Big Sounds

MoSo brings top national and international talent to perform alongside the best artists from Saskatchewan's already prosperous independent music scene in some of the city’s best venues. More announcements coming soon.

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    Buffy Sainte-Marie

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    Qu'appelle Valley, Sk

    9:00PM
    Saturday, June 18
    The Broadway Theatre

    Buffy Sainte-Marie

    Qu'appelle Valley, Sk

    Perhaps you know Sainte-Marie from her 1960s protest anthems, open-hearted love songs, incendiary powwow rock, or the juggernaut pop hit “Up Where We Belong." Whatever the case, every song and every era has revealed new and distinctive shades of an artist revered for her pioneering and chameleon ways. There was no mold from which Buffy Sainte-Marie emerged; she created her own, ripened from experiences in both her head and her heart.

    Her latest record, Power in the Blood, is an honest reflection of Sainte-Marie. The hallmarks of her catalog – the eclecticism and compassion she brings to each album, oblivious to genre boundaries and production trends – are in glorious bloom here. It’s the Buffy you know and love, and it’s geared for contemporary audiences.

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    Suuns

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    Montreal, QC

    11:30PM
    Thursday, June 16
    Amigos Cantina

    Suuns

    Montreal, QC

    From the beginning, Suuns (pronounced “soons”, and translates as “zeroes” in Thai) have sought to do things differently. They formed in Montreal 2007, when singer/guitarist Ben Shemie and guitarist Joe Yarmush got together to work on some demos, soon to be joined by Liam, Ben’s old schoolfriend, on drums and Max Henry on synth. Their first two records, 2010’s Zeroes QC and 2012’s Polaris Prize-nominated Images Du Futur–both released on Secretly Canadian –were immediate critical hits, and Suuns soon found themselves part of a late ‘00s musical renaissance in the city, alongside fellow groups like The Besnard Lakes, Islands and Land Of Talk. Still, at the same time, Suuns feel remote from the big, baroque ensembles and apocalyptic orchestras that typify the Montreal scene. “We write quite minimal music,” thinks Ben. “They’re not traditional song forms, sometimes they don’t really go anywhere –but they have their own kind of logic.” Or as Joe puts it: “It’s pop music, but sitting in this evil space.”

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    Montreal, QC

    1:00AM
    Sunday, June 19
    Amigos Cantina

    Duchess Says

    Montreal, QC

    Duchess Says was created in late 2003 when four members of the Church of Budgerigars decided to collaborate together on a common musical project to promote a new kind of church and spread the message of the Duchess (or spiritual budgie). This Montreal band presents audiophiles with a collection of intense "moog rock" songs that pull influence from new wave and punk with artistic cues coming from cinema and visual arts. Duchess Says has the mandate to decontextualise the rock and to promote simultaneously their Church on the way.

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    Montreal, QC

    10:00PM
    Friday, June 17
    The Broadway Theatre

    Besnard Lakes

    Montreal, QC

    The story of The Besnard Lakes begins at Besnard Lake: a spectacular yet secluded water feature in rural Saskatchewan which the Montreal group’s husband and wife core, Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas, visit each summer for inspiration and escape. This year the couple’s campsite was surrounded for a worrying few days by forest flames, a literal ring of fire which informed the devil-may-care spirit of their exuberant fifth album.

    The Besnard Lakes are unafraid to marry textured, questing headphone sonics to the honeyed pleasure of radio hits past: the rapture of My Bloody Valentine entwined with the romance of Fleetwood Mac. Imagine dreamy Beach House riding Led Zeppelin dynamics, with unabashedly androgynous vocal harmonies. This melodic yet mountainous soundworld was sculpted at Breakglass, their own modest Paisley Park.

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    Vancouver, BC

    11:30PM
    Thursday, June 16
    Buds on Broadway

    The Pack AD

    Vancouver, BC

    Destruction and melody, acid wit and bruising vocals—this is the Pack A.D. Singer/guitarist Becky Black and drummer Maya Miller have made a sound so gigantic and empowering, that it’s easy to forget it's just two people behind this brilliant and carefully constructed havoc. Shredding and pounding their way through every song, the Pack A.D. swallows you whole inside their blend of heavy psych-pop/garage-rock. Their lyrics are entirely human and complex, tackling real issues with darkly humor or raving about sly crusades against stupidity. Becky and Maya are relentless and riveting, playing with the kind of freedom that makes everybody in the room vicarious rock stars, even if it’s just for the night.

