Austra is a Canadian New Wave band, fronted by singer-songwriter Katie Stelmanis.
The band, also featuring Stelmanis' former Galaxy bandmate Maya Postepski and former Spiral Beach bassist Dorian Wolf, played a number of early shows under the name Private Life before learning that another band was already using the name; they subsequently chose Katie's middle name Austra, from the goddess of light in Latvian mythology. Austra's touring lineup includes twin back-up singers Sari and Romy Lightman of Tasseomancy and Ryan Wosniak of Ze and the Boyfriends.
Austra's debut album Feel it Break was released May 13, 2011 on Domino Records (Ex Canada) / Paper Bag Records. On June 16, 2011, Feel it Break was named as a longlisted nominee for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize. The album was subsequently named to the Polaris Prize shortlist.
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