Wednesday, September 16th
Studio Records, Vancouver
Doors at 7:30
Panel at 8:00 – 9:00pm – How To Sync Your Music hosted by Nat Jay
Showcase 9:00pm – featuring Jesse Roper, Acres of Lions, JPNSGRLS and Bend Sinister
Music BC is proud to provide a unique showcase and networking opportunity to foster sync licensing opportunities and relationships for export ready BC artists.
Taking place on Wednesday, September 16th at the new Studio Records on Granville street in downtown Vancouver, this event will kick off with an informative panel on how to get your music in film and TV, and will be followed by a showcase of Music BC juror selected artists. You don’t have to be a member to attend!
If you are a company representing at least 2 BC recording artists and are interested in meeting with the supervisors to discuss sync possibilities, please apply for B2B meetings with Savannah Wellman | email@example.com
*Not all interested applicants will be able to participate. Please email savannah to see if you qualify.
Vikram Gudi, Elephant Music (UK)
Sam Diaz, CBS (Los Angeles)
Heather Gardner, Vapour Music (Toronto)
Natasha Duprey, Silent Joe (Vancouver)
Victoria BC’s Jesse Roper is magnetic. “I was mesmerized by his energy. It [is]raw and it just draws you in.” – Dylan Willows (Festival Promoter). With an explosive live show, the genuine quality and charisma of his versatile blues rooted soul, rock and country funk is as approachable as his charm. Quickly gaining momentum, the wheels on Jesse’s faithful van keep turning, chronicling a year of extensive touring and success of becoming a major festival draw.
The nostalgic may appreciate his throw back vibe akin to Stevie Ray Vaughan and vintage Texas blues, however, Jesse Roper’s music remains current, the organic rawness of his vocals and guitar over shadowing any preconceived stereotypes made of blues musicians. His youthful energy captivates audiences while his knock out live performance blows them away.
With a critically acclaimed full length album (Son of John) under his belt, Jesse Roper is releasing his highly anticipated sophomore, Red Bird, early 2015 with Blue Heron/Warner. Without losing the sentimental and vintage authenticity of blues, the new album is blazing its own path in the music scene not unlike modern yet retro influenced musicians such as the Black Keys and Jack White. An exporting artist with a solid team, a major radio campaign and a non-stop touring itinerary, Jesse Roper’s career is rapidly gaining strength, quickly becoming a staple on modern rock radio.
Starting the guitar at six years old, Jesse soon mastered songs of heroes like Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin by ear. Battling with stage fright, he was thrown out onto the stage with sweaty palms and a queasy stomach which was quickly overshadowed by the audience’s overwhelmingly positive reaction. Incapable of holding back, Jesse always delivers the show of his life whether it be headlining at major festivals in front of thousands of fans such as Sunfest, Rifflandia and Rock the Shores, or touring across the country during his residency as a CN rail musician. Jesse has shared the stage with many great artists, awards have been won, but his musical existence is more than that; it is purely about performing, touring and loving it until the day he joins that great jam session in the sky.
Acres of Lions is a poprock band based in Victoria, Canada featuring extouring members of the seminal American punk band Against Me!. Their music is lyricallydriven rock, influenced by bands such as The Get Up Kids, Jimmy Eat World, The Weakerthans, Alkaline Trio, and Saves The Day.
The band received critical acclaim for their 2009 debut fulllength album, Working, released on Cordova Bay Records. Exclaim! Magazine reported “this is definitely a band to keep on the radar”. Acres Of Lions follow up sophomore album, released on Cordova Bay Records in 2011, took the band’s sound in a more popinfluenced direction, and was met with more commercial success. The first single, Reaction, was mixed by legendary engineer Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Mother Mother, Franz Ferdinand) and charted at #19 on the Canadian alternative rock charts.
2011 was also a big year for Acres Of Lions, as they were selected by Music BC as one of the ‘Top 20 Bands in BC’ for the Peak Performance Project. Other highlights included music placements on television programs Degrassi and Majority Rules, and a crossCanada tour supporting JUNO nominated indierockers Ten Second Epic.
In 2012, the band attracted international attention, placing third in the pop category of the International Songwriting Competition and releasing their albums through Bullion Records in Japan, and Fierce Panda Records in Europe. They also took on an impressive 250 date touring schedule, including: two crossCanada tours, two tours to the UK, performances at Canadian Music Week and Edgefest, opening slots for Hedley, and more than six months on the road with a provincial government career building initiative performing for youth around British Columbia.
Acres Of Lions released their third album, Home(s), on Cordova Bay Records in 2013. The first single, Bright Lights, was met with continued commercial success, breaking into the Top 40 Canadian alternative rock charts, and licensing a music placement on CBC television program Arctic Air. The band continued touring extensively throughout 2013, including performances at Warped Tour, Victoria’s Canada Day (50,000+ attendance), and opening for City and Colour.
As of 2015, the band is in the studio writing and recording new material for what will become their fourth fulllength album.
For more information about Acres Of Lions discography and a complete list of tour dates, please visit www.acresoflions.com.
JPNSGRLS — pronounced “Japanese Girls” — formed in Vancouver in 2010, but their origins date back even further, to when Kerr and guitarist Oliver Mann met while playing in separate bands in high school. After discovering a wealth of shared influences, they joined forces under the name the Beauties, and the buzz surrounding the group attracted the attention of Light Organ Records.
