I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. We have some major talent in this city. With the music scene continuing to flourish, the amazing musicians coming from our neck of the woods will truly have a lasting impact in the music industry. This month, there are five bands on our radar that spark a unique presence with their music whether it’s adding classical strings, electric organs or mixing various genres to create one epic sound. Without further adieu, here are the top five up-and-coming bands that everyone should look out for.
Common Deer is not your average folk band. The Toronto based band creates a unique sound that blends spellbinding classical string instruments with modern day riffs. Members include Graham McLaughlin, Adam Hart-Owens, Liam Farrell, Sheila Hart-Owens and Connor Farrell. They have self-proclaimed their music as Cinematic Alt-Folk, perfectly describing the band’s soulful and powerful strings combined with charming vocals. Common Deer will be performing at 3030 Dundas West for a free show this Saturday, January 17th. They’re definitely worth checking out! Listen to their EP HERE.
This new indie pop/rock band has already opened for some notable Canadian indie bands including The Arkells and Two Hours Traffic. Will, the lead singer, started performing acoustically in Kinsgston, Ontario before expanding the band to create a unique dynamic with Don ‘Pineapple’ on drums, Cam Wyatt on lead guitar, Boris Baker on the bass and Colin Simonds on piano/synth. Will Hunter Band released their first EP called Last Summer in August 2014. When listening to the album, don’t be surprised if it makes you want to stomp your feet to the folk-inspired songs blended with a touch of funk. Last Summer is available for purchase on iTunes. Check out their website and get the band’s latest updates HERE.
All the way from London, Ontario, Ivory Hours is definitely a band on our radar. Siblings Luke Roes (guitar) and Annie Roes (piano) are the lead vocalists while Chris Levesque plays bass and Thom ‘Tommy Gun’ Perquin rocks out on the drums. The dreamy alternative pop band released their second EP, Mary, this past summer and it was no doubt the ideal summer road trip playlist. Not only have they played a few music festivals including Lachie Music Festival, but they have also opened up for some notable bands including Sam Roberts Band, Delhi 2 Dublin and Wake Owl. Their next show in Toronto will be at the Horseshoe Tavern on Saturday, March 7th. Read more about this band on their website.
Indie-rock band from Burlington, Ontario released their first LP called Close Your Eyes, Keep Talking in 2014. Big Lonely band members Jake Heise (vocals, guitar), Cole Mortillaro (drums), T.J Bowman (bass) and Ciarán Downes (vocals, guitar) produce emotional lyrics with eruptive instrumentals. Close Your Eyes, Keep Talking is the ultimate heartbreak album that can be played on repeat because who doesn’t like a good old fashioned breakup song? Their single Dirty Clocks premiered on Exclaim! on November 6th. They will be playing in Toronto Thursday, January 22nd at the Dance Cave. Listen to the LP HERE.
The band from Guelph, Ontario has really created unique powerful music that blends the juxtaposition between biblical sounds from the electric organ to the alternative rock with the classic bass and drums. Band members Nabi Bershe, Aaron Hoffman, Elliott Gwynne, Michael Boyd and Tyler Bersche recorded their debut album Old Bones all over the place including basements, forests, bars, old playgrounds, churches and trains. Visit their website to listen to this epic debut album HERE . Looking forward to hearing some new music from the band in the near future.