Loon Choir, Common Deer, Pony Girl, Ghostkeeper

JUNOfest '17 Ottawa

Loon Choir

Common Deer

Pony Girl


Saturday, April 1, 2017

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 10:00 pm


Gatineau, QC

This event is 18 and over

10pm Ghostkeeper

11pm Pony Girl

12am Common Deer

1am Loon Choir

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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!
Common Deer
Common Deer
"…turning strings of songs into an engaging performance of strings"

Common Deer came together in the spring of 2014 to begin crafting musical performances that would resonate. The band has deep familial ties, having two sets of siblings in the troop of five, and utilizes the deep bonds they have with each other to compose music that invites audiences to feel at one with the group.

Inspired by the integration of classical string instruments into modern riffs, the band formed around Adam's mastery of classical cello and Graham's violin, leveraging strings as the springboard for their self dubbed Orchestral Indie Folk. As the band evolves, their focus is to continue turning strings of songs into an engaging performance of strings.
Pony Girl
Pony Girl
Pony Girl explores the tension between what we want and what we have on their sophomore album FOREIGN LIFE. Guy-girl pop vocals score the foreign lives we create when we cheat on a partner, lose a friend, force a smile, and further divides separating fantasy from reality. Pascal Huot and Yolande Laroche’s alluring harmony is our paradox as we struggle to close the distance.

Cascading guitars, pulsing beats, and electronic hums colour these stories with extraordinary kaleidoscopic twists and turns. Chords punctuate thoughts. Silences make regret linger. Strings swell with emotion. Foreign Life is a soundtrack to our common memory so vivid, so raw, so urgent that to listen is to relive.

The Ottawa collective have been lauded for their “evocative soundscapes” (CBC Radio), “ability to push the boundaries that define ‘pop-rock’” (Mixtape Magazine), and “musical depth quite astonishing to experience” (Exclaim!) since the release of their debut album, SHOW ME YOUR FEARS, in 2013. Audiences have been mesmerized by their sets at festivals including Ottawa Bluesfest, CityFolk, Ottawa Jazz Festival, Arboretum, and on several tours of Eastern Canada. Pony Girl released FOREIGN LIFE through So Sorry Records on November 7, 2015.
The music of Ghostkeeper is a continually-evolving organism; the defining aspect of all their music to date, coursing through each of their evolutionary stages, is that the band truly sounds like no one else. The current iteration of the band – uniting core members/vocalists Shane Ghostkeeper and Sarah Houle with drummer Eric Hamelin and multi instrumentalist Ryan Bourne.
Venue Information:
3 Rue Kent
Gatineau, QC, J8X 3J8