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Portrait of Grand Motel

Grand Motel


About Grand Motel

Ottawa, Canada

Grand Motel is a rock group that formed in Ottawa with members proudly hailing from Toronto, Ottawa and Sudbury. They are three different creators each with a wide range of influences. Each have extensive studio and live experience collaborating. GM are a writing team that has spent many years polishing their craft to create a sound suitable to a live stage and a radio audience. With a combination of strong driving rock dynamics, tasteful sensitivity and a heavy 1990’s influence, Grand Motel with its layered hooks and balanced style believe that a good song will always transcend the times.
The Summer of 2009 saw members of Grand Motel Jarrett Lee (vocals/guitar), Justin Trudeau (lead guitar) and Jamie Urie (drums) recording their first EP as a group entitled “The Documentary EP” in Montreal at Studio Base Bin with talented Producer Albert Chambers at the helm and Band Manager Phil Castro behind the scenes. The journey from Ottawa to Montreal was well worth it in experience, pushing the band toward the sound they had always been searching for. Countless studio hours, a bicycle-ride in the rain and one too many visits to Le Biftek later, the sound eventually arrived.
These warm months that had the band traveling back and forth between their home in the Nations Capital and breathtaking Montreal were in many ways a defining experience. Stunning and overwhelming St. Laurent Blvd. in the heart of the Plateau on a warm summer’s day pulsated life through the veins of Grand Motel. It was a non-refundable experience that became Grand Motel’s pulse resonating in the music. The wait has been long but it’s been well worth it. Grand Motel was born and “The Documentary EP” became the first steps in their journey.
Just like the name Grand Motel suggests, the music of this group offers unexpected comfort and refuge to those that find themselves journeying on life's spiritual highway and trying to cope with the alienation and misunderstanding that is often a backdrop of that journey. Close to the exit, easy to find an affordable Motel are anything but typical. GM are travelers themselves and their music is about being on your own journey and seeking your own destination. Stay for awhile, and share the stories of others that have journeyed on the same road as you. At the Grand Motel, find strength to continue on your journey.

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