John Jacob Magistery: A Powerful New Voice in Montreal's Indie-Folk Scene

“I feel like we deserve to be here, for sure,” says Johnny Griffin as he squints at me from across the large picnic table, sun in his eyes, “I just didn’t expect us to play this year.” The rest of John Jacob Magistery laugh or nod in agreement, knowing full well that while they are labelled ‘up-and-coming,’ their sound and vision for the future is fully formed. As opposed to other young bands making their major festival debuts in 2015, John Jacob Magistery are a group of seasoned musicians who know exactly what they’re capable of, their performance at Osheaga serving as a testament to just how much can be accomplished in a year.

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