2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

Federal Lights


In 2011, out of the ashes of Winnipeg buzz band The Morning after, singer/songwriter Jean-Guy Roy quietly rose from the depths of his basement's cold storage room to record a new collection of songs with award winning engineer/producer, Cam Loeppky (Weakerthans, Imaginary Cities, Cannon Bros). The result was "Carbon", a six song EP that was met with immediate praise nation wide with the Toronto Star calling it"quietly electric, emotionally unguarded, and so thick with regret, youd need a hoe to cut through it."

From there 2012 saw Federal Lights tour the country playing festivals and opening for acts like Imaginary Cities, Rah Rah, and the Great Lake Swimmers. The band also received an APCMA nomination for Rock Album of the Year and performed on the nationally syndicated APTN series Arbor Live.

In 2013, the band signedwith Toronto's Aporia Records for the August release of the full lengthWe Were Found In The Fog. Engineered by Loeppky and produced by Rusty Matyas (Imaginary Cities), the album sees the band at its sharpest. The hooks are more refined, the lyrics more precise and Roys timeless, resonant voice is as clear as a bright blue Prairie sky. From the propulsive, handclap pop of I See Love to the rolling, Wilco-approved Americana of Skyline,We Were Found In The Foghas a comforting warmth about it. Hailed by the CBC as a Top 15 canadian record to be heard. The album's first two singles "I See Love" and "Cobra" both debuted at the No. 1 spot on the CBC Radio 3's Top 30. With the success ofWe Were Found In The Fogthe band again hit the road touring both Canada and Europe, including not one but three shows at the famous Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, Germany.

2014 will see the band return to Europe in September but not before heading out on the road across Canada for a summer festival tour.

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