"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.
The band released their fourth album, In the Age of Alienation, with a sold-out launch party at NAC's prestigious Fourth Stage.
Loon Choir has been raising its profile nationwide for about 10 years, with highlight tracks featured on CBC, a successful cross-Canada tour in 2013, and a shortlist for the R3 Bucky Award for Rookie of the Year in 2012.
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.
Loon Choir is:
Ashley Highstead - winds, brass, vocals
Derek Atkinson - vocals
Craig Barlow - bass, vocals
Barış Bilgen - drums
Celeste Côté - piano, vocals
Dan Larmour - guitar, vocals
Brad Sheffield - synth
Paul Wilson - guitar