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Port Cities + What If Elephants + Vikki Gilmore

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About Port Cities
http://portcities.ca
In the brief period of time since Port Cities unleashed their incendiary debut—a wildly self-assured collection of sparkling, rootsy pop that showcases the Nova Scotia trio’s devotion to songwriting—the band’s been hard at work bringing it to the masses. They’ve continued to explore and evolve their ambitious pop sound, melding diverse musical backgrounds to create an alchemy that’s part art, part songwriting science, and all magic: the nimble dynamism of Breagh MacKinnon’s smoky, jazz-indebted delivery, Dylan Guthro’s simmering and soulful R&B swagger, and Carleton Stone’s razor-sharp, romantic rock ‘n’ roll. In 2018, that memory-making mix of unforgettable melodies, high-flying harmonies, and electrifying heart on Port Cities is set to reach audiences worldwide.

It’s a chemistry that’s been perfected during the 100+ dates they’ve toured in the past year, in hotel rooms and songwriter circles, in vans rolling through foreign countries to rowdy pubs, and on the fog-bound shores of Canada’s misty east coast. It’s helped lead the band to numerous accolades, including a whopping five Nova Scotia Music Awards, a SOCAN #1 Award (for “Back to the Bottom”), and stints at #1 on CBC and Spotify charts. Port Cities has amassed over 1.5 million streams internationally, showcased at The Great Escape, Focus Wales, and the Reeperbahn Festival, and released their debut in the U.K. and Germany this spring.

Beyond Port Cities’ deep devotion to their craft, their success is largely built on a simple but timeless approach: a good song is a good song is a good song. Whether it’s awash with synthesizer (“Sound of Your Voice”), pumped up with an overdriven crunch (“Where Have You Been”), or stripped down to the bare essentials with just an acoustic guitar and three voices. No matter what music the melody might call for, the best song always wins.

About What If Elephants
http://whatifelephants.com
Montreal indie pop-rock quartet, What If Elephants, strikes a delicate balance with their elegant and rousing sound – between accessible pop and deeper, introspective lyrics that lie just below the surface. The band puts a positive perspective on adversity and finds inspiration in the impact music can have on people.

Chosen as Montreal’s top 10 in CBC Searchlight three years in a row, winners in Canada’s Walk of Fame RBC Emerging Musician Program 2018, and featured both on Canada Destinations and Parcs Canada for promotional campaigns, they’ve resonated with fans across the country. 2018 saw WIE perform with emerging Canadian acts such as MonoWhales, The Royal Foundry, The Kents, and Birds of Bellwoods, as well as showcase at Canadian Music Week and POP Montreal alongside internationally rising artists, Saint Sister and Shotty Horroh.

Currently in collaboration with Walk Off The Earth producer, Tokyo Speirs, What If Elephants is preparing contagious new material to take to the road in 2019. Commenting on their first single, “Candles”; “You can already picture a field of fans at a summer music festival waving their arms and singing along to this one” - Grant Lawrence

About Vikki Gilmore
http://vikkigilmore.com/
Inspired by everyday life and the vast intricacies of being human, Montreal-based artist Vikki Gilmore’s empathic insight and wisdom beyond her years resonate in her songs. By drawing on authentic experiences, she crafts meaningful narratives that ring tenderly relatable, backed by soulful, generally acoustic instrumentation.

Having developed her style as a singer-songwriter since high school, Vikki has spent the last several years connecting with her audience, notably performing in such eclectic events as POP Montreal and Mural Festival. In March 2016 she released her debut EP, Where You’re From, accompanied by crisp visuals for the singles “Empty Past” and “My Song”.
Someone, the forthcoming EP from Vikki Gilmore, is a wistful journey away from the comforts of familiarity and back again, with stops along the way to mourn lost love.

Laden with Gilmore’s signature poignant wordplay, warm vulnerability and indie-folk soul, Gilmore’s second release pushes the boundaries of how much can be said in just five songs. Its title track envelops listeners in an intimately populated landscape of acoustic guitar and gently pulsing, understated percussion as the Montreal singer-songwriter weaves a tale of fecklessness and surrender to the universe’s enigmatic will. The title track and namesake was released as a single on July 27th followed by a whimsical music video on August 17th.


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