From acclaimed musician and author Dave Bidini comes a brilliantly original look at a folk-rock legend and the momentous week in 1972 that culminated in the Mariposa Folk Festival: Writing Gordon Lightfoot, The Man, the Music, and the World in 1972.
The story takes place in July, 1972. As musicians across Canada prepare for the nation’s biggest folk festival, held on Toronto Island, a series of events unfold that will transform the country politically, psychologically–and musically. As Bidini explores the remarkable week leading up to Mariposa, he also explores the life and times of one of the most enigmatic figures in Canadian music: Gordon Lightfoot, the reigning king of folk at the height of his career. Through a series of letters, Bidini addresses Lightfoot directly, questioning him, imagining his life, and weaving together a fascinating, highly original look at a musician at the top of his game. By the end of the week, the country is on the verge of massive change and the ’72 Mariposa folk fest–complete with surprise appearances by Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, and yes, Lightfoot–is on its way to becoming legendary.
In other book-related news, Justin Rutledge heads to Banff this weekend for Wordfest. On Saturday @ 7 pm at the Banff Centre, Justin will appear on a panel with two-time Governal General’s Literary Award winner Guy Vandergaeghe, who will present his latest novel about the end of the Wild West. Stony Plain wonder Holger Peterson is the host.
SHOUT OUT OUT OUT OUT: The designated synth contingent of our management roster are taking a brief break from the studio (we have been assured that a new record is coming soon!) to head back to NYC for the CMJ music marathon, followed by a MTL show, and a smattering of Ontario dates! A few Alberta and BC dates have been announced too! Remember to check www.shoutoutoutoutout.com for daily video tour blog posts!
AMELIA CURRAN: As part of the Halifax Pop Explosion, Amelia performs with Symphony Nova Scotia on Oct 21. Next month, she returns to the UK, where she plays London, Winchester, Arlington, Nottingham, Sheffield, Liverpool, Gateshead, and even a date in Wales. One of my favorite meals as a kid was Welsh rarebit, which is basically toast with cheese sauce on it. I do hope Amelia would be so kind as to indulge in such delicacies whilst in Wales, so I might live vicariously through her, and vicariously reclaim my youth.
JENN GRANT: Hot off her FIVE Music Nova Scotia Awards nominations and also her recent nuptials, Jenn Grant announces November shows in Halifax, Wakefield, and more. See below for deets and stay tuned for a few more dates, and probably another half dozen or so awards nominations!
GOOD LOVELIES: If you live in the Boston/Cambridge area, make sure you catch their show at Johnny D’s in Somerville, this Thursday (tonight!). In other news, the girls are about to embark on a couple more tours, including Northern Ontario, Alberta, and an upcoming Christmas tour, with two Toronto performances at The Great Hall on Dec 17 – all ages matinee (bring your kids/grandma) and 19+ evening (bring your grouchy teen who still lives in your basement).
TRAMPLED BY TURTLES: Our friends from Duluth are coming back to Canada! This time, they play shows in Toronto, Ottawa, and London. Music that is good for your soul and your soles, and for showing that pesky Shredder and his army of foot soldiers who is boss. Don’t miss ‘em!
So, by now you MUST have heard about Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland joining musical forces to form the unstoppable force of Whitehorse, right?! It’s kind of like the janky stereo I am listening to right now, where the radio never really turns off, so even though I have switched over to listen to a Pete Shelley LP that I picked up at a thrift store, I can still hear Bono crooning away in the back ground. Actually, it’s not like that at all, aside from maybe in an abstract conceptual way (Melissa being Pete Shelley, and Luke being Bono, because he likes to talk about politics and stuff), since my current listening experience is kind of annoying as all hell, whereas Whitehorse is a glorious earhole massage, like a fresh q-tip dipped in good-tune balm (available soon in our webstore). The Whitehorse album is now out and available, garnering some serious slam dunk accolades. If the reviews and our good word aren’t enough for ya, you freeloadin’ hippies can head over to the iTunes store to preview the album and cop a free download of ‘Emerald Isle’, which is, conveniently, the Free Single Of The Week!
