JULY TALK: LIVE AT LAST TOUR ANNOUNCED TODAY

 

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FORKFUL FRIDAY: BOY GOLDEN SERVES UP “KD AND LUNCH MEAT”

Art by Austin Boulton

Oooooh honey! Boy Golden, the golden-tongued minstrel and minister of The Church of Better Daze, has released “KD And Lunch Meat,” the latest from his laid-back world of cheap eats and healthy advice. With uncurdled optimism, Boy Golden delivers a few forkfuls of insight on the recipe to feeling good and living truly on just a few hundred bucks. Between breezy guitar riffs and easy keystrokes there lies a genuine sermon on taking the time to unwind and do something for you. “KD And Lunch Meat” is a reminder that the things that matter most in life aren’t often what costs the most, but how you spend your time, which is a much more valuable currency for happiness.

HIGH HOPES, LOW COST: BOY GOLDEN SHARES CHEAP EATS ANTHEM “KD AND LUNCH MEAT”

Gen Z-meets-JJ Cale in Boy Golden, new artist from Winnipeg, MB

Debut album Church of Better Daze arrives July 16, 2021

Photo credit: BNB Studios

Comfort food for the ears, Boy Golden has an easy recipe for happiness in “KD And Lunch Meat,” a guide to living well in small ways. A song born of Boy Golden’s irresistible optimism and budgetary constraints, “KD And Lunch Meat” is a single serving of joy, a mac n’ cheese motto for making the most of each and every day. However you slice it, with a well-sauced chorus and breezy noodling, Boy Golden’s “KD And Lunch Meat” is a strong contender for Stoner Song of the Summer — were there such a title.

“When I wrote this song, I was feeling good for the first time in a long time,” says Boy Golden. “As the chorus says – you’ve gotta do something for you, put your own happiness first, and the rest should follow.”

“I didn’t know it at the time, but I wrote this song to serve as a reminder. What do I really want? All I need is a few hundred bucks, some KD and freedom – everything else is gravy.”

Boy Golden, recently featured as “A Canadian Cannabis Hero” by Exclaim, is a brand new artist from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Boy Golden’s debut album, Church of Better Daze, is out July 16, 2021 via Six Shooter Records.

CHURCH OF BETTER DAZE TRACK LIST

  1. KD and Lunch Meat
  2. Something to Work Towards
  3. Baby Blue
  4. Church of Better Daze
  5. Eggs Benediction
  6. A Little Space
  7. I Wanna Know
  8. Smoke On The Breeze
  9. Any Way It Works
  10. The Year That Clayton Delaney Died
  11. To Be You, Tonight

 

ABOUT BOY GOLDEN

Boy Golden has a purpose: enjoy each day and make good music. Founder and minister of The Church of Better Daze, he wants to help people seeking to improve on yesterday’s themes. His songs, like hymns, are hopeful, fresh and upbeat. Like its namesake packaged mac n’ cheese, “KD & Lunch Meat,” is fluorescent, fun and easily ingested.

Church of Better Daze is the inspirational, musical manifesto. The harmonies are the collective idea of working together, the mellow melodies keep our hopes alive and the lyrics are golden rules to live by: Follow your heart / Make good art / Call your momma / Work real hard.

Turning dead heads into lively brains, Boy Golden wants to unite us all in a hazy dream under one roof. “We’re all the same at the Church of Better Daze,” he sings.

Find unity in the congregation of these 11 tracks, which redefine the precedent for collaboration, common goals and cannabis. If you’re open to learn, and can speak your truth, you can blaze and still get paid in Boy Golden’s Church of Better Daze.

A PERSONAL TOUCH: RIIT COVERS AWOLNATION’S “SAIL” FOR MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS

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Riit’s stunning cover of “Sail” arrives as a message of solidarity with mental health awareness. Her feathery-light vocals are a striking contrast to the staggering weight of the song’s lyrics, and uncover the grim vulnerability of the crashing, outsized original version by AWOLNATION. When listening through a mental health lens, “Sail” takes on a darker meaning, but one that is important to shed light on.

