Hot off his acting debut in the Michael Ondaatje play based on his novel, Divisidero, and a more recent turn on an episode of Degrassi High (OMGGGGGGG), Justin Rutledge returns to the stage to star currently in the Canadian performance debut of Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice, a modern retelling of the ancient myth of Orpheus – from the dead bride’s point of view. Justin will be playing the dead bride… Just kidding, he will be playing the hunky Greek dude in the toga. Eurydice plays Aug 4-13 at Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace (15 Ryerson Ave, Toronto). Tickets are $15, available at 416.504.7529 or http://www.artsboxoffice.ca.
Torontonians can stop by The Gate 403 (403 Roncesvalles Avenue) to check out recent art works by Martin Tielli. There might even be a catalogue available to purchase works, like last time. If you’re interested, let me know, firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re proud to announce that The Deep Dark Woods will release their third full-length record, The Place I Left Behind, on August 2, 2011 on Six Shooter Records. Yayee! A follow-up to 2009’s deep dark dirge, the award-winning Winter Hours, the new album is the band’s first self-produced project. The Place I Left Behind is a fine collection of songcraft that offers murder ballads alongside scrappy rockers, lovesick hymnals and slow-dance waltzes that preserve the shadowy corners of folk music traditions. Based in Saskatchewan, the Deep Dark Woods sport a varying degree of unshaven faces planted on top of the shoulders of: Burke Barlow, Ryan Boldt, Lucas Goetz, Geoff Hilhorst, and Chris Mason. The album comes out the week they hit the Edmonton Folk Music Festival.
More hot fun for Six Shooter Records this summertime, with new additions to the roster from here, there and even other hemispheres. Rolling in from Melbourne, Australia is Wagons, a band with a wild-eyed, audience-taunting frontman (ie. a regular Australian), Henry Wagons, and an instrument-swapping set of musicians who keep the shows just on this side of sanity. Wagons blew everyone away at CMW + SXSW (their first full-band appearance at both festivals), and Six Shooter signed up to release their brand new record, Rumble, Shake and Tumble on August 16, 2011. We are told that this disc will spin in the opposite direction from our other releases, due to it’s other-hemispherocity. Wagons’ full back catalogue will also be available from Six Shooter in digital form. A simultaneous US release of the album will drop via Thirty Tigers (the label, not some Vegas show involving 30 tigers).
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!”
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We were very pleased when we found out that the one kabillion jurors for the Polaris Long List have included two Six Shooter albums in the mix: “Honeymoon Punch” by Jenn Grant, and “Steel City Trawler” by Luke Doucet & the White Falcon. Yay, us! When I first saw the list, I was so excited that I texted Luke Doucet a lil’ message along the lines of “OMG Polaris Long List! YGG! IMHO u Rock! ROTFLOL!”, and I was kind of offended when he didn’t even reply! Has Polaris Long List fame already gone to Luke’s forever-young blonde head?! I was so disheartened that I didn’t even bother texting Jenn Grant (that, and I don’t have her digits). Anyway, this is our last chance to brag about our Polaris goodness, because they are announcing the short list imminently. Maybe even today. So say three cheers for us while the going is good!
Don’t miss Luke and his awesome band the White Falcon this summer! It has just occurred to me that Luke should probably dress up as Falco for Halloween this year. Mostly because my mind works on Cockney logic, and Falco sounds kind of like Falcon to me, and every time I read the name of Luke’s band, “Rock Me Amadeus” gets stuck in my head. That’s a pretty sweet tune, so I don’t mind. In addition to a number of exciting festival plays, El Dee and the Double You Eff are also performing at a number of clubs. Notably in Wakefield, Edmonton, and Calgary. Details below, and tix for most shows available at www.sixshooterrecords.com
With just a few festivals under our belt, there is already lots to report, what with Jenn Grant meeting the Royals (as reported above, they are both very fancy, and apparently quite fits in the athletic sense, not the British, “whoa that bird is FIT” sense), Sarah McLachlan joining the White Falcon’s set at the Burlington Sound of Music festival (although we do wish Sarah had worn shredded, acid washed jeans to match with the White Falcon’s rockin’ intensity), and Shout Out Out Out Out proving that they can still pull off that whole “youthful zest” thing by playing the Boonstock Festival in Gibbons, AB with a 3 AM set time!!
The summer is still young, however, and there is much, much more festival action coming up. Since Trampled by Turtle’s release of Palomino on May 10, 2011, the black-and-bluegrass quintet logged a sold-out CD Release Show in Vancouver and will soon be on stages at the Winnipeg Folk Festival and Ottawa Blues Fest, all of which adds up to a decidedly non-shabby way to introduce themselves to us friendly Canadians. Also this coming weekend in Winnipeg, watch for Melissa McClelland, who in addition to playing her own mainstage concert set (we’re hoping for hella pyrotechnics), will be joining Blue Rodeo for their live presentation of the album, “Five Days in July”, which may actually take 5 days, so bring a tent, saltines, and some bottled water.
