Geoff Berner’s Introduction Speech For Tanya Tagaq

“Canadian scientists recently found the so-called “lost” Franklin expedition in the Arctic. Turns out, it was exactly where the Inuit have been saying it was, all along. Who would have thought?

Who would have thought that, if we had only listened to these ingenious navigators and survivors, we could have saved ourselves a whole lot of foolishness?

If you would like to know how our culture needs to find its way in the 21st century, I would suggest that you save yourself a lot of trouble, and listen to Tanya Tagaq’s album Animism.

Animism is a masterpiece because it transcends opposites. Dizzyingly complex and sophisticated in structure, it also completely hits you in your guts, in your soul.

It takes traditions that are tens of thousands of years old, and makes truly innovative music, music that could not have existed without Tagaq and her brilliant collaborators, violinist Jesse Zubot, drummer Jean Martin and DJ Michael Red.

The innovation on Animism is an argument not for moving beyond, but for putting more emphasis on the value and necessity of the traditions. The rootedness is where the newness of the record comes from. That will not be a contradiction for you, if you listen properly.

Animism seamlessly uses the technology of the digital recording studio to make an encyclopedic argument for the natural world. In fact, it will erase from your mind the notion of human artifice and nature as opposites. If you listen.

If you listen, you will careen through a panorama of the contradictions of existence. You can hear the living land, and the land under assault. You can hear children being born and conceived. You can hear the torture of the innocent, and the glory of the tenacious, unstoppable force of life. If you listen you can actually hear the sound of a people defying genocide to rise, wounded but alive, strong, and ready to fight.

There is no artist working today more emphatically herself, more incomparable than Tagaq. There is no musician in this world more powerful. Animism is the album that finally translates her unique power to the recording studio.

Can you hear it? If not, try listening some more. You’ll find it, eventually. I hope that in this instance, it takes people less than 170 years.

Ladies and Gentlemen, performing with the Element Choir, Christine Duncan, Jean Martin, Jesse Zubot here is Tagaq.” ~ Geoff Berner, the klezmer punk accordionist and author of the book Festival Man

ANIMISM BY TANYA TAGAQ NAMED WINNER AT THE 2014 POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE GALA

Animism by Tanya Tagaq was voted as the winner of the 2014 Polaris Music Prize tonight at The Carlu in Toronto. The winner was decided and announced during the 9th annual gala event. Tanya Tagaq was awarded a cash prize of $30,000. The winner was announced by the gala host, actor Jay Baruchel.

“We’ve been doing it our own way without backing down artistically or conforming, so to be recognized in this way and have so many people latch on makes me feel the world is tolerable. There’s so much hurt in the world and within indigenous cultures with colonialism,” said Tanya Tagaq. “Canada is in a desperate need for repair and I think a lot of people are tired of living this way and just to have people understand where we’re coming from makes me have hope that we can move forward and expose the true history of Canada.”

Animism was produced by Jesse Zubot (Dan Mangan, Fond of Tigers) with additional production by Juan Hernandez. The record features Michael Red (Low Indigo), a live programmer whose wild northern field recordings often serve as Tagaq’s de facto backing band, percussionist Jean Martin and opera singer Anna Pardo Canedo.

Slaight Music awarded $2,000.00 to each of the runners up – Arcade Fire, Basia Bulat, Drake, Mac DeMarco, Jessy Lanza, Owen Pallett, Shad, Timber Timbre and YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN. The gala was webcast live on AUX.tv and broadcast live on SiriusXM channels The Verge XM 173 and The Iceberg Sirius 161.

The 11 member Grand Jury that decided the winner was Adam Bowie (Fredericton, Daily Gleaner), Lorraine Carpenter (Montreal, CultMTL), Stephen Cooke (Halifax, Chronicle Herald), Jessica Emond-Ferrat (Montreal, Journal Metro), Luke Fox (Toronto, Exclaim), Stephanie McKay (Saskatoon, Star Phoenix), Liisa Ladouceur (Toronto, freelance), Melody Lau (Toronto, Much), Julia LeConte (Toronto, NOW Magazine), Alan Ranta (Vancouver, Freelance) and Mark Teo (Toronto, AUX).

