Flatrock is an indie-pop band from Toronto, made up of four good friends who enjoy working on music together. They strive to write catchy music – with tight grooves and a big sound – that explores new ideas within the indie-pop genre. If you’re looking for comparisons, they have been favourably likened to bands such as London Grammar and Florence + the Machine. Flatrock is a town in Newfoundland, just outside of St. Johns, and is the hometown of singer Melissa Murphy.
Diverse instrumentation and soaring five-part vocal harmonies characterize the unique alternative folk sound of Halifax-based band, The Barrowdowns. Born in a cold dark Albertan winter in 2014, the band was started by Halifax musicians Kendra Breen and Rowan Swain. Upon their move back to Nova Scotia, the duo joined up with veteran Halifax musicians Dave Fultz, Adam Martin, and Neal Read to create an eclectic brand of folk music that is both energetic and haunting.
With gripping songs that stick with you long after the last chord has rung out, The Barrowdowns create music that will keep you spellbound—even while you stomp your feet.
Ostrea Lake is an independent folk band based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The band was formed in January 2012 by singer-songwriter Elias Abi Daoud and multi-instrumentalist Moe Kabbara. However, it was after the release of their second EP (Dear Outside The Woods – 2013) that the band started playing on a regular basis when bassist Scott Kedy joined the band, adding a rich color to the sound and expanding the group’s scope.