“An epic rich in detail and passion, Lakes of Canada have a Canadian classic on their hands with Transgressions. 9/10″ – Exclaim!
“The songs stand on their own and some, like the final title track, deserve a permanent place in the Canadian songbook.” – CBC Music
“It’s a relatively trim 40 minutes of music, but covers a lot of ground, musically and emotionally.” – The Globe and Mail
“The music is energetically grandiose, with choral and orchestral folk-rock evoking the classical origins of the concept album in oratorios and orchestral tone poems.” – The National Post
“It’s almost as if there’s a common, explicable, perceivable bond between dystopian literature and music made about a dreary fucked-up future. Maybe there is. Or maybe Lakes of Canada stumbled upon something big here.” -The Huffington Post
Founded in 2011 in Montreal, Lakes of Canada is a five piece progressive rock group with gospel and soul vocal harmonies featuring: Jake Smith on lead vocals, guitar, and percussion; Sarah Morasse on vocals, keyboard, and organ; Conor O’Neil on drums, vocals, and synth; Tim Dobby on guitar, and percussion; and Caroline Cameron on vocals, guitar, bass, and percussion.
Lakes of Canada was voted #2 Best Local Folk Act and #10 Best Local Act in CULT Montreal’s “Best of Montreal 2014” reader’s poll. They have performed across Canada and been featured at Festivals including: POP Montreal, Canadian Music Week, Festival Folk sur la Canal, M for Montreal, NXNE, and in 2012 won Best Band of the St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival. They are currently nominated for best Traditional/Roots album at the 2016 GAMIQ awards.
Lakes of Canada released their second album Transgressions, inspired by Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale, on October 16, 2015, followed by a tour throughout Eastern Canada. Transgressions was produced by Jace Lasek (The Besnard Lakes, Arcade Fire, Patrick Watson, Young Galaxy) at Breakglass Studio in Montreal. They are currently workshopping their third studio album to be recorded this spring.
Their debut album Toll the Bell was released in 2012.
released October 25, 2016
Recorded live at Breakglass studios in Montreal, QC.
Engineered, mixed, and produced by James Benjamin.
Mastered by Ryan Morey at RyeBread Mastering in Montreal, QC.