Epic First Wave of Artists Announced!
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Four Fists (P.O.S. and Astronautalis) * Anvil * Striker * The Dudes * Rae Spoon * Drezus * Astral Swans * Transit22 * The Wet Secrets * Phono Pony * Wax Mannequin * Windigo * Cartel Madras * Chron Goblin * The Hearts * WMD * Widow's Peak * Respectfulchild * Physical Copies * Napalmpom * Brom * Ayla Brook & The Sound Men * Rabino * A.Y.E and the Extraordinary Gentlemen * Dragon Fli Empire * The Shiverettes * Kris Demeanor * All Hands on Jane * Gone Cosmic * Plastik * Forbidden Dimension * Sightlines * Jock Tears * Mark Mills * Free the Cynics * Rondel Roberts Band * Lyrique * No More Moments * Russian Tim and Pavel Bures * Aanthems * Hush Hush Noise * Homo Monstrous * Territories * Pagans of Northumberland * B* Les & The Suede * I Am The Mountain * JPB * Harsh * Dusty Tucker * James Colt * Squanto * Thomas Thomas * Quivers * Ween Soaked Preachers * Mike MacKenzie * The Levee Breakers * Natural Ensemble * Scratch Buffalo * Shuffalo * The Ashley Hundred * Emily Ripley * Brettyn Rose * Bebe Buckskin * Mountain Sound Brigade * Liquor Mountain * Dead End Drive-In * Holly Clark * The Torchettes * Lightning Ant * Ride The Sky * Handmade * Gratuitous Platypus * Brother Bicker * The Moröns * Good Nature * Wyatt C Louis * The Galacticas * Hex Beat * Marcus Trummer Band
Sometimes the best way for artists to keep pushing ahead is to remember who their people are – especially when they’re the ones they’ve known for ages and have been itching to work with from the very start. Stef Alexander and Andy Bothwell, respectively known as P.O.S and Astronautalis, have been making guest appearances on each other’s records for over ten years, and date their friendship back even further. That makes a collaborative project like Four Fists both inevitable and necessary at the same time: it’s the team-up of two of Minneapolis’ most stylistically fearless artists, both of whom simultaneously inhabit the worlds of hip-hop and indie-punk in a way that the Twin Cities music community has always welcomed.
**Curated by Transit22
Doomtree co-founder, punk philosopher and lyrical bomb-thrower Stefon Alexander, aka P.O.S, makes tight, declamatory music that builds on the Minneapolis-bred rapper and producer’s penchant for grinding beats and radical lyrics. Known for welding hip-hop with guitar squalls, screamed vocals, and futuristic beats fit for a Berlin nightclub.
**Curated by Transit22
Astronautalis has been described as "if Beck were a decade or so younger and had grown up more heavily immersed in hip-hop," with his rapping style noted for "blending styles of indie rock, electro, and talkin’ blues" with hip-hop. He has described himself as "historical fiction hip-hop."
**Curated by Transit22
Canadian Metal legend heroes Anvil will head up the East Town Get Down metal contingent.
"Anvil is a band that most metalheads are probably familiar with. They are known as one of the bands that had a hand in helping create thrash metal, as well as for having a somewhat popular documentary that was made about them. While at first glance, Anvil may seem no different than any other Canadian heavy metal band such as Lee Aaron or Thor, but once you give them a listen you can definitely see where later Canadian thrashers like Razor and Annihilator took their influences from.
While likely taking some influence from earlier Canadian hard rock bands like Rush, Triumph, and Moxy, Anvil manages to take the sounds of these bands and make them heavier and faster."
Striker is an Edmonton-based recording and performing heavy metal band that has grown immensely through their years in the industry. A classic mix of heavy metal, hard rock, and 80’s hair metal, their music features powerful, clean vocals, catchy choruses, vocal harmonies, and impressive guitar leads.
Audiences are often floored by the energy of their live show, and their recorded material has been met with fantastic response by both fans and industry across the world. Striker has toured across dozens of countries as headliners as well as support for major metal acts. Gearing up for the release of their latest album the sky's the limit for these Canadians!!
