WHITEHORSE PRAIRIE TOUR STARTS TODAY

Was SXSW just three weeks ago? Seems like the distant past. But still vivid in our memories is the smoking hot show Whitehorse performed at the Continental Club as part of the No Depression showcase. This Austin blog summed it up perfectly:

http://austin.culturemap.com/sxsw-discovery-canadian-duo-whitehorse/

They’ve been racking up similarly stellar reviews on their sold-out USA tour with the Wood Brothers, and are now ready to bring their captivating live show to the Canadian prairies. Many of the shows are close to sell-out – so get your tickets now! See tour dates below for more details.

GOOD LOVELIES MIDWEST TOUR STARTS FRIDAY

The Good Lovelies are back on the road this month hitting various US cities in Colorado, Utah, Nevada and Washington. West coast Canadians are also in luck as they hit both Vancouver and Victoria on this run. Everyone else can go screw themselves… just kidding!!!! Next up for the Good Lovelies are dates in the UK, and also a hometown show at the Glenn Gould Theatre.

See tour dates page for details on how to get your tickets.

INTERSTELLAR RODEO EARLYBIRD PASSES ON SALE NOW

We were overwhelmed with the amazing response we received to the announcement of our new Edmonton festival, Interstellar Rodeo. Thank you all so much for your emails, posts, tweets, and phone calls. There is a lot of excitement about the line up, which includes Blue Rodeo, Sinéad O’Connor, Randy Newman, Hawksley Workman, Whitehorse, Richard Buckner, Jenn Grant, Jason Plumb + the Willing, Shakura S’Aida, the Sojourners, Michael Rault, and more. And yes, we will be selling posters!

Early bird passes are on sale now and moving quickly. You can buy them through the Six Shooter webstore, and each adult or youth/senior pass comes with a free album by a participating Six Shooter artist (Whitehorse, Beauties, Jenn Grant). Good dealski!

I realize we said we’d announce the rest of the line up and schedule on April 16, but we’re going to move that to April 18. We’re working on a special announcement video and we need the extra two days to figure out how to put a drop shadow behind the words “Insane Clown Posse”, I mean, uh, to figure out how to work the Betamax machine! Single tickets go on sale May 2.

We’d also like to thank all the people who have already put their names forward to volunteer at the festival. We need tons more, so submit toooo uuussss!

For more information about Interstellar Rodeo, visit: www.interstellarrodeo.com.

BERNIE FINKELSTEIN LAUNCHES HIS NEW BOOK

Songwriters might find their idols in Tom Waits or Neil Young or Leonard Cohen or Randy Newman. Guitarists might love Stevie Ray Vaughan or Jimi Hendrix or Mark Knopfler. If us music industry peeps had a hero, particularly us Canadian music industry folks, then Bernie Finkelstein is one of our A-listers.

Founder of True North Records (Canada’s oldest independent label), manager of Bruce Cockburn and others, founding member of CIRPA and the gang who brought us FACTOR, CanCon, and a number of other music industry institutions we rely on today, Bernie is a pioneer, a stalwart, a steward…and more than anything, a character. We know he can tell a good story, and we cannot wait to get our hands on his new book, which hits the stores on April 17. We at Six Shooter have a giant crush on this man, and you will too after you read “True North.”

SADDLE UP FOR THE INTERSTELLAR RODEO

We love festivals so much, we decided to throw one of our own! On a grassy slope under the prairie stars, icons of modern music history will take the stage for the first ever Interstellar Rodeo, a celebration of music, food and wine, making its debut in Edmonton’s Heritage Amphitheatre in Hawrelak Park, July 27-29, 2012.

We are thrilled to announce that Blue Rodeo, the sweethearts of summer nights and soundtrack to our best memories, will perform. As this year’s inductees to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Blue Rodeo symbolizes our pride in homegrown talent. Their creative longevity and incredible list of hits reinforces our belief in the romance and power of beautiful music. We are also humbled to welcome Sinéad O’Connor this first year. A cultural revolutionary, creative firebrand, and electrifying performer, Sinéad is the fearsome voice of a generation, intimidating both for her talent and for her conviction. Sinéad recently released a new record to worldwide acclaim, and it is exciting to present this iconic artist as she returns to the spotlight. The stars have also aligned to bring Randy Newman to Edmonton. Newman is a songwriter’s songwriter, and his name is always included in our favourite artists’ lists of influences.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a party if we didn’t have some of our own posse on board to entertain and electrify. Six Shooter artists confirmed on this inaugural year include Whitehorse (featuring Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland), Jenn Grant, and The Beauties. Weekend pass buyers will receive a free album by the participating Six Shooter artist of their choice. We are also pleased to welcome our old pals Hawksley Workman, Richard Buckner, and Jason Plumb + the Willing, as well as new friends Shakura S’Aida, The Sojourners, and Michael Rault. Interstellar Rodeo presents an opportunity to celebrate artists we love and admire.

Stay tuned – there are more announcements to come.

EARLY BIRD weekend passes on sale now through the Six Shooter Records website. The schedule will be announced April 16, and single tickets go on sale on May 2.

Check out the website here: http://www.interstellarrodeo.com.
Like us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/InterstellarRodeo
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Twitter hashtag: #interstellarrodeo

JUNOFEST MADNESS

Along with our pals at Starfish Entertainment, we are super stoked to be presenting an Outlaws & Gunslingers event at Junofest. The evening kicks off with former Juno Award winners and current nominees The Good Lovelies, who will delight and entertain. Next up are our live music superstars, The Beauties, who will play for three hours and have learned 28 songs in preparation for this event, where they welcome an incredible cast of Canadian talent to their stage. Guests include: Oh Susanna, Bazil Donovan, NQ Arbuckle, Wayne Petti, Jenn Grant, Dustin Bentall and Kendel Carson, Glenn Milchem, Devin Cuddy, Jim Cuddy, Daniel Romano, and members of the Sadies. Get there early…the venue, Mavericks, is not that big. Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm.

