Yellowknife punk rock musician to host EP release party

Yellowknife punk rock musician Brenden MacIntosh is hosting an album release party for his EP at Top Knight Bar on September 23rd.

Coffee Break, released in May, was inspired by MacIntosh’s time in quarantine during the pandemic. “I picked up the drums and just got obsessed. I was playing six-hour nights,” he said.

“It was kind of the missing piece of the puzzle for me as a musician.”


Last week, the album won Best Debut Album at the inaugural NWT Music Awards, something MacIntosh says he never imagined while writing it.

Brenden MacIntosh, center, performs at the 2022 NWT Music Awards. Megan Miskiman/Cabin Radio

“Just being nominated is enough because when you play punk rock you don’t get a lot of mainstream attention. So it was really nice to have that recognition,” he said. stated about the price.

“In my head, I was like, ‘It’s okay, you’re here.’ And then they said my name and my body picked me up and walked me to the prize.

MacIntosh started playing punk rock 10 years ago after finding a Blink-182 song on his friend’s iPod during gym class. He hopes Coffee Break will be the first of many releases, with a 10-song album on the horizon.


The launch party will also feature Johnny Vu, a pop and R&B artist from Yellowknife who performed at Folk on the Rocks this year. Attendees can expect a 17-song set from MacIntosh and a “genuine party atmosphere,” he said.

“The great thing about rock ‘n’ roll is that in bars, the later the funnier it is,” he said.

The show starts at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 23 at Top Knight. Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite.


Diana J. Carleton