The Tourist Company

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Tourist Company
OriginVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
GenresIndie pop, Alternative rock
Years active2013–present
Labels
  • Fierce Panda Canada
  • S-Music Argentina
Websitewww.touristcompany.ca
MembersTaylor Swindells
Brenon Parry
Past membersJillian Levey
Josue Quezada

The Tourist Company (or Tourist Company) is a Canadian, Vancouver-based alternative rock band, formed in 2013 by Taylor Swindells.

History[edit]

Tourist Company formed after meeting at summer camp in 2013. After that they teamed up with singer-songwriter Jordan Klassen to produce and record their EP Space Race, which they released in May 2014.[1][2]

In June 2014, the band was accepted into the Peak Performance Project.[3] In November of that year, they won the $50,000 3rd place prize.[4]

The band toured and recorded throughout 2015. Their debut single "Shouldn't Believe" was released and sent to radio on September 14, 2015.[5] On April 29, 2016, the group released Mercury EP.[6]

The band's second single "Pedestals" was released on August 16, 2016 ahead of their debut record, which was announced for an October 21, 2016 release date in North America.[7] "Pedestals" broke into the Top 30 of CBC Radio 3 that September,[8] reaching a peak of #21 on the chart.[9] It then crossed over into the Top 20 of CBC Radio 2 at #20 on October 28, 2016.[10] It peaked at #8 on December 1, 2016.

The group's full-length debut LP Apollo was released on October 21, 2016.[11] It was placed on The Georgia Straight's Best Albums of 2016 list.[12]

Their third single "Apollo" premiered on The Strombo Show on February 12, 2017, and was sent to radio on February 13, 2017.[13] It debuted at #22 on the CBC Radio 3 Top 30 on March 13, 2017,[14] and peaked at #5 on April 10, 2017.[15]

Apollo was released across Europe on October 20th, 2017, and featured as a NoiseTrade "New + Notable" for the same week.

On May 18, 2018, the band released a standalone song entitled "Spokane" [16] and announced they were recording their sophomore record.[17]

Tourist Company released "Conflicted/Restricted", the lead single from their forthcoming sophomore record, on January 25, 2019. In late June 2019, the band announced they had signed with Fierce Panda Canada and S-Music Argentina.[18] The band released the single "Fractured State" on July 26, 2019.

Touring[edit]

Tourist Company toured across Canada in 2014 and throughout 2015.[19] In the fall of 2015, they opened for Dear Rouge and Rah Rah on select dates of the Black to Gold Tour.[20][21] In the fall of 2016, they toured from Vancouver to Charlottetown, supporting their debut record Apollo. Over 2017 and 2018, the band performed select dates and festivals, and showcased in Hamburg, Germany, and Guadalajara, Mexico. They capped off 2018 as the headliners at Vancouver's New Years Eve. The band then toured across Canada in early 2019[22], and throughout Mexico in July 2019, before heading east to play Festival d'été de Québec.[23]

They've also opened for artists like Said The Whale, We Are the City, The Zolas, and Dragonette.[24][25] and played numerous festivals such as Canadian Music Week in Toronto, Reeperbahn in Hamburg, Germany,[26] Upstream Music Fest + Summit in Seattle, Washington,[27] and Rifflandia Music Festival in Victoria, BC.[28][29]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Award Work or author awarded Result
2014 Peak Performance Project 3rd Place $50,000 The Tourist Company Winner

Discography[edit]

Studio releases[edit]

  • Space Race (EP) (May 6, 2014)
  • Mercury (EP) (April 29, 2016)
  • Apollo (October 21, 2016)

Singles[edit]

  • "Shouldn't Believe" (September 14, 2015)
  • "Pedestals" (August 16, 2016)
  • "Apollo" (February 13, 2017)
  • "Conflicted/Restricted" (January 25, 2019)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vancouver darlings The Tourist Company blast off with new record". Straight.com. 18 October 2016. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Space Race, by Tourist Company". Tourist Company. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  3. ^ "The Tourist Company". Bc.peakperformanceproject.com. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Vancouver alt-folk foursome The Tourist Company debuts single 'Shouldn't Believe' with a cosmic flare". Beatroute.ca. 14 September 2015. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  6. ^ "The Tourist Company Announce 'Mercury' EP, Premiere New Track". exclaim.ca. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  7. ^ "The Tourist Company Announce 'Apollo' LP : Premiere New Single". Exclaim.ca. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Kestrels, Duchess Says, Brendan Canning:Radio 3's top 30 for the week of September 19, 2016". Cbcmusic.ca. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  9. ^ "L Con, Junior Boys, Duchess Says:Radio 3's top 30 for the week of October 10, 2016". Cbcmusic.ca. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Radio 2 Top 20, Oct. 28: The Tourist Company debuts, BROS jump into top 3, Bobby Bazini still #1". Cbcmusic.ca. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Album Premiere: "Apollo" by The Tourist Company - World Premiere". Liveinlimbo.com. 14 October 2016. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Best albums of the year 2016: Kate Wilson". Straight.com. 7 December 2016. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  13. ^ "Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kid Koala + The Lemon Twigs". Strombo.com. 13 February 2017. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  14. ^ "Diana, the Tourist Company, Arcade Fire: Radio 3's top 30 songs for the week of March 13, 2017". Cbcmusic.ca. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  15. ^ "Besnard Lakes, Land of Talk, Sam Patch: Radio 3's top 30 songs for the week of April 10, 2017". Cbcmusic.ca. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  16. ^ "New Single - "Spokane"". Mailchi.mp. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  17. ^ "Log In or Sign Up to View". Facebook.com. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  18. ^ https://www.s-musicrecords.com/international-artists/
  19. ^ "The Tourist Company". Bandsintown. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  20. ^ "DEAR ROUGE WITH SPECIAL GUESTS RAH RAH + THE TOURIST COMPANY - BLACK TO GOLD TOUR - OCT 15 - COMMONWEALTH BAR, CALGARY". Facebook.com. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  21. ^ "The Tourist Company "Shouldn't Believe" (video)". exclaim.ca. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  22. ^ http://www.indoorrecess.com/tourist-company-release-introspective-new-single-conflictedrestricted
  23. ^ https://polvora.com.mx/2019/07/03/enfrentando-la-indiferencia-junto-a-tourist-company/
  24. ^ [2][dead link]
  25. ^ "Fast Romantics with guests The Tourist Company - The Fox Cabaret, Vancouver". Facebook.com. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  26. ^ [3][dead link]
  27. ^ [4][dead link]
  28. ^ "Lineup - Rifflandia 2018 - Victoria, BC". Lineup.rifflandia.com. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  29. ^ Surrey, City of. "Surrey Fusion Festival Announces 2015 Entertainment Line-up". Surrey.ca. Retrieved 4 October 2018.