The Dudes are legit. They make rock songs that come from the most closely guarded vaults of the emotional banks. They sing about the triumph of good over no good. They trumpet the march of the working class lady. They tell stories of love gained and lost, knife fights, cops and kindness. The Dudes want you to see them play live. They would like you to laugh and dance. After the show, they want to give you a high five. Matt will teach you a special handshake. Bob will ask you for your phone number. They used to have a brown van that took them across Canada thrice. Now its paid the price. She's sitting along the highway at a petrocan in Winnipeg and the last they checked, the doors were still unlocked. You know, if you want to go sit in it or something.
Rae Spoon is an award-winning non-binary musician and author. They have released nine solo albums spanning folk, indie rock and electronic genres and have toured across Canada and internationally. Rae was the subject and composer of the score for the National Film Board–produced musical-documentary My Prairie Home, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2014. Rae owns and runs an indie record label called Coax Records that has released fifteen albums by Canadian and international artists. They have been nominated for two Polaris Prizes, a Lambda Literary Award and a Western Canadian Music Award.
Drezus is an indigenous rapper and activist based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Drezus' accomplishments in the field of music include awards for Best Music Video, Best Producer/Engineer, Best Rap/Hip Hop Album, and Indigenous Entertainer of the Year.
Astral Swans is the main project of acclaimed Canadian songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Matthew Swann. After forming in 2012, Astral Swans was previously signed to Madic Records for the 2015 debut release 'All My Favorite Singers Are Willie Nelson'. Swann is now signed with Saved by Vinyl (Calgary), Moorworks (Japan), and Tiny Room Records (Netherlands)
Transit22 is an Independent Music Award winner and Western Canadian Music Award nominated rapper, a Calgary poet laureate finalist and a winner of a Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award. He has collaborated with Madchild of Swollen Members, and 8-time Juno Award winner Jann Arden. Transit22 has toured as a headliner several times and has also supported tours of Canada, the United States, and Europe and has shared stages with internationally recognized names like Mac Miller, Tech N9ne, Murs, Hilltop Hoods, Dirty Heads, Down With Webster, Shad, and 54-40. Transit22 has been selected to showcase at prestigious festivals like SXSW, CMW, and Breakout West, and has performed live in front of over 200,000 people with a stint as a featured artist on the Calgary Stampede main stage. He has received national media coverage including features on Global TV, CTV, CBC TV, Shaw TV, CBC Radio One, in Maclean's Magazine, and regular MuchMusic rotation of his music videos, which have also gotten substantial support online with over 1,000,000 views on YouTube.
The Wet Secrets, a dance rock six-piece from Edmonton, AB, dress up their scrappy, scathing outlook in impeccably tailored pop attire. Leave eyerolls and apathy to the others: The Wet Secrets’ buoyant brand of irony turns dysfunction into inspiration. Equal parts punk rock and halftime show, The Wet Secrets’ vibe is a fusion of the bass-driven grit of The Stranglers with the lurid surrealism of The B52s.
Principal vocalist/songwriter Lyle Bell (also of Shout Out Out Out Out) lays swampy basslines through songs that balance misanthropy with empathy, caustic barbs with uplifting mantras. Cravat-wrapped drummer Trevor Anderson (also an award-winning filmmaker whose work has shown at Sundance, SXSW, Berlin and more) embodies the band’s high-art non-conformism. Kim Rackel and Emma Frazier contribute towering, dancing hornstacks on trumpet and trombone, with wildmen Paul Arnusch and Christan Maslyk rounding out the furry-hatted fray on keys, timbales, congas, sax. All six Secrets sing along, creating vocal harmonies galore.
Phono Pony are a glam-garage duo from Vancouver, B.C. These multi-instrumentalists create huge sounds with guitar, drums, vocals, synth and theremin. Their grit-polished sonics, style and conviction as songwriters have landed them gigs alongside Sublime w/ Rome, Bif Naked and The Sheepdogs. The duo have recently released their full length album "Monkey Paw" collaborating with producer, Howard Redekopp (Tegan and Sara). In combination with the album release, came a music video to their single “00100", directed by Brett Roberts (VICE) and a 2018 U.S.A tour. Phono Pony have performed at CBC's JUNOfest '18 and were introduced on The Edge 102.1 as Alan Cross' personal pick. The band's EP "Death By Blowfish" was selected by Collective Arts Brewing and featured on their nationally distributed artist series beer cans. Phono Pony are currently preparing for their 2019 North American tour. Outside of the band, Shay and Michael operate a local community arts space called The Woods Studio.
