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.
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 Ethan (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.
Apollo Suns will be releasing their sophomore EP, Dawn Offerings, in late April of 2019 and followed by multiple tours across Canada to support the album.
Some of their most notable shows include support slots for The Brooks, Anomalie, Mariachi Ghost, Five Alarm Funk, Blonde Diamond, Kobo Town, Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer and Bend Sinister; as well as showcases at Canadian Music Week, Big Fun Festival, Golden Sound Music Festival, 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 soon internationally.