“This year’s Short List embodied an enormous amount of diverse talent,” said James Keast, who oversaw the Grand Jury. “I’m greatly impressed with the careful consideration that the Grand Jury gave to the Short List nominees. This was not an easy choice for those eleven people to make.”

Past winners have included Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007), and Final Fantasy (Owen Pallett) (2006).

SIX SHOOTER RECORDS BRINGS SHAKEY GRAVES TO CANADA: AND THE WAR CAME OUT OCTOBER 7, 2014.

“More than just a stage name for a seriously talented flatpicker and songwriter…Shakey Graves is becoming an antifolk phenomenon. Unclassifiably original. And frighteningly good.”

Thus proclaimed NPR Music of the one-man-band known as Shakey Graves in 2012. The lo-fi vibe of Shakey Graves’ bluesy debut, Roll the Bones, immediately attracted the attention of tastemakers who pegged the Austin artist as a Next Big Thing faster than you can say longhorn.

Now, Shakey Graves offers his sophomore album And The War Came, an expansion of his DIY solo sound to include additional musicians, instruments and a broader approach to music-making on the whole. The first taste, the jittery, kinetic song “Dearly Departed,” is a brashly poppier offering, and reflects the artist’s stated objective to explore a fuller, shinier sound.

Hear the song here – “Dearly Departed featuring Esmé Patterson”

Shakey Graves is no stranger to Canada. He’s already played Edmonton Folk Fest, Winnipeg Folk Fest, Burnaby Roots & Blues, Montreal Jazz Fest, Ottawa Blues Fest and TURF. He has toured the Maritimes with Old Crow Medicine Show, and played select shows with Shovels and Rope.

Six Shooter Records is excited to bring Shakey Graves to Canadian audiences. And The War Came will be out on October 7, 2014. Canadian tour dates detailed below. Only limited tickets remain for most shows.

ANIMISM ON STAGE: TANYA TAGAQ ANNOUNCES FALL HEADLINE TOUR.

2014 Polaris Short List nominee Tanya Tagaq announces performances across Canada this fall, including a rare and intimate club show in Toronto at The Rivoli. Tickets are now on sale for most of the shows listed below.

Animism, released in May 2014 on Six Shooter Records to emphatic critical praise, is an album that expresses and reflects a balance between “having more to say” and “being calmer in saying it.” In a newly released interview, Tagaq describes herself as angrier, but also more contemplative and cognizant of the necessity of speaking up and out.

Tanya’s electronic-archaic music and writhing, intensely physical performances elicit everything from fear to euphoria in audiences. Tagaq finds inspiration in experience, memory and outrage, and while Animism invokes a deep unrest, it also conjures an even deeper sense of connection with the world.

See the full interview in a new EPK here:

www.tanyatagaq.com

TOUR DATES:

VANCOUVER, BC: The Chan Centre, Oct 17 & 18 w/ Severn Cullis-Suzuki
HAIDA GWAII, BC: The Bay Centre, Oct 19
WINNIPEG, MB: Burton Cummings Theatre – Blue Dot Tour, Oct 24 w/ David Suzuki and others
HALIFAX, NS: St. Matthew’s Church – Halifax Pop Explosion, Oct 25
TORONTO, ON: The Rivoli, Nov 6, 9pm* ~ tickets
OTTAWA, ON: NAC, Nov 7, 7.30pm* ~ tickets
MONTREAL, PQ: Phi Theatre, Nov 8*
PLATTSBURGH, NY: SUNY, Nov 10
HAMILTON, ON: Nov 12*
LONDON, ON: Aeolian Hall, Nov 13, 7.30pm* ~ tickets

* w/ Doomsquad

POLARISMUSIC PRIZE ANNOUNCES POLARIS COVER SESSIONS

The Polaris Music Prize today announced the Polaris Cover Sessions. Recorded at Revolution Recording in Toronto, and mastered by João Carvalho Mastering, the cover sessions feature previously nominated Short List artists’ reinterpretations of a fellow Short List artist’s song. These Cover Sessions include Great Lake Swimmers doing I’m A Mountain by Sarah Harmer, Sarah Harmer reimagining Odessa by Caribou, and a new version of The New Pornographers’ Bones Of An Idol by Whitehorse (click here for preview). A video for Harmer’s Caribou cover will be released via Aux.tv and AUX’s YouTube on August 19th. The two subsequent cover sessions will be released August 26th and September 2nd. The cover sessions will be pressed into 7”s and available for sale next year on Record Store Day.

