Bridal Party

Good times poppin off is all this night will be remembered for. With their funky tunes and playful beats, Bridal Party are sure to start the party.

Victoria, BC art-pop quintet Bridal Party have always had the goal of making pop music they like. Their debut LP Too Much is a vibrant collection of songs of uncanny intimacy, thriving from experimentation in studio that remains honest to the band’s live set.

Whether it’s the confessional lyricism and feathery textures of “When I’m Naked”, the plaintive riddle and bedlam of “Armour”, or the celebratory disco of the title track, Too Much shines a light on the band’s interior joys and terrors in equal measure. A broad sonic landscape that shares territory with Crumb, U.S. Girls, and early work of The Cardigans, Too Much is due Friday, August 23rd, on Kingfisher Bluez Records, accompanied by a relentless tour schedule.

https://www.facebook.com/brydesmaids/
https://bridalparty.bandcamp.com/

Kim Gray

Garage Pop band Kim Gray from Vancouver will be hitting the stage for a double bill on both Friday June 7th and Saturday June 8th! Get here early. It’ll go off.

Kim Gray have announced the release of Plastic Memory, their third full-length. The Vancouver band, who have shared stages with bands like Mild High Club, The Courtneys, Sasami and Weaves, have been building momentum on the back of a series of DIY releases and have signed to Buzz Records to release their latest on April 26th 2019.

https://kimgray.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/kimgraytunes/

90’s Night

Double denim/Canadian tuxedos, Smashing Pumpkins, Home Alone, tamagotchis, furby’s, Loreal ‘no tears’ kids shampoo that was like acid in your eyes, Guns N’ Roses, dunkaroos, MSN, Pulp Fiction, bleached tips, wallet chains, Jurassic Park, MASH, overalls, the macarena, bike shorts, Oasis, Pretty Woman, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, bandanas, slap bracelets, Sonic Youth, Pokemon cards, N’SYNC, Backstreet Boys, Destiny’s Child, butterfly hair clips, gel pens, bop it, CD players, gameboy, Nintendo 64, Mary-Kate and Ashley, mood rings, Pulp, rollerblades, Forrest Gump, Clueless, Easy Bake, blazers, The Big Lebowski, scented highlighters, sketchers, Titanic, candy cigarettes, Terminator, Nokia snake, book fairs, spice girls, Nirvana. The nineties.

Free Entry
Prizes for best dressed!!

Tanglers

End this fun filled May Long Weekend with ANOTHER SHOW! IT’S MADNESS! AND FUN!

Tanglers are a lot of guys from Vancouver. With their fun riffs and mellow tracks, it’ll be a chilling dancey fun time!

Formed in the early summer of 2016, four friends came together to create the holy mess that is TANGLERS. Essentially it’s a band of brothers, with their dad on bass, and he loves to rock. Drawing inspiration from all kinds of genres, TANGLERS craft unique tunes often dubbed as “soft psych”, “indie folk”, “surf”, and sometimes even “disastrous”. They bring a distinct energy to the stage; bobbing, bumping, and occasionally smiling. They are currently in the process of writing and recording their third album.

http://tanglersband.com/
https://soundcloud.com/user-655559767/sets/tangled-in-time-promo-1/s-wMkpW

Triple bill extravaganzaaaaa!

Triple bill extravaganzaaaaa! Yung Heazy, Gnarfunkel and Bad Magic will be setting the tone for the summer with a night filled with fun riffs, sexy interludes and groovy tunes.

On February 13th 2017 Jordan Heaney wrote and recorded, “Cuz You’re My Girl” for his girlfriend as a Valentine’s Day gift. Not thinking much, it was uploaded to Soundcloud under the moniker Yung Heazy. The track went on to amass over ten million streams in a few months with international interest following.

A prolific artist, Heaney performs all instruments, records and mixes his extremely catchy yet unconventionally structured songs. Yung Heazy released his highly anticipated debut LP “Whenever You’re Around I Hate Everything Less” June 1st 2018 to an embracing reception on college and alternative radio charting on the NACC, Sirius XM and in regional markets. The group spent the rest of the year on the road with their wild live show playing over 80 dates in 10 countries in three continents.

Gnarfunkel – west coast rock n roll that’s gnarly to a funky extreme. This rowdy band features an animalistic lead singer/guitarist along with a tight, funky rhythm section. They’re known for their wild shows and eclectic music that features dope harmonies, rad riffs, and grooves you just can’t help but dance to.

