Christopher Balain, better known under his alias Chris-2-4, is a Montreal based DJ Having been raised in a culturally diverse environment, he loves to express his knowledge and deep-rooted passion of different genres and ethnic sounds through his variety of sets both live and online. He began his career with mixing at Private Events at fourteen and then began to integrate Club Events and Festival Mainstages at a later age. He credits much of his success to his continuous involvement with events both in the Private and Public Sector which has taught him not only how to cater to a wide range of audiences but has also taught him how to balance his love of creative mixing to each crowd he plays for. Having played at some of Montreal’s most iconic venues such as the Telus Theatre, Muzique, Jet, Le Cinq, the Belmont and the Olympia Theatre, as well as having shared the stage with internationally recognized artists, he looks forward to continue sharing his love of music with the masses.
E R R O R began his musical path by writing verses in 2015 to random instrumentals, and then progressing to collaborate with different producers. In 2017 he decided to begin producing himself, and now does some of his own production, on top of his work with other producers. His style is made up of a variety of Trap, Boom Bap and early Memphis (PHONK) sounds. He has done sets at Le Belmont, OAP, Apartment 200, La Vitrola, and Blue Dog amongst others. As of August 2018, he has dropped his well-accepted trap-genre bending EP titled HEAVEN & HELL .
Rock band Grand Splendid hail from Montreal and are excited to be on the local indie scene. Their upfront electric guitar sounds and soothing vocal melodies are attracting the attention of indie music lovers. Their first EP Numbers was engineered by Maxime Audet-Halde (Doba Caracol) and mastered by Ryan Morey (Arcade Fire, The Stills, Sam Roberts). The buzz around the release of Grand Splendid's first EP landed them invitations to play at the NXNE, Canadian Music Week and Indie Week festivals in Toronto. They also played at the First Fridays food truck festival at the Olympic Stadium, Midi Indie Zones Musique in Old Montreal and Montreal Ribfest. This will be the third time that they are rocking the stage at OAP.
Ryan Gazzola's musical style of pop-rock with elements of blues and soul is built upon a “melting pot” philosophy that takes listeners on a unique adventure from one song to the next. For fans of John Mayer and James Bay, Ryan’s music is a must listen. Originally from Vancouver, the Canadian singer-songwriter believes in creating music from the ground up: with a guitar and notepad, lending itself to a style that feels authentic and raw. Through this approach, Ryan seeks to blend iconic golden-era musicality with the melodic playfulness and structure of contemporary pop. Ryan has also just released an album, titled In the Waking Hour and is available on Spotify, Apple Music and anywhere else you might stream or purchase music.
Born out of a desire to create big sounds with real instruments. Make people groove. The reality is it’s easy to get lost in computers and digital highways. The reality is also that you can make your body move in order to create vibrations communally with others and transmit those feelings to those present in attendance. Less is more. More tension, more feelings, more energy.
Tonal Ecstasy A Cappella, affectionately nicknamed TX, is McGill University’s oldest (and coolest) a cappella group. As one of the University’s finest vocal groups, they pride themselves on their versatility. This group of talented and hardworking students arrange and perform music from all different genres, including jazz, rock, R&B, pop and country. TX performs at events all over campus, benefit events and fundraisers, private functions, celebrations, weddings, bookstores and on the streets - just about anywhere people will let them sing!
Word is there are a few of the finest folks from McGill making noise out there in Toronto. These mysterious creatures can be found listening to old Japanese songs on playback, eating Chinese food in Markham or staring blankly into nothing. Adulthood has not been easy on these boys and girl so they're coming back another time to drink some cold oap beer and play some tunes for their favourite people in Canada.
Aquarius Dreams is a Montreal-based dreamfolk band that formed in the Summer of 2016. The group’s main songwriter and leadman, Henri Rabalais, draws inspiration from various modern psychedelic, electronic, folk and rock groups, most notably including Fleet Foxes, Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver, Grizzly Bear, James Blake, Tame Impala, Father John Misty, Beirut and Midlake. Their music has been described by Graphite Publications as “beautifully crafted” and “eerily nostalgic”, while their live performances have been praised as “remarkably intimate”, by “creating sonic cascades that left the crowd visibly awestruck” The current members of the band include Jason Field on electric guitar, Keegan Boulineau on keys, Edward Dai on violin, Christopher Price on trumpet, Elie Hymowitz on bass, Will Bennett on percussion and Henri Rabalais on vocals and acoustic guitar.
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After growing up singing in musical theatre, Nigerian-Canadian artist Del started rapping at age 14 and has since, uniquely combined both skills to create a distinct genre of music. Being born in Nigeria, and raised in Tanzania, Mauritius, Kenya and now Canada, Del’s music blends cultures and sounds from across the world. Del’s debut EP, Glen Road, was released in June 2016 and served as a stepping stone to a more polished sound. With an eclectic range of influences from Anderson .Paak, Drake and Kendrick to Fela Kuti, Break Bot and Phoenix, Del hopes to inspire the world with his music. Del has a new EP coming out this Fall, with the first single, “Heatwave,” released on August 17.
We are the McGill Fight Band! We are a pep band that combines our passion for music and love for our school to provide upbeat music at varsity sporting events. Our group is composed of spirited, friendly, and overall awesome people who love to have a good time. We are so excited to perform on the OAP stage!
Group Project is a montreal-based pop-rock-edm band made up of three young guys who go to school and enjoy your typical weekend house party and your typical night out on the town. They write their songs with a folk, rock and edm influence and focus primarily on specifics with regards to lyrics in order to ensure an appealing storyline that really targets the typical college/university student. They bring an energy to the stage that will leave you very emotional.
"Science for Lunatics is a Montreal (Canada) band that sounds like a mix of early No Doubt and funk-metal pioneers Rage Against the Machine." - Brain Charles Clarke, The Bucketlist. Drawing as much inspiration from metal and from punk, every song from Science for Lunatics demonstrates technical skills, a good understanding of the melody, and an ability to exploit intensity. The songs can be both catchy and brutal.
The Tangiers are a spock-rocking, bird-watching, train-spotting, croc-sporting band of lads based in Montreal, from all over the world- Tokyo, Nazareth, and Toronto. Our genre is some kind of alternative-indie-rock, taking influences from our favourite artists and our circle of friends in Montreal. Catch us at OAP and other McGill events or around Montreal.
Montreal quartet What If Elephants strike a delicate balance with their elegant and rousing indie pop-folk sound – between accessible pop and deeper, introspective lyrics that lie just below the surface. The band puts a positive perspective on adversity and finds inspiration in the impact music can have on their audience. Following their debut EP, their two latest singles, “Elastic Band” and “Middle Ground” What If Elephants are building anticipation for their debut album as they tour eastern Canada in 2018