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“Smile” — New Single from Indian City Shares Message of Optimism and Love Post-COVID


(WINNIPEG, Manitoba, July 29, 2021) — As people across the world start to emerge from the 2020-2021 pandemic, Vince Fontaine’s Indian City band shares a positive, lighthearted message with a new single, titled “Smile.”


“Smile” — an irresistible summer pop song filled with optimism and love post-COVID — is the highly-anticipated, first single since Indian City’s 2017 JUNO-nominated album, “Here & Now.” The album won numerous awards in Canada and the U.S., including a Native American Music Award in 2018.


The effects and overall impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic, which began in early 2020, were devastating for musicians. This past spring, Indian City founder and band leader Fontaine, felt a renewed sense of hope as the pandemic was finally being brought under control with successful public health measures and solutions.


Fontaine started looking ahead to a post-COVID world and began writing new songs expressing his optimism. “During the pandemic I would go to the mall and, of course, see everyone wearing masks,” says Fontaine. “But I would still be able to see their eyes and could tell if they were smiling.”


“The song speaks to love, attraction and the beauty of a smile,” says Fontaine. “I get lost simply when you smile…, ‘more than words could ever say…’”


“Smile” will be included on Indian City’s new album, “Code Red,” scheduled for release in October 2021. “Indian City is looking forward to sharing positive messages, which will remind people of the importance of the simple things in life that make it worth living,” says Fontaine. “Some of our themes for the new album include optimism, hope, inclusion, understanding and beginning to live again post-COVID.”


About the Song

“Smile” was co-written by Fontaine, Jeremy Koz and longtime collaborator Chris Burke-Gaffney. Lead vocals feature the talented Jeremy Koz. The song was recorded at NB Studios, Winnipeg; produced by Fontaine and Chris Burke-Gaffney; and mastered by Allen Hunnie. It is released by Rising Sun Productions, Inc., Winnipeg. Listen to “Smile” on these digital platforms, including: Amazon Music, Apple Music/iTunes, Spotify and YouTube.


Meet lead vocalist Jeremy Koz: Jeremy has been with Indian City since 2013 and brings more than 25 years of experience with him. Jeremy’s music resumé includes musical theatre, all-star tribute bands to Indie recording groups. He’s a gifted singer-songwriter with great tone, power and conviction.


About Indian City

Founded by Vince Fontaine, Indian City is a pop rock group based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Catchy hooks, airtight melodies and lyrics that feel millennial enough to appeal across a wide demographic. Their unique blend of female and male vocals complement each other creating a rich and smooth signature sound. Making their debut in 2012, Fontaine was set on bringing razor-sharp talent to his musical collective akin to the Toronto-based band, Broken Social Scene and global influences, such as Carlos Santana’s Supernatural. Indian City has become a  strong voice for Indigenous cultures of North America often highlighting relevant issues past, present and future.

Indian City features vocalists Don Amero, Jeremy Koz, Neewa Mason and Gabrielle Fontaine as well as long-time band mate Lawrence “Spatch” Mulhall. Indian City adds to the growing number of Indigenous artists sharing toward a strong and fair legacy of Indigenous peoples. Indian City has released three albums to date: “Supernation” (2012), “Colors” (2013) and the JUNO-nominated “Here & Now” (2017). Their fourth album, “Code Red,” will be released in October 2021.

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