If you or anyone you know are struggling with suicidal thoughts, please seek help from someone you can trust or call the Kamatsiaqtut helpline at 1-867-979-3333 (Iqaluit) or toll free 1-800-265-3333.

IQALUIT: Youth Wellness centre drop-ins on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at Building 503.

TERRITORY WIDE: If you are interested in speaking with a counselor by virtual video or by phone please contact Healing by Talking at healing@gov.nu.ca or call 1-867-975-5367.

IQALUIT: Adult Mental Health drop-in counseling is available at Building 961, Green Stone building on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Call 1-867-975-5900 to make an appointment.

THE DEAD SOUTH ANNOUNCE NEW “SERVED COLD” TOUR DATES

 

 

Get ready to clap your hands and stomp your feet ‘cuz your favourite bearded bluegrass band is heading back on the road this Fall with new tour dates in the USA. They’ll be in good company (see what we did there?) with openers Chance McCoy of Old Crow Medicine Show, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, The Ghost of Paul Revere and Six Shooter Records labelmates Elliott BROOD. To see if they’ll be stopping in a town near you, check out their full list of locations below.

 

SERVED COLD TOUR DATES

Presented by Live Nation Ones To Watch

Takelquah, OK:  Diamond Stone Music Festival, Sept 11

Oklahoma City, OK: Tower Theatre, Sept 12*

Austin, TX: Scoot Inn, Sept 13*

San Antonio, TX: Aztec Theatre, Sept 14*

Houston, TX: House of Blues, Sept 15*

New Orleans, LA: House of Blues, Sept 17*

Huntsville, AL: Mars Music Hall, Sept 18*

Knoxville, TN: Mill & Mine, Sept 19*

Birmingham, AL:  Iron City, Sept 20*

Des Moines, IA:  Lauridsen Amphitheater, Sept 26^

Madison, WI: The Sylvee, Sept 27^

Chicago, IL: House of Blues, Sept 29^

Detroit, MI: The Fillmore, Sept 30^

Indianapolis, IN: Deluxe at Old National Centre, Oct 1^

Pelham, TN: The Caverns, Oct 2 + 3 (Sold Out)+

Ventura, CA: Majestic Ventura Theatre, Dec 7~

Las Vegas, NV: Brooklyn Bowl, Dec 8~

Grand Junction, CO: Avalon Theater, Dec 9~

Denver, CO: Mission Ballroom, Dec 10~

Aspen, CO: Belly-Up, Dec 11~

San Francisco, CA: The Fillmore, Dec 14~

Los Angeles, CA: Belasco, Dec 15~

San Diego, CA: House of Blues, Dec 16~

San Luis Obispo, CA: Fremont Theatre, Dec 17~

South Lake Tahoe, CA: Montbleu, Dec 18~

Portland, OR: Crystal Ballroom, Dec 20~

Spokane, WA: Knitting Factory, Dec 21~

Seattle, WA: Showbox SoDo, Dec 22~

New York, NY: Irving Plaza, May 21, 2022

* w/ Elliott BROOD

^ w/ Chance McCoy (Old Crow Medicine Show)

+ w/ Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

~w/ The Ghost of Paul Revere

ELLIOTT BROOD SHARE “RUNAWAY,” DEL SHANNON COVER

Elliott BROOD release “Runaway,” gruff-and-ready take on Del Shannon hit.

Listen to “Runaway” here.

First tour date of 2021 announced:
July 17 @ Toronto’s CityView Drive-In.

“A well-crafted set of hook-filled folk-rock.” – KEXP

Elliott BROOD follow the 2020 release of their sixth album, Keeper, with a fresh take on Del Shannon’s 1960s chart-topper “Runaway.” The reverb-heavy take comes complete with Elliott BROOD’s signature grizzle and a classic rock n’ roll coda. “Runaway” arrives ahead of upcoming tour dates that will reunite the cross-border band for the first time since February, 2020.

