acākosīk is both a new album and an immersive live experience where rock-show meets the unexpected.
iskwē creates a bold and adventurous sound of electronic and alternative rock, with a mesmerizing live experience that is intense, powerful, emotional, intimate and yet vast. With a four-piece alt-electro band, choreographed dancers, costumes, visual projections, soundscapes, and powwow singers, the show is meant to be an immersive experience. “I want my audience to enter into a space that is open and inclusive for everyone. A space where we come together in a safe and thoughtful way. So we all walk away feeling good,” says iskwē.
Bring an open mind. Bring an open heart. Bring your earplugs.
iskwē is a Juno Award nominee for Indigenous Album of the Year (2018) and winner of the WCMA Electronic/Dance Artist of the Year (2017). A personal sense of community and ancestral curiosity has enabled iskwē, of cree and Métis decent, to enlighten, inspire, unsettle and entertain audiences around the world. iskwē now calls Hamilton home, where she lives with her family.
iskwē’s new album acākosīk (pronounced acha-ko-suk) – The Stars – ᐊᒐᑯᓯᐠ will be released on November 8, 2019.
“ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL LIVE PERFORMERS IN THIS COUNTRY” – Tom Power, CBC q
“A MESMERIZING ALT-ELECTRONIC POP SINGER WHO TELLS IT LIKE IT IS” – Billboard Magazine
“A CROSS-CULTURAL MOSAIC OF ELECTRONICA, INDIGENOUS AND ROCK SONIC TEXTURES, BUILDING UP TO CATHARTIC CHORUSES HELD FIRM THROUGHOUT BY iskwē’ PENETRATING VOICE.” – Ride The Tempo
With a fresh perspective on alternative dream-pop, Caveboy root themselves in the primal and build to multi-layered experiences. Influenced by similar childhoods, Caveboy is the culmination of the shared life experiences of its three members Michelle Bensimon (Lead Vocals, Guitar, Synth), Isabelle Banos (Synth, Bass, Backing Vocals) and Lana Cooney (Drums, Backing Vocals). They revel in ideas of fearlessness, self-sufficiency, the extraordinary, and that which is feral and cannot be tamed.
Connecting through the pop music from their parents’ generation, the band works hard at developing their sound to utilize these respected musical elements while at the same time always trying to create new worlds of sound with their synthesizers, driving percussion, and symbolic lyricism interweaved with their Guitar/Bass/Drums core.
Their debut self-titled EP, released in the fall of 2015, charted among the National Top 25 on Earshot, and propelled the band onto the Canadian festival circuit including electrifying performances at Pride Toronto, Hillside, Rifflandia, and in their hometown, Osheaga. The band also turned heads by showcasing at festivals such as CMW, CMJ, SXSW, TIFF, and Pop Montreal. In early 2017, the band performed at SOCAN & CIMA’s Pre-Grammy Celebration of Canadian Excellence in Los Angeles, California, alongside Kaytranada and Donovan Woods. The music of the EP was placed in several television shows and films; with a number of tracks on Space’s Killjoys and Wynonna Earp, as well as songs in FXX’s You’re The Worst and MTV’s Awkward. Also, they had a B-side track from the EP “Color War” placed in the fourth season of Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black. The band has opened for touring artists such as Ria Mae, Dear Rouge, Operators, Keys N Krates, Neon Dreams, Young Galaxy and more.
In May 2017, Caveboy placed first in the Recording Festival contest, landing them a two-week recording residency at the beautiful Grouse Lodge Studios (Michael Jackson, Muse) in the heart of Ireland, along with the help of renowned European engineers such as Cameron Craig (Adele, Annie Lennox). The rollout of this highly anticipated new music begins with the first single, “Raconteur,” out now.
With a powerful live set not to be missed, Caveboy are the band you’ll be talking about the next day.