Five local bands you need to know

Because Canada is more than Bieber.

Music is often created out of more than just the soul—it comes from the landscape in which we live. So there’s something indescribably personal about listening to an album that’s born in the same place you are. Check out this talent and join in the song­ful dialogue of your local nieghbour­hood.


[box]The Zolas

Vancouver pop-rock band The Zolas was formed in 2008 by the charismatic duo Zach Grey and Tom Dobrzanski. In October of this year, The Zolas released their sophomore album Ancient Mars, following the suc­cess of their 2009 release, Tic Toc Tic. The band mixes catchy pop riffs with deep, genuine, poetic lyrics to create a sound that feels familiar but manages to stand apart from their contempo­raries.

Check out “Knot in My Heart”[/box]

[box]We Are The City

Originally from the Kelowna area, this three piece alternative rock band has been carving out quite a niche for themselves in the Canadian music scene. Don’t let their small numbers fool you, We Are The City’s sound is massive and their live show is phe­nomenal. The band formed in 2008, and a year later they came out with their first full length album, In a Quite World. In 2011 the band released a six-song EP, entitled High School, to much praise. We Are The City is currently in the studio recording a new album.

Check out “Happy New Year”[/box]

[box]Hey Ocean

Catchy pop trio Hey Ocean has  been capturing fans throughout Cana­da and even the US with playful songs and beautiful harmonies. Through charming, exciting live shows and the 2008 release of It’s Easier to Become Somebody, Hey Ocean has managed to become one of Canada’s top up-and-coming bands. Hey Ocean’s latest LP, IS, hit shelves earlier this year, follow­ing the successful release of the Big Blue Wave EP (2011).

Check out “Big Blue Wave”[/box]


This gritty East Vancouver two-piece is all rock and roll. Formed in 2006, Japandroids are powered by distorted guitar and pounding drums and a live show that is, at a mini­mum, high energy. In the midst of a host of EPs, tours, and singles, the band managed to release their debut LP, Post-Nothing (2009). In 2012, their  second album, Celebration Rock, was released and has been praised world­wide. Japandroids is currently on tour, and will be playing in Vancouver at the Rickshaw Theatre on the 22nd of De­cember.

Check out “Fire’s Highway”[/box]

[box]Dan Mangan

Vancouver’s Dan Mangan is carv­ing a path in the Canadian Singer- Songwriter/Folk scene with his latest album Oh Fortune. In 2005, Mangan released his first LP Postcards & Day­dreaming, kick-starting his career. His 2009 release of Nice, Nice, Very Nice gar­nered him iTunes Album of the Year in the Singer Songwriter category, and XM the Verge’s Artist of the Year. Man­gan is a high energy performer who holds nothing back on stage.

Check out “Robots”[/box]

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