Singer-songwriter originally from Whitby, Ontario. She has toured as part of Hidden Roots Collective. Curently resides in Guelph, ON.

Cadence Weapon

Called Canada’s “most creative” rapper by the National Post, Cadence Weapon has consistently exhibited a passion to take rap into new and unexpected directions. Born in Edmonton, Roland “Rollie” Pemberton had an upbringing uniquely suited to becoming a rapper. His father Teddy, a Brooklyn native, was the DJ that introduced hip-hop to Edmonton with his pioneering radio show The Black Experience in Sound on CJSR 88.5 FM. In 2010, he was posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Stylus DJ Awards. After spending his childhood immersed in his father’s diverse archive of music, Rollie started rapping at age 13.
Soon, he was entering freestyle battles, rocking shows with his uncle’s funk band and teaching himself how to make beats. Following the online success of his Cadence Weapon Is The Black Hand mixtape, Rollie released his self-produced debut album Breaking Kayfabe in December 2005 at the age of 19. The album was met with international critical acclaim, with the BBC praising its mix of “vivid, scattershot rhymes” and “techno-tinged beats.” Cadence performed shows around the continent with artists such as Diplo, Mos Def, De La Soul and Raekwon. It was shortlisted for the inaugural Polaris Prize.
His 2008 sophomore album Afterparty Babies was released in the USA on Epitaph’s Anti- imprint and in the UK on Big Dada Records, bringing his music to a much wider audience. The New York Times remarked upon the album’s “dense, tricky productions that pile samples and scratching atop techno and electro beats” with the Guardian claiming Cadence’s “darting intelligence and racing imagination are evident in every line.” The album was supported by extensive worldwide touring including festivals like Glastonbury, Lollapalooza, Roskilde, Primavera Sound and the Great Escape and opening slots for bands like Public Enemy.
In 2009, Rollie Pemberton was appointed Poet Laureate of Edmonton, making him the literary ambassador of his home city for two years, during which he was invited to read poetry for an event at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He followed up this literary stint with 2012’s Hope In Dirt City, an album produced by Rollie recording live instruments and sampling them for his beats. “I wanted to make it ambiguous between where the sample ends and the live band begins,” he told Paste Magazine. The album was his second to be shortlisted for the Polaris Prize.
Now based in Toronto, Cadence is back with a new self-titled album that expands his stylistic range by incorporating elements of trap, funk, electro, techno and grime. Featuring guest appearances by Blue Hawaii and Deradoorian and production by KAYTRANADA, Jacques Greene, FrancisGotHeat, Harrison, Dubbel Dutch and more, this record finds Cadence refining his songwriting as he explores themes of individuality, race, technology and existentialism through his expressive lyrics.

Chad VanGaalen

Canadian musician and singer-songwriter born in 1977 in Calgary, Alberta.


Cris Derksen

Canadian cellist, classically trained, but playing hip-hop, rock, folk, country, jazz as well.

Daniel Champagne

Australian singer, songwriter and guitarist


Canadian indie rock band from Vancouver formed in 1995 and fronted by singer-songwriter Dan Bejar.

Djazia Satour

Fortunate Ones

Pop-folk duo from Newfoundland.

Haley Heynderickx


Indie-Rock band formed in 2007 from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Dean Baxter - bass & vocals (2007–present)
Jake Boyd (2) - drums & vocals (2007–present)
Nixon Boyd - guitar & vocals (2007–present)
Menno Versteeg - guitar & lead vocals (2007–present)

Jake Clemons

American saxophonist, nephew of the late Clarence Clemons.

Jeremy Dutcher

Jeremy Dutcher is a Toronto-based composer and vocal artist.

Jessica Moss

Canadian violinist.


Jessicka was lead singer of Jack Off Jill until the band split in 2000. Since then, Jessicka worked with a variety of artists, including Kevin Haskins, Chris Vrenna, Meegs Rascon, My Ruin, Anna K. and Martina Axen from Drain S.T.H., and horror comic writer Roman Dirge. After taking a year off from fronting her own band, Jessicka formed her new band Scarling. in September 2001.

Ken Whiteley

Brother of Chris Whiteley.

Canada-based Colombian artist and musician Lido Pimienta is one of those brave, unique souls who encourages you to open your heart more just by being who they are. Her detailed drawings and folk-art inspired paintings mirror her intensely personal and intensely political music. The music combines the enchanting intimacy of Juana Molina's fragile electronic soundscapes with the handmade art pop of The Blow, and something punk — like Suicide getting in touch with their twee side. Her critically lauded 2010 Spanish-language debut album Color, is like a beautiful (and highly accessible) art installation made from ordinary craft supplies and stuff people keep around the house. It's a bright world of rhythm and melody that you just want to walk around in and contemplate.

