LOOK AHEAD 2016



Happy New Year!

 

Here’s our look ahead for the first wintery few months of 2016. To begin, there’s a brief overview, but please make sure to scroll further for longer details on each project and, of course, listen to new music. Interviews are available!

 

We have upcoming new releases from:
Radio Radio – February 19, 2016
Wintersleep – March 4, 2016
Peregrine Falls – Spring 2016

 

Plus, many of our artists are on tour to support their current releases in Canada:
Ben Folds – May
Chilly Gonzales – Feb
Corb Lund – Jan/Feb
Daniel Romano – Jan/Feb
Dralms – Feb

 

Upcoming events:
Art of Time Ensemble perform Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – January 21, 2016 – Sony Centre – Toronto, Ontario
Wavelength Music Festival – February 12-14, 2016 – Toronto, Ontario
Festival de Musique Émergente – September 1- 4, 2016 – Rouyn-Noranda, Québec
Canadian Folk Music Awards – December 1 – 3, 2016 – Toronto, Ontario

 

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RADIO RADIO

Light The Sky
February 19, 2016 (Bonsound)

Making waves across the country and beyond, the electro rap of the Montreal-based Maritimers Radio Radio is living proof that language barriers don’t exist when it comes to their eclectic French-Acadian lyrics and contagiously fun hip hop beats. With four full-length albums and hundreds of shows under their belt, Radio Radio return with Light the Sky, their first album entirely in English, set to be released on February 19, 2016 via Bonsound.

*Avail for in person media in Toronto on Jan 21

Tour Dates
Feb 5 – JONQUIÈRE, QC – Saguenay en Neige
Feb 6 – SAINT-CASIMIR, QC – La Taverne
Feb 12 – LAVALTRIE, QC – Café culturel de la Chasse-galerie
Feb 13 – ST-ANDRÉ-AVELLIN, QC – Le St-André
Feb 20 – VAL-DAVID, QC – Mouton Noir
Feb 22 – MONTRÉAL, QC – Club Soda (Montreal High Lights Festival) *Release show
Feb 26 – QUÉBEC, QC – Impérial
Feb 27 – BAIE-SAINT-PAUL, QC – Hivernal de Baie-St-Paul
Mar 4 – OTTAWA, ON – Ritual Nightclub
Mar 10 – TORONTO, ON – Adelaide Hall
Mar 11 – GUELPH, ON – eBar
Mar 12 – SAINT CATHARINES, ON – Detour Music Hall
Mar 22 – CALGARY, AB – The Palomino
Mar 23 – EDMONTON, AB – Brixx
Mar 25 – VICTORIA, BC – Upstairs Cabaret
Mar 26 – VANCOUVER, BC – Biltmore Cabaret
Apr 1 – SUDBURY, ON – Salle de Spectacle de Boréal
Apr 9 – SHERBROOKE, QC – Boquébière

@laradioradio | www.laradioradio.com

WINTERSLEEP

The Great Detachment
March 4, 2016 (Dine Alone Records)

 

Wintersleep have signed a worldwide record deal with Dine Alone Records. The Halifax-bred, Montreal-based band will release a new album on March 4, 2016 called The Great Detachment.

Joel Carriere, President of Dine Alone Records, described the new songs, “These songs are fucking bangers, big, sweet bangers, and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it.”

The Great Detachment was, in majority, recorded live-off-the-floor, adding an organic and transparent aural aesthetic to the collection. “It’s a very different energy,” singer Paul Murphy opines, “and one that we kind of missed.”

Tune into q on CBC Radio One on Friday, January 15 at 10 a.m. to hear Wintersleep chat with Friday Live host Gill Deacon and perform three songs live from The Great Detachment.

*Available for in person media in Toronto the week of Jan 12-15
*Available for in person media in Montreal where they are now based

www.wintersleep.com | @wintersleep

 

PEREGRINE FALLS

Details to be announced
Spring 2016

 

“Peregrine Falls brutalized the basement with destructive ear-splitting muscle-jazz stomp, armed with bows, a theremin, and wacked-out mindfuck guitar solos.” – NOISEY

 

“…their hypnotic marriage of instrumental post-hardcore and avant-garde technique both enchanting and exciting.” – Exclaim!

