BreakOut West at Reeperbahn 2016
September 22 and 23, 2016
Spielbudenplatz 21, 20359 Hamburg (Map)
NORTHERN BEAUTIES (AB)
Calgary Alberta’s West-Folk dears The Northern Beauties evoke a spirit of early tracks by Wilco or Whiskeytown, with a sensibility similar to Canadian icons, Blue Rodeo. Formed in 2012 as a side project, the group has had a remarkable couple of years since the release of their self-titled debut in 2015. Charting on both national college stations and Alberta’s CKUA, the band pushed into the top 12 of the Alberta Peak Performance Project where they created a buzz amongst the Alberta music community. Their energetic live performances has earned them a spot in the Calgary Folk Music Festival’s 2016 Block Heater Winterfest; a showcase in Music Calgary’s “SoundOff III”; a feature performance for JUNO Fest; inclusion in the 2016 Calgary Folk Music Festival; a WCMA nomination for Roots Duo/ Group of the Year award; a showcase in Hamburg Germany’s Reeprbahn festival and an invite to the 2017 Folk Alliance conference in Kansas City, MO. A sophomore release is scheduled for the spring of 2017 with once again producer Shawn Cole to continue the success for this Western Folk troupe who are firmly on their way to establishing themselves as one of western Canada’s most exciting emerging bands.
Thursday, September 22 - 1:00 PM
POOR NAMELESS BOY (SK)
As Poor Nameless Boy, Regina, Saskatchewan-based indie folk artist Joel Henderson leaves a piece of himself on stage every time he performs. His mellow sound is personal, speaking honestly about love, life, and our changing hearts in a busy world. He has been described as a lighter version of John Mayer with the wispy sounds of Gregory Alan Isakov. The release of his third album “Bravery” has already turned industry and music lovers’ heads, debuting nationally at #2 on Canadian folk charts. Listen carefully and take note of the passionate range of vocals and songs with stories, sung from the soul.
Thursday, September 22 - 2:00 PM
GORDIE TENTREES AND JAXON HALDANE (YT)
Returning to Europe & Scandinavia on his continuous record release tour with 26 concerts featuring an appearance at the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, Germany. Fresh off his 200 date world tour of Europe, Australia, Canada, UK & Ireland with feature performances at Celtic Connections (Glasgow, Scotland) and National Folk Festival (Canberra, Australia), Gordie Tentrees with Jaxon Haldane perform with 9 instruments (banjo, dobro, cigar box guitars, musical saw, acoustic guitar, porch board bass, harmonica, & mandolin), brotherly harmonies and masterful storytelling. The top 10 record and artist in North America for the past 2 months (April-May 2016) on Folk/ Roots Radio.
“Majestic songwriting, genuine authenticity, incredible insight” Americana UK
Thursday, September 22 - 3:00 PM
DECLAN O'DONOVAN (YT)
An alternative singer songwriter informed by an evocative voice, adept piano playing, and poignant lyrics. As one of the Yukon’s most captivating and imaginative artists, Declan O'Donovan’s songwriting brings to life a world of characters, landscapes, myths, and half-truths...
Declan has recently finalized his sophomore album 'Broken Sky' with revered French Canadian producer Jean Massicotte (Patrick Watson, Lhasa), and plans to release in late 2016. In support of the new record, Declan plans to tour extensively throughout Canada and the US as well as touring in Japan and Europe.
Over four years of regular touring, Declan has performed all over the world including major Canadian festivals such as Roots and Blues in Salmon Arm; Canadian Music Week in Toronto; and Breakout West in Calgary, including a featured performance at the Western Canadian Music Awards Gala. Declan has also had the honour of performing original music alongside the Corktown Chamber Orchestra in Toronto, has received a 2014 Maple Blues nomination for Best New Artist Of The Year, and was enlisted to write and perform the score for the short film ‘Enough To Get By’ from Fata Morgana Films, which went on to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival 2014.
Thursday, September 22 - 4:00 PM
SHRED KELLY (BC)
Since the inception of Shred Kelly, the Fernie, BC based band have been re-defining what folk-rock means. Through their individual pan-Canadian backgrounds, Tim Newton, Sage McBride, Jordan Vlasschaert, Ian Page-Shiner, and Ty West have amplified the traditional sound of folk music with a more contemporary approach. Pushing the boundaries of the genre, they have incorporated a wide range of influences to create a sound that is uniquely called ‘Stoke Folk.’ The band is best known for their dynamic, high-energy and engaging live show that leaves no dance floor vacant. Shred Kelly released their 3rd album – ‘Sing to the Night’ – on January 27th 2015. The new material shows the growth and depth that the band has explored throughout the creative process, and once again demonstrates their signature claw-hammer banjo riffs, layered ambient synth, powerhouse rock, and sweet vocal harmonies. Their acclaimed producer John Critchley (Elliott Brood, Dan Mangan, Amelia Curran, The Once) from Green Door Studios was a master at creating an album that pushed their creativity and gave Shred Kelly a new take on their signature sound, which translates perfectly onto an album, or a packed dance floor.
