And the Polaris Shortlist Nominees Are…

Following the longlist announcement a couple of weeks ago, the list of 10 shortlist nominees have now been announced.

Braids – Deep In The Iris (Flemish Eye)

Jennifer Castle – Pink City (Idee Fixe)

Viet Cong – Viet Cong (Flemish Eye)

Alvvays – Alvvays
Caribou – Our Love
Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
Tobias Jesso Jr. – Goon
The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers
Buffy Sainte-Marie – Power in The Blood
BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah – Sour Soul

A big congrats goes out to Flemish Eye and Braids and Viet Cong, as well Idee Fixe and Jennifer Castle for your shortlist nominations!

Every year Polaris Music Awards aims to recognize the creativity and diversity in Canadian music. A list of 10 albums from the past year is selected by a panel of jury members. Without regard to musical genre, professional affiliation or sales history, and from the 10 shortlisted albums, one artist will be rewarded a of prize of $50, 000 and crowned the Polaris Prize winner. The other nine short listed artists will receive $3,000.

The Polaris Gala will be broadcast live September 21 from The Carlu in Toronto. More info:

This Week! July 6-12!

Upcoming Events

The PanAM / ParaPanAM (try saying that 10 times fast) is taking over the city of Toronto from  July 10th until August 15th.  And what’s a party without the music? Panamania Live at Nathan Philips Square has an impressive list of performers each night. Check out some of the performers below!  

Sunday July 12

Soul Motivators (Do Right! Music)

Federal Lights (Aporia)

Jill Barber (Outside Music)

Thursday July 16

Nomadic Massive

Saturday July 18

Souljazz Orchestra (Do Right! Music)

Amon Tobin (Ninja Tune)

Monday July 20

Amanda Martinez

Wednesday July 22

Little Miss Higgins & The Winnipeg Five

Friday July 24

Quique Escamilla

Monday August 10

Leela Gilday

Wednesday August 12

Austra (Paper Bag Records)


Out FRIDAY July 10th, 2015

NAP EYESWhine Of The Mystic (You’ve Changed Records)

HEY MOTHER DEATHHighway (Paper Bag Records)

LEE BANNONPattern of Excel (Ninja Tune)

BLACK DECEMBER Vol 1 (Metropolis)

DATURA4Demon Blues (Alive Records)

B DOLANKill The Wolf (Strange Famous)

EGO LIKENESS  - When The Wolves Return (Metropolis)

EZTVCalling Out (Captured Tracks)

KMFDM - Salvation EP (Metropolis)

2015 Indigenous Music Awards

2015 marks the 10th year of the Indigenous Music Awards. The nominees for the IMAs have been announced, and now it’s time to take some action! YOU – yes, you have until July 24th to vote for the winners! Awards will be given out September 11, 2015 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

For more information:

We encourage you to check out the nominees and vote for your favourites! Here are the nominees that are distributed through Outside Music!


(Best Hand Drum)

Infinite Passion (Canyon)


(Best Hand Drum)

  Nitche Ohci-From the Heart (Canyon)


(Best Flute)

Singing Lights (Canyon)


(Best New Artist)

Serenity (Canyon)


(Best Peyote)

Spiraling, Ascending  with Prayer (Canyon)


(Best Pow-Wow Contemporary)

Kihtawasoh Wapakwani (Canyon)


(Best Pow-Wow Contemporary)

Breaking Boundaries (Canyon)


(Best International Indigenous Release)

500 Years of Night

This Week! June 29 – July 5th, 2015!

Canada Day falls smack dab in the middle of the week, just like a Maple Leaf on the Canadian flag. Here are some of the news and events for this week:

Canada Day (JUL 1) Events:

Delhi 2 Dublin (Popguru Records):  Victoria, BC Canada Day Celebrations

Teresa Doyle  PEI – Charlottetown Canada Day Celebrations

Mariposa Music Festival: Orillia, ON – JUL 3-5th

Doug Paisley (No Quarter) , Rick Fines, Ruth Moody (Red House Records), Teresa Doyle and more set to perform!

In Stores on June 30:

JAILL – Brain Cream (Burger Records)
IAN KELLY – All Those Lines Tour Live (Sunset Hill Music)
KARIN KROG – Don’t Just Sing – An Anthology 1963-1999 (Light In The Attic)
LA PRIEST – Inji (Domino)

Fridays are the New Tuesdays

Tuesday June 30th will be the last Tuesday new release day. Starting Friday July 10th and moving forward, all new releases will come out on Fridays in this industry wide change. 

This Week June 22 – 28!

Summer is HERE!

There are TONS of festivals, cool events taking place all across this beautiful countries of ours…here are a select few that you might want to check out this week as well as new releases!


Contemporary Color
David Byrne is bringing color guard to Toronto via Luminato this year. CONTEMPORARY COLOR is a performance event, where the result of a year-long musical collaboration between 10 color guard teams and 10 composers. There are two events in Toronto on June 22nd, and the 23rd at the Air Canada Centre. Kelis (Ninja Tune), How to Dress Well (Domino), Devonte Hynes (Domino) and others are collaborating with 10 color guard teams for choreographed routines.