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    Saskatoon, SK

    8:45PM
    Friday, June 17
    The Broadway Theatre

    Close Talker

    Saskatoon, SK

    Close Talker is the exalted indie rock trio from Saskatoon, Canada. Formed in 2012, the band has made great strides in a short period of time: two full-length releases, numerous tours throughout North America, Europe, and the UK, and international attention garnered from critically acclaimed blogs and publications. Spin Magazine writes, “Close Talker pair their rigid yet sanguine melodies with achingly euphoric lyricism," while Q Magazine calls the band “one of their country’s most zesty exports.” Exclaim! described the live show as magnetic; “a nice balance of anthemic rock with soaring harmonies and spacey, melodic breakdowns.” In 2015 Close Talker received nominations for Sirius XM’s Emerging Artist of the Year, as well as Western Canadian Music Award’s Video of the Year, Independent Album of the Year, and Radio Starmaker’s Rock Recording of the year.

    Close Talker is Will Quiring, Matthew Kopperud, and Chris Morien.

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    Brandon, MB

    Shotgun Jimmie

    Brandon, MB

    Shotgun Jimmie releases his new album, Field of Trampolines, on Friday, March 18, 2016 via You've Changed Records. The record's debut single, "Join The Band," premieres today courtesy of the classic Canadian band breakfast stop, Aunties & Uncles. Listen HERE.

    Field of Trampolines is a perfect summer album, recorded at the Eastern end of a cross-Canada tour in August 2015. Shotgun Jimmie and his band (Winnipeg’s wonderful Human Music) slept under the stars, played rock shows, and swam every possible lake. Crowds were surfed. They ate from orchards and cooked by campfire.

    The record was produced by Joel Plaskett in his Dartmouth, NS studio, New Scotland Yard. Joel is a magician, a musician, and a legend. They worked quickly, recording live and mixing fast in a single four-day session. Joel captured the summer vibes like a glow bug in his bare hands.

    Here are ten songs celebrating life’s joys: life on the road (“Join The Band”), natural phenomena (“Solar Array”), and camping (“Triple Letter Score”). There are a series of tributes to Jimmie’s friends and inspirations: The Constantines are saluted in “Constantine Believer,” Attack In Black in “Love Letter,” and the legendary Eric’s Trip in “Song For Julie, Chris, Rick + Mark.” Jimmie’s current life as an art school student also gets due airtime: “I’m losing sleep over Georgia O’Keefe” he sings in “Georgia OK.” And as the batteries run down on the nostalgic and entirely wonderful “Walkman Battery Bleed,” you’ll be looking to flip back to the A-Side and play it all over again.

    Field of Trampolines joins an impressive discography: five full-length albums since 2007 (including the Polaris Prize-nominated Transistor Sister), and split releases with Joel Plaskett, Ladyhawk, and Attack In Black. In 2012, Jimmie appeared on John K. Samson’s Provincial (Epitaph/ANTI) and toured across North America and Europe as Samson’s lead guitarist and opening act.

    Performing with unstoppable charm, hooks, and positivity, Jimmie continues his never-ending tour this summer.

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    Willie Thrasher & Linda Saddleback

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    Nanaimo, BC

    Willie Thrasher & Linda Saddleback

    Nanaimo, BC

    Willie Thrasher has been a mainstay on the Canadian music scene for decades, writing and performing songs about Inuit and First Nations culture and history. Known for touching upon difficult subjects with grace, sweet melodies and folk-rock guitar lines, Thrasher's approach to music is about finding solace in sound and storytelling. With three of his songs on the 2014 grammy nominated historical compilation album Native North America (Vol. 1) and the 2015 rerelease of his 1981 album Spirit Child, Thrasher is loving the journey of finding a whole new audience.

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    Peterborough, ON

    The Burning Hell

    Peterborough, ON

    The Burning Hell is the alter-ego of Canadian songwriter Mathias Kom. Having been on the road since since 2007 the band has played everywhere from festivals like Glastonbury and Dawson City to bars, living rooms, abandoned bunkers, and a mental asylum in rural France. They run the gamut from introspective folk to hyperactive rock and taking the audience on a supermarket-cart ride through hooky, upbeat pop songs, dark ballads about pet euthanasia, and anthems for barbarians, economic conferences, and love. Set to release Public Library, a new album of distorted story-songs, in April 2016, and they’ll spend the better part of the spring and summer in their natural habitat: the tour van.

