Wooden Stars

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Wooden Stars
Julie Doiron and the Wooden Stars at the Peterborough Folk Festival 2014 05.JPG
Background information
OriginOttawa, Ontario, Canada
GenresIndie rock, grunge[1]
Years active1994 (1994)–present
LabelsZunior, Sonic Unyon
MembersJulien Beillard
Andrew McCormack
Mathieu Beillard
Michael Feuerstack
Josh Latour

Wooden Stars are a Canadian indie rock band formed in 1994. The band, from Ottawa, consists of vocalist and guitarist Julien Beillard, guitarist Michael Feuerstack, bassists Josh Latour and Mathieu Beillard, and drummer Andrew McCormack.


The band, who describe their music as "a fusion of unlikely influences ranging from XTC and The Clash to Georges Brassens and James Blood Ulmer", released four albums between 1995 and 1999.[2]


Rise Up & Get Down was released in 1998 on 12" vinyl by Rhythm of Sickness Records.[3] In 1999, the Wooden Stars collaborated with singer-songwriter Julie Doiron on the album Julie Doiron and the Wooden Stars, which won a Juno Award for Best Alternative Album.[4] Following that album, the band members concentrated on other projects, although the group never formally disbanded.

In 2004, they reunited to perform at the 40th birthday party of their longtime producer Dave Draves. In early 2005, the band played several reunion shows in Ottawa, Toronto and Hamilton, and rereleased their old material on Zunior Records. They released People Are Different, their first album in seven years, on Sonic Unyon in 2007.[5]

In addition to the Wooden Stars, various band members have played with, or appeared with a variety of bands in Central Canada. Mike Feuerstack fronts his own band Snailhouse, played with long running Ottawa outfit Kepler, performs with Angela Desveaux, and appears on recent recordings by Bell Orchestre and Islands.[6] Andrew McCormack played in CLARK the band of Ottawa.[7]

In 2013, Invisible Publishing published Wooden Stars: Innocent Gears,[8] a book about the band by author Malcolm Fraser. In 2014, the band appeared on the main stage at the Peterborough Folk Festival.[9]



  1. ^ Barclay, Michael; Schneider, Jason; Jack, Ian. Have Not Been the Same: The CanRock Renaissance, 1985–1995. ECW Press, 2011
  2. ^ "Music: Wooden Stars: People Are Different". Spun.com. May 8, 2007. Archived from the original on January 12, 2016. Retrieved June 29, 2014.
  3. ^ Julien, Alexandre (January 14, 2010). "Winter Records & Rhythm of Sickness Records Interview". Abridged Pause Blog. Archived from the original on November 20, 2019. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  4. ^ [1] Archived July 4, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "London, ON News | Local Latest Headlines | Ontario, Canada & World". Lfpress.com. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  6. ^ [2][dead link]
  7. ^ "Wooden Stars, People are Different". Archived from the original on August 12, 2007.
  8. ^ "Wooden Stars". Invisible Publishing. October 2, 2013. Archived from the original on July 16, 2014. Retrieved June 29, 2014.
  9. ^ "The Constantines to kick off Peterborough Folk Festival". The Peterborough Examiner. July 18, 2014. Retrieved May 18, 2021.

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