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TANYA TAGAQ RELEASES “AORTA,” NEW SONG AND VIDEO, IN ADVANCE OF DECEMBER 1 DEBUT AT MASSEY HALL.

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

www.tanyatagaq.com

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TOUR DATES:

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

SHAKEY GRAVES JOINS CITY AND COLOUR ON 2016 CANADIAN ARENA TOUR.

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.

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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.

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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

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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.

www.thewetsecrets.com

RYAN BOLDT JOINS KACY + CLAYTON FOR PRAIRIE TOUR.

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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.
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TOUR DATES:

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.

Tanya Tagaq Adds Diaper Drive to Massey Hall Show with Owen Pallett.

THE PERFORMANCE:

Tanya Tagaq will take the stage for her Massey Hall debut on December 1, a co-headline show with fellow Polaris Music Prize winner Owen Pallett. This event is a celebration of the award’s 10th anniversary, a decade of championing Canadian artists and their albums. Tagaq’s first Massey gig is yet another momentous occasion in a career that has already brought her to Carnegie Hall three times.

Tanya Tagaq will bring the Element Choir along for this milestone performance. The Element Choir, led by Christine Duncan, has become a fixture at her shows since the Polaris Gala performance. Other special guests are expected.

TICKET LINK

DIAPER DRIVE:

To contribute in the season of giving, Tanya Tagaq is launching a diaper drive in conjunction with this important show. Diapers are an oft-overlooked donation item year round. Tagaq is asking fans to bring donations of diapers (all sizes) and/or gift cards for stores where diapers are sold (Walmart, Shoppers, etc.). Donations will be taken at the merch table, and will be delivered to The Diaper Bank of Toronto.

The Diaper Bank

MUKLUK RAFFLE:

In addition to the diaper drive, Six Shooter will be selling raffle tickets to win a new pair of Manitobah Mukluks. All proceeds will be given to the Manitoba Inuit Association, a Winnipeg-based community organization that seeks to provide resources and support for women who leave their homes to pursue education, training and health care in larger urban centres.

Manitoba Inuit Association

THE STRUMBELLAS GIVE US HOPE OUT FEBRUARY 5, 2016

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FEATURES THE ANTHEMIC NEW SINGLE SPIRITS

WATCH THE ALBUM TRAILER HERE

TOUR WITH BLUE RODEO IN FEBRUARY

Toronto, ON – October 22, 2015 – #HOPEiscoming. Bigger. Bolder. Beckoning. The Strumbellas have harnessed a vivid sound that was itchin’ to get out for their third studio album, Hope, coming February 5, 2016 on Six Shooter Records. Have a listen to their catchy first single, Spirits, available now at iTunes. Hear a sneak peak of We Don’t Know from the new album by watching their album trailer. The album cover for Hope was designed by freelance science fiction and fantasy illustrator Joel Hustak.

Just back from their two week tour of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, with their bellies full of schnitzel and currywurst, the band will sign off on 2015 with a handful of Ontario tour dates, including a special show on December 5th at The Horseshoe Tavern as part of the historic club’s birthday celebrations. Following the Feb 5th release of the new album, The Strumbellas have a full dance card when they join Blue Rodeo for a string of dates (see below) with a Western Canada tour to be announced soon. Full details can be found on their bright and shiny new website at: www.thestrumbellas.ca.

WATCH AND SHARE SPIRITS HERE

Teaming up with LA Producer/Engineer, Dave Schiffman (Johnny Cash, Haim, Weezer), the band hunkered down close to home at Toronto’s Lincoln County Social Club to record Hope. With poignant yet sing-along-able lyrics and undeniable rock noir musical undertones, Spirits, the first single from forthcoming album, embodies the essence of what has been attracting fans from across North America to this Lindsay, Ontario-bred band. Exclaim declared that the new single: ”…shows off a polished, poppier side to the group. The acoustic strums of the opening verse are bolstered by a chorus of chiming bells and infectious, sing-along lyrics,” while Confront Magazine stated: “When the hairs stand up on the back of your neck and arms, you know the music is awesome.”

