Here’s our look ahead for Spring & Summer 2015! We’re excited to have new releases from Les Jupes (Winnipeg), Husky (Melbourne), Dralms (Vancouver), Daniel Romano (Welland), Mocky (Los Angeles) and AA Wallace (Toronto). Currently on tour supporting their recent releases: Chilly Gonzales, The Elwins, Will Butler, Lisa LeBlanc and Peregrine Falls.
The Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Amphitheatre has announced their 2015 summer concert season. Running from June 12 – September 11, the beautiful 500 seat open-air venue is located at the Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.
This June, Toronto’s Luminato Festival hosts Unsound Toronto in the awe-inspiring Hearn Generating Station. The landmark building becomes a sonic playground for two days, taking audiences on a journey where music genres collide and blur.
On the distant horizon for this August is a brand new international (yet intimate) showcase festival from the folks who first lent stages to some of Toronto’s finest musical champions – Camp Wavelength.
The 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards take place in the city of Edmonton from November 6-8, 2015.
ICYMI: This spring, Shad took over as host of q on CBC Radio. Watch the full episode on demand: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/q/livestream.
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DRALMS – Pillars & Pyre
May 19, 2015 – 12″ Vinyl via Boompa Records (CAN), Full Time Hobby (EU)
“Dark and foreboding with a constant sense of unease, it’s a strong debut and one that hints at a promising full length.” – The Line of Best Fit
“A contagious, thrilling fare with a unique melodic sense.” Clash
Dralms is the latest project from Vancouver based multi-faceted artist Christopher Smith. Working with collaborators Shaunn Watt and Peter Carruthers from Siskiyou, and William Kendrick of Failing, the project delivers a darker, more complex sound than that of Smith’s solo work. Bringing into the equation Andy Dixon’s production and electronics, Dralms packs a heavier punch, pulling the listener into the depths of the song and demanding undivided attention.
Following their addictive debut EP Crushed Pleats and a sold out London, UK headline show last month, Dralms have shared a new single ‘Pillars & Pyre’. The track is part of a 12″ & digital EP (also called Pillars & Pyre) due for release via Boompa in Canada (May 19) and Full Time Hobby in Europe (May 18).
Dralms is currently working on a full-length album at Afterlife Studios in Vancouver, BC with producer/engineer John Raham.
HUSKY – Ruckers Hill
June 2, 2015 – Nevado Records
Melbourne, Australia’s Husky release their sophmore album Ruckers Hill on June 2 via Nevado Records.
Ruckers Hill is a sophisticated record that is both delicate and tender, but also has an endearing simplicity and keen sense of fun. At a base level, it is great to sing along with. At a critical level it is a record that advances Husky’s songwriting and the band’s musicianship, with their lyrics detailing the microcosms of life, but also the universal wonders of the everyday.
MOCKY – Key Change
June 26, 2015 – Heavy Sheet
“He’s found an elegant middle ground between jazz and pop.” – Vogue
Originally from Saskatchewan, performer, producer, songwriter, composer and multi?-instrumentalist, Dominic “Mocky” Salole came to prominence in the Berlin electronic scene of the mid 2000s. He released three acclaimed solo albums, co-?wrote and produced Jamie Lidell’s Multiply and made waves on stage with close collaborators (and fellow Canadians) Peaches, Feist and Chilly Gonzales. In 2011, after work in Big Sur on Feist’s Metals (he also co-produced The Reminder) , Mocky relocated to Los Angeles, where he quickly established himself as a co-writer with uncommon credentials, and eccentric working methods.
“Tomorrow Maker” is a new song from Mocky with lush acoustic arrangements and generous amounts of soul, and the first official glimpse he’s given us into his upcoming full length release , Key Change which is due out on June 26, 2015.
DANIEL ROMANO – If I’ve Only One Time Askin’
July 28, 2015 – New West Records
“If I’ve Only One Time Askin’, whose 11 songs lead their baritone-voiced creator down a path filled with countrypolitan crooning, honky-tonk heartache and mid-century melodrama.” – Rolling Stone Country
Daniel Romano works with equal parts authenticity and creativity, and his musical world is rich with archetypes and arch-rivals, wry observations and earnest confessions. While references to marquee names like Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard are apparent in Romano’s music, the obvious influences certainly don’t demystify his talent.
Romano joins New West Records for the release of his new album If I’ve Only One Time Askin’ on July 28, 2015.
August 7-8 – Kingston, ON – Wolfe Island Music Festival
August 28 – Welland, ON – Canal Stage at the Merritt Park Amphitheatre
AA WALLACE – In Alpha Zones
Fall 2015 – Culvert Music
Since the release of his critically acclaimed 2013 debut, (disambiguation), AA Wallace’s sound has evolved from minimalist bedroom synth-pop compositions into something resembling a psychedelic disco orchestra, blending elements of pop, Krautrock, soul and acid house with Wallace’s keen lyrical sensibility and arrangement style. Recently signed to Culvert Music, AA Wallace is preparing the release of his new LP In Alpha Zones. Watch his latest psychedelic video “Harlequin” directed by Jeff Miller.
Chambers released March 24, 2015 via Gentle Threat
“Astonishingly beautiful” – Globe and Mail
An album for piano and string quartet, Chambers re-imagines Romantic-era chamber music as today’s addictive pop. Gestures from rap, ambient, easy listening and the avant-garde co-exist as always in Chilly Gonzales’ musical universe.
