Circle The Wagons 2016

JPOD is known for a unique blend of bouncy beats with full flavor. All at once he manages to pay respect to vintage sounds of the past while forging into unexplored soundscapes of the future. In the studio he crafts bootlegs, remix albums and original material which he brings to the stage to consistently push the limits of smiles per minute. Have a listen and let the music speak for itself.

Vancouver's Pat Lok has taken 2015 by storm - reaching nearly 3 million plays on Soundcloud and regularly appearing in the playlists of tastemakers worldwide. Inspired by classic house with elements of funk and and rnb, his soulful single "All In My Head" and numerous remixes (including The Knocks 'Classic' and Boxed In's 'Mystery') have received critical acclaim: popping up everywhere from BBC Radio One, to Victoria's Secret campaigns and the top of the Hype Machine charts.

With multiple U.S. dates under his belt, along with appearances in Colombia, Mexico, Spain and the UK, his DJ sets have quickly gained a reputation for setting dancefloors alight.

Pomo is a Canadian multi-instrumentalist and producer living in Montreal, QC, Canada. Growing up in Port Moody, BC, he matured through the Vancouver music scene, introducing himself to various elements of music. After moving eastward in 2012, Pomo has hit his stride in the electronic dance music market, joining the likes of Kaytranada, Ta-Ku, and Stwo on the HW&W roster.

Drawing from various influences, Pomo makes an effort to distance himself from genre-defining elements while approaching his music from an organic and raw songwriting perspective. Using elements from hip hop, electronic, and 70s/80s funk, the multifaceted producer likes to draw people in with the malleable dynamics of his music, something that attracts himself to artists like J Dilla, Prince, Disclosure, and the emerging EDM scene as a whole.

After being featured in Kaytranda's live set and receiving nods from the likes of Disclosure, Bondax and Gramatik, Pomo has broken into the international market, receiving recognition from media outlets like Vice's Noisey, THUMP, Earmilk, Soulection Radio, 22 Tracks and many more. Now, growing on his Canadian electronic music notoriety, Pomo is preparing to expand his presence by bringing his live show overseas, making appearances through Europe, North & South America and Australia.

Yes We Mystic

Delivering at times like a dive into a dark, warm ocean, and at others like a blast of icy water on bare skin, Yes We Mystic is a dynamic and emotional musical powerhouse originating out of Winnipeg, Canada. Approaching genre as a tool rather than a barrier, the band takes instruments, ideas, and sounds from wherever they can to craft something that is all at once exhilarating, heartrending, pummelling, and grand. Hurling rock together with folk, hip-hop, and R&B, strings and mandolins together with synthesizers, pedals, samples, and vocal effects, they come up with songs that can mellow and groove but climb in an instant to towering, frenzied heights. Throwing opposites together has been a practice that they keep coming back to. The result is both unconventional and weirdly relatable.

Praised as "the purest orchestral pop", and charged with a "fearless creative energy", Yes We Mystic has in recent years become a steadily growing force on the Canadian indie scene. In 2016, with their debut record Forgiver set for release in Canada and Germany, they will for the first time bring their commanding live show to the other side of the Atlantic, playing in Germany, France and the UK.

Lexi Strate

Rich, rasp-filled, and sensually soulful, it's hard to believe that Canadian emerging pop artist - Lexi Strate - has uncovered such a mature and seasoned voice at the age of 22. Then again, one might expect it from a teenager who locked herself in her bedroom those influential years to learn YouTube covers. A small town girl with big dreams, Lexi simply hasn't had any time to waste.

Now, as she closes in on a momentous tipping point, the Alberta-born songstress is ready to show off her evolution – and with thousands of subscribers cheering her on.

Winner of the Virgin Radio Star Competition in 2012, Lexi won the opportunity to travel west and record her first single, "Turning Point" in Vancouver with chart-topping songwriter Mike James (Kelly Rowland, Kreesha Turner, Shilo). The song debuted on Edmonton's 104.9 Virgin Radio - winning Astral Media's Breakthrough Artist within only a month - and began receiving national airplay across Canada. As she built momentum, Lexi's next track "Unstoppable" was featured on CW's TV series "Beauty & The Beast", and by January 2013, she had released her next single, "All For You" into the radio world. A collaboration between songwriters Mike James, Stef Lang (Mr. Immature), and Davey Badiuk (Dragonette), Lexi again went on to receive radio play across Canada and the song was featured in the hit TV Sci-Fi series "Continuum".

