Six Shooter Records is proud to put out Danny Michel’s upcoming record, Matadora, on April 8, 2016. Danny has been documenting the recording process and giving us an inside look at the album through his Indigogo campaign here.
Today, The Strumbellas release their official music video for their debut single, Spirits, via Billboard. The video, directed by Daniel AM Rosenberg and produced by Michael Goldlist, was shot last month at St. Aidan’s Church in Toronto. Spirits is the first track off of their upcoming album, Hope, which will be released worldwide on April 22, 2016.
The Strumbellas hit the road with Blue Rodeo next month with Blue Rodeo. Tour dates are listed below.
Check out their interview with Billboard here.
January 30-31 – Guelph, ON – Hillside Inside
February 11 – Montreal, QC – Place des Arts *
February 12 – Hamilton, ON – Hamilton Place *
February 17 – Meaford, ON – Meaford, Hall Arts & Culture Centre
February 18 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall *
February 19 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall *
February 20 – Oshawa, ON – General Motors Centre *
February 21 – London, ON – Budweiser Gardens *
February 23 – Cape Breton, NS – Centre 200 *
February 24 – Halifax, NS – Scotiabank Centre *
February 25 – Moncton, NB – Molson Canadian Centre at Casino New Brunswick *
February 27 – St. John’s, NF – Mile One Centre *
March 10 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
March 15-20 – Austin, TX – SXSW
* with Blue Rodeo
Whitney Rose, purveyor of stylish countrypolitan music for modern ears, starts 2016 by signing with Six Shooter Records.
2015 was a massive year for Whitney Rose. The vintage country pop specialist’s sophomore offering, Heartbreaker of the Year, converted critics’ double takes into palpable buzz with its beguiling blend of then and now.
Heartbreaker of the Year was produced by The Mavericks’ Raul Malo, who also duets on multiple tracks. Rose’s vocals convey both vulnerability and sharpness – a contrast that permeates her music as a whole – to enthralling results. The album’s success has impelled those in the know to include Rose’s name in any conversation about the future faces of Americana and Country music.
Whitney Rose honed the material for Heartbreaker of the Year at Toronto’s Cameron House, an artist incubator, live music destination and record label that has cultivated the early careers of musicians that represent the next generation of roots, rock and folk creativity in Toronto and Canada. Rose has performed at major festivals such as Boots & Hearts, Cavendish Beach, Winnipeg Folk Festival, NXNE and more.
2016 will see Whitney Rose tour across North America. Rose continues to pack Austin’s Continental Club every Thursday at 6:30pm with her ongoing artist residency at one of America’s premiere clubs. A Los Angeles debut gig is confirmed for Thursday, February 18 @ 7pm at Hotel Café.
AUSTIN, TX: Continental Club, Thursdays @ 6:30pm (ONGOING)
LOS ANGELES, CA: Hotel Cafe, February 18 @ 7pm
An exciting announcement about more tour dates is coming soon.
2015 YEAR END ACCOLADES
– “A sultry country classicist with a tremble in her voice, Whitney Rose is partial to the magisterial gestures of the 1950s and 1960s.” – NY Times
– “Playfully croons through tales of love and mischief with girlish breath and devilish twang.” – Rolling Stone
– “Fiery swing … hazy, honky-tonk swirl.” – NOW Magazine
– “Whip-smart … an adventurous affair.” – The Globe & Mail
– “Heartbreaker of the Year is as cool as country comes – an intoxicating round of tequila shots served with the salt of despair.” – Calgary Herald
– “It should go down a storm.” – The Toronto Star
– “By joining classic country and retro pop, Rose has nailed a distinctive style that sounds pure and natural.” – American Songwriter
– “Sultry, dynamic, spicy in the way it slides between styles yet continues forward cohesively, Heartbreaker of the Year is quite the exhibition of Whitney’s talents.” – Saving Country Music
“Gritty, shambolic, exuberant, demented rock.” – Vue Weekly
The Wet Secrets, a dance rock six-piece from Edmonton, AB, dress up their scrappy, scathing outlook in impeccably tailored pop attire. Leave eyerolls and apathy to the others: The Wet Secrets’ buoyant brand of irony turns dysfunction into inspiration. Equal parts punk rock and halftime show, The Wet Secrets’ vibe is a fusion of the bass-driven grit of The Stranglers with the lurid surrealism of The B52s.
