Julie Doiron, José Contreras, and Adrian Teacher are three beloved stalwarts of Canadian indie-rock. This month, they hit the road together on their way to SappyFest, the 14th annual event Doiron helped launch in her hometown of Sackville, New Brunswick. The trio will bring fans selections from their celebrated discographies in intimate settings from Ontario to the East Coast.
Doiron’s hair-raising voice originally emerged with Eric’s Trip, the first Canadian band signed to Sub Pop in the early 1990s. She has continued with an acclaimed solo career, including collaborations with Phil Elverum, Gord Downie, The Wooden Stars, and countless others. Her latest projects include Sackville supergroup Weird Lines, The Wrong Guys (Eamon McGrath and two Cancer Bats), and a pair of Spanish-language mini-albums, proving she remains a force to be reckoned with.
Toronto’s Contreras is no less of a musical veteran, with his band By Divine Right (formed in 1989) previously including Leslie Feist and Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning among its members. Recent years have found him focused on production, collaborations such as The Heat Death with Shotgun Jimmie, and a full album cover of Depeche Mode’s Speak & Spell. Contreras will return this summer with his solo album At The Slaughterhouse from Headless Owl Records, and more bubbling up on the horizon…
From his home base of Vancouver, Teacher has charmed crowds for the past decade as the frontman of Apollo Ghosts, COOL TV, and Adrian Teacher & The Subs. Road dogging it on more cross-country tours than David Suzuki, the Subs recently hopped in the van with Wolf Parade and Japandroids, before reviving Apollo Ghosts in 2019. If you’ve never experienced one of Teacher’s shows, prepare yourself for crowd surfs, clap-a-longs, and more audience interaction from the king of wireless guitar.
To kick off their Road to Sappy Tour, we asked the three musicians a series of pop star questions originally posed to The Monkees in 1967 by Tiger Beat Magazine. Read on for their answers and the full tour dates below.
How would your mother describe you in one word?
José: Precioso (Spanish).
What is your favourite flower?
What is the most insane question you’ve ever been asked?
Adrian: “Do you wanna ____ after the show?”
José: I’m guessing you mean in an interview… or else you know… people are usually very polite, very sane questions.
Julie: I was asked during an interview if I have to be romantically involved with the people that I make music with. I have never forgotten.
What word in the English language do you wish you had invented?
José: Eunoia. (Is that English?)
Where would you like to live?
José: New Mexico.
Adrian: Vancouver and Vancouver Island.
Julie: Well, it was Madrid, but now I am in love with someone who lives in Montreal, so my answer is Montreal.
What is the first quote that comes to your mind?
Julie: “You win some, you lose some.”
José: “The most successful people are also the ones who have failed the most.”
Adrian: “Hey, there’s a lemon behind that lemon-shaped rock!”
What animal best describes the kind of man or woman you’re interested in?
José: Fox and/or wildcat.
Julie: A lion. Maybe a gorilla. Tough question. Dogs have a pretty sweet vibe
What do you miss about your childhood?
Adrian: Climbing trees.
José: Doing nothing for days on end. Swimming at the Thornhill pool in the summer. Riding bikes to the pond.
Julie: I miss playing in the mud.
If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
Adrian: Lionel Vestibule.
Julie: I’m pretty happy with my name so I wouldn’t actually change it.
What is the main fault of your character?
Julie: I sometimes lack confidence with very simple tasks.
José: Self-doubt, shyness, tend to stay up all night.
Who is your favourite historical figure?
Adrian: Buffy Sainte-Marie.
Julie: I think it is Buddha.
José: Too many bad men in the history books. Gimme some good moms, please.
Describe how you kiss in one word.
If you met the right man or woman today, would you propose tomorrow?
Adrian: Marriage is patriarchy.
Julie: Well, I have met the right person and haven’t proposed yet, but maybe I should? I have been through a divorce so I am cautious with this kind of thing. Ha!
What in the world do you least desire?
José: Disease or more industry.
Julie: World famine, poverty, pollution, fighting…
Adrian: Material things.
Why do you think most men or women date you?
José: Goofy, can dance.
Adrian: Hey, I’m not on the market!
Julie: Oof, I really don’t know why anyone dates me. Possibly cause I kiss so sweetly.
Finish this sentence. “Happiness is a thing called…”
José: Peace, guacamole, cuddles.
Julie Doiron, José Contreras and Apollo Ghosts Tour Dates
July 23 – London, ON @ Baker’s Dozen
July 24 – St. Catharines, ON @ Warehouse Concert Hall
July 25 – Hamilton, ON @ Casbah
July 26 – Guelph, ON @ eBar
July 27 – Toronto, ON @ Burdock (Two Shows – early & late)
July 28 – Peterborough, ON @ The Garnet (Two Shows – early & late)
July 29 – Ottawa, ON @ Bar Robo
July 30 – Montreal, QC @ Brasserie Beaubien
July 31 – Quebec City, QC @ La Source de la Martinière
August 01 – Saint John, NB @ Callahan’s
August 02-04 – Sackville, NB @ SappyFest