SIX SHOOTER MANAGEMENT SIGNS BREAKOUT NORTHERN ROOTS BAND THE JERRY CANS AND INUTTITUT POP SONGWRITER RIIT.

“Nary a year-and-a-half after launching Nunavut’s first indie label…and a mere six months after doubling down on their intentions with the launch of the first-ever Nunavut Music Week in Iqaluit last September, The Jerry Cans are indeed beginning to draw ears, eyes and music-industry attention to the remarkably vital music scene that exists in isolation in the Canadian north.” – The Toronto Star


Photo credit to Jen Squires.

Six Shooter is thrilled to welcome northern indie roots band The Jerry Cans and emerging Inuttitut pop songwriter Riit to the artist management roster.

The Jerry Cans made a splash at this year’s JUNO Awards in Vancouver, where the band was nominated for two awards and performed live on the telecast, in which they shared the stage with members of their Aakuluk Music family, the Iqaluit-based label they founded. With recent profiles in Buzzfeed, New Yorker and Today’s Parent, as well as three Western Canadian Music Award nominations, the band’s post-JUNO momentum continues to build. Stay tuned for new music from The Jerry Cans this summer. “We are so happy to be able to work with such open-minded, open-hearted people who have understood us coming from a place like no other,” says the band. “Six Shooter believes in music that changes the way people think and their roster reflects that. We are excited and humbled to be a part of it.”

Watch The Jerry Cans’ new live performance of “Paniarjuk,” filmed in Toronto courtesy of Massey Hall and shared via Buzzfeed, HERE.

THE JERRY CANS TOUR DATES

RANKIN INLET, NU: Solfest, June 16
KENORA, ON: Anicinaabe Park, June 21
PETERBOROUGH, ON: Peterborough MusicFest, July 1
MONTREAL, QC: Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, July 7
HINTON, AB: Wild Mountain Music Festival, July 13
OTTAWA, ON: Ottawa Bluesfest, July 15
QUEEN CHARLOTTE, BC: Edge of the World Festival, Aug 10
STOCKHOM, SE: Stockholms Kulturfestival, Aug 14
TORONTO, ON: Koerner Hall, Oct 4
 

 


Photo credit to Jen Squires.

Riit, originally from Pangnirtung, Nunavut, is a songwriter, throat singer and accordion player whose sound expands into the realms of indie/electro/synth pop. Riit’s music makes a unique and compelling contribution to the growing amount of radio-friendly music being made – but also now being heard – in Indigenous languages. Since the release of her debut EP last summer, Riit has been nominated for Best Radio Single (Indigenous Music Awards) and a WCMA. To add to young artist’s list of achievements, Riit is also the host of a brand new kids show, Anaana’s Tent, which offers Inuktitut-language, Sesame Street-style educational programming. Season One of Anaana’s Tent is currently airing on APTN. “I’m excited to start working with such great people at Six Shooter,” says Riit. “I’m grateful to have met people who believe in and support Inuktitut music.”

Helmed by Helen Britton, Six Shooter Management’s roster includes Tanya Tagaq, Whitehorse, Whitney Rose, Ensign Broderick, Rheostatics and The Dead South. Of these signings, Britton says, “We have been friends with The Jerry Cans and with Riit for some time. Following our time together in Iqaluit for Nunavut Music Week and subsequently the JUNOs, it became clear to us it was time to make it official.”
RIIT TOUR DATES

TORONTO, ON: The Dakota Tavern, June 20 w/ Josh Q
EDMONTON, AB: Interstellar Rodeo, July 20-22

HAPPY RELEASE DAY! ENSIGN BRODERICK UNLEASHES HIS NEW RECORD “RANGER” TODAY.

Ensign Broderick released his latest companion piece to Feast of Panthers and Beauty Nor Ashes today. Stream, buy or download Ranger here.

Join us on Tuesday, May 29 for the official Ensign Broderick Albums Release Party in Toronto. Click here for tickets.

INTERSTELLAR RODEO ANNOUNCES INTERLUDE PERFORMERS

SPOTLIGHT ON THE NORTH: 2018 INTERLUDE LINEUP HIGHLIGHTS NORTHWEST TERRITORIES AND NUNAVUT MUSIC SCENES.

