Imaginary Cities

Originally starting as a duo featuring Rusty Matyas (of The Waking Eyes and The Weakerthans) and Marti Sarbit, Imaginary Cities have evolved into a five-piece. The Winnipeg-based group does indie rock that fuses synth-pop and Motown-esque vibes. Sarbit’s soulful and uniquely-textured voice is especially captivating, even sassy at times. In 2011, they were a longlisted nominee for Canada’s prestigious Polaris Music Prize.

Featured song: “Temporary Resident”

Temporary Resident is the debut album by Imaginary Cities.

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Official website:
Twitter: @imaginarycities

Upcoming tour dates:
5/15 @ Mercury Lounge in New York, NY
5/16 @ North Star Bar in Philadelphia, PA
5/18 @ Amos’ Southend in Charlotte, NC
5/19 @ The New Brookland Tavern in West Columbia, SC
5/21 @ WorkPlay Theatre in Birmingham, AL

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