As much as Polaris picks lists and winners, it’s also a community of artists who greatly respect each other’s work. Like our recent Banff Sessions with Shad and Holy Fuck, we hope this kind of mutual love manifests itself on an annual basis,” said Steve Jordan, Polaris Founder and Executive Director.

All of us at Revolution Recording and Joao Carvalho Mastering are big fans of Polaris and everything it represents. We were honoured to make our facilities available for recording, filming and mastering and to be a part of this initiative. Big fun was had by all,” offered Tanya Coghlan, Studio Manager at Revolution Recording.

The Polaris Gala will be hosted by Jay Baruchel on Monday, September 22nd at The Carlu in Toronto. It will be webcast live on Aux.tv and live audio broadcast on SiriusXM’s Iceberg (Sirius ch. 161) and The Verge (XM ch.173). The eligibility period for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize runs from June 1, 2013 to May 31, 2014. An independent jury of nearly 190 music journalists, broadcasters and music bloggers from across Canada determine the Long List and Short List. An eleven person Grand Jury, chosen from the larger jury, will convene the night of the Gala to select the Polaris Music Prize winner.

The Polaris Music Prize awards $30,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year. The runners up from the Short List each receive $2,000 courtesy of Slaight Music. Judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration for genre or record sales, the prize’s past winners have included Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007), and Final Fantasy (Owen Pallett) (2006).

We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters.

About the Polaris Music Prize
The Polaris Music Prize is a not-for-profit organization that annually honours, celebrates and rewards creativity and diversity in Canadian recorded music by recognizing, then marketing the albums of the highest artistic integrity, without regard to musical genre, professional affiliation, or sales history, as judged by a panel of selected music critics. www.polarismusicprize.ca / @polarisprize

About Revolution Recording
Revolution Recording is a superb recording studio located in the heart of Toronto, dedicated to the highest possible standards in music recording. Combining the highest standards in acoustic architecture with distinctive design character, Revolution Recording aims to provide a creative environment for artists, writers and producers, celebrating the joy and work of making music. www.revolutionrecording.com

About João Carvalho Mastering
João Carvalho Mastering’s dedicated group of award winning engineers have created an environment where precision, creativity, passion and skill come together to push sonic boundaries to new heights. Their world renowned mastering facility draws on an extensive state of the art set of customized mastering tools and equipment. At JCM, they can help transform your music so it’s at its finest when it is ultimately presented to the listening world. www.joaocarvalhomastering.com

New Whitehorse iTunes Session Available for Pre-Order Now!

Whitehorse goes back to basics on a brand new live, stripped-down session for iTunes Canada that captures the duo’s essential sounds – blistering guitars and vocal harmonies.

Track Listing:

1. Killing Time is Murder
2. No Glamour in the Hammer
3. Wisconsin
4. Devil’s Got a Gun
5. Dear Irony
6. Jane
7. Peterbilt Coalmine
8. Gun St. Girl
9. Cold July

Official release date is August 19, 2014. Buy it now and get “Killing Time is Murder” instantly!

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/itunes-session/id902815427

CITY OF EDMONTON DECLARES TODAY CORB LUND DAY:

INTERSTELLAR RODEO’S HEADLINER HELPS TURN FRIDAY NIGHT
CANCELLATION INTO MONDAY NIGHT EXTRAVAGANZA.

There are many reasons why today should be declared CORB LUND DAY.

Extreme weather forced Interstellar Rodeo to cancel the opening night of this year’s festival, and it was Corb Lund and his band’s willingness to play a Monday night make-up show which set in motion a flurry of phone calls and planning, and a full lineup came together in a matter of hours.

