Our picks for CBC Music’s Searchlight (so far!)

This week has been an exciting week for Scary Bear Soundtrack and Avid Napper!

Nunavut News/North published a lovely article about us in the newspaper. Julie Lalonde played our song “The Longest Night” on her CHUO FM radio show The Third Wave. And CBC Music host Grant Lawrence went on CBC Radio 1 shows all across the country to talk about us and play our song! My head is spinning from all this unexpected attention…

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We’ve asked you to vote for us as your favourite Nunavut band for CBC Music’s Searchlight contest (and remember, you can vote for us every day!), but I thought it might be good to tell you about our favourite musicians from other regions.


  • Erin Saoirse Adair: You may recognize her from Three Little Birds. My band has had the opportunity to share the stage with Erin a few times now, and each time she’s blown me away with her beautiful voice, her intelligent poetic lyrics, and her unique and skillful guitar/ukulele-playing style. Have a listen to her Ugly Song – it’ll surprise you.
  • The Split: This is a relatively new Ottawa band, but I’ve been listening to the music of the Brothers Chaffey (who make up part of the band) for close to a decade now.  The Split has a refreshing soul sound that is both new and old at the same time, and always dance-able. If you’re lucky, Mr Chaffey (their father) might dance with you at one of their shows.
  • Silkenn Lauman: These guys don’t need my endorsement. They’re already well-loved by the Ottawa music scene, and rightly so. I met Rolf when we played together for the Ottawa Rock Lottery a few years ago, and at the time he had mentioned this side project Silkken Lauman thing he was involved in.  Now that I know what he was talking about, I am really sad that I did not have a chance to dance at one of their shows before moving away from Ottawa.


  • Karneef: The first time I met Karneef, I was maybe 15 years old, he was maybe 16. He was sitting in the back of the school bus (I don’t remember where we were going) and he was slicing an apple with a knife. That was my first impression, Karneef sitting there, stabbing an apple with a knife. I thought to myself, “Shoot, I’m not going to mess with this dude.” Turns out he wasn’t actually that scary. Some time later, his friend Jason convinced me to skip class and we all went over to his parents’ house to jam with Karneef and some other guys. People always talk about how much they hated high school, but I didn’t mind moments like that.  I’m not sure why I’m telling this story but I guess I just want to say that Karneef has kept right on going since then. Some of us got sidetracked, but he never stopped making music that is as every bit as honest and weirdly wonderful as I remember him being.


  • HIGHS: You know, I have a lot of friends in bands and some of them are mediocre, but this band is one that I am genuinely excited about. They’ve already gotten quite a bit of buzz, and one of their songs is on the soundtrack for the film Adult World, starring John Cusack and Emma Roberts.  So keep an eye on these guys, because they’re going to be big. And yes, their drummer used to be our drummer.
  • The Strumbellas: This Juno-nominated band played a lot of shows with some of the bands I used to play in, including Hamilton Trading Co. and gatesgatesgates, and every time I saw them play, the same thoughts ran through my head: These guys are so sweet. Theses songs are so awesome. They were proud to play an old-timey style of music that you just didn’t hear all that often in the Toronto indie scene in those days, and they made that style their own. And of course, I’m always a sucker for beautiful vocal harmonies.

This is the list I’ve compiled so far. We’re still enjoying the process of discovering great new artists, at least as much as our limited Internet bandwidth will allow us!

And of course, don’t forget to vote for Scary Bear Soundtrack!


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