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Two Bears North

Two Bears North is a father’s humorous euphemism for bipolar, playfully taken up by his daughter and brought forth to describe a musical collision of yin and yang. Helmed by bassist Melissa Walker and guitarist/vocalist Sophie Heppell, with Nich Davies on drums, Two Bears North has made waves in Edmonton, Canada, and they are poised to surf the sonic tsunami to wherever it may take them.

As hinted at by the band name’s allusion to bipolarity, the music of Two Bears North is an ebb and flow of swirling opposites; playing an infectious blend of funk-flavoured indie-folk and progressive pop, Sophie’s melodies are punctuated by Melissa’s rhythms and grooves. While their sound tends tolightness in tone, the lyrical messages can be quite personal, sometimes vulnerable, and even a shade dark at times.

To say that this group has some chops would be an understatement: all three members carry diplomas in musical composition and performance from Edmonton-based MacEwan University. After first coming into contact in 2007 at MacEwan for project rehearsals and recitals, Sophie, Melissa, and Nich found a lasting chemistry; in 2012, Two Bears North was born. Since then, the band has gigged steadily in Edmonton and toured the Western Canadian festival circuit, making appearances at the Vancouver and Edmonton Pride Festivals, Music on the Mountain, Taste of Edmonton Festival, Sasquatch Gathering, Breakout West, The Works, Canadian Music Week (one of the bigger musical events in the country), and an unofficial showcase at South by South West in Texas (SXSW).

As if these appearances were not enough to illustrate the band’s prowess and dedication, Two Bears North earned “best album” accolades from gigcity.ca for Comeocean, their debut offering; they also won the “People’s Choice” category at the Edmonton Music Awards in 2014. In October 2014, they signed with German label DevilDuck Records and re-released their album in May 2015, supporting it with a tour in Germany that swept through cities including Berlin, Hamburg, and Hannover.

Following up on the success of Comeocean, Two Bears North are currently sitting on a new album slated for release in 2016. They are also raising their game for the Alberta Peak Performance Project competition. Whether they be choppy or fair, the musical waves of Two Bears North will move you.

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