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    Toronto, ON

    1:00AM
    Saturday, June 18
    Vangelis Tavern

    Lido Pimienta

    Toronto, ON

    Known as “Colombian darling” and “Soundsister”, Lido Pimienta jumps back and forth from electronic beats, analog synths and Afro-Colombian rhythms to out-of-this-world chanting. The release of her first album Color LP opened the gate for several collaborations with artists in Canada and around the world, making her one of the most prolific song-writer, lyricist and an improv virtuoso of her generation.

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    Calgary, AB

    1:00AM
    Sunday, June 19
    Vangelis Tavern

    Drezus

    Calgary, AB

    This saskatoon born, Calgary-based artist is on the warpath.

    Known for creating hip hop albums that are politically fearless and emotionally charged, Drezus uses his music to force the listener into taking a long, hard look at the stark divide between the Canadian Government and Canadian Native communities. He uses beats and rhymes to tell the raw, viseral truth of the First Nations narrative and captures the essence of the struggle with delicately chosen but pointed words. He's a rap artist you can't miss, if only because the stories he's telling need to be heard.

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    Sackville, NB

    Partner

    Sackville, NB

    Partner is the "mature" effort of small town lesbians Josée Caron and Lucy Niles (the brains behind beloved Sackville pop-punk outfit The Mouthbreathers). Born of their bizarre and fortuitous friendship, Partner boldly goes where few have even desired to go, moving effortlessly from topics like sex objects and gross secrets to more serious themes like intimacy, friendship, and existential unease. Partner marries feminism and stadium rock riffage to produce a sound as queer as they are.

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    Toronto, ON

    11:30PM
    Saturday, June 18
    Amigos Cantina

    HSY

    Toronto, ON

    Toronto-based sludge punk outfit HSY was formed in 2011 by the mononymous “Jude.”

    Harkening back to the 80’s post punk vibes of Section 25 and 90’s sludge metal gods The Melvins, HSY crafts the perfect soundtrack for Toronto’s seedy underbelly. Loud, crude and in your face, this band brings all the sound you need to quell your raging temper.

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    Montreal

    8:00PM
    Thursday, June 16
    The Refinery

    Jenny Berkel

    Montreal

    “Enthralling, starkly beautiful, hushed and poetic.”

    Since releasing her debut album, Here on a Wire, Canadian singer-songwriter Jenny Berkel has been intoxicating listeners with her evocative songs and voice. Both on her own and as part of Daniel Romano's Trilliums band, her consistent touring has garnered fans across the country and ocean.

    Born in the heart of Ontario’s lush forests and fields, Berkel’s music has drawn her from rural Ontario to Winnipeg to Toronto and now, finally, to Montreal. This constant shifting finds its rest in her songs: her lyrics are dreamy and piercing, shimmering with memories and glittering with the quiet solitude of a night sky.

    Your voice is a home I move into / Like a half dream, I hold onto / the words you say

    Berkel’s writing is at once gentle and hard-hitting. Her lush and low voice ornaments her poetry with melodies that soar high and clear before spilling back down again. Berkel’s forthcoming sophomore album, Pale Moon Kid, was recorded with gifted producer Daniel Romano and will be released in spring 2016 with Pheromone Recordings. Steeped in sparkling guitars, sparse piano, pulsing bass and percussion, this glowing new collection reveals writing that has grown even sharper and more lyrical. Like a half dream, Pale Moon Kid will indeed be one to hold onto.

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    Young Benjamins

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    Saskatoon, SK

    6:00PM
    Saturday, June 18
    Free Stage

    Young Benjamins

    Saskatoon, SK

    Saskatoon's Young Benjamins combine contemporary folk and rock with a subtle dose of pop, creating an infectious and refreshing sound. Their live show and compelling stage presence has begun to attract some very positive attention for the young band, often referred to as Saskatchewan’s “indie folk darlings”.

    Young Benjamins released a three song EP titled "Bones" in 2011 that made a strong impact in their home province of Saskatchewan. Their debut LP, "Less Argue", was released on May 21st, 2013 under Dollartone Records. The album is comprised of 11 original tracks that were recorded in Saskatoon at Avenue Recording Co. and mastered in Athens, GA by John Keane (Cowboy Junkies, REM, Indigo Girls). The ensemble will be releasing a well anticipated new album in spring 2016, 4 years after the release of LESS ARGUE.

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    Regina

    12:00AM
    Saturday, June 18
    Amigos Cantina

    Surf Dads

    Regina

    Surf Dads had an unlikely start and plenty of hills to climb. With Chris Dimas living in California and Gage McGuire living in Saskatchewan, being separated by 2800 kilometers was less than ideal when trying to start a band.