The momentum continued to build once the lineup was solidified with the powerhouse rhythm section of Serl and bassist Chris McClelland, and JPNSGRLS was born. Their name was inspired by the female Japanese rock band Mass of the Fermenting Dregs, with the vowels later removed to make sure fans got what they were googling for!
They released The Sharkweek EP in 2013, its diverse sound making room for barbed wire guitar riffs, emotionally aching pop-rock, and even futuristic electronics. This grab bag of styles was achieved over months of experimentation, with much of the recording taking place at home and in various DIY spaces.
For their debut full-length, Circulation,the outfit hunkered down in Vancouver’s Greenhouse Studios with producer Steve Bays (Hot Hot Heat, Fur Trade, Mounties). The 12 songs were tracked in just seven days, with the band eschewing unnecessary frills in favour of electrifying live energy. The results are focused and cohesive while still retaining JPNSGRLS’ signature eclecticism.
“We wanted to get it sounding as live and raw as possible,” Mann says, noting that nearly all of the parts can be replicated live. Kerr offers, “Something we said a lot in the studio was, ‘What would the Pixies do?’ We went with simplicity a lot of the time, and I think that’s a really good thing.”
This less-is-more approach makes Circulation, mastered by world-renowned engineer Greg Calbi (Tame Impala, St.Vincent), a whirlwind of straight-out-of-the-garage noisiness and earworm hooks. It starts with the feedback squeal of combustible opener “Smalls”, a song that explores the excitement and self-destruction of drug use and takes its name from the classic coming-of-age film The Sandlot.This leads into “Tiger,” which shifts between spiky riffs and cloud-scraping, vintage pop choruses that feature Bays on backup harmonies.
Elsewhere, “Southern Comforting” is an atmospherically echoing scorcher that explores toxic relationships — both with people and with alcohol — while the thundering “Mushrooms” takes its title from the Sylvia Plath poem of the same name and is an anthem about fighting back against oppression.
Their dynamic live show was honed supporting July Talk & Mounties in Canada and at CMJ (Top Ten Bands To Watch 2014 – C M J . c o m ) , N X N E & S X S W f e s t i v a l s a c r o s s N o r t h A m e r i c a . A l l t h i s p l u s t h e i r f i r s t U K / E U t o u r j u s t c o m p l e t e d , s u p p o r t i n g t h e likes of Dry the River, Turbowolf and Allusondrugs, presents JPNSGRLS as a force to be reckoned with in 2015.
2014 kicked off with an extensive US and Canadian tour and the release of Animals, a giddy rock’n’roll rollercoaster recorded in San Diego with two time Grammy nominee Joe Marlett. The album received rave reviews in Canada and abroad, reached top 75 on the CMJ chart and top 10 on Canada’s Earshot. The band received invitations to perform on CBC’s Q, BRBR TV in Quebec, SXSW 2014 and CMJ 2014. After a heavy summer touring the Canadian festival circuit the band was invited to join Mike Portnoy (Dream Theatre, Avenged Sevenfold) and Steve Morse (Deep Purple) in LA, Chicago and Philadelphia as support for their progressive rock band Flying Colors. The year ended with an epic 12 country tour in Europe with LA based band Bigelf. The tour highlights included sold out shows in Barcelona, London, Manchester and Goethenberg and Bend Sinister received rave reviews from Prog Magazine UK, Spain’s Genesimphonic Radio Gelida and Germany’s rockhard.de amongst others. The band received a nomination for “Songwriters of the Year” at the 2015 Western Canadian Music Awards and a Nomination in Prog Rock Magazine’s “Progressive Music Awards” in the best emerging band category.
At the heart of Bend Sinister sits singer and keyboard player Dan Moxon. His soft spoken and warm demeanor belie the frenetic stage antics and vocal gymnastics that have made him one of the most unforgettable front men in the Canadian indie scene. His song writing draws from a wealth of influences and he is as equally at home softly singing over a piano ballad as he is wailing over crushing drums and guitars. Not to be outshined however, the rest of the band is just as dynamic. If Moxon is the heart, new addition Nich Petro on the drums is the gut. A multi-talented player, Nich’s drumming draws influences anywhere from Phil Collins to Kendrick Lamar. His wry sensibility steers the band through the dynamic shifts and tempo swings that Bend Sinister is so well known for. At the flanks are guitar player Joseph Blood and bassist Matt Rhode creating massive walls of distortion and fuzz one moment and then sliding into a stony sixties groove the next. Although often categorized as a “prog” band, the group strives to be more than just guitar solos and technique. While always looking to challenge themselves as players and writers, the band also tries to keep a classic pop sensibility in mind. “There are definitely ‘holy grails’ in terms of pop writing” says Joseph Blood, “records that perfectly balance songwriting with concepts, the Beach Boys and the Beatles did it and newer bands like Dr Dog or the Flaming Lips do it. I think that’s where Bend Sinister hopes to get as each record goes by.”
It’s hard to say what exactly Bend Sinister is doing, though they may be finding that elusive place for a band where they can do what they want, and how they want. All they know is that they love playing. And more and more people are finding out that they love listening.