TOPS :: Elegance and ease

by Chris Bryson

Not many bands can make music that moves with such elegance, ease, and bounce as TOPS. Surely this is no easy feat, as the band has been honing their formula over the course of three albums, plus another in progress. Last year’s Sugar at the Gate, TOPS’ third full-length, found the band pushing their soft indie rock a la mellow disco-funk into a further refined breezy luster. Continue reading “TOPS :: Elegance and ease”

Seaway

by Chris Bryson

Seaway will be bringing their sugar-sheened pop punk back to Winnipeg on July 12 in support of last year’s Vacation. This will be the band’s first Canadian tour of the album but with the gap from release time, these guys haven’t let up. Running off a solid schedule on the road and recently coming off a tour in support of Sum 41, the band have been making waves with their sprightly summery tunes. With a bit of a break before starting their tour off in Winnipeg, Stylus caught up with Seaway’s lead vocalist Ryan Locke to see how things have been going. Continue reading “Seaway”

RHYE :: WINNIPEG FOLK FESTIVAL

Mike Milosh is the driving force behind Rhye, the Canadian R&B project set to wrap up the Big Blue stage on the Friday night of this year’s Winnipeg Folk Festival. Milosh spoke with Stylus about his workhorse tour schedule and what he’s been up to in the five years between Rhye’s 2013 debut album, Woman, and 2018’s follow-up record, Blood. Read the full interview to geek out on hotel safety and microphone set up advice, and find out how you can help hype their Folk Fest Friday night set. Continue reading “RHYE :: WINNIPEG FOLK FESTIVAL”

YES FEST 001 – FESTIVAL RECAP

Words and photos by Zoe Lebrun

Yes Fest is all about bringing obscure, up-and-coming bands of various genres into the spotlight. This was accomplished in spades this year at the first official festival put on by Yes Wave Promotions. The festival took place over three days at various venues in Winnipeg and featured fourteen bands from all across Canada. While it was not without its hiccups, the festival was still a smashing success, and Yes Wave promoters have big dreams for the festival in the coming years. Continue reading “YES FEST 001 – FESTIVAL RECAP”

Peach Kelli Pop

by Zoë LeBrun

Originally hailing from Ottawa, Peach Kelli Pop is a LA-based band that specializes in beachy punk music filled with loud guitars and infectious melodies that captivate the heart and soul. Founded by songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Allie Hanlon, the band has made waves not only in Canada and the US, but overseas as well, particularly in Tokyo, Japan, where the band has toured many times. Continue reading “Peach Kelli Pop”

Warming

by Chris Bryson

After years playing in bands like Slow Spirit, Odana, Somebody Language and under his own name, Brady Allard’s newest project, Warming, lives up to its own name. Allard will be playing his first show as Warming at the Handsome Daughter on February 17th. The first single from Warming’s eponymous debut album, “White Lies”, was released on January 23rd in anticipation of the show. Continue reading “Warming”