The first single from the new EP, “I Can Swing A Hammer” is confidence-in-a-can, an epic pep talk that works on and off the field. “I Can Swing A Hammer” is also the perfect rallying cry for a shiny new year, a high gloss time of best intentions and resolve. CBC Music included “I Can Swing A Hammer” in a recent Songs You Need To Hear, calling it a “jangly, catchy, fist-pumping anthem…a motto worthy to repeat every morning.”
Principal vocalist/songwriter Lyle Bell (also of Shout Out Out Out Out) lays swampy basslines through songs that balance misanthropy with empathy, caustic barbs with uplifting mantras. Cravat-wrapped drummer Trevor Anderson (also an award-winning filmmaker whose work has shown at Sundance, SXSW, Berlin and more) embodies the band’s high-art non-conformism. Kim Rackel and Emma Frazier contribute towering, dancing hornstacks on trumpet and trombone, with wildmen Paul Arnusch and Christan Maslyk rounding out the furry-hatted fray on keys, timbales, congas, sax. All six Secrets sing along, creating vocal harmonies galore.
I Can Live Forever covers a lot of ground in only four songs. Over the squirmy intergalactic synths of “If I Was A Camera,” the Secrets shout “Take off all your clothes,” a message that’s more about watching than doing, with a sweet geeky voyeurism. “Final Curtain for a Drama Queen” is a madcap staccato sendoff, a paranoid’s sweaty, horn-heavy fever dream. Final track “Quelle Surprise” is as close to a ballad as The Wet Secrets get, with a slinky 70s vibe, faraway vocals and tinkling off-kilter scales.
The Wet Secrets will follow up with a full album expected in Summer 2016.
SASKATOON, SK: Winterruption, Louis’ Pub, Jan 22
CAMROSE, AB: Bailey Theatre, Jan 23
FERNIE, BC: The Northern, Jan 29
ROSSLAND, BC: Blizzard Fest, Jan 30
KELOWNA, BC: Fernando’s, Feb 2
NANAIMO, BC: The Cambie, Feb 3
CUMBERLAND, BC: Waverly Hotel, Feb 4
PORT RENFREW, BC: Song & Surf Festival, Feb 5
VANCOUVER, BC: The Cobalt, Feb 6
GOLDEN, BC: Golden Sound! Golden Civic Centre, Feb 20
AUSTIN, TX: SXSW, March 15-20
LOS ANGELES, CA: Hotel Café, March 25
SAN FRANCISCO, CA: Hotel Utah, March 27
Sam Outlaw – Angeleno
– Named one of the best country albums of 2015 by The Guardian
– #21 on Rolling Stone’s 40 Best Country Albums of 2015
– “Jesus Take The Wheel (and Drive Me to a Bar)” is one of NPR’s favourite songs of 2015
– Saving Country Music deems “Angeleno” as one of the most essential albums of 2015
Whitehorse – Leave No Bridge Unburned
– CKUA’s #2 on 2015’s Year End Chart
– CBC’s Best Canadian Albums of 2015
– Mercury (UK)’s top 5 Albums of 2015
– “Downtown” is in the Top 10 Songs from Toronto by BlogTO
– “Downtown” is one of CBC Radio 2’s Top 30 #1 songs of 2015
– Massey Hall show one of Now Magazine’s “7 Shows That Made Us Cry This Year.”
