Since its inception in 2012, Stack Your Roster has represented artists across the whole breadth of the spectrum of musical innovation. To keep that focus, SYR maintains an ever-evolving management core featuring (but not limited to) William Osiecki (Bas Relief) and David Mitchell (Gulfer, Bas Relief). However, SYR would not exist without the care and generosity of Teodoro Zamudio, Cat Lamoureux, David Martinez (Great Gardening), and Charlie Juarez.
In the pursuit of fostering a communitarian spirit, the former SYR HQ was occasionally transformed into a home studio where bands such as Head Honcho, Gulfer, and Names have recorded at little to no expense. The roster’s expansion over the years has grown to include past innovators such as Look Mexico, Them, Roaringtwenties, Cattle Drums, as well as contemporary, local artists Gulfer, Boy Friends, Thanya Iyer, and more.
Unfortunately, in summer 2016 SYR’s headquarters was vacated owing to a failed city inspection and the building’s dubious owner. Between 2012 and 2016, SYR HQ was host to over 40 shows, featuring over 100 bands in that time. Though HQ is no more, SYR remains dedicated to fostering collaboration and creation in Montreal and abroad. 2017 will bring new initiatives and faces, starting first with a crowdsourcing endeavor to democratize the community’s access to information that it needs most.