 

Peregrine Falls is a hard line musical response to this host we call earth. Call it NeckPunch. FreePunk. Peregrine Falls is Kenton Loewen & Gordon Grdina. Vancouver, Canada is home. Drums and guitar. Dead Kennedys to Ornette Coleman. Their debut full-length is expected in spring 2016.

www.peregrinefalls.com | @peregrinefalls

 

On Tour
BEN FOLDS

So There released September 11, 2015 via New West Records

 

“Ben Folds meshes the classical and pop music worlds in ways that few mainstream contemporary artists can hope to achieve.” – Paste Magazine

 

So There is Ben Folds’ debut collaboration with celebrated New York City-based chamber ensemble, yMusic. The album flourishes in the overlap between the pop and classical worlds, showcasing new pop songs written, arranged, and recorded by Folds & yMusic, alongside the debut recording of Folds’ critically acclaimed “Concerto For Piano and Orchestra,” which was produced and recorded by legendary rock engineer Elliot Scheiner. Songs like “Long Way To Go” and the ebullient title track are marked by forward-thinking studio craft and creative spontaneity, combining Folds’ vaunted knack for hook and harmony with yMusic’s talent for exciting interpretation.

 

Canadian Tour Dates
May 9 – MONTREAL, QC – Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre Ben Folds & yMusic
May 11 – TORONTO, ON – Danforth Music Hall – Ben Folds & yMusic

@benfolds | www.benfolds.com

 

CHILLY GONZALES

Chambers released March 24, 2015 via Gentle Threat

 

“Astonishingly beautiful” – Globe and Mail

 

Chilly Gonzales announced that his February 2016 Canadian homecoming shows will be his last before taking a year-long sabbatical to focus on new musical and conceptual ideas.

 

Known equally for his intimate piano touch as for his showmanship, “Gonzo” aims to be a man of his time, approaching the piano with classical and jazz training but with the attitude of a rapper. His latest release, Chambers, is a collaboration with Hamburg-based Kaiser Quartett. The critics weighed in and called it a “must-listen album” adding that “the arrangements here are stunning, the compositions even more so.”

 

*Available for in person media in Montreal Feb 1
*Available for in person media in Toronto Feb 4

Canadian Tour Dates
Feb 5 – TORONTO, ON – Massey Hall w/Kaiser Quartett
Feb 8 – MONTREAL, QC – Place des Arts w/Kaiser Quartett
Feb 11 – SHERBROOKE, QC – Theatre Granada (Solo performance)
Feb 12 – QUEBEC CITY, QC – Palais Montcalm (Solo performance)

 

@chillygonzales | www.chillygonzales.com

 

CORB LUND

Things That Can’t Be Undone
Released October 9, 2015 via New West Records

 

An ambitious, stylistically diverse and frequently surprising collection, Things That Can’t Be Undone, finds Lund pushing his wry observations, darkly biting tales, rural balladry and keen storytelling into musically and thematically new terrain, resulting in what many have called the best album of his accomplished career. Recorded with his long time band The Hurtin’ Albertans (Grant Siemens on electric guitar and lap steel, Kurt Ciesla on bass and Brady Valgardson on drums), the album is a self-assured and mature set of songs that pairs Lund’s characteristically sharp songcraft and mix of earnest Americana, rollicking honky tonk and rousing alt-country with ’60s rock, soul, and some Eastern psychedelia.

 

“Melodically engaging and narratively compelling, Things That Can’t Be Undone furthers the case for Corb Lund as one of the best contemporary country songwriters.” 8/10 – PopMatters

 

*Available for in person media in Calgary Jan 19
*Available for in person media in Toronto Feb 16

