2021 GROUP OF THE YEAR | Half Moon Run | | The JUNO Awards

Whether they’re billed as dreamy alt-pop, bucolic alt-folk, or psychedelic indie rock, the three multi- instrumentalists—Devon Portielje (vocals, guitar, piano, percussion), Conner Molander (vocals, guitar, keyboard, piano, pedal steel, bass, harmonica) and Dylan Phillips (vocals, drums, piano, keyboard) — have built their name on cerebral, acrobatic arrangements and harmonies that lilt prettily till they turn feral. Their first album, Dark Eyes (Indica, 2012), placed two A-list singles on BBC Radio 1 and went platinum in Canada, earning them a nod as a Rolling Stone “band to watch”.

They followed up with Sun Leads Me On (Glassnote, 2015) which had them touring furiously through Europe and North America, and got them a JUNO nod for Breakthrough Group of the Year in 2016. The album went gold in Canada. Their third album came out in November 2019 and won a JUNO Award for “Adult Alternative Album of the Year. The imposed quarantine of COVID-19 didn’t stopped them releasing new music in 2020, so less than a year after their third album, Half Moon Run gifted us with Seasons of Change’s EP and The Covideo Sessions’ compilation.