Toxic lakes, wellness clinics and mud-caked bodies: the cardinal direction of Ensign Broderick’s BloodCrush is a saline fever dream, calibrated to the cultish wraith waste vibes of California’s Imperial Valley. Inspired by pilgrimage, anti-war protests, Decca-era Stones and Smetana, BloodCrush is the first new collection from an artist who announced himself earlier in 2018 with four archival albums of wildly ambitious, hyper-referential art pop, a fraction of his forty years’ of recordings.
Itches, urges, dirges and scourges: welcome back to The Northern South. Whitehorse makes their return to the early days of electric blues with the second installment of a project that melds original grooves and melodies with the duo’s steamy, swampy, squalling approach. There’s foreplay, foreboding, fever and Fenders, plenty of them, from top to bottom, with cuts from Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Dixon, Jimmy Reed and Slim Harpo and more.
Watch Whitehorse’s latest video for their single “Who’s Been Talkin'” via Gretsch Guitars Facebook page below.
Whitehorse is also giving you the chance to win a Gretsch Billy Bo guitar this fall. Click here to enter.
Tanya Tagaq’s stunning new book, Split Tooth, hits the shelves on Tuesday, September 25, but it’s already been added to his year’s Giller Prize long list. The long list was selected by a five-member jury made up of Canadian writer and journalist Kamal Al-Solaylee(Jury Chair); playwright Maxine Bailey, who is vice-president of advancement for the Toronto International Film Festival; American writer John Freeman; English novelist Philip Hensher and Canadian author Heather O’Neill.
“We were looking for books that were written in elevated, idiosyncratic, original prose that exhibited an exquisite command of the art of language, and unparalleled mastery of structure and storytelling,” the jury said in a statement. “We argued viciously over books, expounding on their merits. But when the battle was over, what remained left us in awe.”
Read the full list of nominees via the Toronto Star here.
The Six Shooter Records’ Webstore is offering a limited edition Split Tooth package that includes Split Tooth and seal skin bookmark made by Snowfly. Buy it here.
The Wet Secrets banded together with director Jay Lawrence to create this retro shape-shifting music video for the band’s single “Give It To Me Straight.” Head over to Exclaim.ca to catch the full story and video.
The Wet Secrets will be in Hamburg, Germany next week to perform at the annual Reeperbahn festival. Tickets & info here.
Click here to buy, stream or download “The Tyranny of Objects” by The Wet Secrets.
SECOND INSTALMENT OF JUNO AWARD-NOMINATED PROJECT DEALS 1950s BLUES BOPS, HELLFIRE GOSPELS AND SEXED-UP CUTS.
LISTEN TO LEAD TRACK, HOWLIN’ WOLF’S “WHO’S BEEN TALKIN'” NOW.
Itches, urges, dirges and scourges: welcome back to The Northern South. Whitehorse makes their return to the early days of electric blues with the second instalment of a project that melds original grooves and melodies with the duo’s steamy, swampy, squalling approach. There’s foreplay, foreboding, fever and Fenders — plenty of them — with cuts from Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Dixon, Jimmy Reed, Slim Harpo and more.
“Blues gave rock ‘n’ roll its nerve. It breaks, bends and distorts rules,” offers Melissa McClelland, one half of the duo. “This sense of abandon, emotional and musical urgency trickled into all forms of modern day music. There would be no Cardi B without Lucille Bogan. There would be no Tom Waits without Howlin’ Wolf and there would be no Stones without any of it.”
On opener “Who’s Been Talkin’” (1957), Luke Doucet serves up a hearty White Falcon slice of love and respect for Howlin’ Wolf and his right-hand man, guitar hero Hubert Sumlin, while melodica and Wurlitzer wind around the deft dance of the lyrics. “The nuance of simultaneously accepting responsibility and accusing a lover of doing him wrong was very subtle,” says Doucet. “It’s a rabbit hole of contrition.”