– Juno win for Best Aboriginal Album of The Year
Hawksley Workman – Old Cheetah
– “We’re Not Broken Yet” on the STROMBO HUNDO (Top 100 Songs of 2015) as picked by George Stroumboulopoulos
C and C Surf Factory – Garage City
– CKUA’s Top Albums of 2015
THE STRUMBELLAS SIGN WITH GLASSNOTE FOR THE WORLD EXCL. CANADA: NEW ALBUM, HOPE, TO BE RELEASED APRIL 2016.
New year, big news. The Strumbellas kick off 2016 by signing a deal with indie/alt powerhouse label Glassnote Records. The band’s new album Hope will be released in April 2016 on Six Shooter Records in Canada, and on Glassnote Records (Mumford & Sons, Phoenix, Childish Gambino, CHVRCHES) in all other territories. In Glassnote’s official announcement about the deal, President Daniel Glass has warmly welcomed the band. “The Strumbellas’ powerful, anthemic music is a force to be reckoned with,” he says, “I am extremely proud and honoured to have them join the Glassnote team.”
Six Shooter Records is thrilled with the news. “We couldn’t be happier that the fine folks at Glassnote are on board,” says President Shauna de Cartier. “We have been extremely proud of our association with this excellent band, which began with the release of We Still Move On Dance Floors. Glassnote’s enthusiasm will help bring deserved worldwide recognition to The Strumbellas.”
“Spirits,” the soaring first single, recently entered the Top 10 on the Canadian Alternative Chart (watch the music video below). The Strumbellas kicked off 2016 in the U.S. with outstanding radio adds from KROQ in Los Angeles, Live 105 in San Francisco and WLUM in Milwaukee. “Spirits” also caught the ear of Apple’s Beats1 host Zane Lowe, who played the song yesterday as a World First ahead of today’s announcement.
The Strumbellas will open for Blue Rodeo across Ontario and dates in Eastern Canada throughout February.
Find Hope in April 2016 on Six Shooter Records in Canada and Glassnote Records in all other territories.
GUELPH, ON: Mitchell Hall, St. George’s Church, Jan 30
MONTREAL, QC: Place des Arts, Feb 11*
HAMILTON, ON: Hamilton Place, Feb 12+13*
OTTAWA, ON: Canadian Tire Centre, Feb 14*
TORONTO, ON: Massey Hall, Feb 18+19*
OSHAWA, ON: General Motors Centre, Feb 20*
LONDON, ON: Budweiser Gardens, Feb 21*
HALIFAX, NS: Scotiabank Centre, Feb 24*
MONCTON, NB: Molson Canadian Centre @ Casino New Brunswick, Feb 25*
ST. JOHN’s, NL: Mile One Centre, Feb 27*
* w/ Blue Rodeo
Interstellar Rodeo is all about the vibe: great music, fine wine and good times. Saddle up for iRodeo 2016 with our special holiday Rodeo-Ho-Ho offer today: a limited quantity of Adult Non-Transferable Weekend Passes are now available for $125 + taxes/fees via the Six Shooter website.
Purchase your Rodeo-Ho-Ho weekend passes here.
Interstellar Rodeo 2016 dates:
Edmonton: July 22-24, 2016 at Hawrelak Park’s Heritage Amphitheatre.
Winnipeg: August 12-14, 2016 at The Forks in Winnipeg.
Adult passes are for those who are between 18-64 years of age. Tickets are refundable only in the instance of the entire event being cancelled. Individual artist cancellations will not trigger event cancellation. If one occurs, we will do our best to bring in a replacement artist of similar marquee value. The festival runs rain or shine.
Your ticket will be attached to your order confirmation email after you purchase your ticket.
Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or call 416-465-2459.
Whitehorse gathers no moss, rolling forward with a brand new EP called The Northern South Vol. 1, a project that takes the band deep into the Chess and Checker electric blues of the 1950s. With a pink Jazzmaster and a ‘new’ 1952 Martin guitar, Whitehorse takes a twelve-bar trip through a collection of chart-toppers that built rock n’ roll one sneakin’ cheatin’ no good man at a time.
