In 2015, four music students were sitting in an Ottawa classroom when opportunity knocked on the door – literally. The knocker asked if the boys were in a band. They said yes. They weren’t.

That was the day The Tackies were born.

Hans Vivian-Wenzel took on lead vocals and guitar. Jamie Orser brought the beat on the drums. Mathieu Malette grabbed a guitar. Galen Cussion started slapping the bass guitar and keys.

They played their first show together for the person who knocked on the door.

In the years since then, The Tackies have played for packed crowds with thousands of people. They’ve also released two studio EPs: The Tackies (2015) and Beach Party (2017).

Known for their eye-catching parties, The Tackies always deliver on the crowd’s expectations for a high-energy show. The boys like to tease between upbeat dance songs and their unique take on theory rich riff rock with themes that set them apart from the ordinary rock band.

That signature style has seen The Tackies land on Ottawa Life Magazine’s “Best of Ottawa” music series for the last two years in a row.

The Tackies have opened for major names, including LIGHTS, Alvvays, Modern Space, The Pack A.D., The Stanfields, and Busty and the Bass.

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“THE BAND OOZES WITH RETRO SENSATIONS WITH AN ENERGETICALLY CHARGED, MODERNIZED TAKE ON DANCE-BEACHROCK AND PUNK AND THEY USE THIS VANTAGE POINT TO GIVE A NEW ENERGY TO SOME CLASSIC ROCK ARCHETYPES.”¬†NNEKA NNAGBO – OTTAWA BEAT MAGAZINE

“AND THE SCREAMS…OHHH, HOW THEY SCREAMED FOR THEM.”¬†ANDRE GAGNE – OTTAWALIFE MAGAZINE