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Interstellar Rodeo Wine Club + Secret Wine Party.

The concert in Hawrelak may be over at 10pm on Saturday, July 25th, but that doesn’t mean the party has to stop.  Join Interstellar Rodeo’s wine/music curator, Gurvinder Bhatia, at the official IR after-party, G’s Secret Wine Party featuring Interstellar Rodeo performers and fan favourites NQ Arbuckle and, of course, lots of wine.

The location of the party is a secret, but will be tweeted beginning at 10pm on July 25 and will be in central Edmonton.

Saturday, July 25

10:30pm – 1:00am

location to be tweeted at 10pm on July 25

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Raise A Glass: Interstellar Rodeo Edmonton Unveils 2015 Wine Pairings.

(Edmonton, June 19) – Interstellar Rodeo is all about the vibe: great music, fine wine and good times. Above and beyond the meticulously curated single stage weekend lineup, which now includes the All Stars – Kathleen Edwards, Luke Doucet and Joel Plaskett – what makes the Interstellar experience special are the paired wines. A shared ethos drives the Interstellar Rodeo music and wine programming: both seek to present singular artistry and creative bravery, and to celebrate individuals who dedicate their lives to their craft.

The pairings are painstakingly matched by Gurvinder Bhatia (aka @EdmontonWineGuy), our very own wine curator. Gurvinder is well known as the owner of Vinomania, local and national wine columnist/editor and international wine judge.

As evidenced in the eloquent write-ups below, Bhatia’s selections for 2015 are inspired by the histories, qualities and idiosyncrasies of the artists who will take the stage. Bhatia finds echoes of their greatness in his chosen vintners, varietals and vintages.

With our fully licensed venue and on-site wait staff, the Interstellar Rodeo experience brings the best of music and wine together, highlighting the individual stars of both worlds in one distinctive event.



FRIDAY, July 24

Shakey Graves

Bartier Bros Semillon, Okanagan BC

Soulful, bluesy, original, understated, yet edgy best describe the music of Shakey Graves and the wines of Michael Bartier. Both have the ability to appeal to the indie-crowd with their unique offerings while drawing in the mainstream because they’re just that undeniably good. The Semillon is bright, crisp and refreshing with an engaging tension of minerality, fruit, and structure. Both Shakey Graves and the wines of Michael Bartier have been touted as “the next big thing,” but for those in the know, they’re both already there.

St. Vincent

Pietradolce Etna Rosso, Sicily Italy

The queen of high energy art-rock, Annie Clark’s retrained intensity always seems to be on the edge of completely letting loose. Part techno, part horns, part brute force rock n’ roll and part polished avant-garde experimental, St. Vincent’s modernity has a classic old school appeal. The Etna Rosso, grown on the slopes of the tallest active volcano in Europe, combines great focus, intensity and finesse with a stony minerality. Don’t let the finesse fool you, the wine is packed with character. From 100% Nerello Mascalese, a grape you should discover if you haven’t already. Same goes for the music of St. Vincent. They’ll both rock your perceptions of what modern really is.


NQ Arbuckle

Capezzana Vin Ruspo Rosato, Tuscany Italy

Don’t let anyone tell you that rosé isn’t a serious wine and don’t let the self-deprecation lead you to believe that NQ Arbuckle isn’t serious about their music. Deep, introspective, subtle, heartfelt and finessed describe both the music and the wine. Great depth of flavour with bright cherry and strawberry flavours, savoury and fresh with the structure of a red, but without the grippy tannins, excellent balance and bright on the finish. A nice juxtaposition to the sober reverence of the band’s lyrics.