The first song out of the gate is “My Babe,” a spiritual-turned-secular standard made famous by Little Walter, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s only harmonica player, and written by bass player and hit-maker Willie Dixon. In Whitehorse fashion, Melissa brings the heat on bass while Luke lays jagged edged riffs over the duo’s signature step-by-step build-up, turning the ‘ain’t gonna take it’ tune into a meal.
The Northern South isn’t simply a history lesson. Whitehorse aims to speak the blues in their own language; the project is about mining the grooves and paying homage to songwriters, great melodies and songs that lend themselves to Whitehorse’s distinctive approach and talents.
See Exclaim premiere the blistering “My Babe” below.
Songs from the new EP will be rolled out one at a time with videos filmed in the studio. The Northern South Vol. 1 will be available digitally and on CD in early 2016.
Videos directed by Light Echo Productions at Revolution Recording in Toronto, ON.
TORONTO, ON: Danforth Music Hall, Dec 2
BUFFALO, NY: The Tralf, December 6 w/ Jadea Kelly
NEW YORK, NY: Mercury Lounge, December 8 w/ Jadea Kelly
WILMINGTON, DE: Baby Grant, December 9 w/ Aaron Lee Tasjin
RICHMOND, VA: Capital Ale House, Dec 10 w/ Aaron Lee Tasjin
CHARLOTTE, NC: Evening Muse, Dec 12 w/ Aaron Lee Tasjin
TAMPA, FL: Club Jaeb @ Starz Centre, Dec 14 w/ Aaron Lee Tasjin
FT. LAUDERDALE, FL: Mary Porter Ballroom @ Broward Centre, Dec 15 w/ Aaron Lee Tasjin
ATLANTA, GA: Eddie’s Attic, Dec 17
NASHVILLE, TN: High Watt, Dec 19 w/ Phoebe Bridgers
JORDAN, ON: Niagara Winter Wine Festival, Jan 15
SASKATOON, SK: Broadway Theatre, Jan 21
REGINA, SK: Darke Hall, Jan 22
MEDICINE HAT, AB: Esplanade Main Theatre, Jan 23
Tanya Tagaq has said that her music and performances begin with the most vital common element of existence: breath. Spiritual and elemental, breath is both a power and a frailty at the heart of human existence.
A new song called “Aorta,” produced by Jesse Zubot, goes deeper into the body, to a place where we can feel the pulse, the rush and the ebb of life itself. The song was created specifically to accompany footage filmed at the Emmanuel Vigeland Museum in Oslo, Norway, a place of beauty and horror, two poles Tanya explores in her own work.
In Tagaq’s words: “This video was made to pay homage to Emmanuel Vigeland, whose frescos fill his own mausoleum. The frescos depict life from conception to death. This penetration of the unsaid philosophies of life in conjunction with the outstanding acoustics of the room has inspired my own work since visiting there in 2002. Hopefully we encapsulate the darkness and the light to his liking.”
See “Aorta” below.
For more information about the location, check out http://www.emanuelvigeland.museum.no/museum.htm
TORONTO, ON: Massey Hall w/ Owen Pallett, Dec 1
SASKATOON, SK: TCU Place, Sid Buckwold Theatre w/ Saskatoon Symphony, Jan 23
CINCINNATI, OH: Woodward Theatre, Jan 30
ANN ARBOR, MI: Lydia Mendelssohn Theater, Feb 2
KITCHENER, ON: Conrad Centre w/ Kitchener Symphony Orchestra, Feb 5 + 6
QUEBEC CITY, QC: Palais Montcalm, Feb 18
MONTREAL, QC: Place des Arts, Feb 19 + 20
Big news! Austin’s Shakey Graves will join City And Colour on a huge Canadian tour in June 2016. Tickets go on sale to the public on November 27 @ 10am EST.