Sled Island Music Festival (June 24th-28th)

There’s something for everyone in Calgary, AB for the Sled Island Music Festival. Performers include: Godspeed You! Black Emperor (Constellation Records), Guantanamo Baywatch (Suicide Squeeze), Juan Wauters (Captured Tracks), King Tuff (Sub Pop), Lydia Ainsworth (Arbutus Records), Monomyth (Mint Records), Nap Eyes (You’ve Changed Records), and SOOO much more!

In Stores on June 23 :

BLACK MOUNTAIN – Black Mountain (1oth Anniversary Edition) (Jagjaguwar)
EVAN CAMINITI – Meridian (Thrill Jockey)
CAYUCAS – Dancing At The Blue Lagoon (Secretly Canadian)
SONG FOR OLD PEOPLE – Old-Time Round Dance Songs Of Oklahoma (Canyon Records)

Polaris Music 2015 – Long List Nominees

The Polaris Music Prize are celebrating their 10th year of acknowledging the best in Canadian music. They’ve just announced their top 40, long list nominees. The prize recognizes the top Canadian albums from the year, starting with a long list, then a shorter list of 10 is decided, and then a panel of 11 grand jury members will discuss and ultimately decide on one winner. The prize this year has been increased to $50, 000.

Outside Music is happy to be distributing the following diverse list of nominees on the longlist below! Congratulations and good luck!

The Acorn – Vieux Loup (Paper Bag Records)
Lydia Ainsworth – Right From Real (Arbutus)
Braids – Deep In The Iris (Flemish Eye)
Jennifer Castle – Pink City (Idee Fixe)
Metz- II (Sub Pop)
Tre Mission – Stigmata (Ninja Tune / Big Dada)
Siskiyou – Nervous (Constellation)
Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld – Never Were The Way She Was (Constellation)
VA – Native North America Vol. 1 – Aboriginal Folk, Rock and Country 1966-1985 (Light In The Attic)
Viet Cong – Viet Cong (Flemish Eye)
The Weather Station – Loyalty (Outside Music)
White Lung – Deep Fantasy (Domino)

2015 Juno Awards

The 2015 Juno Awards were handed out this past weekend in Hamilton. The Junos recognized and celebrated some of the past year’s Canadian bands and musicians in a wide variety of genres. A huge shout out goes out to all the nominees!

We’re also very delighted to send out a big congratulations to a couple of artists Outside distributes that picked up a Juno this weekend.

Steve Hill won Blues Album of the Year for Solo Recordings Vol. 2 (No Label Records).  

Quique Escamilla took home World Music Album of the Year for 500 Years of Night (Luluworld Records).

Roberta Hansen and Mike Latschislaw who worked created Steve Bell’s Pilgrimage (Signpost Music)  packaging won Recording Package of the Year!

2015 Juno Nominees

The 2015 Juno nominees were announced this morning. The awards and performances will be held in Hamilton, ON this year at the FirstOntario Centre on Sunday March 15, 2015.

A special congratulation goes out to Jenn Grant on the Outside Music Label, who is a double nominee for Adult Alternative Album of the Year and Songwriter of the Year for “Bring Me a Rose”, “No One’s Gonna Love You (Quite Like I Do)” and  “Trailer Park” from her album Compostela.  

Some of the other nominees include Mac DeMarco (Captured Tracks) for Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Digging RootsFor The Light (Sugar Bush) and Leela GildayHeart of the People (Diva Sound) were both recognized in the Aboriginal Album of the Year category, Toronto MC / Producer Tre Mission was nominated for Rap Recording of the Year for Stigmata (Ninja Tune). Other Outside Music distributed artists nominated are listed below. For full list of the nominees, visit  the Juno Awards website.


Mac DeMarco (Captured Tracks)


Stigmata Tre Mission (Ninja Tune)


Compostela  Jenn Grant (Outside)

“Bring Me a Rose”, “No One’s Gonna Love You (Quite Like I Do)”, “Trailer Park”


Compostela Jenn Grant (Outside)


Shrink Dust Chad VanGaalen (Flemish Eye)


For The Light Digging Roots (Sugar Bush)

Heart of the People Leela Gilday (Diva Sound)


South Blackie and The Rodeo Kings (File Under: Music)

Work and Love Elliott Brood (Paper Bag)


Solo Recordings, Vol. 2 Steve Hill (Independent)


Singing in Tongues Eccodek (Black Swan/Big Mind)

500 Years of Night Quique Escamilla (Lulaworld)


Alex Durlak (Art Director/Designer), Jeff McMurrich and Bry Webb (Art Directors)

FREE WILL Bry Webb (Idée Fixe)

PILGRIMAGE Steve Bell (Signpost)

Blues, Blues, Blues!

The 18th Annual Maple Blues Awards gala was held last night at Toronto’s Koerner Hall, where awards were handed out to Canada’s best blues artists!

The big winner was Montreal’s Steve Hill who took home Entertainer of the Year, Electric Act of the Year, and Recording of the Year for Solo Recordings Vol. 2., and Guitar Player of the Year.

As well, the inaugural Colbalt Prize presented by the Toronto Blues Society and Paul Reddick was handed out to “the winning composition that creatively utilizes blues traditions within the broad contemporary musical landscape…and successfully refresh and enrich blues as an art form”. Digging Roots was awarded the Colbalt Prize for their song “Hwy 17″,  from their album For The Light.

We’d like to congratulate both Steve Hill and Digging Roots on their success, and recognition! Steve Hill’s record Solo Recordings Vol. 2  and Digging Roots’ For the Light are available now in stores!