For the indie psych rock outfit Lost Cousins, grappling with life transitions—and the domino effects of those choices—is at the core of their sprawling, celestial-sounding debut LP to be released in 2018 via Pheromone Recordings. The record is a sweeping, anthemic tribute to the things one loses or gives up; the places one longs for, especially as one grows up and moves on. It’s an album that spans the entire country and collapses back into itself; feeling like a swelling ocean tide with a sweet, significant comedown when it finally settles on the beach.
The band has toured throughout Canada and the United States, including opening spots for The Strumbellas, Matthew Good, Hollerado, and The Wooden Sky. Recent Canadian festival performances include sets at Wayhome (2015), CityFolk (2016), NXNE (2017), and Hillside Festival (2017). Lost Cousins is Cam Duffin (drums), Lloyd McArton (guitar, saxophone), and Thomas Dashney (keyboards).
The Wilderness was formed in 2015 after a chance encounter between the original members at an open mic in Kingston, Ontario. Through dedication and optimism, the Wilderness have completed the transformation from a few friends who enjoy playing music into a full-time indie rock band. After just a single practice together, Jonas Lewis-Anthony, Karl Tombak, Sacha Lansky, Henry Lawrence, and Scott Goodwin began seeking out and playing shows in Kingston.
While they may be based in Kingston, Ontario, their varying musical and cultural backgrounds add a unique aspect to the musicality of their songs. Hailing from distant corners of Canada, the UK, the USA, and Switzerland, their musical and lyrical work is energizing, at times melancholic, and brings people of all age groups together. Taking influences from classics like Springsteen and Dylan, as well as contemporaries such as Mumford & Sons and Josh Ritter, the Wilderness have thrown comfort aside in pursuit of their own energetic and entertaining brand of Rock n’ Roll.
In just 4 years the band has performed nearly 400 shows across North America including Kingston Buskers Rendezvous, Old Roads Festival, MacKinnon Brothers’ Back to the Farm, Ottawa City Folk Festival and Fall For Kingston; having shared the stage with artists such as Reuben and the Dark, the Rural Alberta Advantage, Mimicking Birds, Plants and Animals, and Busty and the Bass.
The Elwins -- singer/guitarist Matt Sweeney, drummer Travis Stokl, guitarist/keyboardist Feurd, and bassist/singer Francesco Figliomeni -- came together in 2006 near Newmarket, about an hour north of Toronto. After touring extensively behind 2012's And I Thank You and 2015's Play for Keeps, the four members developed a natural chemistry, which continues to propel (and challenge) their collaborative spirit on Beauty Community. Play For Keeps notably helped garner the band a 2016 JUNO Award for Breakthrough Group of the Year with its first single, "So Down Low," which amassed over 25 million audience impressions, peaked at #12 Alternative Rock, and was featured in a Canada-wide advertising campaign for Fido.
Grace, 2 is a passionate group of Hip fans recreating the sound and energy of a live Hip performance. As fans of both The Hip and of great music we strive for the off the cuff feel the Hip are known for while simultaneously staying true musically to their albums both studio and live. As Canadians we all share a connection with The Tragically Hip and there are tributes to this iconic band all over Toronto and the country. Grace, 2 sets itself apart with its attention to detail. Performing the songs true to the band with a charismatic front man whose performance pays tribute to the late great Gord Downie himself.
Since hitting the music scene in 2017, Toronto-based Phantom Atlantic have been making waves. Blending the post-rock ambiance of artists like Radiohead and Explosions in the Sky with driving alt-rock rhythms reminiscent of Foo Fighters and Thrice, the band’s unique fusion of high energy anthems and serene soundscapes has quickly earned them a reputation as “one to watch” (Indie Week).
Members Kyle Brunet, Ryan Stam, Jeff Burling and Ken Grisé have also been lauded for their engaging and authentic live show, and their appetite for being on stage is insatiable. The past year alone has seen them pack up the van for their first summer tour, appear at festivals Canadian Music Week and Indie Week, and provide direct support for notable acts including Wang Chung, Cutting Crew, and multi-platinum Irish arena rockers The Coronas.
Released in summer 2018, Phantom Atlantic’s first single “Lessons” – the follow-up to their self-titled and self-produced 2017 debut EP – received airplay on active rock radio stations across the country. It also garnered support from Toronto radio icon Alan Cross and was featured on Spotify’s official “Ready to Rock” playlist. Their second single, "Beneath Your Moment," is available now on all digital streaming services.