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The Day Dreamers

Montréal, Quebec, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2014

Montréal, Quebec, Canada
Established on Jan, 2014
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"Un premier album pour The Day Dreamers"

C’est le 26 avril prochain que le groupe indie natif de Montréal, The Day Dreamers, procédera au lancement officiel de son premier album.
Intitulé «All Through The Night», sa musique est un mélange des sons pop, folk et alternatif avec du violon classique et des percussions modernes.
« C’est en 2013, à l’école secondaire, que moi et Tiana Desiree Grandilli on a créé notre band. Au fil du temps, Cedric de Saint-Rome, Max Page-Slowik et Stephanie Maier se sont ajoutées à nous », a expliqué Ali Kouri, une des deux fondatrices du groupe, en entrevue à Néomédia Vaudreuil-Dorion.
Tous les membres du groupe sont du West-Island ou de la Montérégie Ouest (Stephanie Maier est de l’Île-Bizard). Ceux-ci (trois filles et deux gars) sont tous âgés entre 16 et 18 ans.
Les thèmes abordés par The Day Dreamers sont l’amour, le désir et l’aventure. En 2014 et 2015, The Day Dreamers a lancé les chansons «The River» et «Goodbye». Cette dernière pièce a aussi fait l’objet d’un vidéoclip.
De plus, le groupe a remporté, en 2014, le prix Choix du Public au « Battle of the Bands » de Beaconsfield et comme meilleure interprétation au Festival de Musique de Hudson.
« On aimerait faire connaître notre musique dans différents festivals au Québec, au Canada et même aux États-Unis. On aimerait aussi percer le marché européens », ajoute Ali Kouri.
Le 26 avril, le lancement de l’album de The Day Dreamers se fera au Rosewood Pub & Restaurant dans le Vieux Montréal lors d’un 5 à 7. Le groupe interprétera aussi quelques chansons dès 19 heures.
Le 18 juin prochain, The Day Dreamers prendra part au prestigieux gala « Starlight Foundation Strangers in the Night » au Fairview Pointe Claire.
Le groupe participera prochainement au concours national de CBC Searchlight. Le concours est décidé par des juges mais aussi par un vote public. Celui-ci pourra voter dès le 30 mars. - Néomédia


"The Day Dreamers : un son jeune et rafraichissant"

Le retour du printemps amène souvent l’envie de découvrir de nouvelles inspirations musicales, et de se laisser bercer par des mélodies rafraichissantes. Laissez-vous convaincre de l’arrivée du printemps par le groupe émergent The Day Dreamers.

Le groupe The Day Dreamers est composé d’Ali Kouri (voix, guitare), de Cedric de Saint-Rome (percussions), de Stephanie Maier (voix, clavier) et de Max Page-Slowik (basse), qui résident dans l’Ouest-de-l’Île, ainsi que de Tiana Desiree Grandilli, à la voix et au violon, qui pour sa part habite Vaudreuil-Dorion.

Ces jeunes musiciens ont créé un style musical indie éclectique à leur image; un amalgame de pop, de folk et de musique alternative, ponctué de violon classique et de percussions modernes.

Sur une musique affirmée et mélodique, l’harmonie des voix des trois jeunes chanteuses apporte une profondeur aux pièces. Avec des chansons aux ambiances éthérées et des paroles poétiques, le groupe porte bien le nom de Day Dreamers.

Un premier album

Le groupe procédera au lancement de leur tout premier album, intitulé « All Through The Night », le 26 avril. Cet album regroupera 10 chansons originales.

Pour l’occasion, le groupe a organisé une soirée de lancement, le 26 avril, au Rosewood Pub and Restaurant, au 60 rue Saint-Jacques, à Montréal. L’événement débute à 17 h, et le groupe proposera une prestation à 19 h.

L’album sera disponible à l’achat sur place, sur iTunes ou via le www.thedaydreamers.ca.

