Hopeful Monster (band)

Hopeful Monster is a Canadian chamber pop band, formed in 2000 by singer-songwriter Jason Ball for a recording project at his own Nervous System Studio in Seabright, Nova Scotia. Hopeful Monster was released in 2002 on Halifax label Brobdingnagian Records, featuring orchestral session players and members of local bands Heavy Blinkers, The Guthries and Matt Mays & El Torpedo, as well as studio partner and Hylozoists composer Paul Aucoin.[1][2]

Hopeful Monster
OriginSeabright, Nova Scotia, Canada
GenresPsychedelic chamber pop
Years active2000 (2000)–present
Websitehopefulmonster.ca Edit this at Wikidata

Following a move to Toronto, Ball released a second album, Metatasking, under the Hopeful Monster moniker in 2008, featuring members of By Divine Right, Hylozoists and side project The Wilderness.[3][4]

In 2010, Hopeful Monster was selected to represent Nova Scotia on CBC Radio 2's Great Canadian Song Quest compilation, for which an artist from each Canadian province and territory contributed a song, written about a road chosen by listeners via CBC's online voting platform.[5][6]

A third Hopeful Monster album, Beautiful Island, was released in 2013.[7][8]


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  2. ^ Keast, James (June 1, 2002). "Hopeful Monster: Hopeful Monster". Exclaim!.
  3. ^ Gormley, Ian (December 29, 2009). "Hopeful Monster: Metatasking". Exclaim!.
  4. ^ Coscarelli, Joseph (August 18, 2008). "Catch the Buzz: Hopeful Monster". Spin.
  5. ^ Hudson, Alex (September 15, 2010). "CBC Radio 2 Ropes in Hannah Georgas, Two Hours Traffic and More for Great Canadian Song Quest". Exclaim!.
  6. ^ Hudson, Alex (October 25, 2010). "Great Canadian Song Quest Unveils Tracks Inspired by Canadian Roads Featuring Hannah Georgas, Two Hours Traffic". Exclaim!.
  7. ^ Boshart, Eric. "New in Toronto Music: Twist, the Hopeful Monster, Sue Newberry and the Law, Shotgun Jimmie, Grounders". BlogTO.
  8. ^ "Discography". Allmusic.