    After a few months of sending iPhone recordings back and forth, Chris came back for Christmas and their debut record "Denny's EP" was born.

    Denny’s EP was released on April 12, 2015, and only weeks after, label attention had already come their way. The boys signed with Split-Tape Records out of Ohio/Washington and immediately started working on their follow up record.

    For their next effort “Dark Dads” the physical distance between the two weighed heavily on them. With half the EP recorded in Regina, and the other half recorded in LA, the duo had never played two of the four songs in the same room. Having complete trust in one in other, they finished the record in less than a month and released it on May 23, 2015.

    If releasing two EP's in a little better than a month wasn't enough.. they decided to write and record their third EP "A Nice Boy" the day before Chris left back for LA. They completed the record in 9 hours and released it on July 9, 2015. Their first single "Beach Dreams" was featured on Exclaim! and can be streamed here!

    In the short time they have been a band, Surf Dads has already been on two large tours, have supported Library Voices on their album release tour for their latest release "Lovish" and most recently showcased at the M For Montreal festival.

    Currently working on their full-length debut, Surf Dads are readying themselves for a busy 2016. With confirmed plans to play JunoFest in Calgary, AB, Canadian Music Week in Toronto, ON, and The Great Escape Festival in Brighton, UK, Surf Dads are showing no signs of slowing down.

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    Saskatoon

    8:20PM
    Friday, June 17
    The Refinery

    Minor Matter

    Saskatoon

    When it comes to musical experiences, Minor Matter prefers to take the listener down the path less travelled. With influences as diverse as the instruments they bring along for the ride, this orchestral folk quintet charts a course brimming with scenic detours and unsuspecting surprises. “If you’re after something a little unorthodox to accompany you on free-spirited walks, you should check these folks out.” (Jane Caulfield, Mix Tap Magazine, November 2013).

    Hailing from Saskatchewan, Canada, Minor Matter started as Jeffrey Popiel’s experimental solo project and has grown to include 5 multi-instrumentalists that help bring his carefully crafted originals to life. Drawing on a well-stocked musical tool-box that includes everything from the bassoon and clarinet to glockenspiel and ukulele, Stephanie Unverricht, Heather Lake, Skyler Caferrata and Jon Henderson work to seamlessly fuse classical, country, folk, jazz and psychedelic rock. “Their music is layers upon layers of crafted intricacies and flourishes intertwined with light-hearted lyrics,” (Jane Caulfield, Mix Tap Magazine, November 2013)

    Following the 2013 release of their 5-track EP, Concept of a Knife, 2014 saw the group play LUGO, the Greenery, the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, MoSo Fest 2014, the Ness Creek main stage and as a feature performer at the Saskatchewan Art’s Board Lieutenant Governor General Awards, gaining new fans along the way.

    “Never have I encountered a more abnormally talented bunch of young musicians than the time I caught Minor Matter play live at the Greenery in Saskatoon...their sound will catch you completely off guard.” (Brynn Becker, The Pickup, March 2014)

    When it comes to their craft, Minor Matter is passionate about continuously challenging themselves to push boundaries and create something new for audiences of all ages and musical preferences. They aim to capture the energy and character of their live show with their full length debut planned for release in the spring of 2016.

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    Saskatoon, SK

    10:00PM
    Thursday, June 16
    Amigos Cantina

    Waitress

    Saskatoon, SK

    Saskatoon's Waitress was formed in the summer of 2015 over a shared love of Shoegaze and jangle pop. Making music fit for a 1990s movie about prom night hijinks, this dreamy duo write songs reminiscent of the Stone Roses or Brian Jonestown Massacre, while still maintaining originality and pizzaz.

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    Man Meat

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    Saskatoon, SK

    10:00PM
    Saturday, June 18
    Amigos Cantina

    Man Meat

    Saskatoon, SK

    Man Meat have established themselves as a badass, answer-to-no-one noise punk band in Saskatoon’s music scene. Sometimes compared to Slint and Four Hundred Years, they still produce an original sound fraught with anxious riffs and desperate melodies. Their demo “Meat Hands” provides a crunchy soundtrack to your personal existential crisis, fit for any season.

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    Technical Kidman

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    Montreal

    11:00PM
    Friday, June 17
    Vangelis Tavern

    Technical Kidman

    Montreal

    Technical Kidman is a sample-based band from Montreal that take on pop music inside out, playing it against itself. They create intense, rhythmically driven songs built around bits and pieces of 90s TV ads and ominous synthesizers. Recognized for their explosive live sets and their envelope-pushing mindset, Technical Kidman thrive on exploring the possibilities of electronic music, yet they never fail to make outer limits feel accessible and exciting.

