NQ Arbuckle

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NQ Arbuckle
Neville Quinlan at NXNE 2009.jpg
Neville Quinlan performing at NXNE 2009 in Toronto
Background information
OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
GenresAlternative country
Years active2002–present
LabelsSix Shooter
Associated actsCarolyn Mark
MembersNeville Quinlan
Mark Kesper
Peter Kesper
John Dinsmore
Jason Sniderman

NQ Arbuckle is a Canadian alternative country band based in Toronto, Ontario,[1] consisting of Montreal-born Neville Quinlan (the NQ of the band's name), Mark Kesper, Peter Kesper, John Dinsmore and Jason Sniderman.


NQ Arbuckle was formed in 2002 as a solo project for Quinlan. His debut album, Hanging the Battle-Scarred Pinata, was recorded in Vancouver.

Mark Kesper, Peter Kesper, and John Dinsmore joined for the second album.[2] Before playing bass for NQ Arbuckle, John Dinsmore was a well-known bullfighter.[3]

The band released four albums on Six Shooter Records.[4] The band's 2009 album, Let's Just Stay Here with Carolyn Mark, was released on Mint Records.

NQ Arbuckle has twice been nominated for a Juno Award in the category Roots & Traditional Album of the Year – Group.[5] As well as regular touring,[6] the band often plays small venues, including the Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield, Quebec, The Dakota Tavern in Toronto, and The Grad Club in Kingston, Ontario.

Their fifth album, The Future Happens Anyway, was released April 29, 2014 on Six Shooter Records.[7][8]


Year Title Notes
2002 Hanging the Battle-Scarred Pinata
2005 Last Supper in a Cheap Town
2008 XOK Juno Award nominee for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year – Group
2009 Let's Just Stay Here (with Carolyn Mark) Juno Award nominee for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year – Group
2014 The Future Happens Anyway


  1. ^ Schneider, Jason (August 2008). "NQ Arbuckle Orders Another Round", Exclaim!. Retrieved May 4, 2014.
  2. ^ Whibbs, Shannon (March 31, 2005). "NQ Arbuckle: Not Quite Country, Not Quite Rock?", Chart. Retrieved May 4, 2014.
  3. ^ Deusner, Stephen M. (October 28, 2009). "Carolyn Mark / NQ Arbuckle: Let's Just Stay Here", Pitchfork. Retrieved May 3, 2014.
  4. ^ McKean, Matthew (April 29, 2014). "NQ Arbuckle The Future Happens Anyway", Exclaim!. Retrieved May 4, 2014.
  5. ^ "Artist Summary: NQ Arbuckle", Junoawards.ca. Retrieved May 4, 2014.
  6. ^ "NQ Arbuckle, Kathy Kallick and North of Nashville (Album Reviews)". No Depression, by Skot Nelson , Staff Reviewer May 4, 2014
  7. ^ "NQ Arbuckle’s latest release reflects on mortality, dreams, loathing and life’s gravity". The Globe and Mail, April 25, 2014.
  8. ^ "NQ Arbuckle - The Future Happens Anyway". NOW Toronto, by Sarah Greene May 15, 2014

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