Wax Mannequin (Hamilton, Ontario’s Christopher Adeney) is many things to many people. A lyricist, songsmith and self-effacing showman certainly, but also a student of the human psyche, constantly finding fresh and interesting ways to frame the people we are and the things we encounter. He has graced thousands of stages in Canada and Europe since 2001 and continues to carve an ever-deepening groove across the modern musical underground.
*Curated by Rae Spoon
Windigo is the collective heart of Anthony Kameka (guitar, vocals), Mitch Cooper (drums), Del Coburn (bass) and Tory Rosso (guitar). Since 2013, Windigo has played over 250 concerts including 5 cross-canadian tours. They have opened for bands such as Of Montreal, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, Austra and more.
Cartel Madras is a radical hip hop duo out to disrupt an industry. Contra and Eboshi are female rappers hailing from South India who are making an impact in hip hop by taking familiar and comfortable narratives and destroying them. Their sound fuses the stylings of Dirty South rap, house and trap to bring a depth, lyricism, and an uncompromising turned up energy to the party.
From the dusty coulees of Alberta’s Badlands to the jagged peaks of the snow-capped Rockies, the musical entity known as Chron Goblin is a true force of nature. Yet there’s simply no reckoning the immensity of the sound that these hard rockin’ Calgarians are capable of generating once they hit the stage boards. Grinding it out in the trenches and pits of venues and festivals across North America, the UK and Europe since 2009, the fuzz-clad foursome knows no bounds when it come to laying down the rugged riffage and cranking up the volume on a sweet Southern rock tinged blues-metal breakdown. Surrender to the smoke show, heed the call of the Chron and inhale the melodious commotion churned up by the Goblins. The botanically-infused gin in your work-a-day tonic, Chron Goblin will obliterate those vexing worries and liberate your immortal soul.
The Hearts deliver memorable melodies and moody harmonies that appeal evenly in soft seat theatres, dive bars, or at international music festivals. What sets them apart is just how naturally their down-to-earth songwriting rests against a dreamy backdrop of custom-made Americana textures - six captivating musicians blending into one unforgettable sound.
Spanning four albums, The Hearts’ music has been featured in HBO and MTV productions, received international critical acclaim and charted across Canada. They’ve toured extensively and performed at international festivals including SXSW, Calgary & Edmonton Folk Festivals and Interstellar Rodeo. They’re revered for delivering an exciting live show where they trade, layer and cohere splendidly - mixing equal parts glitter and grit.
Rippin' Canadian Thrashers determined to ignite the stage and command the night! Behold.. Riffs of fury and lethal precisionbrought forth..We are best known for our hectic stage presence and blistering,neck destroying riffs,piercing screams, melodic solo's & we love to party, the chemistry within W.M.D is one of the defining qualities of our unique style.
SPEED, WEED BEER, FEED, THRASHING ALL DAY
Widow's Peak is a technical death metal band of 5 morons naked wrestling from Calgary, AB, Canada.
respectfulchild (敬兒) is the solo instrumental project of Gan from Saskatoon on Treaty 6 Territory. They build experimental ambient soundscapes through slow progressions of meticulous improvisation using just their violin. With a sound that has been likened to artists such as Brian Eno, Nils Frahm, and Owen Pallett, the lone presence of respectfulchild is able to bring quiet to even the noisiest of rooms.
The name respectfulchild is the literal translation of Gan’s Mandarin name 敬兒[jìng er]. This name was given to Gan by their grandmother when they were born, a name and a culture they’ve become estranged from having lived their whole life in the predominantly white world of the Canadian Prairies. The music of respectfulchild is Gan’s quiet way of seeking meaning in 敬兒 again.
*Curated by Rae Spoon
Weirdo-synth-puke-pop//Willie Dieminzzz/Clint Frazier//Two guys from that other band Shout Out Out Out Out//Edmonton Alberta
Napalmpom are a very, very good rock & roll band from Calgary, Alberta. For those who need to know more than that, behold:
P.J. Lavergne – Throat
Craig Evans – Strings
Shawn Petsche – Strings
Ian Baker – Big Strings
Matthew Bayliff – Skins
Napalmpom is a rock & roll band. No, Napalmpom is the rock & roll band. Picture MC5 bombast with Thin Lizzydual guitarmonies, AC/DC showmanship, hooks only The Exploding Hearts could write and the down-to-earthedness of early Black Flag. Perfect band, right? Well, they’re not that band (sigh!), but they are trying their darndest to be. This is celebratory rock & roll.
