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Saturday 9:30 pm

Origin

Toronto, Ontario

Genres

Garage, Indie, Punk, Rock

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Julie & The Wrong Guys

From the outset, Julie and The Wrong Guys may come across as an unlikely union. Juno award-winning songwriter Julie Doiron began her musical journey as a founding member of ’90s East Coast indie-rock icons Eric’s Trip, the first Canadian band signed to Seattle’s famed Sub Pop Records. Meanwhile, The Wrong Guys are made up of Edmonton-born country/punk troubadour Eamon McGrath alongside Mike Peters and Jaye Schwarzer, the rhythm section of Toronto’s metal/hardcore heavyweights Cancer Bats.

Doiron’s celebrated career has featured a laundry list of collaborations with the likes of Chad VanGaalen,Phil Elverum (a.k.a. Mount Eerie), Gord Downie, The Wooden Stars, Shotgun and Jaybird, and The Tragically Hip, and these wide-ranging musical alliances have all prepared her for an effortless amalgamation of the Wrong Guys’ respective projects, where Doiron’s tender and lyrically evocative songwriting crashes headfirst into the pummelling volume of her bandmates.

Doiron first enlisted The Wrong Guys as her backing band in 2011 during a two-year stint living in Toronto. While working at the Bloor West coffee shop, café, and venue Saving Gigi, she asked them to join her for a series of shows. Finding an immediate comfort and chemistry, the quartet hit the studio to record a two-song 7”, then set off for high profile tours throughout Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritimes.

Searching together, Julie and The Wrong Guys have found a distinctly harmonized voice that weaves throughout and acknowledges the vast array of influences across their backgrounds, paying obvious homage to the music that drove these four unlikely collaborators together. As each member approaches the material with their own very literal insight of endless days across the world’s highways, they’ve come out of the woods with one of the most exciting debut records of 2017. Alongside delicate standout songs like “Call My Own Shots” and the McGrath duet “Farther From You”, Doiron also returns to her full-throttle, early ’90s grunge/punk roots on ragers like “Wanted What I Wanted” and “Calm Before the Storm.”

“I come from a noisy, energetic background playing in Eric’s Trip,” she concludes. “It’s kind of ironic that people refer to me as a solo performer or singer-songwriter because that’s not what I feel that I do. I made a couple of quiet records after Eric’s Trip broke up because I didn’t want to try to replicate it. Then I played with The Wooden Stars and made two quiet records after that. Every time I’ve ended a collaboration I’ve done that, and people still pigeonhole me as a singer-songwriter, but I love playing loud, heavy music.”

Abigail Lapell

Toronto, Ontario

Afrikana Soul Sister

Montréal, Québec

Afro Madness Drum Troupe

Sudbury, Ontario

Aleksi Campagne

Montréal, Québec

Alvvays

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Andrew Queen and the Campfire Crew

Campbellford, Ontario

Arkells

Hamilton, Ontario

Aron d’Alesio

Hamilton, Ontario

BBBRTHR

Sudbury, Ontario

Bill & Joel Plaskett

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Binaeshee-Quae

Biigtigong First Nation, Ontario

Black Bull Moose Singers

Atikameksheng Anishnawbek, Ontario

Bonsa

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C.R. Avery

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Canailles

Montréal, Québec

Casper Skulls

Toronto, Ontario

Cécile Doo-Kingué

Montréal, Québec

CKLU Open Stage

Sudbury, Ontario

Connie Kaldor

Montréal, Québec

David Cordero (Meltdown Winner)

Chiapas, Mexico via Sudbury, Ontario

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Edouard Landry

Sudbury, Ontario

Frank Deresti & The Lake Effect

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Sudbury, Ontario

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Julie & The Wrong Guys

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Toronto, Ontario

Laetitia Zonzambé

Central African Republic via Montréal, Québec

Lee Harvey Osmond

Hamilton, Ontario

Les Barricades

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Les Deuxluxes

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Rosaireville, New Brunswick

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Hauterive, Québec

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Sudbury, Ontario

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Greely, Ontario

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Chelsea, Québec

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Sudbury, Ontario

Richard Inman

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Rodney Meilleur

Chelmsford, Ontario

Russell deCarle

Toronto, Ontario

Seth Bernard

Lake City, Michigan

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Sudbury, Ontario

Team T&J

Toronto, Ontario

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Sudbury, Ontario

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