Tour Dates
Jan 6 – NIJMEGEN, NL – Merleyn
Jan 7 – AMSTERDAM, NL – Paradiso Grote Zaal
Jan 8 – DEN HAAG, NL – Het Paard
Jan 9 – HAMBURG, DE – Sound Yard
Jan 10 – HOORN, NL – Het Huis verLoren
Jan 13 – BRIGHTON, UK – Bleach
Jan 14 – BATH, UK – Chapel Arts Centre
Jan 15 – GLASGOW, UK – Broadcast
Jan 16 – EASTON, UK – The Moonshine Bar & Theatre
Jan 17 – LONDON, UK – Upstairs At The Garage
Jan 26 – VICTORIA, BC – McPherson Playhouse
Jan 27 – COURTENAY, BC – Florence Filberg Centre
Jan 28 – DUNCAN, BC – Cowichan Performing Arts Centre
Jan 29 – VANCOUVER, BC – Commodore Ballroom
Jan 30 – VANCOUVER, BC – Commodore Ballroom
Jan 31 – MISSION, BC – Clarke Foundation Theatre
Feb 2 – NELSON, BC – Capitol Theatre
Feb 3 – REVELSTOKE, BC – Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre
Feb 4 – BANFF, AB – The Banff Centre
Feb 5 – CALGARY, AB – Jack Singer Concert Hall
Feb 6 – EDMONTON, AB – Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Feb 7 – MEDICINE HAT, AB – Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre
Feb 8 – SASKATOON, SK – O’Brians Event Centre
Feb 9 – REGINA, SK – Casino Regina
Feb 10 – WINNIPEG, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre
Feb 12 – ELLIOT LAKE, ON – Lester B Pearson Civic Centre
Feb 13 – ST. CATHERINES, ON – Partridge Concert Hall
Feb 15 – LONDON, ON – London Music Hall
Feb 16 – PETERBOROUGH, ON – The Venue Peterborough
Feb 17 – MONTREAL, ON – Theatre Fairmount
Feb 18 – KINGSTON, ON – Grand Theatre
Feb 19 – OTTAWA, ON – National Arts Centre
Feb 20 – TORONTO, ON – Winter Garden Theatre

 

@corblund | www.corblund.com

 

DANIEL ROMANO

If I’ve Only One Time Askin’
Released July 31, 2015 via New West Records

 

Not quite country, Americana, folk, songwriter or pop, Daniel Romano’s exquisite and expansive new album, If I’ve Only One Time Askin’, was released on July 31 via New West Records, is pieces of each.

 

Self-produced and largely self-performed in his hometown Welland, Ontario, near Niagara, the album features Romano’s baritone croon and poetic hard luck storytelling set atop an expanded palette filled with sweeping strings, blasts of horn, stately piano, twangy pedal steel, an 808 drum machine and swaths of accordion.

 

“Alt-country maverick Daniel Romano’s fourth full-length is an Americana masterpiece.” – Exclaim!

 

“One of the best country albums of the year.” – Philadelphia Inquirer

 

On Tour w/ Corb Lund
Jan 26 – VICTORIA, BC – McPherson Playhouse
Jan 27 – COURTENAY, BC – Florence Filberg Centre
Jan 28 – DUNCAN, BC – Cowichan Performing Arts Centre
Jan 29 – VANCOUVER, BC – Commodore Ballroom
Jan 30 – VANCOUVER, BC – Commodore Ballroom
Jan 31 – MISSION, BC – Clarke Foundation Theatre
Feb 2 – NELSON, BC – Capitol Theatre
Feb 3 – REVELSTOKE, BC – Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre
Feb 4 – BANFF, AB – The Banff Centre
Feb 5 – CALGARY, AB – Jack Singer Concert Hall
Feb 6 – EDMONTON, AB – Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Feb 7 – MEDICINE HAT, AB – Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre
Feb 8 – SASKATOON, SK – O’Brians Event Centre
Feb 9 – REGINA, SK – Casino Regina
Feb 10 – WINNIPEG, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre

@TheDanielRomano | www.danielromanomusic.com

 

DRALMS

Shook
Released October 2, 2015 via Boompa Records

 

Dralms is Christopher Smith’s latest project, which, over the past year, released two celebrated EPs; Crushed Pleats and Pillars & Pyre. Those exquisitely rendered and emotionally bold EP’s were perhaps gentle threats of future Dralms offerings.

 

The sound of Dralms has a gravitational pull much like Vancouver, Canada, where singer Christopher Smith resides. When trying to describe musical similarities, reviewers have looked in the directions of Talk Talk, Radiohead, The Antlers, Pink Floyd and Spiritualized, but those references only hint at Dralms’ indeterminable qualities. Clash described Dralms’ music as “a contagious, thrilling fare with a unique melodic sense.”

 

“Mind-altering, and resistance-melting, the 11-song Shook is a mellow, seductive, sonic treat that’s as individual and undefinable as the band’s unique name.” – Quick Before It Melts

 

“Shook unfurls slowly and gains more depth with every listen, which is a testament to Smith’s strength as a songwriter.” – The Vancouver Sun

 

* Available for in person media in Vancouver

 

Tour Dates
Feb 18 – VANCOUVER, BC – Fox Cabaret

@DRALMSMUSIC | www.dralmsmusic.com

 

Upcoming Events
ART OF TIME ENSEMBLE

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Sony Centre – Toronto, Ontario
January 21, 2016

 