Carson Brommeland, better known as Brom, is a driven recording artist from Calgary, Canada. His sound is deeply rooted within the punch and grit of old-school hip-hop, yet it also tips its hat to the modern scene. Ever since his early production experiments back in 2014, Brom has been striving to create music with an open mind, pursuing his endless curiosity and creating unique tracks through experimenting, making mistakes and learning new things in the process. Throughout the span of his career, he had the chance to open for influential artists such as Astronautalis, P.O.S. (both playing at East Town Get Down), Sweatshop Union, Mac Lethal, and many more. Recently, he unveiled a brand new project titled Malaise, which is currently available digitally. This release marks a significant step forward for Brom, who keeps pursuing his sound and increasing his following, one track at a time. Brom’s production aesthetics are balanced and direct, with songs characterized by a fat bottom end, a silky top end and an edgy lyrical flow that sits right on top of the tracks.
**Curated by Transit22
Ayla Brook is one of the truest raw songwriter's on the prairies. From his beginnings in Lily Plain Saskatchewan, to success records recorded with AA Sound System, to now his solo work - Ayla has remained tried and true. His new release, "(I Don't Want To Hear Your) Break Up Songs" is exactly that, a tapestry of hurtin' and feelin' tunes about life on and off the barstools. Joined by his regular 5 piece band, The Sound Men, Ayla can be seen packing the dance floors of Alberta honkytonks soaked in wine and whiskey. He's made a name for himself on the road, supporting such diverse acts as Danny Michel, Daniel Romano and the Arkells and is always up for the next great adventure.
Rabino is the latest project from Calgary songwriter, Colin Carbonera. Exploring matters of mind and heart, Rabino has no trouble dancing from playful bops to moody ballads. His sound can be described as soul with pop and rnb colours, influenced by the work of Alicia Keys, Matt Corby, Charlotte Day Wilson.
A diverse array of sounds layered atop a soulful hip-hop foundation. A.Y.E. and his band, The Extraordinary Gentlemen, are proof that it's okay to stand outside the box. Captivating and enlightening, they truly possess an undeniable warm energy.
Since the group first got together in 2012, they've performed at several music festivals and venues in western Canada such as One Love Music Festival, Sled Island, The Works Music Festival, Fozzy Fest, just to name few.
It was a song in 2002 about a bus route that brought Calgary hip hop duo Dragon Fli Empire out of the basement and into the limelight. Now a decade post-"Mount Pleasant", they have become a leading force in the city's hip hop scene, from opening for names like De La Soul, The Roots, Public Enemy and Mos Def to performing at festivals like the Calgary Folk Fest, Sled Island, Warped Tour, Shambhala and Rock the Bells.
The Shiverettes are back on their bitchy bullshit releasing their sophomore album Real Shrill Bitches on April 18 2019. Noted as an anticipated release by Cups N Cakes Podcast, the album builds on noisy femme punk foundations with post-punk inspired rhythms. As always the songs are honest explorations of their lived experiences as women; which are sometimes comical sometimes tragic and often both. Accountability has never been so fun! 2018 saw the band mostly off stage and in the studio and they are psyched to rip up stages in 2019.
“After placating concerned taxpayers who were horrified at the thought of contributing one penny per person per year for a town jester, Calgary got its first poet laureate in 2012. I was this jester. It was fascinating, and all snideness aside, illuminating. For two years I entertained at various launches, symposiums, memorials, and soirees, composing about 30 new pieces and doing my best to connect some of the different literary silos within Calgary’s writing culture ”
*Curated by Rae Spoon
Get ready to shred an avalanche of whiskey on a bobsled made of rock and roll. Straight out of Calgary, Alberta, All Hands on Jane have been warming hearts across cold Canadiana since 2011.
Prolific exporters of tuned-in grunge fury and serpentine licks; here's your invitation to the sweaty, pseudo-sludge blues party.
Teri Wagner - Guitar, lead vocals
Mackenzie Meding - Bass, vocals
Kaitlin Gibson - Keys, theremin, backing vocals
Tess Graham - Drums, vocals
A blood (orange)-scented breeze that bows the trees, Gone Cosmic chases the infinite haze from the skies and puts it rightback in your eyes. Groove-mining breakdowns become the stuff of legend as the four pieces’ floor-thudding tail kick and hellfire halo holler originates a whole that is far more potent than the sum of its individual elements.