Keeper, named one of American Songwriter’s best indie albums of 2020, explored themes of maintaining relationships and maturity. A Keeper session recording, “Runaway” carries forward the vintage rock n’ roll sounds of album track “No Way Out,” and Elliott BROOD’s affinity for travelogues of all sorts, heart, mind or body.

TOUR DATES

Toronto, ON: Horseshoe Chill-O-Rama (CityView Drive-In), July 17 w/ The Skydiggers, The Sadies

More tour dates to come.

ABOUT ELLIOTT BROOD

From the mountains of Utah to the trenches of Vimy Ridge, Elliott BROOD’s songs have travelled the gore and glory of history in equal measure. With the stomp and thrash of their early albums, Elliott BROOD carved their niche drawing from history and memory. As heavy and harrowing the past can be, for Elliott BROOD, it is also a generous companion, giving the gift of appreciation for times of peace and grace.

From the Polaris Music Prize short listed breakout album Mountain Meadows to the JUNO Award winning Days Into Years, the well-traveled trio of Mark Sasso, Casey Laforet and Stephen Pitkin have created a body of work that is at once meticulous and boisterous, substantial and entertaining.

WE’RE HIRING A FULL TIME ARTIST MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATE

 

 

Established in 2000 in Toronto, Six Shooter Records is a full-service music company with a diverse roster that includes artists in the genres of Americana, country, rock, and avant-garde. In addition to being a label and a publisher, the company also provides artist management services. Since its inception, Six Shooter has released over 140 albums. Our artists have been consistently recognized in national award programs, including the JUNO Awards, Polaris Music Prize, SOCAN Awards, Canadian Folk Music Awards, and others.

Ours is a fast-paced, friendly environment with an enterprising culture. We seek a new member of our management team, who will be key in performing day-to-day management duties. Responsibilities will be as follows:

LIVE

– Prepare touring budgets/alternate scenarios to choose from

– Apply for and complete all touring grants

– Liaise with booking agents, signing contracts, checking routings and tour details including announce plans and marketing.

– Execute all tour logistics, including work visas, travel, advancing shows/events when there is no TM, gear and shipping logistics.

– Hire, liaise and communicate with artist teams (tech, musicians, etc).

– Ensure artist merchandise is ordered, shipped, and tracked as well as work with manager/merch company on overall merchandise strategy and marketing through socials/touring sales.

– Ensure all songs and set lists are properly registered, working with admin department.

MARKETING/SOCIAL MEDIA

– Share updates with label/marketing team, follow through on all projects, specifically execution of social media posting, monitoring and interaction.

– Attend all management and marketing meetings related to the artist and act as central communication hub

– Ensure all tour marketing posts/announces are executed correctly (including tags/hashtags) and in a timely manner as per content calendar

– Work with artist to ensure personal social media posts occur.

– Oversee accounts such as Patreon, where necessary.

ADMINISTRATION

– Provide production assistance & management to all photo & video shoots, live stream performances, interviews, recording sessions etc.

– Maintain admin/personal information files as well as portals and password maintenance.

– Manage/organize artist files in an easy to use and orderly fashion.

– Work with label /publisher on metadata

– Work with business manager where relevant for payments and receipt maintenance.

– Special projects for artist, as required.

– Other duties as required.

Requirements:

– Experience in the Canadian music industry for 2+ years

– Exceptional attention to detail, solid time management skills and the ability to multi-task and prioritize, while staying ahead of deadlines in a fast-moving environment

– Ability to work independently and in a team environment, a self-starter

– Proficiency with top social media platforms

– Excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills

– Proficiency in MS Office, Google Suite, Dropbox, Slack, Adobe.

Nice to Haves & Attributes:

– Education related to the music business and/or artist management

– Optimistic with positive energy and outlook

– Passionate about music and advocating for artists

– Thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic environment; a team player, willing to pitch in whenever needed

Job Specs:

Position: Artist Management Associate

Reporting to: President, Six Shooter Inc.

Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00AM – 6:00PM (EST)

Location: Temporarily remote, due to COVID-19. Toronto, ON post-COVID.

