Lakes of Canada + Louis-Philippe Gingras + Bad Uncle | Pre Party Osheaga
4234 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC, Canada
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Lakes of Canada
Montreal-based Lakes of Canada was founded in 2010 by Jake Smith (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, percussion) and Conor O’Neil (drums, vocals) as a “Simon & Garfunkel”-esque folk-pop duo performing Smith’s songs at various cafés and bars around town. The past four years have seen Lakes experience a dramatic shift both in style and membership: with a heavier, indie-rock sound infused with gospel/soul influences, Lakes have added the likes of lead guitarist Tim Dobby, Sarah Morasse on keyboards, vocals, flute and harp, and, former Honheehonehee front-man Greg Halpin (guitar, bass, vocals, percussion). Lakes of Canada maintains their commitment to vocal harmony (around which the band was created), but with a rich instrumental complexity befitting a classically-trained group of musicians.
They recorded their second full-length album (a concept album inspired by Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale”) at Breakglass Studios under the expert guidance of producer and Besnard Lakes frontman Jace Lasek, Lakes of Canada looks to build on their past successes, such as being voted #2 Best Local Folk Act, #2 Most Pretentious Local Act, and #10 Best Local Act in CULT Montreal’s “Best of Montreal 2014” reader’s poll, and winning the Greenland Productions award for “Best Band of the St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival” in 2012. They are currently in the process of preparing for the October 2015 launch of their Margaret Atwood inspired second album, “Transgressions”. Some notable past Lakes of Canada festival performances include: POP Montreal, Canadian Music Week, Festival Folk sur la Canal, St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival, and NXNE (among CBC’s picks of the festival).
They are currently working on their third album to be released in 2018.
Louis-Philippe Gingras is first and foremost a musician. After studying jazz at university he returned to his native Abitibi and began writing lyrics – and that’s when the fun began. Now settled in the Petite-Patrie neighbourhood of Montreal, he has dedicated the last five years of his life to the craft of songwriting.
A trained guitarist with an ear for a catchy hook, you can feel Gingras honing his skills from one song to the next. Winner of six awards at the Festival en Chanson de Petite-Vallée, nominated for awards at both SOCAN 2014 and GAMIQ 2015 (for roots album of the year), not to mention highly lauded in the press (Le Devoir, Voir), his album Traverser l’parc (Simone Records, 2013) has taken Louis all across Quebec and beyond.
His second album, Troisième rangée, was released in November 2016. A departure from the country music he is most associated with, Gingrasapproaches each song as a world in and of itself: be it a sea shanty embellished with the lavish instrumentation of chamber music, or good ol’ driving rock with a solemn touch of brass.
Having been diagnosed three years ago with bipolar affective disorder and having experienced psychotic episodes, since 2014 Louis has been a spokesperson for the AQPPEP, a non-profit organisation in Quebec providing support for those experiencing a first episode of psychosis. He is drawn more and more to tell his story and his relationship with mental illness in songs that are a rare fusion of melody and honesty.