Corb Lund’s career and success has spanned genres and borders, and he is a tremendously deserving and accomplished artist and ambassador of the city, province, and national music scene.

At 5:30pm, deputy mayor Mike Nickel will be on the Interstellar Rodeo stage to proclaim Monday, July 28, 2014 as Corb Lund Day and kick off the Interstellar Rodeo extension in true Insterstellar style.

This latest honour doesn’t sit on a shelf – it’s an accolade that can be shared with an entire city. With great pride and excitement, Interstellar Rodeo will celebrate Corb Lund Day in fine style, with a headline performance from Corb Lund and The Hurtin’ Albertans.
Corb’s attitude and participation set the tone for a long list of Interstellar Rodeo players also pulling together and making it happen – from food trucks and beverage vendors to lighting and sound teams, the City of Edmonton and permit agencies.

Join us at Hawrelak Park tonight to raise a glass to Edmonton’s favourite cowboy!

MONDAY NIGHT LINEUP:
6:00 Great Lake Swimmers
7:10 Hey Rosetta!
8:05 Tom Wilson
8:45 Corb Lund & the Hurtin’ Albertans

Festival shuttle begins at 2pm on Monday, July 28.

Friday night tickets will be honoured.
Tickets will also be available at our box office in Hawrelak Park ($75 adults, $55 youth/senior) and from

MONDAY NIGHT LINE UP

We are over the moon to announce our incredible Monday night line up for
Interstellar Rodeo:

Tom Wilson (Blackie and the Rodeo Kings)
Great Lake Swimmers
Hey Rosetta!
Corb Lund

Friday night tickets will be honoured.
Tickets will also be available at our box office in Hawrelak Park ($75 adults, $55 youth/senior).

Thank you to all the artists and their teams for pulling this together so quickly.

Just Be Awesome indeed!

TICKET RETURN PROCESS

Dear Rodeo Folks,

We hope that all of you can join us on Monday night for the make up show with Corb Lund. If you can’t make it Monday, here is the process to get your refund.

Friday Single Ticket holders and Transferable Weekend Pass holders: we will honour your ticket on Monday. If you don’t use your ticket, please email a picture of your ticket with the stub number clearly showing to store@sixshooterrecords.com on TUESDAY. We will refund your ticket.

Non-Transferable Weekend Pass holders: Your wristband will give you access to the Amphitheatre on Monday. If you can’t come on Monday, here is what you do to get the Friday portion of your ticket refunded: stop at the Box Office on your way out to have your wristband cut and to register your ticket refund with us.

For people picking up their tickets at Will Call: when you pick up your tickets, let us know if you’re going to be coming on Monday. If not, we’ll register you for a refund.

Please note: we also will honour Friday night tickets tonight at the Starlight Room to see Trampled by Turtles. First come, first served. You have to choose between the Starlight Room and Monday night Corb Lund concert (can’t do both).

Also: The shuttle bus will run starting 2 pm on Monday.

Thanks for your patience, understanding, and awesomeness.

Love,

Six Shooter.

INTERSTELLAR RODEO EXTREME WEATHER UPDATE!

FRIDAY’S PERFORMANCE POSTPONED TO MONDAY.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY FESTIVAL DAYS ARE GOING FORWARD AS PLANNED!

Today’s extreme weather may have thrown a wrench into our opening night plans, but the show (and festival) does go on, if only a few days later. Friday night’s Corb Lund performance moves to MONDAY, JULY 28. Saturday and Sunday festival days will proceed as planned.

We have just made the call to cancel TONIGHT ONLY due to safety concerns for our performers, volunteers, and audience. “Edmontonians are hearty, and not afraid of a little rain,” said producer Shauna de Cartier, “but the high winds and rain make for unsafe conditions and we decided to work on a Plan B.”

And what a Plan B is it! Corb Lund and the Hurtin’ Albertans, scheduled to perform tonight for their hometown crowd, were disappointed when they heard about the cancellation. Undaunted, they figuratively turned the plane around, and will be back from Montana for a very special Interstellar Extension on Monday, July 28.

