Aside from their gruelling touring schedule WHOOP-Szo focuses on numerous community engagement projects. In 2013, Palm and Sturgeon completed a residency in the Inuit village of Salluit, Quebec. They were awarded the 2013 Quebec Youth Entrepreneurial Award for the silkscreening internship program they created there and continue now in London ON. During this residency, the band also produced albums Qallunaat/Odemin and Niizhwaaswo, a trilogy of albums prompting features in Exclaim!, Chart Attack, Noisey, and others. This creative period set a tone for the type of songwriting the band would come to excel in: geographically influenced stories of Canadian history and cultural climate. In particular, the band put forth many stories relating to Sturgeon’s own Indigenous perspective, culture, and language.
The best of these stories were gathered together in order to create another album, 2016’s Citizen’s Ban(ne)d Radio, which was lauded by Alan Cross’ A Journal of Musical Things, CBC’s In the Key of C, Impose Magazine, Aux TV, Exclaim, and others. These accolades have also lead to multiple festival appearances CMW, Sled Island, Pop Montreal, Halifax Pop Explosion, Sappy Fest and opening slots for indie-rock legends The Constantines and Deerhoof amongst a growing list too long to mention.
|May 8, 2019 9:00 pm||CMW / Distortion Presents: – Mod Club, Wednesday May 8th|