Soutien local

Les Day Dreamers participeront également à un concours musical d’envergure, qui débute le 30 mars : le CBC Searchlight Competition.

Ce concours pancanadien vise à mettre en lumière le talent de la relève. Alors que les juges choisiront certains finalistes, 4 groupes obtiendront leur laissez-passer pour la grande finale en ne comptant que sur le vote du public.

Le groupe encourage donc les gens de la région à visiter le music.cbc.ca et à leur démontrer leur appui.

Le grand gagnant de Searchlight 2016 mettra la main sur un prix d’une valeur de 50 000 $.

Pour le groupe, il ne s’agit pas d’une première expérience dans une compétition musicale. En effet, les Day Dreamers avaient remporté le prix du public au Beaconsfield Battle of the Bands, et le prix meilleur interprétation au Festival de musique d’Hudson en 2014.

Sur le site web du groupe, il est possible d’entendre 4 chansons gratuitement : Vacancy, All through the night, Goodbye et The river. Pour en savoir plus, il est également possible de suivre le groupe sur Facebook : The Day Dreamers. - VIVA Média


"West Island Band Daydreams in Harmony"

Harmony is key when a band comes together to perform live or to record — and not just harmony of the musical variety. Social and creative harmony can go a long way when new artists are forging their path in an unforgiving industry.

West Island indie band The DayDreamers — relatively new to the local music scene — happen to harmonize well on all fronts.

“We need to keep confident, be determined and, above all else, support each other. That’s the only way it will work,” DayDreamers co-founder, violinist and singer Tiana Grandilli said.

The band is fresh off a gig at the Solstice Jam 2015 in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue on Dec. 12 and heading to FLIP studio in N.D.G. in January to cut a debut album, scheduled for release in March 2016.

During a recent chat, Grandilli described the band’s sound as indie-folk/indie-rock driven by violin and harmonies. She referenced artists like L0s Angeles-based pop quintet Milo Greene, Montreal indie-rock band Half Moon Run and British indie-folk band Daughter as musical influences, based on their intricate use of harmonies.

Grandilli, from Vaudreuil, and Beaconsfield guitarist and vocalist Ali Kouri first formed the band in spring 2013, discovering their drummer Cedric de Saint-Rome, now 16, at Beaconsfield High School. But this summer the two 18-year-olds decided an infusion of new musical blood was in order and so keyboardist and singer Stephanie Maier, 18, from Île-Bizard and bassist Max Page-Slowik, 18, from Dorval came on board.

“I’m so thrilled with how the new band members are working out and so excited about our future as a group,” Grandilli said. “Cedric is a musical genius and understands chord progressions so well. My classical training shapes my violin solos and Stephanie, Ali and I harmonize so well in the vocals.”

The band writes collectively, with all of them working on catchy chord progressions. Inspiration for lyrics comes from writings in Grandilli’s and Kouri’s journals.

Grandilli is studying communications, with a minor in music, at Ottawa University, so during the week, the newer members are rehearsing the songs slated for the studio sessions in January with the help of recordings. When she’s in town on weekends, they rehearse and do the occasional gig at a local live-music bar, like the Black Lion Pub Beaconsfield. The moms are the roadies for now, transporting gear and helping with the set-up for live gigs.

Playing the local bar circuit is good, landing the opening slot for an established band or piercing the festival market is great, so The DayDreamers are mass-mailing promotional info to festivals including Osheaga, the West Island Blues Festival and the Montreal Folk Festival on the Canal.

“We’ve just got to keep trying,” Grandilli said.

Two DayDreamers songs — The River and Goodbye — are already available on iTunes and you can listen to the band by visiting Soundcloud at m.soundcloud.com/thedaydreamersmtl. The bands Facebook link is www.thedaydreamers.ca - The Montreal Gazette


"The Day Dreamers TV Interview"

Mon Dec 21, 2015: The DayDreamers are getting ready to cut their debut album in January. They tell Gloria Henriquez about their journey so far. - Global TV


"West Island band poised to play All Through the Night"

(There is also a video in the link)

By the time The Day Dreamers entered FLIP Studios to begin recording their debut album on Boxing Day, the songs were already nestled comfortably in their DNA.

