On July 1st, it is Canada's birthday - the 150th to be exact, and over the next month, this space will be all bands from the Great White North and how they came about their handles.
That being said, let's get this over with: Nickelback is from the little town of Hanna, Alberta, and their name is from the five cents change that bassist Mike Kroeger gave customers when he worked at Starbucks, saying, "Here's your nickel back".
Good. Let's never speak of that ever again.
Cape Breton-via-Toronto band Alvvays is a buzz-band made good. Lead singer Molly Rankin (progeny of the first family of Canadian Celtic music, the Rankin Family band) picked the name Alvvays because she liked that it had a "shred of sentiment and nostalgia." The unique spelling of the name was to get around the little issue of there already being a band named Always signed to their label, Sony.
They've already carved out a nice little niche in the indie pop game, appearing at South By Southwest in 2015...
...then making the true big-time, playing the legendary Glastonbury Festival the same year. Playing upon King Arthur's burial ground is nothing to sneeze at.
But the proverbial icing on the cake for Alvvays would be a tour with Scottish synth-pop band Chvrches. Yes, yes, the music combo's spot-on, but the tour name (options - 1: Chvrches? Alvvays! 2: V For Victory) would be mind-blowing.
Indie gods... MAKE IT HAPPEN.
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