Interstellar Rodeo shines the light on the sounds and stories from north of the 60th parallel with this year’s Interlude performers, where artists from the Northwest Territories and Nunavut represent 50% of the Interludes lineup.

Interstellar is proud to welcome Riit and Josh Q, both from Nunavut and both signed to the territory’s first record label, Aakuluk Music. Riit and Josh Q (of The Trade-Offs) were last seen on the country’s largest music stage, where they performed with The Jerry Cans live on the JUNO Awards broadcast in Vancouver this year. From Inuktitut pop to ‘Arctic Soul,’ Riit and Josh Q showcase the depth of Iqaluit’s vibrant music scene.

Diga, frontman to Yellowknife’s award-winning band Digawolf, and Jay Gilday (based in Edmonton) represent the first artists from the Northwest Territories to perform at Interstellar Rodeo.

Interstellar Rodeo is also excited to welcome exciting young local performers Celeigh Cardinal and members of iHuman, an Edmonton-based youth organization that develops arts-based programming for positive social change.

Ruby Boots, a buzzy newcomer to Nashville’s Americana scene via Perth, Australia, rounds out this year’s songwriter-stacked Interlude lineup.

INTERSTELLAR RODEO 2018

FEIST • JULY TALK • COURTNEY BARNETT
A TRIBE CALLED RED • THE MAVERICKS • THE DEAD SOUTH
REUBEN & THE DARK • ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO • LISA LEBLANC
ALL STARS: JASON PLUMB, ROSE COUSINS AND TIM BAKER
MARGARET GLASPY • LA DAME BLANCHE
THE FAIRFIELD FOUR • FAOUZIA
CELEIGH CARDINAL * DIGA * iHUMAN * JAY GILDAY
JOSH Q * RIIT * RUBY BOOTS

For daily lineups, please visit interstellarrodeo.com.

Interstellar Rodeo takes place July 20-22, 2018 at Hawrelak Park. Weekend passes and single day tickets are on sale now. Stay tuned for information about this year’s wine pairings, food vendors and other exciting new initiatives for the 2018 edition of Interstellar Rodeo.

 

CELEIGH CARDINAL (AB)

“A soulful blend of roots, folk, rock and pop alongside some seriously powerful vocals.” – Digital Drum

With a voice that harkens to the golden era of jazz and blues, Celeigh Cardinal is one of the finest vocalists to hail from the Peace Country. This Métis songwriter, who has already won numerous awards for her music and cultural contributions, is known for her passionate performances and soulful, turn-yourself-inside-out blues. Cardinal’s most recent album, Everything and Nothing At All, is currently nominated for Best Pop Album at the Indigenous Music Awards.

 

DIGA (NWT)

“Neil Young of the North.’ – BC Musician Magazine

Diga, frontman of award-winning band Digawolf, has a body of six solo albums behind him. Each one explores his experiences growing up in the capital of the Tlicho Nation, Behchoko, NT. Diga’s lyrics are filled with a respect for language, culture and lives lived; they speak a universal truth of the importance of remembering where you come from, and who you are. Finding inspiration in the works of Neil Young, Tom Waits and Kashtin, Digawolf’s music is infused is permeated with the rich culture of the Northwest Territories. Diga’s world-weary voice “[summons] forth spirits of the life of a trapper’s past glories.”

 

iHUMAN (AB)

iHuman Youth Society is a non-profit organization that engages Edmonton’s traumatized youth to foster positive personal development and social change. Founded in 1997, iHuman develops and implements arts-based programming that functions as a positive engagement tool, to re-integrate youth into the community by developing skills, self-esteem and a sense of worth and ability through mentorship, crisis intervention and targeted programming.

 

JAY GILDAY (NWT/AB)

“Roots alchemist.” – Edmonton Journal

Raised in a family of accomplished musicians on the tundra in Yellowknife, Jay Gilday’s songwriting threads together the colours of his own ancestral traditions: Dene spirituals, Irish ballads, Canadian folk and rock. Based in Edmonton, Gilday’s most recent album, Faster Than Light, earned him WCMA’s Indigenous Artist of the Year and Edmonton Music Awards’ Singer-songwriter of the Year and Artists to Watch titles.