Rhiannon Giddens

Jean Paul Brun Beaujolais ‘L’Ancien’, Burgundy France

Rhiannon Giddens and JP Brun are making music and wines that will inevitably stand the test of time. With her velvety pipes, incredible range and blues/jazzy/gospel sounds, Giddens is a throwback to the past, but so relevant today. Elegant, soft and silky, Beaujolais (no, not Nouveau) has been around seemingly forever, but its quality today may be better than it’s ever been. Fresh, pure and unmarked by intervention, the wine and music couldn’t be more down to earth. An obvious choice for those seeking sincerity, honesty and quality. Prepare to be dazzled.

Elle King

Road 13 ‘Chip Off the Old Block’ Chenin Blanc, Okanagan BC
The toe-tapping, head-nodding, edgy, rebellious and intriguingly sexy and sweet brassy sounds of pop rocker Elle King truly stand out and elevate the quality of music filling our airwaves, much like Road 13 clearly is among those wineries elevating the standards of the Canadian wine industry. The wine originates from a vineyard planted with cuttings from one of the Okanagan’s oldest vineyards resulting in a vibrant and fresh wine that is bright, juicy and youthful with a racy finish. Both winemaker and artist rely on old time traditions with a modern approach to create something of substance while having a hell of a lot of fun in the process.

Tanya Tagaq

Orofino Riesling, Similkameen Valley BC

Intense, visceral, spiritual, gut-wrenching, physical, emotional and heaving are the only ways to describe the performance of Tanya Tagaq. That is, at least, only after you’ve had some time to process her one-of-kind, Inuit throat singing punk/traditional/roots/electric and powerful vocal style which initially leaves you gobsmacked, not knowing how to describe this utterly unique and talented artist. Only a wine with laser focus and intensity could come close as a pairing, but that’s exactly the case with this chalky, zesty, mineral-laden wine with electric acidity and complex racy finish. The first taste/listen may be a bit of a shock, but put aside your inhibitions and experience the vivacity.

Father John Misty

Maycas del Limari Syrah Reserva Especial, Limari Valley Chile

Compelling, restrained, expressive, articulate, droll, tender, reflective, and emotion evoking best describe the sounds and engaging lyrics of Josh Tillman. Tillman and Maycas winemaker Marcelo Papa seem like kindred spirits. The Syrah is meaty, fresh, filled with dark fruit and pepper with a long, seductive finish. Both Tillman and Papa are insightful and intelligent without the highbrow attitude and possess an elegant restraint in their music and wines which may initially conceal their artistic complexities. There’s no fancy packaging, just substance and an understated energy.

SUNDAY, July 26

Oh Susanna

Benjamin Bridge Tidal Bay, Nova Scotia

It’s hard not to be taken in by Suzie Ungerleider’s pure and unadulterated voice. Nova Scotia’s Tidal Bay brilliantly reflects the terroir, coastal breezes and cooler climate of its birthplace. Fresh, uplifting and youthful aromas of lemons interlaced with ripe apricots, lemon-lime and quartz are revealed by this wine’s rare harmonious purity, focus and precision, a perfect match with Suzie’s eloquent music and lyrics. Compelling, intoxicating, natural and amazing, Suzie and the wine invite you in to a place where simplicity evokes so much emotion and puts your mind and soul to ease.

Black Joe Lewis

Ruggeri Rose di Pinot Brut, Veneto Italy

The energetic blues, funk and soul sounds of Black Joe Lewis will compel you to get up and move. Makes you want to party and what better way to kick it up than with bubbles…make that pink bubbles. This down to earth Italian rosé sparkler made from Pinot Noir grapes possesses lively fresh cherry, strawberry and citrus flavours with dancing bubbles and an uplifting, vibrant finish. Energetic, fresh and fun combining a lot of tradition with an invigorating modern flair and a complete lack of pretense. The perfect match for the funky, soulful and rockin’ sounds of this high energy mainstay of the marquee festival circuit.

