HIGHS

spectrasonic.com presents

HIGHS

Loon Choir, Scary Bear Soundtrack

Friday, November 18, 2016

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Zaphod Beeblebrox

Ottawa, ON

$10.00

This event is 19 and over

tickets also available at Vertigo Records and both Compact Music locations


lineup, date, venue, times and ticket price subject to change without notice.

HIGHS
HIGHS
HIGHS is a pop band. Formed in Toronto in late 2012, the band had its beginnings with a trio of bedroom demos created by guitarist Doug Haynes. These demos, with their driving afro-beat rhythms, guitar hooks and layered harmonies, provided the initial musical foundation for the band when it expanded into a five-piece. The demo tracks were put out online, garnering recognition from a variety of international critics and providing the band with a foothold to play a significant number of shows including prominent Canadian festivals like NXNE and Canadian Music Week. These formative songs would have their sound developed and diversified when HIGHS was fully formed with keyboardist Karrie Douglas, drummer Kevin Ledlow and guitarist Joel Harrower.


In July of 2013, HIGHS released their "monstrously upbeat" debut, self-titled EP. The 5-track EP was recorded over six months at Verge Music Lab with Steve Major, who acted as both engineer and co-producer for the album. Influenced by time spent in Tanzania, the EP is a collection of songs that reflect on growing up, the concept of home, and spirituality. The live performance of these tracks, and many others that the band has yet to record, aim to distill some of the fun and energy that the band is experiencing into the audience. Performed with up to four vocalists on a given track, HIGHS' show is said to be tight and calculated while remaining true to the whimsical nature of the songs.
Loon Choir
Loon Choir
From Canada’s parliamentary hub and capital city comes Loon Choir — an urgent pulse of fresh sonic air featuring textured guitar, synth, and violin hooks backed by a sometimes groovy, sometimes four-to-the-floor backline that lays the foundation for powerful choral-esque male and female vocals whose lyrics allude to injustice and the destruction of nature. It’s a tall order to fill, and these musicians deliver with a live set that is packed full of enthusiasm, spontaneity, sincerity and, above all, making memories with good friends — old and new.

Loon Choir has been raising its profile nationwide, with a successful cross-Canada tour following the release of their second full-length album, ‘Fire Poems’, which was produced and engineered by the brilliant James Bunton in May 2012. Hit songs ‘All Boats Don’t Rise’ and ‘Nowhere to Go’ have been among CBC favourites — the former reached #2 on the R3-30. The band was also shortlisted for an R3 Bucky Award for Rookie of the Year in 2012.

Loon Choir even made an impression across the ocean in 2011, when single ‘Bricks’ was released in the UK on an international compilation that featured just two Canadian acts.

Recordings aside, the live experience is where Loon Choir really shines. The energy behind their catchy synth and guitar riffs, the transcendent harmonies and contagious beats are sure to get any crowd moving. The Loons’ appearance at festivals like Pop Montreal, NXNE, JUNOfest and Ottawa Bluesfest and their growing fan base across the country following their last tour are testament to the band’s ability to consistently deliver spectacular outbursts of energy during live performances.

Loon Choir has been working on a new record, due to be released late spring 2015. They’ve already started introducing some of their latest material at live shows to great acclaim.

Stay tuned for the album release, and make sure to catch them live when they swing through town!
Scary Bear Soundtrack
Scary Bear Soundtrack
Scary Bear Soundtrack is an Ottawa-based indie dream pop project featuring the works of Gloria Guns. Through ample use of synths and heavy reverb guitars processed through chorus pedals and vintage amps, the band moves from dance jams to powerfully pensive shoegaze tracks. Their songs deal with the motifs of the great outdoors, as well as socio-political issues such as race, environmental conservation and violence against women (VAW). Their critically acclaimed anti-VAW song “Fault Lines” made it to the national final top 4 in CBC’s Searchlight Competition for Canada’s Best New Artist. The band has played at Ottawa Bluesfest, Ottawa’s Mirror Mountain Film Festival and the North West Territories Pride Festival, in addition to rocking out local house parties. Written and produced in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut where Gloria used to live, their current EP “Ovayok Road” reflects life in the North. The band is currently working on a new EP to be released in 2017.
Venue Information:
Zaphod Beeblebrox
27 York St.
Ottawa, ON, K1N 9J6
http://zaphods.ca/