Not to be confused with Weekend (Welsh band), The Weeknd, or Weekend (American band).
The Weekend is a pop-rock band from London, Ontario, Canada, whose first performance was in 1998.
Co-founders Andrea Wasse (vocals, chief songwriter) and Link C.(synthesizer, programming) were in high school when they formed the band with Lorien Jones (bass) and Mike Clive (drums).
Mike Clive was also a member of the London group The New Grand, a pop-rock quartet who, at the time, were signed to the prestigious indie label Sonic Unyon. This association may have helped The Weekend avoid common hardships of being an independent band.
Its second performance was as an opening act for an audience of over 500 people. The Weekend quickly gained a loyal audience in the Southwestern Ontario independent music scene.
Because of the use of synthesizer in its early albums, some listeners may observe that the band had a distinct new wave feel. The addition of former Sinclaire guitarist Ryan Ford in its later album may have transformed its sound towards a harder rock edge, with the New Wave aspect in decline in favor of an ethereal, Brian Eno production style.
The Weekend has issued three albums and continues to produce pop music with themes that revolve around the attainment of 'perfect love'. It has traveled worldwide and is popular in Asia and Australia. In 2004, it toured Indonesia as part of Soundrenaline 2004, the largest rock music festival in the country. It is the first Western band in history to do such an extensive tour of the Archipelago, with Deep Purple being the only other band to have made a similar journey in the 1970s.
The Weekend has lent its music to feature film soundtracks (Freaky Friday, Uptown Girls, D.E.B.S.) and television shows such as The Simple Life 2 and Mary-Kate and Ashley's So Little Time.
Andrea Wasse has co-written for Canadian Idol (2004), CTV Television Series Instant Star, and album tracks for artists Jenna G and Amanda Stott.
More recently Wasse has co-written "Watch Me Move" performed by Fefe Dobson. The song has been released as a digital download and as music videos. "I'm a Lady" is another of the songs co-written by Wasse. The songs will appear on Dobson's album Joy scheduled for release in November 2010.