    Technical Kidman have been making a name for themselves in the Montreal scene for many years now. They have played Pop Montreal Festival many times (headlined twice and opened for Gang Gang Dance), played M for Montreal (2013-2014-2015), and opened for Suuns' album launch for Images du Futur (2013) and for MEG festival (2014). The band played Canadian festivals Sled Island in Calgary (2013-2014-2015), NXNE (2013-2014) & CMW (2013) in Toronto, and Halifax Pop Explosion (2012-2014). It also shined internationally by being part of Nouvelle Prague festival (Prague, Czech Republic, 2013) and Iceland Airwaves (Reykjavik, Iceland, 2012).

    Technical Kidman just released Something Stranger Coming on the Horizon, their first album.

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    Saskatoon, SK

    10:15PM
    Saturday, June 18
    The Refinery

    Ride Til Dawn

    Saskatoon, SK

    Ride Til Dawn has been a staple of Saskatoon, SK’s renowned local music scene for over a decade. Beginning as an alt-country outfit with a sound that continues to evolve with each album, Ride Til Dawn blends power-pop, psychedelic rock, garage, and cosmic country to craft a sound that is equally footed in dank 1970’s basements as it is firmly here in the now.

    Their brand new album, In Our Prime (Feb 2016), showcases the band at its raucous best. The songs feature tightly crafted melodies while still capturing the loose character and feel so typical of the great power-pop bands of the past. In Our Prime showcases the band’s strongest song writing effort yet, as is evident on driving rockers like “Stuck on You” as well as laid-back California jams like “It Ain’t Right.”

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    Astral Gunk

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    outerspace/eastern canada

    12:15AM
    Sunday, June 19
    Amigos Cantina

    Astral Gunk

    outerspace/eastern canada

    From the wilds of Sackville, New Brunswick, home to some of Canada's most deranged rock, comes the mighty Astral Gunk. Equal parts filthy punk-squat fury and spaced out hippy-cult drug party, the men of Astral Gunk seek transcendence through musical aggression. Remember the house that The Stooges lived in together?, the abandoned church that early Black Flag inhabited?, or the bungalow where Captain Beefheart held the Magic Band captive while recording Trout Mask Replica? Astral Gunk is all that, but louder.

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    The Avulsions

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    Saskatoon

    10:45PM
    Thursday, June 16
    Amigos Cantina

    The Avulsions

    Saskatoon

    Starting out as three strangers and transpiring into something now considered as a death pact, the Avulsions are currently looking to purchase a combined grave plot.

    After completing a Western Canadian tour out to Victoria, they have been hiding out writing and recording their first full length album set to come out in April 2016. Taking cues from the early 80s Factory Records catalogue and the futility of existence, the Avulsions make music that is loud, distraught and claustrophobic and will be the soundtrack to the end of times.

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    ANAMAI

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    Toronto, ON

    8:30PM
    Saturday, June 18
    The Refinery

    ANAMAI

    Toronto, ON

    ANAMAI is the experimental folk project of Anna Mayberry (HSY) and David Psutka (Egyptrixx, Hiawatha, Ceramic TL). Existing in the unsettled space between ancient past and imagined future, ANAMAI explores the contradictory nature of intimacy by releasing quiet confessions in a vast, amorphous lake of noise. Naked, resonant minimalism; ethereal and liquid. Chambered vocals and droning guitars lap each other up while looming silence threatens to extinguish them. Their debut full-length record, Sallows, released on Buzz Records (2015) demonstrates Anna’s and David's inventive way of using frequency to create parallel yet dichotomizing space. ANAMAI finds a way to entrance the listener with an almost dreary, unforgiving weight.

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    The Seahags

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    Saskatoon/Toronto

    9:00PM
    Sunday, June 19
    Amigos Cantina

    The Seahags

    Saskatoon/Toronto

    Seahags are a 6 piece feminist prairie grunge bluegrass basement/garage band, the band emerged from singing dust bowl ballads at a succulent farm to becoming a Saskatoon cult classic. This band has reunited for one show only, one that will have you and even your mom getting loose on the dance floor.

    Expect call and answer vocals, classic seahags songs, burps, belches, beer and hags.