Plastik is German for plastic. In the same language, the word can also mean sculpture. The different meanings embedded in one word has the potential to be very poetic.
Plastik uses this kind of poetry to investigate moods, images and stories, turning them into a very personal form of electronic music.
*Curated by Rae Spoon
Canada’s longest running horror rock band, Forbidden Dimension began back in the icy winter of 1988 as a macabre twinkle in former Color Me Psycho frontman Tommy "Jackson Phibes" Bagley's crawling eye. Their tunes range the gamut from baroque garage rave-ups, thunderous drunk rock to sleazoid exotica and back again. Lyrically as well as visually through Bagley's horror-ific artwork, the spirit of weird pulp fiction, true crime, and good old fashion black & white monster mania continually weaves throughout their releases.
The subject of an unsolicited tribute album marking their 25th anniversary back in 2013, Forbidden Dimension have stealthily flown beneath the radar and yet managed to maintain a devoted sub-cult of deranged followers and weirdness enthusiasts worldwide. Bagley and his longtime cohort P.T. Bonham, joined by the gruesome and terrifying Virginia Dentata, recently celebrated the 30 year milestone with the 2018 release of Muchas Moscas, their 7th album, 9th full-length over all.
Power-pop/punk from Vancouver, Canada
sensitive, sporty & sassy four piece band from vancouver, canada! sweet & mean and everything inbetween! sup 2 all of our fans
jock tears is:
lauren ray - vocals
lauren smith - bass
spencer - guitar
dustin - drums
Imagine you’re at a garage sale. You walk in and spot a colourful silk shirt in the back of the garage. Without hesitation, without question, you pick up the shirt, pay what they ask and leave. This retro silk shirt fills you with confidence, making you the life of the party.
A performance by Mark Mills has the same effect as that silk shirt. He is the personification of inhibitionless party; his cool, ‘80s, synth-galore throwback jams are revitalized with a fresh, modern perspective.
Mark Mills dances so hard that it’s tough not to want to join him. He takes one-man-band to a new level, playing pre-produced beats off an iPod while layering toy-synthesizer, guitar and vocals overtop.
Free the Cynics are a Calgary 4-piece who have a no limits approach to songwriting. With healthy lashings of everything from Indie, Blues and Jazz to Rock n Roll, Rock and Pop, Free the Cynics have created an intense, energetic, eclectic sound all of their own. Their debut release 'Showtunes From the Basement' (2015) was met with 4 and 5 star reviews across Canada and the UK for its mixed bag of genre-hopping, attitude-laden tracks. The follow up, 2017’s 'Post-Iconica' (with lead single 'High at Work' enjoying radio play in Western Canada and the UK), was met with even more critical acclaim for its visceral yet melodic blend of dirty Rock n Roll, Blues, Pop and unpredictability.
The live show is where the band really shine brightest, with frontman Rich Paxton's passionate, intense style and searing vocals being perfectly complimented by guitarist Alex Klassen’s versatile, inventive string work, bassist Brad Wedekind's wild bass fusion and individuality (and majestic bass faces) and drummer Joey DeCosse’s intelligent, inventive grooves. Recent single ‘Howling Barbs’ won $1,000 at this year’s top category annual Songwriting Contest and the band enjoy regular airplay on X92.9FM. Fresh from a UK/Ireland tour, a short Western Canadian tour with Austin’s Black Pistol Fire in September 2018 (as well as confirmed for Big Winter Classic 2019)and recent shows with the likes of Electric 6, Holy Fuck, The Beat, Counterfeit Jeans, The Wet Secrets and more, Free the Cynics’ stage show is as honed as ever.
I used to go under the name "Ed Thome" a name which I came up with a few years back after recording my first track. The name was too close to comfort to my birth name. So after some thinking I have decided to go under the moniker "LYRIQUE" (pronounced: Lyric).
