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The Treble

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | INDIE | AFM

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada | INDIE | AFM
Established on Jan, 2012
Band Pop Rock




"The Treble to bring their folksy pop-rock to Peterborough"

The last time The Treble set off on a cross-Canada tour, the band booked the dates themselves. “It was tough,” says singer Mark Brusegard. But as that tour unfolded last summer, the buzz was beginning to build, and now, as the Winnipeg four-piece is back on the road, the nuts and bolts of organizing the tour are in someone else’s hands.

So what happened?

“It was probably just before we left on our tour last summer,” says Brusegard, talking about the rapid rise in the band’s popularity, most of it online via YouTube videos.

“We’ve gone from being a small band in Winnipeg to booking all kinds of incredible shows across Canada.”

The Treble has that piano pop sound people are liking right now. There’re some folksy organic undertones, and the group has been compared to The Fray and the super-hot Mumford and Sons – a comparison Brusegard doesn’t quite see, but hey, he’ll take it.

“It was just one of those things,” he says. “We were doing it, and then bands like Mumford and Sons came around and started getting popular, so that was good for us.”

The videos (search YouTube for a look) are a lot of fun, Brusegard says. The band worked with a friend who’s a video director.

“The one for MIA (featuring child actors portraying the band as kids), that was a project he had always wanted to do, so we were just the puppets,” he says. “But we were fortunate that our bass player is good at this. He picked up a lot of what was going on and now he’s shooting a lot of stuff for us.”

The Treble plays the Red Dog on July 29. - Peterborough Examiner

"The Treble/High energy show at The Clarkson Pub"

The Treble, an up-and-coming rock band out of Winnipeg, lands in Barrie this week at The Clarkson Pub. The gig is part of a cross-country tour to promote their second CD, Northern Lights. The first single, Boston, is currently in rotation on radio.

Three of the five musicians started writing songs together in 2008 and a meeting with an EP producer sparked a change from acoustic to a bigger sound with more instruments. It also marked the beginning of the band.

“We all work together. We write a lot about travelling, moving, and following your dreams and goals,” said lead singer Mark Brusegard of their songwriting process. “We try to keep it big and inspiring, driving and uplifting.”

Performing at a Los Angeles showcase, hosted by the Consulate General of Canada, catapulted the band to greater recognition. It was part of a Manitoba Music program. While in L.A., The Treble landed a gig at Amplyfi (considered to be the best all-ages venue in Los Angeles) and shot a video of activities to document the trip. The musicians, ranging in age from 25 to 30-year-old, have also hosted a couple of successful charity events called ‘24 Shows in 24 Hours’.

In the first year, the band raised money to support the famine-relief effort in Africa and the second annual event benefited Winnipeg Harvest.

“We ended up raising a lot of money and had a ton of fun,” said Brusegard, who is looking forward to the band’s first show in Barrie. “We always put on a high energy show. We’re playing Edgefest in Toronto as well.”

Catch The Treble at The Clarkson Pub in Barrie on Friday, Aug. 2. - Barrie Examiner

"Live Review"

Next up at 12am was the pop rock quintet, The Treble, from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Decked in outfits they obviously stole from the closet of Mumford & Sons (which is a rack for button ups, a second rack of tweed jackets, and a third rack of vests) the boys who look as if they might be more at home tossing hay, pack a wallop with their huge pop sound that hits hard.

While the inebriated girl next to me described correlations with Blink 182, I thought the mixture was more heterogeneous, involving the power whaling of Marianas Trench, the sappiness of Snow Patrol, and a pinch of Mumford’s folk—with 100% of their style.

Playing through “Radio” and “MIA,” it is clear there is a lot of heart in their music, and a close camaraderie between them. "This next one is from our first Ep,” says lead singer, Mark Brusegard, “It's called ‘Coming Home." It is a powerful one, building tension and a lead up to the climax that leaves you with goose bumps all over.

