There is seemingly no end to the number of accolades and awards that folks love to bestow on our own Amelia Curran, and the East Coast Music Awards do not disappoint. She just racked up another five noms for her beautiful album, “Spectators”:

– Solo Recording of the Year
– Folk Recording of the Year
– Song of the Year – “What Will You Be Building”
– Songwriter of the Year – “Years”
– Video of the Year – “Blackbird on Fire”

The video category is actually a Fan’s Choice situation, meaning that you can be an important part of Amelia’s TOTAL DOMINATION by casting your vote. Do it here, every damn day if you want to, from now until March 27:

Oh, and hey, our pal Jenn Grant is in that category too! You’ll have to alternate your daily votes between them.

Hmmm, y’know, I think I might suggest that Amelia actually names her next album TOTAL DOMINATION. It has a nice all-caps kinda ring to it, and it would take the guesswork out of who is gonna win ALL DA REWARDZ next time around. Oh wait, maybe she should call her next album ALL DA REWARDZ….


I’m pretty sure that I’ve already gone on record to say that Chris Hadfield is the coolest astronaut ever (duh). This was reconfirmed for me last Monday, to the quadrahyper-cosmicth degree (that’s a space term I learned from Chris, no big deal), when Chris Hadfield beamed himself in to be the special guest at the first week of Danny Michel’s Dakota Tavern March residency in Toronto!! Dude can not only fly spaceships… turns out he’s pretty good with an acoustic guitar and some self-penned tunes! His music flew a spaceship right into my heart. Did you ever watch Hadfield’s video about what it looks like when you cry in space? That was my reaction. Except for the space part. Danny Michel’s awesome “School Night Mondays” recognizes that not everyone can party until dawn every single night of the week (I can, of course), but that you might rather take in some good live music as opposed to being a slave to your Netflix queue. This is food for your soul (not to be confused with chicken soup) and you’ll still be home in bed by 11!

And for those of you who don’t mind staying up all night, The Beauties are back! Every Sunday night at the Dakota Tavern for the rest of the month, you can party until the wee hours of the morning.


Six Shooterer Jen Rogers has been toiling some long hours to prepare for the launch of our new company, Born Rebels, the Ultimate Cover Band Agency. From corporate events to bat mitzvahs to festivals, Born Rebels is a full service music company and can do it all! With awesome bands already on board, like Hot Rock, Loving in the Name Of, Sheezer, The Mercenaries, Tommy Youngsteen, The Black Pearls, and Big Sound, this is going to be the most amazing new company ever. EVER. No hyperbole. Like more amazing than Apple, or Google, or the company that makes travel underwear that you can wash in your hotel room sink. For those of you in Toronto, you can join in all the fun as we Party with Reckless Abandon at the Great Hall on March 21 for the official launch, featuring The Black Pearls, The Mercenaries, Tommy Youngsteen and Hot Rock. Tickets available here.

For more info and to stay up to date, check out the spanking new website here: and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


Melissa McClelland and her pals would like to invite you to the Ladybird Soiree 2014, on April 23 in Toronto, a fundraiser to raise money for the Ladybird Animal Sanctuary, a volunteer-run animal rescue charity they founded. As a massive animal lover myself, I wholeheartedly hope you attend and throw giant buckets of money at them! I actually have a somewhat relevant story for you here. I just took a little break from writing this newsletter to take my dog for a walk. At the dog park, there was a dude there who was taking his parrot for a walk too, which was pretty sweet. At one point he put the bird (not sure if the bird was a lady, but let’s make that assumption for increased relevance) up on a tree branch, and when he reached up to get her back down, she totally pooped all over his arm! Ha ha ha!

