Partner is a Canadian rock band, originally from Sackville, New Brunswick, and later based in Windsor, Ontario. The band is most noted for winning the SOCAN Songwriting Prize in 2018 for their song "Play the Field".
|Origin||Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada|
|Genres||rock, power pop, punk rock|
|Labels||You've Changed Records|
Vocalist and lead guitarist Josée Caron and vocalist and rhythm guitarist Lucy Niles, two lesbian women who met as students at Mount Allison University, played together in the bands Mouthbreathers, Yellowteeth, and Go Get Fucked. In 2014 the pair formed Partner in Sackville with guitarist Daniel Legere, bassist Kevin Brasier and drummer Brendan Allison. The group first attracted widespread attention in 2015 when their video "The 'Ellen' Page", created from Creative Commons-licensed footage of actress Ellen Page dancing, went viral after being promoted on social media by Page herself. In 2016, they released the cassette Healthy Release, a collection of their early singles, on You've Changed Records.
Partner moved to Windsor in 2016 before releasing their full-length debut album In Search of Lost Time in 2017. The album appeared on the !earshot National Top 50 Chart for four months, beginning in October that year, was a shortlisted finalist for the 2018 Polaris Music Prize, and was nominated for an East Coast Music Award.
- "Five Facts You Should Know About Partner, Atlantic Canada's Best Lesbian Garage Band". Exclaim!, January 3, 2017.
- Dalson Chen, "Quirky Windsor rock duo wins $10,000 songwriting prize". Windsor Star, June 17, 2018.
- "Partner Win the 2018 SOCAN Songwriting Prize". Exclaim!, June 14, 2018.
- Katie Tower, "Sackville band in the running for prestigious Polaris Music prize". Sackville Tribune, July 31, 2018.
- Josh O’Kane,"Partner’s music merges technical prowess with slacker predispositions". The Globe and Mail, May 31, 2017.
- Marcy Donelson, "Partner". AllMusic.
- Carly Lewis, "Partner Loving Leisure Life". Exclaim!, September 6, 2017.
- "Sackville punk band Partner gets a Hollywood endorsement". CBC News New Brunswick, October 22, 2015.
- Ben Rayner, "Partner’s punk is saucy but subtly serious". Toronto Star, May 12, 2016.
- "Partner: In Search of Lost Time". Pitchfork, September 12, 2017.
- "The National Top 50 For the Week Ending: Tuesday, October 10, 2017". !earshot.
- "Polaris Music Prize Reveals 2018 Short List". Exclaim!, July 17, 2018.
- Tom Niles, "Labrador woman receives nomination for ECMA". The Labradorian, February 08, 2018.
- "Partner: Saturday the 14th EP". Pitchfork, April 10, 2019.