 

JOSH Q (THE TRADE-OFFS) (NU)


“Boffo local blues-rockers.” – The Toronto Star

Josh Q and The Trade-Offs have coined their distinct mix of blues and rock n’ roll as ‘Arctic Soul,’ a sound distinguished by the deep, brooding voice of lead singer Josh Q. A staple of the Iqaluit music scene, Josh Q has also performed with The Jerry Cans at the JUNOs and live across the country with the Prime Minister watching on Canada Day, which puts the band’s audiences in the millions. The Trade-Offs are currently nominated for Best Blues Album by the Indigenous Music Awards.

 

RIIT (NU)

“An enchanting blend of mellow folk-rock (with Inuktitut lyrics) and Inuit throat-singing.” – Exclaim

Riit is a young Inuk performer born and raised just below the Arctic Circle. A throat singer, guitarist and accordionist, Riit has performed across the north, toured Scotland and Australia and with The Jerry Cans on live television at the JUNO Awards. Her debut EP was the first Inuktitut music to be added to national radio rotation, and her songs have become instant classics in the north. Riit is currently nominated for Indigenous Music Awards’ Best Radio Single and Western Canadian Music Awards’ Indigenous Artist of the Year.

 

RUBY BOOTS (AU)

“A natural chanteuse who possesses just the right blend of sass and savvy.” – Paste

A gutsy singer and songwriter who mixes rock & roll swagger, pop songwriting and country twang, Nashville-via-Australia’s Ruby Boots is a rising star in the Americana world. The five-time winner Western Australia’s Best Country Music Act made the leap to the Nashville scene with her most recent album, Don’t Talk About It, released by Bloodshot Records.

ENSIGN BRODERICK ANNOUNCES ALBUMS RELEASE PARTY ON MAY 29TH IN TORONTO.

 
Please join us as we officially welcome Ensign Broderick to Six Shooter.
 
On May 29, we’re throwing an Albums Release Party at Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Ave). This special event will celebrate the release of Ensign Broderick’s mind-bogglingly expansive and intertwined first four new albums (with many more to come).
 
Since launching his solo career only six months ago, Ensign Broderick has performed in Tokyo, Vancouver, Toronto, Winnipeg and Austin and premiered a short film, Accidence, directed by Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson and Galen Johnson in Berlin. He’s even had the out-of-body experience of standing in Tower Records Shibuya while listening to radio legend Rodney Bingenheimer spin his new songs from a studio in LA.
 
Buy your tickets here.
 

TANYA TAGAQ ANNOUNCES FIRST BOOK, SPLIT TOOTH, SEPTEMBER 25, 2018 VIA VIKING CANADA.

TAGAQ AND DAMIAN ABRAHAM (FUCKED UP) UNITE IN “RUN TO THE HILLS,” IRON MAIDEN REDUX.

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“One of today’s most electric, transfixing performers in any genre.” – Rolling Stone

“Tagaq goes to places in her music that few others dare to tread.” – Pitchfork

“Terror, rage, ecstasy, adoration and bone-leeching sadness.” – NPR Music

Tanya Tagaq and Fucked Up’s Damian Abraham join forces again on “Run To The Hills,” Iron Maiden’s colonization saga. Along with Tagaq’s regular collaborators, Retribution producer/violinist Jesse Zubot and Jean Martin on percussion, Tagaq and Abraham whisper and blister through the thrashing, galloping scenes. Just don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s all in the past.

Tagaq adds “Run To The Hills” to a collection of covers that includes the Pixies’ “Caribou” and Nirvana’s “Rape Me.” Tagaq’s pointed, powerful and sometimes playful interpretations completely reframe these iconic songs; her unique approach and perspective imbue these selections with immediacy, gravity and winking irony.

This fall, Tanya Tagaq will release Split Tooth, her first book. The work, which folds memoir with fiction, traditional stories with reality and poetry with prose, is the story of a girl growing up in Nunavut in the 1970s. Dark and rapturous, Split Tooth does with words what Tagaq’s music often does without, sweeping the reader into a space where life’s artificial constructs hold no claim. Tanya Tagaq has spoken of her musical improvisation as a never-ending thread pulled through the needle’s eye; set in a part of the world where a year can feel like one long day, Split Tooth is a rich and startling expression of this continuum, a striking metaphysics that informs Tagaq’s art across forms.