Lee Harvey Osmond

Artesana Tannat, Uruguay

There’s no easy way to describe the ever-creating musical mind of the omnipresent Tom Wilson. Psychedelic folk, country and roots are all encompassed with this versatile artist’s creative and insightful music and lyrics conveyed via his deep, comforting growl. Similarly, the dark and edgy Tannat combines old world depth and complexity with a comforting approachability – defying traditional labels. They both lure you in with their intensity, but instead of trying to define their respective styles, just have a listen and a taste, relax, kick back and go with it. You’ll be glad you did.

Lake Street Dive

S.Maria la Palma Cannonau ‘Le Bombarde’, Sardinia Italy

If you haven’t heard Lake Street Dive, then you need to grab yourself a glass of Cannonau and get ready for the infectious, exhilarating pop/soul/r&b sounds of this Brooklyn based quartet, reminiscent of the bands of the British Invasion. Similarly, one taste and the Cannonau will impress with its multi-dimensional layers, spice, leather, penetrating flavours and lively character. There’s no denying the appeal of both the band and the wine or their ability to bring people together to share an experience that can turn every show into an unstoppable late night party of joy.

Buffy Sainte-Marie

Marotti Campi Verdicchio ‘Albiano’, Marche Italy

The beauty of music and wine is that they tell a story of people, places, cultures and history. They represent history in the making, snapshots of moments in time allowing both songwriter and winemaker to share with those in the future the joys, challenges, hardships and victories they experienced in the creation of their art. Neither Sainte-Marie nor Marotti Campi follow a blueprint. Their creations emerged from within to create songs and wine that transcend labels. Understated but powerful, elegant and serious, complex but still approachable. Well- constructed with a message for the ages, respecting tradition while always being relevant and ahead of the curve. Quite simply…timeless.

Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires

Navarro Lopez Rojo Garnacha, Castilla Spain

He may have spent time as a James Brown impersonator, but there is no mistaking that Charles Bradley’s sound is his own. Soulful struggles, heartache and joyful expressions of love are all inspirationally evident in the heartfelt, uplifting testification of the Screaming Eagle of Soul. The Garnacha offers depth, intrigue and loads of character with its engaging aromas of liquorice and wild berries, elegant, rich, silky and fresh, minerality and penetrating intensity. Attention-grabbing and substantial without intimidation, it’s hard not to be stopped in your tracks and drawn in by both Bradley and the wine.

2015 House wines

White – Fabiano Pinot Grigio, Veneto Italy

Red – Navarro Lopez Old Vines Tempranillo ‘Pergolas’, Valdepenas Spain


For more information,

Aimée Hill, Interstellar Rodeo

Edmonton publicist

(780) 289-6395

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Whitehorse’s “Leave No Bridge Unburned” Gets On The Polaris Prize Long List.

Congratulations to Whitehorse. Their latest record, Leave No Bridge Unburned, has been selected for the Polaris Prize Long List. This award “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” (Polaris The long list starts with 40 of Canada’s best albums then the 10 album short list gets announce on July 16. The winner will announced at the Polaris gala in September. Read all about Polaris here.


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Interstellar Rodeo Edmonton unveils an unexpected addition to the 2015 lineup, with Kathleen Edwards, Luke Doucet and Joel Plaskett joining the bill together as this year’s Interstellar All Stars.

Kathleen Edwards made headlines when she quit the music business in February 2014 to start a coffee shop in Ottawa. You won’t see Edwards’ name on many festival posters this summer, so it is truly exciting that she will come to Interstellar Rodeo’s stage.

To add to the sense of occasion, Six Shooter’s own guitar slinging space cowboy Luke Doucet will join the All Star bill. With Whitehorse blazing up the radio charts and playing to huge crowds, Doucet’s solo gigs are also a rare event. Doucet’s appearance strengthens one of the through-lines of this year’s All Stars, the chance to see a genuine once in a lifetime performance.

Joel Plaskett comes to the All Stars as one of the most respected, celebrated and decorated musicians in this country. His live shows set a gold standard of awesomeness. Inventive, entertaining and hugely talented, Plaskett really is in a class by himself.

