2023 CONTEMPORARY ROOTS ALBUM OF THE YEAR | The East Pointers | | The JUNO Awards

JUNO-award winning indie-folk trio The East Pointers share their new EP, House of Dreams. The Canadian-born and Prince Edward Island/Ontario trio crafted the new songs out of pandemic downtime with a desire to always be pushing forward. With their Australian tour cancelled in March 2020 and international touring paused, The East Pointers–the late Koady Chaisson (banjo, tenor guitar, bass synth), Tim Chaisson (vocals, fiddle, percussion) and Jake Charron (guitar, keyboards)–got to work on hammering out these new songs at home in P.E.I. with their great friend Colin MacDonald of The Trews joining virtually from Ontario.

Over twenty new songs were written, and eventually, award-winning producer Derek Hoffman (Arkells, Tim Hicks, Donovan Woods) was brought on board to help record the best of these songs. With Hoffman’s engineering skills and expertise at the board, the trio were overjoyed with the virtual recording process from Jake’s home studio and the sonic boundaries he allowed them to push: Shiny and melodic, glowing, nostalgia-flared, folk experimental pop but with the same driving trad instrumental hooks for which the band has become known.

Fans of The East Pointers certainly have Koady to thank for being the kinetic force behind the JUNO-Award winning indie-folk trio. The dancefloor-shaking, ceiling-rattling, electro-trad breakdown, three-part harmony, glorious combination of folk, pop, and dance music has brought so much joy to fans. And now, even posthumously, Koady’s energetic fire continues to blaze the musical trail onward.