Sony Centre and Attila Glatz Concert Productions proudly present Toronto’s Art of Time Ensemble in a live musical reimagining of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 8 p.m. at Sony Centre (1 Front Street East, Toronto). Led by renowned pianist and artistic director Andrew Burashko, and joined by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the evening features a stellar line-up of singers including Andy Maize (Skydiggers), Craig Northey (The Odds), Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket) and Steven Page (formerly of Barenaked Ladies). Tickets are on sale now and available at http://bit.ly/SonyCentreAOTSGT.

www.artoftimeensemble.com | @artoftime

 

WAVELENGTH MUSIC FESTIVAL
Toronto, Ontario
February 12-14, 2016
#WL16

 

Wavelength Music warms up winter with the 16th annual Wavelength Music Festival running from February 12 to 14, 2016 in downtown Toronto, Canada. #WL16 is a three-night live curated mixtape of the best independent music coming out of Canada.

 

This year’s line-up includes Duchess Says, Foxtrott, Thus Owls, Foxes in Fiction, Calvin Love, She Devils, Soupcans, Beliefs, Keita Juma, Partner, Steven Lambke, Clairmont the Second and many more.

 

www.wavelengthtoronto.com | @wavelengthmusic

 

FESTIVAL DE MUSIQUE ÉMERGENTE
Rouyn-Noranda, Québec
September 1-4, 2016

 

The 14th edition of the Festival de Musique Émergente (FME) is being held from September 1st to 4th in Rouyn-Noranda, Québec. This year’s festival, a tastemaking event that kicks off the fall/winter music scene in Quebec, which completely takes over the northwestern mining town of Rouyn-Noranda, will be bursting with an impressive and varied line-up of bands from Québec and around the world.

 

www.fmeat.org | @fmeat

 

CANADIAN FOLK MUSIC AWARDS
Toronto, Ontario
December 1-3, 2016

 

Established by Canada’s burgeoning and internationally recognized folk music community, the Canadian Folk Music Awards is currently its 12th year. The 2016 edition will take place in Toronto, Ontario from Thursday, December 1 to Saturday, December 3, 2016. The awards gala takes place at the Isabel Bader Theatre on the Saturday night.

 

www.folkawards.ca | @folkawards

 

ICYMI
LAURA SAUVAGE
Americana Submarine
Released October 2, 2015 via Simone Records

The idea for a solo project came to Vivanne Roy (of Montreal’s Les Hay Babies) during the last three years on the road with Les Hay Babies. The Acadian singer and guitarist was somewhat rootless due to their intense tour schedule and continuously traveling from city to city with no stable point of reference. This, of course, gave rise to a new creative process that gained momentum as the days went on. She released her first solo EP under the moniker Laura Sauvage this fall on Simone Records.

 

@LauraSauvage | www.laurasauvage.com

 

LE MATOS

Chronicles of the Wasteland
Released December 4, 2015 via Fantôme Records

 

Montreal electronic duo Le Matos (pronounced le matt-ohse) started their careers doing remixes for Coeur de Pirate, Delphic, We Have Band and Electric Youth. Now, they are a powerful dance force creating original music inspired by 80’s movie soundtrack composers such as Vangelis, John Carpenter, Tangerine Dream, Shuki Levy and Goblin.

 

The new release is a double-album; part one is called Chronicles of The Wasteland – an original album inspired by their own creations for the score of the BMX-powered post-apocalyptic love story film Turbo Kid. Part two of the double-album is the award-winning original Turbo Kid soundtrack itself.

 

@le_matos_ | www.lematos.com

 

LISA LEBLANC

Highways, Heartache and Time Well Wasted
Released November 4, 2014 via Bonsound

 

“Echoes of Led Zeppelin III’s blend of English folk music and Southern blues as well as a DIY garage-rock aesthetic…” – Exclaim!

 

In 2013, Lisa LeBlanc hit the road and followed the path of the Beat Generation across Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Austin and San Francisco. It was during this trip that she found the inspiration for Highways, Heartaches and Time Well Wasted. The result is an Americana sound infused with the spirit of the Maritimes.

 

@lisaleblancyo | www.lisaleblanc.ca

 

THE DEAD WEATHER

Dodge and Burn
Released September 25, 2015 via Third Man Records

 

Alison Mosshart, Jack White, Dean Fertita and Jack Lawrence spent their rare and sporadic free moments over the past year recording together in Nashville. The thick and heavy Dodge and Burn will satisfy your urges for the dark magic that is The Dead Weather for a very long time.

 

@deadweathernews | www.thedeadweather.com