The All Stars feature presents the best songwriters on stage together, performing each other’s songs with a top-notch rocking backing band. Neither workshop nor supergroup, the All Stars finds the sweet spot that lets the music (and the magic) happen.

The #iRodeoYEG All Stars will perform on Sunday, July 26. Weekend passes and single day tickets are still available.

Listen to Sam Outlaw’s “Angeleno” a Week Before Release Date.

Angeleno is due on June 9, but The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy has an exclusive first listen of the album starting today. Click here to stream the album. Pre-order Angeleno on iTunes and download “Who Do You Think You Are?” “Ghost Town,” and “Love Her For a While” instantly. Physical pre-orders for the vinyl and CD versions are also on sale at the Six Shooter Records online store.

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Watch the Angeleno album teaser below.


Hawksley Workman Releases Old Cheetah and Debuts New Video for “We’re Not Broken Yet.”

Hawksley Workman unleashes Old Cheetah today and debuts the double vision video for “We’re Not Broken Yet.” Buy Old Cheetah on Vinyl, CD, or Digital here.

Watch the video below.


Interstellar Rodeo Winnipeg Four Pack Ticket Bundles Announced.



Bring your friends to Interstellar Rodeo at the Forks in Winnipeg this August with our Four Pack Ticket Bundle.

Interstellar Rodeo is pleased to offer a one-time Four Pack Ticket Bundle (four tickets for the price of three). This offer is available for adult tickets only, for same day tickets, and while quantities last.

You will receive ONE barcode when you purchase a Four Pack of tickets. We will then email you the three additional tickets. Please be patient. This process may take up to 24 hours.

We have a digital system where you will be sent a bar code to be scanned at the gate in exchange for a wristband.

All weekend pass buyers will be sent a FREE digital sampler from Six Shooter Records.

CBC Music Loves Interstellar Rodeo.

CBC Music published their list of “10 Best Canadian Summer Music Festivals of 2015” and Interstellar Rodeo gets the #1 spot. Take a look at the full list here.


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Single Day Tickets On Sale Now for #iRodeoYEG and #iRodeoWPG.

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There will be a limited number of single tickets offered at a 20% discount starting April 30, 2015, while quantities last!

Quick-on-the-draw Adult Single ticket (Fri, Sat, or Sun): $79.20
Quick-on-the-draw Youth/Senior Single ticket (Fri, Sat, or Sun) $60.00
A $2 surcharge will be added to all tickets, as well as applicable taxes.

Please note that this sale is only available at the Six Shooter Records webstore.


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Weekend passes and single tickets are now on sale through the Six Shooter webstore for #iRodeoWPG.
A $2 surcharge will be added to all tickets, as well as applicable taxes.

We are offering Earlybird Pricing, which is 25% the Advance Price.
Earlybird Pricing remains in effect until May 20, 2015, or while quantities last, whichever comes first.
ADVANCE PRICES start when the Earlybird passes sell out and run until July 31, 2015. These prices are available through our Six Shooter Records webstore only.



Interstellar Rodeo makes plenty of space for local and Alberta talent with this year’s Interludes lineup, a collection of super-talented songwriters and exciting performers that run the gamut of experience from seasoned vet to fresh-faced newcomer. Interstellar Rodeo is proud to shine the light on such a strong and diverse lineup culled exclusively from Canada’s Western provinces, and to position homegrown artists alongside the international stars on the bill. More than half of this year’s Interlude artists hail from Alberta, making 2015 the strongest hometown showing yet on the Interstellar stage.

UPCOMING #iRODEOYEG NEWS: Single day tickets will be available as of Thursday, April 30 @ 8am MT via For a limited time, single day tickets will be 20% off.

