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Gig Pick: Scenic Route to Alaska at House of Targ—04.19.18

By Apartment613 on April 16, 2018

Post by Shannon Ing. Shannon spends a lot of time on her phone and not enough time cleaning her room. Her grammar is poor but her Instagram is rich with personality.

Edmonton indie folk-rock band Scenic Route to Alaska are bringing their soulful vocals and lively basses to House of Targ on Thursday April 19!

After a successful release of their third album, Long Walk Home, they are touring with their latest record, Tough Luck. In various interviews Scenic Route to Alaska admits the touring life isn’t as glamorous as it’s made out to be. This drives the band’s inspiration for Tough Luck.

One of the most popular songs off the record is “How It Feels”, which the band tells Pop Matters, “”How It Feels” is an impulsive indie rock song about the challenge of finding love — or even a relationship for that matter — while being caught up in the hustle and bustle of touring and life on the road.” But you don’t need to be a rockstar to relate to their music. Scenic Route to Alaska’s catchy yet meaningful lyrics combined with bright melodies, speak to shared feelings of self-inflicted loneliness, ephemeral love, persistent heartbreak, and the complication that come with life.

Set in the intimate space of a pinball arcade, Scenic Route to Alaska’s Ottawa show is guaranteed to be a night of singing, head bobbing, and perogies!


Scenic Route to Alaska plays House of Targ on Thursday April 19 with Mike Edel and Chigurh. Doors at 8pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and are available online, or from Vertigo Records or Compact Music.