Almost three weeks later, the tunes were honed and the band had forged an even stronger bond.

The West Island band is celebrating the release of its debut album All Through the Night at the Rosewood Pub and Restaurant at 60 rue St-Jacques in Old Montreal, April 26. Refreshments are served from 5 to 7 p.m. followed by a performance of the entire album. The album will also be on sale. Because the launch is at a bar, you must be at least 18 years old to attend.

All Through the Night is an album of ever-modulating moods. The first cut I’ll Say engages the listener with bounce and energy. The last cut All Through the Night draws on darker themes and a swell of rich, sombre sound. In between, the lyrics and music mirror the ebb and flow of the life and times of band co-founders and songwriters Tiana Desiree Grandilli and Ali Kouri who met in high school while growing up in Beaconsfield.

When it comes to melody and aural approach, it’s a collective effort.

“Someone will come in with a chord progression and we’ll sit around in a circle and play with it,” Kouri said. “(Drummer) Cedric (de Saint-Rome) is so creative with his rhythmic structures and patterns.”

The distinct shifts in mood are fashioned with the help of an almost orchestral fusion of de Saint-Rome’s distinctive drumming, Kouri on guitar, Grandilli on violin, Max Page-Slowik on bass and Stephanie Maier on keyboards. The three young women do all the singing.

All Through the Night was recorded by Benjy Sherer with mixing and arranging by Kevin Komoda and contributions on both fronts from de Saint-Rome. Connor Seidel mastered the album at Le Lab Mastering.

Kouri and Grandilli began performing together in 2013. De Saint-Rome joined soon after. They won the People’s Choice Award at the Beaconsfield Battle of the Bands in 2014 and Best Interpretation honours at the Hudson Music Festival that same year. Maier, from Île-Bizard, and Page-Slowik, from Dorval, joined the band only last summer, but the fit has been good for all.

The next gig for The Day Dreamers is opening for Everett Bird and Boreal Sons at the Divan Orange, 4234 Blvd. St-Laurent, May 15, followed by a performance at the Strangers in the Night fundraiser for the Starlight Children’s Foundation of Quebec, at Fairview Plaza in Pointe-Claire, June 18.

The band doesn’t have a manager nor has it signed with a record label. Youth Employment Services (YES Montreal) has offered some guidance, but, on the whole, the band is self-managing.

“We’re doing pretty well so far,” Kouri said. “Our short-term goal, once everybody is done school for the summer, is to do a mini-tour of some cities in Ontario in August.”

All Through the Night is available on iTunes as of April 22.

For more information, visit www.thedaydreamers.ca. - The Montreal Gazette


"Interview: Ali Kouri of The Day Dreamers"

I had the opportunity to talk with Ali Kouri, guitarist and vocalist in The Day Dreamers, about their debut album, All Through the Night, which hits iTunes stores today, April 22nd.

Q: Let’s start by overwhelming you with questions about the debut release! All Through the Night drops today on iTunes. How does it feel to finally be releasing music into the world? What was the process like? How does it exemplify you all as musicians?

Ali Kouri: We are all extremely excited. It’s a challenging process, especially with it being our first time around. We are completely self-funded, and we self-produced all aspects of the album, from the music to the design and everything in between. It’s so easy for things to go wrong so you have stay on top of every detail. It has been a learning process and we have grown a lot as musicians.

Q: Do you all have any exciting tour ideas planned? After the album release, can people expect you to be visiting them to play some music?