Interstellar Rodeo Edmonton’s 2015 Interludes:

Mike McDonald (Edmonton)

Colleen Brown (Edmonton)

Joe Nolan (Edmonton)

Ryan Boldt (Saskatchewan)

Lucette (Edmonton)

Jay Nowicki (Winnipeg)

JJ Shiplett (Calgary)

Clinton St. John (Calgary)

Colter Wall (Saskatchewan)



Clinton St. John (AB)

Multi-instrumentalist Clinton St. John, is a Calgary-based singer-songwriter originally from Delburne, AB. His songs have strong narrative and dream-like qualities, finding influences in folk, blues, country, rock and psychedelic music. He released his latest full-length album, The Minor Arkhana, in September 2014.

Colleen Brown (AB)

“The talents of this Edmonton-based musician shine like a beacon,” writes The Globe and Mail. With a focus on themes of love, fate and psychic retooling, the small-town prairie fireball and hometown darling Colleen Brown just released a new album, called Direction, and with it, takes her work down new and exciting paths.

Lucette (AB)

It is obvious to all those who listen that Lucette’s raw, mellifluous and mysterious sound is as much old soul as it is ingénue. Lucette most recently toured the US in the fall 2014 with classic country sensation Sturgill Simpson. Her debut album, Black Is The Color, is out now.

Mike McDonald (AB)

Jr. Gone Wild’s legendary frontman, “cowpunk” pioneer and proud Dirt City music scenester, Mike McDonald is the real deal. In 2014, McDonald released his debut live solo album, Live At The Blue Chair Café. Unadorned by the electric chaos of a band and massive volume, Mike’s solo show is edgy folk, peppered with story and commentary, often hilarious.

JJ Shiplett (AB)

A songwriter in every situation and a dedicated player, JJ Shiplett’s passion for quality and sincerity is only matched by his goal to get everyone dancing. JJ’s approach to songcraft showcases heartfelt moments full of life experience, right alongside bursts of boisterous feel-good rock and roll.

 Joe Nolan (AB)

From theramin tremors to raw howls, Joe Nolan’s range of expression reaches extremes. He delivers bandaged fragility and raw rage with equal impact. His most recent album, the WCMA-nominated Tornado, showcases Joe’s lyrical style – intense, evocative and gripping.

Jay Nowicki (MB)

The Perpetrators front man, founding member and proud Winnipegger Jay Nowicki is rated one of Canada’s tastiest guitar players. Nowicki and The Perpetrators have cornered the market on tight, raw and intense blues, winning WCMA awards and Juno nominations along the way. The Perps’ most recent album, released in 2013, is called “Stick ‘Em Up.”

Colter Wall (SK)

Rugged and dark, the talented Saskatchewan-bred newcomer Colter Wall is poised to release his debut album, the evocatively and aptly titled “Imaginary Appalachia” in June 2015. Wall finds his inspiration in the rich tradition of Delta Blues and performs in true DIY, lo-fi fashion, with a tambourine duct-taped to his kick drum. 

Ryan Boldt (SK)

With “a presence far larger than his towering, scarecrow-like frame suggests,” (Vice) The Deep Dark Woods’ front man Ryan Boldt strikes out into a new wilderness alone. Boldt’s first solo album, Broadside Ballads, wraps traditional songs in Boldt’s signature haunting, folk-rock approach.



Interstellar Rodeo is pleased to announce the second wave of its inaugural Winnipeg lineup, the Interstellar Interludes. In keeping with Interstellar Rodeo’s focus on providing a distinct festival experience, the Interlude slots are noteworthy because they shine the spotlight on local and upcoming talent, positioning exciting new names and bonafide homegrown stars alongside marquee international performers.

