Winnipeg’s own Jamboree (Alex, Nick, and Sky) offer an eleven track melancholy indie album that features lyrics about isolation, riding the bus, Halloween Snowmen, with tight guitar playing and a clear love of indie rock.
Shelf Life, Grant Davidson’s third album under the moniker Slow Leaves, is exactly the album Winnipeg needs under lockdown. Teaming up with a roster of Winnipeg staples like Rusty Matyas, Rejean Ricard, and Damon Mitchell, Davidson has released the perfect album for the solitary mood of newfound home life.
Jaunt, indie pop hailing from Toronto, met at a Halloween party years ago and, after years of non-committal track sharing, the band has come together to make their mark on the Canadian music scene. Despite their haphazard beginnings, the band’s mindset when it comes to making music is quite meticulous.
It’s been a long road for Northern Royals to get here, but I think their fans are going to agree it was worth the wait. The band has been part of the local bar rock scene for some time now, originally performing as The Autopilots since 2013. In 2015 due to a bizarre name copyright claim, they had to rename the band. It was around then that frontman Evan Chandler decided to rebrand the band itself and really start to focus-in on what makes them unique.
Sleepwalking is a four track EP that puts the musical talent and lyrical poeticism of Cole Shway on display. Listeners will find on this EP a balance of gentle harmonies as he sings with authentic passion. Shway acts as master of the strings as he plays guitar, banjo, and bass in addition to singing on each track.
Music has been a tool used time and time again to cope with the stumbles in life and turn the most undermining situations into works of art. To Edmonton born musician, Marlaena Moore, the desire to shelter herself in music comes instinctively and naturally as she expresses the inner workings of love, her urge for mental stability, and personal growth. Stylus had the chance to speak with her about her latest album Pay Attention, Be Amazed, as well as her life on the road and future projects.
Four years in the making, having played countless shows that have taken them across the sea and back, Boniface’s release of their self titled debut marks the return of singer-songwriter turned pop savant Micah Visser.
Hailing from Montreal, Tops is sharper than ever on their fourth full-length album titled I Feel Alive. The record really does come to life — even in its most mellow moments the album is vibrant with colourfully chorused guitars and bewitching vocals. The energy in the band’s performance on each track feels so animated and so close that it’s as if they’re performing right on the other side of my speakers.
In 2016, the Winnipeg-based Ukrainian folk-punk band released their masterpiece of a third full-length album entitled Legend to rave reviews. Combining a traditional Eastern European folk influence with everything from metal to jazz to Afro-inspired beats, the album was an explosion of creativity made by and for people who love music in all its forms.