Luke and Melissa have been working hard on their live show, including a number of ram-jammed live rehearsals in Waterloo and Hamilton (I mean of course, that the shows were well attended… all Whitehorse, no Black Betty). The new show is, frankly, soooo awesoooooome!!! Whitehorse is not your typical folk duo…they’ve got all kinds of crazy technological stuff going on with loops, keyboards, stomp box boards and more. It boggles my mind, and my feet, but not my ears or the musical enjoyment pleasure center in my brain. Here, check out this link of the pair playing on Canada AM:
Whitehorse kicks things off officially with a set at the Festival Music House during the Toronto International Film Festival. It’s not open to the public since we are for sure expecting Brangelina, but enterprising souls might be able to figure out a way to win tickets. For instance, if anyone can convince Jim Carrey to recite an awkward and inappropriate video love letter to Whitehorse, we will totally find a way to score you tix. Hell, we might even score you tickets if you make your own awkward and inappropriate video love letter to Melissa and Luke and post it on youtube for millions to see. Whitehorse plays Tuesday at 8 pm.
After TIFF, Whitehorse jet off to their new digs in NYC, where they start a tour with Frazey Ford of Be Good Tanyas fame. Ticket information for these shows are available on the six shooter site, as well as the new Whitehorse site: http://www.whitehorsemusic.ca
Oh, and speaking of the website…and for that matter, all the fabulous art direction on this project was done by Tyler Clark Burke.
Please note: We had previously announced that the Sept 30 show in Hamilton was sold out, but there are in fact some tickets still available. Their Glenn Gould Theatre show, however, is long sold out, but there are still tickets available for their upcoming concert at the Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto on Feb 24. We realize that you are probably still trying to squeeze a bit of life out of summer at this point, and the word Winter coupled with a date in February probably sends a chill up your spine, so we want to reward those of you who are cool early-adopters with a little contest!
Here is how this contest works:
1. Buy tickets to the Winter Garden Theatre show.
2. Prove it by sending your ticket confirmation to email@example.com.
3. Answer this skill testing question:
How many of Melissa McClelland’s solo albums has Luke Doucet produced?
4. Win a t-shirt of Luke or Melissa’s, plus a copy of Luke’s EP ‘Fokestar’!
September 6, 2011 · Posted in: NEWS
Melbourne’s Wagons rumble, shake and tumble into Canada with the Canadian debut of their new album, Rumble, Shake and Tumble, out now on Six Shooter Records! The album got a rave review from Now Magazine (Disc of the Week, bro), who had the guts to use the word “swaggerific” in this entirely agreeable summary: “Wagons’ poppy, soulful cow-punk is as clever as it is swaggerific. NNNN.”
You can also read an entertaining Q&A with frontman Henry Wagons in the Globe and Mail (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/arts/music/). This article in the Globe was entirely massive, both in girth and in deserved praise. We are pretty damn happy to be on the Wagon right about now! Torontonians can see what the fuss is about TONIGHT at the Horseshoe Tavern for a free show at 11 pm. Ottawa peeps can catch them at Zaphod’s tomorrow night. They then head down south for more shows, and probably won’t be back in these parts until next summer. So catch them now!
ANOTHER CONTEST ALERT:
“I Blew It”, a song from the new Wagons record, is a classic tale of break-up woe (not a classic tale about my nose, although both induce sniffles). To win the Welcome Wagons prize pack, send us your best break-up story about mistakes, regrets, dramas and anything else you did that made you think “I Blew It.” One lucky winner’s heartache and misfortune will be rewarded with the prize pack that includes a copy of Rumble, Shake and Tumble and… a pair of Blundstone boots! Holy moly! You can stomp your regrets into a pile of autumnal leaves with those suckers! Hopefully you don’t depress the pants off of us too badly!
Enter to win at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline to enter: September 6. That’s today.
