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Thank you, and goodnight!August 21st, 2014

I remember September 3rd, 2008. It was my first day at the University of Saskatchewan. I was walking to class when a familiar face caught my eye. I thought to myself, “Hey, I know this guy! It’s Cam, the trombone player from the jazz intensive I was in last year! We should start a ska band.” It was kind of a half-hearted thought. I never really figured anything would come of it, considering that we were both about to pursue engineering degrees. At the time, I had never sang or played guitar in public, and Emmett was still in 8th grade. Yet, somehow, a few months later we were a five-piece group, holding our first rehearsal in my parents’ basement.

Calling ourselves “Drop Zone Response,” our one and only goal was to headline the former Lydia’s Pub in Saskatoon. We quickly got to work learning ska-punk covers and writing originals in hopes of crafting a sound similar to that of my hometown idols, North of Shorty. Several rehearsals and one infamous house party later, we decided it was time to hit the studio (aka the Rogers brothers’ basement). After a week of learning how to record with pirated software, broken headphones, and a pile of dirty socks, the “Every Band Needs A Basement Demo” basement demo was produced. That was May, 2009. The rest, as they say, is history.

If you told me back then where Misterfire would be five-and-a-half years later, I probably would have just laughed it off. Yet, here we stand, with an album, an EP, a CBC Regional Top 10 Searchlight finish, a Western Canadian tour and a metric tonne of shows under our belts (at least four of which were at Lydia’s before it closed). Time and time again, we have managed to surpass our own expectations, growing as both musicians and individuals. I am truly amazed at what this group has accomplished over the years, which makes it difficult for me to say goodbye to it. However, as is the way of the world, all people (including myself) must move on to bigger and better things, be that careers, families or other projects. Thus, we have decided to end things on a high note, and will no longer be performing together under the name Misterfire.

From the bottom of our hearts, we want to sincerely thank each and every one of our friends, family and fans that have supported us over the years: Owen and Debbie Fortosky, who gave us a practice space whenever we needed it, and came to almost every single one of our shows; Mark Klopoushak and Jordan Smith for making our dream of a full length album come true; Earl Pereira and Kate Matthews, for giving us a killer follow-up EP and countless words of wisdom; Bryn Becker, Michael Stankowski, and Leejay Schmidt for all their media, sound, and website expertise; and anyone who ever came to a show, bought a CD, or even shared one of our facebook statuses. While you may have heard this line countless times before, know that Emmett, Cam, Jordan, Ethan and myself could not have come this far without your love and support. It means the world to us.

Thank you for listening.

Ben Fortosky

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Searchlight: Regional Top 10 FinishApril 29th, 2014

Thank you so much to everyone who supported us by voting for the band in CBC's Searchlight contest! We finished in the Regional Top 10 for Saskatchewan, which was phenomenal!

During the contest we also whipped up a little video montage of our favourite live performances. You can check it out below. Share and enjoy!

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CBC SearchlightMarch 26th, 2014

It's been a while, but we're finally back on the scene! And we need your help! We've entered into the CBC Searchlight contest, which looks for Canada's next big musical act. You can help us out by voting for us daily on our CBC page. All you have to do is click the link/picture below, scroll down and click "VOTE FOR THIS ARTIST". That's it, only 3 seconds of work! You even can vote multiple times if you use different browsers. Every vote counts, so don't be shy!

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Darling, This Is War Available EverywhereSeptember 13th, 2013

Following a successful tour and hometown EP release party, we are pleased to announced that Darling, This Is War is now available from all major online distributors (BandCamp, iTunes, etc.)! If you're looking for the best way to help support us, BandCamp gives us the best cut from our online sales. And, of course, you can pick up a hardcopy of the EP from any of the band members at any time, or from one of our shows. We sincerely hope that you enjoy the new EP. Please let us know what you think by tweeting us @misterfiremusic, writing on our facebook timeline, or shooting us an email!
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NEW SINGLE RELEASED!August 29th, 2013

In preparation for our official Saskatoon EP release on September 7th, we've decided to release one of the brand new tracks! The tune is called "Ain't Over Yet," and it's the first track you'll hear when you download the album (or put the CD in your stereo, for those who still appreciate owning physical copies). You can DOWNLOAD IT FOR FREE up until the EP release party! Listen, share and enjoy!

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Sask/Alberta Summer TourAugust 15th, 2013

At last, the time has come! After a busy summer of recording, our latest EP, Darling, This Is War, is finally ready to hit the streets! We'll be releasing it through a Saskatchewan/Alberta tour over the next few weeks. The cities that we'll be lighting up (so far) are:

August 17th: Regina @ McNally's Tavern
August 22nd: Canmore @ The Canmore Hotel
August 23rd: Calgary @ Dicken's Pub
September 7th: Saskatoon @ Louis' Pub

Be sure to check the "Shows" page for the latest tour information and updates. Stay tuned, and prepare yourselves... this. is. WAR!
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Sask Jazz Fest 2013May 3rd, 2013

We're stoked to be playing the Sasktel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival this summer! Check us out at the Experience Downtown & Potashcorp Club Jazz Freestages June 25th/26th!

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NEW EP ANNOUNCED!!!April 26th, 2013

It's official: we're heading back to the studio this summer to record a brand new EP, produced by Earl Pereira of The Steadies!

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Reggae Party with Mo'Marley!April 10th, 2013

Get ready to Stir It Up on Saturday, April 20th at Amigos! We're opening for Mo'Marley, Saskatchewan's premier reggae tribute band!

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IcebreakerJanuary 12th, 2013

Can't make it into the bar to see us with that fake ID/mustache combo? No worries, we've got your back. All ages show at The Odeon has been announced!
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BRING THE HEAT!November 26th, 2012

Get stoked, 'cause we're kicking off 2013 with a massive 16+ show at Louis' on January 4th!
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New Live Acoustic Video!October 8th, 2012

Check out our media page to see us performing our acoustic cover of The Cat Empire's "Fishies" live at Saskatoon Park(ing) Day, courtesy of Ominocity !
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Acoustic Set at Saskatoon Park(ing) DayAugust 31st, 2012

Ever wonder what we sound like unplugged? September 21st is your chance to find out! We're playing and acoustic set on the Ominocity Stage at Saskatoon Park(ing) Day!
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U of S Welcome Week ShowAugust 31st, 2012

Misterfire is back again at The Bowl Beer Gardens this year for more shenanigans! Don't miss our set on September 6th, cause it's gonna be craaazy!
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Surprise Gig at The FEZ!August 22nd, 2012

We'll be opening for Close Talker at the Fez this Thursday! Come on out and start your weekend early!
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