Based in Aylmer, a small town in Western Quebec, Les Mosquitos are known for their powerful live performances and "summer beach" sound and vibes. They have been making people groove since 2008.
In 2011, the band won some prize money, which they used to go in studio at Johnny Hall Productions and recorded their very first EP, Chasing the Dragon.
2012 was an amazing year for Les Mosquitos:
Their CD release party for Chasing the Dragon was a sold out success. They recorded a music video for the single "Number One". They wrote and recorded a new single, "My Muse", with songwriter Tommy Swick. Finalists at Ottawa's LiVE 88.5 Big Money Shot, and favorites in the region, they were voted "Best band in town" in the local newspaper.
2013 has been pretty good too:
They produced and released two new videos, scored a few sold-out shows in the region and got to perform at Ottawa's Bluesfest, the H.O.P.E Festival and the Festival Franco-Ontarien, among other great gigs.
Right now, more material is in the works. A new video is in the planning stage and a new single in French will be released soon.
❝ The songs on Chasing the Dragon are accessible and inviting... Think Sublime without the depressing subject matter. ❞ — Canadian Music Showcase, CM Issue, May-June 2013
❝ A bite from the reggae bug was guaranteed for all present at Les Mosquitos' album release... Their energetic performance with masterfully timed lighting created a feast for eyes and ears… The music had the audience out of their seats, with all ages up on the dance floor. ❞ — Aylmer Bulletin, July 2012
❝ Congratulations to Les Mosquitos who took second place in this year's LiVE 88.5 Big Money Shot competition! With their grooving bass lines and energetic performance, it's impossible to stand still. The sea of people packing the front of the stage were a testament to that, as they danced and jumped right along from start to end. This is the second chance I have had to see them perform and I must say, they are worth checking out! ❞ — Spotlight Ottawa, October 2012
❝ …Les Mosquitos, a band emerging from Aylmer, Quebec with their aromatic blend of reggae and ska. Even though they were assigned the smaller Black Sheep Stage (at the Ottawa's Bluesfest), they drew in a sizable audience who danced and cheered them on... Their songs are prone to rhythm changes, and the piano and the saxophone added an exotic layer to the funky beats blasting that hot midsummer afternoon. ❞ — Substruct News, July 2013