Austra + Diana at Webster Hall

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Austra is a Canadian electronic music band from Toronto, Ontario, formed in 2009.[1] The band consists of Katie Stelmanis (vocals, keyboards), her former Galaxy bandmate Maya Postepski (drums) and former Spiral Beach bassist Dorian Wolf.[2] They played a number of early shows under the name Private Life before learning that another band was already using the name; they subsequently named the band after Stelmanis' middle name Austra, which is also the name of the goddess of light in Latvian mythology.[3] Austra also includes twin backing singers Sari and Romy Lightman of Tasseomancy and keyboardist Ryan Wonsiak of Ze and the Boyfriends.[2]

Austra's debut album Feel It Break was released on May 17, 2011 by Paper Bag Records.[4] On July 6, 2011, the album was shortlisted for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize,[5] but lost out to Arcade Fire's The Suburbs.[6] Feel It Break was included on several year-end critics' lists; notably, both the Toronto Star and New York named it the best album of 2011, with the former calling it "an outright stunner".[7][8] Stereogum named Austra a Band to Watch on March 14, 2011.[9]

Their second album Olympia was released on June 18, 2013,[10] from which the first single Home was released on March 7, 2013.[11]

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