When COVID-19 started taking its hold on a global scale, it was soon enough that festivals and venues would be cancelling their plans and closing their doors. On Monday March 16th, COVID-19’s impact on our long-term lives was further solidified as venue after venue posted to their online followers that they were closing, postponing, cancelling, getting ready for some major changes and challenges.
The contrast of Eliza Niemi’s gentle voice in Mauno always intrigued me. Niemi brought a soothing relief to the unexpected, sometimes chaotic nature of their songs. It’s not an overstatement to say I was slightly heartbroken when Mauno ended, so I was excited to discover I could hear more from her.
In these ever-uncertain times of isolation, musicians and artists are taking a big hit. Due to the kiboshing of social gathering, live shows and yearly festivals are being cancelled left and right, and we are all itching to experience music as a community once again. From shows at the Handsome Daughter to jam nights at the Times Changed, our community is struggling to feel the togetherness that live music brings to our city.
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.