In a Canadian music scene that continues to sprawl out like the prairies she calls home, Megan Nash consistently stands out from the crowd. Whether it be for her powerful, one-of-a-kind voice, her deeply personal and insightful songs, or her unapologetically open and honest personality, she makes an impression upon everyone who hears her. From town to town across Canada and beyond, Nash, who calls the rural Saskatchewan area of Treaty 4 home, has been steadily connecting with listeners of all ages for the past three years. She is the kind of performer who commands your attention, haunting your soul and gently searing a stamp on your heart.
Nash’s voice is hard to pin down. By constantly gliding from the gentle whispers of longing and hope to the howls of anguish and loss, her vocal palette is broad and beautiful like a Saskatchewan sunset. Each aspect of her voice is used to carve the stories she tells, leaving no detail of any of her beautiful songs absent from her voice.
Her songs are both universal and individual. She tells stories of love and loss; of worry and hope, all through the eyes of a young woman growing up and living in Saskatchewan. Her songs are steeped in prairie longing. They sound like dusty summer nights and wondering if you said the right thing, and they will make you miss someone special. Even if you don’t know who that someone is yet.
If you are somehow left unmoved by the music, Nash’s personality will surely seal the deal. She has a knack for making every single person in the audience feel like it’s just them in the room. It’s like you’re catching up with an old friend over coffee instead of sitting at a show. Her live banter melts in and out of songs such that the stories being told are never-ending. Some of them just happen to be sung to you; beautifully and effortlessly as if you’re the only one there.
In March of 2015, Nash released Song Harvest Volume One to rave reviews. Described as an album where “emotion and geography converge, forming a portrait of simple human experience” by Verb News, Song Harvest Volume One is a hauntingly beautiful record. The album is made up of seven solo songs recorded in a then-100-year-old church in rural Saskatchewan. Selected early as one of their picks for best albums of 2015, Omnicity said that “the production is kept to a minimum and, with sparse instrumentation as accompaniment, you can literally feel the walls shiver around her." The lead single from the record, “Deer Head” was nominated for a 2016 WCMA for Best Song and the video reached number one on exclaim.ca’s Canada-wide top-21 chart when released. Since the release of Song Harvest Volume One, Nash has toured relentlessly, including festival performances at the Regina Folk Festival and Gateway Festival in Saskatchewan, Love and Records Festival in Lethbridge, Alberta, In The Dead Of Winter Festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and many more.
In October of 2016 she released a brand new full-band version of a tune from Song Harvest Volume One and went out on her first full-band tour for her solo music shortly thereafter. The single garnered nationwide attention, including from CBC Rardio Host Tom Allen who said “[Nash] has a powerful voice and an authoritative style - a singer with much to say.” Never one to slow down, Nash has also been hard at work on writing and recording new music with the band. This highly-anticipated followup to Song Harvest Volume One is slated for release in late 2017.
A strong female artist who regularly draws comparisons to such giants as Neko Case and Stevie Nicks, Megan Nash shows no sign of slowing down. Her powerful music will be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.
Bears in Hazenmore are an ambient alternative rock group based out of Regina, Treaty 4, Saskatchewan. Since their formation in 2014, the band has become known for creating atmospheric soundscapes and their ability to draw audiences in with intimate lyrics and enticing builds. Operating as a five-piece ensemble that includes extensive use of reverb-saturated guitars, dynamic percussion, and ethereal brass and woodwind textures, they draw strong influences from and comparisons to groups such as City and Colour, Aidan Knight, and Bon Iver. The five members—Brady Frank (lead vocals/guitar/keys), Dana Rempel (bass/sax), Darnell Stewart (guitar), Tanner Wilhelm Hale (drums/vocals), and Dalton Lam (trumpet)—all have their roots in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, where they met through different musical endeavours.
The group released their debut Bears in Hazenmore EP to great review in March 2014 from many blogs and local music commentators shortly after launching the project. Tracks from the self-titled EP have gained national recognition through CBC Music contests Rock Your Campus (2014 National Top 10) and Searchlight (2015 Provincial Top 10). The band released their second EP Airwaves in August 2015 and have toured Western Canada extensively since then. The group toured Eastern Canada in October 2016 alongside Saskatchewan-based singer-songwriter Megan Nash. Bears in Hazenmore are currently working towards their first full-length album set for release in Fall 2017.
“Epic. That's the first word that comes to mind when listening to this amazing builder of a song [These Northern Mountains] by this indie-folk-soundscape band from Swift Current.... Check 'em out if you like Bon Iver, City and Colour or Great Lake Swimmers” — Grant Lawrence (CBC Music).