There’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”.
SHOUT OUT OUT OUT OUT: The designated synth contingent of our management roster are taking a brief break from the studio (we have been assured that a new record is coming soon!) to head back to NYC for the CMJ music marathon, followed by a MTL show, and a smattering of Ontario dates! A few Alberta and BC dates have been announced too! Remember to check www.shoutoutoutoutout.com
AMELIA CURRAN: As part of the Halifax Pop Explosion, Amelia performs with Symphony Nova Scotia on Oct 21. Next month, she returns to the UK, where she plays London, Winchester, Arlington, Nottingham, Sheffield, Liverpool, Gateshead, and even a date in Wales. One of my favorite meals as a kid was Welsh rarebit, which is basically toast with cheese sauce on it. I do hope Amelia would be so kind as to indulge in such delicacies whilst in Wales, so I might live vicariously through her, and vicariously reclaim my youth.
JENN GRANT: Hot off her FIVE Music Nova Scotia Awards nominations and also her recent nuptials, Jenn Grant announces November shows in Halifax, Wakefield, and more. See below for deets and stay tuned for a few more dates, and probably another half dozen or so awards nominations!
GOOD LOVELIES: If you live in the Boston/Cambridge area, make sure you catch their show at Johnny D’s in Somerville, this Thursday (tonight!). In other news, the girls are about to embark on a couple more tours, including Northern Ontario, Alberta, and an upcoming Christmas tour, with two Toronto performances at The Great Hall on Dec 17 – all ages matinee (bring your kids/grandma) and 19+ evening (bring your grouchy teen who still lives in your basement).
TRAMPLED BY TURTLES: Our friends from Duluth are coming back to Canada! This time, they play shows in Toronto, Ottawa, and London. Music that is good for your soul and your soles, and for showing that pesky Shredder and his army of foot soldiers who is boss. Don’t miss ‘em!
What great news to wake up to this morning and learn that the lovely Jenn Grant has been nominated for a slew of Music Nova Scotia Awards, including Female Recording Artist of the Year, SOCAN Songwriter of the Year (for the song, “How I Met You”), Recording of the Year for the album, “Honeymoon Punch”, Video of the year for the song, “Getcha Good”, and Bell Alliant Entertainer of the Year. This last one is a fan choice award…we’d love you to show your support for Jenn, just head right on to the front page of: http://www.musicnovascotia.ca/ and cast your vote.
We’d also like to send a shout out to Danny Ledwell, Jenn’s producer and husband-to-be, who is nominated both for Producer of the Year and Graphic Artist of the Year. And to Heather Gibson, our friend and partner in our work with Amelia Curran…Heather is nominated for Manager of the Year.
Much ado has been made of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting our fair country, a visit covered by no fewer than 1300 media types, and lemme tell ya, that ain’t nothing! Shakespeare joke! Humour fit for Royals! Our very own Jenn Grant slammed back some royal jelly shots, donned her Royal Elastics sneakers, and had the honour and pleasure of performing for William and Kate! Plus she got to meet them, and apparently had to dodge a blitzkrieg! We asked Jenn about this, and here’s what she had to say:
“Hello everyone! Well, as you know, I just got back from my rendezvous with the Royal Couple. I did not get to smell Prince William, I just got to look at him. Although I think if I smelled him, he would have smelled pretty good. The tabloids have not done him justice. He’s just a prince. A charmer in every way. He told me I was “Too Talented”. Yes, Six Shooter, you can add that to my website.
“And Kate, my goodness. She is fit as a fiddle. I don’t know what work out program she’s in but she’s looking good and I’d love to join her!
“Right before the Jenny G band and I played for them, there were many gunshots fired, and many fighter jets flying just overhead! It was a wild time. Thank goodness we got our getcha goods together and rocked the town. And yes, I believe Kate and I have a psychic connection because our outfits matched, twice. All in all it was a day and night to remember. All hail the Queen!”
Follow us pon di Twitter @SixShooterR if you want to see pictures taken of Jenn meeting the Royals.
Jenn Grant continues to tour steadily following the release of her deservingly celebrated album Honeymoon Punch. After wishing CBC Halifax’s Information Morning a happy birthday (Yo! HBD!), Jenn will jetset around the country to perform at NXNE, two Ontario shows with Jim Bryson, Sled Island in Calgary, club dates in Vancouver, Victoria, and, well, a bunch more. Jenn is buuuusy! She is also playing a number of festivals this summer, such as the new River & Sky Festival in Sudbury, Wolfe Island, River Valley Arts Festival in New Brunswick. oh yeah, and she’s also playing Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Canada Day for the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (who I actually prefer to refer to as the Baron and Baroness of Carrickfergus)! Hopefully they bring that kid who made the poopy face in all of their wedding photos, I love a good internet meme!