“Mixing their stunning vocals with funk beats underneath a soulful sound, an abundance of theatrical dance moves and kitschy quirks, they defy any genre or description. One must simply see them to believe them.” M3
Hailing from Ottawa, Canada, The PepTides is a nine-member band with a distinctive larger-than-life pop sound. The five vocalists and four instrumentalists draw on eclectic influences, with elements of funk, soul, gospel, folk, Latin and new wave. In 2017, the band was featured on the cover of Ottawa Life Magazine as “Ottawa’s Best Band.”
The PepTides are an eclectic community of musicians with a rainbow of faces that represent a snapshot of Canadian diversity: their gender-diverse, multilingual, multiracial lineup features members of Québécois, English, Ukrainian, Mexican, Guyanese, Acadian, Armenian and Scottish descent. The band is predominantly LGBTQ+ with some straight allies.
The group is noted for its extravagant live performances featuring thick vocal harmonies, theatrical choreography and colourful visuals. The PepTides’ songs juxtapose upbeat music with lyrics that comment on far-reaching themes like love, hate, revenge, sex, religion, war—and getting ready for dates.
The band’s 2019 release, Galápagos, Vol. I, is a salute to Kurt Vonnegut’s 1985 novel Galápagos. The ten-song album forms a soundtrack through the darkly hilarious story, which includes a global financial crisis, World War III, an ill-fated nature cruise, and a million years of evolution.
In 2013, The PepTides garnered national attention by producing a full-length album in collaboration with Stuart McLean of CBC Radio’s Vinyl Cafe. They performed selections from the album live on the 20th anniversary recording of the show. Their 2014 release Love Question Mark was lauded by Exclaim! as “an ambitious collection of fun, daring, unadulterated, true blue art.” For Those Who Hate Human Interaction (2010) was named best album of the year by the Ottawa Citizen.
The band has charmed audiences at some of Canada’s largest festivals including RBC Bluesfest and Festival d’été de Québec, iconic rock bars such as Wakefield’s Black Sheep Inn and Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern, and even the SummerWorks theatre festival.
THE PEPTIDES ARE…
- Claude Marquis (Voice)
- Rebecca Noelle (Voice)
- DeeDee Butters (Voice)
- Dale Waterman (Voice)
- Olexandra Pruchnicky (Voice)
- Scottie Irving (Keyboards)
- Andrew Burns (Bass)
- Alex Wickham (Drums)
- Juan Miguel Gomez Montant (Guitar)