Making their much anticipated first ever appearance at MTS Super-Spike this July, the multi award winning Sam Roberts Band just released their sixth studio album, critically acclaimed ‘Terraform,’ recently nominated for Juno Rock Album of the year. Since their breakout in 2002, Montreal based Sam Roberts Band has earned a stellar reputation as a live band. They have received immense success in Canada and the US touring extensively, and always receiving glowing critical reviews while putting out hit after hit throughout their six albums.
Often citing De La Soul, Slum Village and The Fugees as inspiration, The Lytics have created a musical pallet rooted in Reggae, Soul, Jazz and all things 'Boom Bap'. Their penchant for creating varied soundscapes and exploring different influences is seemingly in this group’s DNA, making their sound something familiar yet completely unique. Two recordings, three WCMA nominations and several international and Canadian tours later, The Lytics, recently released their third studio album.
With three songs now out from his debut EP, the amount of hype surrounding Toronto based ‘Grandson’ is indescribable right now. Recently signed to RCA’s label in the U.S, massive plans are currently in place for Grandson. With over 2 million streams, and recent accolades such as Apple Music’s Favorite artist of the week and Apples Best Rock Songs of 2017 (Bills), Grandson is a definite ‘can’t miss’ act to see at this year’s MTS Super-Spike!
The Pernell Reichert Band is a roots/rock group from Vancouver, BC, Canada that has been well received at folk festivals, pubs and coffee houses throughout Western Canada for 13+ years. The band features singer-song writer Pernell on guitars, harmonica, banjo, and vocals; Ross Christopher Fairbairn on bass and background vocals; and Tom Tischer on drums and background vocals. Their music has been described as razor sharp folk, alt country, or cow punk. The band's witty banter with audiences accompanied by their fast folksy songs, and foot stomping banjo tunes interspersed with a few melodic solo acoustic ballads makes for an amazing live performance!
Vocalist Myron Dean, guitarist Riley Hastings, bassist Johannes Lodewyks, and drummer Joel Armstrong are poised to lead the charge in resurrecting the soul-centric rock sounds of decades past with a fresh new flair, and they’ re converting crowds every time they take the stage. On record, they’ re exciting; onstage, however, The Noble Thiefs are explosive, embodying the seizure inducing energy of early punk and leaving delightfully dazed and dizzy crowds in their wake. “It’ s all about spontaneity and having fun,” says Hastings, and that applies to both the foursome and their fans on the floor.
The Reverend Rambler might not be an ordained man of God, but his passionate rhythm and blues inspired tunes will have you feeling the spirit something fierce. The music itself draws from the entire gamut of Americana music ranging from the gospel blues of Blind Willie Johnson to the hillbilly fingerstyle of Merle Travis, all injected with the high octane energy of punk rock. The Reverend preaches tales of hope, shame, degradation and salvation with an undeniable fervor. Watching The Reverend, AKA Matt Colpitts, in action is a singular experience. As a solo performer, he is able to create a sound that is often mistaken for a full band by simultaneously wailing on vocals, performing intricate finger picking on guitar and holding down the rhythm by playing percussion with his feet. Add in the musical talents of the full band, and you have a true force to be reckoned with. Anyone who’s seen the live show can testify to that.
From basement pubs to festival stages the Dust Rhinos have been bringing their particular brand of punk flavoured Irish trad to venues large, small, and otherwise since 1992. Blossoming from a trio of buskers to a 4-piece Celtic rock juggernaut, the Rhinos have tread the boards with acts as varied as The Dropkick Murphys, Gaelic Storm, Alabama, Leahy, the Barra MacNeils, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Whether a house concert, pub night, or festival (Dauphin Countryfest, Festival du Voyageur, Winnipeg Folk Festival, the Grey Cup Festival and counting!) the Rhinos’ controlled chaos will get people out of their seats, on the dance floor, and clamouring for One! More! Song
Heralding members from Winnipeg rock outfit Electric Feel replicates the sound and performance of the finest classic and alternative rock from the past five decades. The combination of the band’s youthful energy, musicality and a frontman often categorized among greats such as Robert Plant, Jon Anderson and Bon Scott allows for perfect execution of material whether the group is billed as a Top 40s cover band or a Led Zeppelin tribute act. With their strong repertoire of music, Electric Feel is guaranteed to keep patrons dancing, drinking and coming back for more.
Every year as a tradition to end off MTS Super-Spike, Red Bull hosts one of summer’s most epic dance parties in the Super-Spike sand courts. Once Sam Roberts Band closes out the Saturday night main stage, DJ Dow Jones kicks off the Red Bull Beach Party and will be keeping the festivities going in the beach courts. You don’t need to be in the Caribbean to dance the night away in the sand and under the stars, you just need to be at the Red Bull Beach Party!