After plugging into the Vancouver music scene, Lexi began honing her songwriting skills under the mentorship of world-class producer Jeff Dawson (Danial Powter, Kelly Rowland, State of Shock, The Dudes) and top #10 Canadian recording artist Laurell (Can't Stop Falling, Unbreakable). Toting her favourite albums with her (Dallas Green, Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Adele, Jan Arden and Maroon 5) and pages of hand-written notes, Lexi fearlessly focused every songwriting session towards her artistic discovery.

All the hard work was worth it. With urban-pop beats providing a foundation for iconic throwback influences of Paula Abdul and Diana Ross eras, Lexi has created a sound that is both familiar and new. Compared to the likes of Jesse J, Rihanna, and Pink, Lexi holds a tonal character that stands all on its own. Composing melodious, hook-filled lines with her pen scrawling rebelliously fun, unapologetically nostalgic lyrics, the songstress has unearthed from within the very voice and heart of her music.

A face as stunning as her voice is sultry, Lexi's sugar and smoke combination captivate audience after audience. Performing since the age of 12, Lexi has stood in front of thousands across Alberta, gracing numerous venues, hockey arenas, and most recently opening up for artists like Virginia To Vegas,The Sheepdogs, and The Trews (who asked Lexi to join them onstage across Southern Alberta to perform Serena Ryder's parts on "In The Morning").

With her win of Bell Media's FUTURE STAR, Lexi's single, "Chances", went top 40 in Canada in 2014. This career milestone drew the attention of Indie label and production team Hands Up! Music, who quickly jumped on board and recently released Lexi's debut EP 'WAVES'. Her latest single, "Diamond Eyes" has captured the attention of Canadian radio, Spotify listeners, and has been featured in several international blogs and media outlets.

Montreal based duo formed in 2011 by Max O Finn & Emmanuel C Boucher

Dreamy melodies and psychedelic summer pop. Windigo is a four piece indie-rock band founded in Calgary Alberta in 2012. Layering warm sun soaked guitar tones into soundscapes driven by progressive rhythms; the group cleverly crafts a diverse, yet collective sound. Fronted by vocalists, Severtson, Kameka, and Mason, the band is able to explore several avenues of musical expression; from high energy, dance friendly anthems to slow heartfelt ballads. With a new album to be released in early 2016, Windigo is bound to turn heads.

