With the strength of their refreshing and versatile sound and intoxicatingly energetic live show, Cape Breton’s Slowcoaster have become one of the most popular jam rock bands in Canada. The members’ superior musicianship enables the trio to hammer out their own brand of high energy, guitar-based rock that incorporates touches of hip-hop, jazz, reggae and Afro-Cuban grooves. Guitarist / vocalist Steven MacDougall’s stellar song writing skills and evocative vocals add a defining soulful texture absent in much of today‘s rock music.
Slowcoaster started to take shape in November 2000 when MacDougall hooked up with bassist Mike LeLievre. MacDougall brought with him a lifetime of tales which came alive in his songs. LeLievre’s innovative grooves complement MacDougall’s guitar work and vocals, weaving complex counterpoint melodies. Accomplished drummer Jordan Bruleigh adds a well-considered back beat to an already rich sound. The result is an honestly written yet danceable, sing-alongable, affecting, noir-ish collection of music that is as ‘tight as a whip’ while still accented by bursts of off the cuff humor.
Slowcoaster has won 2 ECMA’s for alternative album of the year, Music Nova Scotia award for Album of the Year and toured multiple times throughout Canada, Asia and parts of the USA.
Scientists of Sound’s signature anthemic rocktronica sound unites raging guitar hooks with hard hitting beats and epic gang vocal melodies. Combining elements of electronica with the energy of a rock band with something to prove at every show, an SOS set leaves the audience feeling like they just climbed a mountain.
Formed from the ashes of East Coast powerhouse bands The Jimmy Swift Band and Ruby Jean and the Thoughtful Bees—Scientists of Sound are producers Craig Mercer (guitar, keys, drums, bass, vocals), Colin Crowell (keyboards, bass, trumpet), and Sean Parsons on drums.
Scientists of Sound were named Electronic Artist of the Year at the 2021 Nova Scotia Music Awards for their most recent album The Beginning (of the beginning of the end). They are currently working on a new EP slated for a 2023 release.
Get your dancing shoes and your cameras ready, Cape Breton; Smokey Sessions is going big in September and this is the end of summer party you are not going to want to miss!
VIP tickets include access to VIP food and beverage tent sponsored by Traegar Grills and Vintage Stove & Fireplace, VIP front section and seating and access to indoor restrooms in the lodge.