Split Tooth will be released September 25, 2018 via Viking Canada, an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada.

PRE-ORDER SPLIT TOOTH VIA PENGUIN HERE.

PRE-ORDER SPLIT TOOTH WITH LIMITED EDITION SEAL SKIN BOOKMARK VIA SIX SHOOTER HERE.

Cover illustration by Jaime Hernandez.

TOUR DATES:

NEW YORK, NY: (Le) Poisson Rouge, May 11
VIENNA, AT: Wiener Festwochen, May 15-16
HOBART, TASMANIA: Dark Mofo Festival, June 8-14
OTTAWA, ON: Ottawa Jazz Festival, June 28
REGINA, SK: Regina Folk Festival, Aug 11
ABOUT TANYA TAGAQ:

Tanya Tagaq is an improvisational performer, avant-garde composer and experimental recording artist from Canada’s Arctic. A Member of the Order of Canada, winner of many esteemed music prizes and recipient of multiple honourary doctorates, Tanya Tagaq is one of the country’s most original and celebrated artists. Tagaq’s art challenges static ideas of genre and culture, and contends with themes of environmentalism, human rights and colonialism.

TANYA TAGAQ ANNOUNCES NEW BOOK “SPLIT TOOTH” WITH LIMITED EDITION SEAL SKIN BOOKMARK.

From the internationally acclaimed Inuit throat singer who has dazzled and enthralled the world with music it had never heard before, a fierce, tender, heartbreaking story unlike anything you’ve ever read.

Fact can be as strange as fiction. It can also be as dark, as violent, as rapturous. In the end, there may be no difference between them.

A girl grows up in Nunavut in the 1970s. She knows joy, and friendship, and parents’ love. She knows boredom, and listlessness, and bullying. She knows the tedium of the everyday world, and the raw, amoral power of the ice and sky, the seductive energy of the animal world. She knows the ravages of alcohol, and violence at the hands of those she should be able to trust. She sees the spirits that surround her, and the immense power that dwarfs all of us.

When she becomes pregnant, she must navigate all this.

Veering back and forth between the grittiest features of a small arctic town, the electrifying proximity of the world of animals, and ravishing world of myth, Tanya Tagaq explores a world where the distinctions between good and evil, animal and human, victim and transgressor, real and imagined lose their meaning, but the guiding power of love remains.

Haunting, brooding, exhilarating, and tender all at once, Tagaq moves effortlessly between fiction and memoir, myth and reality, poetry and prose, and conjures a world and a heroine readers will never forget.

Published by Viking.

Split Tooth will also be available as an Aficionada item with a limited edition Seal Skin Bookmark on the Six Shooter Records Webstore.

THE DEEP DARK WOODS RELEASE NEW SONG “BABES IN THE WOODS” FT. KACY & CLAYTON.

The Deep Dark Woods release their new stark and stunning collaboration with Kacy & Clayton called “Babes In The Woods.”
Listen to the track on Spotify or download it on iTunes.

The Deep Dark Woods are currently in Europe with their latest record, Yarrow. Check out the full list of tour dates below.

APELDOORN, NETHERLANDS: Gigant, April 7
VENLO, NETHERLANDS: Poppodium Grenswerk, April 8
KOPSTAL, LUXEMBOURG: Konrad Cafe & Bar, April 9
COLONGE, GERMANY: Yuca Club, April 10
SCHAFFHAUSEN, SWITZERLAND: Tap Tab Music Room, April 11
NUREMBERG, GERMANY: Kunstlerhaus K4, April 12
URTRECHT, NETHERLANDS: TivoliVredenburg, April 13
GRONINGEN, NETHERLANDS: De Oosterpoort, April 15
BERLIN, GERMANY: Musik & Frieden, April 16
HAMBURG, GERMANY: Nochtspeicher, April 17
AARHUS, DENMARK: Atlas, April 18
MALMO, SWEDEN: Folk a Rock, April 19
FALKENBERG, SWEDEN: Tryckhallen, April 20
GOTEBORG, SWEDEN: Pustervik, April 21
BERGEN, NORWAY: Ole Bull, April 24
ODDA, NORWAY: Blues Club, April 25
OSLO, NORWAY: John Dee, April 26
KRISTIANSTAD, SWEDEN: April 27
TRANAS, SWEDEN: Plan B, April 28
SODERMALM, SWEDEN: Kagelbanan, April 29
NOTTINGHAM, UK: The Maze, May 1
OXFORD, UK: The Bullington, May 2
LONDON, UK: Bush Hall, May 3
KILKENNY, IRL: Kilkenny Roots Festival, May 5+6
BEVLFAST, NIR: Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, May 7
GLASGOW, SCT: Broadcast, May 8
NEWCASTLE, UK: The Cluny 2, May 10
YORK, UK: The Crescent, May 11
BEDFORD, UK: Ents Shed, May 12
BRIGHTON, UK: The Prince Albert, May 13
BRISTOL, UK: The Tunnels, May 15
WINCHESTER, UK: The Railway, May 16