From there, Whitehorse gets loose and languid with a Jimmy Reed via J.J. Cale take on “Baby What You Want Me To Do” (1959). With a few Gretsch squelches for good measure, Whitehorse’s tribute to Reed’s laid-back minimalism and melody mastery moves along no faster than a Sunday morning.
An exercise in subtlety it is not: Whitehorse’s version of Slim Harpo’s “Baby, Scratch My Back” (1965) is a lap dance, an unapologetically erotic, red-hot take. With McClelland on lead vocals upending the original dynamic, Whitehorse’s version is one of female desire and pleasure. Less girls gone wild, more sexual intellectual.
Next up is “I Just Wanna Make Love To You” (1954), a Willie Dixon original given a Jon Spencer Blues Explosion-inspired treatment—McClelland’s idea. “It would be impossible to top Etta James’ steaming vocal, so I suggested we turn ourselves into a garage rock band, a little scrappier, punchier and live off the floor.”
From a turbulent, direful crackling rapture to a haunting, minor key requiem, The Northern South Vol. 2 goes further back in time with two traditional gospel blues selections, “John The Revelator” and “St. James Infirmary.” The latter features one of the EP’s highlights: a righteous noisescape outro from McClelland, played on Doucet’s Les Paul. “John the Revelator was an interesting song to delve into,” says McClelland. “We liked the intensity of the end of times bible story but we wanted it to tell a more current, relevant tale. With some new words, we touch on the end of days issues that feel pressing to us: global warming, the Trump presidency, consumerism, and religion itself.”
Both snapshot and slingshot,The Northern South Vol. 2 cycles back and careens forward, taking a twelve-bar trip through the chart-toppers of the era. “These aren’t deep cuts, they are the Top 40, the pop hits of the blues world, what was happening at the time,” explains Doucet of the song selection process. “These songs spoke to the basics. They communicated simple truths and realities in ways that transcended boundaries.”
The Northern South Vol. 2 will be released January 18, 2019.
1. Who’s Been Talkin’ (Howlin’ Wolf)
2. Baby, What You Want Me to Do (Jimmy Reed)
3. John the Revelator (Traditional)
4. Baby, Scratch My Back (Slim Harpo)
5. I Just Wanna Make Love to You (Willie Dixon)
6. St. James Infirmary (Traditional)
Listen to the first single Who’s Been Talkin’ on Spotify below or click here to listen on your preferred streaming service.
“If Six Shooter has a reputation, it is that they are straight shooters.” – Globe & Mail
Photo credit to Lyle Bell.
Six Shooter Records, one of Canada’s leading independent labels and a bastion of innovative artists, announces a new direct distribution deal with The Orchard for digital and physical releases in all territories outside of Canada. This new partnership will bring Six Shooter Records’ catalogue, which spans nearly 20 years and over 100 titles, into The Orchard’s international family.
“The Six Shooter team has built an incredible business over the past almost two decades. They continually expand the boundaries of what it means to be a modern music company, while always staying true to their vision,” The Orchard’s COO Colleen Theis said. “They have developed a wide range of talent and we are very proud to work alongside them and expand their reach around the world. As the Six Shooter company motto states: life is too short to listen to shitty music.”
From Americana noir to orchestral new wave, from soaring stomping roots to angular art rock, from finger-picked folk to blistering experimental metal, Six Shooter Records’ catalogue runs the genre gamut yet is united by a steadfast appreciation for the craft of songwriting. Six Shooter has earned its international reputation for excellence with award-winning, critically acclaimed albums as well as memorable label events at conferences from Reeperbahn to AmericanaFest to SXSW. The label is differentiated by its big picture commitment to artists, best evidenced by its long-term relationships with much of the roster, and by its general philosophy, succinctly expressed by its righteous motto: “Life Is Too Short To Listen To Shitty Music.” LITSTLTSM might not make an obvious hashtag, but it does make for a meaningful lodestar to navigate the music business. Six Shooter Records is also one of the only independent labels in North America owned by women; in fact, throughout its history, women have accounted for the majority of the label staff as well.