I am a Half Chinese Half Filipino MC, originally coming from Baguio City, Philippines. I currently reside in Calgary,AB,Canada. I have been rapping for 5 years now. Basically I am just an individual who enjoys listening to music as much as making it. Influenced by artists such as Biggie Smalls,J.cole, Ice Cube, Dilated Peoples, Nas, 9th Wonder, J.Dilla, Alchemist, Bambu, Francis Magalona, Fly Union, Dom Kennedy, The Game, Dr.Dre, Jay-Z, Al Jerreau, Earth, Wind and Fire, 50 Cent, Ray Charles...And the list goes on and on. Mainly influenced by BOOM BAP, SOUL,FUNK and JAZZ.
Hard, fast and unapologetic. Three words that come to mind when experiencing theraucous flavor of punk that No More Moments slams into you over the course of one of their relentless sets. The quartet from Siksika, Alberta has overcome numerous obstacles to become one of the most entertaining, humble and respected punk bands in the province.
Blood and Guts, Heart and Soul, Rock and Roll.
Geof does his level best to make his drums sound like a locomotive, and Ryan plays bass, completely wrong, while both are howling almost the whole time. Get home safe.
Queercore fantasy band/performance art duo from Regina, SK.
*Curated by Rae Spoon
Territories formed in 2015 in Calgary with the reunion of four long-time friends and prior members of western Canadian punk rock staple, Knucklehead. After two decades of playing honest music, they continue to focus their collective efforts on writing songs with thoughtful lyrics and compelling melodies. Their upcoming debut self-titled album will be out on Pirates Press Records in August 2018.
Hush Hush Noise is an experimental pop duo based in Victoria BC, who combine organic sounds with electronics to create memorable songs. Multi-instrumentalists, Lily Fawn and Eric Hogg combine their songwriting styles to carefully shape each song to its full potential while maintaining the experimental expression that comes from collaboration.
“An ever changing creation of sound that wavers between the pit of your worst fears and the euphoria of love at its peak. intricately arranged instrumentation, textures, sweet melodies, chaos and beauty.”
*Curated by Rae Spoon
The Pagans are a Punk Rock band from Canada made up of a Knucklehead, a Disrupter, A Mad Cowboy and a Mother F**ker.
Flirtatious in nature, rudeboy B*les (pronounced ‘be-less’) is a playful, cheeky r&b singer. Drawing inspiration from artists such as D’Angelo, Frank Sinatra, Lauryn Hill, and Anderson Paak, love lyrics and heartbreaks are his sustenance and recreation.
Accompanied by his band, B*les & The Suede are a party wrecking crew, traversing through r&b, soul and hip-hop. This smooth ensemble unifies its style with a heavy emphasis on sultry groove.
I Am The Mountain plays campfire soul music, and is currently based in Calgary, AB. Carefully woven throughout our songs are emotion and atmosphere. We feel the music, and want people to experience our songs in the way that they feel is fitting. Chat with a friend, dance uncontrollably, have an Old Fashioned (neat), or lay quietly, motionless, focusing on each and every syllable and note. We bring in a variety of our past and present experiences, music tastes, and personalities. We’re a blend of classically trained instrumentalists, leaning on our jazz, soul, & folk inspirations like Typhoon, Dan Mangan, Hiatus Kaiyote & Christian Scott. Alongside Juno Award nominee, Nils Mikkelsen (AM Static), we have created a six song EP that will showcase our bands groovy and soulful new sound. The Ep, We’re Here For Each Other, is available everywhere.
JPB is a Canadian First Nations hip hop music artists from Kainai Blood Tribe in Southern Alberta, Canada. Proclaiming as an Indigenous Hip-Hop artist, JPB has gained a large recognition for his music as his fan base within the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities continues to grow larger. JPB understands that Hip-Hop isn't part of the traditional culture but music has always been part of the culture from singing to drumming & dancing. With a new form and new style that speaks to the younger generation and tells their story. Within the past year as a solo artist, JPB opened up for significant artists like Snak The Ripper, Madchild, Swollen Members, Capitole D, Evil Ebenezer, and many more Canadian Artists.
*Queer/Femenist Rage Intensifies* HARSH is a punk group that is unapologetic in their sound and their Femenist values. Harsh isn't like anything else but the band takes influence from Propagandhi, Bomb The Music Industry and Bikini Kill, just to name a few. DIY ethics are a big part of what makes HARSH who they are, making all their own merch and recording much of their music themselves. HARSH will scream their feelings at you and smash the patriarchy, one song at a time.
