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Juno-nominated duo Whitehorse transcends genre

A successful Juno Award-nominated husband-wife duo is not something you come across very often, but Whitehorse can proudly use the phrase.

Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet are both respected musicians in their own right but pair them together and they have made what some may call “music heaven” when they formed their band in 2011.

They dabble with a variety of instruments and sounds which has kept fans wanting more.

“When people used to ask, ‘What is Whitehorse?’ because the sounds are a little bit familiar but I don’t know what this band is,” Doucet told CityNews, “My first answer is, ‘Well did you like it?’ and then they say yes so then I say well it’s that kind of music then!”

A unique aspect of their music is that they play a majority of their instruments on their albums and are one of the most sought after bands to see live.

“We have a looping pedal, a drum kid, tons of a guitars, keyboard, you name it.” Melissa said, “We’ve literally had pots and pans on stage with us. (laughs) Sometimes it would go horribly wrong and we would just have to live with it. That is kind of the excitement of the show.”

The group is following up their 2018 Juno-nominated album ‘The Northern South, Vol. 1’ with a second volume expected to be out in the new year.