The Ladybird Soiree will feature intimate performances by Jim Cuddy and Whitehorse, and you can also take part in a killer silent auction which includes items like tickets to Aretha Franklin, guitar lessons by Luke Doucet, and much more. Info & tix here:


We haven’t even announced the line up yet, but we’ve been fielding a lot of calls from folks who are already anxious about getting tickets to Interstellar Rodeo 2014. Geez, you guys are chomping at the bit! Don’t worry, if you bought a weekend pass last year through our web-store, you will be invited to participate in a presale. Here are the timelines we’re aiming for:

April 1 (or earlier): 2014 Artist Line Up Announcement (this will of course be a fake lineup, because April Fools, duh. Unless we release it earlier, then I suppose it might be real.)
April 4-5: Passholder Pre-sale (weekend passes only)
April 7: Public On-sale (weekend passes and single day tickets)

Oh, and could someone please invite this guy to Interstellar Rodeo this year?


Headbanger meets heartbreaker in Joe Nolan, the rising young songwriter whose new album, Tornado, was just released by Six Shooter Records. On stage, Joe’s intense, intimate performances are at once guttural and ethereal, and of no time or place whatsoever. But when he turns his baseball hat backwards and tells stories of trapping raccoons in cardboard boxes, it’s clear that the other side of this sensitive songwriter is a kid from Fort Saskatchewan who kept his guitar playing a secret from his high school friends. In Joe Nolan, you see a fascinating contrast between the rough edges of small town life and the poetic refinement of his song craft.

In “Hangin’ at the Garagemahal,” Joe Nolan talks about growing up on the “good side” of the river in Fort Saskatchewan, AB, which records he listened to through the floor while his parents played bridge until 2am, and all the money he made busking:

Tornado hit the streets on January 28, 2014, and Six Shooter marked the occasion at The Cameron House with a short and sweet set from Joe, a room packed full of industry, friends & fans, and, in honour of Joe’s prairie roots, all the pierogies we could eat. Now the reviews are coming in, and Tornado is making a strong impression, with high marks from the Globe & Mail, Exclaim, No Depression and others.

Tornado is a collection of songs about women (older women, mostly) and love (break-ups, mostly). Did Somebody Call The Cops, “one of the album’s showstoppers,” (Edmonton Journal) is a slow-burning song about a ‘relationship hitting the bottom,’ says Nolan. See a new lyric video for Did Somebody Call The Cops, directed by Jeth Weinrich, here:


Like a hurricane, Tornado has hit the streets, and we celebrated in style at The Cameron House on release day (Jan 28) with a short and sweet set from Joe (not that he’s short, but he IS very sweet. Awwww), a room packed full of industry, friends & fans, and, in honour of Joe’s prairie roots, all the pierogies we could eat (I only ate two, because I am a dainty little bird… JK, I had like two dozen, buuurp). I had originally suggested that we honour his prairie roots by cramming everyone into the back of a giant pickup truck and drinking a buncha Pilsner (aka Alberta Champagne), but hey, you can’t win ‘em all, and I like me some ‘rogies too, so I’ll live (thanks for your concern).

Now the reviews are coming in, and Joe’s album is making the fantastic impression we knew it would. That’s why we signed him, duh. The Calgary Herald likens listening to Tornado to “Viewing the world from a battered heart and through beautifully bloodshot, half-mast eyes,” which actually sounds like a pretty unpleasant experience, but they mean it as a good thing (weirdos). No Depression recognizes that “Nolan is raw talent through and through.” And Exclaim Magazine raves on, calling the album “A remarkable collection of slow-burning melancholia.”

For those of you who missed the Toronto debut, or if you want (neeeed) more Joe Nolan, you can catch him at the Cameron House next Monday and the week after that. He is pretty much living there, I imagine because he read in multiple previous editions of this newsletter about how hard I vouch for their crantinis. His Alberta album launch party dates have also been announced — see tour dates below.

