MONSTER TRUCK (Hamilton, ON)

MONSTER TRUCK (Hamilton, ON)

PRESENTED BY DINE ALONE RECORDS There’s something comforting about a band name that delivers exactly what you are expecting to hear. The band realizes the potential for a sort of kitsch status being inadvertently placed upon them. However those curious to dig deeper will quickly realize their conviction for delivering authentic and original hard rock tunes. The band was formed in 2009 by Jon Harvey (Bass & Lead vocals), Jeremy Widerman (Guitar & Vocals), Brandon Bliss (Organ & Vocals) and Steve Kiely (Drums & Vocals) as somewhat of a side-project for their other more serious bands (The Reason, Saint Alvia). Quickly the original plan of getting wasted and playing sloppy rock got twisted into something new entirely. Everyone’s influences gelled in a cohesive and exciting new take on all of the classic rock that had come before them. Quickly show offers piled up as well as festival slots and the band realized that they had something that was undeniably fun and exciting on their...
MOTHER MOTHER (Vancouver, BC)

MOTHER MOTHER (Vancouver, BC)

Vancouver quintet Mother Mother delivers melting vocal harmonies, angular guitar lines and infectious rhythms. This three-time JUNO-nominated indie rock band are undoubtedly birds of a new sonic evolution. 2017 sees the release of Mother Mother’s sixth album, following the highly successful and critically acclaimed Very Good Bad Thing, with such hits as Get Out The Way and Monkey...
LITTLE SCREAM (Montreal, QC)

LITTLE SCREAM (Montreal, QC)

PRESENTED BY DINE ALONE RECORDS When Laurel Sprengelmeyer began performing as Little Scream in 2008, she played her first shows in Montreal using only a battered Stratotone guitar, a cigarette amp, and a mic on the floor so her feet could serve as percussion. “That’s why I always wore high heels. They made the best stomping sounds.” She would wail and coo, imitating the sounds of missing instruments that ended up as siren calls on her 2011 debut The Golden Record (Secretly Canadian/Outside Music), which Pitchfork called “a perfectly mixed bag of graceful folk, coiled pop, and expansive art rock” and NPR dubbed “absolutely captivating.” If that album was Little Scream’s searching, enchanting first step into the world, then Cult Following is the badass landmark cementing her place there. Little Scream says she began conceiving of Cult Following while visiting a friend in a small intentional community in northern Brazil that was on the verge of becoming a cult. “People were running around reading auras, interpreting each other’s dreams, and ‘living on light’ instead of eating-which was as compelling as it was absurd. I became very aware of the entropy of belief. You could feel the magnetism of ideas take shape and pull people into their center like a black hole a thing so filled with light that its own gravity means that none of it can escape.” That experience laid the groundwork for Cult Following, a lush, expansive, retro-leaning gem that straddles intimate fragility with bombastic dancefloor-ready songs. Listening to it is like reading an epic novella-part fairy tale, part ecstasy, and part human folly. Right from the...
SAMITO (Montreal, QC)

SAMITO (Montreal, QC)

PRESENTED BY BONSOUND Samito is a Mozambican/Canadian singer-songwriter. Named Radio-Canada’s 2015-16 Revelation in world music, Samito blends highly rhythmic compositions and texts inspired from his African roots and his childhood spent in Maputo. Nostalgia meets political satire, loaded on rhythms and lyrics written in Portuguese, English, French and Tswa. The artist wants to bring the groove into a new era, one where modern Afro sounds are the heart of musical...
SAYA (Toronto, ON / Los Angeles, CA)

SAYA (Toronto, ON / Los Angeles, CA)

Saya arrives, like all natural stars, fully formed. Raised in Toronto, Canada, but dividing her time today between there and Los Angeles, she is a 21-year-old singer weaving fusionist pop for a fusionist pop world. Saya’s love of love of hip hop, jazz, funk and soul sit side by side with a seemingly incongruous passion for erotica and Italian...