They aren’t all slick hairdos and dapper threads, as they prove not just through their talent, but also with a reminder that they are hometown boys who are here to entertain and have fun. “We don't believe in rock being a spectator’s sport, so Mark has written some lyrics. They are pretty simple” says guitarist Graeme Woods, encouraging everyone to take part in their last song “All My Friends.”

Rocking out with some serious soul, monumental passion, and a contagious energy, The Treble will be one to watch, especially as they return to Toronto in July. So keep your eyes peeled, but if in doubt, follow the vests.

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"Edgefest 2013 – The Treble"

The sun began shining down as “Boston” from The Treble’s breakout album, Northern Lights, was heard across Downsview Park. People were lured in to the Jäger side stage by the distinct sound of their harmonies, and the suited up band from Winnipeg had Edgefest off to an electric start.

Movement on stage wasn’t lacking and it was apparent The Treble was there for a good time. Bassist Patrick Hanson was something of a hypeman when he, very energetically, told the eager Edgefest-goers that “rock ‘n’ roll is not a spectators sport.” Soon afterwards the song, “All My Friends,” from the band’s first EP, Shaking Hands and Taking Names, brought acknowledgement of the crowd-interaction game called “let’s pretend there are three times as many people watching us right now.” The forceful “ba-ba da-da, ba-ba da-da” left everyone pleased at the end of their set.

If there’s one thing that can be said about these guys it’s that they’re consistent on stage, never lack rock ability and are still a pleasure to see live. Their performance at this year’s Edgefest was hard-hitting, raw and rigorous to the point that it was exceptional, yet not lacking in musicality. It will, without a doubt, be a hard performance to beat in the future. - anchorshop

"Band gearing up for 24 shows in 24 hours"

Winnipeg Harvest is hosting its second annual 24 Shows in 24 Hours this Friday, and band The Treble plays its first gig at 9 p.m.

And then another performance. And another. And another.

In fact, the Treble will be playing short acoustic sets each and every hour at various venues across the city.

The event is part of Harvest’s Share Your Thanks campaign, the largest food drive of the year.

The purpose of the event is to showcase business, people and artists in their collaborative efforts to support Winnipeg Harvest.

For more information, contact Ben McKinley, president of McKinley Entertainment, at, or Chris Albi of Winnipeg Harvest at - Winnipeg Free Press

"Local band rocks around the clock for Winnipeg Harvest"

If music is the food of life, then one Winnipeg band is about to serve up a banquet. And our local food bank will reap the rewards. It's an astounding feat, really. The Treble is planning to give 24 concerts in 24 hours, all in support of Winnipeg Harvest.

They will play short acoustic sets each and every hour at various venues across Winnipeg to raise funds and awareness of the local food bank's Share Your Thanks campaign.

This is the second such project for The Treble. Last year they were able to raise $3,000 for the Red Cross. This year, they hope to do even better.

"We said last year that if we were ever going to be crazy enough to do it again, we wanted to do something local," says lead singer Mark Brusegard. "The event was all around the city last year and I think we really kind of realized how much we all love Winnipeg as a city. I think when Winnipeg Harvest was mentioned, it felt right."

Chris Albie, communications coordinator for Winnipeg Harvest couldn't be happier. "When we have the community come to us and want to do an event for us, it means everything," she says.

"The Treble obviously loves doing it because they love music and they love the cause, and we do it because we love music and we love the clients that we serve and we want to make sure they don't go hungry, especially at Thanksgiving time."

The Treble is pulling the all-nighter on Friday, Sept. 29 starting at 9 p.m.

Listen to the song "M.I.A." by The Treble. - CBC Manitoba

"The Treble's Big Year"

If nothing's ventured, nothing's gained.

As far as ventures go, this year has been big for Winnipeg pop/rock band, The Treble.

"This is something none of us ever considered to be a realistic dream, although it's always been a dream. It's cool to see that there's all this real happening," frontman Mark Brusegard said.