The journey for The Strumbellas has been a whirlwind since the release of the band’s 2012 debut album My Father And The Hunter. The Strumbellas’ sound — haunting lyrics fused with infectious, danceable melodies — won them both fans and critical recognition. A year later, they followed up with We Still Move On Dance Floors, which earned them six awards, including a JUNO and Sirius XM Indie Award, as well as a spot on the Polaris Music Prize Long List.

Upcoming Canadian Tour Dates:
BARRIE, ON: Roxy Theatre, Nov 6 – tickets
SUDBURY, ON: Townhouse Tavern, Nov 7
PETERBOROUGH, ON: Historic Red Dog, Nov 13 – tickets
SARNIA, ON: Paddy Flaherty’s, Nov 21 – tickets
OSHAWA, ON: Moustache Club, Nov 26 – tickets
OSHAWA, ON: Moustache Club, Nov 27 – tickets
November 28 – Collingwood, ON – Casbah Collingwood
December 5 – Toronto, ON – The Horseshoe

Tour Dates with Blue Rodeo:
MONTREAL, QC: Place des Arts, Feb 11 – tickets
HAMILTON, ON: Hamilton Place, Feb 12 – tickets
HAMILTON, ON: Hamilton Place, Feb 13 – tickets
OTTAWA, ON: Canadian Tire Centre, Feb 14 – tickets
TORONTO, ON: Massey Hall, Feb 18 – tickets
TORONTO, ON: Massey Hall, Feb 19 – tickets
OSHAWA, ON: General Motors Centre, Feb 20 – tickets
LONDON, ON: Budweiser Gardens, Feb 21 – tickets
HALIFAX, NS: Scotiabank Centre, Feb 24 – tickets
MONCTON, NB: Molson Canadian Centre at Casino New Brunswick, Feb 25 – tickets
ST. JOHN’S, NL: Mile Once Centre, Feb 27 –tickets

Strumbellas Press Photo 2015

THE STRUMBELLAS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM + SHARE TEASER.

The Strumbellas’ new album, Hope, comes out February 2016. Watch the new album teaser for Hope below.

JUST ANNOUNCED: WHITEHORSE BRINGS IT HOME TO THE DANFORTH MUSIC HALL, DECEMBER 2, PRESENTED BY 102.1 THE EDGE.

Whitehorse will bring The Sweet Disaster Tour to the Danforth Music Hall on December 2 for a special bonus hometown Toronto performance. The band has sold out Massey Hall twice since they burst onto the scene a few short years ago, and so this upcoming gig presents the chance to cap off an incredibly busy year, from the release of Leave No Bridge Unburned to non-stop touring across Canada and the USA. Expect special guests to join the duo on stage. This announcement is a sneak peak at what’s to come with the 102.1 The Edge’s annual Jingle Bell Concert Series.

TICKETS ON SALE THURSDAY, OCT 22 @ 11am.

From the go-for-broke Bo-Diddley beat of “Downtown” to the epic intergalactic drama of “Sweet Disaster,” for which the tour has been named, Whitehorse is known for their riff-heavy harmonies and intense chemistry. Leave No Bridge Unburned has also provided their live show with some blistering additions to the set list, from the cutthroat “The One I Hurt” to the gentler barbs of “Fake Your Death (And I’ll Fake Mine).” With eight months of touring behind this album already in the books, the potency and impact of Whitehorse’s performances continues to amplify.

The Sweet Disaster Tour has included a run of shows in the USA with Noah Gundersen, stops across Canada’s East Coast, and a December jaunt from Buffalo to Nashville.

SAM OUTLAW BOUND FOR TORONTO’S DAKOTA TAVERN TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10 @ 7pm. $10.

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“Hollywood Honky-Tonker” Sam Outlaw is confirmed to play The Dakota Tavern, his first headline show in Toronto, on November 10, 2015.

