Heavy Blinkers

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The Heavy Blinkers
OriginHalifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
GenresIndie pop
Years active1998 (1998)–present
LabelsSelf released
Associated actsHylozoists, Jenn Grant, Hopeful Monster, Brent Randall, Johnny Favourite Swing Orchestra
MembersJason Michael MacIsaac, David Christensen, Jenn Grant, Adam Fine, Ellen Gibling, Melanie Stone, Stewart Legere, Warda Limaye
Past membersTrevor Forbes, Sandy Gribbin, Andrew Watt, Ruth Minnikin, Greg Fry

The Heavy Blinkers are a Canadian orchestrated-pop music group, from Halifax, Nova Scotia.[1] Their music hs been influenced by Brian Wilson,[2] Serge Gainsbourg, Ennio Morricone, Paul McCartney and Harry Nilsson.


The Heavy Blinkers were formed in 1998. Original members included Andrew Watt, singer Ruth Minnikin,[3] and singer/songwriter Jason MacIsaac.

In 2000 the band released a self-titled EP.[4][2] The style of the music has been compared to Brian Wilson's Smile project.[5] The band released five albums, including 2004's The Night and I Are Still So Young.[6] Their songs are published through Nettwerk Publishing. In January 2008, Watt and Minnikin left the band, leaving MacIsaac as the only remaining original member.

In 2013, the Heavy Blinkers released their 16-song album, Health.[7] In 2014 the band was nominated for an East Coast Music Award for Pop Recording of the Year.[8]


  • Hooray For Everything (Canada: Pleasant Street; 1998)
  • Heavy Blinkers (Canada: Brobdingnagan Records; 2000)
  • Better Weather (Canada: Brobdingnagian Records; 2002)
  • The Night and I Are Still So Young (Canada: Endearing Records; US: Cooking Vinyl; 2005)
  • International Pop Exchange (split with Orwell) - EP (Endearing Records; 2005)
  • Health (self released; 2013)[7]


  • Touch and Goa (Canadian film, provided the score)
  • Lynne Me Your Ears (2002) – "You Took My Breath Away"
  • Papa Nez: A Tribute to Michael Nesmith (2002) – "Magic"
  • G-Spot (Canadian TV series) (2005) – "Silver Crown"
  • Robson Arms (Canadian TV series) (2005) – "Filtered Light"

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Stanton Swihart. "The Heavy Blinkers; Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-07-24.
  2. ^ a b "The Heavy Blinkers Heavy Blinkers". Exclaim!, By Michael Edwards. Jun 01, 2000
  3. ^ "Keys to Obscurity". SPIN. SPIN Media LLC: 72–. August 2009. ISSN 0886-3032.
  4. ^ Domenic Priore; Brian Wilson; Van Dyke Parks (7 March 2005). Smile: The Story of Brian Wilson's Lost Masterpiece. Omnibus Press. pp. 189–. ISBN 978-1-78323-198-0.
  5. ^ Brian Chidester; Domenic Priore (2008). Pop Surf Culture: Music, Design, Film, and Fashion from the Bohemian Surf Boom. Santa Monica Press. pp. number not visible. ISBN 978-1-59580-035-0.
  6. ^ "The Heavy Blinkers The Night and I Are Still So Young". Exclaim!, By Scott Reid Mar 01, 2004
  7. ^ a b Sendra, Tim. "The Heavy Blinkers Health". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2013-07-24.
  8. ^ "Heavy Blinkers receive ECMA nod". Global News, Feb 19, 2014

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