Halifax band Neon Dreams now shine brightly in the spotlight, rapidly writing one of the most compelling success stories by a fully independent Canadian act in quite some time. Their fresh take on electronic pop combines EDM with live instrumentation, and that is proving an irresistible combination.
Released in August 2016, their seven-song EP To You continues to enjoy astonishing success. To date, it has received over 5 million streams on Spotify and sold over 7,000 units in Canada. That is a remarkable figure for a fully independent band from the East Coast, and it’s one that has certainly caught the attention of both international and domestic record labels.
Those numbers were fueled by recent breakthrough hit single, "Marching Bands" feat. Kardinal Offishall. It reached #15 on the Canadian Top 40, signaling the arrival of Neon Dreams as a group with real commercial potential. That is now being reaffirmed with their new single “Find A Way.” The catchy and melodic track released on Valentine’s Day is destined to charm its way into your heart while seducing your ears.
Last year the group was named one of three winners in the 2016 Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class program. This is Canada’s premiere artist development initiative, and it is one that Neon Dreams has quickly taken full advantage of. Part of the Master Class prize is a trip to the 2017 JUNO Awards in Ottawa and a performance slot at JUNOfest in April.
Neon Dreams has won three Music Express Awards, as Top Canadian R&B/Rap group, Top Emerging Canadian Artist/Group, and Top Canadian R&B/Rap Album, for To You. They join such fellow winners as the Tragically Hip, David Bowie, and Shawn Mendes in the fan-voted awards. CBC Music got in on the act by placing Neon Dreams on their list of 25 Musicians Under 25 You Need To Know.
The musically eclectic yet always melodic Neon Dreams material is now in high demand in the world of television. The band has already notched more than 150 TV placements in such hit shows as Keeping Up With The Kardashians, The Real World, and Silicon Valley.
The group’s current rapid ascent to the top is the payoff for countless hours spent sharpening their skills and forging their sound, both in rehearsal rooms and recording studios and on local stages. Helping place Neon Dreams above most of their peers is the fact that their prowess in the studio is matched by the dynamism and professionalism of their high-energy stage show.
This combination of a strong work ethic and genuine musical talent is proving irresistible. An act to watch very closely indeed.
Paul Rodgers' passion is writing and performing music. He continues to tour internationally on an exclusive basis, playing just 20-30 shows each year. For a man who prefers to keep a low profile he has left his indelible mark on music.
Head of the Herd
Head of the Herd is modern blues with one hell of an edge. The Vancouver based band has gained significant momentum since the release of their 2011 debut album "On The House". Being named Fox Seeds winners led them to open up for bands such as Guns n' Roses, Alice in Chains, The Sheepdogs and Monster Truck. The single "Knock Me Down" has taken them on and beyond the radio, being featured in Rip Curl and well as GT Bikes/Red Bull videos online. In 2013 Head of the Herd completed their sophomore record "By This Time Tomorrow" and they’ve unmistakably found their stride. The title track, a duet with Jasmin Parkin from Mother Mother, has been used by the NHL & Hockey Night in Canada for a playoff montage, and has hit #1 on the national rock charts. Their second single off BTTT "Ain't My Day" has been played on radio throughout Western Canada and online, with a video by acclaimed director Luke Hansen-MacDonald.
Writer / Producer
Jeff Johnson is an artist and writer who is currently working with a wide variety of songwriters. He has written songs for Adelita’s Way, My Darkest Days, Faber Drive, Jet Black Stare and more. He is a prolific songwriter who is comfortable in a variety of styles enabling his success to grow. Jeff is based in Vancouver, BC and works primarily out of Greenhouse Studios.
Dallas Smith (lead singer of Default) has just released his debut solo country album called "Jumped Right In" on 604 Records. He has shot to the top of the country charts with his first single “Somebody Somewhere”. His second single “If It Gets You Where You Wanna Go” has climbed even faster and has also gone Top 10. Look out for more to come from Dallas Smith.
Default is a Canadian rock band with a long history of radio friendly rock and pop songs. They have had success in both the US and Canada and continue to tour throughout North America. They are best known for their #1 Canadian hit singles "Wasting My Time", "Deny" and "Count on Me".