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    Homo Monstrous

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    Regina, SK

    9:15PM
    Saturday, June 18
    Amigos Cantina

    Homo Monstrous

    Regina, SK

    Homo Monstrous is Jaye Kovach (She) and Leo Keiser (She/They). As Regina’s only queercore fantasy band and performance art duo, they make unlikely music for an unlikely existence, creating something raw, real, dark and immediately catchy. On their most recent album, “You’ve got problems, kid”, they mash together super-saturated guitar riffs and danceable back beats with an extra helping of electronic noise. Buried in the rubble are anxious lyrics touching upon stories of violation and a longing for a way to move forward.

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    Regina

    12:30AM
    Friday, June 17
    Vangelis Tavern

    Extroverts

    Regina

    Extroverts formed in Regina in 1979, and for 2.5 years created high-energy, fun rock-punk music. Legendary live shows across the Canadian prairies featured some of their 50 originals plus cutting edge new wave/punk covers.

    Cut to 25 years later – all four original Extroverts reunite to open for old pals DOA, and rediscover their love of writing and rocking. A new batch of songs – with lyrics untouched from 1979 and music written today – form the basis of incendiary live sets featuring incomparable front man Brent Caron.

    Extroverts have unearthed demos, 13 of which were released June 2015 on digital/CD/cassette as EXTROVERTS DEMO 1979. Spring 2016 will see the release of 7” single of new songs Government Girls/Hysteria Night in support of full-length album SUPPLE – all lyrics unused from 1979, all new music. Lots of shows and more releases coming up in 2016.

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    The Garrys

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    Saskatoon, SK

    11:00PM
    Friday, June 17
    Amigos Cantina

    The Garrys

    Saskatoon, SK

    The Garrys are a trio of sisters from Saskatoon who play surfy garage pop doo-wop that is equal parts eerie and comforting. Formed in the spring of 2015, The Garrys pull a strong influence from early reverb rock'n'roll and 1950s era vocal harmonies. If Ed Sullivan went on a date with the Spice Girls, they would eat ice cream sandwiches and dance to the Garrys. Their first album "Warm Buds" is due out in May 2016.

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    The Buzzardline

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    Saskatoon

    1:00AM
    Friday, June 17
    Buds on Broadway

    The Buzzardline

    Saskatoon

    The Buzzardline has chaotically concocted a series of songs with blues rooted rock riffs, heavy bass, untamed drums and energetic flair.

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    Me The Guts

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    Saskatoon, SK

    11:30PM
    Thursday, June 16
    Vangelis Tavern

    Me The Guts

    Saskatoon, SK

    This punk band from Saskatoon is known for furvored rhythms and gutsy melodies (pardon the pun). Having just released their first full length album online in October, they've been showcasing their noisy riffs and angsty vocals locally while planning on hitting the road to share their three-man punk grunge show with the rest of this wounderful country.

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    Toronto/Saskatoon/Montreal

    2:00PM
    Saturday, June 18
    Free Stage

    twin voices

    Toronto/Saskatoon/Montreal

    Twin Voices is an indie folk project with roots in the Ottawa Valley and wings in Saskatoon and Montreal. Lead member Laura Beach crafts a dark and lovely sound with imagery that draws on a life well-lived between small towns and cityscapes. Live-looping of violin, voice and guitar make for a performance that is equal parts stunning simplicity and playful complexity.

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    DGS Samurai Champs

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    Regina

    12:00AM
    Sunday, June 19
    Vangelis Tavern

    DGS Samurai Champs

    Regina

    Hailing from the Queen City, DGS Samurai Champs is an emerging Canadian recording and performing hip-hop group. Comprised of Jeah, Merv xx Gotti, and Nono Ryan, DGS Samurai Champs use their various strengths as individual artists to drive their new-wave sound.

    Since forming in 2013, DGS Samurai Champs has developed their own unique new-wave diversification for Canadian hip-hop. In 2014, they independently recorded, engineered, and released their first mixtape, The Banff Mixtape. In 2015, their second release, The Hard Tape, engineered by Saskatoon-based hip-hop producer Johnny Keys, was voted the #1 album in SaskMusic's Top 10 Saskatchewan Albums of 2015. They are currently working on their third release, The Soft Tape, which is currently scheduled to release in 2016.

    After playing music festivals such as Trifecta Music Festival and Summer Invasion, as well as supporting touring hip-hop heavyweights such as Flatbush Zombies, Swollen Members, k-os, Madchild, Def3, Pimpton, and Yo Gotti, DGS Samurai Champs continues to captivate audiences with their theatrical and dynamic live performances. Using their musical as well as cultural diversities as their primary assets, DGS Samurai Champs aims to redefine what it means to be “Canadian hip-hop”.