The band formed as a three-piece in 2008, after Brusegard and keyboard player Colin McTavish spent a few years writing songs together out of high school. Brusegard likens the band to groups like The Fray and Mumford and Sons, but says their influences range from guys like Frank Turner to James Taylor.

After a year-long regular weeknight gig at a Winnipeg bar, the band played for a crowd of 5,000 at Winnipeg's MTS Centre, a downtown arena home to newly reincarnated NHL team, the Winnipeg Jets. In 2011, the band evolved into a five-piece and released their first EP, Shaking Hands and Taking Names.

In the fall, the band played 24 gigs in 24 hours to benefit the Canadian Red Cross, and were later offered a slot to play showcase gigs down in L.A. at a Canadian government-sponsored mansion in front of record execs and music industry professionals with a few other select up-and-coming Canuck bands.

While he can't reveal details of any opportunities that arose from the elbow-rubbing trip, Brusegard says 2013 is posed to be an "interesting year" for the band. The guys head to New Brunswick for two shows next week in their first-ever East Coast tour.

"I love writing music and it's been cool to collect these experiences along the way," he said.


Sackville Catch The Treble at Uncle Larry's Billiards, 26 Bridge St., on July 20.
MonctonSee them at Plan B, 212 St. George St., on July 24. - Here NB - Brunswick News Inc.

"St. Vital musicians making some noise in L.A."

Two St. Vital musicians, Patrick Hansen and Dana Jerlo, are making their mark on the music scene. Their band, The Treble has traveled to Los Angeles two times in the last month to play shows. Hansen plays bass while Jerlo takes care of percussion on drums. Mark Brusegard is on vocals, Colin McTavish plays piano, and Graeme Woods plays guitar.

The band describes their music as pop/rock/folk with a sound similar to that of The Fray. The band is inspired by their hometown of Winnipeg. They say the city has provided lyrical and musical inspiration and the motivation to grow and pursue bigger dreams. They’ve received play on several local radio stations. Their first E.P., Shaking Hands and Taking Names was named "one of my favourite releases of the year," by HOT 103’s Young Mike.

The Treble has also used their musical abilities to give back. They recently performed 24 shows in 24 hours to raise funds for the Canadian Red Cross to help with relief efforts in the Horn of Africa.

This summer the band will play Countryfest, Canada Day on Osborne, and the Take Me To The Pilot CD Release on June 15.

They leave for their eastern U.S./Canada tour on July 13. They will be playing shows in Chicago, New York, Moncton and Charlottetown.

The Treble has also started work on a new full-length record that is set to drop later in the year. The record would be the band’s first full-length release.

Keep up to date with the band on Facebook at and on Twitter at @TheTrebleBand. - Canstar

"Winnipeg Band Burns the Candle at Both Ends for Famine Relief"

Imagine pulling an all-nighter. Now image pulling an all-nighter while performing in front of a crowd of fans while being video taped. That’s The Treble. The Winnipeg acoustic getup accumulated a massive sleep deficit earlier this month in order to raise money for Canadian Red Cross Canadian Red Cross famine relief in Africa.
Starting at 9pm on a Friday, the band was video taped playing at a different business or Winnipeg landmark every hour for 24 hours straight. From the legislative buildings to hipster hangouts, the band crisscrossed the city, tweeting updates to their fans and supporters. A music video of the fundraiser featuring their performance of “All My Friends,” will be uploaded to itunes soon. Proceeds from the sale of the video will go to Red Cross famine relief in the horn of Africa. Check out their facebook page or myspace account for details. - Canadian Red Cross

"24 Hours in shows"

There ain’t no rest for the wicked. At least in the case of local acoustic/pop/rock band, The Treble, who completed the unbelievable feat of playing 24 shows in 24 hours earlier this month.

