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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.

Tanya Tagaq – ANIMISM is out today!

ANIMISM is out today! In case you missed it, here are links to audio and video of Tanya Tagaq’s chat with Jian Ghomeshi on Q this morning. Enjoy! http://www.cbc.ca/q/blog/2014/05/27/tanya-tagaq-animism/

ACID RAIN AND SUGAR CANE: AUSTRALIA’S WAGONS HAS A NEW ALBUM COMING ON SIX SHOOTER RECORDS AND A CANADIAN SUMMER TOUR.

Melodrama, menace and mirth: the sixth Wagons album, Acid Rain and Sugar Cane, is a vision of 1970s Vegas glam and gloom as seen through a Campari soaked lens. With equal parts lounge and lizard, frontman Henry Wagons leads his band through a multitude of genres, from classic rock to bad boy boogie, gangsta country and prog rock, often in the same song.

Co-produced by Mick Harvey (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, PJ Harvey), who also played on every song, Acid Rain and Sugar Cane is filled with drinking songs and driving songs (though never the two shall meet). Acid Rain and Sugar Cane was recorded at the band’s Goldview Studio in Mount Martha, Australia. Henry helped mix the album in LA at the mythic Ocean Way Studios with Matt Linesch (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros). In their initial Skype chat, Henry was confronted by a man with wild hair and beard, outrageous jewellery and an unbuttoned shirt: “It was like I was looking in a mirror.”

We last heard from Henry Wagons with his solo release, Expecting Company? Now, the wild-eyed Aussie returns with his longtime bandmates for a louder, grittier collection inspired by the “grand scope of the cinematic, trippy orchestral arrangements from the ’70s,” says Henry. The Wagons band includes the rumbling rhythm section of Mark “Tuckerbag” Dawson and Si the Philanthropist, and guitarists Richard Blaze and Long John Guscott.

Acid Rain and Sugar Cane will be released on Six Shooter Records on June 24, 2014 in advance of Canadian festival performances and club shows.

See a new video for “Why Do You Always Cry?”

TOUR DATES:

MONTREAL, QC: Montreal Jazz Festival, July 5-6
OTTAWA, ON: Ottawa Blues Fest, July 8-9
TORONTO, ON: TBC, July 10
NESS CREEK, SK: Ness Creek Folk Festival, July 17-18
VANCOUVER, BC: Vancouver Folk Festival, July 19-20
CALGARY, AB: The Palomino, July 23
EDMONTON, AB: Interstellar Rodeo, July 25-27

ANOTHER TASTE OF ANIMISM: NEW TANYA TAGAQ ALBUM OUT MAY 27, 2014.

Tanya Tagaq’s new album, Animism, will be out on Six Shooter Records on May 27, 2014.
Album Trailer features the song “Umingmak.”

GET FIRED UP FOR THE NEW WHITEHORSE ALBUM WITH A KICKSTARTER PRE-SALE AND NEW MUSIC

Whitehorse announces a 30-day Kickstarter Pre-Sale for the new full-length album, Leave No Bridge Unburned, to be released in February 2015. The campaign will include fans in the process of making and releasing the album, with incentives such as listening parties, studio hangs, participation in selecting key tracks, etc.

The Kickstarter pre-sale is now live here

From the debut EP to The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss, The Road To Massey Hall and Éphémère sans repère, Whitehorse have pushed themselves to constantly reinvent and evolve their sound. Every album is different. There’s no telling what kind of album Leave No Bridge Unburned will be, but Kickstarter backers will have exclusive first listens and looks as the project develops.

Leave No Bridge Unburned will be produced by Gus Van Go, who is best known for his work with The Stills. The band met Van Go at the 2013 Polaris gala and instantly hit it off. This is the first time Whitehorse will work with a producer.