“We are ecstatic to be working with The Orchard,” says label president Shauna de Cartier. “We have had a long-standing relationship with The Orchard’s COO Colleen Theis and since the inception of Six Shooter Records, we have been inspired by her enthusiasm and encouragement. We find the culture at The Orchard to be similarly vibrant, positive, and intelligent. The international stature of our artists has been growing steadily, particularly in the markets of America and Europe. The Orchard’s expertise and infrastructure around the world will help our artists achieve their global potential. With the strength and support of The Orchard, we are excited to blaze new trails for Six Shooter Records.”
Six Shooter’s achievements have included double-digit JUNO Award wins and nominations. In 2018, label and management clients were nominated for nine awards, the most in the label’s history. The label also recently received a Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) Marketing Award, detailed by Billboard here. Internationally, Six Shooter Records artists have earned Americana Music Awards’ Emerging Artist of the Year nominations and AmericanaUK Awards. Over and above these awards and recognition, Six Shooter is also proud of the roster’s thoughtful and meaningful contributions beyond music, from Amelia Curran’s poignant advocacy for mental health to Tanya Tagaq’s continued eye-opening discussions about colonialism, Whitehorse’s partnerships with harm reduction organizations and more.
Operationally, the label’s main office is located in Toronto, ON, beside The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern, one of the city’s iconic clubs. Six Shooter has maintained offices and personnel in NYC, Nashville, Los Angeles, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Austin and Copenhagen, and continues to expand in numbers and in scope. Six Shooter recently launched an in-house Licensing and Sync department to support its publishing company, Girl On A Horse; artists have landed placements from “Nashville” to “Vikings,” blockbuster studio romances to indie comedy thrillers, major brands (Under Armour, Nike, Apple), major sporting events (MLB, NHL, Olympics) and more.
In addition to the label and management companies, Six Shooter also produces Interstellar Rodeo in Edmonton, AB. The festival, recently awarded Small Festival of the Year at the Live Music Awards, is now in its seventh year in Edmonton. Interstellar Rodeo lineups have included Beck, Wilco, Alabama Shakes, Case/Lang/Veirs, St. Vincent, Steve Earle, Margo Price, Father John Misty, Jason Isbell and more. This year’s headliners include Courtney Barnett, Feist, July Talk and The Mavericks. This year’s lineup has achieved gender parity, and Indigenous artists represent one-third of the bill. Interstellar Rodeo takes place July 20-22, 2018.
The Six Shooter Records Team:
Shauna de Cartier, President, Label
Helen Britton, President, Management
Emily Smart, Director of Marketing/Publicity
Pierre Bussieres, Director of Administration
Chris Wynters, Director of Partnerships / Artist Manager
Sarah Sleeth, Marketing Manager
Kim Temple, Licensing & Sync
Victoria Hoare, A&R Coordinator
Caitlin Veitch, Digital Communications
Morgan Coates, Marketing Manager
Tim MacMillar, Artist Bookkeeper
Mike McKeown, Artist Manager
Vanessa Kuzina, Artist Management Associate
Matt Maw, Artist Management Associate
ABOUT SIX SHOOTER RECORDS
Six Shooter Records is an independent record label with an award-winning, critically acclaimed roster of unique artists who defy easy classification. Based in Toronto, the roster includes Whitehorse, 2014 Polaris Music Prize winner Tanya Tagaq and Americana Music Awards’ Emerging Artist nominees Sam Outlaw and The Deep Dark Woods. Shooter also boasts countrypolitan spitfire Whitney Rose, enigmatic new wave rocker Ensign Broderick, disco punk oddballs The Wet Secrets, cult art-rockers The Rheostatics and JUNO Award regulars Amelia Curran and NQ Arbuckle. Over the course of nearly 20 years, Six Shooter Records’ steadfast commitment to artist development and integrity has fostered a reputation for excellence.
