NEWS: Dinosaur Bones to Play Edgefest, NXNE, Over the Top Fest this Summer AND More Tour Dates Announced!

April 18, 2009

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Toronto’s brooding indie rock five-some Dinosaur Bones are set to make the most of their 2009 summer. It starts off with an appearance at Eric Warner’s all-ages Over the Top Festival in late May (opening for Sebastian Grainger and the Mountains), followed by what will surely be an unforgettable appearance at this year’s NXNE Festival. The band is then slated to play Edgefest on June 20th at Downsview Park alongside Metric, k-os, The Stills, The Arkells and many more. Dinosaur Bones will also find themselves on many new stages throughout May as they will be hitting the road for a string of shows throughout Ontario and Quebec (announced below).

Their live set has sent critics into a daze, and with only a four song EP available, the band has struck a chord with an ever-growing number of loyal followers in their home city of Toronto. Expect a debut full length later this year, and in the meantime see the band play live to understand why everyone can’t help but sing their praises.

“Trebly, angular guitars waver overtop pounding keyboard vamps as [Ben] Fox’s snide lyrical wit sets a tone that can’t be described as distinctively upbeat nor decisively melancholy. Instead, it comes off as irresistibly catchy and unapologetically sinister all at the same time. You’ll dance and sing along…” –

“The buzz created is steadily pulsing heavily through the 416, but it’s also creeping all over Canada. They seem to have cut through the apathy with only 18-minutes of music…They manage to sound familiar – drawing on some anglo-influences and adding some of the grit of the city – but are determined to form their own identity.” –

“The youthful players showcase well-crafted yet comfortable songs with catch; the fact that they have only banded together for a year and in that time created a following and an acclaimed EP is a testament to that.” – SoundProof Magazine

Just eighteen months ago, Dinosaur Bones lead singer/guitarist Ben Fox was writing songs in his Montreal apartment and recording unpolished ideas on a shifty 4-track recorder. Two months later, he decided to pack it in, abandon his English degree, and move back to hometown Toronto with only one thing on his mind; starting a band. Fox found himself back on Toronto soil assembling former band mates and recruiting local musicians. The band went to work arranging Fox’s New York-inspired indie rock recordings, augmenting them with haunting synth layers and a pulsing rhythm section. And so they began gigging at house parties and dark bars, releasing a self titled four-song demo and making a home within the fast city of Toronto. Before long, Dinosaur Bones had found themselves sharing stages with the likes of Handsome Furs, Hey Rosetta!, Hollerado, and Born Ruffians, garnering attention from bloggers and critics alike, and receiving rotation on commercial radio station Edge 102.1. Expect a full-length album in the fall, Edgefest and NXNE appearances, and of course, unforgettable live shows on countless new stages across the country.

Apr. 18 @ The Legion, TORONTO
May 8 @ The Atria, OSHAWA (w. Arietta)
May 10 @ The Good Times, NEWMARKET (w. Arietta)
May 16 @ Absinthe, HAMILTON (w. Arietta)
May 21 @ Whippersnapper Gallery, TORONTO (**Over the Top Festival w. Sebastian Grainger and the Mountains)
May 22 @ Call The Office, LONDON (w. The Junction)
May 23 @ Bar None, KINGSTON (w. Arietta)
May 29 @ Club Saw, OTTAWA (w. Arietta)
May 30 @ Green Room, MONTREAL (w. Arietta)
June 17- 20 @ NXNE *Showcase tba, TORONTO
June 20 @ Downsview Park, TORONTO (**Edgefest)



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