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    BellaDonnas and the temps

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    saskatoon

    9:00PM
    Thursday, June 16
    Vangelis Tavern

    BellaDonnas and the temps

    saskatoon

    The BellaDonnas & the Temps are an all girl punk band here to emasculate your men and butter up your women. Channelling inspiration from bands like the Distillers, the Misfits and Peaches the BellaDonnas have been active since early 2011, sharing the stage with many bands including local legends The New Jacobin Club and Savage Henry and the Infamous One Pounders. Ringmaster Reviews even called the BellaDonnas “a fresh and formidable snarl to punk which leaves one eager and desperate to hear much more sooner rather than later.” A full length album for the BellaDonnas is in the works and is expected to be released in 2016

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    Saskatoon

    5:00PM
    Saturday, June 18
    Free Stage

    Slow Down Molasses

    Saskatoon

    Saskatoon’s Slow Down Molasses is a five-piece indie-rock collective described as “the Broken Social Scene of the prairies” by Toronto’s Exclaim! Magazine. Taking cues from the wide-open spaces of their home, they craft expansive, texture-heavy pop songs that break into storm squalls of drone, delay and feedback. For their new record Burnt Black Cars (Culvert Music/Caroline International), they have turned to producer and prairies ex-pat Jace Lasek of the Besnard Lakes, developing the dreamy vocal arrangements of their previous, self-released album Walk Into the Sea (number 12 on Uncut editor Allan Jones’ personal top 20 of the year, between Neil Young’s Americana and Sharon Van Etten’s Tramp) and sharpening the songwriting into concise blasts of synth-driven melodies and full-on rock choruses.

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    Regina

    12:00AM
    Saturday, June 18
    Vangelis Tavern

    Orphan Mothers

    Regina

    Jon Neher (Nick Faye & The Deputies, Oiseaux, The Bureau) and Eden Rohatensky (Eden the Cat, Also Also Also, The Nips) of Regina, Saskatchewan, come together to create a sound that is both energetic and soothing, taking influence from everything between late 80s pop and hiphop. After the success of their first EP, Hindsight (February 17, 2015), the duo spend most of 2015 performing at festivals and touring through Saskatchewan and Manitoba. They grew their following online and on the radio through being featured on BRBRTFO, CBC Radio 3, and CBC’s As It Happens. Currently, they are working to release a new album in the summer of 2016 that showcases an expanded sound through more prominent guitar-work as well as a shared responsibility on vocals and production.

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    Regina

    10:00PM
    Friday, June 17
    Amigos Cantina

    THE STEVES

    Regina

    Regina garage-rock band The Steves are four under-employed post-secondary dropouts who play simple pop songs at the tempo of a panic attack. They're composed from members of Library Voices, The Florals, Wolf Willow, and a number of other incestuous Regina acts, and draw influence from artists like Jay Reatard, Jonathan Richman, and Randy Newman. In only a little over a year of existence, the band has recorded and released its debut cassette, No Solos, and recorded two follow-up singles, "FaceOff" and "Garage", with videos for both songs to premiere in the winter of 2016. Currently, the band is working on recording a full-length album which they plan to release later in 2016.

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    Saskatoon, SK

    9:45PM
    Thursday, June 16
    Vangelis Tavern

    Soul Mates

    Saskatoon, SK

    “An ill-mannered rock ‘n’ roll outfit with tweaked-out riffs for miles and swagger to burn. [Soul Mates] have the elusive severity of classic hardcore, but with an evolved and bizarre approach to tapping into that sound.” - Skot Hamilton (KEN mode/Adolyne)

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    Saskatoon

    12:00PM
    Saturday, June 18
    Free Stage

    The Karpinka Brothers

    Saskatoon

    The Karpinka Brothers may very well be the truest and purest artists to ever come out of Saskatchewan. Their sound bridges a curious gap between Van Morrison, Joel Plaskett, and outsider artists like Daniel Johnston. You Can Count On Me, the band’s third album since 2008, has recently won Best Album of the year in Planet S Magazine’s Reader’s Poll.

    The album is weighted with songs of forgiveness, acceptance, and understanding, which shouldn't come as any surprise given that the brothers volunteer regularly to perform at a local longterm care home. Their songwriting and delivery is honest, blunt, and heartwarming - descriptors that can easily be misread as trivial, but they ring so true in the context of this album. They capture a magic that just can't be faked. Even mastering legend John Golden (The Replacements, Sonic Youth, Black Flag) took the time to write them and let them know what a pleasure he had working on the record.