Mappe Of

Alternative Folk musician from Whitby, Ontario, Canada.

Indigenous indie rock band from Edmonton, AB.

Plants And Animals

Canadian indie rock band founded in 2005 in Montreal.

Warren Spicer: guitar, vocals
Matthew Woodley: drums, vocals
Nicolas Basque: guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals

Partner is funny, but not a joke. Gay but not for each other, as their Instagram tagline reads. Partner is the "mature" effort of two best friends named Josée Caron andLucy Niles. Borne of their bizarre and fortuitous friendship, Partner confidently harnesses the infinite power of Rock to explore a variety of niche yet strangely universal themes. Self described as post-classic-rock. The two met while attending Mount Allison University in small town Sackville, New Brunswick, on Canada’s East Coast. The duo played in numerous Sackville bands together over their University years (Yellowteeth, The Mouthbreathers and the aptly named hardcore band Go Get Fucked). Around late 2014 the idea of Partner came to fruition.Influenced by acts as varied as Melissa Etheridge, Ween, kd lang, and Prince, Partner delivers a refreshing and vital twist on a classic, prompting you to re-think what you thought was possible in Rock. Partner relocated to Windsor ON at the beginning of 2016. After a freakishly productive year of writing, recording, and touring, Partner have released their debut to the world, titled In Search of Lost Time (September 08, 2017). Their enthusiastic and action-packed live set has led to them being named the "best new band in Canada" in the Globe and Mail. Their album made NPR's All Songs Considered, Stereogum, Noisey, Exclaim, CBC Music, Indie 88 and many more best of 2017 lists. Partner is genre-defying and terrifying: part musical act, part teenage diary, and 100% queer.

Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou

Author, documentary filmmaker, public intellectual, organizer, political activist, pastor and theologian in the Pentecostal Church of God in Christ.

Raised in the rural Arkansas Delta, he is based in New York and works internationally.

Originally a duo conceived in the studio, RHYE has transformed into a collective led by vocalist and producer Milosh and elevated by a cast of accomplished multi-instrumentalists. As the band began writing new material, the expansive live show indelibly impacted the music for their second full-length album Blood, resulting in a warmer, more organic sound. It's a new beginning and a new musical experience. It's RHYE.

San Fermin

Brooklyn-based baroque pop band led by songwriter Ellis Ludwig-Leone

Members :
Ellis Ludwig-Leone
Allen Tate, vocals
Charlene Kaye, vocals
Rebekah Durham, vocals/violin
John Brandon, trumpet
Stephen Chen, saxophone
Tyler McDiarmid, guitar/bass
Mike Hanf, drums, percussion, and tuned percussion

Sarah MacDougall

Les Tireux D'Roches

Groupe formé de Denis Massé (voix, guitare, accordéon), Dominik Lemieux (voix, bouzouki, banjo, guitare), Mario Giroux (violoncelle), Francis Roberge (percussions), Luc Murphy (flûte, saxophone) et Pascal Veillette (harmonica).

Depuis le temps du dérochage, du désouchage et du défrichage de nos terres et de nos forêts, la culture de nos villages se veut de plus en plus globale avec l'avènement de la mondialisation. Les Tireux d'Roches pensent qu'il faut maintenant entretenir les racines pour s'ancrer dans le présent et pour mieux se tourner vers demain.

Les airs, les contes et les chansons sont partis de ce petit sentier de la mémoire pour errer de village en village, de bouches à oreilles, de grand-parents à petits enfants. Au fil des ans, le petit sentier s'est métamorphosé en chemin d'asphalte pour porter cette mémoire de ville en ville et de pays en pays. On retrouve des versions de notre patrimoine chanté et conté un peu partout à travers le monde de la francophonie.

Comme quoi que les grands chemins d'asphalte peuvent faire faire de grands voyages à des petits bouts de chansons de rien. Il ne nous reste plus qu'à les interpréter pour que la mémoire de nos anciens fasse son chemin jusqu'aux oreilles de ceux qui oublient.

Au cours de la dernière année, la musique des Tireux d'Roches a beaucoup voyagé hors frontière. Ils ont pu présenter leur répertoire au Lincoln Center de New York, au Folk Alliance à San Diego, en France et à Vancouver. Une musique traditionnelle qui sort des sentiers battus pour aller se perdre volontairement dans l'univers des musiques du monde.

Après un travail de recherche et de création de longue haleine, le groupe propose un produit musical de haute qualité. Regroupant six musiciens issus de différentes sphères musicales, leur musique prend des allures festives tout en gardant le caractère intimiste qui caractérise Les Tireux d'Roches. L'album «Roche, papier, ciseaux» sortira en février 2006.

Too Attached

Psychedelic indie rock band from Halifax, Nova Scotia

$79.50 - $159.00


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