John Jacob Magistery

Featured Musician

Montreal’s John Jacob Magistery had a lot of momentum since their start. After the release of their first single “Greatest Story Ever‘, their alt/folk EP ‘Narcissism Unto Loneliness’ helped them start turning heads. Their first single ever was voted in the top 30 songs by CHOM-FM radio listeners and several Djs from the station selected them as the top musical discovery of the year. The music video generated over 60,000 views on Youtube.

Since then, they have shared bills with The Barr Brothers, Daniel Lanois, Blue Rodeo, Aidan Knight, Lia Ices, the Struts (UK), Basia Bulat, Carseat Head Rest. They have been featured in CMW, NXNE, OSHEAGA, Pop Montreal, Festival YUL EAT, M for Montreal, Montréal en Lumière, Montreal Jazz Festival, OUMF Festival, and City Folk Festival.

After winning an international recording contest, JJM spent two weeks recording at the Grouse Lodge in Ireland (other notables who have recorded there include Michael Jackson, U2, REM, Snow Patrol, etc.). The result was their debut album ‘Phantom i / Are You Too Sensitive?’ (Passerine).
CAROL’ is the 1st single off JJM’s debut LP. The online music video for the single was premiered through Exclaim! magazine and the track has already received encouraging support from several radio stations throughout Canada. The album was successfully launched during JJM’s two consecutive sold-out shows at the 2016 Montreal Jazz Festival.

What stands out for you as one of your favourite career highlights so far?

We’ve played some amazing shows and got to stay at the Grouse Lodge in Ireland for 2 weeks for free after winning Rec Fest (International Recording Festival) and all of that is definitely incredible, but no matter what, it’s always the connections we make with people and fans along the way.

What are you currently working on?  

We just finished recording two new songs which will be released soon as well as some videos for songs off our debut : Phantom i / Are You Too Sensitive?

How’d you get started as an artist?

We all met in Montreal through friends.

Who or what influences your art?

Hannibal lecter and Paul Simon.

What is your creative process like?

We all get naked and run into each other over and over again.

How do you feel our Art + Brewing initiative can benefit emerging artists?

You’re exposing art to people that aren’t going out to get it. You’re giving artists a chance to be seen in a non-intrusive way. If you like the art on the beer, cool.. you might then check out the artists. If you don’t like the art on the can, whatever, just drink the beer.



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