Six Shooter is excited to welcome Hamilton’s Harlan Pepper to the fold. Their album, Young and Old, will be re-released by Six Shooter Records on October 18, 2011. These young whippersnappers are killin’ it these days, and we are really looking forward to having them on our team until they get old! Just like the album title! Did any of you ever hear the interview Nardwuar The Human Serviette did with Jean Chretien? Man, what I wouldn’t give to hear ol’ Jean say “For me, Harlan Pepper, I put it on my plate” right now. The Pepps are already gathering a lot of fantastic press, from the likes of View magazine, FYI Music Weekly, and Now Magazine whose NNNN review summed things up nicely with this quote:
“After just a few songs, you forget how odd it is to see such young musicians successfully channel 60s and 70s folk rock sounds. Once over the initial shock, though, it’s obvious that they’ve got the chops to pull it off better than many bands who’ve spent decades trying for the same vibe.”
- Harlan Pepper joins The Beauties + The Deep Dark Woods on September 24 @ Lee’s Palace in Toronto. They also play the Rivoli this Thursday, September 8.
What great news to wake up to this morning and learn that the lovely Jenn Grant has been nominated for a slew of Music Nova Scotia Awards, including Female Recording Artist of the Year, SOCAN Songwriter of the Year (for the song, “How I Met You”), Recording of the Year for the album, “Honeymoon Punch”, Video of the year for the song, “Getcha Good”, and Bell Alliant Entertainer of the Year. This last one is a fan choice award…we’d love you to show your support for Jenn, just head right on to the front page of: http://www.musicnovascotia.ca/ and cast your vote.
We’d also like to send a shout out to Danny Ledwell, Jenn’s producer and husband-to-be, who is nominated both for Producer of the Year and Graphic Artist of the Year. And to Heather Gibson, our friend and partner in our work with Amelia Curran…Heather is nominated for Manager of the Year.
Man, did you read the news story about Gibson guitars having their factory raided for the second time due to their use of deep, dark, woods on guitar fretboards? What a crazy world we live in.
In happier, vaguely related news, Deep Dark Woods are turning out to be more ubiquitous than Forest Gump (that was a very weak woods/forest joke, btw. Gimme a break, I’m on vacay, and I’m having trouble seeing the forest/woods for the trees) with the Six Shooter release of their newest album, ‘The Place I Left Behind’. Already holding steady in Canada at the #1 spot on the Earshot Folk/Roots/Blues charts, and in the Top 10 overall, Deep Dark Woods have announced that they will be releasing ‘The Place I left behind’ in the USA on the legendary Sugar Hill Records imprint! Deep Dark Woods will also be taking their show back on the road this fall, with tour stops including Toronto @ Lee’s Palace (with The Beauties and Harlan Pepper) and an appearance at PopMontreal.
The great press keeps rolling in for ‘The Place I Left behind’ too, check out these hella bitchin’ quotes:
“an evocative record about rambling and lonesomeness, but with fiddles, harmonies and purring Hammond tones that are homey and hearth-warm.” The Globe and Mail
“A masterpiece of of sombre beauty and eternal heartbreak” Sun Media
“…a gorgeous exercise in pure unadulterated melancholy. It’s all executed with heart, soul and a sniper’s precision.” Winnipeg Free Press
“With diverse instruments like the mellotron and banjo, and songs that run the gamut from waltzing ballad to gritty rock number, this alt-country band seems to effortlessly push the boundaries of roots and folk music.” The National Post
Believe me, nothing is going to trample your friend’s turtles like seeing you rocking an exclusive new tee! To aid you in this quest for deep shades of envy green, Trampled By Turtles is offering a super duper exclusive t-shirt to purchase along with tickets for their fall dates in London, Toronto and Ottawa. This teesh is ONLY available along with this promotion, not at any of the gigs, or via the TBT webstore. To reiterate, exclusive!!! The t-shirts are assuredly awesome, and will help you to connect with likeminded exclusivity seekers at these shows! Likeminded exclusivity? Can that exist?! Skip along over to the band’s ticketing site to pick up yer tix and the Fall Tour t-shirt for a limited time. Oh, and while you’re there, pick up a free download of ‘Wait So Long’, woo!