    They have shared the stage with songwriters as diverse as John K. Samson (of The Weakerthans), Gordon Lightfoot, and Tom Wilson. They were invited to perform last summer at the Regina Folk Festival, and Gateway Festival, and have completed a coast to coast Canada tour in fall 2015, ending with four shows in New York City.

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    Saskatoon

    10:00PM
    Saturday, June 18
    Vangelis Tavern

    Parab Poet & the Hip Hop Hippies

    Saskatoon

    Parab Poet & the Hip Hop Hippies began forming in 2013 after Parab the Poet began including alternate instruments into his hip hop music. Beginining with only live percussion accompanying the poet and his dj 'dj chaps', it soon after began evolving into a beautiful array of musical instruments. Including a groovy bassist, a vibey violinist, a mandolin & glockenspiel guitarist, a low end soul drummer , a percussionist from the future, a snare cymbal specialist, and a vocalist meets trumpeter, these alternate instruments mixed with a turntablist and an emcee have created something quite unique and flavourful. Making quite a buzz in their home city, in the fall of 2015 they took their sounds across the west, they rolled through Western Canada on a 15 date 'Hippies goes West Tour', funded by Creative Saskatchewan. This recent tour has earned the Hippies both fans and friends from their prairie land to the shores of Vancouver Island. Currently the hippies are in the den preparing for their debut album release as an organic hip hop collective.

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    Saskatoon

    10:00PM
    Friday, June 17
    Vangelis Tavern

    Hattie

    Saskatoon

    Goldheart is built out of spare parts of electronic pop music's past. Lost in a haze of post-disco new wave, Goldheart rides the sound of driving 909s, powerfully dark organs, feel good guitars, and catchy raw vocals. A fresh throwback.

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    moose jaw

    10:00PM
    Thursday, June 16
    Buds on Broadway

    Johnny 2 Fingers & the Deformities

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    THE TALE OF JOHNNY 2 FINGERS

    Born at a very young age, John Dale was raised by loving middle class parents; he grew up in the middle of the Canadian prairies with all the privileges one could ask for. However John was born with a hideous physical mutation that science could never explain. He was picked on and ridiculed endlessly while growing up, eventually turning to the friendship of insects, snakes and cartoons.

    During his teenage years he developed a taste for professional wrestling and rock n roll. Realizing he could never be the great wrestler he envisioned, he picked up the guitar. Unfortunately John's ego spiraled out of control, He began making boisterous and outlandish comments; claiming he was the voice of the unloved and forgotten... Claiming he was a hero... a humanitarian...

    Well, John's selfish intentions became all too apparent. He developed a serious addiction to slurpees and cheeseburgers; becoming increasingly aggressive. He hired a general pack of goons dubbed The Deformities to do his bidding. John was just another good apple turned bad; feeling like the world wronged him and it had a little splainin' to do. He vowed to teach society a lesson, one gig at a time... Johnny 2 Fingers was born.

    "Johnny 2 Fingers was born with only two fingers on his right hand and is a RAD rock 'n roll guitarist." - Kim Kelly (VICE)

    "Right now, there’s a guitarist from Moose Jaw who might be the saviour of Saskatchewan guitar rock. And he’s missing a bunch of his fingers." - Chris Morin (Ominocity)

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    Whitby, ON

    10:30PM
    Thursday, June 16
    Vangelis Tavern

    Deathsticks

    Whitby, ON

    Garage and noise-rock, formed in 2015. Inspiration from Soupcans, Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, Holy Fuck, Sonic Youth, Lightning Bolt, Death From Above 1979, Black Flag, anything Steve Albini makes, etc.

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    Saskatoon, SK

    Ghosthouse

    Saskatoon, SK

    In the pursuit of developing their own style for live visuals, Ghosthouse eschews computers and analogue video gear in favour of an overhead projector and an assortment of liquids, fabrics, and found materials. The results are simultaneously organic and intergalactic..

    Ghosthouse is the independent work of Lindsey Roo, a visual artist/designer based in Saskatoon, SK.

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    Saskatoon

    8:30PM
    Thursday, June 16
    Louis Loft

    3 Ninjasks

    Saskatoon

    3 Ninjasks are a group of electronic musicians from the Canadian prairies. The masked trio creates breezy, ghostly melodies over smooth beats custom fit for your dance lifestyle. Each Ninjask, equipped with only a small handheld synthesizer sequencing workstation, is free to groove about, enticing the audience in their surreal, mysterious masks. The three work together on stage to sequence, perform, and mix the music live to make each set unique from the last.