Who, What, Where? Six Canadian artists to watch at The Great Escape 2022 | Features

It’s no secret that the Great Escape is all about bringing together the best new artists from around the world to show off their talent. But the sheer number of performances throughout the three-day festival can seem a bit overwhelming.

But don’t be afraid! Clash is here to save the day with a hand-picked selection of artists from one of the countries to watch this year: Canada.

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Who?

The Garrys

What?

Be sure to catch The Garrys, a dreamy surf-rock trio delivering haunting bloody harmonies over smooth “doom-whop” beats. Formed in the spring of 2015 in the coldest part of the Canadian prairies, Saskatoon, the group of three sisters are inspired by the imagery of isolated landscapes and themes of religious freedom, witchcraft and family (for n’ to name a few) throughout their four dark and gripping studio albums. .

Despite crafting their doomy surf beats away from shore, Julie, Erica and Lenore Maiers’ classic lo-fi guitars, mermaid-like three-part harmonies and unwavering beats evoke a hazy nostalgia for stormy beach days and to be pulled by the tide of your own bittersweet daydreams.

Where?

Friday, May 13, 1 p.m., Green Door Store
Friday 13 May, 9.15 p.m., Place du Jubilé

Words: Oshen Douglas McCormick

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Who?

SoftCult

What?

Don’t miss this dynamic duo of twin sisters Softcult, a pair that brings the riot grrrl ethos into the digital age. Delivering a delicious mix of shoegaze, dreampop, fuzzy grunge, indie laced with social commentary, Softcult refuses to be defined by a single musical direction, a freedom that can be heard among the assured riffs.

Phoenix and Mercedes Arn Horn are on a mission, using their dreamy atmospheric sounds to empower marginalized groups and expose wrongdoing, creating space for conversation within their music and outspoken presence. With two EPs and several singles to their credit, Softcult attracts many cult members. “I really want to make a difference. Hope our music inspires people not to be assholes anymore.

Where?

Thursday, May 12, 9 p.m., Volks
Saturday, May 14, 2:30 p.m., Green Door Store

Words: Oshen Douglas McCormick

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Who?

EKKSTACY

What?

A New Generation of SoundCloud Rappers Comes in the Form of Vancouver-Born and Raised EKKSTACY, the latest in a line of emo trap-inspired artists whose lyrics take you on a fearless journey through this complex and haunting psyche. Just as you think you’ve figured out what EKKSTACY’s sound is, you’re hit with indie, post-punk, and synth-wave moments that prove the breadth of this diverse talent. EKKSTACY draws inspiration from everyone from Elliott Smith to Bon Iver to Juice Wrld. Be sure to check out his set this weekend to see the reverberating guitars and poignant vocals that run through his music come to life and permeate the Brighton crowd.

Where?

Thursday May 12, 10:30 p.m., Vengeance

Words: Sarah Shodipe

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Who?

JayWood

What?

JayWood is sure to meet your soulful festival needs, as he descends on Brighton armed with his wonderfully unique brand of psychedelic jazz-funk fusion, all with that dash of singer-songwriter vibe.

Hailing from Winnipeg, Manitoba, his music is probably best characterized by being genuinely therapeutic and heartfelt. But at the same time, it can switch to a real feel-good dance party that is sure to lend itself well to its performance. It should be the perfect prelude to the next album, ‘Slingshot’, JayWood’s first full album with Brooklyn-based label Captured Tracks, which will be released in June.

Where?

Friday, May 13, 2:30 p.m., Green Door Store
Saturday, May 14, 8 p.m., Green Door Store

Words: Sarah Shodipe

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Who?

Mauvey

What?

Mauvey’s goal is to create and generate love, both on and off stage, and he knows exactly how to achieve this: “My mission is to distribute love, and there is no better way to do that than through music.” The Ghanaian-born performer wows audiences with her creative storytelling and swinging, synthetic beats. Mauvey draws inspiration from a plethora of artists around the world, including his current home – Canada, and cites Michael Jackson, Kanye West, Oumou Sangare, Prince, Childish Gambino and Labrinth as influencers. Festival-goers can expect an incredible show and infectious stage presence from Mauvey’s energetic, conceptual music videos.

Where?

Thursday May 12, 1:45 p.m., Green Door Store Saturday May 14, 1:15 p.m., Latest Music Bar Saturday May 14, 8:30 p.m., Brightelm

Words: Gem Stokes

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Who?

Super tough hard working

What?

A relatively new set of seven musicians more like a polished collective, Super Duty Tough Work crank out sweet tunes for the ultimate listener. Hailing from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Super Duty Tough Work brings their hip-hop jazz infusion to select stages throughout the week. Their 2019 debut album “Studies In Grey” is anything but ashy, combining a rhythm and blues atmosphere with jazzy instrumentation and hip-hop-style lyricism. Record scratches meet jazz cymbals under a heaven of luscious spoken words for ruminative happiness. The Super Duty Tough Works are absolutely not to be missed.

Where?

Friday, May 13, 1:45 p.m., Green Door Store
Saturday 14 May, 4.30 p.m., Place du Jubilé

Words: Gem Stokes

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The Great Escape runs from May 12-14.

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