Toronto-based pop-rock group Alvvays, which formed a year ago, has already opened for artists like Peter Bjorn and John and the Joy Formidable—not bad for a bunch of musicians who were mere weekend warriors until a few days ago. “We had never done more than three shows in a row,” lead singer/songwriter Molly Rankin says, calling in from the middle of a 12-day tour that’s taking the band through eastern Canada and New York.

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