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THE DEEP DARK WOODS RETURN WITH A NEW SONG, “DRIFTING ON A SUMMER’S NIGHT,” A SCUZZED-UP COUNTRY BLUES LAMENT.

The Deep Dark Woods go ripping down the highway with a spooky new song, “Drifting On A Summer’s Night,” about unraveling the true love knot.

Frontman Ryan Boldt’s forlorn storytelling and mix of traditional British folk and country blues draws lines from Ireland to Tennessee, the Oxford Girl to Folsom Prison. Boldt is a skilful murder balladeer with an equally morbid romanticism, and this new song hints at a direction away from the swirling jams on previous releases towards a darker, stranger tenor. The song will be on a new album coming this fall, the first release since 2013’s Jubilee.

“Drifting On A Summer’s Night” features folk duo Kacy & Clayton (harmonies and guitars), Shuyler Jansen (bass) and Mike Silverman (drums).

Along with the tour dates announced today, The Deep Dark Woods are confirmed to perform at AmericanaFest 2017, where they are past nominees for Emerging Artist of the Year. Ryan Boldt also recently opened for Richard Thompson, who has been a great influence on his work.

RIYL: Jonathan Wilson, Shirley Collins, The Handsome Family.

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FALL TOUR DATES:

WINNIPEG, MB: WECC, Oct 19
SASKATOON, SK: Broadway Theatre, Oct 20
REGINA, SK: The Exchange, Oct 21
CALGARY, AB: Festival Hall, Oct 23
NELSON, BC: Hume Hotel, Oct 24
VANCOUVER, BC: Biltmore Cabaret, Oct 25
VICTORIA, BC: Upstairs Cabaret, Oct 26
LONDON, ON: London Music Hall, Nov 2
HAMILTON, ON: Mills Hardware, Nov 5
QUEBEC CITY, QC: L’Anti, Nov 6
OTTAWA, ON: Mavericks, Nov 7
BURNSTOWN, ON: Neat Café, Nov 10

More tour dates to come.

TAGAQ SHARES “FROSTBITE” VIA ADULT SWIM.

Adult Swim continues their single series with Tanya Tagaq’s unreleased track “Frostbite.”

Click here to listen.

WHITEHORSE CELEBRATES THE RELEASE OF PANTHER IN THE DOLLHOUSE ALBUM w/ LIVE RECORDING OF SAVAGE LOVECAST, JULY 11 @ REVIVAL.

DAN SAVAGE WILL JOIN WHITEHORSE AND SUPREME COURT CHALLENGER TERRI-JEAN BEDFORD TO TALK BODY POLITICS, PRIVACY LAWS AND MORE.
Event will include interviews, audience Q&A + musical performance.

On their new album, Panther In The Dollhouse, Whitehorse explores conventions and assumptions of domestic life, questions that dovetail with issues of consent, freedom and safety.

To celebrate the album’s release, and to acknowledge the work done by those in the sex industry and those who fight for positive and necessary change, Whitehorse and Six Shooter Records will host a live taping of Dan Savage’s Savage Lovecast on July 11, 2017. The event will include interviews and discussion, audience Q&A and a musical performance.

With this event, Whitehorse wishes to create a space for open dialogue, awareness and tolerance.

Panther In The Dollhouse will be released July 7, 2017.

ALBUM LAUNCH EVENT DETAILS:

WHERE: REVIVAL
WHEN: JULY 11, 2017, 6:30-9pm.
WHO: Renowned advice columnist and podcaster Dan Savage, Supreme Court of Canada challenger Terri-Jean Bedford, Melissa McClelland + Luke Doucet (Whitehorse)
TICKETS: $40, available at store.sixshooterrecords.com

Whitehorse will play Live at Massey Hall on December 8, 2017 with special guest Terra Lightfoot. Click here for tickets.

TOUR DATES:

MONTREAL, QC: Metropolis, July 6
ORILLIA, ON: Mariposa, July 8
SUDBURY, ON: Northern Lights Festival, July 9
NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ON: Jackson-Triggs, July 22
PHILADELPHIA, PA: Philadelphia Folk Festival, Aug 17
SASKATOON, SK: Broadway Theatre, Oct 12*
REGINA, SK: WaWa Shrine Centre, Oct 13*
EDMONTON, AB: Winspear Theatre, Oct 14*
LETHBRIDGE, AB: TBC, Oct 17*
MISSION, BC: Clarke Theatre, Oct 18*
VANCOUVER, BC: Vogue Theatre, Oct 19*
KITCHENER, ON: Centre In The Square, Nov 18
OTTAWA, ON: NAC Theatre, Nov 21
LONDON, ON: London Music Hall, Nov 25
TORONTO, ON: Massey Hall, Dec 8

More tour dates to come.