Thursday, September 22 - 5:00 PM
SCENIC ROUTE TO ALASKA (AB)
Substance and accessibility are often considered opposing forces when it comes to pop music, making it all the more impressive when a band like Scenic Route to Alaska so effortlessly delivers ample doses of both. The easygoing Edmonton-based trio, comprised of Trevor Mann on lead vocals and guitar, drummer Shea Connor, and bassist Murray Wood, effortlessly weaves catchy vocals and memorable melodies through rich arrangements – instantly engaging but begging to be heard again and again. It’s a coveted combination within the crowded sphere of indie rock – and one that’ s rarely the product of anything but time, talent, and heaps of hard work. Of course, Scenic Route to Alaska are no strangers to any of those.In early 2016, the band entered Monarch Studios in Vancouver with Howard Redekopp (Tegan & Sara, The New Pornographers) to cut the 11 tracks comprising Long Walk Home, their latest LP.
Thursday, September 22 - 6:00 PM
LOUISE BURNS (BC)
Louise Burns is already a 20-year vet of the music industry and she's barely 30 years old. She witnessed the heady last gasp of the majors in the late-’90s (Burns co-founded pop band Lillix at 11 and signed to Madonna’s Maverick Records at 15), and was front and centre for Canada’s indie renaissance. Now Burns is an in-demand collaborator (Gold & Youth), high-profile hired gun, an acclaimed solo musician (2011’s Mellow Drama, long listed for the Polaris Music Prize, and 2013’s Midnight Mass), and multi-instrumentalist whose celebrated songwriting is equal parts grit and gloss. She's toured extensively, playing throughout Japan, China, Europe, and North America and is an engaged, dynamic artist, whose interests cannot be contained by hours in a day. Burns is also a freelance contributor and host on CBC’s Radio 3, and a journalist whose writing appears on CBC Music, the Talkhouse and Westender. Burns is currently working on her third solo album with co-producer Colin Stewart (Dan Mangan, Black Mountain) and Damian Taylor (Bjork, Braids, Austra) due out in early 2017.
Thursday, September 22 - 8:00 PM
YES WE MYSTIC (MB)
Approaching genre as a tool rather than a barrier, Winnipeg’s Yes We Mystic takes instruments, ideas, and sounds from wherever they can to craft something that is all at once exhilarating, heartrending, pummeling, and grand. Hurling rock together with folk, hip-hop, and R&B, strings and mandolins together with synthesizers, pedals, samples, and vocal effects, they come up with songs that can mellow and groove but climb in an instant to towering, frenzied heights. Throwing opposites together has been a practice that they keep coming back to. The result is both unconventional and weirdly relatable.
Thursday, September 22 - 9:00 PM
SURF DADS (SK)
Surf Dads is Canada's latest up and coming independent act. Releasing three EP's over the span of three months, Surf Dads has proved to be a workhorse band. Touring relentlessly, their first year saw them play nearly 50 shows in 6 short months. They honed their skills on the road and have cultivated a live show that will have you dancing and leave you wanting more. Recommended if you enjoy Wavves, Bully, and Cloud Nothings.
Thursday, September 22 - 10:00 PM
DSG SAMURAI CHAMPS (SK)
DGS Samurai Champs is a Canadian recording and performing R&B/hip-hop group from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, also known as the Queen City. The group takes pride in their Canadian identity, taking influence from Canadian hip-hop and R&B contemporaries such as Drake, The Weeknd, and PARTYNEXTDOOR.
Thursday, September 22 - 11:00 PM
BELLE GAME (BC)
Led by the hypnotic vocals of Andrea Lo, Belle Game weaves ethereal soundscapes into blownout, crushpop confessions. Sonically, Belle Game exists somewhere between newage visions and unkempt basements. Keyboards and guitars swell between the cracks as a foundation of subsonic rhythm is splayed across the floor. Their debut album Ritual Tra dition Habit earned the band critical praise from the likes of Pitchfork and Rolling Stone; while their emotional live performances prompted Paste Magazine to name them one of the “10 Great New Bands from CMJ”. From hushed anthems to distorted instrumentals, Belle Game is always teetering between two worlds. Whatever the mood, it’s always a celebration of the hard times and a refusal of fear.
Friday, September 23 - 11:00 PM
MISE EN SCENE (MB)
Substance. Sincerity. Swagger. Reverb. All are abundant throughout the nine tracks comprising Desire’s Despair (Pipe & Hat, 2012), the debut full-length from indie rock outfit, Mise en Scene. That record – produced by the team of Howard Redekopp (Tegan & Sara), Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire), and Tony Berg (Beck) – charted for 16 weeks on the !earshot Top 50 national charts in Canada, received a 2014 Sirius XM Indies Award nomination, and landed the band coveted spots performing around the world including at the esteemed Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona, repeat appearances at SXSW, and festivals in the UK, Australia, and downtown Paris to over 15,000 people. Recently wrapping up the recording their sophomore album, the founding duo of Stefanie Blondal Johnson (vocals, guitar), and Jodi Dunlop (drums), have added a new friends Dave Gagnon (guitar) and Corey Hykawy (bass) – just in time for their German debut.
Friday, September 23 - Midnight (Sept 24 @ 12:00 AM)