Compensation: Salary range from 40K-55K to be determined commensurate with experience, and health benefits.

Application Deadline: June 1, 2021

 

Please apply via the “Apply Here” link on this page.

 

No phone calls please.

We invite applications from all qualified candidates, especially from people who identify as racialized, Indigenous, differently abled, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Upon request, suitable accommodations are available under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act for applicants invited to an interview.

Ghostcore Folklore: The Deep Dark Woods release Changing Faces today. 

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The Deep Dark Woods’ latest album, Changing Faces, is fraught with tales from spirits both recent and centuries old. With its melancholy melodies and ethereal lilts, its haunting timbres echoes long after the last note sounds off. Boldt’s sombre yearning and grave tones are a match made in heaven (or hell) with the bleak nature of the album’s narrative themes. Changing Faces paints a sonic landscape steeped with mournful lyrics and lovelorn laments that float somewhere between this world and the next.

“This is indeed a backwoods version of The Deep Dark Woods, with songs such as “How Could I Ever Be Single Again?,” “Yarrow” and “My Love For You Is Gone” sounding like nothing less than old Appalachian folk ballads mined from the essence of sadness and despair.” – American Songwriter

 

WHITEHORSE ANNOUNCES STRIKE ME DOWN, SECOND NEW ALBUM OF 2021

Whitehorse announces second album of 2021:
Strike Me Down out September 10.

New song “Am I Just Gonna Stand Here (While You Take My Girl Away)” out today with spirographic video.

Photo credit: Lyle Bell

Whitehorse pick up moments after the release of Modern Love, the duo’s blueprint for love in the digital age, with the announcement of a second new album. Strike Me Down, set for release in September, showcases Whitehorse’s masterful, fantastical storytelling and melodic sensibilities, with plenty of space made for guitar shredding, epic basslines and spaced-out vocal layering. High-impact production and prismatic visuals contribute to Strike Me Down’s high-stakes mood.

“Am I Just Gonna Stand Here (While You Take My Girl Away)” spins and swirls in equal measure, dizzy and giddy in sound while it weighs its options, or lack thereof. The song arrives with a kaleidoscopic video filmed in the album art set, another Six Shooter Art Squad creation directed by Lyle Bell. With the help of a multi-image prism filter, the video translates album themes of building and breaking into set-smashing, confetti bursting abandon.

The new song announces a sharp shift from Modern Love’s hushed, atmospheric warmth. If Modern Love is about commitment, Strike Me Down raises the stakes and explores themes of ultimatums and consequences. This second album was written in the aftershocks of the vulnerabilities large and small exposed in Modern Love’s making.

On Strike Me Down, Whitehorse continue to play with fantasies and realities, theirs and ours.

 

 

ABOUT WHITEHORSE

Since their debut, Whitehorse has traveled from magnetic folk duo to full-blown rock band and beyond. In truth Whitehorse is never fully either one or the other, but an ever-evolving creative partnership that challenges both artists, Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet, to explore new instrumental and lyrical terrain with each record. Steamy, swampy and squalling in equal measure, Whitehorse’s signature sound is guitar-heavy, harmony-abundant and lyrically deft.

The JUNO Award winners returned in March with Modern Love, their first co-produced full-length album since the pink pop kink of Panther In The Dollhouse (2017). Strike Me Down will be the duo’s second new album of 2021.

THE DEEP DARK WOODS SHARE “HOW COULD I EVER BE SINGLE AGAIN?”

The Deep Dark Woods share “How Could I Ever Be Single Again?” from forthcoming album Changing Faces.

Watch / Listen here.

Changing Faces, out May 14, 2021.

The Deep Dark Woods share another song from forthcoming album, Changing Faces, out May 14. An album standout, “How Could I Ever Be Single Again?” haunts with a gently lilting lament. Inspired by Irish waltzes and featuring contributions from Kacy & Clayton, the song is a still-watered pool of reflection, a question that comes with its own answer.