Scenic Route to Alaska

Substance and accessibility. They're often considered opposing forces when it comes to pop music, making it all the more impressive when a band like Scenic Route to Alaska so effortlessly delivers ample doses of both.
Long Walk Home, the prairie indie outfit's soon-to-drop third LP, finds them effortlessly weaving catchy vocals and memorable melodies through rich arrangements – instantly engaging but begging to be heard again and again. It's a coveted combination within the crowded sphere of indie rock – and one that's rarely the product of anything but time, talent, and heaps of hard work. Of course, Scenic Route to Alaska are no strangers to any of those.
The easygoing Edmonton-based trio – Trevor Mann on lead vocals and guitar, drummer Shea Connor, and bassist Murray Wood – only picked up their instruments in their early teens, but didn't waste any time getting started with the woodshedding. They formed a band and started practicing together, first on a slew of R&B and rock 'n roll covers for wedding gigs and hall shows. Before long, they were in high demand and even being tapped as something of a session band for an array of local artists from a myriad of genres. Then, in 2010, well versed in the scene and familiar with virtually every venue in the city, the three close friends adopted Scenic Route to Alaska moniker and their original and organic take on folk-inspired indie pop was seeded.
Their early releases – a self-titled 2011 EP and 2012 full-length All These Years – belied the youth of the band and its members, owing to their and years of making music together and tight-knit friendship. The attention and accolades poured in and earned them performances at prestigious events like the Edmonton and Canmore Folk Festivals and CMW. They propelled themselves to an even higher peak with 2014's Warrington, earning rave reviews in addition to shows alongside contemporaries like Hey Rosetta!, Said the Whale, and Born Ruffians. They also landed a WCMA nod for Pop Recording of the Year and were finalists in the inaugural edition of Alberta's Peak Performance Project.
In early 2016, they entered Monarch Studios in Vancouver with Howard Redekopp (Tegan & Sara, The New Pornographers) to cut the 11 tracks comprising Long Walk Home. The record picks up where Warrington left off, capturing their tight and dynamic live sound but boasting a more elaborate and dynamic production than any prior offering.
The high-energy opener and lead single "Coming Back" offers a perfect sampling of what's most abundant throughout the record: a slew of group vocals and sing-alongs anchored by cheery melodies and impressive musicianship. Meanwhile, the radio-ready "Love Keeps" sounds like Wintersleep covering classic Pearl Jam while the slow-burning "Taking Its Toll" and "Home Stretch" really showcase Mann's lyricism atop shimmering and straightforward guitar leads, emphasizing his ability to sway from focused and fragile to all-out frenzy.
Thematically, Long Walk Home examines the figurative crossroads along their scenic route north – that of lifelong friends and music makers continuing their push forward while their peers are buying houses and having babies. Call it something of a quarter-life crisis, though it's one they explore without ever getting too serious.
That's most apparent on stage, where the energy is palpable and the fun contagious. Always locked in with a syncopation that can only stem from a long collective history, the band bounces from ballads to bangers with ease, leaving a lasting impression on any kind of audience in front of them.
The band is perhaps best defined through dichotomy: young but mature, curious but collected, accessible but substantial. Such balance is all too rare in this scene, but thankfully, Scenic Route to Alaska strikes it with a style all their own.


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Substance and accessibility. They're often considered opposing forces when it comes to pop music, making it all the more impressive when a band like Scenic Route to Alaska so effortlessly delivers ample doses of both.
The easygoing Edmonton-based trio, comprised of Trevor Mann on lead vocals and guitar, drummer Shea Connor, and bassist Murray Wood, effortlessly weaves catchy vocals and memorable melodies through rich arrangements – instantly engaging but begging to be heard again and again. It's a coveted combination within the crowded sphere of indie rock – and one that's rarely the product of anything but time, talent, and heaps of hard work. Of course, Scenic Route to Alaska are no strangers to any of those.
In early 2016, the band entered Monarch Studios in Vancouver with Howard Redekopp (Tegan & Sara, The New Pornographers) to cut the 11 tracks comprising Long Walk Home, their latest LP.


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Substance and accessibility. They're often considered opposing forces when it comes to pop music, making it all the more impressive when a band like Scenic Route to Alaska so effortlessly delivers ample doses of both.
Long Walk Home, the prairie indie outfit's soon-to-drop third LP, finds them effortlessly weaving catchy vocals and memorable melodies through relatively rich arrangements – instantly engaging but begging to be heard again and again. It's a coveted combination within the crowded sphere of indie rock – and one that's rarely the product of anything but time, talent, and heaps of hard work. Of course, these boys are no strangers to any of those.
The longtime friends started making music together in their early teens, forming Scenic Route to Alaska years later in 2010. Their early releases – a self-titled 2011 EP and 2012 full-length All These Years – belied the youth of the band and its members, owing to their and years of making music together and brotherly bond. The attention and accolades poured in and earned them performances at prestigious events like the Edmonton and Canmore Folk Festivals and CMW. They propelled themselves to an even higher peak with 2014's Warrington, earning rave reviews in addition to shows alongside contemporaries like Hey Rosetta!, Said the Whale, and Born Ruffians. They also landed a WCMA nod for Pop Recording of the Year and were finalists in the inaugural edition of Alberta's Peak Performance Project.
On stage, where the energy is palpable and the fun contagious. Always locked in with a syncopation that can only stem from a long collective history, the band bounces from ballads to bangers with ease, leaving a lasting impression on any kind of audience in front of them.