UPCOMING #iRODEOWPG NEWS: Single day tickets will be available as of Thursday, April 30 @ 8am CT via

Interstellar Rodeo Winnipeg’s 2015 Interludes:

– Greg MacPherson (MB)
– Ridley Bent (MB)
– Scott Nolan (MB)
– Son of Dave (MB/UK)
– Kacy & Clayton (SK)
– Wendy McNeill (AB/SW)
– Colter Wall (SK)
– JD & The Sunshine Band (MB)


Greg MacPherson (MB)

Local songwriting powerhouse Greg MacPherson has spent the better part of the past two decades with his head down, charging. Neither worn thin nor rendered a cynic, MacPherson has developed a voice, singular, significant, and strong, sharpened over six full-length albums. MacPherson’s most recent album, Fireball, was included on the Polaris Music Prize Long List.

Ridley Bent (MB)

Channeling the high-energy performance ethic of artists like Tom Petty and Little Feat, Ridley and his band can tear a deep strip off any joint with his most recent release Wildcard, which showcases the Winnipeg-based country artist’s keen fascination for characters whose life on the straight and narrow rarely lasts past the nearest exit to a short, crooked road.

Scott Nolan (MB)

Winnipeg-based, WCMA nominated songwriter Scott Nolan has earned plenty of respect for his earnest, if slightly weatherworn music. His are the songs sung for people with a past, sturdily backlit with unswerving musicianship and a disposition rooted in the best of rock n’ roll, roots and Americana. His most recent album is called North/South.

Son of Dave (MB/UK)

A Winnipegger by birth and a musician by trade, Son of Dave is known for his unique blend of styles, which include everything from blues to beat-box to R&B, largely featuring his trusty harmonica. Before striking out on a successful solo path, Son of Dave was a member of the Grammy-nominated hometown heroes The Crash Test Dummies.

Kacy & Clayton (SK)

Saskatchewan duo Kacy & Clayton interpret and compose their own distinctive sound inspired by forms of traditional music from Southern Appalachia and the British Isles. Educated by Grandfather and Great-Uncle respectively, Kacy & Clayton possess an admiration and respect for days past. Kacy’s vocals, virtuous and pure, weave seamlessly with Clayton’s accomplished finger-style guitar accompaniment.

Wendy McNeill (AB/SW)

Originally from Alberta and now based in Europe, Wendy McNeill’s music retains a love of wide-open space and big prairie skies. Her dark, idiosyncratic approach to folk music is largely shaped around the accordion, looped vocals and guitar. A compelling blend of the bold and the vulnerable with hints of cabaret and spoken word, Wendy makes music for dark hearted dreamers.

Colter Wall (SK)

Rugged and dark, the talented Saskatchewan-bred newcomer Colter Wall is poised to release his debut album, the evocatively and aptly titled “Imaginary Appalachia” in June 2015. Wall finds his inspiration in the rich tradition of Delta Blues and performs in true DIY, lo-fi fashion, with a tambourine duct-taped to his kick drum.

JD & the Sunshine Band (MB)

JD & the Sunshine Band is a creative collaboration between musicians and street involved people seeking to create the chorus for the streets of Winnipeg. Stories, slang and humour of the people were given a back-beat and a melody, and put back on the street with renewed swagger on a debut album, released in early 2015. The result is unmistakably Winnipeg, like slurpees in January.


With great pride, Tanya Tagaq will be heading to Halifax to receive a Doctor of Fine Arts Honoris Causa from her alma mater NSCAD in May, “in recognition of her extraordinary contribution to the arts.” Tagaq will also be giving the 2015 graduation address. “NSCAD influenced my life trajectory in a way that is undeniable. To have this honour bestowed upon me is very humbling,” says Tagaq.

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Tagaq also has a new video for the song “Uja,” from the Polaris Prize winning Animism, directed by Manitoba’s Procter Bros. The video presents the same stark instabilities, frailties, dangers and violences as evoked by the song (and, on a larger scale, Tanya’s music as a whole). From a frenetic concrete cityscape, menacing, militaristic and dystopian, to the bloody and brutal beauty of nature, the video for “Uja” is as skittish and unsettling as it is potent.

Tanya Tagaq recently appeared on the blockbuster relaunch of CBC’s q. Relive the “wild and improvised” performance here (audio only) –