“How Could I Ever Be Single Again?” arrives with a video directed by Craig Range, who also created the video for “Everything Reminds Me,” a Vimeo Staff Pick. Featuring the emerald lagoons and everytown motels of Lillooet, British Columbia wrapped in a hazy 70s glow, the video translates the song’s sorrow into the director’s own experiences with loss due to overdoses, which have surged during the pandemic. “I wanted to make something that touched on the ongoing tragedy many face as the opiod epidemic continues unabated. I lost coworkers and friends. They were young men in the prime of their lives. It was something I wanted to address in an empathetic way.”

On Changing Faces, The Deep Dark Woods’ fifth album, you will be surprised by how gradual yet complete a turn the band has made from cabin cozy jam band to pan-Atlantic folk revivalist collective. Lead songwriter Ryan Boldt’s delicate melodies and metallic-stringed bite rattle centuries-old folkloric ghosts and personal demons alike. The Deep Dark Woods is a vessel for Boldt and frequent collaborators, Kacy & Clayton, Evan Cheadle and Geoff Hilhorst, among others, to find their own vocabulary for translating traditional folk forms – Irish waltzes, Broadside Ballads, ominous lullabies – to contemporary electric terms.

 

SUNNY SIDE UP: BOY GOLDEN’S DEBUT DOUBLE SERVING, “CHURCH OF BETTER DAZE” AND “EGGS BENEDICTION ARRIVE TODAY

LISTEN TO “CHURCH OF BETTER DAZE” AND “EGGS BENEDICTION,” HERE.

CHURCH OF BETTER DAZE ALBUM OUT JULY 16, 2021.

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Brand new artist Boy Golden details Church of Better Daze – song, album and frame of mind – today with his first released music. Listen to the jangly, galloping title track to his debut album and a bonus post-Amen reprise, an irreverent nod to blessings long and less-than-2-minutes alike, “Eggs Benediction” here. Together, the double offering swings open the doors to Boy Golden’s budding congregation, and you’re welcome too. “The Church is both the place I go when I’m creating and the place I hope to offer to my community,” explains Boy Golden. “It’s an inclusive place that is about being present with what is, and making quality music.”

“Church of Better Daze” arrives with Boy Golden’s first video, a mini gonzo adventure-comedy (and accidental medical drama) that introduces the artist, his 1995 Toyota Previa, and his friends and fellow Better Daze-rs Brother Roman, Mama Tizzy and Ooly. Directed by Martin LaFrenière, who situates the vibe “between Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and a country-fried / laid back version of Matt Foley, living in his van down by the western canadian prairie,” the “Church of Better Daze” video is also a friendly homily on fellowship as a mobile concept. Where Boy Golden rolls, the Church rolls.

With “Church of Better Daze” and “Eggs Benediction,” Boy Golden also details his debut album, confirming its release date, July 16, 2021, full track list and album art, designed by fellow Winnipegger Austin Boulton aka Basement Lagoon.

Apply for your membership at the Church of Better Daze here or text +1 450 800 2205 to join. New members will receive a welcome package from the Founder and Minister himself, Boy Golden.

Six Shooter Records will release Church of Better Daze July 16, 2021.

CHURCH OF BETTER DAZE TRACK LIST

  1. KD And Lunch Meat
  2. Something to Work Towards
  3. Baby Blue
  4. Church of Better Daze
  5. Eggs Benediction
  6. A Little Space
  7. I Wanna Know
  8. Smoke On The Breeze
  9. Any Way It Works
  10. The Year That Clayton Delaney Died
  11. To Be You, Tonight

 

(A LITTLE BIT) ABOUT BOY GOLDEN

Boy Golden has a purpose: enjoy each day and make good music. Founder and minister of The Church of Better Daze, he wants to help people seeking to improve on yesterday’s themes. His songs, like hymns, are hopeful, fresh and upbeat. Redefining jam band and stoner cultures by turning dead heads into lively brains, Boy Golden wants to unite us all in a hazy dream under one roof. If you’re open to learn, and can speak your truth, you can blaze and still get paid in Boy Golden’s Church of Better Daze.

