Five Canadian Acts Burning Their Way To International Acclaim

In its annual special report on the music scene in Canada, Billboard has tipped off readers early to the best acts emerging from north of the border, from Arcade Fire to Tokyo Police Club. As Canadian Music Week takes place in Toronto March 11-14, we continue Billboard’s tradition of talent-scouting with profiles of five Canadian acts to watch this year.

Hey Rosetta!
Album: “Into Your Lungs”
Label: Sonic
Manager: Jason Burns

The gang-size lineup of Newfoundland’s Hey Rosetta has led some to compare the band to Montreal’s Arcade Fire. Both bands have numerous members and offer engaging frontmen, and both work the grand side of rock music. Hey Rosetta offers songs that run the gamut from intimate and quiet to loud and fast, but always epic, similar to Arcade Fire’s style. The act’s debut album, “Into Your Lungs,” produced by Hawksley Workman, is full of memorable tracks, leading many critics to name the group as the next Canadian breakthrough on the international scene. For the album track “Red Heart,” the band filmed a video with director Gabriel Allard-Gagnon. Hey Rosetta is based in relatively remote St. John’s, Newfoundland, which means the group doesn’t tour as often as it should. But recent showcases in New York should boost the band’s profile.