Bio


From Canada’s parliamentary hub comes Loon Choir — an urgent pulse of fresh sonic air featuring guitar, synth, and violin hooks backed by a sometimes groovy, sometimes four-to-the-floor backline that lays the foundation for choral-esque male and female vocals.

Loon Choir's music and lyrics allude to injustice and the destruction of nature. It’s a tall order to fill, and these musicians deliver with a live set packed full of enthusiasm, spontaneity, and sincerity.

Loon Choir released its third album, ‘All of This and Everything Else’ in fall 2015. The album was produced and engineered by the brilliant James Bunton of Toronto's Ohbijou. “Bug” and “Always Golden” have been among CBC favorites on the R3-30, the latter making it into the top 10.  CBC 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 has been raising its profile nationwide, with a successful cross-Canada tour in 2013 following the release of their sophomore album, ‘Fire Poems’ in 2012. The band was shortlisted that year for an R3 Bucky Award for Rookie of the Year.

The live experience is where Loon Choir really shines. The energy behind their catchy 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.

The band is currently working on a new set of songs for release in 2018.

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