Five Minutes With: Calgary Hard Rock Band The Hi-Tops

The Hi-Tops are becoming known around Calgary for their unending creativity, infectious energy, and their dedication to consistent performance. Following the success of their first EP “Whoever Gets It, Gets It”, which was nominated for 2023 Rock Recording of the Year by the YYC Music Awards, The Hi-Tops recently released their sophomore EP “Characters”. Since the release of “Characters” the band embarked on a Cross Canada tour playing shows in Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, Lethbridge, Hamilton, Montreal, and Toronto. Along with their touring success, the band has opened for notable Canadian and American Touring artists such as Marianas Trench, IllScarlett, The Honest Heart Collective, and Ron Gallo.

The HiTops


Kole Halvorson (Vocals/Guitar), Luke Lepine (Guitar), Chandler Billinghurst (Bass) and Will Hitchings (Drums) of The Hi-Tops


Alternative Hard Rock



# of Albums:


Latest Album:


Latest Single:

“Change of The Season” and “Peaches and Cream”

Latest Video:

Favourite musician growing up:

Kole: Kurt Cobain

Chandler: AC/DC

Will: The Offspring

Luke: John Frusciante

Favourite musician now:

Kole: Dead Poet Society

Chandler: Queens of the Stone Age

Will: Turnstile

Luke: Alexisonfire

Guilty pleasure song:

Kole: Brandy You’re a Fine Girl – Looking Glass

Chandler: Baby Shark

Will: Hot – Avril Lavigne

Luke: Dancing Queen – ABBA

Live show ritual:

Beers and Mario Kart

Favourite local musician:

Kole: Crooked Spies

Chandler: King Bull

Will: The Varmoors

Luke: In Search of Sasquatch

EP or LP?

No Preference

Early bird or night owl?

Early Bird in the Summer, Night Owl in the Winter

Road or studio?

We all prefer the roads

Any shows or albums coming up?

We just released our second EP “Characters” which is available on all streaming platforms. We recorded this at AudioHouse studio with Grant, which was an amazing experience.

We will also be playing at Modern Love on Sept 16th with Whale and the Wolf. Tickets are available at the ticket link in all of our social bios.

Where can we follow you?

InstagramFacebook | TikTok | Spotify | Apple Music | YouTube


Rapid Fire Local Questions:

What is your favourite local restaurant?

Jimmys A&A

What is your favourite street in your city and why?

We all live together in the same house In Calgary, we won’t disclose the location but where we live has bred some pretty special moments.

What is your favourite park in your city and why?

Princes Island Park. Beautiful for spike ball, rollerblading, sitting in the sun, and Enjoying time with our peers.

What is your favourite music venue in your city?

The Palomino Smokehouse. Inclusive environment with amazing staff, and an amazing venue to play at. We are always stoked when we have a Palomino gig coming up.

What is your favourite music store in your city?

Turn it up records. Small record store on 16th AVE with some of the best deep-cut records available.



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