It was winter time 2009 and five different guys living five different lives subconsciously shared an idea. It was the coldest place on earth that day in red deer, and from the remains of projects past a band did appear.
Unclear, uncertain, way too loud and far too proud, five young, dumb, stubborn boys fought each other and together to write what they would call songs. It didn't take long the beauty of youth is imagination.
hip-hop/rap pop punk cloudrap emo rap experiemental sad rap Calgary
**Curated by Transit22
"Influenced by 80’s disco and synth pop, while still juggling a large helping of jazz and blues, there’s a blithe bounce andwirey synth quality to the songs that drive them along. But through it all, it’s clear the roots that anchor it are soulful and full. This project comes together with such a rosy glow that it’s easy to see where Squanto got the namesake for their first album, Rose Gold."
Thomas Thomas is in the best shape of their lives. After growing up on garage rock, cutting their teeth in Various Calgary acts for the last decade, and mellowing out into 50s pop sensibilities it feels like something special is happening. The baby fat has been trimmed and the songs have been laboriously distilled down - it's all melody and meaning from here on out.
Fronted by two visual artists whose hands are in every piece of media the band releases, the two Thomas’ are Thomas Englund (Betaboys, Bell Tower) and singer-songwriter Shannon Thomas. Both bringing different sensibilities to song writing this young indie-pop act has a keen sense of who they are, and where they are going.
Special for East Town Get Down performance of Ween's classic album "12 Golden Country Greats"
The Wine Soaked Preachers are a four-piece roots band based out of Calgary, Alberta. Writing and preaching their own brand of Alberta-soaked tales, the band is inspired by other proudly Canadian roots acts like Corb Lund and Daniel Romano, as well as dark and dissident storytellers such as The Handsome Family and Timber Timbre.
With a diverse palette of influences, the Mike MacKenzie Band is a powerful, bluesy, tour-de-force musical unit. Each member adds their personality to the melting pot and a potent brew is cooked up at every performance. From large outdoor stages to more intimate venues, they consistently present their brand of fiery blues-rock with passion and conviction.
Special for East Town Get Down, Mike MacKenzie will perform 'Led Zeppelin I' in its entirety!
The Levee Breakers are a Led Zeppelin tribute from Calgary, aiming to recreate the power, majesty and thrilling live performances of the greatest classic rock band ever.
Special for East Town Get Down, The Levee Breakers will perform 'Led Zeppelin II' in its entirety!
Natural Ensemble is a HipHop duo that has built a status around fun times and positivity. The relaxed old school style of beats produced by B-ren and charismatic rhyme flow by Geeze amalgamate to create an entertaining performance that leaves you with a smile on your face. With several Canadian tours and Calgary performances with the likes of Transit22, Swollen Members, Apathy, Redman and Method Man, Dub FX, Pete Rock and C.L Smooth, Hopsin and Sonreal to name only a few, you’re guaranteed a quality show with proffesionalism and the audiences experience as a key focal point. Entertainment at its finest
**Curated by Transit22
Emily Ripley is a 20-year-old female solo acoustic artist from Calgary, AB, Canada. Her sound can be described as upbeat, spunky, freaky, and fun. Unable to put a true name to her genre, Emily strives to create truthful acoustic music that speaks to her life experiences and feelings using her guitar, ukulele, and voice. Getting the nickname "The Blue Fairy" last year in an interview, Emily is ready to release as much music into the world as humanly possible.
“The songs are short, fast, catchy, loud and usually contain one or more killer guitar riffs. But one of the most pronounced elements of the record is that the band seems so well-schooled in genres of music that hit their zenith decades ago, whether it be old-school punk, surf guitar, furious garage rock, trashy glam-rock or sleazy blues-metal.”
– The Calgary Herald
Bolstered by aggressive guitar riffs and gut-wrenching gangers, Dead End Drive-In are a punk rock five-piece from Vancouver, Canada. Taking after such acts as Titus Andronicus, Diarrhea Planet and The Replacements, this band has no problem mixing meaningful lyrical content with relentless lead lines. Chock-full of feedback, finger tapping and heart-pounding hooks, one reviewer wrote that “their punk edge will grab ya and pull you in.
The sonic love child of five Calgary buds. Combining their favourite parts of Psych, folk, and R&B into a something of their own.