As if that wasn’t enough, we have a similarly great night planned for Saturday with a Six Shooter double header at the Live Lounge with Harlan Pepper and the Deep Dark Woods. Don’t miss these amazing bands!

Oh, and Juno Cup hockey! Cheer on our very own Luke Doucet, who will be tending goal for the musicians. What this actually means is that he will be blocking the puck from his own teammates. We couldn’t exactly pit him against the former NHL all-stars, now could we? He’s only 136 pounds, after all. In addition to Luke, about half the line up from the Outlaws and Gunslingers line up will also be donning their helmets and skates — Jim Cuddy, Devin Cuddy, Dustin Bentall, Kendel Carson, and more.

You might also catch a glimpse of us rolling out of our party bus and on to the red carpet on Sunday night. With three Juno Award nominated artists (Deep Dark Woods, The Good Lovelies, and Jenn Grant) there is a big crew of us ready to wreak havoc amid the rock-and-roll royalty mayhem. I personally am hoping to get to meet Captain Kirk. Wish us luck!

COALITION FOR MUSIC EDUCATION

Luke Doucet is an Champion for the Coalition for Music Education. Luke’s song,Tomorrow is Coming, was specially commissioned to be this year’s Music Monday anthem by the Coalition and the CBC. Over 600,000 voices will join together on May 7th 2012 to sing Tomorrow is Coming in support of music education. You can find arrangements for the song and register for Music Monday by visiting www.musicmonday.ca

WHITEHORSE @ SXSW

WhitehorseThe smoldering duo of Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet, Whitehorse, has been burning up the highways, putting fire in the hearts of everyone who sees them play, racking up radio spins and youtube views, and selling out shows right/left/centre. You definitely don’t want to miss out on them if you’re headed to Austin. They are only there for two days, during which time they appear three times:

Wed, 3:40 – 4:05pm:
Canadian Blast BBQ, Brush Square Park

Wed, 11:00 – 11:40pm:
No Depression Showcase, Continental Club

Thurs, 2:00 – 2:40pm:
Trinity Hall (Trinity + 6th, Upstairs)

SLEEPWALK @ SXSW

Sleepwalk Guitar FestivalWe are very pleased to be presenting the Sleepwalk Guitar Festival SXSW Jam in Austin! We are excited to welcome some of Austin’s hottest players, including Johnny Moeller, Cindy Cashdollar, Phil Hurley, Bill Kirchen, and Brad Rice. Rounding out the bill are Canadianers Alex Cuba and Gordon Grdino. The whole thing is led by Sleepwalk Guitar Festival curator Luke Doucet. It’s going to be a killer jam that will take you on a musical journey that encompasses blues, country, “beautiful noise”, and everything in between (ie. ripping face melter tapping solos, and a “guitar face” competition… maybe).

The event is Thursday, March 15 @ noon. Trinity Hall (Trinity + 6th, Upstairs). We know this is early, and you may still be sleepwalking at this point, so we’ll be serving up some delicious breakfast tacos and Caesars (how Canadian of us!).

Thurs, 12:00pm:
Trinity Hall (Trinity + 6th, Upstairs)

JENN GRANT @ CMW

Jenn Grant

Jenn is confirmed for a CMW appearance at Toronto’s Mod Club on Thursday, March 22 with Young Rival and Mise En Scene (9pm). The show will be full band and will include new material from an album scheduled for release in Summer 2012.

Jenn is one of three Six Shooters to add a Juno nomination to the list of achievements this year. Honeymoon Punch is in fine company in the Adult Alternative category alongside Feist, Jim Cuddy, Ron Sexsmith, and Cuff The Duke. Yay Jenn!

More congrats to Jenn on her multiple East Coast Music Awards nominations! This time around, Jenn has been nominated for four: Album of the Year, Rock Recording of the Year, Song of the Year (“Getcha Good”), and Entertainer of the Year. Also, Honeymoon Punch producer (and co-star of the new video) Daniel Ledwell received two nominations for Audio Professional and Graphic/Media Artist of the Year (which includes the album art for Honeymoon Punch).

THREE JUNO NOMINATIONS

Good LoveliesThere’s no better party in Canada than Junoweek, so we’re sharpening our partying skills in preparation for all the fantastic times ahead in Ottawa this year. We’ve even built a replica Gatineau River in the alley behind our office. We are super stoked about our three Juno Award nominations this year. Jenn Grant’s Honeymoon Punch is up for Best Adult Alternative Album of the Year, competing against Cancon stalwarts Feist, Jim Cuddy, and Ron Sexsmith. Squaring off against each other for Best Roots & Traditional Album of the Year (Group) is the Deep Dark Woods and the Good Lovelies. We think that they should both win, can we make that happen? Those two bands are going to be sitting together at the Gala Awards night (food fight?). I personally think they should call the gala dinner “The Juno Noms”.

OUTLAWS & GUNSLINGERS AT JUNOFEST

The BeautiesFor the good people of Ottawa we also have a killer show in store for you. We’re teaming up with our pals at Starfish Entertainment to present the Outlaws & Gunslingers show at Junofest. It’s goin’ doooown at Mavericks on Friday, March 30. The Good Lovelies kick things off at 9 pm. Then the Beauties take the stage, first offering up some of their own tunes, and then backing a crazy line up of awesome musicians, including Jim Cuddy, Jenn Grant, Luke Doucet, Wayne Petti, Devin Cuddy, Dustin Bental and Kendel Carson, Daniel Romano, and more.

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