POP, POMP AND POETRY: INTERSTELLAR RODEO WINNIPEG ROLLS OUT INTERLUDE PERFORMERS.

Interstellar Rodeo Winnipeg adds to the splashy, flashy, straight-up thriller of a lineup with the announcement of this year’s Interlude performers. This year’s artists further expand the festival’s wide-ranging, genre-flaunting sound and style, with Toronto spoken-word phenom Mustafa The Poet, avant-rocker Ford Pier, celebrated storyteller Oh Susanna and recent Polaris Music Prize nominees Figure Walking. Interstellar Rodeo shines the light on Canada’s auspicious musical future with Faouzia, a magnetic Moroccan/Manitoban vocal powerhouse, and the nuanced, melodic songwriting of Chloe Doucet from Toronto. Piano-glam mystery man Ensign Broderick rounds out this year’s Interlude performers.

Interstellar Rodeo Winnipeg will take place at The Forks, August 18-20. Weekend passes and single day tickets available here.

INTERSTELLAR RODEO WINNIPEG 2017 LINEUP:

BECK
BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE * FATHER JOHN MISTY
RHEOSTATICS * ALOE BLACC * SHAKEY GRAVES
MARTY STUART & HIS FABULOUS SUPERLATIVES
SARAH SLEAN * ADIA VICTORIA * YOLA CARTER
DANNY MICHEL * TERRA LIGHTFOOT * THE DEAD SOUTH
WHITNEY ROSE * LEONARD SUMNER
MUSTAFA THE POET * OH SUSANNA * FIGURE WALKING * FAOUZIA
FORD PIER * CHLOE DOUCET * ENSIGN BRODERICK

“RETRIBUTION” INCLUDED IN THIS YEAR’S POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE LONG LIST.

Tanya Tagaq’s stunning and powerful album “Retribution” has been nominated for this year’s Polaris Music Prize. The short list will be revealed on July 13.

Listen to “Retribution” on Spotify.

POETRY, POP AND PRAIRIE ROCK: INTERSTELLAR RODEO EDMONTON ROLLS OUT IMPRESSIVE LINEUP ADDITIONS WITH 2017 INTERLUDE PERFORMERS.

IRODEOYEG ANNOUNCES EXCITING TECH PARTNERSHIP WITH ATB FINANCIAL.

Interstellar Rodeo Edmonton is thrilled to announce more performers for 2017 with lineup additions that include Toronto-based spoken-word phenom Mustafa The Poet, art-house songwriter Christine Fellows and next-generation newcomer Chloe Doucet. Interstellar’s 2017 Interludes also burst with Alberta talent: Calgary’s road-weathered Leeroy Stagger, harmony-filled roots rockers Northern Beauties and the emotionally charged sounds of Edmonton songwriter Ken Stead will represent the province’s rich musical community. Piano-glam mystery Ensign Broderick rounds out this year’s Interlude lineup.

INTERSTELLAR RODEO EDMONTON’S COMPLETE 2017 LINEUP:

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE * ALOE BLACC * SERENA RYDER
SUZANNE VEGA * JOHN K. SAMSON and THE WINTER WHEAT
BASIA BULAT * DAN MANGAN * JD MCPHERSON
THE SUFFERS * COLD SPECKS * AMELIA CURRAN
PARKER MILLSAP * WHITNEY ROSE * BEGONIA * LEONARD SUMNER
MUSTAFA THE POET * CHRISTINE FELLOWS * LEEROY STAGGER * NORTHERN BEAUTIES * KEN STEAD * CHLOE DOLORES
ENSIGN BRODERICK

Interstellar Rodeo is also excited to announce a tech partnership with Alberta’s own ATB Financial. As a company that champions Edmonton’s culture with pride, it’s a match that makes perfect sense. “Interstellar’s heart is rooted in Edmonton. What better partner could there be than a great Alberta company like ATB,” says Chris Wynters, Interstellar Rodeo’s Director of Marketing/Partnerships.? President & CEO of ATB Financial, Dave Mowat, adds, “Even in a city of countless festivals, Interstellar Rodeo stands out from the crowd. There’s something so ‘Edmonton’ about the Interstellar community, from the food trucks up to the amazing music. We’ll be working with the Interstellar crew to offer some amazing experiences through their festival app. It’s going to be a great weekend.”

NEXT UP: Interstellar Rodeo Wine Pairings and Food Trucks (coming soon).