Angeleno, released in June by Six Shooter Records, is an accomplished, exciting debut by one of the new faces of old country. Outlaw’s name (a story in itself) consistently appears on Best New Country lists and Next Big Thing showcases, including AmericanaFestNYC at the Lincoln Centre and LA Bluegrass Situation at The Greek Theatre. Outlaw is also confirmed to play Stagecoach Festival 2016. Angeleno’s impeccable instrumentation and whip-smart lyrics are backed up by a live show that also delivers. Outlaw is the real deal.

Tickets are on sale now via The Dakota Tavern.

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Loss & Highways: Watch the video for “Ghost Town” from Outlaw’s debut album Angeleno.

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WARM TOES, WARM HEARTS: HAWKSLEY WORKMAN ADDS A SOCK DRIVE TO THE WINTER BIRD TOUR.

Winter bird sock drive

Hawksley Workman’s Winter Bird Tour kicks off in St. John’s today and wraps nearly two months from now in Whitby, with stops in cities big and small across Canada. The Winter Bird Tour is the official Old Cheetah album release jaunt, and Hawksley will present new material with a backing band that his fans know well, including the one and only Mr. Lonely.

SOCK DRIVE

Throughout the Winter Bird Tour, Hawksley is seeking to collect donations of new warm socks for the winter. Socks are typically one of the most needed items on shelters’ lists. Fans are encouraged to bring socks to the show, drop them off at the merch table, and contribute to this simple and worthy humanitarian effort. The socks will be delivered to shelters and community organizations across Canada.

Hawksley has always been a champion of emerging artists, and he welcomes newcomer Fiona Bevan as the Winter Bird Tour opener.

www.hawksleyworkman.com

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TOUR DATES:

ST. JOHN’S, NL: The Rock House, Oct 1
CORNERBROOK, NL: The Palace, Oct 3
WOODY POINT, NL: St. Patrick’s Church, Oct 4
WINNIPEG, MB: West End Cultural Centre, Oct 15
REGINA, SK: Darke Hall, Oct 16
SWIFT CURRENT, SK: Lyric Theatre, Oct 17
SASKATOON, SK: Broadway Theatre, Oct 20
RED DEER, AB: International Beer Haus & Stage, Oct 21
CALGARY, AB: MacEwan Ballroom at the University of Calgary, Oct 22
EDMONTON, AB: Winspear Centre, Oct 23
LETHBRIDGE, AB: Yates Memorial Centre, Oct 24
CANMORE, AB: Communitea Cafe, Oct 25
KELOWNA, BC: The Habitat, Oct 28
VANCOUVER, BC: Commodore Ballroom, Oct 29
VICTORIA, BC: Alix Goolden, Oct 30
MAYNE ISLAND, BC: Agricultural Hall, sOct 31
NELSON, BC: Spiritbar (Hume Hotel), Nov 2
MEDICINE HAT, AB: Esplanade, Nov 3
LLOYDMINISTER, AB: Vic Juba Community Theatre, Nov 4
OTTAWA, ON: Bronson Centre, Nov 13
TORONTO, ON: Phoenix Concert Theatre, Nov 14
WATERLOO, ON: Maxwell’s, November 20
CREEMORE, ON: Avening Community Hall, November 21
HAMILTON, ON: Molson Canadian Studio (at Hamilton Place), Nov 26
LONDON, ON: Aeolian Hall, Nov 27
WHITBY, ON: LiveACT Theatre, Nov 28

WHITEHORSE’S SWEET DISASTER TOUR EXPANDS WITH MORE TOUR DATES IN THE USA IN DECEMBER 2015.

Watch Whitehorse perform “You Get Older” from the album Leave No Bridge Unburned with a mariachi band.
Whitehorse and Leave No Bridge Unburned were recently nominated for 3 Canadian Folk Music Awards, including the Pushing The Boundaries Award, English Songwriter of the Year (Luke Doucet + Melissa McClelland) and Ensemble of the Year.

