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some photos from recent shows this year.

thanks, Clio for taking time between all of your opera reheasals to host this intimate house concert in Vienna!  you are rad.


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MEGAPHONO is always a blast – and we love performing at record stores!


we absolutely can’t wait for our album release party on March 30 at Black Squirrel Books! preview and pre-order the album here, and check out our new music video for our single Pyongyang! We also recently wrote about the story behind the song on Soundposter – wonder if my grandmother will see it someday?


new album, new music video, new logos, new everything

confession: we’ve been so busy we haven’t had a chance to update you on ALL THE NEW THINGS.

First: OUR NEW ALBUM. we’re stoked to share with you our fourth album, BOOMERANG KIDS: recorded in the 100+ year old Quyon church by Mike Dubue, mastered by Grammy-nominated mastering engineer Phil Shaw Bova, album design by Kyla Hidalgo, album photography by Mailyne Morena.

boomerang kids

look at the awesome album art by Kyla Hidalgo

We’ll be releasing the record at our album release party on March 30 at Black Squirrel Books! This special show will feature live appearances by guest musicians Trevor Pritchard and Jared Davidson on french horn & clarinet respectively (they’re also on the record!). Our pals Salmon Ella will be opening for us.

Can’t wait until March 30 for the album? Our single Pyongyang is not only out for your listening pleasure, but we’ve also released the new music video for it, directed by SDC Video and featuring more puppets from our buddy and puppetry artist Grant Harding. (I told you we were busy!)

Kyla also designed a new logo for our band, so keep an eye out for our new t-shirts! (you can also order our t-shirts anytime here)


We did another band photoshoot with Mailyne Morena who produced some stunning work.

Our bassist Dannik HAD A BABY.

not photographed: the baby (photo by Mailyne Morena)

Oh and of course we’ve been playing shows, like Jumpin’ Joel Flash and the Magic Machine’s own album release party and the Apt613 Screening Party:

We’re also playing a few other shows too – so hopefully we’ll see you at at least one of these upcoming parties!

Chez Etienne #1 – Interstellar Arctic Rondo (private Vienna house show)
January 27, 2019
Vienna, Austria | 7PM
Facebook event (by invite only)

MEGAPHONO (early afternoon show!)
with Wolf Saga and Moscow Apartment
Saturday February 9, 2019
The Record Centre (1099 Wellington Street West) | Doors 1:00PM | pay-what-you-can | all ages
Facebook event

Scary Bear Soundtrack album release party & music video screening
with Salmon Ella
Saturday, March 30, 2019
Black Squirrel Books | 9:00PM | $10
Facebook event

we’re baaaack

we’ve been busy bees after taking the summer off!

A couple of solo performances at special events:

2018-10-25 Dissent book launch 1

Performing at the Ottawa International Writers Festival for In/Words Magazine’s Dis(s)ent Book Launch

2018-11-06 open mic LIVE on Elgin

Feature artist performance at LIVE on Elgin’s Open Mic hosted by Jumpin’ Joel Flash

An amazing evening at General Assembly opening for Pantayo after their kulintang percussion workshop:


photo by Ming Wu





the whole crew – Asians represent!

And of course, we’re stoked for our upcoming shows:

Apt613 Screening Party
Friday, November 30, 2018
Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa | Ticket by donation
Website|Facebook event|Tickets

EP Release Prom with Jumpin’ Joel Flash and the Magic Machine
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Makerspace North, 250 City Centre Avenue Bay 216, Ottawa | 18+ | 7pm |$25
Facebook event|Tickets


Sunday, October 21 at 10AM: We’re performing live in Pod613, the mobile studio pod at Lansdowne Park! It’s going to be filmed as part of Apt613‘s Pod Jamz series for Apt613 TV. There’s standing room available if you want to join us for this special performance!


Music videos! New shows for the fall!

We’ve been sooooo busy finishing up our new album – now it’s back to performing!

We just shot a music video for one of our singles with our friends at SDC Video. We can’t give too much away, but we can tell you that the video involves puppets (thanks to puppeteer Grant Harding!), green screens, and a smoke machine. Some behind-the-scenes sneak previews:

Finally, as promised, here are our upcoming shows for the season…starting with this Saturday!

Language Arts | Scary Bear Soundtrack
Saturday, October 13, 2018
The 27 Club, 27 York Street, Ottawa | licensed 19+ | 8pm doors – $10 advance + service charges
Facebook event

Ottawa International Writers Festival: In/Words Presents Dis(s)sent (single solo performance)
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Christ Church Cathedral, 414 Sparks Street, Ottawa | 6:30pm
Facebook event|Website

Open Mic with Jumpin’ Joel Flash featuring Scary Bear Soundtrack (solo performance)
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Live On Elgin, 220 Elgin Street, Ottawa | 19+ | 8:15pm

EP Release Prom with Jumpin’ Joel Flash and the Magic Machine
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Makerspace North, 250 City Centre Avenue Bay 216, Ottawa | 18+ | 7pm |$25
Facebook event|Tickets

Fall plans to come

Another great recording session at the Quyon Church…nothing like playing on a hundred-year-old piano in a hundred-year-old church!



We have some exciting shows lined up for the fall that we’ve been preparing for…stay tuned for more announcements soon!


summer fun

Our show at the 27 Club night was such a treat! We had a fabulous time opening for Idioteque. Thanks for the magical evening, everyone!

Gloria also got to perform a few Scary Bear Soundtrack songs while she was in Kuujjuaq at Nunagolf, a super cool bar in this lovely Nunavik community that features a virtual golf simulator (no, really!) as well as live music. Thanks for the hospitality!


Nunagolf, Kuujjuaq, Nunavik, Quebec

We’re spending this summer recording and mixing more tracks for our new album, designing a new band logo, planning the filming of our music video…and hanging out up north again! See you soon, Nunavut!

recording in Quyon

Last weekend we got to go back to the recording studio at the church in Quyon for another magical recording session. This time we were joined by a couple of special guest musicians, including French horn and clarinet for a more cinematic sound. Can’t wait to share the new tracks – they are sounding amazing so far!

In the meantime, we’ll see you next at the 27 Club when we open for Idioteque on May 11 – you might catch some of our new tunes!


house show shenanigans

We played a fun house show in Ottawa! We had some of our favourite folks as guest musicians, pumped up our auxiliary percussion game, and gave our drummer the microphone for once – after all, it was his birthday. And yes, we played Don’t Fear the Reaper with some guest cowbell.


The next couple of months are going to be busy fun, recording more tracks for the new album, filming videos, and don’t forget our show in May, opening for Idioteque who’ll play the entire OK Computer album by Radiohead, front to back!


Quyon Church & Radiohead

We had the most magical recording weekend ever!

Quyon Church

Quyon Church – the recording studio for our newest album

We spent the weekend at a sweet little artists’ retreat & recording studio in rural Quyon, Quebec, not too far from Ottawa. The Quyon Church opened recently and it’s housed in an old 150-year-old heritage church. It features bunking rooms for musicians, a stunning view of the river, and tasty vegan meals masterfully prepared for you by Erin who it turns out is an amazing gourmet personal chef. Talk about an inspiring setting! Thanks for your hospitality, folks! Can’t wait to share our new album…


recording in an old church



Also, we are SO stoked to play this upcoming show at the new 27 Club….with these cool headliners who will be playing my favourite album from my favourite band!

Idioteque plays OK Computer with Scary Bear Soundtrack
Friday, May 11, 2018
The 27 Club, 27 York Street, Ottawa | 8:30PM | $12 advance
Facebook event