Across the Lakes, we have the Beauties and Amelia Curran both performing at the Mariposa Folk Festival. We’ll all be there, working on our suntans and drinking from our environmentally friendly cups (made from empty poutine containers salvaged from under my car seat). We hope to see you out there, too… check out the Six Shooter Records + Management festival schedule this summer, and start planning your roadtrips:
July 6-9: Winnipeg Folk Festival (Melissa McClelland, Trampled by Turtles)
July 8-10: Mariposa, Orillia, ON (The Beauties, Amelia Curran)
July 9-10: Blissfest, Harbor Springs, MI (The Good Lovelies)
July 15-16: World Festival, Grass Valley, CA (The Good Lovelies)
July 14: Ottawa Bluesfest (Trampled by Turtles)
July 16: Ottawa Bluesfest (The Beauties)
July 15-17: Folk on the Rocks, Yellowknife, NWT (Luke Doucet & The White Falcon, Deep Dark Woods)
July 15-17: Dawson City Music Festival (Shout Out Out Out Out, Amelia Curran)
July 15-16: Stewart Park Festival (Jenn Grant, NQ Arbuckle)
July 17: River and Sky – Sudbury (Jenn Grant)
July 24: Hillside – Guelph, ON (The Beauties w/Serena Ryder + w/Kevin Drew)
July 29: Battery Park, NYC (The Beauties)
July 30-Aug 1: Canmore Folk Festival (The Good Lovelies, Melissa McClelland + Luke Doucet)
August 4-7: Edmonton Folk Music Festival (Amelia Curran, The Deep Dark Woods)
August 5: Wolfe Island – Kingston, ON (Jenn Grant)
August 5-8: Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Festival, St. John’s (The Good Lovelies)
August 12: River Valley – Woodstock, NB (Jenn Grant)
August 12-14: Trout Forest Music Festival – Ear Falls, ON (NQ Arbuckle, The Deep Dark Woods)
August 13: FredRock, Fredericton, NB (The Beauties w/Serena Ryder)
August 13: Burnaby Roots & Blues Festival (Luke Doucet & The White Falcon)
August 19: Salmon Arm (Justin Rutledge)
August 19-21: Summerfolk Festival – Owen Sound, ON (The Good Lovelies)
August 20-21: Harvest Sun Music Festival – Kelwood, MB (The Deep Dark Woods)
August 24: Pacific National Ex – Vancouver (The Beauties w/Serena Ryder)
August 26-28: Eaglewood Folk Festival – Pefferlaw, ON (Luke Doucet, Melissa McClelland)
August 27: Wood Mountain Folk Festival – Wood Mountain, SK (The Deep Dark Woods)
September 2-4: Shelter Valley Festival – Grafton, ON (Luke Doucet & The White Falcon)
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!
Apparently chives are supposed to be annual, one time only type joints, but I’ll be damned if those suckers don’t just come back every year once you plant ’em. Ol’ Luke Doucet is totally the chive in the vast garden of festival season. He just keeps coming back for more, and, uh he goes well with baked potatoes (sorry, I didn’t really think through the chive analogy). What I’m getting at though, is Luke Doucet is a perennial festival favourite and this summer is no different. With his rocking’ rock band, The White Falcon, in tow, Luke kicks it off this Saturday at the Burlington Sound of Music Festival, and then over to the Harbourfront Amphitheatre (now called the WestJet stage, by mere coincidence that has nothing to do with the airline WestJet other than them paying a speculated buttload of money to rename it, maybe) on Canada Day. Other festivals Luke is going to jam include Folk on the Rocks in Yellowknife, NWT, Canmore Folk Festival, Burnaby Roots & Blues Festival, Eaglewood Folk Festival, and capping off the summer with a rocking set at the Shelter Valley Folk Festival on Labour Day weekend. Holy festivoli! He will also be playing select club dates, including Wakefield, Calgary, and Edmonton (home of the longest stretch of public parkland in North America, which will be lovely for a running enthusiast such as Luke). Yay summer!
Melissa McClelland is majorly hella thrilled to be playing the Winnipeg Folk Festival, kicking things off on a bill with Blue Rodeo and the Jayhawks. Maybe after the show, they can go to that bar where you throw a rubber chicken into a bucket – does that place still exist? Winnipeggers? For the remainder of the summer, Melissa will balance her time between Sarah McLachlan and Friends shows, Luke Doucet & the White Falcon shows, her own festival slots (Canmore Folk Festival, Eaglewood Folk Festival), running through sprinklers while eating a creamsicle, and eating half of a watermelon, then wearing the empty rind as a hat while she eats the second half. Yay summer!
News flash! Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland will also be playing a duo show at the Glenn “don’t rename me WestJet” Gould Theatre on September 21. Frazey Ford of the Be Good Tanyas rounds out the bill, and choreography will be non-existent (a plus in my mind). It’s going to be an amazing show – tickets go on sale on Thursday at www.roythomson.com