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Origin Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Genres Indie rock, pop
Years active 1999–2010
Labels Mint
Members Dave Berthiaume
Rejean Ricard
Rod Slaughter
Sean Stevens
Jack Jonasson
Past members Rusty Matyas
Grant Johnson
Scott Hildebrandt
Roberta Dempster

Novillero is a Canadian indie pop band formed in 1999 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Their musical style has been dubbed "mod-pop".[1][2]

Novillero formed in 1999 out of the ashes of Winnipeg lounge pop darlings Transonic, picking up Rod Slaughter (Duotang), Dave Berthiaume (Bulletproof Nothing), and Rusty Matyas (The Waking Eyes) along the way.[3] This lineup released The Brindleford Follies on Endearing Records, toured moderately in support of its release, and then ground to a halt early in 2002.

After nearly a year apart, Slaughter, Stevens, Berthiaume and Matyas reunited to play a one-off show with new songs. The music then was heading in a new direction, relying less on spacey psychedelia and more on keyboard-driven pop hooks while retaining enough of their mod influence to bridge the gap. They added Grant Johnson when Matyas scaled back his input to focus on The Waking Eyes (who had just signed a record deal with Arnold Lanni's new label Coalition Records). Jack Jonasson, formerly of the Paperbacks, began playing live shows as a vocalist and instrumentalist formally in 2007.

The Globe and Mail's music critic hailed the band's 2005 show at the Winnipeg Folk Festival as one of the best Canadian rock concerts of the year.[4][5]

Novillero has been featured on numerous TV shows including Monk[6] and Eureka.[7] In Monk, Novillero appears in the season 5 episode "Mr. Monk Goes to a Rock Concert" and they play the songs "The Laissez-Faire System" and "Gaining Ground/Losing Sight". In season 1, episode 6 of Eureka the band can be heard playing a cover of Barry McGuire's "Eve of Destruction". In season 2, episode 10 "The Art of Carrying On", a track off of Aim Right for the Holes in Their Lives was featured.


  • Rod Slaughter – vocals and keys
  • Sean Stevens – guitars
  • Dave Berthiaume – drums and vocals
  • Rejean Ricard – bass and vocals
  • Jack Jonasson – instrumentalist and vocalist

Past Members[edit]

  • Scott Hildebrandt – guitar, keys and vocals (1999–2001)
  • Rusty Matyas – trumpet, keys and vocals (1999–2002)
  • Roberta Dempster – keys, vocals and guitar (1999–2002)



  1. ^ Collins, Leah (2005-08-11). "Music à la mod". Vue Weekly. Retrieved 2008-05-02. 
  2. ^ McDonald, Neil (2005-09-06). "Novillero Aim Right for Ontario, NYC". Soul Shine. Retrieved 2008-05-02. 
  3. ^ Sperounes, Sandra (2005-08-12). "Winnipeg's Novillero getting noticed, finally". Edmonton Journal. p. G4. 
  4. ^ Everett-Green, Robert (2005-08-16). "Riffing off the cubicles they hate. Winnipeg's Novillero is poised for great things by singing about the mundane world of work". The Globe and Mail. p. R3. 
  5. ^ Everett-Green, Robert (2005-12-30). "The cream of a bountiful crop". The Globe and Mail. p. R31. 
  6. ^ "Jay-Z and Beyonce boycotts, Novillero on Monk, and TIMAs return". Chart. 2006-06-22. 
  7. ^ LeBlanc, Larry (2006-07-15). "Winnipeg: Cold, Isolated and Happening". Billboard (New York: BPI Communications) 118 (28): 15.