AK: For now, we really want our music to be heard. We don’t yet have much of a following outside of Montreal so we want to expand our fanbase through online resources first. We are hopeful that radio stations and websites will be picking up our songs to help us spread the word about our band. Our big event right now is our album launch on April 26th, in Montreal. We have a few gigs lined up in Montreal following the launch, and are working on a couple shows in Toronto and possibly other Canadian cities throughout the summer.

Q: Tell us what it’s like to be a female-fronted band of this nature upcoming in the Canadian music scene.

AK: It definitely plays in our favour. Surprisingly, so many people find it cool that we are a female-fronted band, and many other girls have even expressed admiration toward us and our music. There are so many amazing Canadian musicians, and we are proud and honoured to be part of the scene. Montreal has an especially vibrant music scene and one that has been welcoming us quite nicely.

Q: What was the time in your life when you absolutely knew you were going to be a musician? Something from your childhood or perhaps it was a random epiphany?

AK: We all started playing music at a young age, and all have very musical parents. I grew up listening to all my dad’s albums, and there was always music playing in the house. Music was always a big part of my life, whether I was playing or listening, but the biggest influencer in my decision to start a band was when my dad created a music room in our house and started jam sessions with friends. Being able to play with a group of talented musicians of all ages reinforced everything I loved about music.

Q: The Day Dreamers have a beautifully haunting sound and sense of lyricism, seen in your two singles from the album: “Vacancy” and the title track. Is this something you naturally gravitated toward or was there specific inspiration that drew you in this direction?

AK: We are inspired by a lot of the music we listen to, specifically Milo Greene, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes and of Monsters & Men, but our primary influencers are Half Moon Run and Daughter. Both bands have such a unique sound that incorporates rhythmical drumming, powerful lyrics and a dark yet dreamy sound, much like ours.

Q: What is your all’s favorite thing to write about? When you’re writing on something you’re passionate about, how do you want your listeners to feel when they hear it?

AK: We write a lot about our own feelings at a certain point in time. Being able to express our emotions through a song is our way of dealing with the events that happen, whether they’re good or bad. We are all still young, and experiencing so many things. Sometimes we write about other people, sometimes about moments in our lives that have had some sort of impact. We can’t expect our listeners to feel the same emotions we feel, but hopefully they will find their own meanings to our songs.

Q: Finally, with All Through the Night, do you want your listeners to take away anything from it? What do you wish to accomplish with this album?

AK: This album represents the last year and a half of our lives. We started writing these songs in the fall of 2014, never imagining that our music would develop into this huge project. The funny thing is, as much as these songs each represent a different moment of what is now our past, they all bring back so many memories and are still just as relevant and relatable. Our biggest hope for this album is that listeners feel and connect with our music. We want to touch others and evoke the same feelings that our favourite songs have done to us.

Listen to the single from the new album, “Vacancy” –

And check out The Day Dreamers on their website and Facebook and purchase their album through iTunes today! - Punchland (Brooklyn, NY)


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The Day Dreamers, a Montreal-native, female-fronted indie band, mixes pop, folk and alternative sounds with classical violin, modern drumming and other unique musical accompaniment.

Formed in 2013 by friends Ali Kouri and Tiana Desiree Grandilli after performing together in a high school talent show, the pair built upon their musical successes and were soon joined by drummer Cedric de Saint-Rome.

In 2014 the band won the People's Choice Award at the Beaconsfield Battle of the Bands and Best Interpretation at the Hudson Music Festival. That year also saw the release of the band's first single "The River" and in 2015 the group released a music video for their second single, "Goodbye." 

Later in 2015, the band added two new members, Max Page-Slowik and Stephanie Maier, bringing their number to five.

With Kouri and Grandilli writing haunting, eerily beautiful lyrics, the band creates original songs about love, longing, adventure and heartbreak. Their music has been featured on 94.7 FM and in the Montreal Gazette, as well as a recent appearance on Global TV.

The Day Dreamers recently completed their debut album titled "All Through The Night" with ten original songs on it. It will be released on April 26, 2016 and will be available on iTunes.

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