There is only one word that comes to mind when you see Andre on stage… showman. Musical talent
aside this young man has presence that is reminiscent of a young Brian Setzer, working the stage and
the room with an irresistible charisma. It’s not all theatrics with these boys though, they do have the
musical chops to go with it.
- B Lynn Hartling // Canadian Beats
Known for his hooks, energetic live performances and fronting ‘Grease Coast Rock N’ Roll’ band, Andre Pettipas and The Giants.
“There is only one word that comes to mind when you see Andre onstage,showman. Musical talent aside, this young man has presence that is reminiscent of a young Brian Setzer, working the stage and the room with an irresistible charisma. ” -B Lynn Hartling/Canadian Beats
After winning 2017’s Q104 Homegrown Challenge which helped fund their industry demo, Andre Pettipas and The Giants showcased at numerous industry shindigs, including Canadian Music Week in Toronto and the 2018 Live at Heart festival in Sweden, and toured relentlessly.
Along the way, they’ve gained a reputation as an incredibly tight live act, and as a band that routinely crank out the kind of eminently hooky, sing a long, anthems that stick in your mind and just won’t let go – a reputation that not only got producer Brian Moncarz’s (Alice Cooper, Our Lady Peace) attention but drew a variety of talented and enthusiastic musical guests to the table on their ECMA and NSMW Rock Album of The Year nominated sophomore effort, ‘No Fools, No Fun.'
His band released a double live album in spring 2022 that was recorded at the legendary El Mocambo in Toronto during back-to-back nights in September 2021.
Andre Pettipas and The Giants are currently promoting their third studio album, “Under Control" released summer of 2023 recorded at The Tragically Hip's studio, The Bathouse during summer of 2022.
’23 was a busy campaign as AP and The Giants also produced their own festival, “Giantstock” on labour day weekend and toured Cross-Canada twice (June and September) in support of the latest release. As a full-time musician, Andre had a gig count of 139 to end the year.
With 20 years of performing under his belt Andre's solo work is extremely versatile and like a musical chameleon he is able to adjust to the rooms requirements to accommodate the vibe; with material ranging from
Jon Prine to Eminem, there is something for everyone.
“Andre knows pop and what people want to hear or can listen to - yet pushes those boundaries without breaking them to be too experimental” - Tony Trimper
The Cranberries - Zombie // Feed NS NYE '24 Stream
Simon And Garfunkel - Sounds Of Silence
Talk - Run Away To Mars // Feed NS NYE '24 Stream
Tyler Childers - Lady May
Misfortune - Andre Pettipas and The Giants
Homesick - Andre Pettipas
Gypsophila (Demo) - Andre Pettipas
Definition Of A Dweeb (Live) - Andre Pettipas and The Giants
2016: Casino NS Artist In Residence Finalists
- Arkells "Leather Jacket" cover contest golden ticket winner
2017: Q104 Homegrown Champions
- Showcased at Indie Week
- 2018 Showcased at Live At Heart (Orebro, Sweden)
- 2019 Jim Beam Talent Search Champions (Halifax Region)
Showcased at Canadian Music Week
- East Coast Countdown #1s: "Long Way From Home" ft. Ashley MacIsaac,
"The Swedish Motel", "Sympathy Card", "Overtime", "Homesick" and
"Definition of a dweeb."
"Sympathy Card" hit #27 on National Radio Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart
"Overtime" was featured on game 4 of Stanley Cup Finals in 2021
2021: Showcased at ASEAN Music Showcase festival
Showcased at Bangkok Music City festival
2022: ECMA "Rock Recording Of The Year" nomination (No Fools No Fun)
NSMW "Rock Recording Of The Year" nomination (No Fools No Fun)
Released Live Album "Live at The ElMo" recorded at Legendary El Mocambo tavern.
2023: June - Showcased at COCA (Canadian Organization of Campus Activities)
Cross-Country tour in support of lead single from 'Under Control"
"Sin City" featured on game 1 of NHL Stanley Cup Finals