Six Shooter Records’ Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet tie the musical knot with the debut of their new band, Whitehorse, marrying their talent and chemistry on stage as a smoldering duo. They already tied the knot in the smoochy way in real life, so this makes perfect sense! This kind of touring-musical-lovebirds dealio definitely reminds me of a classic Johnny and June type scenario, but without all the stuff in the movie where you are like “wow, Johnny is being such a dick to that other girl”… maybe Luke and Melissa are actually closer to the duo Laid Back and their hit song ‘White Horse’, although I do realize two German dudes making proto-techno might be a little off the mark for this project. WhitehorseÕs debut recording will be released on August 30. See a fun preview for Whitehorse here:
Whitehorse are givin’ ‘er straight outta the gates, and will be playing a bunch of dates in the fall in Ontario, Quebec, and the USA. Also just announced is their Feb 24 concert at Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto. The last time we put a show on sale via the peeps at Massey Hall, it sold out almost instantly, so get your tickets right away. The public on-sale date is Aug 15 at http://roythomson.com.
The live show is really going to trample your turtle. Luke and Melissa have been working hard at it, and if you live in (or are willing to travel to Hamilton or Waterloo), you can participate in the process. They will be performing five “live rehearsals” at the Jane Bond and the Casbah. No cover charge, renegade punk stylez.
Pre-orders for the new Whitehorse recording are up for sale now.
Praise for The Place I Left Behind, the new album from The Deep Dark Woods, is streaming in from coast to coast, kind of like a very long stream that spans coast to coast… a river if you will, but “rivering in from coast to coast” sounds weird. For a band identified for their “Saskatchewanness,” with this new record The Deep Dark Woods have impressed far beyond their prairie origins (not to say “Saskatchewannitude” isn’t impressive on its own), with slam dunk reviews swishing from every corner (assuming the hoops are set up in the corners of the proverbial music-press B-Ball court, y’know).
I think HeroHill nailed it with this little quote: “The Place I Left Behind exceeds even the highest of expectations and remarkably pays tribute to the sound that defines our country’s musical heritage without sounding dated. There’s a sadness that runs throughout the 13-song affair but the uplifting harmonies and warm organ work act as the perfect counterpoint. Basically, it’s the type of record that ignores seasons and trends, for the simpler and much loftier ambition of timelessness.” Yeppers, that’s whazzup.
After a month of festival dates, the band will embark on a national tour, bringing them to many locales across the country, which, if you want me to break down our industry jargon for ya, is why we call it a national tour (see tour dates). Meanwhile, check out this little video we made (thanks to the guys at Plan 9 Films for their help):
The title Rumble, Shake and Tumble effectively captures Wagons‘ rowdy roots-rock style, a Red, White and Blue palette of rock ‘n’ roll, country, cabaret, psychedelia and soul. That’s the Australian Red, White, and Blue of course!
Rumble, Shake and Tumble, out August 16, bursts forth with massive open chord riffing in the Tom Petty-ish “Downlow.” The swampy stompy of “I Blew It” then gives way to the dark country epic “Love is Burning” (better get that checked out fellas, pretty sure your love ain’t supposed to burn). Wagons’ gentler side shines in the cuss-laced-yet-tender “Moon Into Sun” and heartbreaking ballad “My Daydreams,” which settles somewhere between Neil Young and Roy Orbison, and still rules even though it isn’t quite as cuss-laced (I have to admit, I love a good cuss lacin’). There’s a special place in Six Shooter’s heart for second to last track “Life’s Too Short” – a feel better ditty that sums it all up while steering clear of self-help terrain. Inspired by American icons old and new, and bearing Cormac McCarthy’s harrowing Western gothic fingerprint, the record holds unexpected twists, turns and moods, punctuated throughout by Henry Wagons’ grunts and snarls (and sangin’ of course!).
And don’t miss out on their Canadian tour dates:
VANCOUVER, BC: Railway Club, September 4
TORONTO, ON: Horseshoe Tavern, September 6
OTTAWA, ON: Zaphod’s, September 7