KELOWNA, BC: Prospera Place, June 2
VANCOUVER, BC: Rogers Arena, June 3
PRINCE GEORGE, BC: CN Centre, June 5
RED DEER, AB: Enmax Centrium, June 6
MEDICINE HAT, AB: Canalta Centre, June 8
EDMONTON, AB: Recall Centre, June 10
CALGARY, AB: Scotiabank Saddledome, June 11
REGINA, SK: Brandt Centre, June 12
WINNIPEG, MB: MTS Centre, June 14
THUNDER BAY, ON: Community Auditorium, June 15
TORONTO, ON: Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, June 18
MONTREAL, QC: Bell Centre, June 20
I CAN SWING A HAMMER: THE WET SECRETS RELEASE A DANCE ROCK PEP TALK TODAY. CFL HALFTIME PERFORMANCE THIS WEEKEND.
Here come The Wet Secrets, a furry-hatted frantic pop six-piece from Edmonton, known for their bass and horn heavy dance rock and their unmistakable, impeccable tailoring. The Wet Secrets turn dysfunction into inspiration with swampy basslines, primal drumming, towering, dancing horn section, keys, saxophone and congas. It looks like Pop Art, it sounds like party rock.
“I Can Swing A Hammer” is a brand new song, released today on Six Shooter Records through all digital and streaming platforms. The song is a taste of things to come from the band’s next album, The Tyranny of Objects, expected in Spring 2016. In less than four minutes you too will feel that you can swing a hammer with the best of them.
Listen to “I Can Swing A Hammer” Below.
This Sunday, November 22, The Wet Secrets will perform “I Can Swing A Hammer,” complete with the Edmonton Eskimo Cheer Team’s choreographed dance moves, at the CFL’s West Final.
UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
LETHBRIDGE, AB: Studio, Nov 20
CALGARY, AB: Nite Owl, Nov 21
EDMONTON, AB: CFL West Final Halftime Show
WINNIPEG, MB: Grey Cup Festival, Nov 27
EDMONTON, AB: 9910, Dec 31
FERNIE, BC: The Northern, Jan 29
ROSSLAND, BC: Blizzard Fest, Jan 30
CUMBERLAND, BC: Waverly, Feb 4
PORT RENFREW, BC: Song & Surf, Feb 5
VANCOUVER, BC: Cobalt, Feb 6
ABOUT THE WET SECRETS:
The band has released three albums to date, all with hits at CBC Radio 3. Their most recent, Free Candy, was nominated for two Western Canadian Music Awards in 2014. Over their ten years as a band, The Wet Secrets have played SXSW, CMJ in New York, Sonic Boom Festival and last year’s Interstellar Rodeo. They also won last year’s inaugural Peak Performance Project in Alberta, which has helped them record their new album.
The Wet Secrets’ new album, The Tyranny of Objects, will be released on Six Shooter Records in Spring 2016.
Quiet and imposing, Ryan Boldt casts a long shadow no matter the hour. As the principal songwriter and vocalist of The Deep Dark Woods, a band that has received international praise for their swirling and moody folk rock, Boldt has created a world of ramblers and downabouts, hopeless romantics and tragic heroes. There’s a gothic, old world sensibility to Boldt’s craft that feels like a fog rolling across the Moorland, heavy and poetic.
Broadside Ballads, now available on vinyl, is Boldt’s solo debut. The collection of traditional folk songs was released on Big White Cloud Records, an artist-run label collective Boldt recently co-founded fellow Deep Dark Woods member Clayton Linthicum (of Kacy & Clayton) and Shuyler Jansen.
Get a taste of Broadside Ballads here.
Boldt departs across the prairies with Kacy & Clayton for a series of shows this November.
REGINA, SK: Artisan, Nov 15
CADILLAC, SK: Rageline Tavern, Nov 17
SASKATOON, SK: Village Guitar & Amp, Nov 18
EDMONTON, AB: The Brixx, Nov 19
CALGARY, AB: The Plaza Theatre, Nov 20
BLACK DIAMOND, AB: The Stop, Nov 21
WINNIPEG, MB: Times Change(d), Nov 25
This tour is made possible through Culture on the Go funding provided to Creative Saskatchewan by the Ministry of Parks, Culture, and Sport.