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“In Canada, we do best musically as innovators, like Crystal Castles. This band, maybe they’re not working in a pop format, but I think that’s good. I think there’s a real temptation living so close to the border to ape American culture, or try to come up with a facsimile of what’s popular, what’s dictated by the States. This band is weird. And very Canadian.” -Dan Boeckner (Handsome Furs, Wolf Parade, Operators) on CBC Radio’s Q

“A duo […] who beautifully blend shoe gaze and dream pop soundscapes and are led by Gloria Gun’s indelible vocals. ‘The Longest Night’ ft. Avid Napper is a night-time synth-pop landscape, vivid and cool, showcasing Gun’s vocals against atmospheric electronic and restrained beats.” –
Lina Asfour-Muir
, Host of Ladies First, CHUO FM.

“The six-song Ovayok Road is a whirlwind of fun dream pop with hints of shoegaze. The songs are beautifully imagined, layered with synths and vocal harmonies that together create a truly euphonic experience.” -Matias Munoz, Mixtape Magazine

“The track is a super-hooky and propulsive synth-pop number with endless replay value and we couldn’t be more impressed.” –Silent Shout, about Victoria Island

“…upbeat, an atmospheric synth-pop sound reminiscent of the 1980s…” -Sarah Rogers, journalist for Nunatsiaq News

“Sexual politics have never been so cute!” -Katie Marsh, Apartment613

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Scary Bear Soundtrack is an Ottawa-based indie dream pop project featuring the works of Gloria Guns. Through ample use of synths and heavy reverb guitars processed through chorus pedals and vintage amps,  the band moves from dance jams to powerfully pensive shoegaze tracks. Their songs deal with the motifs of the great outdoors, as well as socio-political issues such as race, environmental conservation and violence against women (VAW). Their critically acclaimed anti-VAW song “Fault Lines” made it to the national final top 4 in CBC’s Searchlight Competition for Canada’s Best New Artist. The band has played at Ottawa Bluesfest, Ottawa’s Mirror Mountain Film Festival and the North West Territories Pride Festival, in addition to rocking out local house parties. Written and produced in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut where Gloria used to live, their current EP “Ovayok Road” reflects life in the North. The band is currently working on a new EP to be released in 2017.

The band’s single “The Longest Night”, written in collaboration with Avid Napper, also made it to the top 10 acts across all of Canada in the national round for CBC Music’s Searchlight competition for Canada’s Best New Artist.  In addition, The Longest Night was the highest debut for the week of May 23, 2014, making it to #2 on CBC Radio 3’s R3-30 Countdown for Canada’s top indie songs of the week, where it remained for over a month, and was included in the Top 103 Songs of the Year by CBC Music.  The Longest Night has received national airplay by radio stations across Canada.

 

 

“There have been few releases that radiate as much warmth as this formerly Nunavut-based (now Ottawa) group’s latest EP does. The synth-pop songs don’t need a lot to keep listeners happy; a catchy beat that will have you grooving along, a few refrains, and of course the lush lyrics that transport you away. The self-titled track guides you with shimmery guitars and a lo-fi backing beat as it implores you: “C’mon let’s spend the night outside/Yes I know you’re afraid of mosquito bites.” “My First Northern Lights” commands you to unplug and connect with the natural wonders around you. “Blanket Burritos” is a heavy-sounding tribute to warmth itself. The majesty of the arctic is detailed by “Victoria Island,” and it all draws to a close with the celebratory “Water Truck.” Not an ounce of filler here.” –Grayowl Point

There’s definitely that 80s synth New Wave influence, at the same time there seems to be a natural leaning towards pop hooks and harmonies...” -Lonely Vagabond

“The band evokes its Nunavut-in-winter landscape with this dreamy, icy, spacious, synth-pop gem. There’s something haunting about the duo’s whisper-like vocals floating over the driving beat and then the fade-out for the final image, delivered with bittersweet clarity: “Learn to walk with broken legs.” -Andrea Warner, producer at CBC Music

Scary Bear Soundtrack in the media:

“RBC Bluesfest July 17th Picks,” The Revue, July 17, 2016

“Ottawa Bluesfest 2016: Day 9,” Photogmusic, July 2016

“Best of 2015,” Mixtape Magazine, December 2015

“A few overlooked acts in 2015: the year end edition,” Grayowl Point, December 29, 2015

“Best Music of 2015,” Silent Shout, December 2015

“Behind the Lines: Exploring Fresh Tracks From A Nunavut Town,”  Up Here Magazine, October 2015

“RASP Radio Show No.47 My First Northern Lights,” Jeff Appleton, RASP Radio Show, August 29, 2015

“New Release: Scary Bear Soundtrack – Ovayok Road,” Silent Shout, August 28, 2015

“Review – Scary Bear Soundtrack,” Jenna Melanson, Canadian Beats, August 17, 2015