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www.interstellarrodeo.com

INTERSTELLAR RODEO INTERLUDES:

CHLOE DOLORES

With her grandfather’s Telecaster in hand, Dolores has become a regular at Toronto’s open mic nights. Growing up with musician parents has meant that music venues have always felt like home turf, but Dolores has taken the job of finding her own voice very seriously. From writing her first songs to recent experiences recording in New York, from her solo performances to her roles in other bands, Dolores’ initial steps into the business have been taken with confidence and curiosity. She will release her first EP in 2017.

CHRISTINE FELLOWS

Christine Fellows’ songs are “antique yet avant-garde, and quietly theatrical” (NOW Magazine), populated by solitary travelers in wintry northlands, spinster pigeon-fanciers, grumpy flying foxes, and intrepid runaways. Her sixth full-length solo album,?Burning Daylight, was released alongside her first collection of poetry in 2014. Based in Winnipeg, Fellows collaborates with artists from all disciplines to create and produce performance works and recordings.

ENSIGN BRODERICK

Ensign Broderick’s dramatic, piano-driven sound gushes with the opulence and flamboyance of late 70s New Romanticism, Baroque melodrama and timeless teenage angst. Ensign Broderick has emerged out of nowhere with a fully-formed artistic vision that is completely out of time and wholly compelling, a lavish mixture of personal secrecy and raw, naked emotion bared in song. Ensign Broderick will release a new album in 2017.

KEN STEAD

Born and raised in Edmonton, folk/roots songwriter Ken Stead has spent the last two years on the stage, learning the craft and exploring ideas of family, love and acceptance in song.?Stead truly hit his creative stride with his first emotionally-charged full-length album, Fear Has No Place Here (2015), which received four Edmonton Music Award nominations.

LEEROY STAGGER

It’s been said before that love is a battlefield, and on his latest album Love Versus,?Leeroy Stagger?comes well-armed. The eleventh studio release by the British Columbia native is also a milestone, marking the first recording made at Stagger’s home studio in southern Alberta. With the new album, Stagger’s road-weathered and ever-evolving fusion of roots, rock and pop opens a new chapter, and promises to reach many more ears.

MUSTAFA THE POET

Mustafa Ahmed is a 17-year-old spoken word artist, actor and emcee based in Regent Park, Toronto. He utilizes the power of?the arts?to speak & demonstrate his understanding of the intricacies of communities such as his, touching upon topics such as youth empowerment, mental health, Islam, immigration, violence, politics, philanthropy, the search for peace and unleashing the creativity of youth.

THE NORTHERN BEAUTIES

Wielding an unmistakable brand of Western Folk, Calgary’s harmony-filled roots rockers Northern Beauties have now carved their name?into the?western Canadian musical landscape. The band was honored with a 2016 Western Canadian Music Award for Roots Group/Duo of the Year and a pair of Calgary Music Award nominations for Singer/Songwriter of the year and the award for Roots/Folk recording of the year.

WHITEHORSE ANNOUNCES PANTHER IN THE DOLLHOUSE CANADIAN TOUR WITH NEW VIDEO FOR “DIE ALONE.”

Today, Whitehorse unveils the first leg of their Panther In The Dollhouse fall tour with select western Canadian and Ontario dates confirmed for October 2017. In keeping with their ever-evolving creative approach, Whitehorse will be touring as a full band for the first time, and will hit the road this fall as a 5-piece with special guest Terra Lightfoot.

A new video for the song “Die Alone,” from Massey Hall’s new Ghost Light Sessions, was shot on the theatre’s grand and storied stage and shows Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland’s exquisite harmonies and tones. From The Road To Massey Hall, an EP celebrating artists whose careers are intertwined with the venue’s history, to this striking stripped-down performance, Whitehorse’s reverence for this stage has become part of their story as well.

The song “Die Alone” is found on the forthcoming Panther In The Dollhouse, an album that examines the conventions and assumptions of domestic life. “Die Alone” is a devastating grindhouse ballad about the havoc wreaked by and for love. Endurance and exhaustion are two sides of the coin Whitehorse flips: “You got down on one knee and pulled the rug from my feet,” sings McClelland.

The two-time JUNO Award nominees/winners will make their third appearance as Massey Hall headliners on December 8, 2017 for the Live at Massey Hall series.

TOUR DATES:

SASKATOON, SK: Broadway Theatre, Oct 12
REGINA, SK: WaWa Shrine Centre, Oct 13
EDMONTON, AB: Winspear Theatre, Oct 14
LETHBRIDGE, AB: TBC, Oct 17
MISSION, BC: Clarke Theatre, Oct 18
VANCOUVER, BC: Vogue Theatre, Oct 19
LONDON, ON: London Music Hall, Nov 17
KITCHENER, ON: Centre In The Square, Nov 18
OTTAWA, ON: NAC Theatre, Nov 21
TORONTO, ON: Massey Hall, Dec 8

WHITEHORSE REVEAL “DIE ALONE” FROM PANTHER IN THE DOLLHOUSE OUT 7.7.17.