Aaaaaalso, check out this interview, “Hangin’ at the Garagemahal,” in which Joe Nolan talks about growing up on the “good side” of the river in Fort Saskatchewan, AB, which records he listened to through the floor while his parents played bridge until 2am, and all the money he made busking:

Oh, and alsooooooo, we also have a lyric video for “Tightrope Dancer”



The Strumbellas made it two for two yesterday, when “We Still Move On Dance Floors” got a Juno Award nomination for Roots & Traditional Group Album of the Year! That’s two Strumbellas’ albums, two Juno nominations, if you’re keeping track. Holy moly. Go for the Threepeat, gang! The Strumbies (as I’ve just decided to call them right now) are rubbing elbows with some damn fine company in the category, and we can’t wait to go to Winnipeg for the annual awards extravaganza so we can also rub lots of elbows… in a sexy way. Our Six Shooter crew usually does it up pretty big at the Junos, rolling around in a fancy limo and stuff, but I think this year we should either a) buy a cheap El Camino and put a hot tub in the back of it, OR b) go a little bit fancier and rent a Mini Cooper so we can go all clown car steez with everyone crammed in there. Any reader opinions on which option you think we should go for are VERY welcome. Please send us many many many emails on the subject. We have a lot of spare time, and would love to consider your feedback thoroughly.

The Strumbellas play The Dakota every Wednesday in February, with opening bands and special guests and more more more (did we mention there’s still a Grand Prize of a trip for two to fabulous Lindsay, ON up for grabs? Buy something, get a scratch card, win a vacation to somewhere even snowier!). They will also hit the road with Corb Lund in April across Ontario. AND, more good news, we now have the vinyl edition of We Still Move On Dance Floors available from or at an esteemed indie retailer near you.


In more Toronto residency news, I’m seeing a bit of a trend here, Harlan Pepper’s weekly gig at The Cameron House continues throughout February. Every Thursday night @ 10pm the Hamilton boys hit the stage. They’ve been playing songs from the new album, Take Out a Twenty and Live Life to the Fullest, which will be out on March 11, 2014. Hey, btw, can someone lend me a twenty so I can take it out and live life to the fullest please?

“Gimme Love,” the carefree, Faces-esque first single from Harlan Pepper’s new album, Take Out a Twenty and Live Life to the Fullest, made its debut at CBC Radio 2 in the early days of 2014. See the band’s DIY video for the song here:

Given that the song is, as mentioned above, Faces-esque, I’m really hoping that eventually Harlan Pepper go full Rod Stewart, start wearing spandex jumpsuits and have at least one disco hit. That would be pretty dope. Or at least hilarious… to me.

Harlan Pepper will also be joining the Corb Lund tour for shows across British Columbia in May, after The Strumbies finish having their way with him in April. Tag-teamsies!



Yep, it would seem this issue is all about Toronto residencies. Once our February residencies are all done, we know you’ll be lost in the world, not knowing where you are or where you are going. Thankfully, Danny Michel comes to the rescue, and brings some order to the world with “School Night Mondays” at the Dakota Tavern. Held every Monday night (go figure) in March, doors are at 7 pm, the show at 8 pm and each week features a surprise guest who’ll be sure to knock your socks off, and then you’ll have to go to school with no socks the next day, because Monday is a SCHOOL NIGHT!! Ok, I can give you one little hint about who one of the surprise guests might be… it’s your MOM! And she will be performing a song called “Go Home Right Now And Do Your Homework, Cuz It’s A SCHOOL NIGHT!!”. Her performance will be like viewing the world from a battered heart and through beautifully bloodshot, half-mast eyes, that really want you to do your homework and hopefully get a summer job.


Our Edmonton pals, The Wet Secrets, make a triumphant return with their new album, “Free Candy,” and video for the song, “Nightlife”, starring SCTV’s Joe Flaherty! Whaaaat?! Such awesome, watch must:

It has been approximately one billion years since the last Wet Secrets album,
but damn was it ever worth the wait.


We got another Nick Buzz review in for their album, “A Quiet Evening at Home,” this time from The Record. We were struck by the frankness and accuracy of the following statement:

“This group is old, weird, out of the loop, and Canadian — it’s hard to envision a marketing strategy. Like any run-of-the-mill, slow-burning, richly rewarding art rock masterpiece, it’s easy for this Nick Buzz album to disappear quickly into the ether. Don’t let it happen.”

I guess our marketing strategy is working though, because you can read the whole article here: