"The Ottawa indie rock collective has been going strong for just shy of ten years now. They formed early in 2009 and released Expansion Forces in 2010, a full-length debut. Onto the scene arrived Loon Choir, this seriously entertaining synth-rock ensemble with five vocalists, strings, and a super upbeat rhythm section." - Apt613
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 2015. The album was produced and engineered by the brilliant James Bunton of Toronto's Ohbijou. “Bug” and “Always Golden” were 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 2019.
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
Dave Rankin - guitar, percussion, bagpipes
Brad Sheffield - synth
Paul Wilson - guitar