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
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: http://polarismusicprize.ca/
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
Thursday July 16
Saturday July 18
Monday July 20
Wednesday July 22
Friday July 24
Monday August 10
Wednesday August 12
Out FRIDAY July 10th, 2015
DATURA4 – Demon Blues (Alive Records)
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: www.indigenousmusicawards.com
We encourage you to check out the nominees and vote for your favourites! Here are the nominees that are distributed through Outside Music!
WAYNE SILAS, JR.
(Best Hand Drum)
Infinite Passion (Canyon)
(Best Hand Drum)
Nitche Ohci-From the Heart (Canyon)
TONY DUNCAN & DARRIN YAZZIE
Singing Lights (Canyon)
NITANIS “KIT” LARGO
(Best New Artist)
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
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:
Mariposa Music Festival: Orillia, ON – JUL 3-5th
In Stores on June 30:
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.
Rudresh Mahanthappa‘s Bird Calls (via ACT) has been recognized as Album of The Year by DownBeat Magazine’s Critics’ Poll! Bird Calls is a true tribute record to Charlie Parker, comprised of original compositions from Mahanthappa. Check out the video about the inspirations and motivations behind this album!
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!
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.
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)
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 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!
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 Roots – For The Light (Sugar Bush) and Leela Gilday – Heart 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.
BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Mac DeMarco (Captured Tracks)
RAP RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Stigmata Tre Mission (Ninja Tune)
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
Compostela Jenn Grant (Outside)
“Bring Me a Rose”, “No One’s Gonna Love You (Quite Like I Do)”, “Trailer Park”
ADULT ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Compostela Jenn Grant (Outside)
ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Shrink Dust Chad VanGaalen (Flemish Eye)
ABORIGINAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
For The Light Digging Roots (Sugar Bush)
Heart of the People Leela Gilday (Diva Sound)
ROOTS & TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: GROUP
South Blackie and The Rodeo Kings (File Under: Music)
Work and Love Elliott Brood (Paper Bag)
BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Solo Recordings, Vol. 2 Steve Hill (Independent)
WORLD MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Singing in Tongues Eccodek (Black Swan/Big Mind)
500 Years of Night Quique Escamilla (Lulaworld)
RECORDING PACKAGE OF THE YEAR
Alex Durlak (Art Director/Designer), Jeff McMurrich and Bry Webb (Art Directors)
FREE WILL Bry Webb (Idée Fixe)
PILGRIMAGE Steve Bell (Signpost)