Whitehorse release another piece from their highly anticipated new record “Panther In The Dollhouse” today. Listen to their new song “Die Alone” on Spotify.

Click here to pre-order “Panther In The Dollhouse” on iTunes, CD, or vinyl.

SEX, LOVE AND THE LIVES OF CONSENTING ADULTS: WHITEHORSE DELVES INTO BODY POLITICS ON PANTHER IN THE DOLLHOUSE, OUT 7/7/17.

NEW VIDEO FOR “NIGHTHAWKS” OUT NOW.


Watch a new video for “Nighthawks” now, directed Tim Donnelly.

Retro psychedelic pop bubbles up on “Nighthawks,” a new song out now from Panther In The Dollhouse that questions the constructs of perpetrator and victim on the streets. “Nighthawks” is a companion piece to the slow-burner “Evangelina,” (from the album Leave No Bridge Unburned), in which the namesake character is a sex worker superhero, in celebration of those who challenged Canada’s prostitution laws at the Supreme Court of Canada in 2013.

“Nighthawks” is one example of Panther In The Dollhouse’s deep dive into body politics. Throughout the album, Whitehorse explores issues of consent, self-determination and, ultimately, freedom, largely from the perspective of women. Alongside “Boys Like You,” the grindhouse ballad of “Die Alone” and the peroxide burn of “Trophy Wife,” Panther In The Dollhouse paints a conflicted picture of domesticity and adulthood. Seedy, slinky and suggestive, the characters that populate Panther In The Dollhouse do what they can, what they must and – often – what they really shouldn’t (but can’t resist).

As genre chameleons, Whitehorse’s brazen sonic breadth encompasses psychedelic surf, arid border rock, lo-fi ingenuity and icy 80’s sparseness. Panther In The Dollhouse brings another twist to Whitehorse’s studio approach with the addition of beats and bleeps from NYC hip-hop production duo Like Minds (Kanye West, Snoop Dogg), as well as the return of Gus Van Go and Werner F as producers/engineers.

Whitehorse recently was announced as part of a group of artists set to perform as part of the upcoming Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame induction of Neil Young, Bruce Cockburn, Beau Dommage and Stephane Venne. Further details of Whitehorse’s role in this ceremony will be released soon. Currently on tour in the USA, Whitehorse will return for select summer shows in Canada, including Montreal Jazz Festival, Northern Lights Festival and at the Ottawa marathon, where Luke – the fastest musician in recent marathon history – is planning to run the half-marathon before the set.

Panther In The Dollhouse will be released July 7, 2017.

WHITEHORSE DEBUTS BRAND NEW FULL BAND FOR CBC FIRST PLAY LIVE.

Watch the first batch of videos below.

Watch Whitehorse and a brand new band (Ryan Gavel, Gregory Macdonald, Johnny Obercian) perform songs from Panther In The Dollhouse, including “Boys Like You” and “Nighthawks,” as part of CBC’s First Play Live series.

TOUR DATES:

ITHACA, NY: The Dock, May 18
BUFFALO, NY: Leopard Lounge, May 19
NEW YORK, NY: Mercury Room, May 22
ALBANY, NY: The Hollow, May 24
SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT: Higher Ground, May 25
OTTAWA, ON: Festival Plaza, May 27
PEC, ON: Hayloft Dancehall, June 16
MONTREAL, QC: Metropolis, July 6
ORILLIA, ON: Mariposa, July 8
SUDBURY, ON: Northern Lights Festival, July 9
NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ON: Jackson-Triggs, July 22
PHILADELPHIA, PA: Philadelphia Folk Festival, Aug 17
OTTAWA, ON: NAC, Nov 21

More tour dates to come.

‘”A Wild West vixen blazes a trail of theft and seduction in Sam Outlaw’s new video for “Trouble.”‘ – Rolling Stone

Read Rolling Stone’s full review of Sam Outlaw’s new video for “Trouble” here.

“Sam Outlaw sounds almost happy to know he’s possibly being deceived on “Say It to Me,” a breezy number from the Los Angeles-based performer’s latest album Tenderheart. “I don’t think it’s true but it sounds like you believe it / I like the way you say it to me,” he sings, assuming a fair amount of risk over a relationship that sounds like someone’s imagination running wild after one polite conversation.” – Rolling Stone

Sam Outlaw teams up with LR Baggs on his latest live video for “Say It To Me.” Watch it below.

SPIRITS HITS DOUBLE PLATINUM IN CANADA.

Major congratulations to The Strumbellas! Their hit single, Spirits, has officially reached DOUBLE PLATINUM status in Canada. Listen to Spirits on Spotify below.