- June 22, 2023
Founded by guitarist Ed Durocher, Apollo Suns is a nine-piece instrumental collective from Winnipeg, Manitoba. The band fuses the influence of jazz, rock and psychedelic music, to create their own unique sounds with the dancefloor in mind. They have self-released three EPs: Each Day a Different Sun (2017), Dawn Offerings (2019), and A Relationship of Force (2021), and were awarded Instrumental Artist of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards in both 2018 and 2020.
In 2022, Apollo Suns returned to the studio with JUNO award-winning producer Ben Kaplan (Five Alarm Funk, Mother Mother, The Rare Americans) to record their latest album, Departures. The band is signed to the Canadian label Do Right Music, home to The Souljazz Orchestra, Soul Motivators, and Luvmenauts.
Best known for their high-octane live shows, Apollo Suns have captivated audiences at the Winnipeg Jazz Festival, the Big Fun Festival, the Vermont Jazz Fest, and the Calgary Stampede. Some of their most notable shows include support slots for The Comet is Coming, Makaya McCraven, Anomalie, The Brooks, and Five Alarm Funk. Joining guitarist Ed Durocher are Tim Iskierski on drums, Erika Einarson on percussion, Bryn Herperger on bass, Garrett Malenko on trumpet, Benjamin James Hill on trombone, Aaron Bartel on baritone saxophone, and Anatol Rennie on keyboards/synths.