“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