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Tariq is a Juno nominated songwriter and recording artist with a music career that spans over two decades. Born in rural Quebec to parents from Pakistan and Fiji, Tariq grew up on a healthy diet of Bollywood soundtracks. Then, in high school, he got his hands on a guitar and started writing songs which sounded more like Cat Stevens and Neil Young than Mohammed Rafi.
By the end of the nineties, Tariq had released two full-length albums, Splat, and The Basement Songs. The Basement Songs, which came out on EMI Music Canada, earned him national radio play as well as a Juno nomination for “Best New Solo Artist.” 

Photo by Rachel Pick

Into the early aughts, Tariq went on to release more music—two albums and one EP—independently and through small imprints. In 2009, he joined the ranks of the Vancouver based band, Brasstronaut. Since joining, this critically acclaimed act has been putting out music and touring extensively in both Canada and in Europe in support of their records. 


Tariq’s latest offering is Telegrams, his fifth full-length album and follow up to the 2013 Moonwalker EP. On Telegrams, the songs feel a bit like short stories, hence the title—three-and-a-half minute snippets of fictional lives. A fan of short fiction, Tariq found characters in stories by some of his favourite authors, like Lorrie Moore and Roberto Bolaño, and cast them as leads in his songs. Written in his apartment on an acoustic guitar, the songs were eventually shaped by a band who helped him envision fresh tempos, feels, and arrangements, adding layers of texture and melody. The result is a ten-song album with thoughtful lyrics and singable melodies reminiscent of artists like The Mountain Goats, and John K. Samson. 


Sometimes though, those Bollywood soundtracks still play for him somewhere in the background.




John Walsh  BASS

Skye Brooks  DRUMS


Jesse Zubot  VIOLIN

Micajah Sturgess FRENCH HORN 



"Coquihalla"–Official Video

"Walking Dead"–Official Video

"Light of the Moon"–Official Video




July 08, 2023 @
Khatsahlano Street Party, Maple Stage 6PM, Vancouver, BC (outdoors & free!)

Vancouver, BC

June 02, 2023 @ Music in the Plaza, W 4th & Maple St. Vancouver, BC

Vancouver, BC

Feb 09, 2023 @ Roundhouse Theatre for Songbird North, Vancouver, BC

Vancouver, BC


Vancouver, BC @ China Cloud December 09, 2022

Ymir, BC @ Tiny Lights Music Festival, September 02, 2022

Vancouver, BC @ House Concert, July 16, 2022

Vancouver, BC @ The Lido: Book Launch Event for Charlie Demers, June 23, 2022

Kelowna, BC @ Pony Cabaret (Black Box Theatre) April 30, 2022

Vancouver, BC @ Cabaret Show (Zoom) w/ Dionne Taylor, Suzie Ungerleider, Lynn

KeMiles, Suzie Vinnick, May 02, 2021

Vancouver, BC @ Sonic Summer Nights, Aug 26, 2020

Vancouver, BC @ Mainland Concert Series, (Zoom) Aug 16, 2020

Vancouver, BC @ Live Music From Collaborative Garden, July 19, 2020

Vancouver, BC @ Telegrams From Home, (Zoom) May 09, 2020

Vancouver, BC @ SoFar Sounds, Nov. 24, 2019

Vancouver, BC @ SoFar Sounds, Sept. 21, 2019

Reno, NV @ Nevada Lit. Crawl, Sept. 14, 2019

Vancouver, BC @ Private House Show, August 17, 2019

Vancouver @ CBC Headquarters, July, 09, 2019

Vancouver, BC@ SoFar Sounds, June 28, 2019

Ymir, BC @ Tiny Lights Music Festival, June 07-09, 2019

Calgary, AB @ The King Eddy, May 25, 2019

Edmonton, AB @ The Groovenor, May 24, 2019

Vancouver, BC @ The Cultch, April 27, 2019

Vancouver, BC @ Red Cat Records, April 13, 2019

Kamloops, BC @ Words Alive Festival, October 19-21, 2018

Victoria, BC @ Rifflandia Festival (lyric workshop), September 13-16, 2018 

Vancouver, BC @ ArtsWells Festival (solo set), August 3-5, 2018

Vancouver, BC @ Rahila’s Ghost Press (official launch party), August 18, 2017

Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt, May 13, 2017



Stay tuned for new dates... 

Somewhere on earth


Vancouver, BC @ The Cultch, August 26, 2018

Rock Creek, BC @ Ponderosa Festival, August 17-19, 2018

Wells, BC @ ArtsWells Festival, August 3-5, 2018

Ymir, BC @ Tiny Lights Festival, June 8-10, 2018

St. Andrews, NB @ Paddlefest, May 18 to 20, 2018

Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret, December 02, 2017

Vancouver, BC @ Red Gate Revue Stage, November 11, 2017

Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Soundclub, October 02, 2017

Wells, BC @ Artswells Festival, August 4-7, 2017

Vancouver, BC. House Concert (West 18th), July 22, 2017

Oxford, UK @ The New Theatre, March 12, 2017

London, UK @ Shacklewell Arms, March 11, 2017

London, UK @ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, March 10, 2017

Cambridge, UK @ The Junction, March 09, 2017

Brighton, UK @ Komedia, March 08, 2017

Glasgow, UK @ Old Fruitmarket, March 06, 2017

Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club, March 05, 2017

Manchester, UK @ The Academy, March 04, 2017

Exeter, UK @The Phoenix, March 02, 2017

Cardiff, UK @ Tramshed, March 01, 2017

Bristol, UK @ Colston Hall, February 28, 2017

Gateshead, UK @ Sage Gateshead, February 27, 2017

Nanaimo @ Queens, January 28, 2017

Victoria @ Upstairs Cabaret. January 27, 2017



Telegrams, recorded and produced in Vancouver, BC by John Raham & Tariq at Afterlife Studios, is available everywhere music is streamed. Also available for purchase (digital/CD/Vinyl) on bandcamp.


 "Clara," the lost child of the Telegrams album, is available for streaming and purchase on bandcamp & also for streaming on Soundcloud. 



All photos by Rachel Pick.



The Walrus

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a Hit Song in 2018

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In 2006, Tariq moved to Vancouver to sit in the host’s chair for CBC Radio 3. Over the next three years, he would write extensively about music, host a live show as well as a podcast (The CBC Radio 3 Sessions Podcast), and conduct interviews with Canadian and international musicians about their craft. A few years later, Tariq earned his MFA from UBC’s Creative Writing program where he now teaches lyric writing. Tariq’s essay on how to write a hit song was published by The Walrus magazine in March 2018, and he is currently working on a  creative non-fiction work (memoir) about growing up as a first generation kid who feels an undeniable pull towards pop music.  


Find digital downloads + vinyl & CDs on bandcamp.

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