ABOUT THE ORCHARD
The Orchard is a leading music, film and video distribution company operating in over 30 markets worldwide. With a comprehensive artist & label services offering including full-service marketing, sync licensing, video services, transparent data analysis, advertising, rights management, digital and physical distribution and more, The Orchard empowers creators and businesses to grow and adapt in the dynamic global industry. For further information, visit http://www.theorchard.com.
“There’s an abundance of strong material on the records, which feature glam tracks, new romantic-style synth-pop, string-enriched ballads, and straight-up rockers. His baritone is reminiscent of David Bowie, Scott Walker, Nick Cave, and, notably, Bryan Ferry, but has its own distinct flavor.” – Dangerous Minds
Since Ensign Broderick made his solo debut with Feast of Panthers in March, the Toronto-based pianist/composer has released three additional full-length albums, including Beauty Nor Ashes, Ranger and Only Love Remains. Only Love Remains, out today, is the fourth and final archival album to be released before a new album arrives this fall.
Interrelated and intertwined, these offerings explore concept and process. Only Love Remains, which delves deep into new wave and glam rock references and self-referential interpretations, hits the ground running with the acceleration of “Gasloud,” which hurtles into the funky R&B squiggle of the lush and louche romance of “Roomful of Flowers.”
Ensign Broderick has pointed to “Rough Bells,” as one of the quintessential tracks from the first forty years of his output, and as the dark bass gives way to sax-punctuated swagger, the vast panorama of Ensign Broderick’s influences, from opera to new wave, anime to runway couture, come sharply into focus. The song later appears as a stern and metallic instrumental scaffolding in “Four Bells X,” a reinterpretation that also epitomizes Ensign Broderick’s transmutational approach.
The artist’s tendency to remake songs is also on display in the valium-laced pace of “A Slow Drip,” which calms the breakneck glam of the original 1972 version, “Blinded By My Own Mascara,” found on the album Ranger. Only Love Remains also dips and swoops through rock boogie-woogie and proto emo balladry to conclude with “There A Train,” a languid, woozy and open-ended song that draws listeners back into the Ensign Broderick labyrinth.
Ensign Broderick’s aesthetic – high concept, high art and high fashion – has brought his music into the orbits of many noteworthy collaborators, from auteur filmmaker Guy Maddin to internationally renowned visual artist Kris Knight, and to Winnipeg’s New Music Festival, headlined by Philip Glass. Before launching a solo career, Ensign Broderick performed and recorded for decades in Toronto with a staggering number of artists, a list that includes Rush, Art Bergmann, Catherine Wheel and more.
Watch Ensign Broderick perform “Summer Snow,” from the album Feast of Panthers, live in Toronto.
Dangerous Minds Q&A: In which Ensign Broderick discusses Hopalong Cassidy, Tapco mixers and building his first drum kit piece by piece. Read here.
Accidence Behind-the-Scenes: In which Guy Maddin and Ensign Broderick discuss balconies, dream sequences and eccentricity. Watch here.
Guide to Glam: In which Ensign Broderick loads up a playlist with Glam Rock’s influences and essentials. Listen here.
THE GROWING SEASON
Six Shooter Records welcomes Morgan Coates as Digital Marketing Manager.
Six Shooter Management brings Matt Maw on board as new Artist Management Associate.
Six Shooter Records is excited to announce that Morgan Coates and Matt Maw have joined the label and management teams in the Toronto office, effectively immediately.
Morgan Coates, the voice behind the social media accounts for Interstellar Rodeo in both Edmonton and Winnipeg since 2016, brings digital marketing know-how, boundless curiosity and forward-thinking ideas to the label’s marketing department. Most recently, Morgan worked with POP Entertainment & Management in Winnipeg and worked closely with notable clients including the Indigenous Music Awards, BreakOut West and the Western Canadian Music Awards.
