Maria Dunn – 2017 WCMA Nomination for Gathering

MD_gathering_cover-hi-resOn April 24, 2017, the Western Canadian Music Alliance announced this year’s Western Canadian Music Award nominees. Maria Dunn received a 2017 WCMA nomination in the Roots Solo Artist of the Year category for her sixth independent 2017-Juno nominated recording Gathering!

Maria Dunn: “I’m thrilled and honoured to have Gathering again recognized, this time with a WCMA nomination. Thank you again to producer Shannon Johnson, engineer Jerry Woolsey, and a stellar group of musicians for helping me present my songs to the world. I’m also very grateful to the countless advocates for social justice, local and global, who inspired so many of these songs with their persistence, hope, courage and love.”
Musicians on Gathering: Jeremiah McDade (saxophone, bansuri, whistles, guitar), Solon McDade (upright bass), Shannon Johnson (violin), Karim Gillani (guest vocal), Eric Breton (percussion), Ojas Joshi (tabla, percussion) and Asani (singers Debbie Houle, Sarah Pocklington and Terry Morrison). Further contributions on song arrangements by Solon McDade and Jeremiah McDade.
The winners will be announced during BreakOut West Sep 14 – 17, 2017 in Edmonton. For more information on the WCMAs and BreakOut West: BreakOut West
Congrats, Maria!


The JUNO Awards nominees for 2017 were announced yesterday, and we’re so excited for the recognition of some of our distributed artists and labels we work with! Outside Music would like to congratulate all those nominated and look forward to the awards show that will broadcast April 2, 2017. Here is a list of Outside Music distributed artists that were nominated for this year’s JUNO Awards:

Breakthrough Group of the Year


Cold Creek County

Bob Moses (Domino)

The Zolas

The Dirty Nil


Instrumental Album of the Year

The Ridge
Sarah Neufeld (Paper Bag Records)


David Braid


Movements 1


Bird’s Nest
The Fretless


Everyone Knows Everyone
Pugs & Crows and Tony Wilson


Contemporary Roots Album of the Year

The Family Album
Matthew Barber & Jill Barber (Outside Music)


Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen?
Lisa LeBlanc


Hobo Jungle Fever Dreams
Corin Raymond


Earthly Days
William Prince


Strange Country
Kacy & Clayton (Big White Cloud)


Traditional Roots Album of the Year

Someday the Heart Will Trouble the Mind
The High Bar Gang


Maria Dunn (Distant Whisper Music)


The Original
Jenny Whiteley


Auprès du poêle
Ten Strings And A Goat Skin


Secret Victory
The East Pointers


Recording Package of the Year

OOBOPOPOP – Valaire (Indica)
Karim Charlebois-Zariffa (Art Director, Designer), Olivier Charland (Illustrator), Scottie Cameron (Photographer)


L’HEPTADE – Harmonium
John Wellman, Chris Sheppard, Joshua Geary (Art Directors)


SECRET PATH – Gord Downie
Jonathan Shedletzky (Art Director), Isis Essery (Designer), Jeff Lemaire (Illustrator)


LIVE AT COPPS – Alexisonfire
Justin Ellsworth (Art Director, Designer), Dustin Rabin (Photographer)


Claire Boucher (Art Director, Designer, Illustrator), Rankin (Photographer)


Electronic Album of the Year




Holy Fuck


We Are the Halluci Nation
A Tribe Called Red


Days Gone By
Bob Moses (Domino)


Checkpoint Titanium


2017 marks the 46th JUNO Awards, with Ottawa being the host city of this year’s festivities and awards ceremony. For More info Click Here.

Maria Dunn Wins Edmonton Music Prize for GATHERING

Maria Dunn won the top Edmonton Music Prize on Thursday evening at the Garneau Theatre for her 2016 album Gathering. The annual award is sponsored by the City of Edmonton through the Edmonton Arts Council, and administered by Alberta Music.

“I’m very grateful and proud to be part of the supportive, inspiring, vibrant arts community that we have here in Edmonton, in no small part due to the work of the Edmonton Arts Council, Alberta Music and my fellow artists. I’m humbled and honoured to be recognized for something that I love to do and and that I feel compelled to do. Thank you to my producer Shannon Johnson, engineer Jerry Woolsey, all the musicians who contributed their considerable talents to recording Gathering and all the people who inspired the songs.”

Some Canadian Tour Dates:

Sat March 4 – Fundraising Concert for “Huron Out of the Cold” Project

Goderich, ON

 Fri Mar 17 – St. Patrick’s Day Celebration: Maria Dunn Concert followed by Irish Ceili

Castleton Town Hall (Castleton, ON)

Sat Apr 22 – Maria Dunn Trio (with Shannon Johnson, Jeremiah McDade)

Northern Lights Folk Club (Edmonton, AB)

Click Here for More Info.