We have jumped on the phones and confirmed city permits, lighting companies, food trucks, sound companies, and volunteers to extend their stay and hold a full-blown, Interstellar-worthy make-up concert on Monday evening.

Friday tickets will be honoured for Monday’s performance. Single tickets will be available for purchase through www.SixShooterRecords.com. Details regarding refunds will be available on the website. Please stay tuned.

It will Just Be Awesome.
 

Move your Friday night Interstellar Rodeo party indoors – Trampled by Turtles will be playing the Starlite Room tonight (10030-102 St.). Doors @ 9pm.
Tickets available at the door.

BLACKIE AND THE RODEO KINGS JOIN THE RODEO LINE UP.

We are thrilled to welcome Juno award-winning Blackie and the Rodeo Kings to this year’s Interstellar Rodeo. The fearless trio of Colin Linden, Stephen Fearing, Tom Wilson will be gracing the Interstellar stage on Friday, July 25 at 7:10 p.m.

Justin Townes Earle, who previously held this timeslot, announced last week the cancellation of all upcoming Canadian dates.

OH BEAUTIFUL CANOPY

Great news! The new Heritage Amphitheatre canopy has now been successfully installed. Congrats to the City and their hard-working crew for getting it in place in time for Interstellar Rodeo. We have cancelled our contingency plans to erect a temporary site…we’ll all be able to party in the Amphitheatre for good vibes and good times!

THURSDAY JUNE 19, THE HORSESHOE TAVERN. OUTLAWS & GUNSLINGERS + AMERICANA MUSIC ASSOCIATION + NXNE.

Outlaws & Gunslingers and the Americana Music Association join forces again to present an abundance of Americana + Canadiana talent for NXNE 2014.

From the big-name artists Jim Cuddy, Alejandro Escovedo and Whitehorse to the next generation of songwriters and performers from Six Shooter Records, Cameron House Records and beyond, the lineup showcases the strength, breadth and depth of songwriting in progressive folk and roots worlds.

NQ Arbuckle, hot off the unanimous praise of their long-awaited new record, The Future Happens Anyway, opens the bill. The next timeslot brings together Lindi Ortega, Harlan Pepper and Lee Harvey Osmond, all with strong ties to Nashville.

Jim Cuddy will join Whitehorse for another in-the-round performance, backed by Juno nominees The Devin Cuddy Band.

Alejandro Escovedo, one of the most respected names in the southern rock world, further expands this North American(a) musical map with influences from Texas and Mexican-American culture.

The night wraps with a third in-the-round set, featuring a triple-threat solo songwriter lineup of newcomers and up-and-comers: Joe Nolan, Sam Cash and Whitney Rose.

Outlaws & Gunslingers is the party power duo of Starfish Entertainment and Six Shooter Records.

THE LINEUP:
9pm – NQ ARBUCKLE
10pm – LINDI ORTEGA + HARLAN PEPPER + LEE HARVEY OSMOND
11pm – JIM CUDDY + WHITEHORSE*
12am – ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO
1am – JOE NOLAN + SAM CASH + WHITNEY ROSE*

*w/ members of THE DEVIN CUDDY BAND

Outlaws & Gunslingers’ AMA Showcase is Thursday, June 19 @ Toronto’s Legendary Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen St. W). TICKET INFO: NXNE Badge, NXNE wristband and walk-up.

 

About the Americana Music Association
The Americana Music Association is a professional not-for-profit trade organization whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American roots music around the world. The Association produces events throughout the year including the annual Americana Music Festival and Conference, Presented by Nissan, and the critically acclaimed Americana Honors & Awards program. For more information please visit www.americanamusic.org.

About the Americana Festival and Conference
The 15th annual Americana Music Festival and Conference will take place September 17 – 21, 2014. The event brings together fans and music industry executives alike offering four days of celebration through seminars, panels and networking opportunities by day and raw, battery–recharging showcases each evening. The Americana Honors and Awards Show is the featured performance of the festivities taking place at the historic Ryman Auditorium and, in 2013, was broadcast live on AXS TV and featured on PBS in an edited one hour version called ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2013.

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