Supporting the Canadian Red Cross, the shows were fundraisers for the highly under-publicized famine in the Horn of Africa.

Front man Mark Brusegard brainstormed the concept for the 24-hour, citywide marathon on a delirious drive home from the lake this summer. Brusegard’s idea was inspired by U.K. artist Frank Turner’s music video for “The Road.”

Each show was held at various spots around the city, including the Winnipeg Free Press News Café, Earls Pembina and Parlour Coffee. They approached local businesses rather than big chains, as they wanted to showcase the support of the community.

Colin McTavish, the band’s piano player, said there were no difficulties garnering support for the cause.

“They were talking about it on CBC at one point, and gave out the contact info. From that, a few businesses actually approached us. Once we got the ball rolling – that was nice.”

Support from fans proved to be equally as encouraging.

“We kind of collected people throughout the night. We played The Nob (St. Norbert Hotel), and there were 100 people dancing, crowd surfing, and singing our songs,” said Brusegard.

The whole event was planned and produced in under two and a half weeks, which the boys admittedly said felt like taking on another full-time job.

“There was one night I dreamt about it, because we had been doing so much thinking. I went to sleep thinking about it, then dreamt about it, and woke up realizing I hadn’t gotten much of a break from it at all,” laughed McTavish.

Matt Liang, a longtime friend of the band, spent the full 24 hours alongside his buddies collecting donations for the cause. He explains that there was no shortage of surprises, and recalls a particularly haphazard moment during one of their many winds on Saturday afternoon.

“The drummer from the band had to bail and go to Virden that day, so when we ran into a guy outside of The Unburger who Pat (The Treble’s bassist) knew, that randomly had his drums on him, we asked him to play. He said ‘yeah,’ so he set up his drums and played.”

The event raised a total of $3,000, and counting. The band will be releasing a video in late November to early December that will be available for download on iTunes, with proceeds going to the same cause.
- The Projector

"Twenty-four shows in 24 hours; Local band The Treble make Jack Bauer look lazy"

Bono. Oprah. Tiger Woods. Lady Gaga. The Treble? Not a name that you’d normally see grouped with prominent Hollywood figures, but in the philanthropic sense… absolutely.

Local band The Treble is the most recent in a long line of do-gooders hoping to use their music not only to gain fans and live some dreams, but to also help out a great and fairly unknown cause - the crisis in the Horn of Africa.

“There are so few charities that are actually able to provide assistance,” vocalist Mark Brusegard explains. “We were aware that the Red Cross was already involved (so) we got in touch with them and they’ve just been really accommodating.”

Formed in early 2008 as a small acoustic act, The Treble quickly expanded to a five-piece and released its debut album, Shaking Hands and Taking Names, this past August.

With an already impressive list of live shows played, the band plans on helping out the chosen cause in a way we have yet to see here in Winnipeg: playing 24 shows in 24 hours.

“There’s actually a music video by a U.K. singer-songwriter we like named Frank Turner. In his video for The Road, this was the concept,” Brusegard says. “While we were discussing ideas for our Red Cross fundraiser, this just seemed to fit perfectly.”

The Oct. 14 event will be filmed for release on iTunes with all proceeds being donated to the Red Cross.

In terms of the actual 24 performances, the goal is to garner donations from local businesses in exchange for advertising with their logo on posters, a live performance outside or within their business and having a part in the video.

While The Treble hope for an end goal of raising awareness and some money, the band has ideas that go well beyond that.

“A broader theme is the idea of showcasing how eager people and small businesses in the city have been to rally around a cause,” he says. “Our position within the Winnipeg music scene doesn’t afford us the opportunities like that of an artist with global recognition, but watching this event take on a life of its own has really made us appreciate music’s potential as a unifying tool.”

With those goals set out and future plans to continue the fundraising efforts even closer to home, what does The Treble have planned immediately following the performances?

“Sleep - lots of sleep,” Brusegard says. “We’ll be planning a Christmas show soon, and a tour in March. Mostly sleep though.”

