Blundstone Playlist Volume III: Connecting Canada From One End to the Other
Music and Blundstone boots just seem to fit together. Whether it’s tapping your toe to the latest hit or hanging around the campfire with your trusty guitar, the rugged, comfortable feel of Blundstone boots click with the soulful, exciting melody of your favourite song.
What started over three years ago as a simple idea, has blossomed into an exciting annual feature that connects Blundstone with the wide scope of Canada’s awesome indie music scene. Each year, Blundstone Canada seeks out unique artists from ten provinces and three territories to connect with and share the love of music and great boots.
We are thrilled to introduce the third volume of the Blundstone Playlist featuring new artists and exceptional sounds. Take a quick listen, and explore Canada from one end to the other, with these feature artists.
Welcome to the Blundstone Playlist Volume III. Enjoy!
In 2018, Calla Kinglit released her debut album comprised of songs written while living in various places across the world. As a researcher in the Congo Basin in the Central African country of Cameroon, exploring the vast and redemptive beauty of her home base in Canada’s Yukon wilderness, manoeuvring through landslides in the Himalayas, and contemplating the spiritual journey of one small being.
Quantum Tangle – “Freeze, Melt, Boil”
Fusing old world sounds and new world flair, Quantum Tangle are a Juno Award-winning Canadian musical group who combine traditional Inuit throat singing and spoken word storytelling with blues-influenced folk rock.
Aasiva – “Qalunaat Nunanganit”
Aasiva’s sound—airy and lively—is shaped by her melodious voice set against playful ukulele. With Inuktitut lyrics and delicate throat singing elements interwoven throughout her songs, her music offers a fresh, buoyant, and distinctive twist on Indie folk.
Adrian Teacher and the Subs – “Hello Everyone”
After self-releasing music for over a decade, it is no surprise that Adrian Teacher and the Subs recently supported Japandroids and Wolf Parade on a tour through the United States. His album Mount Benson was nominated for the 2010 Polaris Music Prize.
A journey that started with an accidental meeting at a show in Toronto 13 years ago has led Peter Stone and Denise MacKay to share their unique brand of transatlantic folk at shows and festivals across Canada. With past works receiving critical acclaim and multiple award nominations, there is plenty of reasons why 100 Mile House is one of Western Canada’s top emerging bands of 2018.
Ava Wild – “White Toothed Bastard”
From the skies of Saskatchewan, Ava Wild began to collect inspiration and translate her world through music. With a honey sweet voice laced in a red shoe attitude, Ava Wild dances with crowds and grasps her audience’s attention with her authentic storytelling.
Micah Visser named his band after the Winnipeg neighbourhood where he grew up and spent his childhood learning violin, saxophone, guitar, piano, and computer programming. It was there too, where Visser forged a sound that would take an indie sensibility and make it glisten, finding its way to a new kind of 21st century pop.
Conor Gains – “Walking Alone”
With deep respect to jazz and blues, Gains’ tone is paired with the soulful, adventurous exploration of contemporary music and gives an air of familiarity while at the same time acting as something unique and transcendental.
Meryem Saci – “Good Life”
Meryem Saci is a soulful singer, songwriter and MC with a vibrant vocal range that reflects the diverse influences of her upbringing. She commands the stage with her powerful voice and eclectic fusion of sounds creating her own unique genre with primal, high energy Afro-Arabian rhythms and compelling melodies.
Bleum – “Visit”
Bleum is an electronic music project created by producer Daniel James and singer/songwriter Brittany McQuinn. Finding a match in a sensational electronic pop sound, they decided to join forces as Bleum.
Pat Lepoidevin – “Broadcast”
A songwriter truly inspired by stories and community, his latest album has been nominated for two Music Nova Scotia awards and has received critical acclaim in Atlantic Canada. Engaging in the topics of futurism and outer space, Captain Myles & The SPR is a raw collection of songs based on a story involving two children flying in a rocket ship, while dealing with isolation and relationship struggles.
Prince Edward Island
Kinley– “Golden Days”
A vocalist and multi-instrumentalist from Charlottetown, Kinley Dowling is a well-known member of Newfoundland’s Indie ensemble Hey Rosetta! Her recent solo album release, Letters Never Sent, was produced by Colin Buchanan of Paper Lions. With each song representing a letter addressed to a different and specific person, the music is brought to life in a tropically tinged indie-pop style that is a treat to the senses.
Property – “Meditations”
With three nominations for Music Newfoundland awards, the trio has rightfully named their unique sound as “angular pop,” spreading their catchy guitar licks and beautiful melodies throughout the East Coast.
Volume III artwork by Jud Haynes.