Bad Magic – Armed with an engaging high energy live show and intricate, thoughtfully crafted songs – Bad Magic not only wants to get you moving to the rhythm but leave you with a lingering feeling that you were in the right place at the right time.

https://yungheazy.com/
https://www.instagram.com/gnarfunkelband/
https://www.instagram.com/badmagicmusic/

Wild Wild West Summer Kick Off Party

Kick your summer off good n proper with a wild wild west themed party at The Maq. Prizes for best dressed. A rumour is circulating that a dollar bill gun will be involved somehow. YUNG HEAZY will be headlining the show! Check your guns at the door. Save the horse, ride a cowboy. It’ll be a hot time in the old saloon tonight. It’s a Maq Attack.

Yung Heazy is great fun. Drawing strong comparisons to acts like Mac Demarco, The Beatles and the current wave of bedroom pop acts like Cuco, Clairo, Rex Orange County and Gus Dapperton, Heazy’s music melds elements of jazz, psych and pop with endearing lyricism and harmonies.

https://yungheazy.com

Fanfare Strings

Fanfare is back! Come see this looping genuis and dance the night awaaaaay to his siq beats.

Looping can be a very delicate art. Making sure not to over complicate arrangements or overuse melodies, much can be created. Fanfare is a project that is based around looping and its combination with the violin and the voice. Using various pedals to enhance the range of the strings, as well as the use of beatbox and percussive accents, a full sound is created live and on the spot.

http://www.fanfaremusic.ca
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCefPnkYKC1QRSMYixPK8ggA

Dope Soda

Thirsty for music that is both dangerous and danceable, refreshing as a mojito and as eye-opening as a whiskey sour? A cocktail party mix of reggae, punk rock, jazz, hiphop, and ska? This is DopeSoda.

Dope Soda are a 6 piece Ska band from Vancouver Island who jump between reggae jams, punk-rock assaults, happy ska romps, and hip-hop throw-downs– a thirst quencher for audiences who need good rhymes and good times.

Forming in late 2011, a fresh concoction of six of the top jazz, rock, and Jamaican-music-inspired musicians from Vancouver Island, with frequent appearances in acts such as Current Swell, Jon & Roy, and Lovecoast. The band is led by a three-piece horn section with roots in the highly-regarded Vancouver Island University Jazz Department, buoyed by a funky rhythm section that serves up sips of bubbling Hammonds and Wurlitzers, shots of distorted guitar, and heavy bass–in your face.

http://dopesoda.com/biography
https://www.facebook.com/DopeSoda

Douse

This trio of eclectic soundmakers will be joining us at The Maq for one night only, be sure to get there early to secure yourself a spot!

Perhaps the most interesting work comes when bands allow themselves to be free from genre constraints, who find their own form of navigation, unearth new and inventive ways of stirring the emotions of those of us lucky enough to find ourselves along for the ride.

Douse are one such band, a Vancouver trio that, upon first glance, fit neatly within the lineage of good old Canadian indie-rock, but one, also, who have carved out a space of their own, finding ever intriguing and impressive ways of delivering their work. Veering between subtle, ambient moments of restraint and powerful moments of aggression, Alea Rae Clark, Jeremiah Ackermann, and Patrick Farrugia, make music that is both spacious and grandiose, both subtle and powerful. There are, after all, no rules here.

So we hear measured new-wave and post-punk, moody textures and dense, cavernous landscapes to explore, before their world-beat influences take focus, all sparkling guitar lines and Clark’s buoyant lead voice. Their work embraces the wholesomeness of each of these genres while carving out a space all of its own persuasion.

Adding beautiful orchestral arrangements to their subtle but surprisingly complex work, their debut album, The Light In You Has Left, is the sound of a something growing and flourishing; something that’s never afraid to embrace the lightest lights or the darkest darks, wherever it might take them.

“A trio of sad sound-makers, perfect for The Signal.” – Laurie Brown, host of The Signal on CBC Radio 2

“Outstanding in every sense… an intelligent spree of eclectic songwriting” – Gold Flake Paint

douseband.com

Rotten Apple Ruckus

Rotten Apple Ruckus is a 3 person ruckus-in-a-van from Victoria, Canada. The band consists of members Gut Bucket Bama, Washboard Alex, and Banjo Dan. They will washboard, bucket bass, and banjo your feet into a shimmy-shake-holler.

Rotten Apple Ruckus tickled their strings for so long that they were kicked out of the farmhouse. They started hooting and yelling in the streets and farmers markets around Victoria B.C. until they were put upon a stage. They were shoved into an old van and thrown all over Cascadia. If you have dirty eardrums, they will use their bucket bass and washboard to scrub them clean with a wash of sounds from the 20’s-40’s. A tumultuous smattering of banjo, steel guitar, trumpet, banjolele will toss your toes into a boogie and a frolic. Get your jug, skiffle, blues, spasm, and ragtime pants on!

https://www.facebook.com/rottenappleruckus/