If you are interested in giving The Treble the opportunity to perform in front of, or within, your establishment or would like donate to the cause, the band can be reached by email at In order to learn more about the Treble, please visit - The Uniter

"This weekend on Locals Only - THE TREBLE"

This weekend on Locals Only, I'm joined by members of The Treble. Their debut album "Shaking Hands & Taking Names" is one of my favourite releases of the year! -


Still working on that hot first release.



When your band hails from Winnipeg, Manitoba, the hard-bitten Canadian prairie town that has produced some of the most iconic, legendary and important artists to ever come from The Great White North, you have some pretty big musical shoes to fill.

But with the same drive, musical chops and nose-to-the-grindstone work ethic as the likes of Neil Young, The Guess Who and The Weakerthans comes The Treble a band that is truly making music fans sit up and take notice.

Since 2010, The Treble has carved out a reputation for crafting impressively bold and unique folk-infused pop music that has enough of the integral rock vibe to appeal to a phenomenal cross-section of music lovers.

The last three years have been a true whirlwind for the band. The Treble made an instant impact on the local music scene, and garnering attention far and wide. They were signed to one of the most respected booking agencies in the world, and were given the instant opportunity to tour across Canada playing every venue imaginable, from intimate clubs to arenas and stadiums.

Vocalist/lyricist Mark Brusegard, keyboardist Colin McTavish, drummer Dana Jerlo, guitarist Graeme Woods and bassist Pat Hansen, met on the local Winnipeg music scene, and quickly realized they could make beautiful and impactful - music together.

When we put this together we were serious. We lined up a group of guys that all had the same focus and vision. Its amazing when everyones personalities and priorities line up. We get along so well, and I think that comes across in the music, said Woods.

Produced by Chris Burke-Gaffney (Chantal Kreviazuk, McMaster and James), the band's recently released second EP "Northern Lights" is now their main focus as they criss-cross the country, charming music lovers from coast to coast.

Brusegard said like the rest of the band, when he composes music, and particularly the lyrics, honesty and authenticity are paramount. Were not trying to solve the worlds problems. I have always prided myself on making honest music. I dont like trying to write a song about something I dont feel like writing about. I love people knowing that the voice of The Treble is always real, and thats what I appreciate in any music I listen to. If I can hear that a singer really believes what he is singing, that matters more to me, often, than how good the song is, he said.

Their first official single to radio, entitled Boston is already making an impact, and catching on with both programmers and fans alike. The track is indicative of just how collaborative the five musicians are. No one gets too precious about their ideas, allowing for a free-flowing discussion that creates an openness which is rare amongst groups of creative people.

It is one of our folkier songs, but still has a pretty good pop sensibility to it. The song is special to us because it really only came together in its final form after we all got together on it. We had been working with this song for a long time. It was virtually done but there was something that still didnt seem right about it, said Brusegard, who said that he took five cracks at the chorus before throwing up his hands.

So we brought everyone together, and we actually decided to try it out live. So everybody started singing and we had sort of a five-part harmony thing and that brought the chorus and the whole song to life. We were able to finish the song really quickly and when we heard the final version it gave us all chills. I dont think any of us thought oh yeah this is going to be a big hit, but its certainly a song that we all just really love as a band. Boston really represents everything thats special about The Treble.

In addition to being committed to their music and to each other, the members of The Treble are also committed to using their time and talents to help worthy causes. 24 Shows in 24 Hours is their pride and joy.

It was originally inspired by UK recording artist Frank Turner explains Pat. Its like a crazy little tour in one day. We play 24 times in one day at 24 different venues, and all the proceeds from those 24 shows go to charity. In 2011 we did it for The Red Cross, and last year it was for the Winnipeg Harvest Food Bank. This year we are planning 24 shows in 24 hours in Toronto.

What doesnt kill us makes us stronger, right?

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