Bio


From Canada’s parliamentary hub and capital city comes Loon Choir — an urgent pulse of fresh sonic air featuring textured guitar, synth, and violin hooks backed by a sometimes groovy, sometimes four-to-the-floor backline that lays the foundation for powerful choral-esque male and female vocals whose lyrics allude to injustice and the destruction of nature. It’s a tall order to fill, and these musicians deliver with a live set that is packed full of enthusiasm, spontaneity, sincerity and, above all, making memories with good friends — old and new.

Loon Choir released its third album, ‘All of This and Everything Else’ in fall 2015, which was produced and engineered by the brilliant James Bunton. Releases “Bug” and “Always Golden” have been among CBC favorites on the R3-30, the latter making it into the top 10.  CBC also named the album as one of their hidden gems of 2015, saying it is “the kind of record that will remake its shape with every listen. It can be as big or as small as you need it to be. It belongs to you”. 

Loon Choir had already been raising its profile nationwide, with a successful cross-Canada tour following the release of their sophomore album, ‘Fire Poems’, also produced and engineered by James Bunton in 2012. The band was also shortlisted that year for an R3 Bucky Award for Rookie of the Year.

Recordings aside, the live experience is where Loon Choir really shines. The energy behind their catchy synth and guitar riffs, the transcendent harmonies and contagious beats are sure to get any crowd moving. The Loons have appeared at festivals like CityFolk (where they were nominated for a Stingray Music Rising Star Award), Pop Montreal, NXNE, JUNOfest and Ottawa Bluesfest. Their growing fan base across the country is testament to the band’s ability to consistently deliver spectacular outbursts of energy during live performances.

Loon Choir is:
Derek Atkinson - vocals
Craig Barlow - bass, vocals
Barış Bilgen - drums
Kathleen Cauley - violin, vocals
Dan Larmour - guitar, vocals
Brad Sheffield - synth
Paul Wilson - guitar