Pugs and Crows Album Release

@ 8pm


Pugs and Crows are back and bolder than ever with their new album – Everyone Knows Everyone, Part 2 – guaranteed to send listeners on an epic sonic journey with its fully immersive sound. The second half of a double-album, produced by longtime collaborator Chris Gestrin and featuring special guest guitarist Tony Wilson, is their third release following JUNO Award winning Fantastic Pictures.

Opening the concert will be Vancouver sonic moodsters, Inhabitants (Drip Audio). Visual projections by Leisure Thief (a.k.a. Lee Hutzulak).

Co-presented by No Schmo.



JUNO Award winning band, Pugs and Crows, performs original instrumental music that explores a wide range of sonic textures by blending elements of indie rock, modern jazz, and neoclassicism. The band infuses its compositions with the inventiveness of its players and warmth of its ensemble sound, while their anthemic melodies, lyricism and groove inspire audiences from all walks of life.

Music reviewers have praised the quintet’s “great strength and beauty” and “warm luscious sound,” singling out its blend of jazz roots, avant-rock influences, and a suite-like compositional sense. An ensemble of accomplished musicians, Pugs and Crows rests on the flexibility and talent of each of its members to complete its original and captivating sound.

Since the independent release of their debut album, Slum Towers, in 2009, the band has performed at many major music festivals and theatres across Canada, including The National Arts Centre in Ottawa, The Montreal Jazz Festival, and The Vogue Theatre in Vancouver (opening for renowned guitarist, Bill Frisell).

In 2010, Pugs and Crows received the Galaxie Rising Star Award for best new group going on to participate in the Banff Centre’s International Jazz and Creative Music Workshop in 2011. Out of this came “Fantastic Pictures,” the ensemble’s second release, which won a JUNO Award for Instrumental Album of the Year in 2013.

Pugs and Crows are currently putting the finishing touches on their third album, due to be released in the Spring of 2015. This recording features the ensemble’s long time friend and collaborator, West Coast guitar legend, Tony Wilson, as well as vocalist, Debra-Jean Creelman (Mother Mother, Frazey Ford). The band is making plans to tour this new music across Canada and abroad in the upcoming year.