The Noolands

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The Noolands are a Canadian alternative / folk band from Barrie, Ontario. Founded in 2014 by longtime friends Aaron Casey, Brandon Davenport, and twin brothers Jon Laxton and James Laxton,[1] the group describes itself as "a rock & roll band that writes and records music for our best friends." The band has historically released their work under their own independent label.[2]


To date, The Noolands have released five singles and two EPs.[3] Their first two singles, End of the Road and High School T-Shirt, were released in 2014, shortly after the formation of the band. After releasing their subsequent first EP and two additional singles, the band released their second EP, Us on a Bus, in 2018 which garnered success in Canada and the United States.[1]

Their latest single, Grenadine, was released in 2019 and features all current members of the band, including newest member Peter Meers on saxophone.[1] The Noolands describe the style of Grenadine as rock "with a touch of gypsy soul."[4] The song was recorded and mixed by Daryl Sarnat at Mix11 Studios[5] and mastered by Noah Mintz at Lacquer Channel Mastering.[6]


The band often performs at local venues and events such as Celebrate Barrie and the Barrie Art Awards.[7] The Noolands' songs Loosey Goosey and Nine to Five (from their Us on a Bus EP) have been played on radio stations in the United States[1] and Canada, including Rock 95.[8] Several of the group's songs have been featured on Spotify.[1]

Roxodus music festival[edit]

In 2019, the band was invited to perform at a planned, high-profile summer music festival in Ontario known as Roxodus[1] along with Aerosmith, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Nickelback, and other well-known rock groups. However, the festival was cancelled on July 3rd, 2019, just days before it was scheduled to take place.[9][10]

Current members[edit]

  • Aaron Casey: Vocals/drums/guitar/piano[2]
  • Brandon Davenport: Drums/vocals/piano[2]
  • James Laxton: Guitar/piano/drums[2]
  • Jon Laxton: Bass[2]
  • Peter Meers: Saxophone[2][1]


Release Title Release Type Release Year
End of the Road Single 2014
High School T-Shirt[1] Single 2014
Generation Why EP 2016
Record Man Single 2017
Loosey Goosey[11] Single 2018
Us on a Bus[12] EP 2018
Grenadine[6][1][4] Single 2019


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "COVER THE MUSIC Episode 3 - The Noolands" (Podcast). Barrie Uncovered. 18 June 2019. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "About Us • The Noolands". Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Our Music • The Noolands". Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Grenadine (Single) • The Noolands". Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  5. ^ Bowe, Raymond (20 July 2019). "The mics are hot at Mix11 Studios in city's south end (7 photos)". BarrieToday. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  6. ^ a b Melanson, Jenna (13 May 2019). "The Noolands release new single, "Grenadine"". Canadian Beats Media. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  7. ^ Bowe, Raymond (23 March 2019). "The Noolands take you behind the scenes for an 'unfiltered' look at the music". NewmarketToday. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  8. ^ Wilkins, Glenn (27 June 2018). "It's pedal-to-the-metal for The Noolands' recent release, 'Us on a Bus'". BarrieToday. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  9. ^ Bliss, Karen (27 June 2018). "Roxodus Off: New Festival in Ontario Canceled Due to 'Tremendous Rainy Weather'". Billboard. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  10. ^ Fitzgerald, Coady (4 July 2019). "Local Artists Are Determined To Overcome The Roxodus Aftermath". Barrie 360. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  11. ^ Melanson, Jenna (10 April 2018). "The Noolands release video for "Loosey Goosey" and announce EP pre-order". Canadian Beats Media. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  12. ^ Harrington, Chris (17 March 2019). "The Noolands to Release 'Us on a Bus: Behind the Scenes' Video Special". SCREAMS MEDIA. Retrieved 16 July 2019.

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