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Toronto, Canada
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Portrait of Opus Road

If you’re looking for effeminate, trendy indie pop or the next Twitter fad please move along; Opus Road is a five-piece Canadian alt. rock powerhouse who won't be going out of style any time soon. They make hard-edged, timeless rock with solid musicianship and memorable vocals.

It takes dedication and hard work to reach the kind of success that Opus Road has been able to attain in such a short time span. From their college start to the release of their self-titled debut EP, Opus Road has quickly become one of Canada's most watched new rock bands.

The Opus Road EP -- released in September 2009 and produced by Eric Paul, drummer of Canadian rock giants Thornley and Big Sugar -- is a 5 track testament to where you can get with hard work, a little luck and a lot of raw talent. It was the band's heavy schedule of shows in Toronto and Southern Ontario that helped catch Paul's attention. A friendship was soon forged and the result is an undeniably great offering from a new band we certainly haven't heard the last of.

Since then, the band has rocked some of Canada's best venues and festivals, including The Ricoh Coliseum, The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern, Niagara's Grape & Wine Festival, North By Northeast and Canadian Music Week, and the first ever Queen West Musicfest at Trinity Bellwoods park. Opus Road has also caught the attention of many professional athletes who have asked the band to perform at private parties for sports teams such as the Toronto Marlies and the Detroit Red Wings.

Opus Road started as a modest three-piece acoustic act playing around their hometown of St. Catharines, Ontario while Rob, Jeff and J.P. were still in school. They quickly realized they were destined for something much bigger than playing around town to pay their way through college, so the boys packed their bags and headed to the big city. Shortly after moving to Toronto they met drummer Ryan and veteran bassist Jay (Rise Electric/Lukas Rossi, Jaw) and the band solidified into its final form.

In the short time they have been together, Opus Road has managed to achieve what few local bands are able to: they have earned a steady following through their consistently flawless live show and have caught the attention of some of Canada's major music industry players. With their no-nonsense blend of solid, spirited rock, die-hard work ethic, and ability to effortlessly ignite a large crowd, Opus Road is proving they are a band poised to make some serious waves. Look out for a new LP in 2011.



“St. Catharine’s-bred, Toronto-based alternative rock band Opus Road is about to take off. They know this; their album cover is a sketch of a jet pilot. In 2009, traditional rock music has been given over to either sweaty, misogynistic louts (hint: they win big at the Junos) or detached, collegiate types. Opus recalls a time when rock, particularly in Canada, didn’t have to be stupid to get heard, but could reach a broad audience anyway. The Tragically Hip and Matthew Good come to mind, both clear influences…it’s a real pleasure to see artists on the verge of a breakthrough, and Opus Road definitely fits that description.” - TORO Magazine

"Energetic, edgy, rootsy...Opus Road is rough 'n' ready with strong songwriting and musicianship to match."
- Blair Packham, Host ‘Rock Talk’ CFRB Toronto

“I've worked booking bands for CITY TV & Breakfast TV for the last 12 years and spent another 12 before that working at Q107, 99.9 and CFRB. It would be impossible to remember all of the bands I've worked with; I choose just to remember the really bad ones & the really good ones. OPUS ROAD falls into the latter group. They have a tight, professional and original sound. We received a lot positive feedback when they played our show. I'm looking forward to hearing what they do in the future, and they are welcome back to our show anytime.” - Brad Matson, Segment/Music Producer, City TV/Breakfast Television Toronto