Lakes of Canada
Founded in 2011 in Montreal, Lakes of Canada is a four piece progressive rock group with gospel and soul vocal harmonies featuring: Jake Smith on lead vocals, guitar, keys, and percussion, Sarah Morasse on vocals, keys, percussion, and organ, Conor O’Neil on drums, vocals, and keys, and Caleb Smith on bass, keys, vocals, guitar, and percussion.
Lakes of Canada has held the #2 most pretentious band in the CULT Montreal reader’s poll for 4 years running (we’re coming for you
Arcade Fire). They have performed across Canada and been featured at Festivals including: POP Montreal, Canadian Music Week, Festival Folk sur la Canal, M for Montreal, NXNE, and Osheaga.
In 2012 they won Best Band of the St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival. Transgressions won best Traditional/Roots album at the 2016
GAMIQ awards. Conor O’Neil and Jake Smith won album of the year Juno awards, and also recently won a Grammy award for the best Rock Performance for their work on Leonard Cohen’s final record, You Want it Darker.
Lakes of Canada released their second album, Transgressions, inspired by Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel The Handmaid’s
Tale, on October 16th, 2015, followed by a tour throughout Eastern Canada. Transgressions was produced by Jace Lasek (The Besnard
Lakes, Arcade Fire, Patrick Watson, Young Galaxy) at Breakglass Studio in Montreal. They released Transgressions Acoustic in the fall
of 2016 and will be releasing a brand new EP, The Flood, this March.