SWEET DISASTER TOUR

HALIFAX, NS: Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Oct 8
SAINT JOHN, NB: Imperial Theatre, Oct 9
WINDSOR, NS: Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre, Oct 10
MONCTON, NB: Capitol Theatre, Oct 14
FREDERICTON, NB: The Playhouse, Oct 15
GEORGETOWN, PE: King’s Playhouse, Oct 16
CHESTER, NS: Chester Playhouse, Oct 17
*BIRMINGHAM, AL: The Saturn Room, Oct 20
*AUSTIN, TX: Parish, Oct 22
*HOUSTON, TX: Walter’s On Washington, Oct 23
*DALLAS, TX: The Loft, Oct 24
*PHOENIX, AZ: Valley Bar, Oct 27
*LOS ANGELES, CA: The Fonda Theatre, Oct 29
*SAN FRANCISCO, CA: Great American Music Hall, Oct 30
*SACRAMENTO, CA: Harlow’s, Oct 31
*PORTLAND, OR: Aladdin Theatre, Nov 3
QUEBEC, QC: Theatre Petit Champlain, Nov 13
LAVAL, QC: Salle André-Mathieu, Nov 14
KITCHENER, ON: Centre In The Square, Nov 21
TORONTO, ON: Ladybird Soiree, Nov 24
BUFFALO, NY: The Tralf, December 6
NEW YORK, NY: Mercury Room, December 8
WILMINGTON, DE: Baby Grant, December 9
RICHMOND, VA: Capital Ale House, December 10
CHARLOTTE, NC: Evening Muse, December 12
TAMPA, FL: Club Jaeb @ Starz Centre, December 14
FT. LAUDERDALE, FL: Mary Porter Ballroom @ Broward Centre, December 15
ATLANTA, GA: Eddie’s Attic, December 17
NASHVILLE, TN: High Watt, December 19

* w/ Noah Gundersen

SIX SHOOTER RECORDS AT AMERICANAFEST 2015

Six Shooter Records is amped to present “Hollywood Honky-Tonker” Sam Outlaw and “Space Cowboy Lovebirds” Whitehorse at AmericanaFest 2015. Sam Outlaw is making his name as a throwback country songwriter with talent and wit to burn. Whitehorse has exploded the concept of a roots duo with their intense and intricate chemistry and live show. Six Shooter Records has released new albums by both in 2015.

Don’t miss the annual Outlaws & Gunslingers Luncheon at Soulshine Pizza on Thursday, September 17, 12-2pm. This year’s lineup begins with songwriter extraordinaire Amelia Curran and ends with rebel rancher Corb Lund. Add the heat of Whitehorse and the wry west coast twang of Sam Outlaw for a daytime blast of the best in country, folk and rock.

AMERICANAFEST SHOWCASES

AMELIA CURRAN
Thursday, September 17 @ 12pm, Soulshine Pizza

SAM OUTLAW
Thursday, September 17 @ 1pm, Soulshine Pizza
Friday, September 18 @ 8pm, 3rd & Lindsley

WHITEHORSE
Thursday, September 17 @ 12:30pm, Soulshine Pizza
Thursday, September 17 @ 7pm, Music City Roots Showcase, The Factory, Franklin

GOOD LOVELIES
Thursday, September 17 @ 8pm, Station Inn
Friday, September 18 @ 12-2pm, Folk Music Canada, Dan McGuiness Pub

DON’T MISS:

MARY GAUTHIER
Thursday, September 17 @ 10pm, The Listening Room
Friday, September 18 @ 11:30am, Country Music Hall of Fame

HENRY WAGONS
Friday, September 18 @ 1:35pm, Soulshine Pizza
Friday, September 18 @ 6pm, Atomic Party, The Groove
Friday, September 18 @ 11pm, The Basement East
Saturday, September 19 @ 11am, Aussie BBQ, The 5 Spot

SHAKEY GRAVES
Performing at Americana Honors & Awards Show @ The Ryman, Sept 16

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