Dripping with sensuality, fuzz covered grunge guitar and the infectious familiarity of 60’s rock-soul, the Torchettes combine their angelic and emphatic vocal tones to create a sound somehow ahead of and behind its time. Think Amy Winehouse backed by the Blackhearts.
Currently attending Mount Royal University
Writing new music to be released 2019 (very soon)
Perform my original songs, as well as cover other great artists whom I love.
You have to work to find balance between music and school, but my love for muisc keeps pushing me through.
Born and raised an "Indigenous Cowgirl" in the great muskeg of Northern Alberta, Bebe Buckskin; a Cree/Metis artist, is the embodiment of Northern grit and soul. Classic blues - rock, swamp - soul is the term that best describes the anchor of her music, with infusions that skim upon outlaw country, folk and R&B. This ex-rodeo queen swamp woman is unafraid to bare her raw intensity on stage, making for a riveting and authentic performance. Velvety robust vocals paired with a soulfully dynamic band, floats the listener away on a journey through soundscapes of nostalgic inspirations. Deep dense decadence for the senses.
The music of Mountain Sound Brigade draws on rock, folk and roots influences utilizing a broad array of instruments including piano, lap steel and 12 string guitars. They draw inspiration for their music from time spent in the wilderness of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. You can hear Mountain Sound Brigade on their newly released demo compilation Doghouse Demos.
Indie Psych Pop for people to let go and just enjoy themselves. Handmade tries to create an approachable atmosphere by blending pop aspects from indie, psych, RnB and jazz for almost everyone to experience something new.
The 6 indie-rock musicians emerge from Edmonton, Alberta “implementing so many influences into their act that it becomes a fascinating fusion of orchestrated sounds” –The Bolt News
Since their CD release, they have gone on tour, performing at many of western Canada’s popular venues and Festivals. In September 2016, Good Nature was chosen as one of the 4 finalists of MacEwan University’s Showcase Competition which got them a slot at the University’s Fall Festival, opening for acts such as Tyler Shaw and The Zolas.
"Revolutionary People" their newest single, was released on all streaming platforms on September 7, 2018.
Ride The Sky
Were Slightly Foul And Subtly Empathetic, it’s pathetic!
Stellar Nolan, Bass and Vocals
George Kingdon, Guitar and vocals
Tristen Tiefenbach, Drums
Close your eyes... picture where you were the first time that you heard that really, really great song... the song that spoke directly to you. The one that changed your life. The song, that every time you hear it, takes you back to a memory, an amazing moment time...the Brother Bicker Band is trying to recapture that memory, that amazing moment in time with every song that they play.
The Moröns (Pronounced MOR-OWNS) are the self proclaimed 'Royally Dysfunctional Family of Party Punk'. Started in late 2017 and hailing from the depths of Hick City, these spastic troglodytes were voted "Most Likely to Say Something Inappropriate at Grandmas House" for good reason.
Shunned by critics and ignored by promoters, the Moröns still always find a way to invade your brain and dry-fuck your earholes with lead man Robbie Moröns stupid (yet kind of cleverly-witty) lyricism, solid axe-men G.G. and Davie's punk riffage and Lucky's straight forward punk beats that make you wanna kiss your sister (but don't, she's gross).
So go on... tell the world...
"I LOVE HAVING THE MORöNS INSIDE OF ME!!!"
Led by riff-driven guitar work anchored in soulful vocals, the Marcus Trummer Band from Calgary, Canada features a fresh blend of blues, rock & roll, and soul. The band was started after frontman Marcus Trummer met guitarist Linden Conroy at the National Music Centre's Jam Club in Calgary and bassist Karl Salingua performing together in the Alberta International Band Festival Honour Jazz Band. Joined by Marcus's brother Silas on drums, the band brings a new young energy to an old school sound. Since forming in early 2018, the 4-piece group has been busy playing many shows and festivals at various locations in and around Calgary and Alberta. Some highlights from this past year include playing a set in the Studio Bell Performance Hall at the National Music Centre, opening for the Mocking Shadows at Ironwood Stage & Grill, and playing multiple shows with Peter & the Wolves including as part of Heritage Park's outdoor summer concert series.
Singer/ songwriter Wyatt C. Louis' dark, rustic tales of love and home blend folk with soulful blues.
We are The Galacticas! A three-piece punk outfit from Calgary, Alberta! We are known for our high energy, robots, and sad faces!
More to come!