I am the Mountain

I am the Mountain layer brass and string accents beneath the loving vocal exchange between Colton O'Reilly and Sylvana Sproule. With a freshly introduced songbook of laid-back sounds from Western Canada's lake country - and a new album underway - this collective's rotating cast of young musicians breath friendship into every room or campfire they grace.

Evan Freeman

Homeshake

Homeshake is the pseudonym and solo project of Edmonton-born, Montreal-based musician Peter Sagar. As follow up to his 2014 debut In the Shower, Homeshake released his sophomore effort Midnight Snack last fall with Sinderlyn.

Midnight Snack was recorded this past winter with Jackson MacIntosh at the Drones club in Montreal. Musically this time around Sagar trades in his guitar for synthesizers and a drum machine, developing vocal arrangements from loops he created for solo set. He pulled influence from house pioneers like Chip E and Mr. Fingers as well as Japanese pop starlets like Chiemi Manabe, slowing down the tempo with his own homemade drowsiness. The resulting collection is an eclectic tangle of personal anecdotes steeped in an everlasting reverence of D'Angelo and R Kelly.

Much of the record was written following Sagar's dizzying time on the road as touring guitarist with Mac Demarco, reflecting on the loneliness the plagued him towards the end of his run and the longing for life back home in Montreal. Sagar left the band to focus on his own music and to rebuild the infrastructure of his life. While many of the new tracks meander through anxiety and melancholy it is also a witness to a return to safety.

There is a reoccurring theme for Sagar of pulling inward throughout the record. He casts a wide net and fills it with a multitude of musical influences and international tour dates then slows it down a few tempos and builds something humble around it. Throughout the record he peppers in a deep appreciation for the meals prepared by his girlfriend Salina and the simple pleasure of a midnight snack before curling up in bed next to the person you love.

Belle Game

"Sonically, Belle Game exists somewhere between new-age visions and unkempt basements.
Keyboards and guitars swell between the cracks as a foundation of subsonic rhythm is splayed across the floor.

Their debut album Ritual Tradition Habit earned the band critical praise from the likes of Pitchfork and Rolling Stone: while their emotional live performances prompted Paste Magazine to name them one of the “10 Great New Bands from CMJ”.

From hushed anthems to distorted instrumentals, Belle Game is always teetering between two worlds. Whatever the mood, it’s always a celebration of the hard times and a refusal of fear."

Fever Feel is an original rock and roll band of 2016, founded by primary songwriters Landon Franklin and Logan Gabert. However, they are much more than just a group of musicians. Fever Feel is a culture, a movement, and part of a new age for rock and roll music.

"There are some rare acts who craft their art from a place of deep introspection that the listener is able to feel in their core. Fever Feel is one of these bands." – Beatroute Magazine

Causing listeners to dance and sing, then lose all control with their captivating visions of a simpler time, Fever Feel's sound is comprised of emotionally dynamic, groove-filled compositions that lay the foundation for Franklin's thought provoking poetry. Gabert's guitar leads, abounding in both power and delicacy, soar with an enigmatic finesse. These make way for Platt's equally compelling organ tones, which are shrouded in subtlety, yet executed violently. Together they shine like a moonlit night, contrasting the bands tight rhythm section led by Franklin and his melodic bass playing.

"The easy listening flow of Fever Feel is orchestrated with the ability to pull anyone to the deepest depths of any ocean and without a second thought shoot them off spiralling into the outermost reaches of the known universe." – So Taste Music Review

Formed in 2014, this Calgary-based 4-piece has quickly become one of Canada's most exciting up-and-coming bands. Over the past year, the group has been hard at work playing their way coast to coast across the great nation of Canada. Having added organist Thomas Platt to their line-up in early 2015, the addition has taken the band's already captivating experience to even greater heights. They continue to progress not only within the world's blossoming underground rock and roll music scene, but overflow quite seamlessly into the realm of popular music culture. The band is expected to release their much-anticipated debut LP in​ late​ 2016.

Close Talker

Close Talker is an indie rock quartet from the great plains of Saskatoon. With subtle earworm melodies and blood harmonies set against tightly wound rhythms they have drawn comparisons to Bon Iver, Local Natives, and Bombay Bicycle Club.