THE MAGIC NUMBER: INTERSTELLAR RODEO ROLLS OUT ITS LINEUP FOR YEAR SEVEN.

2018 HEADLINERS: FEIST, JULY TALK AND COURTNEY BARNETT.

Interstellar Rodeo takes place July 20-22, 2018 at Hawrelak Park.

The 2018 Interstellar Rodeo Edmonton lineup is here. For its seventh year, Interstellar Rodeo Edmonton serves up an inspired, decorated and script-flipping bill that jumps off the page and walks the walk.

This year’s headliners include Feist, an incandescent master of mood who brings her new album Pleasure to Edmonton for the first time. Music fans in this city simply cannot get enough of July Talk, an unstoppable, entangled frenzy of bodies and voices on stage and committed advocates for protecting these safe spaces offstage. Interstellar Rodeo is also thrilled to welcome indie rock phenom, poet and guitar shredder Courtney Barnett for her Edmonton debut. By the numbers, this year’s lineup is the most decorated yet, with Grammys, JUNOs, Polaris winners and a long list of other accolades earned by performers across genres.

Interstellar goers will be making full use of the dance floor again this year. With the big beats, swirling hoops and undeniable power of A Tribe Called Red’s powwow step and the country-Cuban-rockabilly grooves of Nashville’s The Mavericks, who remain as committed to getting the party started in 2018 as they have for the past 25 years, the 2018 festival promises to move you.

Interstellar Rodeo has always focused on bringing traditional and progressive roots music to the stage, and this year the festival doubles down on that mandate with Regina’s bluegrass breakouts The Dead South and the iconic a capella gospel of The Fairfield Four, a group that has endured to spread the word for nearly 100 years.

If you’re looking for new perspectives, Interstellar Rodeo has a lot to offer. There’s the truth-telling, banjo-punk folk rush of Acadian Lisa Leblanc, already a superstar in Francophone locales. Faouzia, a young Moroccan-Manitoban with an astounding set of pipes and a knack for pop hooks in both French and English, is just on the verge of breaking big. Then there’s the mind-melting mix of hip hop, dance hall and cumbia of Cuba’s cigar wielding, flute-playing La Dame Blanche, who is guaranteed to make an impression. All three artists will make their Edmonton debuts on Interstellar’s stage.

Interstellar Rodeo 2018 already promises to deliver on its annual mission to introduce Edmonton music lovers to new artists. On this theme, the festival is thrilled to welcome New York’s Margaret Glaspy to Edmonton for the first time. This young songwriter, who burst on the scene with an album Emotions of Math that wound up on many Best of 2016 lists, has made a huge impact with her astute observational, confessional songwriting shot through with sharp edges of electric guitar.

This year, the planets align for another edition of the Interstellar All Stars, a special feature where songwriters take the stage to perform together. This year, Interstellar Rodeo brings east to west with Tim Baker (Hey Rosetta!) and recent JUNO Award Songwriter of the Year nominee Rose Cousins, who will join Regina’s Jason Plumb and his band The Willing.

Alejandro Escovedo brings a notable memory of Interstellar’s history at Hawrelak Park; the Texas rock punk icon performed at Interstellar’s inaugural year, in fact its very first day. With their swirling, anthemic indie rock, Calgary’s Reuben and the Dark is also welcomed back for a second performance.