“We’ve been dazzled by Morgan for a couple years in his role on the marketing team for Interstellar Rodeo,” says Six Shooter’s Shauna de Cartier. “Morgan is super smart, a whiz with tech, extremely knowledgeable, and an excellent human. When we heard he was moving to Toronto, we snapped him up right away. He already feels like family to us.”
“I’ve admired the Six Shooter team and artists since I began working on Interstellar Rodeo in 2016” says Coates. “I’m thrilled to be joining the team at Six Shooter Records full-time, where I can engage with fans, build audiences, and expand my love for music and digital marketing.”
This year, the label celebrated JUNO nominations for albums by Whitehorse, Amelia Curran and Tanya Tagaq. Six Shooter Records is currently nominated for its fourth consecutive CIMA Marketing Award, this year for the creative, politically engaged marketing initiatives in support of Whitehorse’s Panther In The Dollhouse.
Originally from Waterloo, Matt Maw began his career DJing and promoting at local venues. Most recently, Matt was Label Manager at RPM Records, an independent, Indigenous owned and operated label. Matt has worked in various production, licensing and festival promotion roles, including the New Constellations festival/tour, and was selected to participate in the 2018 Passport Music Export Summit in Winnipeg.
“I’m beyond excited to be joining the management team at Six Shooter, having admired their roster, reputation and ethos since I can remember,” saw Maw. “I also feel incredibly privileged and humbled to granted the opportunity to work alongside some of the country’s most exciting emerging acts; and to be part of helping to bring recognition and awareness to the next wave Indigenous talent Canada has to offer.”
“From the moment I first met with Matt, I knew he was the right addition to our team. Not only did he come highly recommended from some trusted industry sources, but he also shares the same passion and enthusiasm for artist management as we do,” Six Shooter’s Helen Britton shares. “The expansion of our management division is an exciting time at Six Shooter, and I look forward to Matt being a part of this journey.”
Led by Britton and Shauna de Cartier, Six Shooter’s artist management team includes Chris Wynters (Edmonton), Vanessa Kuzina (Winnipeg), Mike McKeown (Austin) and Tim Millar (business management services, Toronto). Six Shooter’s management roster has grown significantly in recent months with new signings The Dead South, The Jerry Cans and Riit. The roster also includes Tanya Tagaq, Whitehorse, Rheostatics, Ensign Broderick and Whitney Rose.
“Nary a year-and-a-half after launching Nunavut’s first indie label…and a mere six months after doubling down on their intentions with the launch of the first-ever Nunavut Music Week in Iqaluit last September, The Jerry Cans are indeed beginning to draw ears, eyes and music-industry attention to the remarkably vital music scene that exists in isolation in the Canadian north.” – The Toronto Star
Photo credit to Jen Squires.
Six Shooter is thrilled to welcome northern indie roots band The Jerry Cans and emerging Inuttitut pop songwriter Riit to the artist management roster.
The Jerry Cans made a splash at this year’s JUNO Awards in Vancouver, where the band was nominated for two awards and performed live on the telecast, in which they shared the stage with members of their Aakuluk Music family, the Iqaluit-based label they founded. With recent profiles in Buzzfeed, New Yorker and Today’s Parent, as well as three Western Canadian Music Award nominations, the band’s post-JUNO momentum continues to build. Stay tuned for new music from The Jerry Cans this summer. “We are so happy to be able to work with such open-minded, open-hearted people who have understood us coming from a place like no other,” says the band. “Six Shooter believes in music that changes the way people think and their roster reflects that. We are excited and humbled to be a part of it.”
Watch The Jerry Cans’ new live performance of “Paniarjuk,” filmed in Toronto courtesy of Massey Hall and shared via Buzzfeed, HERE.