Following the release of their debut EP, Timbers, in February of 2013 the band went on to become finalists in the national CBC Searchlight competition for Canada's Best New Artist. Close Talker have performed at a number of notable festivals and showcases including Ness Creek, Gateway Festival, MOSO Fest, Ponderosa Festival, and the Regina Folk Fest where they showcased on the main stage to a capacity crowd directly before headliner Feist. The band also has a strong tour history, including dates with Royal Canoe and Library Voices.

In May of 2014, on the heels of an Eastern Canadian tour that included a stop in Toronto for Canadian Music Week, Close Talker recorded their follow up full length record "Flux" with producer/engineer Jace Lasek (Stars, Patrick Watson, Wolf Parade) at Breakglass Studios in Montreal. "Flux" will be released via Nevado Records (Yukon Blonde, Bahamas, John Grant) on November 4th.

Marlaena Moore

Marlaena Moore is a rare talent. The type of voice that can quiet the loudest of rooms and rattle the quietest of rooms combined with perfectly structured songs and an authentic, unpretentious personality. Marlaena is the best of us in every way and now has a record that can prove it.

Andrew's Pale Horses

Andrew Ellergodt has spent the better part of his adult life reclusively writing and recording music. His sound is an eclectic mix of post-rock, alternative rock, folk and psychedelic. Andrew is currently working toward finishing his debut EP "Early Medicine" which is expected to be out in late 2016.

Tropic Harbour

You're invited to Tropic Harbour, a utopian space constructed by Mark Berg for peace of mind. This headspace has become the moniker for Berg's hazy dream pop creations contrived from nostalgic images and dreams of the coast. A musical outlet created out of necessity for Berg to mentally escape his wintery home city of Edmonton. Based on capturing that perfect moment in a perfect setting, Berg's tracks try to recreate the imagery he sees through summery tones and dream-like textures.

The Velveteins

Frothy Rock n' Roll

[Edmonton, Alberta] "It feels like The Velveteins exist in a parallel universe where the fifties never truly ended."
- Geyser Music

Jesse and the Dandelions

Jesse and the Dandelions are a 4 piece art/space pop band based in Edmonton Alberta, led by Jesse Northey (Producer,Engineer)

After a short but successful figure skating career, Jesse retired and committed his life to music full time. The band has been active in Western Canada for the last 5 years with success on campus community radio, and great opening slots for bands like Attack In Black, Hollerado, and July Talk.With Jesse and the Dandelions' production values maturing alongside the content, their album A Mutual Understanding (2013) is enriched with classic synth and drum machine textures that pays respect to the past, while forging their own unique path forward.

Their 3rd full length "True Blue" will be released in 2016 and aims to create a cacophonous blend of noise and meticulously layered melody and harmony. Extra features will include a figure skating music video , and a Canada wide tour.

Small Time

Small Time is a Rock n' Roll solo act from Connecticut. Having spent the better part of the last 10 years touring in various punk bands, Connecticut native Kurt Zikaras has created his first solo endeavor. The first songs available come straight out of his home studio, with an EP release just over the horizon. With a voice most often compared to the likes of Matt Pryor, Kurt has come armed with a collection of songs ready to please any Rock/Americana fan but with a touch of Soul.

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From the imaginations of BassBus, YYCFoodTrucks & Village Brewery, a travelling carnival of local food, beer, music, art and performers will come together for a celebration! This is the third annual event in which we hope to raise funds for community initiatives and bring urban experiences outside of the downtown core. Our goal is to showcase a different community each year. This year we are excited to be collaborating with University District and hosting the event in their South Park.

We will have 2 stages by BassBus featuring 23+ artists from around the globe, a few of our other 2016 features include 2 Village Brewery tents and a site wide license, YYCFoodTruck Alley featuring 12+ local food trucks, an amazing stage and roaming performances by Le Cirque de la Nuit, circus school for kids, bubble soccer, zorb ball collision course, 95 ft. obstacle course, water stations & treats for dogs, wiener dogs races, parade and a meet & greet, and much more!

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