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Juno nominated Hollerado to entertain in Fernie

The Juno Nominated group Hollerado is: Dean Baxter, Jake Boyd, Nixon Boyd, Menno Versteeg. The band will be performing their power pop rock songs at The Grand Central in Fernie on Wednesday September 28.  - Submitted Photo
The Juno Nominated group Hollerado is: Dean Baxter, Jake Boyd, Nixon Boyd, Menno Versteeg. The band will be performing their power pop rock songs at The Grand Central in Fernie on Wednesday September 28.
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Hollerado is a Juno Award nominated, Canadian, indie rock band formed in 2007, and originally from Manotick, Ont.

Hollerado can be described as a power -pop indie-rock band. Three of the four members grew up on the same street in Manotick, Ontario. Hollerado later recorded and periodically lived in Montreal, where they gained attention as one of Montreal’s “top up-and-coming bands”.

The line-up includes lead singer and guitarist Menno Versteeg, lead guitarist Nixon Boyd, bassist Dean Baxter, and drummer Jake Boyd. Since its inception in April 2007  the band has shared the stage with hard-rocker Andrew W.K. and Montreal’s The Stills and Malajube, and was hand-picked by Jack White to open for his newest group, The Dead Weather. The band has also played festivals such as SXSW, Pop Montreal, and Sled Island in Calgary.

In April and May 2009, the band accompanied The Stills and other Canadian indie rock delegates to the TransmitCHINA conference, an event established to promote cultural and musical exchange between the Asian and Canadian music markets. Hollerado played the conference showcase in Beijing to kick off its two-week tour of China.

In 2009, Hollerado self-released its debut album Record in a Bag as a free digital download. Originally from the band’s Demo in a Bag 5. EP, In February 2010, music label Royal Mountain Records along with Arts & Crafts re-released Record in a Bag. the album’s lead single “Americanarama” drew press for its music video starring The Kids in the Hall comedian Dave Foley in a parody of American Apparel founder and CEO Dov Charney. The album has been favourably compared to the music of Supergrass, Stephen Malkmus, and Weezer. In 2010, Hollerado toured with Free Energy throughout the United States and Canada, as headliner in their home country and as support act in the US. Many of these concerts featured both bands on stage aiding each other in backup vocals on their own songs, and covers of Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young.

In 2011, the band was nominated for the Best New Group Award at the 2011 Juno Awards. They will be performing in Fernie on Wednesday September 28, at the Grand Central Hotel.

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