NQ Arbuckle

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Anyone who has met NQ Arbuckle knows that he wears his heart like a red wet spot on a crisp white shirt. They also know he'll say it's just ketchup. His music, on the other hand, never dismisses lightly, where the greatest moments exist in the smallest of events: a casual glance becomes a confession of love; a glass of beer at the bar can be an act of forgiveness.

NQ Arbuckle is the boy next door, and if you listen carefully, in the wee hours of the morning, you may hear him plucking out the tune to his next song. And if you really strain your ears you might just hear your name, because NQ Arbuckle is singing about you.

NQ Arbuckle?s critical acclaim is backed by rave reviews from literary giants like The Globe & Mail, The Toronto Star and Uncut. His clout as a live performer has sent him on the tour of duty to SXSW, the UK, twice to Italy, and more recently, across Europe with Luke Doucet and Justin Rutledge as part of the Triple Barrel Tour, while making fans out of heavies like Blue Rodeo, The Sadies and Martha Wainwright.

Press Quotes

"?[NQ Arbuckle]?writes the sort of raucous, whiskey-soaked tunes that could only be penned by a fella familiar with the outlaw mindset"
- NOW Magazine.

"Arbuckle possesses the rough-edged romanticism of Richard Buckner and early Joe Henry"
- Exclaim! Magazine

"NQ Arbuckle takes the squalour of life and composes magical poetry"
- The Ottawa Citizen