PopMatters got the scoop on a new video for the opening track of Leave No Bridge Unburned, coming February 17 on Six Shooter Records. Baby What’s Wrong? is “an alluring cut of desert rock,” says PopMatters, and “sounds like a would-be James Bond theme, if said James Bond movie were directed by John Hillcoat and was set in the desert.”
Six Shooter Management is thrilled to welcome Ariana Gillis, kinetic young artist with a wild imagination, a fearless approach to songcraft and a potent set of pipes, to the artist roster.
Gillis is an exceptional artist and represents the next wave of unique musical talent in Canada. If Gillis’ idiosyncratic style “fits” anywhere, it’s amidst Six Shooter Management’s eclectic mix of singular talents.
Ariana Gillis has an album in the works and new representation by Julien Paquin of Paquin Artists Agency. Expect to hear much more from her in the coming months.
“I’m staggered by how good she is. There is not much that impresses me these days but after hearing her available tracks I can honestly say she’s the single most exciting thing I’ve heard in a very long time.” – Bernie Taupin, lyricist for Elton John.
“Ariana is two people in one. She’s a normal nice demure 21-year-old, but when she begins to sing her entire body is taken over by the most powerful force, and the songs become a lot more than just words or music…. her stage presence is the most visually grabbing I’ve ever seen. I was stunned at the intense connection between herself and what she was singing; I thought of the strength of character that embodied Janis Joplin’s performances.” – Steve Wozniak (co-founder Apple Computers).
“Canadian folk singer/songwriter Ariana Gillis has rocketed herself into that stratosphere. ‘Forget Me Not’ soars with provocative imagination and brutal honesty. Her stunning voice warm and robust, conveys stories rippling with animated sincerity. They posses a certain pop intelligence without falling into the pop category. It’s refreshing to hear such a grounded young artist orbit into greatness.” – FOUND Magazine
“Ariana Gillis may be the best new emerging artist anywhere, PERIOD!” – Dave Marsh, best selling author, former music critic of Rolling Stone Magazine & Creem Magazine.
GUELPH, ON: Hillside Inside, Feb 8
KANSAS CITY, MI: Folk Alliance – NERFA Showcase (ROOM 632), Feb 19, 11pm
KANSAS CITY, MI: Folk Alliance – suite 702, Feb 19, 2am
KANSAS CITY, MI: Folk Alliance – Lou DeMarco showcase, Feb 20, 2am
TORONTO, ON: The Great Hall, Mar 6 w/ Amelia Curran
This year’s Juno Awards nominations include: Tanya Tagaq for Aboriginal Album of The Year & Alternative Album of The Year, Amelia Curran for Roots & Traditional Album of The Year (Solo), The Deep Dark Woods for Roots & Traditional Album of The Year (Group), and Jesse Zubot for Producer of The Year (Animism).
The Juno Awards will be taking place in Hamilton, Ontario at the FirstOntario Centre on Sunday, March 15, 2015. Click here for tickets.
Amelia Curran extends her “They Promised You Mercy” Canadian tour with stops in Toronto, Edmonton, and Regina. Dates marked with * will be accompanied by Ryan Boldt of The Deep Dark Woods. Click here for the full list of tour dates.
Whitehorse debuts their brand new video for the stellar single, “Downtown.” Take a race through Toronto’s downtown core with Luke, Melissa, and their Mr. & Mrs. Smith-like dopplegangers. Watch “Downtown” below.
Whitehorse will be taking their upcoming and highly anticipated new record, Leave No Bridge Unburned, on tour in the United States this Spring.
Tour dates are listed here.
Shakey Graves sold out every show on his last run through Canada, so act quickly if you want to see him on stage at one of these newly-announced tour dates! Tickets on sale January 16, 2015.
While you’re at it, check out a brand new Indie88 Black Box Session.
And The War Came was released by Six Shooter Records on October 7, 2014. Buy the album here.
UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
HAMILTON, ON: Studio @ Hamilton Place, April 8
LONDON, ON: London Music Hall, April 9
PETERBOROUGH, ON: Red Dog, April 10
BURNSTOWN, ON: Neat Coffee Shop, April 11
QUEBEC CITY, QC: Le Cercle, April 12
Watch Amelia perform “Time, Time” and “(What So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding” on
National Post’s Session Series.
SIX SHOOTER RECORDS WELCOMES INDUSTRY POWERHOUSE SARA STASIUK. INTERSTELLAR RODEO EXPANDS TO WINNIPEG.
Six Shooter Records and Interstellar Rodeo are pleased to announce Sara Stasiuk as Director of Operations, a new position created to oversee both the operations of the record label and the company’s festival expansion. With this announcement, Six Shooter confirms that Interstellar Rodeo is branching out to Winnipeg next summer (in addition to the annual event in Edmonton). The first ever Winnipeg edition of the Interstellar Rodeo will be held at the Forks, a historic and happening public space in the heart of the city, August 14-16, 2015.
Of this news, Ms. Stasiuk says, “I have been an admirer of Six Shooter for years, and I am really excited the stars have aligned for us to work together formally. It’s a progressive move for the company to consider a Winnipeg office, one that sets a great precedent for my community.”
“Sometimes you gotta make big moves in order to achieve growth in the scope of our activities, as well as our income and profitability, ” says Six Shooter President Shauna de Cartier. “This is a big move for both our company and for Sara. We couldn’t be more delighted that she will be joining our already impressive team of talented and hardworking individuals.”
Ms. Stasiuk will open a Six Shooter office in Winnipeg with an official start date of January 5, 2015.
Further details about Interstellar Rodeo’s inaugural Winnipeg edition to come in early 2015.
ABOUT SARA STASIUK:
Sara Stasiuk, a Certified Professional Accountant, CMA, has been with Manitoba Music since 2001. Since taking the Executive Director chair in 2008, Sara has built partnerships, services, and programs to build Manitoba’s music industry.
Prior to joining the organization as Program Manager in 2001, Sara worked in event production and event management with Paquin Entertainment, the Winnipeg and Brandon Folk Festivals, the inaugural Prairie Music Awards, and the Manitoba Moose hockey team.
Sara has and does sit on many boards, including the Western Canadian Music Alliance, Polaris Music Prize, Manitobans for the Arts, and she is the Chair of Finance for the Winnipeg Host Committee. She has served as Chair of FACTOR’s National Advisory Board for a number of years.