Toronto, ON

Telephone Explosion Records


Bernice (Toronto, Canada) is the project of musician and songwriter Robin Dann and her longtime collaborators Thom Gill (keyboards), Philippe Melanson (e-percussion and drums), Daniel Fortin (bass), and Felicity Willians (voice).

The band, together since 2011, has released four full-length albums and an EP, two of which were long-listed for Canada’s Polaris Prize. 

Bernice’s music sits between genres. Some say new fusion, others say alt-pop, others still scratch their heads but dig it. New listeners can rely on hearing a group of musicians who listen to each other closely and love songs.

Pitchfork called their most recent release, Cruisin’, “a thrilling experiment… a glow of affection and curiosity”. 

Eau De Bonjourno, released March 5th, 2021 with Telephone Explosion Records in North America and Figureight Records in the UK, has garnered rave reviews and debuted at #10 on the National Top 50 albums in Canada. The New York Times called 2018’s Puff: In the air without a shape (Arts & Crafts) “a monument to ephemerality”.

Each of the five band members are independently busy with their own pursuits, so much so that A-Side wrote about them as “Toronto’s ever-evolving backing band”. Together and apart, they work and tour with Martha Wainwright, Andy Shauf, Bahamas, Lido Pimienta, Charles Spearin (Broken Social Scene), and Devon Sproule, among many others.

Eau De Bonjourno “is unusually mesmerizing with its movements, connected by the natural spirit of chaos” (Pitchfork).  

“Most of EDB sounds like someone dropped a beautiful crystal, and rather than breaking into violent shards, it drifted off as glistening bubbles” (Stereogum).

“Bernice continue to piece together and encapsulate gorgeously immersive and magical worlds with hidden gems, like the joys of like, just waiting to be found” (Exclaim).