Valentine’s day is fast approaching, and instead of giving you a list of love songs you can cry to, I’ve decided to expose some of my favourite Canadian artists for what they really are…MARRIED.
February is all about the mushy stuff, and these musical love birds will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, plus they make great music together.
The Royal Foundry – The band was formed by Beth and Jared shortly after the pair were married. They quickly saw their audience grow, and the band’s first performance was live on TV (talk about stage fright)! Since then the couple have toured across the country many times over, and are currently working on a new record. You can see their new song Running Away below. Oh, and by the way, they also they make a mean guacamole.
Dear Rouge – Made up of Drew and Danielle McTaggart, Dear Rouge launched back in 2012 on the West Coast of Canada, in Vancouver, BC. Between the two of them, they have a ton of experience from touring and recording with multiple bands. Their debut full length “Black to Gold” came out in the spring of 2015 and now the couple is nominated for a Juno Award in the “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” category, (which will be announced in April). Good luck Dear Rouge!
Whitehorse – Described as a classic musical love story, Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet are fantastic musicians in their own right, but their first release in 2011 as the duo Whitehorse took their music career and their love life to the next level. The duo’s live show is full of mesmerizing layering vocals, percussion and harmonies which you can see for yourself in the video below. Look for new music coming from Whitehorse this year!
Mother Mother – Mother Mother actually has 5 members, but only 2 are married. Molly (vocals/keys) and Jeremy (bass) have tied the knot, which means Ryan (lead vocals/guitar) and Jeremy are now brothers-in-law because Molly and Ryan are siblings. Confusing? Not really, just listen to how awesome the band is and it will all make sense.
Arcade Fire – This is probably the biggest married couple in the Canadian music industry. Win Butler and Régine Chassagne have been married for over a decade and in that time Arcade Fire’s career has skyrocketed to super stardom. After the band’s Grammy win in 2011 for album of the year for “The Suburbs” (beating out music heavy weights like Lady Gaga, Eminem and Katy Perry), they released “Reflektor”, which took the band across the globe and back to the studio. The band is getting ready for festival season, and are now working on new material. That’s right – new Arcade Fire! Yay!
So whether you’re rocking it solo, or have a partner this Valentine’s Day, you can enjoy the great music from some of the most creative couples to ever come out of Canada. Here’s some even better news – you’ll hear these musical couples and more on a special love edition of Press Play on Feb 14 at 8 ET on The Verge – SiriusXM 173.