AA Wallace

  • AA Wallace
  • AA Wallace


  • "In Alpha Zones" released on March 11, 2016
  • Performed at festivals such as NXNE, Halifax Pop Explosion, Evolve, and Great Escape UK
  • Signed with label Culvert Music (Bravestation, The Dying Arts)
  • Nominated for "Producer of the Year" at this year`s Music Nova Scotia Awards


From his days growing up in the small fishing village of Wedgeport, Nova Scotia, to his days fronting Halifax indie-rock outfit Sleepless Nights, AA Wallace has always been an outlier - carving out his own musical niche that was often in stark contrast to what was going on around him.

His debut album (disambiguation) was a solitary endeavour, with the artist writing, producing and recording the songs himself in his bedroom in Halifax. Created with samples from broken toys and dollar-bin records and released on small East Coast indie label Acadian Embassy in May 2013, the album was a critical success, being called "both melancholic and philosophical" (Earshot) and "the most insidiously catchy bedroom pop we've heard all year" (Toronto Star). The following year found Wallace developing a live band and bringing his brand of cerebral grim-pop to festivals such as NXNE, Halifax Pop Explosion, Evolve, and Great Escape UK.

In 2015 Wallace relocated to Toronto and signed with label Culvert Music (Saukrates, Ben Stevenson) to release the follow-up to (disambiguation) titled "In Alpha Zones". Often spoken of as being ahead of his time, In Alpha Zones plays out like a man from the future trying to match up with the present by exploring his past, taking classic pop production elements and drenching them with vintage synth and drum machine sounds akin to 80s VHS scores.

With tracks relating to his experiences touring with his old band ("We Just Stopped"), working in an office ("Success") and a fully re-vamped live version of the first track he ever released ("Shake it Out"), the album finds Wallace at his most reflective. Each track on the album occupies it's own small musical universe, from the funk-infused "Harlequin", to the reverb-drenched "Secret Name" and the driving synth-pop of "VLT Girls (We Win Again)", Wallace's influences are plentiful and wide reaching.