Born from the fusing of nine Winnipeg, Canada based musicians, Apollo Suns have created a refreshing and innovative sound and live performance combining instrumental, jazz, rock and psychedelic music. They were awarded “Instrumental Artist of the Year” at the 2018 Western Canadian Music Awards and for a second time in 2020.
Apollo Suns began in 2016 following the deconstruction of Ed Durocher (guitar) and Dave Guenette’s (bass) previous band Electric Soul. Consciously headed in a new sonic direction they picked up Glenn (drums), Anatol (keyboards), Phil (trumpet), Erika (percussion), Anna (bari saxophone), Anthony (trombone) and Aaron (alto saxophone) to accompany them and form the core of the band.
With each Anatol, Phil, Aaron, Anna, Anthony and Erika having studied music at the U of M and CMU along with their previous bands including other genre-bending acts such as The Dirty Catfish Brass Band, Super Duty Tough Work, Moses Mayes and Sapphire Empire; there has been no lack of musical creativity amongst the band. Apollo Suns constantly challenge themselves in their writing by constructing jazz influenced songs with the end goal of maintaining an overall accessible and catchy track for listeners of all backgrounds.
Their debut EP, Each Day a Different Sun, was released April 2017 followed by a Western Canadian tour in support of the release. They have since been through Western Canada twice and Eastern Canada once. The album spent seven weeks on the Earshot! National Top 50 charts with its top position at #15. They followed the debut with the sophomore EP, Dawn Offerings, in late April of 2019 with two sold out shows in their hometown of Winnipeg, MB. The release was followed by multiple tours and festival showcases across Canada to support the album. The album reached number #7 on the Earshot! National Top 50 charts.
Apollo Suns are now getting ready to release their third EP, A Relationship of Force, for the Fall of 2021 and this will be the first release on USA based record label, Color Red; having just signed with the label. While navigating the pandemic, and pivoting their release plans the band produced and released several online concerts, live streams; while releasing several singles and videos. The winter of 2021/2022 will see them stepping into NO FUN Studios in Winnipeg, MB with Juno award winning producer Ben Kaplan (Five Alarm Funk, Bootsy Collins, Snoop Dogg, Mother Mother, The Rare Americans) to work on their next album.
Some of their most notable shows include support slots for The Comet is Coming, The Brooks, Anomalie, Mariachi Ghost, Five Alarm Funk, Blonde Diamond, Kobo Town, and Bend Sinister; as well as showcases at Canadian Music Week, Winnipeg International Jazz Fest, Big Fun Festival, Golden Sound Music Festival, Calgary Stampede, Ness Creek Festival, Festival Du Voyageur and Winnipeg Fringe Festival.
Apollo Suns are an exciting band out of Winnipeg who are not afraid to walk a fine line and pave their own musical path to success and into the hearts of music fans all over Canada and now with the signing with US agents John Lares of Cielo Agency based out of California and Matt Dolliver of Loose Leaf Talent Agency, based out of Vermont, they will be continuing to build markets in the USA during 2022/2023.