Justin Rutledge is heading back out on the road after a long absence from touring. Justin will be touring Ontario in support of his new album EAST, in stores on September 23rd.  EAST was recorded just outside of Halifax in Lake Echo, with producer Daniel Ledwell (Oh Pep, Jenn Grant).
The lead single “Great Ascension” was released a couple of weeks back and now you can watch the brand new video here.
About the song: “It became something broader, something about the search for meaning through art and spirituality,” says Rutledge.  “The idea that there’s this ultimate lifelong search in each of our lives whether that be for something tangible or intangible, religious or secular or extraterrestrial, whatever floated your boat. We each have our own ascensions we’re waiting for.”
The video was Directed by Colin Harrington, aka a Pocket History of Mars, with footage collected over a road trip throughout the Southern United States as well as around Justin’s home in eastern Ontario.
About the video: “I wanted to visually capture the concepts (in the song) of the human need to believe in “the Other” and the desire for individual spiritual ascension,   and how these motivations express themselves is our architecture and art across North America.” shares Harrington.
EAST is the follow up to Justin’s 2014 Tragically Hip tribute album Daredevil. His last album of original material was Valleyheart, which won the 2014 Juno Award for Solo Roots Recording. A lifelong Torontonian, Justin now lives in Prince Edward County.


WATCH “The Great Ascension” HERE
LISTEN TO “The Great Ascension” HERE 

Thursday October 13  Kingston, ON   The Mansion**
Friday October  14  Picton, ON    The Hayloft Dancehall**
Saturday October 15   Peterborough, ON   The Red Dog Tavern**
Sunday October 16   Oshawa, ON   Moustache Club**
Thursday October 20   Hamilton, ON   Mills Hardware**
Friday October  21   St. Catharines, ON  NAC Rooftop**
Saturday October 22  Toronto, ON  The Great Hall**
Wednesday October 26, Waterloo, ON  Starlight##
Thursday October 27  London, ON  Aeolian Hall##
Friday October 28  Windsor, ON   Phog Lounge##
Saturday October 29  Sarnia, ON   Paddy Flaherty’s##

**with special guest Joshua Hyslop
##with special guest Jonathan Roy 

2016 Juno Nominations

The 2016 Juno Awards nominations were announced yesterday in Toronto. The Juno Awards are one of Canada’s most recognized music awards that celebrates Canadian artists. This year, they’re celebrating their 45th year, and the awards will be given out in Calgary on Sunday, April 3, 2016!

We’d like to send out a BIG congrats to the artists on our distro roster who were nominated for the awards! 


Braids Deep in the Iris (Flemish Eye)

Viet Cong Viet Cong (Flemish Eye)


Al Muirhead It’s About Time (Chronograph)


Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld Never Were The Way She Was (Constellation)

Esmerine Lost Voices (Constellation)


Fortunate Ones The Bliss (Old Farm Pony)


Blackburn Brothers In This World (Electro-Fi)

Harrison Kennedy This Is From Here (Electro-Fi)


Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra  Revuelta Danza Party (Productions Girovago)

The Souljazz Orchestra Resistance (Do Right!)


Esmerine Lost Voices (Constellation)

Clyde Henry Productions: Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski (Art Directors/Designers/Illustrators/Photographers), Constellation: Ian Ilavsky (Designer)




Up and Coming!

We’re in 2016 mode! There are a lot of new and exciting releases coming from our distribution roster this year! 

We hope you’re just as excited as we are about all of the releases coming in 2016! We’ll try to keep you updated with all of the new releases – here’s a reminder of what’s coming up soon!


Jan 29

Your Friend – Gumption (Domino)

Scott Nolan – Silverhill (Transistor 66)

Federal Lights – Coeur De Lion (Aporia)

Krash Kale – Up (Six Degrees)


Feb 5

DIIV – Is The Is Are (Captured Tracks)

Porches – Pool (Domino)

Beacon – Escapements (Ghostly Int’l)

Field Music – Commontime (Memphis Industries)

Junior Boys – Big Black Coat (Geej)

Mass Gothic – Mass Gothic (Sup Pop)

Nap Eyes – Thought Rock Fish Scale (You’ve Changed Records)

Pizza Time – Todo (Burger Records)


Feb 12

You Say Party – You Say Party (Paper Bag Records)

Pankow – Throw Out Rite (Artoffact Records)

Radiation City – Synesthetica (Polyvinyl)


Feb 19

Animal Collective – Painting With (Domino)

Rae Spoon – Armour (Coax Records)

Marlon Williams – Marlon Williams (Dead Oceans)

Venetian Snares – Traditional Synthesizer Music (Planet Mu)

The Cave Singers – Banshee (Jagjaguwar)

Birds of Chicago – Real Midnight (Five Head Entertainment)

Seth Bogart – Seth Bogart (Burger Records)

The Choir of Young Believers – Grasque (Ghostly Int’l)

Gazebos – Die Alone (Hardly Art)

Lushlife – Ritualize (Western Vinyl)

Michael Nau – Mowing (Suicide Squeeze)

So Pitted – Neo (Sub Pop)

Wild Nothing – Life of Pause (Captured Tracks)






This Week: November 6th Releases

Floating pointsFloating Points‘ (aka Sam Sheppard) Elaenia (via Luaka Bop) is out this week!
The new album is getting much love from Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Spin and NPR - grab a copy for yourself when it comes out on November 6th!
Other November 6th Releases:
Die KruppsV – Metal Machine Music (Metropolis)
Harrison KennedyThis is From Here (Electro-Fi)
Eddie Paul - Panda – Monium (Emery Street Records)
Bill Ryder JonesWest Kirby County Primary (Domino)
Various Artists: This Record Belongs To ____________. (Light In the Attic)
Diane Coffee‘s NPR Tiny Desk Concert is pretty spectacular…check it out! Everybody’s a Good Dog (Western Vinyl) is the latest album!

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