EMI Music group Sweet Thing are a diversified and amazing mix of alternative and pop music. They continue to garner success and offer catchy, syncable material that is popular with music supervisors and advertisers. They have gained notoriety with their well known songs "Dance Mother" and "Change of Seasons”.
One Bad Son
One Bad Son is an honest to goodness Rock 'n' Roll band that occupies a world of it's own with cranked up amps and a DIY approach to music making. They independently released their first two LPs in Saskatoon, and following a move to Vancouver, linked a deal with 604 Records to release their 3rd, self titled record. Their most recent release 'Black Buffalo" has produced two Top 10 Rock singles in Canada (Satellite Hotel & Black Buffalo), and has made them an increasingly expanding legion of fans including Def Leppard who chose them to open for their 2015 tour.
Wes Mack is taking the world of country music by storm. He's toured with Florida Georgia Line and shared the stage with Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert and many more. In 2013, Mack took home the grand prize Winner of the Unsigned Only Music competition as well as CCMA’s Discovery Program. In 2014, he signed a record deal with Universal Music/Big Machine and is now in the studio now and set to release his debut album Summer 2015. His current single, Before You Drive Me Crazy, has reached the top 20 at country radio joining his previous two singles in that accomplishment.
Kieran Mercer has made a name for himself in the Canadian Pop music landscape with his independent 2016 release, Help Me Help You. Check back soon for news about future releases and to keep up to date with Kieran!
Writer / Producer
Joey is most known for his early work and contributions to Nickelback, a Canadian rock band who has garnered immense global success. He has written on some of their more memorable recent hits like “Burn It To The Ground”, “Gotta Be Somebody”, “Something In Your Mouth”, “When We Stand Together” and more. He has also collaborated and had great success on songs with Daughtry, Tim McGraw, Jake Owen, My Darkest Days, Florida Georgia Line and Dallas Smith. Joey is based between Vancouver and Nashville and enjoys working with a variety of different artists and genres. He has a great sense of what works for a hit song and is continuing to develop his craft.
Producer / Writer
Nathan Ferraro is a songwriter, artist and producer from Toronto Canada. He has written songs with or collaborated on records with Lady Gaga, Carly Rae Jepsen, Bear Mountain, RALPH, Shawn Hook, Kieren Mercer, Virginia to Vegas, Alyssa Reid, Young Empires, The Midway State, Jessie Reyez, Lowell, Tyler Shaw, Down With Webster, Shawn Frank, Brave Station.
Nathan was the lead singer of The Midway State and is now releasing records under the moniker NATE J.
The New Electric
Calgary, Alberta’s 2016 YYC Awards “Group Of The Year”, The New Electric, has seen nothing but success since the release of their debut single, Life’s What You Make It; Canadian Pop Radio’s #26 most played song of 2016. The hit song took off, and saw impressive chart heights of: #18 on Hot AC, #26 on CHR (Top 40), and #28 on Main AC. The single was recently nominated at the 2017 Canadian Radio Music Awards for Best New Group: Mainstream AC. Their unique sound has also garnered over 760,000 collective streams on Spotify, proving that 2016 was just a taste of the good times ahead for The New Electric.
It all started in the Summer of 2014, when the band started recording with world- renowned producer, Brian Howes (Simple Plan, Hedley, Skillet, Mother Mother) to create an EP that was inspired by the good vibes in Los Angeles, California. The debut EP, Living Loud was released on October 28, 2016, just before the band went on to support Backstreet Boy - Nick Carter, on a 3-week Cross-Canada tour.
“We are blown away by how much our fans love our music. It’s crazy to think how much time, passion and fun went into making these songs... and now the world gets to hear them. The fans have been so patient and we are so thankful that they’re here to listen!” - Kyle McKearney (Lead Singer)
The leading track from the EP, Ride This Feeling, was recorded with producer Ryan Stewart (Carly Ray Jepsen, Victoria Duffield, Owl City), who recently finished working on The New Electric’s newest release, T-Shirt. The sexy new Summer anthem is sonically inspired by the fun energy of DNCE, grooves from The Weeknd, with a throw-back twist of Michael Jackson. The band strategically planned to release their new single on March 24th, just before heading across Canada in April with Warner Music Canada’s, Courage My Love. The single is already on fire with massive support from Spotify Canada, the fans, and Canadian pop radio (with a peak of #31 at HOT AC). With ambitious plans ahead, The New Electric is eager to hit the road and have the chance to play for their fans again.