Interstellar Rodeo takes place July 20-22, 2018 at Hawrelak Park.

INTERSTELLAR RODEO 2018

FEIST • JULY TALK • COURTNEY BARNETT
A TRIBE CALLED RED • THE MAVERICKS • THE DEAD SOUTH
REUBEN & THE DARK • ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO • LISA LEBLANC
ALL STARS: JASON PLUMB, ROSE COUSINS AND TIM BAKER
MARGARET GLASPY • LA DAME BLANCHE
THE FAIRFIELD FOUR • FAOUZIA

For daily lineups, please visit interstellarrodeo.com.

Pre-sale tickets available WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7 at 8am MT. Pre-sale tickets will be available to those who purchased a weekend pass to Interstellar Rodeo 2017 in both Edmonton and Winnipeg. Please note that you must be signed in to your account at store.sixshooterrecords.com in order to buy tickets. Weekend passes on sale to the public at 8am MT on THURSDAY, MARCH 8. Tickets available at interstellarodeo.com and at Blackbyrd Myoozik (located at 10442 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 2A2).

Interstellar Rodeo’s 2018 lineup was announced at 12pm MT from the ATB Branch for Arts & Culture by festival founder Shauna de Cartier, with a live performance by Jay Gilday.

interstellarrodeo.com

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ABOUT INTERSTELLAR RODEO:

Interstellar Rodeo, now in its seventh year, has fostered a tight-knit community of local business partners, proud volunteers and Alberta’s strongest music champions, who have worked with festival producers Six Shooter Records to build an event driven by the team’s unofficial motto, “Just Be Awesome.” The festival’s unique concept pairs great music with fine wines.

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COME PARTY WITH US AT SXSW.

Six Shooter Records returns to SXSW this month with Lucille’s Ball on Saturday, March 17 at Lucille’s ( 77 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701). Check out the stellar line-up collab with our pals DevilDuck.

SIX SHOOTER AT SXSW
SATURDAY, MARCH 17
Lucille Patio Lounge

8 pm – Ensign Broderick
9 pm – The Wet Secrets
10 pm – Whitney Rose
11 pm – Shred Kelly
Midnight – The Dead South
1 am – Whiskey Shivers

 

We acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR
and Canada’s private radio broadcasters.

OUTLAWS & GUNSLINGERS RETURNS TO JUNOFEST IN VANCOUVER.

We really know how to JUNO right, if we do say so ourselves, so come party with us. We’re especially pumped to be heading to lovely Vancouver, BC for JUNO weekend because we are once again co-presenting the annual banger, Outlaws & Gunslingers, with our cohorts at Starfish Entertainment.

The party will be Friday, March 23 at the Imperial with stellar artists such as Jim Cuddy, Terra Lightfoot, The Jerry Cans, Rose Cousins, Harrow Fair, and tons of others including our very own Ensign Broderick, NQ Arbuckle, and Whitehorse.

Our BFF for life, the very talented Ford Pier, will be the musical director for this crazy evening. He has put together a hella tight band that includes Vancouver’s finest: Ryan Peters, Keith Rose, and Paul Rigby. I wonder if Keith Rose and Rose Cousins are actually rose cousins? Get yourself a JUNOFest wristband and show up on time to find out! Doors at 8, show at 9, party all night loooong.

INTERSTELLAR RODEO LINEUP ANNOUNCEMENT HAPPENING TUESDAY, MARCH 6.

Interstellar Rodeo returns to the Heritage Amphitheatre at Hawrelak Park this summer for its SEVENTH year! The festival will be taking place from July 20 to the 22 in Edmonton, AB. The full festival lineup will be announced on Tuesday, March 6th at 12pm MT through Facebook Live on Interstellar Rodeo’s Facebook page.

VARIETY PREMIERES THE MAKING OF ENSIGN BRODERICK SHORT FILM “ACCIDENCE” DIR. BY GUY MADDIN.

They say Variety is the spice of life…and right now, that life is all about the stories behind ACCIDENCE, the Ensign Broderick-scored short film collaboration with Winnipeg filmmakers Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson and Galen Johnson.

It premiered last week in Berlin at Berlinale – Berlin International Film Festival.

Click here to watch The Making of Accidence.