“Nunavut, set to music,” Brian Pehora, The Arctic Journal, August 14, 2015

“Scary Bear Soundtrack brings the northern life to life”, Coral Andrews, The Record (Waterloo), August 14, 2015

“LIVE PERFORMANCE BY SCARY BEAR SOUNDTRACK AND ERIN SAOIRSE ADAIR,” Ladies First, CHUO FM August 13, 2015

“Nunavut pop duo sings of Arctic outdoors, social issues,” Sarah Rogers, Nunatsiaq News, August 12, 2015

“Nunavut at NWT Pride: Interviews with The Jerry Cans and Scary Bear,” Anubha Momin, Finding True North, August 9, 2015

“Scary Bear Soundtrack’s new EP inspired by time in Nunavut,” Elyse Skura, CBC News, July 29, 2015

“New on Indiegogo: Pre-order Pre-order Scary Bear Soundtrack’s Ovayok Road album,” Apt613, July 7, 2015

“Live Music Picks,” CBC Ottawa, June 25, 2015

Mention on All in a Day with Alan Neal, CBC Radio One, March 16, 2015

“FAWM 2015 Week 4: My Favourite Songs,” Pop Mythology, March 1, 2015

“Trade show ends with a bang,” Nunavut News/North, February 16, 2015

“11 Northern Love Songs to Melt Your Heart”, Finding True North, February 12, 2015

“Ice Breaker,” McClung’s Magazine, Winter 2015 (page 11)

“Arctic Tracks: The Longest Night – Scary Bear Soundtrack and Avid Napper,” Above & Beyond Magazine, January 2015 (page 49) (cropped excerpt here)

“Top Songs of 2014: Honourable Mentions,” Silent Shout, December 17, 2014

“CBC Radio 3’s Top 103 Canadian indie songs of 2014,” CBC Radio 3, December 1, 2014

Superhero Supports,” Feel Real Radio, CKLB FM, Yellowknife, NWT, November 27, 2014

“Bands, dancers, hungry to help,” Nunavut News/North, November 24, 2014

“Techno tunes take the night,” The Yellowknifer, November 5, 2014

“Radio Taïga: Java d’enfer à l’After 8,” L’Aquilon, October 23, 2014

Interview with Canadian Beats, October 21, 2014

We Are The New Underground: Interview with Almark, October 20, 2014

“Northern Profiles: Where there are no streets to be named,” The Arctic Journal, Nuuk, Greenland, October 1, 2014

“An Interview with Cambridge Bay’s Scary Bear Soundtrack,” Finding True North, September 23, 2014

“Scary Bear and Napper make music,” Nunavut News/North, September 8, 2014

“Teachers put cool back in school,” Nunavut News/North, June 9, 2014

“CSC grad has top 10 finish in Canadian national music contest,” Chadron State College News, Nebraska, May 21, 2014

“Video of the week: A long night’s journey into spring”, The Arctic Journal, May 9, 2014

“Real Friends”, Feel Real Radio, CKLB FM May 1, 2014

“Cambridge Bay duo scores nationally with ode to Arctic winter”, Nunatsiaq News, April 28, 2014

Ladies First CHUO 89.1 FM, April 3, 2014

Nunavut News/North, March 24, 2014

CBC Music: Searchlight 2014: 12 more early standouts chosen by Grant Lawrence, March 19, 2014

Apartment613: Scary Bear Soundtrack launches new music video, takes two year hiatus, January 15, 2013

Photogmusic Live CHUO 89.1 FM, January 14, 2013

Wildworks CKCU CKCU 93.1 FM, January 16, 2012

Apartment613 Live CHUO 89.1 FM, January 12, 2013

Apartment613: Scary Bear Soundtrack presents Asian Fetishist – Sexual politics have never been so cute!, May 17, 2012

The Fifth Column: Scary Bear Soundtrack Performs “Beaver Pond Forest”, July 24, 2011

PhotogMusic: Scary Bear Soundtrack – Asian Fetishist [4in1 Session Video]

PhotogMusic:Scary Bear Soundtrack – Asian Fetishist [Music Video]

PhotogMusic: Scary Bear Soundtrack @ Babylon Nightclub [Photos]

PhotogMusic: Ottawa Fashion Week 2011

“I enjoyed your concert more than the Josh Groban concert!” -Gloria’s dad

“The biggest thing to hit Namibia since Westlife?” -Karen, former US military pilot

“Um, they’re from CAMBRIDGE BAY, NUNAVUT, which is not only one of the most remote Canadian towns, but one of the most remote towns on Earth. That hasn’t stopped this band from creating beautiful indie-synth-pop in the vein of the Postal Service, Stars, and the Cocteau Twins.” -Grant Lawrence, host at CBC Radio 3

“One of Canada’s hottest acts of the moment comes from the cold of Nunavut. Their sound hearkens back to an era just as far-removed…” -Kevin McGwin, The Arctic Journal (Greenland)

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