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Montreal, Canada
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Philip Paolino // Lead Vocals, Keyboard
Jona Dhe Paganon // Lead guitar, Keyboards, Back Vocal
Joe D'Adamo // Rhythm Guitar, Back Vocal
Marco Leclerc // Drums


Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, ERA 9 is the product of five different musical backgrounds coming together. Originally started in 2008 by Jona Dhe Paganon & Marco Leclerc, ERA 9 was "considered one of the breakout bands of the year" by Canada's own Runway Magazine after the release of their self-titled debut album in May, 2011.

The release of their first single & music video GOODNIGHT turned several heads. Canadian outlets such as Montreal's Hour Community and Toronto's Stars quickly took notice of ERA 9 and featured the band on their websites. Even American magazines, such as New York's Naked Mag, spotlighted the Montreal quintet with an interview/photoshoot in NYC's Central Park. Canadian commercial rock radio stations were not indifferent to "GOODNIGHT", as the song was added on heavy rotation by numerous stations.

The band's reputation leaped once again with the release of their second single/video "CALLING OUT". After being invited to the iconic CBC studios for an interview on Montreal's Homerun program, Musique Plus, Quebec's #1 musically oriented television network, highlighted CALLING OUT's videoclip by airing it repeatedly as part of the 3-4 program.

ERA 9 has earned the privilege to share the stage with Canadian stars Our Lady Peace, Faber Drive, Matthew Good, Sam Roberts & Treble Charger. Having headlined tours & shows on both Canadian coasts, none return unaffected by ERA 9's captivating live performances. Fronted by animated vocalist Phil Paolino; backed by guitarists Joe D'Adamo and Jona Dhe Paganon; and solidified by bassist Eric Maddalena & drummer Marco Leclerc; this Montreal phenomenon is ready & able to seduce, exhilarate & electrify anyone with their musical brilliance.