Follow Canada’s next big independent band as they fearlessly pioneer their way onto people’s playlists around the world. Join their adventures on social media @TheNewElectric.
Hinder is most known for their hit single "Lips of an Angel" from their album "Extreme Behaviour". They’ve released four equally impressive offerings including "Take It To The Limit" (2010), "All American Nightmare" (2011), "Welcome To The Freakshow" (2012) and their most recent release "When The Smoke Clears" featuring the single "Hit The Ground" produced by their own Cody Hanson. They've toured extensively opening for acts such as Nickelback and Motley Crue.
Writer / Producer
Cody Hanson is the drummer and co-writer for the hard rock band Hinder. He is also a talented producer having worked, and co-written with rock bands Siva Addiction, Nine Left Dead and country artist Adley Stump. We are excited to see Cody develop his strong songwriting talents and create in diverse genres of music.
Writer / Producer
Danny Craig is a founding member and a key creative force behind the music of iconic Canadian rock band “Default”. In addition to touring and performing, Danny has now made the transition to producing and co-writing for other artists. He currently spends his time working and recording in the studio and has worked with up and coming acts like “One Bad Son” and “Fighting of Ithaca”. Danny is well on his way to building a diverse repertoire of music and expanding his talents.
Barry is the lead guitar player for the successful Canadian rock band Three Days Grace. Collaborating in their last 3 records, he is a key contributing factor to their sound and creative output. Be on the lookout for some great new material.
Artist / Writer
Jennifer is a 2013 Grammy Award Winning and two-time JUNO nominated singer/songwriter who has a unique gift for writing and performing upbeat, intelligent, jazz-based children's songs that adults love too. The lyrics are clever, the melodies catchy, and the rhythms undeniably danceable.
Artist / Writer
Jessta James has been turning skeptics into believers since the moment he first touched a microphone. Hailing from Bozeman, Montana it is clear this singer/rapper/ songwriter/producer has been determined to blaze his own trail in the industry. After living in LA and collaborating with some of the biggest names in hip hop and pop, he headed to Nashville to record and develop the sound that is truly his own. The release of his debut album, "Time To Get Right", gave the world it’s first taste of what was to come from Jessta. Although primarily geared to the country format, the album is a true blend of country, rock, hip-hop and blues. "Lawless" his new album, even further blurs the lines between format and genre to provide some incredibly powerful and diverse music.
Artist / Writer
Matt Walst is the new singer of Three Days Grace. He's co-written much of their material over the years and stepped up to front the band in 2014. He's also been one of the key writers and creative forces behind the band My Darkest Days where his rock hit "Porn Star Dancing" was the #1 single in both the US and Canada. Matt continues to build his writing credits and add to his catalogue.
The Most Serene Republic
It’s been a decade since The Most Serene Republic opened the door to the unreasonable and incalculable universe that was 2005’s Underwater Cinematographer. A decade filled with its own impossible things: two more LPs – the oh-so-dreamy Population (2007) and the kaleidoscopic ...And the Ever Expanding Universe (2009) – as well as EPs – Phages (2006), Fantasick Impossibliss EP (2010) and Pre Serene: Thee Oneironauts (2011) and near-constant touring, punctuated by blowing kisses to stage mates like The Strokes, Metric, Broken Social Scene and Stars.
Now after a half-decade break filled with grown-up things like becoming More educated! Poly-professionals! Creators of little people! Condo-owners! Navally-inclined! – these six friends are ready to unveil a fresh new bewildering view of that strange universe via Mediac a ten-song LP recorded by the band over four years throughout Toronto.
And yes, yes… the good stuff is all there: Warm feelies! Bad things! Anxiety! Ontario! Prescriptions! Capitalism! Plus (as a bonus offer!) sweeping melodies, plucked banjo strings, hiccupping violins, drums played by humans, drums spoken by machines but played by humans, bookshelves of guitar lines and bass-lines and keyboards (and god knows what else) punctuated by friendly vocals from friendly faces.
This shiny new LP, produced by TMSR’s Ryan Lenssen and mixed by sonic architect David Newfeld, will arrive in the Milky Way galaxy on November 13th via MapleMusic Recordings.