THE JERRY CANS TOUR DATES
RANKIN INLET, NU: Solfest, June 16
KENORA, ON: Anicinaabe Park, June 21
PETERBOROUGH, ON: Peterborough MusicFest, July 1
MONTREAL, QC: Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, July 7
HINTON, AB: Wild Mountain Music Festival, July 13
OTTAWA, ON: Ottawa Bluesfest, July 15
QUEEN CHARLOTTE, BC: Edge of the World Festival, Aug 10
STOCKHOM, SE: Stockholms Kulturfestival, Aug 14
TORONTO, ON: Koerner Hall, Oct 4
Photo credit to Jen Squires.
Riit, originally from Pangnirtung, Nunavut, is a songwriter, throat singer and accordion player whose sound expands into the realms of indie/electro/synth pop. Riit’s music makes a unique and compelling contribution to the growing amount of radio-friendly music being made – but also now being heard – in Indigenous languages. Since the release of her debut EP last summer, Riit has been nominated for Best Radio Single (Indigenous Music Awards) and a WCMA. To add to young artist’s list of achievements, Riit is also the host of a brand new kids show, Anaana’s Tent, which offers Inuktitut-language, Sesame Street-style educational programming. Season One of Anaana’s Tent is currently airing on APTN. “I’m excited to start working with such great people at Six Shooter,” says Riit. “I’m grateful to have met people who believe in and support Inuktitut music.”
Helmed by Helen Britton, Six Shooter Management’s roster includes Tanya Tagaq, Whitehorse, Whitney Rose, Ensign Broderick, Rheostatics and The Dead South. Of these signings, Britton says, “We have been friends with The Jerry Cans and with Riit for some time. Following our time together in Iqaluit for Nunavut Music Week and subsequently the JUNOs, it became clear to us it was time to make it official.”
RIIT TOUR DATES
TORONTO, ON: The Dakota Tavern, June 20 w/ Josh Q
EDMONTON, AB: Interstellar Rodeo, July 20-22
SPOTLIGHT ON THE NORTH: 2018 INTERLUDE LINEUP HIGHLIGHTS NORTHWEST TERRITORIES AND NUNAVUT MUSIC SCENES.
Interstellar Rodeo shines the light on the sounds and stories from north of the 60th parallel with this year’s Interlude performers, where artists from the Northwest Territories and Nunavut represent 50% of the Interludes lineup.
Interstellar is proud to welcome Riit and Josh Q, both from Nunavut and both signed to the territory’s first record label, Aakuluk Music. Riit and Josh Q (of The Trade-Offs) were last seen on the country’s largest music stage, where they performed with The Jerry Cans live on the JUNO Awards broadcast in Vancouver this year. From Inuktitut pop to ‘Arctic Soul,’ Riit and Josh Q showcase the depth of Iqaluit’s vibrant music scene.
Diga, frontman to Yellowknife’s award-winning band Digawolf, and Jay Gilday (based in Edmonton) represent the first artists from the Northwest Territories to perform at Interstellar Rodeo.
Interstellar Rodeo is also excited to welcome exciting young local performers Celeigh Cardinal and members of iHuman, an Edmonton-based youth organization that develops arts-based programming for positive social change.
Ruby Boots, a buzzy newcomer to Nashville’s Americana scene via Perth, Australia, rounds out this year’s songwriter-stacked Interlude lineup.
INTERSTELLAR RODEO 2018
FEIST • JULY TALK • COURTNEY BARNETT
A TRIBE CALLED RED • THE MAVERICKS • THE DEAD SOUTH
REUBEN & THE DARK • ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO • LISA LEBLANC
ALL STARS: JASON PLUMB, ROSE COUSINS AND TIM BAKER
MARGARET GLASPY • LA DAME BLANCHE
THE FAIRFIELD FOUR • FAOUZIA
CELEIGH CARDINAL * DIGA * iHUMAN * JAY GILDAY
JOSH Q * RIIT * RUBY BOOTS
For daily lineups, please visit interstellarrodeo.com.
