Bruce Peninsula (band)

Bruce Peninsula is a Canadian indie rock band, whose style has been described as "a near indescribable and rousing potpourri of prog, gospel, folk, rock, pop and country."[1] The band consists of core members Matt Cully on vocals and guitar, Misha Bower on vocals,[2] Neil Haverty on vocals, guitar and metallophone, Andrew Barker on bass guitar and lap steel and Steve McKay on drums. Bruce Peninsula also regularly features a large choir section, currently[when?] made up of Tamara Lindeman (The Weather Station), Ivy Mairi, Daniella Gesundheit (Snowblink) and Kari Peddle. The choir has previously included Katie Stelmanis (Austra), Casey Mecija (Ohbijou), Isla Craig, Amy Learmonth (the Youngest), Taylor Kirk (Timber Timbre) and Christienne Chesney.

Bruce Peninsula
Bruce Peninsula, April 2010
Bruce Peninsula, April 2010
Background information
OriginOntario, Canada
GenresIndie rock
Years active2006 (2006)–present
LabelsBruce Trail,
Outside Music,
Hand Drawn Dracula
MembersMatt Cully
Misha Bower
Neil Haverty
Andrew Barker
Steve McKay


Bruce Peninsula was formed in 2006.[1] The band's debut album, A Mountain Is a Mouth, was released in February 2009 on their own Bruce Trail Records.[3] The album was named to the preliminary longlist for the 2009 Polaris Music Prize on June 15.[4] Their second album, the gospel-oriented Open Flames, was released in October 2011 on Hand Drawn Dracula.[5][6][7]

In 2012, the band released a 14-minute song cycle entitled 'Of Songs'.[8][9] The band can also be heard on the sound track of the 2016 film Sleeping Giant,[10] and in an Ontario Tourism television advertisement.[11]




  • Debut 7" (2008)
  • Bruce Trail Fire Sale (2011)


  • Of Songs (2012)



The music of Bruce Peninsula is also featured in the independent film Small Town Murder Songs.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Non-linear history lessons". Hour, February 5, 2009.
  2. ^ "Bruce Peninsula’s Misha Bower Takes the Greyhound". Noisey, Henry Adam Svec Jun 17 2014
  3. ^ Whibbs, Chris."The Harmony of Bruce Peninsula", Exclaim!, February 2009.
  4. ^ "CBC Radio3 Announces Polaris Prize Longlist"[permanent dead link], June 15, 2009.
  5. ^ "Bruce Peninsula - Open Flames". Now Toronto, by Richard Trapunski. September 29, 2011
  6. ^ "Bruce Peninsula Open Flames". Exclaim!, By Ian Gormely Sep 27, 2011
  7. ^ "Arts Tune-up: Open Flames by Bruce Peninsula"Hardly Magazine, Winter special
  8. ^ Sarah, Murphy. "Bruce Peninsula 'Of Songs'". Exclaim. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
  9. ^ "Bruce Peninsula - Of Songs". Now Toronto, by Carla Gillis May 17, 2012
  10. ^ "Sleeping Giant, The Coming-of-Age Drama: A Chat With Chris Thornborrow". ScoreIt Magazine, 4 March 2016
  11. ^ "teaser tourism campaign". Marketing Magazine. Russ Martin July 07, 2016

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