SIX SHOOTER RECORDS EXPANSION PACK: ANDREA AGUILAR, MEGHAN BORTHWICK AND JULIAN STANIEWSKI JOIN THE LABEL’S MARKETING TEAM

L-R: Andrea Aguilar, Meghan Borthwick, Julian Staniewski

Six Shooter Records joyously welcomes three talented, inspiring new staff to the label, including Andrea Aguilar who joins as the new Director of Digital Strategy and Marketing, Meghan Borthwick as Marketing Department Coordinator and Julian Staniewski as Operations Manager. Long titles, but the short of it is that the label has again leveled up in capacity, capability and creativity.

As Director of Digital Strategy & Marketing, Aguilar will focus on continuing to build the label’s toolkit to navigate the challenges and opportunities of the digital space. Aguilar, founder of digital marketing company A Squared Creative, is already a known force on the Toronto scene with her energy and impressive ability to pinpoint and amplify compelling narratives in an ocean of artist data. In related news, Six Shooter is still in hiring mode, this time for a Social Media Coordinator under Aguilar’s direction. Fantastic candidates should click here.

Borthwick, who many Canadian music industry and media members will recognize from her time at the Polaris Music Prize, joins the team in a newly created role as Marketing Department Coordinator. Working closely with VP Marketing Emily Smart, Borthwick will support the label’s ever-growing department with her outstanding organizational skill set.

Staniewski, new to the position as full-time Operations Manager, began his work with Six Shooter in late 2020. Staniewski builds on his valuable knowledge of the live realm with this new focus on label operations, under the direction of Sarah Sleeth, Director of Operations.

While Aguilar, Borthwick and Staniewski arrive at Six Shooter Records from different paths in the music industry, all three have intelligence, enthusiasm and expertise in common. Six Shooter Records is very pleased to welcome them all to the team.

“It’s a thrill to make this announcement,” says VP Marketing/Publicity Emily Smart. “Andrea, Meghan and Julian have already found their strides and made our heads spin; they immediately became essential to our team. We can’t wait to all meet in person at some indeterminate point in the future.”

ABOUT ANDREA AGUILAR

Being a college dropout was definitely never the plan; however, at the end of 2015 the Mexican-Vancouverite decided that being a hydrologist was not quite the future she had in mind. Having been a music lover and a singer-songwriter for most of her life, Andrea decided to move to Toronto to pursue a career in entertainment.

With a strong science and music business background, she was able to marry two unlikely worlds to form her marketing agency, A Squared Creative (A2C). Her drive and passion for the field has led her to work with clients such as Serena Ryder, STARS, Haley Blais, Jonathan Roy, Tim Baker (of Hey Rosetta!) and Choir!Choir!Choir! to name a few.

Excited to embark her new journey at Six Shooter Records, Andrea brings her expertise to one of Canada’s most prolific indie labels.

ABOUT MEGHAN BORTHWICK

Meghan Borthwick has forged extensive pathways in arts organizations across Canada, beginning 8 years ago with her volunteer work at just about every music festival in Toronto. A graduate of Humber College’s Arts Administration & Cultural Management program, Meghan began her professional career in events with Polaris Music Prize, where she worked with a medley of artists teams and assisted with the orchestration of the 2016 and 2017 Polaris Music Prize Galas.

She continued her passion for supporting emerging and established artists by moving across the country to work in production for Canadian and international performing arts residencies at the world-renowned Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity, and is now looking forward to an exciting career in marketing with the incredible team at Six Shooter Records.

ABOUT JULIAN STANIEWSKI

Julian Staniewski, a graduate of the Harris Institute’s 2016 Class, was working as Marketing Manager with Embrace Entertainment until last year. Alongside artist management and agency teams, Julian used his passion for live music and his general insight into the concert consumer to coordinate hundreds of marketing campaigns around major international and debut tours alike.

With the sudden and indefinite postponement of live events, Julian enthusiastically joined the Six Shooter Records team in November part time, and is now excited to bring his industry experience to the Operations team in a full time capacity.