Interstellar Rodeo takes place July 20-22, 2018 at Hawrelak Park. Weekend passes and single day tickets are on sale now. Stay tuned for information about this year’s wine pairings, food vendors and other exciting new initiatives for the 2018 edition of Interstellar Rodeo.
CELEIGH CARDINAL (AB)
“A soulful blend of roots, folk, rock and pop alongside some seriously powerful vocals.” – Digital Drum
With a voice that harkens to the golden era of jazz and blues, Celeigh Cardinal is one of the finest vocalists to hail from the Peace Country. This Métis songwriter, who has already won numerous awards for her music and cultural contributions, is known for her passionate performances and soulful, turn-yourself-inside-out blues. Cardinal’s most recent album, Everything and Nothing At All, is currently nominated for Best Pop Album at the Indigenous Music Awards.
“Neil Young of the North.’ – BC Musician Magazine
Diga, frontman of award-winning band Digawolf, has a body of six solo albums behind him. Each one explores his experiences growing up in the capital of the Tlicho Nation, Behchoko, NT. Diga’s lyrics are filled with a respect for language, culture and lives lived; they speak a universal truth of the importance of remembering where you come from, and who you are. Finding inspiration in the works of Neil Young, Tom Waits and Kashtin, Digawolf’s music is infused is permeated with the rich culture of the Northwest Territories. Diga’s world-weary voice “[summons] forth spirits of the life of a trapper’s past glories.”
iHuman Youth Society is a non-profit organization that engages Edmonton’s traumatized youth to foster positive personal development and social change. Founded in 1997, iHuman develops and implements arts-based programming that functions as a positive engagement tool, to re-integrate youth into the community by developing skills, self-esteem and a sense of worth and ability through mentorship, crisis intervention and targeted programming.
JAY GILDAY (NWT/AB)
“Roots alchemist.” – Edmonton Journal
Raised in a family of accomplished musicians on the tundra in Yellowknife, Jay Gilday’s songwriting threads together the colours of his own ancestral traditions: Dene spirituals, Irish ballads, Canadian folk and rock. Based in Edmonton, Gilday’s most recent album, Faster Than Light, earned him WCMA’s Indigenous Artist of the Year and Edmonton Music Awards’ Singer-songwriter of the Year and Artists to Watch titles.
JOSH Q (THE TRADE-OFFS) (NU)
“Boffo local blues-rockers.” – The Toronto Star
Josh Q and The Trade-Offs have coined their distinct mix of blues and rock n’ roll as ‘Arctic Soul,’ a sound distinguished by the deep, brooding voice of lead singer Josh Q. A staple of the Iqaluit music scene, Josh Q has also performed with The Jerry Cans at the JUNOs and live across the country with the Prime Minister watching on Canada Day, which puts the band’s audiences in the millions. The Trade-Offs are currently nominated for Best Blues Album by the Indigenous Music Awards.
“An enchanting blend of mellow folk-rock (with Inuktitut lyrics) and Inuit throat-singing.” – Exclaim
Riit is a young Inuk performer born and raised just below the Arctic Circle. A throat singer, guitarist and accordionist, Riit has performed across the north, toured Scotland and Australia and with The Jerry Cans on live television at the JUNO Awards. Her debut EP was the first Inuktitut music to be added to national radio rotation, and her songs have become instant classics in the north. Riit is currently nominated for Indigenous Music Awards’ Best Radio Single and Western Canadian Music Awards’ Indigenous Artist of the Year.
RUBY BOOTS (AU)
“A natural chanteuse who possesses just the right blend of sass and savvy.” – Paste
A gutsy singer and songwriter who mixes rock & roll swagger, pop songwriting and country twang, Nashville-via-Australia’s Ruby Boots is a rising star in the Americana world. The five-time winner Western Australia’s Best Country Music Act made the leap to the Nashville scene with her most recent album, Don’t Talk About It, released by Bloodshot Records.