LES JUPES – Some Kind of Family
Released April 14, 2015 via Head in the Sand
“Singer Michael Petkau Falk is a man in possession of a baritone so striking that it’ll leave you quivering in your boots-think Nick Cave-and the band’s ambitious arrangements only heighten their singer’s bold delivery.” – Portland Mercury
Les Jupes’ music is built simply on songwriting and a dark rumbling energy that can take over a room. The band released their critically acclaimed full length album Some Kind of Family on April 14, 2015 via Head in the Sand. The release of the album came with the sad news that Les Jupes had broken up. Singer Michael Petkau Falk announced the break up through an emotional letter posted on the band’s website.
Highways, Heartaches and Time Well Wasted released November 4th, 2014 via Bon Sound
“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.
June 13 – STE-ANNE-DES-MONTS, QC – Auberge Festive Sea Shack
July 31 – NOMININGUE, QC – Festival de la Rouge – Club et Hotel du Golf Nominingue
August 9 – REGINA, SK – Regina Folk Festival – Victoria Park
Play For Keeps released February 24, 2015 via Hidden Pony
“The Elwins make the type of shiny, good-time music that could only be produced by four best friends. On their new album, Play for Keeps, the quartet put a bouncy spin on modern indie rock, evoking the exuberance of Vampire Weekend and their pals in Hollerado.” – National Post
The Elwins are currently on a world tour making stops across Europe, Japan and China. Back home, their current single “So Down Low” is climbing the commercial Alternative Radio charts.
Policy released on March 10, 2015 via Merge Records
“Policy is a joyful rebel yell, the free-spirited yelp of rock sideman stepping into the spotlight.” – Montreal Gazette
Will Butler has been a member of the band Arcade Fire for over 10 years. This is his first release under his own name. Policy is American music-in the tradition of the Violent Femmes, The Breeders, The Modern Lovers, Bob Dylan, Smokey Robinson, The Magnetic Fields, Ghostface Killah. And John Lennon (I know, but it counts). Music where the holy fool runs afoul of the casual world.
Canadian Tour Dates
Sept 18-20 – TORONTO, ON – Toronto Urban Roots Festival
“…collective dropped jaws, wide eyes and raised eyebrows over their astonishing performance. Onstage they are a musical force of skilled improvisation, mind-blowing technique and a fury of energy.” – Stories Behind The Songs
Vancouver duo Peregrine Falls are currently working on their debut album with renowned producer Jesse Zubot (Tanya Tagaq). This summer, they bring their instrumental fury to festivals across Canada.
June 20 – WINNIPEG, MB – Winnipeg Jazz Festival (Union Sound Hall – 10pm)
June 26 – VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver International Jazz Festival (The Ironworks -11:30pm)
June 27 – OTTAWA, ON – Ottawa Jazz (Laurier Avenue Music Stage – 7:30pm)
15th Anniversary All-Canadian Summer Concert Season
Niagara-on-the-Lake, June 12 – September 11, 2015
The Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Amphitheatre is pleased to announce their 2015 summer concert season. Running from June 12 – September 11, the beautiful 500 seat open-air venue is located at the Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.
Providing one more reason for destination tourism, the amphitheatre season pairs wine and local food with music for yet another sure-to-be-sold-out season in the gorgeous vine-filled region of Ontario. Local restaurants will be featured for each performance.
2015 Summer Concert Season
June 12 & 13 – Sam Roberts Band
June 26 & 27 – Chantal Kreviazuk
July 11 – Whitehorse
July 24 – Michael Kaeshammer
July 25 – The Jim Cuddy Band
August 14 & 15 – Jann Arden
August 21 – Stars
August 22 – Rootstock featuring Joel Plaskett, David Myles, Mo Kenney w/ CBC Radio host Tom Power
August 29 – Spirit of the West
September 4 & 5 – Arkells
September 11 – Steven Page
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UNSOUND TORONTO at LUMINATO FESTIVAL
The Hearn Station, Toronto, ON
June 19-20, 2015
The infamous decommissioned Hearn Generating Station comes alive in the Toronto Port Lands for two electrifying nights of music and technology curated and commissioned by Unsound creators Mat Schulz and Malgorzata Plysa.
From its roots as a small underground festival in cellar clubs in Krakow, Poland, Unsound is an amorphous music festival that has become one of the world’s foremost events in electronic and experimental music, famed for discovering new artists and commissioning risk-taking projects. In addition to its flagship festival in Krakow, Unsound has four acclaimed editions under its belt, regularly taking place in New York, London and Adelaide. This year, Toronto is its sole North American destination.
Toronto Island, August 28-30, 2015
Camp Wavelength is a new, intimate, boutique festival launching on Toronto Island the final weekend of August, 2015. Presented by Wavelength Music, Toronto’s non-profit, DIY community hub, Camp Wavelength is seeking the best independent music and the arts from Canada and the world.
The first wave of artist announcements is an all-Canadian who’s who of innovators from across the independent music scene, including: beloved rock collective The Wooden Sky, 20-year post-rock veterans Do Make Say Think, critically buzzing folk-pop artist The Weather Station (“the best folk album of the year” says The Fader), tribal psych-pop sibling trio Doomsquad, experimental trance-rock band Absolutely Free (creating a special sound installation with Petrina Ng for this event), Vancouver ambient music maestro Loscil, and Montreal Congolese electro-pop artist Pierre Kwenders.
CANADIAN FOLK MUSIC AWARDS
Edmonton, Alberta – November 6-8, 2015
The 11th edition of the CFMA weekend takes place November 6-8, 2015 in Edmonton, Alberta and includes concerts from many of the nominees. The gala awards event, featuring live performances from some of the best of Canada’s folk community, happens at the Citadel Theatre on November 8, 2015.