Katie Stelmanis

Katie Stelmanis

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN

Armed with a keyboard and backed by a wall of pre-assembled midi madness, Katie Stelmanis' music is endlessly evocative, with strong and scattered beats riding alongside dense synth melodies and vibrato-laden vocal swoops.


Operatically trained anti-diva Katie Stelmanis already has a reputation as an unf**kwithable vocalist and composer. A member of the Blocks Recording Collective, at the illuminatus age of twenty-four Stelmanis has been featured in NME, on CBC radio and praised in every Canadian rag you can name (NOW, EYE Weekly, etc). Stelmanis' arsenal is simple: piano and midi noise percolations shape simple songs that subtly grow into breathtaking, cathartic moments. The transformative power behind her voice is wholly undeniable. Stelmanis' lush, dark songs confound critics and defy categorization; the only reference points imaginable are perhaps a young Kate Bush or far more accessible and less pretentious Diamanda Galas. Join Us her debut full length premiered at #6 on the Canadian college radio charts, peaked nationally at #2, and has since been ranked #1 by the Toronto Star's Anti-Hit List. She has done collaborative work with fellow Canucks Fucked Up appearing on their recent Matador long player, Chemistry of Common Life, and b-siding an FU 7”called “I’m Sick.” The former being nominated for the Polaris short-list. Her most recent 7”, “Believe Me” is out now on in the UK on Vice/Loog Records and has already sold through almost the entire pressing.

An artless performer, Stelmanis’s live band is fleshed out with standing drummer Maya Postepski, guitarist Thom Gill and haunting Halifax twins The Ghost Bees. Already having shared the stage with Final Fantasy, Iron and Wine, Jens Lekman and Lykke Li, the band is about to embark on a full US tour this fall alongside CocoRosie in some of North America's greatiest music Halls. A post pre-teen Tegan and Sara minus the over the top vocal effects and with the street cred of Nosferatu.


"Join Us" - 2008 (Blocks Recording Club)
"Royal Swan/I'm Sick 7" split - 2008 (Matador)
"Believe Me 7"" - 2009 (Vice)

Set List

Original Material, 45 mins