS’ much-acclaimed musical blend has taken them from bedroom demos to festival stages in a matter of a few short years.
The band’s self-titled EP – a 6 tracker that reflects growing up, the concept of home and spirituality – was produced and engineered at Verge Music Lab by Steve Major (Death From Above 1979, Island, Whitehorse, Great Lake Swimmers) and lead to the band inking a recording deal with Montreal-based Indica Records (Half Moon Run, Phantogram, The Gaslight Anthem) in 2014.
“Nomads” of the bands’ debut EP saw a major sync placement in the movie trailer for John Cusack’s Adult World, while international recognition has lead to placement in the Top 30 Hype Machine charts, CMJ Top 200 charting positions, and single “Summer Dress” reaching the #1 spot on CBC Radio 3 for 6 consecutive weeks.
Having shared stages with Cold War Kids, Twin Forks, Hey Ocean, Kopecky Family Band and Rich Aucoin across their native Canada, HIGHS recently played slots at the UK’s Focus Wales and The Great Escape. This summer the band played WayHome Music & Arts Festival, Wolfe Island Music Festival, and more.
Following a busy fall that saw them joining Modest Mouse & Royal Canoe for some shows and heading out west to perform at Rifflandia festival, the band will be releasing their full-length debut album Dazzle Camouflage. The album was crafted during a spring studio session with producer Luke Smith (Foals, Depeche Mode), and is due for an early 2016 release.