It’s KEXP’s mission to discover new music, wherever it may come from, and without a doubt Canadian artists make up a large portion of our playlists.
Our Seattle station has always felt an affinity for the music coming out of Canada — from our neighbors directly above us in Vancouver and Victoria all the way across to the eastern coast — so much so that we even host an annual Canada Day show, which this year featured recorded spots from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. This month, KEXP is excited to attend POP Montreal, and we’ll be sending a small crew to capture exclusive performances by Canadian artists at the venerable Breakglass Studios with producer James Benjamin. Because there are so many amazing bands coming out of the Montreal music scene, we were challenged to narrow down what bands we wanted to feature in our KEXP @ POP series, but eventually our programming team selected about a dozen artists, mostly completely new to us, from the festival's lineup.
A few of the bands we’re excited to feature include Moon King, the dreamy electro project of Daniel Woodhead who has toured with the likes of Alvvays, Austra, and Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Woolworm out of Vancouver who just released their new record Deserve To Die, have a poppy dark-rock vibe we’re looking forward to hearing live. Montreal natives The Luyas, featuring members of Miracle Fortress and Bell Orchestre, have been active since 2006, creating interesting, multi-layered indie rock and will hopefully bring along the french horn for their performance. Faith Healer from Edmonton, Alberta, are just about to release their new album, “Try ;-)", next week, and if their psych-pop single “Light of Loving” is any indication, it may end up on a lot of year-end top 10 lists. We can’t wait to dig into all of the bands at POP Montreal and Breakglass Studios and share them with everyone back home and our listeners worldwide.