“Bears are snackers, man.” — Tom Wilson
(Lee Harvey Osmond, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings)
Bears in Hazenmore are an ambient alternative rock group based out of Regina, Saskatchewan, Treaty 4. Since their formation in 2014, the band has become known for creating atmospheric soundscapes and their ability to draw audiences in with intimate lyrics and enticing builds. Operating as a five-piece ensemble that includes extensive use of reverb-saturated guitars, dynamic percussion, and ethereal brass and woodwind textures, they draw strong influences from and comparisons to groups such as City and Colour, Aidan Knight, and Bon Iver. The five members—Brady Frank (lead vocals/guitar/keys), Dana Rempel (bass/sax), Darnell Stewart (guitar), Tanner Wilhelm Hale (drums/vocals), and Dalton Lam (trumpet)—all have their roots in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, where they met through different musical endeavours.
The group released their debut Bears in Hazenmore EP to great review in March 2014 from many blogs and local music commentators shortly after launching the project. Tracks from the self-titled EP have gained national recognition through CBC Music contests Rock Your Campus (2014 National Top 10) and Searchlight (2015 Provincial Top 10). The band released their second EP Airwaves in August 2015 and have toured Western Canada extensively since then. The group toured Eastern Canada in October 2016 alongside Saskatchewan-based singer-songwriter Megan Nash and now perform regularly as her backing band. Bears in Hazenmore are currently working towards their first full-length album set for release in Spring 2018.
“Epic. That’s the first word that comes to mind when listening to this amazing builder of a song [These Northern Mountains] by this indie-folk-soundscape band from Swift Current…. Check ’em out if you like Bon Iver, City and Colour or Great Lake Swimmers” — Grant Lawrence (CBC Music)